Affect Regulation & Neurofeedback: The Trauma Key

Course Description

On a rainy afternoon in March 25 years ago, I entered the field of neurofeedback through training my brain. I realized somewhat slowly that after training I’d lost a background fear I had lived in my entire life. With less fear I could relate more spontaneously, I could think less tangentially, I could quiet impulse and I could dance. I could in fact begin to organize a self. I’ll share the highlights of this exploration and some thoughts about its implications for the treatment of trauma.


  • Participant will be able to describe why affect regulation is the key to trauma treatment
  • Participant will be able to explain the relationship between arousal and affect
  • Participant will be able to name three protocols that address affect regulation

Sebern Fisher, MA, LMH, BCN

Sebern attended Smith College, Columbia University (including the Film School) and received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. She graduated from Antioch New England with a Masters in Counseling Psychology in 1978.Sebern was one of the founders of the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts (now Tapestry Health) which began with one rural clinic in 1973. She started her work there as a family planning counselor and by the time she left that organization in 1979, she was the Director of Training and Education. During her tenure, she mounted three major conferences: Men, Women and Rape in 1976 featuring Susan Brownmiller, Ann Burgess and Nicholas Groff; On Sex Education and the Family in 1977; and the third, Women on the Conditions of Women with Anne Alonzo, Marsha Linehan and Dusty Miller in 1979.From 1980 to 1997, Sebern was the clinical director of a residential treatment program for severely disturbed adolescents in western Massachusetts. At that time, it was considered to be one of the best programs in the state and the treatment outcomes were, at best, troubling. In an effort to better understand these children and to enhance treatment outcomes, she introduced attachment theory in the mid-eighties, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in 1991. Her center became the first in the nation to adopt and implement DBT in a residential milieu.

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Who this course is for

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Case Managers, other Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Anyone with an interest in the subject

This course is offered at the introductory level.

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