Infra-Low Neurofeedback is a method of non-prescriptive neurofeedback that is based on the brain interacting with its own tonic slow cortical potential. In the absence of any explicit guidance by the clinician, the training depends entirely on the brain’s response to the unfolding signal. When this training is performed under optimal conditions in terms of placement and target frequency, there is a bias toward optimal functioning. The brain utilizes the information for its own benefit. The outcomes of the training are either comparable to or exceed expectations based on conventional EEG band-based neurofeedback. This workshop will focus on this method, based on decades of clinical use and will incorporate recent research data to introduce the rationale behind the proliferation of ILF neurofeedback and its application to trauma derived from the training data compiled from European providers.
I have always had a fascination for technology. I was able to survive my time in school thanks to my hobbies in electronics and amateur radio, after which I studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in Munich. I then received a doctorate in the area of laser communication systems. My theoretical and practical findings on the topic of highly efficient laser communication systems have since been put to use in the development of a laser terminals for satellites as the first commercial laser-based high speed networks in orbit. Even though this technology was incredibly fascinating and challenging I then took on the responsibility for the fundamental research at a Swiss investment firm. The objective was to structure many thousand technology companies according to their industries in order to be able to answer questions about competitive rank, strategy, market size, growth potential, among others. Moreover this system provided the information needed for reliable discounted cash flow valuations. Not only well paid, this assignment was highly fascinating again- only I felt at the wrong side of the table at times when listening to the enthusiastic CEOs speaking about their technologies, markets and visions. When I heard of neurofeedback, it caught my attention. After some research I thought “if only ten percent of the claims in that field hold true, I want to be a part of it”. So, I created a “landscape” of the field, like I was used to as an analyst, and found the Othmers, with their successful companies in California, to be among the leading minds in the field. The engineer tries things out. So, I attended a course, bought me some used equipment and applied neurofeedback to a couple of “guinea pigs”. Indeed the neurofeedback worked; I was even able to make a migraine go away. So, convinced, end of longer story- I took on the responsibility for the development, qualification, and regulatory approvals of the products for this group. What started as almost a garage company became quite a sizable team and group of companies and partners with the central goal of innovation of clinical approaches, models and technologies, driven by curiosity and the desire to contribute to mental health care to improve people’s lives.Aside from the continued further development of these methods, which are seen as the most effective today, we are exploring new approaches and technologies to make use of the EEG. One important area is to apply complex stimulus presentation and signal processing to create biomarkers as basis for more objective diagnosis of mental health issues as well as personalized treatment recommendations. The goal of all our activities is that as many people as possible can profit from our technology.
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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