Trauma- Informed Neurofeedback Certification Program

Trauma Research Foundation is dedicated to helping clinicians integrate neurofeedback into their practice by providing the initial training, hands-on skills, and professional oversight that will guide you to becoming a trauma-informed neurofeedback provider!

The Trauma Research Foundation recognizes neurofeedback as one of the tools that can help to rewire a physiological system that has become dysregulated as a result of trauma.  In the practice of neurofeedback, trained clinicians connect a client to a computer interface that reads brain waves and helps clients to change their brain waves while interacting with treatment programs. Although this method has been available since the early 1960s, the clinical work of Sebern Fisher, and the research of Drs. Ruth Lanius and Bessel van der Kolk has helped us to understand how neurofeedback can help those who have suffered from trauma.

The Trauma Research Foundation is dedicated to helping clinicians integrate leading-edge research on PTSD and developmental trauma with clinical practice through global training and education. TRF’s comprehensive 5-month online Certificate Program in Neurofeedback is offered semi-annually with a quarterly Group Case Study Program. The course includes both self-paced asynchronous video sessions and live video meetings with the course instructors.  

The next session of this course can be accessed immediately and live meetings with the instructors will begin on March 21, 2022. (schedule below)

The methods taught interface easily with other therapeutic modalities to provide a means to help clients calm and stabilize their nervous systems as they heal from trauma. The program is designed to take you through the process of learning how neurofeedback works all the way through integrating it into your current clinical practice. The program meets the requirements and is approved by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  This course is designed to teach licensed professionals. If you are not licensed and are interested in the course, please contact us at [email protected] and we will review your individual circumstances. To purchase neurofeedback equipment, you must be licensed in a clinical field.

The program includes 36 hours of didactic self-paced training, 11 hours of live meetings including practicum where you are guided to use neurofeedback equipment remotely at your location. Neurofeedback training systems are made available to those who are interested, as part of the practicum portion of the program.  After completing the 41 hours of course material, qualified licensed clinicians are eligible to attend the Group Case Study Program which is facilitated by a leading trauma specialized neurofeedback professional, where you will present and participate in discussions about the use of neurofeedback with trauma patients. Upon completion of the 12-week Group Case Study which meets every other week, you may be invited to join the Trauma Research Foundation Referral Network.

We invite you to participate in the Trauma-informed Neurofeedback Certification program to start your journey with neurofeedback today!

This course includes:

~In order to participate in this course, you will need neurofeedback equipment. TRF has collaborated with an equipment provider so that you have the opportunity to borrow equipment free of charge while you complete the Practicum for this course. More information about equipment and purchasing options will be made available after you register.~

Course Schedule: Self-paced online training

Live Q&A Schedule

You will have the opportunity to meet with experienced Neurofeedback practitioners and your cohort throughout the course so that you may ask questions and discuss the course material.

*Please check the dates as attendance at these sessions is required to receive the Trauma-Informed Neurofeedback Certification and the live APA CE credits at the completion of the course. There are no meetings on: March 28th and May 16th. 

Please contact [email protected] with any questions!

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Regular Price: $2500

*Please note: Registration for this session of TRF’s Neurofeedback Certification Program will close on March 14th, 2022

CE Information: BCIA Didactic Course for Neurofeedback Certification and State Licensing Information from BCIA

APA CE Statement

Continuing Education:

This program, when attended in its entirety (including all 5 live Q&A sessions) is available for 41 hours of live APA CE credits. Sadar Psychological is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Sadar Psychological maintains responsibility for this program and its content. You must attend/complete the entire program in order to receive the credit(s), complete the Participant Satisfaction/Evaluation form and return it to your presenter or monitor at the conclusion of the program. A participant may arrive no more than 10 minutes late nor leave more than 10 minutes early to receive credit for a program. There will be no exceptions.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between Sadar Psychological, the presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.
The views of the presenters are theirs and do not necessarily represent a position by Sadar Psychological. Sadar Psychological is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in their continuing education activities. Sadar Psychological is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them in accordance with ADA requirements. Please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to [email protected]
It is the responsibility of every attendee to abide by the standards set forth in the APA Code of Ethics for maintaining security and confidentiality of any test materials and proprietary information presented as part of this continuing education program. Any materials used as part of this program may not be copied or otherwise distributed, and no proprietary information will be disclosed by attendees to any person not registered for this program.


Angelika Y. Sadar, MA, BCN, BCB-HRV is a licensed psychologist who is board certified in neurofeedback and heart rate variability and is a BCIA approved mentor in neurofeedback. She has been in private practice in the greater Philadelphia area since 1985. Her work over the years has involved all age groups and clinical presentations. She is a treatment coordinator at Sadar Psychological and is a nationally recognized speaker providing education and offering training to other professionals in neurofeedback, biofeedback, and hypnosis. In 2018 she was invited to be part of BrainARC Switzerland and began developing evaluations protocols based on the research of HBImed, Switzerland. Presently, her clinical focus is on patients with complex/comorbid presentations and consulting with other psychologists, medical practitioners and other clinicians regarding EEG, neurofeedback and practice development. She is the executive director of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society and a board member at large of The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

Mitchell Sadar is a licensed psychologist who was the director of a Pennsylvania Correctional Institution’s inpatient program for over 15 years. In 1999 he was trained in neurofeedback and tried to bring this modality to the correctional population, but his attempts were not accepted by the Department of Corrections. He then resolved to dedicate his work to biofeedback and developed his private practice. Since 2015 he has been the president of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society. His background in neuropsychology readily lent itself to learning how the EEG can facilitate neurofeedback training. In 2018, along with his practitioner wife, Angelika Sadar, he was invited to be part of BrainARC Switzerland and began developing evaluations and protocols based on the research of HBImed, Switzerland. Since that time, he has focused on developing assessments that include an analysis of EEG and ERPs to help to guide biofeedback/neurofeedback protocols but also include recommendations regarding psychotherapy and lifestyle changes.

Robert “Rusty” P Turner, MD, MSCR, is the owner and CEO of Network Neurology in Charleston, South Carolina. He began this new endeavor with more than 16 years of faithful clinical work, teaching, and research at MUSC. He is a member of the Roper-St Francis Hospital System and an Associate Researcher with the MIND Research Institute in Irvine, California.

Dr. Turner maintains a full-time clinical, teaching, and neurophysiology practice with patients referred from throughout the southeastern regions of the United States. While working full time work at MUSC since 1997, he obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Research (epidemiology and biostatistics) in 2003 through the MUSC College of Graduate Studies.

He has since then been actively involved in ongoing clinical research with collaborative studies in non-invasive neurostimulation and neuromodulation techniques, as well as advanced techniques of EEG source analysis.

Dr. Leon Morales-Quezada is a physician-scientist with experience in neurocognitive rehabilitation, noninvasive neuromodulation, applied psychophysiology, and technology development for neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Morales-Quezada received his MD degree from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes and completed clinical training in emergency medicine and intensive care. He also completed a fellowship and Masters in Neuropsychology Rehabilitation at Touro College, a PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences from De Montfort University in Leicester UK, and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Morales-Quezada was awarded with the prestigious Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the Harvard-NIH program, Division of General Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Nacional Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. He is currently a Research Faculty from Spaulding Rehabilitation Research Institute and fellow from the Ellen R. and Melvin J. Gordon Center for the Cure and Treatment of Paralysis. Dr. Morales-Quezada research interests focus on noninvasive neuromodulation, the placebo effect, and technology development applied in rehabilitation and behavioral medicine.

Target Audience:

Counselors | Social Workers | Psychologists | Psychotherapists | Therapists | Addiction Counselors | Marriage and Family Therapists | Case Managers | Nurses | Other Mental Health Professionals

Course objectives

1. Orientation to Neurofeedback – four hours
-learn the history and growing clinical applications of EEG

-explain the role of Barry Sturman and SMR training in the development of the field

-explain how low resolution electromagnetic tomography provides a solution to the inverse problem

-describe how instrumental conditioning is a learning paradigm involved in EEG biofeedback

-describe the basic functions of the autonomic nervous system

2. Basic neurophysiology and neuroanatomy – four hours
3. Instrumentation and electronics – four hours
-essential terms and concepts

-signal acquisition

-artifacts signal processing


-discuss the basic concepts of electricity that apply to the brain

-explain what a modern amplifier processes

-list typical data to derived from a qEEG

-explain the differences between referential (unipolar) and sequential (bipolar) sensor montage

-describe the 10 – 20 system of electrode placement

-describe the differences between neuro- imaging techniques

-recognize the EEG signatures of various physiological artifacts

-recognize the EEG signatures of various physiological artifacts

-list the main frequency band

-describe state of mental activity associated with each frequency band

4. Research evidence base for neurofeedback
-review often cited research

-name the area where Neurofeedback has the most empirical

-describe the criticisms feedback research

5. Pharmacological considerations – two hours
-Discuss potential effects of prescribed and non-prescribed drugs on clinical presentation

-Describe potential effects of prescribed and non-prescribed drugs on EEG measures

-Explain potential effects of different drugs on neurofeedback assessment and training

6. Patient clinical assessment – four hours
-describe to prepare your client Neurofeedback
-discuss what needs to be part of an intake assessment
-learn how arousal impacts performance
-describe the three types of arousal in the clinical symptoms associated with each
-explain how the EEG relates to levels of arousal
-list four types of EEG assessments
-explain the difference between the clinical and normative database
-ppl recognize at normal EEG patterns explain what event related potentials measure
7. Developing treatment protocols – six hours
-list at least two ruling protocols based on really research
-explain how the arousal model helps to develop protocols
-design a protocol for: under arousal, overarousal and unstable arousal -list reasons to consider alpha training
-describe protocol changes based on patient response to training
-explain qEEG endophenotypes and their role in protocol selection
-discuss the steps involved in protocol development
-discuss the role of monitoring in session and between session changes
8. Treatment implementation – six hours
-explain the process of Neurofeedback to clients/patients
-list the information a client needs to exercise informed consent
-discuss ways to help client maximize their Neurofeedback training
-explain non—specific therapeutic factors and how to foster them
-explain what is involved in alpha/theta training
-describe what occurs during the Neurofeedback training session
9. Current trends in Neurofeedback – two hours
-describe the evolution of single-channel Beta/SMR training
-recite relatively recent developments in the field of EEG biofeedback
-discussed how hemoencephelography (HEG) biofeedback is a form of Neurofeedback
-list for forms of neuromodulation
-describe ways to combine Neurofeedback with other forms of biofeedback
10. Ethics and professional conduct – two hours
-list BCIA minimum certification standards for neurofeedback certification

-discuss practice standards and guidelines

-list the professional societies involved in Neurofeedback

-discuss insurance reimbursement were biofeedback and how to explain this to patients

-discussed the need for ongoing training and education in Neurofeedback once certification is obtained

BCIA approval

This course is BCIA accredited, meets the requirements of the BCIA blueprint and counts towards 36 BCIA didactic hours. It is also approved for 41 live APA CE credits (attendance at all live Q&As is mandatory). Our faculty includes a medical doctor presenting neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, a neurologist presenting on psychopharmacological considerations and two psychologists with knowledge of a variety of systems and approaches with over 20 years experience in the field. Attendees will become part of a community that meets regularly to discuss experiences and address questions. Additionally, they will be eligible for reduced fees for future courses offered by Sadar Psychological/BrainARC.

Course description

This course presents the 36 hours of didactic education that is part of the requirements to obtain certification in neurofeedback (NFB) from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). The course presenters include two licensed psychologists, a neurologist and a physician. The course covers a variety of topics relevant for understanding the field of NFB. The topics include history of the field, basic neurophysiology, functional neuroanatomy, instrumentation and electronics, research evidence base for NFB, psychopharmacological considerations, patient assessment, developing protocols, treatment implementation, current trends in NFB, and professional ethics and conduct. The professionally recorded presentations are supplemented by ten hours of group meeting/Q&A sessions. These live sessions will cover related topics regarding entry into the field of NFB, as well as allow for time for questions stemming from the videotaped material that was viewed.

  • Accredited course is designed with the most up-to-date information on neurofeedback
  • Designed and taught by clinical psychologists with over twenty years in the neurofeedback field
  • Neurophysiology, functional neuroanatomy, and psychopharmacological content taught by medical doctors
  • 36 hours BCIA Didactic
  • 41 Live APA CE credits (attendance at live Q&As is mandatory)
  • Learn from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace
  • Become part of a neurofeedback community
  • Course endorsed by Juri Kropotov, leading expert in basic and applied neuroscience


Who can attend?

BCIA-approved health care fields include: psychology, nursing, (including 2-year registered nurses with license; not LVNs or LPNs), physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, marriage family therapy, rehabilitation, chiropractic, recreational therapy, physician’s assistant (with certification or license), exercise physiology, speech pathology, and sports medicine.

The following fields require a master’s degree: music therapy and counseling education (M.Ed. in counseling).

Appropriately credentialed doctors of medicine are also accepted.

Degrees in health care fields other than those listed above must be submitted to the Certification Review Committee.

BCIA will consider requests for special review for the demonstration of equivalency for most of our requirements, including prerequisite education. However, degree review requests must be compared to a BCIA-approved clinical health care field.

Only the highest degree earned in a BCIA approved health care field from a regionally accredited academic institution will be listed on the Find a Practitioner area of this website.

Level of training: Intermediate

Cancellation Policy: The Trauma Research Foundation will honor cancellation requests submitted by email to [email protected] until two weeks before the course starts. There will be a $100 administrative fee subtracted from all refunds. Refunds will not be issued after this date.

How Does State License Impact Biofeedback and Neurofeedback?

BCIA Certification is a voluntary credential one gains to demonstrate entry level competency to deliver biofeedback services. The certification provides no legal authority to practice. Biofeedback is a modality and laws governing healthcare are not typically modality-specific, except for things like massage therapy or acupuncture.

Unlicensed professionals must work under appropriate supervision when using biofeedback to treat a diagnosed disorder. The other option is to work only in a peak/optimal performance setting where there are no patients, and one does not treat disorders.

A license is required by the state where you practice should you wish to be called a specific title such as a psychologist or to practice a defined profession such as Clinical Psychology or Medicine. Laws are in place to regulate the independent treatment of disease and disorder. Simply stated, there is no license for any biofeedback modality. A license regulates how biofeedback or neurofeedback may be used when treating a diagnosed medical or psychological disorder.

Some state licensing laws specifically include the terms biofeedback and neurofeedback, but what does that really mean? If a profession lists neurofeedback, does it mean that no other profession can provide the therapy?

Great question and one each provider should investigate at the state level; however, from what we have learned, listing the modality within a profession does not restrict its use by other professions. Each licensed professional using these techniques to independently treat a medical or psychological disorder should carefully review their practice standard guidelines to check for the following: -is biofeedback or neurofeedback specifically mentioned or excluded? -do your practice standard guidelines require you to work only within the area of your expertise?

If yes, do they further define how that standard is met? -what diagnoses are you allowed to treat under your license? -is there a stated or implied scope of practice? Just because a dentist learns to use SEMG to appropriately treat TMJ, can s/he legally use SEMG to treat urinary incontinence? -how does my state license define and regulate supervision?

Mentoring is the term used by BCIA meaning to teach the practical hands-on skills. The mentor has no responsibility for your work.

Supervision is a term meaning to take legal responsibility for another’s work.

There are two types of supervision: 1. For the oversight of new clinicians as they seek their own state license 2. Taking responsibility for unlicensed persons who see patients under their license. This is important to our field. An example would be an MD who supervises physician extenders to take blood pressure. Not only do some states clearly outline who can be supervised; some laws even outline how it must be done. For example, in Texas, an LPC must earn additional status as an LPCS (Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor) and then may only provide supervision to a licensed LPC intern. In some states, it is clearly stated that the supervisor must be on site 50% of the time. In other states it would be illegal to supervise a person outside of your profession. For example, a psychologist may not be legally able to supervise a nurse. No, your state does not specifically regulate biofeedback or neurofeedback. If they did, they would do it through licensing laws; however, they do clearly regulate the treatment of diagnosed medical and psychological disorders.

As of March, 2015, none of the 50 states offer professional licensing as a biofeedback or neurofeedback professional. Perhaps that is the future? Until then, state boards may regulate what types of clients or disorders you may treat, if you can be supervised or provide supervision, and how that supervision may look. Stay safe – check it out.

Contact: [email protected] for more information

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