Trauma- Informed Neurofeedback Certification Program

spring 2023 Registration opens
Soon!

Please email programs @traumaresearchfoundation.org to be added to our waiting list.

Listen to what TRF founders Bessel van der Kolk and Licia Sky have to say about neurofeedback and this program:

Neurofeedback is a conversation between the brain and the body, the brain and the mind, and the brain and the whole being. It is a conversation facilitated by a brain-computer interface that lets the brain experience itself directly. The computer receives an amplified signal of the brain’s waves. For assessment purposes, a first reading of the whole brain wave patterns is called a qEEG. The qEEG is a non-invasive imaging technique that supplements the trainee’s personal reports to help the neurofeedback practitioner guide the brain being trained. It provides information about the inefficiencies in the brain’s processing, as compared to a scientifically derived database. The neurofeedback practitioner determines individualized programs based on client report and data to help teach the brain how to work more efficiently, developing new patterns that allow the client to experience an increased capacity for arousal regulation.

How does the program work?

TRF’s comprehensive 10-month online Trauma-Informed Neurofeedback Certificate Program is offered semi-annually – Spring and Fall.  The course includes a didactic component with self-paced, asynchronous video sessions, and live/virtual Community Meetings, followed by a Practicum and Case Study Group component.

A month before the program begins, you will have access to course materials in order to begin the self-paced, pre-recorded training, which you will have access to for 6 months.  From there, you move on to the second component of the program.

Details on Program Components

Didactic Training for Neurofeedback Certification

  • Engage in 36 hours of pre-recorded course content approved for APA CEs.
  • Assessment upon completion of all course modules
  • Participate in 11 hours of live/virtual Community Meetings which include five 1-hour Q&A sessions, and three 2-hour practicum sessions where you are guided to use neurofeedback equipment remotely at your location
  • Bonus Option: One-hour, individually-scheduled, private mentoring session

8 Community Meetings including 5 Q&A’s and 3 Practicums

  • Session 1: Orientation to NF, Neurophysiology & Neuroanatomy
  • Session 2: Instrumentation, Research Base for Neurofeedback
  • Session 3: Practicum – Beelab introuduction | Entering a client and protocol | Initial hook up and impedances – 3 videos included
  • Session 4: Psychopharm Considerations, Patient/Client Assessment
  • Session 5: Practicum – Mid-line assessments – 1 video included
  • Session 6: Developing Treatment Protocols, Treatment Implementation
  • Session 7: Practicum – Review of mid-line assessments and training process
  • Session 8: Current Trends, Ethics, What’s Next

Case Study Group - Part 1 and 2

After completing the didactic course, students continue to the Case Study Group (CSG) program which is facilitated by a leading trauma-specialized neurofeedback professional.  The goal of the Case Study Group program is to provide the guidance needed to integrate neurofeedback into your clinical practice. The CSG consists of two 12-hour parts:  Practicum & Case Study.

Enrollment in Case Study Group (CSG) is for anyone who meets the following criteria:

  1. You have completed the Didactic part of the TRF Neurofeedback Certificate Program and meet the Case Study Group prerequisites (outlined below)
  2. You are a neurofeedback clinician who has completed the BCIA Neurofeedback Course elsewhere and want to further your neurofeedback expertise in working with patients with trauma histories.

Case Study Group Part 1 (Practicum)

Prerequisites:

  1. Must have equipment that is FDA cleared compatible with BCIA Blueprint by the time CSG begins.  
  2. Prefer to be enrolled with a CSG mentor who is aware of your equipment (as shown on the registration sheet).
  3. Must be licensed in a clinical or medical field.

Meeting Descriptions:

Meeting #1 – Show ability to obtain impedance on a “volunteer” that will be present during the first CSG meeting.

Meeting #2 – Review results of 1 midline assessment per student.

Meeting #3 – #6  Presentation and discussions of individual cases using NG1 – TRF – Mental Status Exam. The presentation will also include an arousal and midline assessment.  In the ensuing weeks, students will report responses to training and discuss and implement protocol changes.

 

Case Study Group Part 2

Prerequisites:

  1. Must have completed CSG Part I
  2. Must have done 4 personal sessions of NF training
  3. Must have completed 20 sessions of training on practice patients

Meeting Descriptions:

Meetings #1 – #6 will consist of ongoing discussions about training and will include:

  • 2 channel training
  • Understanding/identification of artifacts
  • Wide inhibits and down training  vs traditional inhibits (squash protocols)
  • Have a plan for future training

Please note: For those who are considering BCIA certification, this will count towards the 10 required case conferences of the BCIA NF requirements.

Program Overview

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 have helped us to understand how neurofeedback can help those who have suffered from trauma.

That is why we are dedicated to helping clinicians integrate leading-edge research on PTSD and developmental trauma with clinical practice through global training and education.

The methods taught in this program interface with other therapeutic modalities to provide a means to help clients calm and stabilize their nervous systems as they heal from trauma.

This high-level, comprehensive certification is designed for people who are licensed mental health or medical professionals*

*To purchase neurofeedback equipment, you must be licensed in a clinical field.

The following information will guide you through what is technically required for this program. For further information, please email [email protected]

  • Internet Access with Zoom capability and a camera.
  • Loaner equipment is offered through BeeMedic for didactic portion of the course only.  (BeeMedic requires a Windows Operating System. For more details, contact BeeMedic.) BeeMedic will provide a loaner laptop if your computer is not compatible.
  • For the Case Study Group students must purchase or lease their own equipment.  This must be settled in time for the first CSG Meeting.
  • Equipment is shipped to students from BeeMedic in time for the first practicum training session. BeeMedic will also provide assistance with setup.
  • Equipment is available for the US and Canada and on a case by case basis for countries elsewhere.

Additional Terms and Conditions for TRF loaner/rental systems

Trauma-Informed Didactic Training for Neurofeedback Certification and Case Study Group ~ $3,000

Case Study Group only ~ $700.  Please email [email protected] if you are interested in this.

Scholarship applications are individually reviewed by a committee. Applicants are notified of their scholarship award before the registration deadline. 

We recommend that you allot a minimum of 4 hours per week to review the core materials based on the sections being covered in the community meeting. For example, prior to the first community meeting, you should complete Section I: Orientation to Neurofeedback and Section II: Basic Neurophysiology & Neuroanatomy. As you progress further in the course, you will need to allot additional time for practice NF sessions.

  • If you have not started the course:  Refunds, less a $100 admin fee, will be granted up until two weeks before the date of the first Community Meeting. 
  • If you have started the course:  Refunds requests will be considered and will be prorated to reflect the percentage of the course that has been completed. Email [email protected] to request.

Virtual - Join from Home

Spring 2023 course access will be available starting February 1, 2023.

What Makes the TRF Trauma-Informed Neurofeedback Certificate Program so Exceptional?

The TRF Trauma-Informed Neurofeedback Certificate Program is a comprehensive and robust training in this field with exceptional features:

Course Faculty

1 Andrea-Meckley-Kutuan

Andrea Meckley Kutyana

MD, MSCR, BCN, qEEG-D
2 MA-Angelika-Sadar-Neurofeedback-practitioner-photo

Angelika Y. Sadar

MA, BCN, BCB-HRV
4 Gillian Head Shot

Gillian Drader

MA, BCN, RCC
5 PhD-Mitchell-Sadar-Neurofeedback-Photo

Mitchell Sadar

PhD, BCN, BCB-HRV
6 linda walker photo

Linda Walker

PhD, LPC, BCN, BCB
7 leon-morales-quezada headshot

Leon Morales Quezada

MD, MSc, PhD, MPH, BCN
Rusty

Robert “Rusty” P Turner

MD, MSCR, QEEGD, BCN

Guest Faculty

Bessel 2021 TRF smile

Bessel Van Der Kolk

M.D.
Jay Gunkelman headshot

Jay Gunkelman

QEEGD
Joy-Lunt-Headshot_web

Joy Lunt

RN, BCN
current headshot

Ed Hamlin

RN, BCN

Spring 2023 Course Schedule

Course Access Opens

February 1, 2023

First community meeting

March 20, 2023

Case Study Group Begins

July 24, 2023

Spring 2023 Community Meetings

Live Q&A Community Meetings Schedule  – All Q&A’s are from 12-1pm ET;  All Practicums are from 12-2pm ET

Meeting 1 (Live Q&A): March 20, 2023 – Orientation to NF, Neurophysiology & Neuroanatomy

Meeting 2 (Live Q&A): April 3, 2023 – Instrumentation, Research Base for Neurofeedback

Meeting 3 (Practicum): April 24, 2023 – BeeLab introductions | Entering a client and protocol | Initial hook up and impedances (3 videos included)

Meeting 4 (Live Q&A): May 8, 2023 – Psychopharm Considerations, Patient/Client Assessment

Meeting 5 (Practicum): May 22, 2023 – Mid-line assessments (1 video included)

Meeting 6 (Live Q&A): June 5, 2023 – 2-Hour Meeting

  • Hour 1 – Developing Treatment Protocols, Treatment Implementation;
  • Hour 2 – Lunch and Learn with BeeMedic

Meeting 7 (Practicum): June 19, 2023 – Review of mid-line assessments and training process

Meeting 8 (Live Q&A): June 26, 2023 – Current Trends, Ethics, What’s Next

Case Study Group Meeting Dates
Parts 1 & 2

Case Study Group Meeting Dates - Part 1 - Practicum

The Case Study Group (CSG) is the next step in the Trauma-Informed Neurofeedback Certificate Program. The CSG is capped at 12 students and is facilitated by leading trauma-specialized neurofeedback professionals.  During the sessions, each student will participate in discussions about the use of neurofeedback with trauma patients, presenting a minimum of one case of a neurofeedback session conducted with a patient who has experienced trauma. Full participation is required after completing the 36 hours of course material.  

Note: All times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time

Monday 12-2pm July 24, 2023
Monday 12-2pm August 7, 2023
Monday 12-2pm August 21, 2023
Monday 12-2pm September 11, 2023
Monday 12-2pm September 25, 2023
Monday 12-2pm October 16, 2023

Monday 12-2pm July 24, 2023
Monday 12-2pm August 7, 2023
Monday 12-2pm August 21, 2023
Monday 12-2pm September 11, 2023
Monday 12-2pm September 25, 2023
Monday 12-2pm October 16, 2023

Monday 6-8 pm  July 24, 2023
Monday 6-8 pm August 7, 2023
Monday 6-8 pm August 21, 2023
Monday 6-8 pm September 11, 2023
Monday 6-8 pm September 25, 2023
Monday 6-8 pm October 16, 2023

Tuesday 5-8pm July 25, 2023
Tuesday 5-8pm August 8, 2023
Tuesday 5-8pm August 22, 2023
Tuesday 5-8pm September 12, 2023
Tuesday 5-8pm September 26, 2023
Tuesday 5-8pm October 17, 2023

Wednesday 12-2 pm July 26, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm August 8, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm August 22, 2023 
Wednesday 12-2 pm September 12, 2o23 
Wednesday 12-2 pm September 26, 2023
Wednesday 12-2pm October 17, 2023

Wednesday 12-2 pm July 26, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm August 9, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm August 23, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm September 13, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm September 27, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm October 18, 2023

*CSG is also open to neurofeedback clinicians who have completed the BCIA Neurofeedback Course elsewhere but want to further their NF expertise in working with patients with trauma histories.

Case Study Group Meeting Dates - Part 2

Note: All times listed below are in Eastern Standard Time

Monday 12-2 pm October 30, 2023
Monday 12-2 pm November 13, 2023
Monday 12-2 pm November 20, 2023
Monday 12-2 pm December 11, 2023
Monday 12-2 pm January 8, 2024
Monday 12-2 pm January 22, 2024

Monday 12-2 pm October 30, 2023
Monday 12-2 pm November 13, 2023
Monday 12-2 pm November 20, 2023
Monday 12-2 pm December 11, 2023
Monday 12-2 pm January 8, 2024
Monday 12-2 pm January 22, 2024

Monday 6-8 pm October 30, 2023
Monday 6-8 pm November 13, 2023
Monday 6-8 pm November 20, 2023
Monday 6-8 pm December 11, 2023
Monday 6-8 pm January 8, 2024
Monday 6-8 pm January 22, 2024

Tuesday 5-7 pm October 31, 2023
Tuesday 5-7 pm November 14, 2023
Tuesday 5-7 pm November 21, 2023
Tuesday 5-7 pm December 12, 2023
Tuesday 5-7 pm January 9, 2024
Tuesday 5-7 pm January 23, 2024

Wednesday 12-2 pm November 1, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm November 15, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm November 22, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm December 13, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm January 10, 2024
Wednesday 12-2 pm January 24, 2024

Wednesday 12-2 pm November 1, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm November 15, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm November 22, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm December 13, 2023
Wednesday 12-2 pm January 10, 2024
Wednesday 12-2 pm January 24, 2024

Scholarship Window Opens Soon

Scholarships will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Clinicians working in a clinic setting in a developing nation or working in the US serving medicare & medical low income
  • Clinicians who have completed the TRF Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate Program
  • Clinicians who are BIPOC

Trauma- Informed Neurofeedback Certification Program

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

Spring 2023 Cohort Dates

Registration Opens SOON!

Access the course materials starting February 1, 2023

Live-virtual meetings with the instructors will begin on March 20, 2023

Once enrolled, students have 6 months to complete the didactic component of program

Case Study Group Program Dates are TBD

Full program registration

$3,000.00 USD

This includes:

Please Note: This registration button will direct you to Sadar Psychological’s website for the didactic portion of this program.

Case Study Group Only

$700.00

Once you have taken the introductory neurofeedback course and practicum, and had a chance to practice neurofeedback training on yourself, friends/family and perhaps some patients, this course will provide the guidance needed to integrate neurofeedback into your clinical practice. Here is your opportunity to meet with other clinicians who are learning more about neurofeedback.  These 2 hour meetings will provide an opportunity for trauma-informed clinicians to discuss and expand their knowledge about:

Your ticket includes:

Registration is available to anyone who has completed TRF's NF training program and other clinicians who have completed the BCIA Neurofeedback Course elsewhere

Please Note: This registration button will direct you to Sadar Psychological’s website for the Case Study portion of this program.

Cancellation policy

  • If you have not started the course:  Refund requests will be given up until two weeks before the course starts. There will be a $100 administrative fee subtracted from all refunds. 
  • If you have started the course:  Refunds requests will be considered and will be prorated to reflect the percentage of the course that has been completed.

All refund requests must be emailed to [email protected]

Enduring Material Learner Notification

Sadar Psychological and Sports Center
April 1, 2022 – April 1, 2025

Date of CE Release: April 1, 2022

Date of CE Expiration: April 1, 2025

Location: Online

Acknowledgement of Financial Commercial Support

No financial commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Acknowledgement of In-Kind Commercial Support

No in-kind commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Satisfactory Completion

Learners must listen to each self-directed audio recording while following along with the visual slides and complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. You must attend the entire webinar as partial credit is not available. For Enduring / On-Demand APA credits you also need to pass a posttest with a score of at least 80%. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Sadar Psychological and Sports Center. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Sadar Psychological and Sports Center. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 36.00 hours.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY

MI: No CE requirements

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (outstate held), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
* OK accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities. For all ethics and/or online courses, an application is required.

MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)

Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 36.00 hours.

Objectives – After Attending This Program You Should Be Able To

  1. Describe how neurofeedback can help facilitate the process of psychotherapy.

  2. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of how the functioning of the brain relates to our emotions and behaviors.

  3. Develop a foundation upon which to continue to learn about the process of neurofeedback.

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest

The following table of disclosure information is provided to learners and contains the relevant financial relationships that each individual in a position to control the content disclosed to Amedco. All of these relationships were treated as a conflict of interest, and have been resolved. (C7 SCS 6.1-­‐6.2, 6.5)

All individuals in a position to control the content of CE are listed below.

First

Last

Commercial Interest: Relationship

Linda

Dieffenbach

NA

Leon

Morales-Quezada

NA

Angelika

Sadar

NA

Mitchell

Sadar

NA

Jo

Shultz

NA

Robert

Turner

NA

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