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February 21-23, 2013; London, Camden Town NW1 8NP

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Quantitative Electroencephalography QEEG, ICA and Loreta: advancing beyond the 'bulldozer' principle towards a biopsychosocial model to inform neurofeedback protocol design

Facilitator: Antonio Martins-Mourao, Clin. Psychol. (BPS), PhD (Coordinator of the QEEG & Brain Research Lab and Lecturer in Psychophysiology and Mental Health at the Open University)

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A biopsychosocial toolbox for clinical interpretation of QEEG data

In this workshop we will be introducing essential theoretical constructs currently supporting QEEG interpretation via highly interactive and hands-on sessions with the participants. Facilitator and participants will be presenting their own anonymised data to be used for case conceptualization, clinical analysis and the suggestion of bio- and neurofeedback protocols for intervention. We will also help you organize your presentation.

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Methodological aims

We will use a data-driven approach to focus on QEEG interpretation and the processing of ICA and LORETA scans to: (1) discriminate independent cortical generators of potentials recorded at the scalp and also sub-cortical sources of activity, (2) relate the findings to evidence-based Brodmann functionality to understand neuropsychological implications, and (3) integrate the neurophysiological data with information obtained via a clinical history and a relevant range of behavioural and psychological assessments, as well as social and lifestyle data (see also professional aims below).

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Conceptual aims

We will discuss and integrate the data obtained (1) on a range of theoretical models driving QEEG analysis and interpretation; e.g. EEG phenotypes, the VIGALL model (respectively: Johnston, Gunkelman, & Lunt, 2005; Arns et al., 2011; Hegerl et al., 2010) (2) relate QEEG findings to the current default network model (Raichle et. al, 2001) (3) develop a framework to discriminate potential neurophysiological subtypes (or neurometric subgroups) within the same condition, and finally (4) use all of the above to understand the inter-relations between brain function, behavior, clinical symptoms, client narratives and life events (case-formulation), to design outcomes-oriented personalised bio- and neurofeedback protocols.

Professional aims

During the workshop we will aim at forming a group of like-minded clinicians with similar scientific interests, towards an outcome-oriented approach that may contribute to developments in the field. This approach will include (1) the identification of specific target conditions, and (2) the definition of harmonized and systematic methodologies for data-collection and analysis, and (3) support towards the publication of the results.

Pricing options and a note about organisation

We will mix a group of 'beginners' and a group of 'practitioners' who already have collected data but wish to polish their skills. BEGINNERS are advised to attend the 3 days of the workshop noting that day 1 will be dedicated to the introduction to QEEG recordings and Mitsar software navigation. PRACTITIONERS, on the other hand, are advised to attend the 2nd and 3rd day of the workshop, although they are welcome to join the group from the beginning. Pricing options: £240 (EUR 295) per day, including pre-workshop advice, teaching materials and lunch. We have a limited number of places for increased learning outcomes.

• Beginners (3 days, Thu-Sat): £720; EUR 885;

• Practitioners (2 days, Fri and Sat): £480; EUR 590

Target groups

GPs, mental health consultants, counselors, psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, school psychologists, occupational therapists, students, biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners, and other health care professionals with an interest in QEEG and neurofeedback integration for treatment planning.

To register click HERE or visit https://www.regonline.co.uk/HRVbiofeedback_workshop


The workshop is sponsored by the British Neuroscience Association

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