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4th London QEEG workshop (London, February 20-22, 2015): Integrating QEEG, ICA and behavioural data towards personalised neurofeedback protocol design

* see special offer and discounts below *

Antonio Martins-Mourao, PhD., Ch. Clin. Psych, FHEA


 

Newcomers to the field may have difficulties in finding a 'hands-on' approach to support their initial steps in QEEG analysis and interpretation. Many may also feel they need guidance that combines clinical experience in mental health with QEEG expertise to help them develop a perspective about the workshop contents. The question often asked is "what does it mean and how can I use it in my practice?". An additional issue is finding workshops with intelligent pedagogical design that may integrate immediate applications for complex EEG concepts and issues of software navigation (we will be using winEEG and studioEEG). What perhaps makes this workshop different is that we simply designed the workshop we wish we had attended when we got started in the field. So, besides getting the benefit of our hindsight, here are some other points that may help you decide whether this workshop meets your learning aims:

• A participant-centred approach to help you integrate and immediately apply the workshop contents
• You will move beyond the traditional ''buldozer" principle (i.e. database comparisons) and will learn about theory-driven QEEG constructs to guide your interpretation of the data
• Whenever possible, you will be using your own data
• You will be introduced to Independent Component Analysis ICA and associated 3-d imaging techniques. ICA-guided protocol design will revolutionise your practice and enhance your results
• Our approach cross-fertilises EEG expertise, clinical experience in a range of mental health conditions and a bio-psychosocial model of intervention
• You will be introduced to a group of like-minded practitioners sharing the same aims, excitement and experiences about this new and fascinating field. We will continue to work together beyond this workshop towards shared resources and, potentially,common research outcomes (see professional aims)
• We are supporting your progress in the field via useful discounts (see special offer below)


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Programme

DAY 1: BASIC METHODS

• Basic concepts of clinical QEEG.
• Methods of recording/montaging using winEEG.
• Visual inspection of the EEG.
• Types of artifacts and how to correct them.

DAY 2: DATA ANALYSIS

• Spectral analysis computation and interpretation.
• Spike detection.
• Using ICA to identify cortical and subcortical sources of activity.
• Relating ICA findings to Brodmann functionality.
• Visualisation methods: LORETA and to sLORETA.
• Database comparisons.
• How to build your own database.


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• The past: disadvantages of the 'bulldozer' principle in protocol design.
• The future: emerging theoretical constructs currently driving QEEG analysis and interpretation:

* EEG phenotypes (Johnston, Gunkelman, & Lunt, 2005) and
* VIGALL model (Hegerl et al., 2010).
• Subtypes (biomarkers) for ADHD, OCD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Epilepsy.
• An introduction to EEG and medication.
• Case formulation: integrating EEG data, clinical history, psychological assessments, and lifestyle data.

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Professional Aims

You will be welcomed to a network of like-minded clinicians/practitioners/researchers using the same powerful techniques. Realistically, QEEG techniques are complex and are likely to require more than one training session. Group support is often helpful to grant mastery and autonomy. Following the workshop we will work together towards:

• Using gold-standard criteria for EEG recordings
• Developing expertise in specific clinical conditions
• Developing shared resources 1: QEEG database with healthy controls
• Developing shared resources 2: QEEG database with clinical populations
• Preparing publications written up by the group.


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Target groups

Beginners as well as more advanced practitioners and researchers, including psychologists, psychotherapists, neuropsychologists, neurologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, school psychologists, pediatricians, occupational therapists, neurofeedback therapists, students, and other health care professionals with an interest in QEEG patterns of psychopathology, and neurophysiological symptom integration for treatment planning.

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Prices

• EARLY BIRD: £640, or EUR 820
(i.e. 20% discount; deadline: Jan 23rd, 2015)

• Standard fee: £720; EUR 920
• Student fee: 30% discount. Send signed departmental letter to welcome@londonscientificneurotherapy.com

SPECIAL OFFER

Buy a Mitsar EEG amplifier from us and benefit from a 30% (201 amp) or a 50% workshop fee discount (202 amp).

For info: welcome@londonscientificneurotherapy.com


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Venue

The QEEG workshop will take place at the conference rooms at the Holiday Inn, Camden Lock, Camden Town

The address is: 30 Jamestown Road, London NW1 7BY, UK

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The facilitator

Antonio is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist (BPS) with additional training in Neurophysiology and a PhD in Psychology awarded by the University of London. He has lectured Psychophysiology and Mental Health at the Open University, where he formerly ran the QEEG & Brain Research Lab, dedicated to the investigation of EEG phenotypes for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Antonio was trained by Jay Gunkelman and Juri Kropotov, has presented QEEG-related workshops at the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE) and runs regular QEEG workshops at London Scientific Neurotherapy. His other interests include theology, comparative religion and screenwriting.


Accommodation

You may book your accommodation at the Holiday Inn, Camden Lock or at any other hotel near the venue. We suggest you do a search via www.booking.com using 'Camden Town' as a keyword.

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Testimonials from the last workshop

"We had a great workshop that covered a new, very useful approach to interpret QEEGs and create individual neurofeedback training protocols by using independent component analysis. The demonstration of a new training approach in using the right location and right frequency in combination with fmriconsulting [evidence-based Brodmann functionality] was one of the positive points. Antonio created a superb teaching atmosphere by consulting all the individual needs of the group members and allowing a fruitful discussion of our questions. Furthermore there is the unique chance to carry on cooperatively by joining special projects. I can fully recommend this workshop".

Dr. med. Dieter Göhmann, Consultant for pain therapy
Traunstein Teaching Hospital, Germany.
"Great practical workshop with focus on QEEG analysis! Hard to find places to learn this, and practicing in small groups is the best way to do it".

Pal Walstad, Neurofeedback practitioner, Norway
"I learnt a lot about the relationship between the ICA analysis and the subcortical source of components using Loreta. This was particularly important as I was not aware of the significance of this relationship and its explanatory power. Examples of analysing data was very useful and discussing what interpretation to place upon the analysis was very informative. The development of the capability to analyse brain processes using ICA and Loreta from the EEG using Mitsar amplifiers is nothing short of a revelation for me. This is because I can now explain to patients what is happening in their brain and how I intend to help with TMS. This is extremely powerful knowledge and hopefully with understanding the role of EEG/ERP phenotypes and treatment response effects then the ability to effectively treat every individual that is personalised will have a significant impact upon the treatment practice of mental disorders. Attending workshops such as this provides the opportunity to learn new things and meet different people and to mix with ‘like minded’ people who share common interests. More workshops please..."
Colin Robertson, PhD, Psychologist
NAVIGOcare, UK.
"I very much enjoyed meeting Antonio and sure will be in touch as opportunities are created. I also enjoyed learning with the fine group of people and was impressed by the research focusing on categorizing/ sub-typing ADD based on qEEG as a biomarker, which I believe will help in development of individualized treatment approaches"

Professor Murali Rao, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, USA.

"Antonio has clinical experience and his observations are close to my practice. He is a very dedicated trainer who offered a very practical approach to a difficult subject. I learned a lot."

Anonymous (feedback sheet)
"The workshop advanced my knowledge in both practical and theoretical aspects, and most particularly, in the integration of the two. The second two days of the course were very valuable for extending the use of ICA in WinEEG into assessment narratives, with a number of useful practical tips. In general, the course, and the instructor, seemed focused on helping people to produce better QEEG-guided assessments. A generous, passionate, and engaged instructor who created a dynamic of partnership with the participants. I would recommend this workshop for WinEEG users especially, because it sets out an approach that bridges from scientific knowledge to clinical practice, in a way that doesn’t depend on the person being an expert, and helps to focus their learning in an efficient way. I found it personally inspiring, as it showed me how I could better channel my ongoing theoretical learning into integrated QEEG-informed assessment skills."
Russell Downham, Therapist at STARTTS
Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors. New South Wales, Australia.

"Comprehensive, intense, clarifying, Human. Exactly what I needed."

Anonymous (feedback sheet)
"Last year I attended a workshop on QEEG and Neurofeedback protocols and I must say, as a student of Neuroscience, it has been an eye opener for me. The collaboration of a multitude of professionals from different backgrounds and nations combined with the interactive nature of the workshop have led the participants to explore new possible research topics and application protocols. Dr Antonio Martins-Mourao, the conductor of the workshop, encouraged creative input by the participants while using example recordings to illustrate the applications and possible diagnostic options of WinEEG and Loreta. The workshop covered a wide range of examples, addressing the interests and abilities of professionals as well as students. The sort of knowledge I gained in this workshop cannot be found in a scientific journal or a college module; I highly advise interested professionals and students from all backgrounds to attend, as it will encourage your own creative and analytical thinking process, enabling you to actively take part in advancing the applications of QEEG and Neurofeedback Training".
Kat Schmolly, Neuroscience student
The Open University, UK

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