9th London QEEG workshop, 6-8 May, 2016:
Using QEEG and Independent Component Analysis (ICA) to identify biomarkers of mental health conditions and improve the effectiveness of neurofeedback protocol design
* see special offer and discounts below *
Presenter: Antonio Martins-Mourao, PhD., Ch. Clin. Psych.*
* Regular presenter at the BFE annual meetings
What is Quantitative Electro-encephalograpy?
The EEG, or electroencephalogram, is the measurement and recording of electrical brain activity commonly referred to as “brainwaves”. The QEEG, the Q stands for quantitative, is the transformation of the digitised EEG data into colour maps of brain functioning called “brain maps”. The QEEG brain maps expose specific neurophysiological patterns, with outstanding time-resolution, that cannot be revealed by the traditional, visually-based, DSM diagnoses. This technique is currently revolutionising the way clinicians diagnose mental health conditions, and is also enabling the design of effective neurofeedback protocols via the use of tools such as independent component analysis (ICA), enabling the location of sources of electrical activity deep in the brain.
What is new about this workshop?
Our aim is to help you improve your diagnostic and intervention skills using Quantitative Electroencephalography techniques. This is a 'hands-on' workshop by clinicians for clinicians where you will have access to step-by-step procedures to help you navigate complicated software and learn how to interpret and analyse your own data or data from your clients. We provide guidance and a context that combines clinical experience in mental health with QEEG expertise to help our participants attain progressive confidence and autonomy in their practice.
We will also provide a programme designed to build your confidence in a completely new environment, by helping you relate course contents with your own experience as a practitioner. Everyone's experience is seen as relevant and the atmosphere of our workshops is relaxed where all participants contribute with their own experiences and points of view. To this we add the extra benefit of considerable clinical and research experience at our London Harley St. and at at the Open University's (UK) QEEG & Brain Research Lab.
The most commonly-used term to define our workshops has been 'demystifying', as we endeavour to unpack complex information in a way useful to your daily practice.
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Is this workshop for you?
The workshop sessions have been designed for beginners and for more advanced practitioners who want to be able interpret their client's QEEGs and use this information to design personalised neurofeedback protocols. Our regular participants include psychologists, psychotherapists, neuropsychologists, neurologists, neuroscientists, psychiatrists, school psychologists, 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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Our cutting edge: introducing you to Independent Component Analysis, ICA
What is ICA? Compared to fMRI, EEG technology is inexpensive and has incredible temporal resolution. However, its biggest limitation lies in its poor spatial resolution, resulting from the severe volume conduction of electrical signals (i.e. propagation in all directions). The Brain is a busy and noisy place. Cortical activity in the frontal cortex, for example, will likely influence the signals in all other EEG electrodes. Such volume conduction prevents accurate source localisation and limits the usefulness of EEG data, which becomes obvious when analysing event-related potentials (ERPs).
ICA will be one of the factors used to help design precise neurofeedback protocols adapted to specific cases. Every brain is different.
So, ICA is a method (see Makeig et al., 1996) used to extract useful information from EEG data greatly improving its spatial resolution. How? ICA separates EEG data into maximally independent components that isolate individual sources of signal, found either cortically or sub-cortically. In the figure above ICA has separated the apparent same source of alpha, at the back of the head, into 3 different components that often may not be seen using spectral analysis.
ICA is not a source localisation technique per se, but source localisation can be performed on the output of ICA, using advanced imaging techniques such as Loreta and sLoreta. The consequences for both de-artefacting raw EEG data and the design of neurofeedback protocols is evident in terms of precision and specificity. Only very few EEG systems currently offer ICA capability.
You may wish to read the testimonials from previous participants at the bottom of this page, but here are some points that may help you decide whether this workshop meets your learning and clinical aims:
• A participant-centred approach (rather than theory-centred) to help you integrate and immediately apply the workshop contents
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• You will be using your own data, either from your clinic or recorded during the workshop
• We will help you demystify artefact correction
• You will learn about the power of database comparisons and the relevance of z-scores, but you will also 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
• You will be introduced to the precision offered by Independent Component Analysis ICA (Makeig, et al., 1996) and associated visualisation using 3-d imaging techniques, such as Loreta and sLoreta. ICA-guided protocol design will revolutionise your practice and enhance your clinical outcomes
• Our approach cross-fertilises EEG expertise, clinical experience in mental health 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)
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.
DAY 3: THEORETICAL CONSTRUCTS
• 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
• Subtypes (biomarkers) for ADHD, OCD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Epilepsy.
* VIGALL model (Hegerl et al., 2010).
• An introduction to EEG and medication.
• Case formulation: integrating EEG data, clinical history, psychological assessments, and lifestyle data.
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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.
• EARLY BIRD: £730 (Eur 985)
(deadline: Thursday April 21, 2016)
• Standard fee: £830 (Eur 1120)
• Student fee: £640 (Eur 864). Send signed departmental letter to email@example.com
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• Two weeks prior to the start of the event: full refund
• One week prior to the start of the event: 50% refund
• Four days prior to the start of the event: 25% refund
• 48 hours prior to the start of the event: no refund
Dr Antonio Martins-Mourao 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, regularly presents QEEG-related workshops at the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE) and runs regular QEEG workshops at London Scientific Neurotherapy, in Italy, Spain and Brazil. His other interests include theology, comparative religion and screenwriting.
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If you're travelling from abroad, or from out of London, 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.
"The workshop far exceeded my expectations both in terms of content and process. There were clear explanations and it was easy to relate the materials to my own context. My questions were well received and because of this I found it easy to remain fully present to the whole learning experience. I particularly liked the way clinical experience and theory were integrated. The learning environment was a 'total environment' which is rare to find. I think this workshop brings added value to clinical practice and I began to recommend it on day 2. Further, I so appreciated Antonio's generosity of spirit and felt a sense of his genuine connection to his work. I was also impressed with his capacity to convey the emotional tone of the EEG recordings (clients and participants). I combine sensorimotor psychotherapy with qEEG neurofeedback and didn't think there was much more I could be inspired by, as a practitioner, and am delighted to say I was wrong. I would summarise this workshop as a good nourishing feed experientially and intellectually. De-mystifying".
Margaret Jordan, Psychologist and Sensorimotor Psychotherapist specialising in trauma and addiction treatment
"I got very large volume of content on techniques for recording QEEGs and a process to follow to analyse the data, produce usable brain maps and start to design appropriate neurofeedback protocols. Small numbers so we got close attention from the leader. Questions were welcomed and encouraged. I would recommend this workshop because it has great content and the leader is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and willing to extend the day to provide extra teaching.".
Rekindling House, UK
Rory McGill, GP, specialised in Holistic Medicine
"The workshop gave me an in-depth understanding about the QEEG. I’ve appreciated the fact that there was a positive and fluent interaction between the teacher and the participants which facilitated a conversation aimed at sharing and comparing the different clinical experiences. This made the group more focused and productive. It was very useful to have a QEEG applied to myself. The teacher shared more than 20 years of work on QEEG and the course offered a good balance between theory and exercises. Further, the possibility of discussing and finding solutions for clinical problems/issues was really enriching. The workshop gave me an opportunity to upgrade my knowledge on the diagnostics and therapeutics of some developmental disorders, especially regarding some pathologies that currently require further clarification and understanding, e.g. autism. This was achieved without being too invasive in terms of patient analysis, preserving the respect of the person".
Peverell Clinic, Plymouth, UK
Dr Amerigo Zanella, Developmental Neuropsychiatrist
"The workshop met all my expectations. It helped me reorganise previous notions and taught me important new concepts. Antonio is very good at making simple and understandable what it is actually very complex. This is workshop that successfully combines theoretical and technical approaches and the sessions were conducted perfectly. I strongly recommend this workshop to colleagues for the wealth of knowledge it actually transmits in a very short time span. It is an opportunity not to be missed by psychologists interested in the world of neuroscience, as we are made to feel that the contents are not too difficult and within our reach as psychotherapists.".
Associazione la Nostra Famiglia, Treviso, Italia
Luciana Lorenzon, Psychologist and Psychotherapist
"My expectations were exceeded in several ways. The contents were well structured and well presented illustrating clear relations between theory and software procedures. Such combination provided a wide perspective and an actual 'handle' on QEEG analysis which gave me confidence to start using this technique in my clinical practice. The way Antonio monitors the participant's progress, constantly answering all questions and provided an illustration to make all necessary points makes the workshop easily understandable with excellent didactics. The possibility of designing your own protocols based on the data collected during the workshop makes this workshop extremely interesting as we can immediately see its practical application. I feel that new doors have been opened in terms of QEEG interpretation and analysis.
Associazione la Nostra Famiglia, Nico Neurofeedback, Treviso, Italia
Isabel Brunner, Biomedical researcher and neurofeedback practitioner
"Very interesting perspective and way of analysing brain activity in the individual, which I was not previously familiar with. I enjoyed the practical application rather than it all being theoretical. I am looking forward to applying what I have learnt to my own data sets for a fresh perspective on my own research population".
Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Samantha Ross, PhD student
"The workshop was the exact thing i needed. Antonio's teaching was good to me and adjusted to our interests.
Otago University, New Zealand.
Dr. Uri Israeli, Psychologist
"The workshop provided lots of practice on the procedures and these were all explained very well. I also enjoyed the theoretical aspects of the workshops, looking at EEG-phenotypes and the various conditions that may cause these phenomena. The explanations were very well tied into the practical aspects. Discussions about biofeedback and how they all relate with the QEEG were very interesting. I got a huge amount out of this workshop. Found it fascinating and very useful".
Anonymous (feedback sheet)
"Thank you for your excellent teaching. I am glad I attended your workshop."
Dr Ben Cheung, Consultant Psychiatrist
"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".
St Terese Hospital, Hong Kong.
Dr. med. Dieter Göhmann, Consultant for pain therapy
"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".
Traunstein Teaching Hospital, Germany.
Pal Walstad, Neurofeedback practitioner, Norway
"As a student of Psychoanalytic theory I was looking for some grounding in objective measures of brain states related to conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder. I walked away with a much greater appreciation of the nuanced EEG readings of this and other patient populations. I learned about the key brain wave frequencies in the brain and what they mean, how to read a raw eeg, how to ensure optimal quality of signalling i.e. de-artifacting. I also learned how to analyse key data
and how to begin to build an understanding of the client in terms of their brain functioning. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone with an interest in
EEG/Neurofeedback. The course provides a hands on guide; allowing you to read and interpret key data".
Alistair Good, Graduate Student
"The workshop absolutely matched my expectations. Everything was explained in a way that even a "total novice" actually learned more than I could have anticipated before attending. You get detailed, well explained information delivered in a way that everyone can easily understand: QEEG learned the easy way!"
Psychoanalytic Studies, University College London, UCL.
Helge Borresen, Research Assistant
"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..."
Haugesund City Hospital, Norway.
Colin Robertson, PhD, Psychologist
"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 introduced me to QEEG analysis and informed me about EEG-phenotypes and issues related to personalised medicine. It offered a simple and good quality approach to EEG interpretation"
Dr Nezla Duric, Consultant Child Psychiatrist
"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."
Haugesund City Hospital, Norway.
Russell Downham, Therapist at STARTTS
Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors. New South Wales, Australia.
"This workshop met my expectations and more. I particularly enjoyed being able to get hands-on practice at doing a recording and having my own recording done for analysis during the workshop. Going over the actual data gave me a good overview of how the procedure works and what some of the indicators from the data relate to. I found it totally fascinating from a research point of view and good for understanding what underlies behaviour. I found it all very interesting and would recommend it".
Gwyneth Wesley Rolph, Undergraduate Student, Cognitive Neuroscience
"Comprehensive, intense, clarifying, Human. Exactly what I needed."
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Westminster University, London, UK.
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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