Alpha-Theta Online Course
Alpha-Theta can be a powerful tool to help release and reprocess the “psychological stuff” that has accumulated in our brains from a lifetime of events — even things we don’t remember. When used properly, it’s a very important part of neurofeedback. It helps us tap into our creativity, and helps us let go. Once clients get going with it, many really love it.
Mike Cohen, President and Director of at Center for Brain Training, is now offering an online Alpha-Theta course.
Alpha-Theta Course Dates – TBA
(2 part course) from 4:00 – 7:05 pm (Eastern Time)
This six-hour course is spread over two dates to allow practice time between course sessions.
There will be a 5 minute break during each 3 hour segment (5:30-5:35 pm).
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Mental health professionals and health care providers who already have some basic experience with neurofeedback and access to neurofeedback equipment.
COURSE LEVEL: Intermediate
APA CEs: This program when attended in its entirety, is available for 6 CEs. Sadar Psychological is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education credits. APA credits are also accepted by BCIA for re-certification credits. Find further details on policies and APA CEs at the bottom of the page.
FEE FOR 6 APA CEs – $30
Next Course Dates
We don’t currently have an Alpha Theta course scheduled . However, recordings of previous courses are available for purchase. APA CE’s can only be provided for the live webinar and not for recordings. Please call 561-594-2062 for further information about the course or about purchasing recordings.
Each date will be three hours each (4:00-7:05 Eastern Time) with a 5 minute break at 5:30pm.
If you can’t attend, you can still benefit from this valuable training as it will be recorded for replay.
(If you are seeking the 6 APA CEs there is an additional fee of $30. The fee for the CEs can be paid upon completion of the course.)
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Benefits of the Course
Alpha-Theta training uses EEG feedback to increase Alpha-Theta brainwaves. It’s a great way to help clients, and when used properly, works well with standard neurofeedback. It’s particularly valuable for PTSD and addiction recovery, but it is also useful for enhancing creativity and for achieving some of the deeper inner states that often take years of meditative practice. It can be a fast track to inner consciousness and can help access forgotten memories.
Alpha-Theta training has been known to facilitate that state described as “being in the zone” or for creating a sense of essential well-being.
We will primarily be focused on using EEGer for running Alpha-Theta sessions, though the basic principles for training Alpha-Theta is similar across different systems. If you do not use EEGer, you may still attend the course, but you will need to find the appropriate settings for running the Alpha-Theta protocol on whatever system you use. If you don’t know, it is often as simple as contacting the primary tech support for your device.
By offering the Alpha-Theta course online, you’re able to share the instructor’s screen on your computer from the convenience of your home or office. All you need is a browser and internet connection. The schedule gives you a chance to practice Alpha-Theta between the two class dates.
Those attending live can ask questions and interact during the webinar. If you aren’t able to attend, you’ll have full access to the replay, as will all attendees.
We assume attendees have access to neurofeedback equipment, basic knowledge and experience with neurofeedback, and that they’d like to learn how to implement Alpha-Theta and maximize its potential for their clients and themselves.
Attending a three-hour, valuable course online is an excellent teaching method. Our experience with other courses is that this format works very well, and attendees prefer the flexibility of an online course versus leaving their home and business environments and incurring the additional cost of traveling.
The class could go a bit past three hours, depending on questions asked, but the core course should be about three hours long.
Practicing what you learn in the course will take place in your office or home between the first and second class. There are two weeks in between the two course dates, so you’ll have plenty of time to practice running Alpha-Theta sessions on yourself and, hopefully, others.
Call 561-594-2062 or e-mail Liz@Centerforbrain.com to register or learn more.
Some key examples of issues discussed in the course:
- What Alpha-Theta training is, the benefits and what to anticipate
- How to introduce Alpha-Theta to clients
- Electrode placement for alpha theta brain wave training and frequency range
- Coaching the therapeutic process
- Incorporating scripts and guided imagery
- Recognizing abreactions and related training considerations
- Using graphs for assessing client progress
- When to finish with some standard activation training
During the first three-hour segment of the course, you will learn how to optimally set up EEGer for Alpha-Theta and learn the basics of explaining Alpha-Theta to your clients. What you say and what you don’t say makes much more of a difference in Alpha-Theta than the more standard “activation” training. We will also discuss how you determine the client’s response to the session, and how to talk about it with the client.
After the first class, your task will be to run several Alpha-Theta sessions on yourself and others. If you can get at least two or three sessions done on two or three people, it will be helpful. You should definitely run at least two on yourself. It is not too difficult to hook yourself up and run your own Alpha-Theta session, and we’ll talk about how to do that in the first part of the course.
By the second part of the course, you will have run several sessions of Alpha-Theta in your office. Next, we will review in-depth what happens during Alpha-Theta and what to watch for with your clients. It is possible to “share your screen” or have you send in sessions in advance. We’ll review them in the class, and discuss how you would talk about them with clients. You will also learn how to deal with issues such as abreactions, falling asleep during sessions, and “bad alpha” events. It’s not my goal to get heavily into psycho-dynamic issues, but a lot of things do come up that you need to be prepared to discuss with your clients. We’ll discuss that as part of the process, and I am assuming anyone offering Alpha-Theta already has the necessary therapeutic skills to handle issues that may surface.
Please contact 561-594-2062 or e-mail Liz@Centerforbrain.com for questions or to register.
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About the Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen, B.S., Director of Center for Brain and Chief of Neurotechnology, has been teaching neurofeedback courses since 1998. His courses have evolved over the years to include new research in brain science and psychology. Advances in brain imaging and analysis, as well as methods integrating psychotherapy, medication and neurofeedback, have influenced the development of his courses.
Mr. Cohen has taught at the graduate level at Cambridge College and APA accredited courses at ISNR Neurofeedback conferences (2004-2017). He’s been an invited lecturer at the American Psycholgical Association (2005-20011) and the Australian Clinical Neurofeedback conference (2002, 2004). He’s presented on neuropsychology and cortical function, EEG analysis, and how to use neurofeedback as an adjunct to treating behavioral issues, mood, attention and anxiety.
Mr. Cohen co-founded his first clinic in 1996 and Center for Brain in Jupiter, Florida in 2006. Cases at Center for Brain include clients dealing with anxiety, depression, TBI, ADHD, sleep issues, memory loss & more. His most recent publication Neurofeedback 101: Rewiring the Brain for Axiety, ADHD, Depression & Beyond is now available.
Mike is considered a leading expert in EEG neurofeedback and serves as a consultant to clinicians and addiction treatment centers around the U.S. and abroad. He has been awarded a Fellow by the International Society of Neurofeedback Research for his accomplishments.
If you would like to learn more about Michael Cohen’s background, please click here click here and scroll halfway down the page.
ALPHA THETA LEARNING OBJECTIVES
1) Be able to identify two mental health issues that might benefit from alpha theta brain wave training.
2) Be able to list two steps you can take as a clinician to help calm an anxious client prior to beginning an alpha theta session.
3) Be able to identify one mental health issue a client may have that could indicate a need to finish an alpha theta session with increased physiological activation.
4) Be able to list one mental health condition where alpha theta training may be contraindicated and may increase emotional dysregulation.