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Outline for Online Alpha-Theta Course

Day 1 — Three Hours with Breaks

1)      Detailed review of setting up EEGer and running Alpha-Theta.

    • Setup.
    • 6 Trace frequency band targets.
    • Using defaults.
    • Reviewing the sounds.
    • Tip: How to export graph for review. Send graphs for second class course.

2)      Headphones vs. Speakers?
3)      Chair?
4)      Music?
5)      When is a client ready for Alpha-Theta?
6)      When to start Alpha-Theta with clients?
7)      Discussing Alpha-Theta in advance with clients.
8)      How many sessions, and how often do you need to do Alpha-Theta? Do you mix it in vs. dedicating a number of sessions?
9)      Using guided visualization as part of the introduction.
10)   How to prepare the client — often less is more. What to say, not to say.
11)   Using it with children.
12)   Discussion of sleep.
13)   Is it helpful to precede Alpha-Theta with progressive relaxation or Heart Rate Variability training – or just jump in?
14)   How long do you train the client?
15)   Headphones or no headphones.
16)   How to prepare yourself.
17)   Do you stay in the room?
18)   How can you tell if the client went to sleep?
19)   “How did I do?” Talking with the client about their session.

Day 2 — Three Hours with Breaks

1)      A brief review of research. (Peniston, Gruzelier, Scott)
2)      Review of sessions.
3)      How to debrief/process the session with the client.
4)      Watching for abreactions and how to prepare for that.
5)      What is bad alpha?
6)      Review sleep again. How to deal with clients who chronically fall asleep. How important is it?
7)      Why is Alpha-Theta underutilized? Do we have a bias that keeps us from using it well?
8)      When should you not use Alpha-Theta?
9)      Follow-up discussion to scripting.
10)   Further discussion about finishing sessions with stabilization. Watching for delayed depression.
11)   Discuss cases.
12)   Extra Long Alpha-Theta sessions.
13)   Advanced – Alpha-Theta 2 channel, or Alpha-Theta Synchrony?