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Neurofeedback 101

Neurofeedback 101 Course

Friday, Saturday, Sunday - October 25-27, 2024

Extensive hands-on practice Training with multiple types of neurofeedback, biofeedback, and neurostimulation.

Personal supervision by Michael Cohen, a 30-year veteran in the field of neurofeedback and nationally known neurofeedback instructor.

Small classes for a personalized learning experience.

Intended Audience:

Professionals and non-professionals interested in learning more about neurofeedback. Many professionals who enroll are mental health professionals, other health care professionals, and physicians. Non-professionals may include people interested in learning about neurofeedback for personal growth or to incorporate it into a home training routine.

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  1. Receive a folder and digital files that include PowerPoint slides, step-by-step instructions, and “cheat sheets” on how to do neurofeedback
  2. An overview of neurofeedback’s core concepts, methods, and equipment
  3. Guidance on creating, adjusting, and adapting training protocols with the help of technology and your own observations
  4. Proper electrode placement
  5. Understanding frequencies and amplitude
  6. Basic understanding of the EEG
  7. Brain arousal states and their training implications
  8. Targeting based on regional brain function
  9. The benefits and challenges of different brain training methods
  10. What neurofeedback can and cannot help with
  11. Discussion of brain mapping

Key Features of the Course

  • Small class size with personalized instruction by Michael Cohen, Director of the Center for Brain Training and author of  Neurofeedback 101, Rewiring the Brain for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression and Beyond
  • Equipment-agnostic. Our focus is on helping you understand the differences between systems*, what’s similar and what’s different. We’re not focused on selling equipment 
  • Exposure to a brain-based model that’s evolved over 50+ years featuring targeting of symptoms such as anxiety, PTSD, mood and depression, sleep, and attention 
  • ”Unvarnished” discussions about neurofeedback including:
    • Detailed examples of what works, where challenges occur, and how to adapt when things don’t go well. 
    • Ways medications are affected by neurofeedback, and vice versa
    • Comparison of different neurofeedback systems* and training models 
    • Basic concepts and detailed examples of brain mapping/qEEG.  When is a brain map needed? How do different types of brain maps compare? 
    • Insights regarding the business aspects of offering neurofeedback in a mental health or medical practice
  • Customized training protocols designed exclusively for four to five sessions on yourself throughout the course
  • Discussion of other issues impacted by neuroregulation including autism, tics, chronic pain, and neurological issues such as concussions, memory loss and stroke 
  • Introduction to other neurotechnologies such as photobiomodulation, audio-visual entrainment, cranial electrical stimulation, and bioregulation therapy. Though optional, many participants try these out during the course  
  • Environmental, diet and lifestyle factors that can affect outcomes
  • How to explain neurofeedback to clients
  • The business side of neurofeedback including how practices typically charge bill, and promote
  • What to consider in an intake
  • Real-life clinical challenges and considerations for using neurofeedback

Note: There are no continuing education credits offered for this course.

For a full course outline for Neurofeedback 101, please click here.

Neurofeedback is a complex subject. Our goal is to present information in a clear, simple and easy-to-understand way.

Some Comments on the Course

“Mike is an unbelievable educator. He started with general information and built a framework around it, then filled in the details. . . It was practical and hands-on. “

“I learned more in the first day than in four days of another course I took.”

“A great learning experience. We covered a lot of information . . . but it was definitely not overwhelming.”

“. . . Mike’s Neurofeedback 101 course offered a good way to familiarize myself with neurofeedback and options for equipment.”

We keep classes small to personalize your learning experience

Register

Cost: $1,495
Class will be held at the Center for Brain Training Office
550 Heritage Drive, Suite 140
Jupiter, Florida
(17 miles north of Palm Beach International airport)
October 25th – 27th, 2024

Schedule
Friday 9:00 am – 6:15 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 6:15 pm
Sunday 8:30 – 4:00 pm
(Water, tea, coffee, and snacks are provided)
New students can register by phone at 561-295-3311 or by clicking on the yellow “Pay Now” button below.

Returning 101 students are eligible for a 50% discount and must call 561-295-3311 to register.

About Micheal 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 Anxiety, ADHD, Depression & Beyond (without medication) 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.

Attendee Stories


Why Would a Seasoned Neurofeedback Practitioner Take Neurofeedback 101?After including neurofeedback in her counseling practice for a dozen years, Sara Henry, LMFT, decided to broaden the scope of her knowledge of the neurofeedback field. She had studied with a mentor on a monthly basis and attended trainings and conferences over the years, but she wanted to experience something different in her continuing education.Read the complete story

Aspiring Practitioner Says Neurofeedback 101 Course Ideal for New CliniciansDeirdre Peters wants to open a neurofeedback practice. To gain the knowledge she feels she needs, she’s taken several neurofeedback courses over the past nine years. Unfortunately, none left her feeling prepared to be a clinician until she took Mike Cohen’s Neurofeedback 101 course.Read the complete story

Addiction Recovery Nurses “On Fire” After One-on-One Neurofeedback Training

Dorothy Denigris, R.N. (standing) and Ann Webster, R.N. are practicing doing neurofeedback on one another as they prepare to start integrating it into their practice.

Click here to read the complete story.

Neurofeedback 101 Class Helps Educator Decide to Open Neurofeedback-Based Practice

Jackie pictured with one of her young clients, getting used to wearing a neurofeedback training cap.

Click here to read the complete story.

Course Aids Counselor’s Decision to Add Neurofeedback to his Practice
Jesse Kessinger became interested in neurofeedback a dozen or so years ago. His brother had suffered a severe TBI and was significantly helped by neurofeedback. After observing the impact neurofeedback had on his brother, Jesse decided to consider adding neurofeedback to his practice.

He felt that Mike Cohen’s Neurofeedback 101 course would be a good place to start.

“Mike’s 3-day course is the perfect Introduction for those new to the field,” he said. “It’s an excellent immersion experience for grasping basic concepts and a good way to decide if neurofeedback is something you want to pursue in your practice.”

Click here to read the complete story.

Neurofeedback 101 Course: “I Wish I’d Known About It Sooner”

Danita Tanner, LMSW, a social worker in Las Vegas, wanted to add neurofeedback to her practice to help her trauma clients. She spent a year taking several introductory courses she hoped would give her enough background to enter the field as a well-prepared novice.

Each course she completed added a different aspect of the technology to her knowledge base but none, she said, gave her enough direction to know how to start. Some of the courses had too many people for her to get the personal attention she needed. Others provided intense didactic teaching about the technology and the brain but not too much about practical application.

She then enrolled in Mike Cohen’s in-person Neurofeedback 101 course and knew immediately that she had found exactly what she’d been looking for.

Among her favorite aspects of the course:

Mike Cohen’s teaching style. “Mike does a phenomenal job of teaching,” she said. “From the get-go he has you thinking about how the brain works, what’s going on with the client, and how you put those two together and progress through treatment. And he does it in a stepwise manner that’s not overwhelming.”

Small class size (10 students max) and a professional neurofeedback practitioner assisting Mike when students had questions. She felt she received all the personal attention she needed. “Being able to practice things in person, like sensor placement, and having professional oversight made a world of difference,” she noted.

Introduction to a variety of equipment and adjunct modalities and the chance to familiarize herself with and use them. “I’d heard and read about a lot of different equipment, but this was the first time I had the opportunity to see it and actually get to try it,” she noted.

Mike’s “genuine concern and care” about each participant. “That really came through and was a unanimous refrain from the attendees in my cohort there,” she recalled. “We were all just tickled to death.”

“Mike really knocks it out the park in terms of helping people build confidence,” said Danita. “He creates an environment that allows you to feel competent enough to be a novice neurofeedback provider. I needed solid ground to get started, and he offered that.

“I went home afterward with a clear idea of where and how to begin, as opposed to just throwing darts to see where they would land,” she said. “I had solid direction for putting the pieces together and starting to roll.

“I was very pleased with this training and have told a lot of people about it,” she added. “I wish I’d known about it sooner.”

Testimonials

Mike is a very engaging instructor. I learned so much from him. His teaching style is lighthearted but very informative. He’s good at helping people understand complicated topics. Since taking the course I’m much more comfortable doing neurofeedback.

-Karen Flannery, M.D., Hospitalist
West Palm Beach, Florida


You are amazing! The days were too short. We could’ve done with another day just to get more information from you. I think you have changed our lives for the better. I am genuinely excited about the implementation of neurofeedback in my own life and in my practice. I think it is going to be life changing for me to be able to help people at this level. I hope and pray I can be as good at it as you some day.

Very sincerely and heartfelt thanks,

Dr. Aine Bergin
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Riverside, California
www.drbergin.net


I took a neurofeedback course because I had read about neurofeedback in a book called The Body Keeps the Score. Reading that book was part of some investigating I was doing on alternative ways to facilitate trauma recovery. I decided that I wanted to buy a system sometime in the future, and Mike’s Neurofeedback 101 course offered a good way to familiarize myself with neurofeedback and options for equipment.

Dave Stelling
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Redeemer Counseling Center
Winter Springs and Lake Nona, Florida
www.redeemercounselingcenter.com


The tenor of the class was casual, fun, and easy to listen to. I just wanted to soak up every little drop of information the whole time. Now I have all these great ideas spinning around in my head – all these basic but important changes in the way I think and talk about neurofeedback.

You really have had a significant impact on the direction of my practice and my career!
Thank you so much!

K. S., D.C.
Middleburgh, New York


I loved the course. I feel I’ve learned enough to make a reasonably informed decision on what equipment to buy and to begin using neurofeedback on my clients.

Most beneficial was all of the practice time allowed.

A bonus of the practice is that I received lots of neurofeedback, and I am feeling better (less anxious, more clear) than I have felt in a long time.

I look forward to returning to your center for the more advanced class after I have practiced for a while. Mike is a gifted teacher.

S. G. LCSW
Milford, Connecticut


The first day of the class I was a little overwhelmed. Mike put up graphs, and there were numbers everywhere, and you didn’t know what to look at. But in the end, it all made sense. In fact, I was surprised at how much sense it made from a neurological standpoint.
I was impressed with how Mike gave a very practical view of neurofeedback, something you could apply. I didn’t expect to be comfortable doing it so quickly, but I went from knowing nothing to being able to apply it after just one weekend. I returned to my office and conducted five sessions on patients.

Mike presented the whole picture and broke everything down. I appreciated that he has knowledge of different neurofeedback systems, different approaches to doing neurofeedback and different ways of interpreting EEG’s.

The class wasn’t as structured as I expected it to be, based on the material he sent out in advance of the course. The class flowed according to questions people had.

The most valuable part of the course was the hands-on training. We were able to see right before our eyes what we had been learning about in the lectures.

I like how Mike is laid back and makes you feel comfortable. You know that regardless of your questions or concerns, he’s going to get you there.

Marty Rukeyser, D.C.
Port St. Lucie, Fla


I really enjoyed the course. I particularly valued being able to work with the equipment and to experience applying and receiving the neurofeedback firsthand. Mike was awesome. He was a good teacher, really patient, humorous, approachable and really knows his stuff. Even with all his knowledge, he was able to appropriately simplify the information for the class. Being able to see the Center gave me a good idea on how to set up a clinic as well. I found everyone professional and welcoming. It was very positive.

J. S., M.S.
PhD Clinical Psychology Student


I wanted to say thanks again for allowing me to come to the training. It was enjoyable and a great learning experience. We covered a lot of information, more than I expected, but it was definitely not overwhelming. I’m really excited to find out what lies ahead for me with neurofeedback.
B. G.
Eastman, Georgia


…a big thank you to you. From the very beginning “Intro to Neurofeedback” through all my “basic training” you were there as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. And you have continued to inform and educate me – through ‘”run-ins” at conferences/trainings and through your phone forums. You encouraged me to “come on in….the water’s fine” when I struggled with the inevitable overwhelm after the four-day training…..and, as a result, five and a half years later, I have work that is satisfying, meaningful, puts bread on the table AND keeps the neurons firing.

I consider you the most “comprehensibly knowledgeable” person in the field today and am deeply grateful for all you bring to the table. I look forward to continuing to learn from you.

J. B. M.Ed
Norwell, Massachusetts


“I learned more in the first day than in four days of another course I took.”
– AL, West Palm, Florida


“This course was incredibly well-done. Mike is an unbelievable educator. He started with general information and built a framework around it, then filled in the details. It was brilliant. It was practical and hands-on. He gave enough information so that if people were intending to have a practice, they could go forth and use it. It was absolutely great!”
– JM, Stuart, FL


“Neurofeedback 101 Conceirge Style is the best course we’ve ever created for people new to the field. It is designed to better prepare you to do neurofeedback – and in a shorter time – than almost any other introductory course I know of.”
– Michael Cohen, Director, Center for Brain


Note: Michael Cohen also teaches Neurofeedback 201, a two-day follow-up course offered online. It is usually recommended that you get some hands on experience before the 201 course.

For our Level 2, Neurofeedback 201 Course
click here

POLICIES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Cancellations – a deposit of at least 50% of the full price is required at registration. Although the deposit or payment is non-refundable, a credit for the prepaid amount can be applied to a future course for up to one year, if the cancellation occurs at least 10 days prior to the event. Cancellations after this time will result in funds being non-refundable and they will not be transferred to a future course.

This course applies clinical concepts using neurofeedback. Neurofeedback has developed over more than a 30-year period. Neurofeedback 101 distills the basic practical principles for clinicians on how to apply neurofeedback training techniques to help clients with specific symptoms based on an understanding of brain function. The summary concepts about brain function come from many different sources including information on Brodmann areas. It’s an accumulation and summary of knowledge from a large group of health professionals, including PhD psychologists, neuropsychologists, neurophysiologists, psychiatrists, neurologists and more. Our instructor has helped teach APA certified courses for more than 20 years and has taught courses with much of this material included for the International American Psychiatric Association. During the course, we constantly stress the limitations of the data presented. We discuss the challenges that every brain is unique and can respond differently to the same training. We point out a variety of training models to deal with the same problems and discuss the challenges in identifying what problems actually exist when there are often no reliable biomarkers for most mental health and neurological conditions. A big part of the course discussion is about the limitations, pointing out that despite ongoing debates in the field about various models, differences in interpretation of clinical presentations, and differences in how to do neurofeedback training – that all these allow functional effects and have many years of clinical use by a large clinical provider population. We also warn that “effectiveness” of treatment is also not well defined and hard to compare but there are standards that can be used to help assess progress. The content of this presentation will include assessment measures that help assess brain function to be utilized in determining treatment interventions. When applied and used according to psychological ethics and practice guidelines, within the scope of expertise of the practicing psychologist, the methods taught do not pose any risks. The information presented reference peer reviewed research that addresses both the utility and limitations of the methods presented. Both the equipment discussed and the HBImed database are FDA cleared, but must be used by practitioners who have expertise in their use. We also discuss a range of equipment available to providers. We provide some explanation to providers about the current position of the FDA on the status of having FDA clearance for neurofeedback and EEG equipment and software.

Licensed professionals are responsible for reviewing the scope of their practice, including activities that are defined in laws as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with their professional standards. The manual and presentation slides produced for this course are proprietary and not for distribution without consent from Center for Brain.

This course is designed to teach the neurofeedback fundamentals and to help clinicians get started with neurofeedback.It’s an introductory course and is not designed to teach everything there is to know about neurofeedback. Neurofeedback involves and on-going learning process. Neurofeedback simply measures the EEG and provides feedback based on the individual’s EEG. Any perceived effects noted during the process of EEG training is likely the result of the individual’s brain responding to its own feedback. Please notify instructor of any unusual or undesirable responses to training. Effects are generally short in duration. Medications should not be stopped or altered without consulting your physician or psychiatrist. Other therapies should be continued until otherwise advised by your physician as well. Please notify instructor of any serious mental health or physical health conditions.

If any questions, concerns or complaints arise regarding this program, please address them to the Program Coordinator Pricila Vizcaino at Pricila@Centerforbrain.com or you can reach her on her direct line at 561-295-3311.

*Systems we use include: Brainmaster, Cygnet, EEGer, LENS, infraslow, infralow, amplitude training, coherence training, and qEEG guided training.

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