MODULE 1 - Certified Neurofeedback Therapist
MODULE 1 - Beginner Course (40 CE)
Your first step to the Certified Neurofeedback Therapist IFEN takes you to our Module 1.
This is a 5-day beginners course comprising 40 units (CE).
Here you will be introduced to the basics of neurofeedback: e.g. History and origin of biofeedback, neurophysiology, applications as well as taking an EEG and its evaluation.
What is Neurofeedback?
- Neurofeedback (ancient Greek neuron = nerve) is a specialized biofeedback technique. It is used primarily in neuronal and psychosomatic disorders such as ADHD, epilepsy, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, panic disorders, etc.
- For that, electrodes on the scalp measure the fluctuations of the electrical potential in the brain. These are then graphically displayed in an electroencephalogram (ancient Greek enkephalos = brain, graphein = write, abbreviated EEG).
- Sometimes certain symptoms and clinical pictures can be deduced out of abnormalities in the EEG, which usually result from an imbalance in brain activity. This is made possible through a so-called brain map.
- In a neurofeedback session, the client's EEG is used to make his or her internal processes of the brain visible, usually using different visualizations. For example, the client has to maneuver an aircraft in a video game by changing brain activity.
- If the client manages to get into the desired state during the session, thereby influencing what happens on the screen (e.g., reaching a specific target), it activates the reward center in the brain. This triggers a learning process that, in turn, leads to an improvement in brain activity.
- This "positive feedback" encourages the brain to maintain a state of maximum concentration and performance while staying relaxed. Through regular training, brain activity can eventually become balanced in the long term.
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