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Neurofeedback Series #3

Regulating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms with Neurofeedback: Regaining Control of the Mind

Dr. Ruth Lanius presents findings from her randomized control trial examining alpha down neurofeedback with PTSD. The results are very exciting in that treatment with neurofeedback as compared to a sham condition shows not only a significant decrease in PTSD symptoms but also leads to a normalization of several major brain networks affected by PTSD. The findings illustrate elegantly how neurofeedback can lead to brain plasticity and recovery from PTSD.

Neurofeedback, also knows as brain wave/EEG biofeedback offers a profound ability to help treat one of the most intractable mental health concerns of our time: severe childhood abuse, neglect, or abandonment, otherwise known as developmental trauma. When an attachment rupture occurs between a child and her or his primary caregiver, a tangle of complicated symptoms can set in: severe emotional dysregulation, chronic dissociation, self-destructive behaviors, social isolation, rage, and fear. Until now, few reliable therapies existed to combat developmental trauma. As described in Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain we are shown that by focusing on a client's brain-wave patterns and "training" them to operate at different frequencies, the rhythms of the brain, body, and mind are normalized, attention stabilizes, fear subsides, and, with persistent, dedicated training, regulation sets in.

This course is presented at the intermediate instructional level. An understanding of trauma and neurofeedback is recommended.

Objective

You will be able to

- Discuss important issues and challenges within this community
- Discuss the effects of neurofeedback on PTSD symptomatology
- Illustrate the effects of PTSD on brain functioning
- Describe how neurofeedback can normalize brain functioning in individuals with PTSD

Ruth Lanius, MD


Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain.

Ruth Lanius

Course Level

This course is presented at the intermediate instructional level. An understanding of trauma and neurofeedback is recommended.

Neurofeedback Series #3

$45.00

Program Only

Included features:

  • 60 Minute Lecture

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