A trip only for the brave!
I’ve been trying for weeks to write an article about Neurofeedback training courses. When I think about it, what comes to mind is a mixture of expectations and frustration. Why is it so difficult to learn Neurofeedback well? Read on to have a clearer picture.
Types of Neurofeedback
First of all, Neurofeedback is not an easy, homogeneous field. There are several variations, which makes finding the perfect Neurofeedback course an even more complex subject.
Although they are similar techniques, Biofeedback is easier to learn than Neurofeedback. It will be easy for both you as a therapist and your patients. HRV, which stands for Heart Rate Variability, is a powerful tool to manage the anxiety of your patients.
Second, exclusive or closed Neurofeedback systems are easier to learn. Each manufacturer has developed its own system with clearer, fixed-rules protocols. Therefore, it is more difficult to get lost. This is the case of EEG Info, Neuroptimal and LENS Neurofeedback.
When you enter the world of traditional Neurofeedback courses you run the risk of getting lost. There are courses provided by the manufacturers themselves, such as MindMedia and ThoughtTechnology, and there are many courses facilitated by independent entities.
Neurofeedback general courses cover in only 2 to 5 days a wide program that goes over anatomy, learning theory, electrophysiology, neurological and psychiatric conditions, biomarkers, assessment techniques, intervention protocols, history and types of Neurofeedback, electronics, software and hardware, hands-on workshops […]. Too nice to be true in such a few days. Even so, they are the first, fundamental step in the long journey of your training.
Latest developments in Neurofeedback
Thus, gradually, after years of training and experience, you may want to get into more complex and effective versions of Neurofeedback, such as z-score, LORETA Neurofeedback, or qEEG guided Neurofeedback. Here the training is even scarcer, and the technical complexity much greater.
Education is the best investment
Although sometimes it seems complicated, do not feel discouraged. Keep training everything you can. Do not stop after a single training course. Think also of internships and supervision opportunities with a professional with wider experience. You will go from his/her hand in your first steps and you won’t be alone along the way. Have a nice journey !!
Do you want to know ALL the Neurofeedback courses in Europe? Read the article Neurofeedback Courses in Europe.
Learn more about LENS Neurofeedback by reading the questions and answers that other therapists have already made.
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