Bio-Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Addictive Disorders

Dr. Luciana Lorenzon and Dr. Tullio Scrimali
1-day Workshop
April 10

For the last ten years an interest has been growing in bio-neurofeedback as a treatment for many mental disorders with standard or QEEG guided individually designed protocols. This 1-day workshop will explore the efficacy of the combining of Bio-Neurofeedback training in the addictive field. Dr. Lorenzon, along with Dr. Tullio Scrimali and Dr. Elena Barel, will discuss assessment, protocol selection and treatment monitoring in different kinds of addictive disorders, such as internet, gaming and food addiction. They will demonstrate to the participants how to combine the eeg markers from QEEG (Quantitative electroencephalography analysis), LoRETA (Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography) and the Autonomic Nervous System data in order to design effective protocols. They will provide case studies to share their experience with patients and to illustrate concepts of assessment and interventions in the field of addictive disorders.

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss the EEG-phenotypes underlying the addict population
2. Learn the underlying mechanism of the ANS respons related to the addiction field
3. Learn how to combine biofeedback and neurofeedback training in practice
4. Utilize several case studies to illustrate how to individualize the specific training protocol of addictive disorders

About Dr. Luciana Lorenzon

Dr. Luciana Lorenzon, is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Therapist. She is a Certified Neurofeedback Instructor for the BFE Italy. She is the head of Psychophysiology unit of Medical Center “Medicina e Sviluppo” in Treviso Italy. In addition to private practice, she has experience working as Clinical Psychologist in a Rehabilitation and Research Center where she was responsible for diagnostic assessments of children and adult with a wide range of difficulties including difficulties with attention, impulsivity, executive function, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning and memory, concussion/brain injury, and difficulties with mood, anxiety, and behavior. In her clinical practice, she has successfully treated hundreds of patients with a wide variety of issues using QEEG based diagnosis, biofeedback and neurofeedback training. Her current focus of clinical work and research includes the functional brain imaging (qEEG) in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders, the effectiveness of combining of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback protocols and LoRETA neurofeedback in particular on Epilepsy and addictive disorders.

About Dr. Tullio Scrimali

Physician, Psychologist, Psychotherapist. He specialised in Psychiatry at the University of Milan. He has been one of the pioneers in the development of Cognitive Psychotherapy in Italy, publishing his first research in 1976 and obtaining the first Chair, of Cognitive Therapy, at University of Catania, in 1980.

He teaches this subject both at the ALETEIA International, European School of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, of which he is the Director (and which was founded by him in 1990) and at the University of Catania, where he is a full researcher ad where he is charged of teaching many matters. Among them: Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine. At the Department of Psychiatry, University of Catania he established and actually direct the Unit for Cognitive Therapy and the Lab for Applied Neuroscience, Biofeedback and Neurofeedback.

He has been carrying out and still carries out research and didactic activities in several foreign countries, among which the United States and various European Community Countries. He set up and directed the first Training in Cognitive Psychotherapy ever organised in Poland. He is Author of 160 scientific works and several monographs. He held invited lectures and workshop in Africa (Cairo City) and Asia, in Kore, Japan, China and Taiwan.

He founded and is the Director, at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Catania, of the first Laboratory of Cognitive Psychophysiology and Biofeedback started in Italy. He describes this experience in the monograph he published in England, collaborating with Wiley Publisher. The monograph is: Scrimali T. (2012) Neuroscience-based Cognitive Therapy. New Method for Assessment, Treatment and Self-Regulation.