Using Remote Neurofeedback with Epilepsy and Other Chronic Illnesses
Linda Walker, MHR, LPC, BCN, BCB
April 12, 2019
Individuals with chronic illness, such as epilepsy, can use neurofeedback as a tool to optimize and improve their function. However, fatigue, health, distance or resources might make attending office-based therapy sessions twice weekly unrealistic. Home training fills that gap, but it depends on accurate assessment, preparing the trainee and family for success, and helping the trainee access technology.
In this workshop, Jay Gunkelman will share via Skype the case studies of several young trainees who used remote training to overcome their epilepsy, lead more normal lives and pursue goals their illness had rendered improbable.
These case studies lay the foundation for a practical discussion of remote training, including 1) Identifying factors that encourage success and prevent failure; 2) Using qEEG assessment, to localize and target deregulated features, select montages to best capture EEG and translate the findings to a home training protocol; 3) preparing and assessing the trainee and family; 4) reviewing equipment suitable for home training and using distance technology.
Linda will provide workshop attendees pointers on setting up appropriate feedback screens, teaching the trainee to facilitate and troubleshoot their own training, and monitoring and balancing protocols. Training set-up will be demonstrated and discussed using several software platforms. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own software to practice.
- Learn several strategies in using qEEG assessment to direct protocol.
- Become familiar with the technology and equipment required for successful home training.
- Learn to set up home training protocols to meet their trainees need.
- Consider practical ways of coaching and motivating the client and family to promote training success.
About Linda Walker, MHR, LPC, BCN, BCB
Linda Walker is a licensed professional counselor and school counselor who holds a master’s degree in Human Relations and Counseling from the University of Oklahoma and post graduate certificates in substance abuse and school counseling from Western Michigan University.
In her private practice working with a general population, Linda integrates a variety of methods with an extensive focus on biofeedback, neurofeedback and QEEG. In addition, she teaches biofeedback and neurofeedback at Western Michigan University and served as past president of the Midwest Society of Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback.