From Case Studies to Hands-on: A Practical Approach to Trauma and PTSD

Tanju Surmeli, MD, BCIA-EEG
2-day Workshop
April 12-13


Many psychological conditions possess a trauma basis. Using psychophysiological modalities to study, evaluate, assess and train the neurobiological substrates could prove key to enhancing psychological healing. This workshop addresses case studies in trauma and PTSD involving the integration of qEEG, neurofeedback, biofeedback and other modalities. EEGs, stress profiles and recorded training data are presented to illustrate how psychophysiological interventions are important not only to assess, but also to provide optimal, evidence-based outcomes.

Morning sessions consist of case study presentations, the anatomy and physiology of the trauma response the core elements of trauma and how they manifest on a psychophysiological level. Afternoon sessions provide hands-on opportunities to practice HRV biofeedback and Alpha/Theta neurofeedback exercises that can be used in trauma interventions.

Participants are able to apply three (3) workshop case studies toward those required for BCIA mentoring. BCIA mentoring forms will be available for participants to complete.


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify several appropriate psychophysiological interventions that can be used in trauma.
  • Participants will be able to list the core elements of trauma and how they relate to their interventions.
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate appropriate application of two specific psychophysiological modalities in trauma interventions.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one psychophysiological characteristic as it relates to trauma.

About Santiago Brand, BA, BCN, BCB

Santiago is a licensed psychologist in Colombia with a private practice. He has been using neurofeedback and biofeedback for the past 10 years and has worked in sport and clinical psychology for the past 15 years. He is a
consultant for the Colombian Olympic Committee and Guatemalan Olympic Committee. Santiago is also a University professor in the areas of neurofeedback, biofeedback and neuroscience. Santiago is trained in biofeedback neurofeedback and qEEG and is BCIA board certified en both biofeedback and neurofeedback. Santiago also has a strong interest in trauma interventions and since 2016 has been trained in Brainspotting which he uses to treat trauma victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. Santiago has also done research in the field of trauma, psychophysiology and the EEG and is has authored a chapter on trauma and the EEG in the 2018 book “The Power of
Brainspotting: An international Anthology”. He is also a neurofeedback consultant and trainer having delivered workshops in several countries in both English and Spanish.