Trauma Education Essentials


Live Webinar with Doug Bremner and John Demos on December 4, 2018 at 6 pm EST

Live Webinar with Doug Bremner and John Demos on December 4, 2018 at 6 pm EST

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Dec 4th at 6 pm ET. The Neurobiology of Trauma. Join this exciting webinar and learn the latest research on how the brain is impacted by trauma, and get up to date on the use of neurofeedback for trauma disorders.

All prices are in USD. Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you immediately. A few days before the webinar, we'll send you a reminder email along with a link to access the live webinar and a pdf of the slides.

Dr. Douglas Bremner is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU) at Emory University School of Medicine and the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. See his full bio here.

John Demos earned his Master’s degree in Mental Health counseling in 1994 from Vermont College of Norwich-University. He is licensed by the state of Vermont as a Clinical Mental counselor, certified by the National Registry of Neurofeedback Providers, and the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) in EEG. John’s book Getting Started with Neurofeedback is required reading for all candidates who are aspiring to become certified by BCIA. See his full bio here.

What is this webinar about? 
The first half the webinar is titled, “The Neurobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Dr. Bremner will discuss how psychological trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are associated with lasting effects on the brain and physical health. Studies in animals show that stress is associated with changes in brain regions involved in memory including prefrontal cortex, cingulate, hippocampus, amygdala, and other connected brain regions. Stress also affects brain circuitry involving the noradrenergic and cortisol systems. The hippocampus has been shown to be a brain region that uniquely has the ability for neurogenesis, or the ability to grow new neurons in adulthood. Stress inhibits neurogenesis and treatments of stress can reverse this. This has been shown in animal studies and extended to patients with PTSD treated with paroxetine or phenytoin, which increase hippocampal volume as seen on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as well as lead to improvements in memory. Functional imaging studies also show alterations in medial prefrontal cortex and amygdala in PTSD that reverse with treatment. These findings have pointed to a brain circuitry underlying PTSD.

 The second half of this webinar is titled, “Neurofeedback and Trauma: History and Current Developments.” John Demos will provide an overview of neurofeedback for trauma disorders. Neurofeedback targets both cortical and subcortical or limbic areas of the brain including the insular cortex as well as several areas of the limbic system. It is based on the principles of operant conditioning developed by B.F. Skinner. No electrical currents are delivered to the brain or scalp in neurofeedback. Trainees are given auditory and visual feedback based on brain wave patterns. Sometimes training protocols are guided by statistics. Some clinician’s augment Neurofeedback training with psychotherapy interventions such as EMDR, guided imagery and family systems therapy (flooding and implosion are not used). Trainees are taught standard coping skills before treatment begins which may include one or more of the following: diaphragmatic breathing and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training, grounding, journaling and other relaxation techniques. A recent study by Bessel van der Kolk with 21 in the experimental group and 20 on the wait list achieved an approximate 70% success rate among training participants. Fortunately, this method works well in the private sector; institutionalization is not a necessary component of the treatment regimen. Other Neurofeedback protocols will be reviewed that have also met with success.

You can submit questions throughout the live webinar for the presenters to answer during their Q&A sessions. 

Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of norepinephrine and cortisol in the stress response.

  2. List research findings related to changes in the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and amygdala in early stress.

  3. Discuss the role of animal models for stress and how they are applicable to traumatized populations.

  4. Describe the history of neurofeedback and current developments in the field.

  5. Explain the use of neurofeedback for treatment of PTSD.

6:00 – 7:15       Dr. Bremner’s presentation
7:15 - 7:30        Questions and Answers
7:30 - 7:35        5 minute break
7:35 – 8:45       Dr. Demo’s presentation
8:45 – 9:00       Questions and Answers

For Students and Emerging Professionals: Welcome! Please email your proof of status to We are unable to send you the link to the webinar until we have received your document. See the FAQ section on our website for details on acceptable documents.

Registration Fee

  • Regular Registration $69 USD

  • Emerging Professionals $49 USD

  • Students (full-time) $29 USD

  • All courses are intermediate level unless otherwise specified.

  • Registration to a live webinar includes access to the recorded webinar as well which will be emailed to you within a few hours of the live webinar ending.

CE credit information

  • 3 CE credits for this 3 hour live webinar (APA, NBCC, NAADAC) available at checkout for an additional $10 USD.

  • 2.75 ASWB CE credits available at checkout for an additional $10 USD.

  • Trauma Education Essentials, #1673, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Trauma Education Essentials maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 08/30/2018 – 08/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2.75 continuing education clock hours.

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  • CE credits are only applicable to the live webinars. If you register for a live webinar with CE and don't attend, you will not be able to receive CE credits if you later watch the recorded version. This is a requirement of the regulatory boards. Note that the CE quiz and feedback form must be completed within 30 days of the live webinar ending in order to receive a CE certificate of completion.

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