Recorder Webinar with Doug Bremner and John Demos
Recorder Webinar with Doug Bremner and John Demos
Learn about 'The Neurobiology of Trauma’. Two international experts share their expertise on this exciting and constantly evolving topic. 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.
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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. He spends one day a week seeing soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and performing assessments on other veterans with mental health complaints. He has a long history of experience in the field of PTSD and trauma dating back to his role as the Medical Director of the first inpatient unit for PTSD at the National Center for PTSD in West Haven, Connecticut.
His research on changes in the brain and symptoms of trauma, dissociation, and PTSD are amongst the most highly cited in his field. He is the author of several best-selling books including Does Stress Damage the Brain? and Before You Take That Pill as well as the personal narrative The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. His most recent book is You Can’t Just Snap Out of It: The Real Path to Recovery From Psychological Trauma. This book reviews ways that people can help themselves on the road to self recovery from trauma and introduces a program for self-healing called START-NOW. Dr. Bremner lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife. He has a teenage son who is currently an exchange student in Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, and a daughter who is a senior at the University of Chicago.
John Demos earned his Master’s degree in Mental Health counseling in 1994 from Vermont College of Norwich-University. He was licensed by the state of Vermont as a Clinical Mental counselor in 1997; certified by the National Registry of Neurofeedback Providers in 1999; certified by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) in EEG in 2002; published Getting Started with Neurofeedback in 2005; and was accredited as a BCIA didactic instructor in 2006. He has introduced hundreds of professional students from eight different countries to the science and art of neurofeedback.
John’s book Getting Started with Neurofeedback is required reading for all candidates who are aspiring to become certified by BCIA. His book emphasizes the importance of QEEG assessments. In it, the EEG pattern for each of the following clinical disorders is illustrated by means of compressed spectral arrays, two dimensional graphs, topographical maps and brain wave morphology: ADHD, anxiety, depression and Asperger’s syndrome.
John’s career in neurofeedback started in 1998. Attending most of the International Society for Neurofeedback Research (ISNR) conferences since 2004 has assisted him in learning the importance of data-led neurofeedback training. He has been a member of the ISNR since 1999.
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.
Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
Describe the role of norepinephrine and cortisol in the stress response.
List research findings related to changes in the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and amygdala in early stress.
Discuss the role of animal models for stress and how they are applicable to traumatized populations.
Describe the history of neurofeedback and current developments in the field.
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
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