The field of biofeedback utilizes many approaches based upon the type of physiology being measured. Traditionally, the areas of EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback) and the areas involved in what are sometimes known as peripheral biofeedback such as peripheral skin temperature, heart rate variability and galvanic skin response or sweat gland activity training have been practiced separately.
The ideal biofeedback training approach is one that utilizes a variety of tools to provide the most effective intervention for each individual client. This is what makes Stens Corporation the leader in providing both general biofeedback training covering EMG, GSR, temperature and HRV feedback approaches as well as beginning and advanced EEG biofeedback training that includes standard amplitude-based training as well as the use of database guided z-score training and quantitative EEG assessment, primarily focusing on the NeuroGuide applications developed by Applied Neuroscience.
Many current biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners fail to utilize all the tools available. The Stens training courses are taught consecutively to allow participants to progress through the entire spectrum of what biofeedback has to offer. These two learning tracks are complementary and provide participants with a solid grounding in the physiological concepts and theories underlying all biofeedback while facilitating the blending of multiple biofeedback modalities to provide an optimum training experience for the client.
Tony Hughes, PhD, BCB is the instructor for the biofeedback program. He has created many innovative and practical methods for providing a targeted, short-term “5 Session Biofeedback Training Model” that virtually any practitioner can easily implement. His 3 day classroom combined with a 2 day online course structure is the only biofeedback training program to take advantage of this approach; blending the 2 popular formats and saving valuable time for participants. For those individuals using the Nexus/BioTrace system only for neurofeedback, the 3 day hands-on classroom format will open up a whole new realm of possible applications. The full 5 day course fulfills the didactic requirements for BCIA certification in biofeedback.
John Anderson, MA, BCN, BCB, QEEG-D is the instructor for both the neurofeedback and the quantitative EEG program. He has created a training environment that makes the practice of neurofeedback accessible to those new to this area of biofeedback. The four-day neurofeedback training program builds upon the biofeedback course and facilitates the integration of biofeedback concepts with neurofeedback practice while fulfilling the didactic requirements for BCIA certification in neurofeedback. Unlike most other training courses that focus on a particular training approach, this course provides an overview of multiple perspectives including basic protocol-based amplitude training, infra-slow training, slow cortical potential training, input-based training approaches such as LENS and NeuroField and 2, 4 and 19 channel Z-Score training based upon the NeuroGuide model. At intervals throughout the year the four-day neurofeedback course is followed by a 3 or 5 day quantitative EEG course covering 19 channel data acquisition, signal analysis and database comparison processes that fulfill the requirements for quantitative EEG certification through the QEEG Certification Board.
Participants in Stens courses are exposed to multiple technology platforms including NeXus/BioTrace. Participants may also repeat courses as a class assistant, for FREE (please call us at 1-800-257-8367 for requirements), to refresh their understanding, earn additional CE credits and help new practitioners to acquire these same skills and abilities. Stens programs also are unique in the amount of hands-on training included (as much as 50%). Much of the required didactic material is conveyed through hands-on practice in addition to lecture and discussion to facilitate a practical understanding and application of the material. Finally, instructors are available for mentoring directed toward BCIA certification or for program and equipment consultations.