Training in Neurofeedback
A constantly growing body of research is showing that neurofeedback (NFB) provides clinical benefit for a number of mental health issues, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), anxiety, trauma, depression, emotional regulation, addiction, and stress. The program of training in neurofeedback at UTSA is designed to prepare clinicians to provide competent and effective treatment for a wide variety of issues using many of the most popular systems available on the market today.
The curriculum for the neurofeedback program is based on the certification guidelines of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (bcia.org) and includes both didactic course work and practicum experience. The introduction course covers the BCIA “blueprint of knowledge” components and also introduces students to hands on experience of doing neurofeedback. Additional practicums through the Sarabia Family Counseling Center on the Downtown Campus provide opportunities to complete the required hours of clinical practice. Practicum experience can be incorporated into counseling internship courses. Additional advanced courses cover more sophisticated forms of neurotherapy, such as Quantitative EEG (QEEG), QEEG-guided NFB, Z-score NFB, Z-score LORETA NFB, Slow Cortical Potential (SCP) training, and the use of Event Related Potentials (ERP) in assessment. In addition, training incorporates various modalities of biofeedback into neurotherapy, such as skin temperature, skin conductance, respiration, heart-rate variability, electromyogram (EMG), etc.
When compared to the fees for vendor-based training, the tuition-based program at UTSA is very competitive and offers far greater depth and more personalized supervision.
We are currently studying the ways that NFB helps with anxiety-related disorders. These may include generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessions and compulsions, phobias, etc.
Dr. Mark S. Jones
Dr. Jones has been a neurofeedback practitioner for over 12 years. He is board certified in neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and certified in Quantitative EEG (Diplomate) by the QEEG Certification Board. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (supervisor) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (supervisor).