Start your journey to become a certified Neurofeedback practitioner
Self-Paced Home Study Course available now – Enroll anytime and progress at your own pace.
When you enroll you get access to the course and all videos for 6 months, including live Q&As as scheduled below.
Improve your practice with this 36 hour recorded Neurofeedback Certification Didactic Course that includes 36 APA CEs and 36 hours of BCIA Didactic.
Diversify your practice and become a certified neurofeedback practitioner.
Now Available! This self-paced homestudy program is an affordable, robust online course that will start you on your journey to becoming a skilled neurofeedback practitioner. Includes regularly scheduled live learning sessions to enhance your progress. Enroll any time and progress at your own pace.
Russian State Prize Recipient
- 2020 accredited course is designed with the most up-to-date information
- Designed and taught by clinical psychologists with over twenty years in the neurofeedback field
- Neurophysiology, functional neuroanatomy, and psychopharmacological content taught by medical doctors
- 36 hours BCIA Didactic
- 36 APA CEs
- Learn from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace
- Join our optional community learning space every 2 weeks for 60 minutes with special topics and open discussion. Live!
- Become part of a neurofeedback community
- Course endorsed by Juri Kropotov, leading expert in basic and applied neuroscience
Meet your instructors
Angelika Y. Sadar
MA, BCN, BCB-HRV
MD, MSCR, QEEG, BCN
MD, Mc, PhD, MPH
Mitchell M. Sadar
PhD, BCN, BCB-HRV
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Angelika Y. Sadar, MA, BCN, BCB-HRV is a licensed psychologist who is board certified in neurofeedback and heart rate variability and is a BCIA approved mentor in neurofeedback. She has been in private practice in the greater Philadelphia area since 1985. Her work over the years has involved all age groups and clinical presentations. She is a treatment coordinator at Sadar Psychological and is a nationally recognized speaker providing education and offering training to other professionals in neurofeedback, biofeedback, and hypnosis. In 2018 she was invited to be part of BrainARC Switzerland and began developing evaluations protocols based on the research of HBImed, Switzerland. Presently, her clinical focus is on patients with complex/comorbid presentations and consulting with other psychologists, medical practitioners and other clinicians regarding EEG, neurofeedback and practice development. She is the executive director of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society and a board member at large of The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.
Mitchell Sadar, Ph.D., BCN,BCB-HRV is a licensed psychologist who was the director of a Pennsylvania Correctional Institution’s inpatient program for over 15 years. In 1999 he was trained in neurofeedback and tried to bring this modality to the correctional population, but his attempts were not accepted by the Department of Corrections. He then resolved to dedicate his work to biofeedback and developed his private practice. Since 2015 he has been the president of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society. His background in neuropsychology readily lent itself to learning how the EEG can facilitate neurofeedback training. In 2018, along with his practitioner wife, Angelika Sadar, he was invited to be part of BrainARC Switzerland and began developing evaluations and protocols based on the research of HBImed, Switzerland. Since that time, he has focused on developing assessments that include an analysis of EEG and ERPs to help to guide biofeedback/neurofeedback protocols but also include recommendations regarding psychotherapy and lifestyle changes.
Robert “Rusty” P Turner, MD, MSCR, BCN, qEEG-D is the owner and CEO of Network Neurology in Charleston, South Carolina. He began this new endeavor with more than 16 years of faithful clinical work, teaching, and research at MUSC. He is a member of the Roper-St Francis Hospital System and an Associate Researcher with the MIND Research Institute in Irvine, California.
Dr. Turner maintains a full-time clinical, teaching, and neurophysiology practice with patients referred from throughout the southeastern regions of the United States. While working full time work at MUSC since 1997, he obtained a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Research (epidemiology and biostatistics) in 2003 through the MUSC College of Graduate Studies.
He has since then been actively involved in ongoing clinical research with collaborative studies in non-invasive neurostimulation and neuromodulation techniques, as well as advanced techniques of EEG source analysis.
Dr. Leon Morales-Quezada M.D., MSc, mPH, Ph.D., BCN is a physician-scientist with experience in neurocognitive rehabilitation, noninvasive neuromodulation, applied psychophysiology, and technology development for neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Morales-Quezada received his MD degree from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes and completed clinical training in emergency medicine and intensive care. He also completed a fellowship and Masters in Neuropsychology Rehabilitation at Touro College, a PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences from De Montfort University in Leicester UK, and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Morales-Quezada was awarded with the prestigious Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the Harvard-NIH program, Division of General Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Nacional Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. He is currently a Research Faculty from Spaulding Rehabilitation Research Institute and fellow from the Ellen R. and Melvin J. Gordon Center for the Cure and Treatment of Paralysis. Dr. Morales-Quezada research interests focus on noninvasive neuromodulation, the placebo effect, and technology development applied in rehabilitation and behavioral medicine.
The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
Blueprint of Knowledge Statements for Board Certification in Neurofeedback
The provider certified in Neurofeedback will have knowledge of:
I. Orientation to Neurofeedback – 4 hours
- Definition of Neurofeedback (EEG Biofeedback) Neurofeedback is employed to modify the electrical activity of the CNS including EEG, event related potentials, slow cortical potentials and other electrical activity either of
subcortical or cortical origin. Neurofeedback is a specialized application of biofeedback of brainwave data in an operant conditioning paradigm. The method is used to treat clinical conditions as well as to enhance performance.
- History and Development of Neurofeedback
- Pioneers in EEG and Neurofeedback (e.g., Caton, Berger, Adrian, Kamiya, others)
- Discuss highlights of the seminal studies in Neurofeedback (e.g., Sterman 1968, 2000, Lubar 1976, Birbaumer 1982, others)
- Overview of principles of human learning as they apply to neurofeedback
- Learning theory (e.g. habituation, classical and operant conditioning, discrimination, shaping, generalization and )
- Application of learning principles to Neurofeedback (e.g., generalization to the life situation, discrimination training, length and number of sessions, )
- Assumptions underlying Neurofeedback:
- Concepts of feedback and control in biological systems.
- Basic psychophysiology of stress and attention
II. Basic Neurophysiology & Neuroanatomy – 4 hours
- Bioelectric origin and functional correlates of EEG (pyramidal cell and dipole activity, resonance and synchrony, etc.)
- Definition of ERPs and
- Relationship of post-synaptic potentials and action potentials to EEG
- Neuroplasticity (e.g. LTD, LTP)
- Functional Neuroanatomy
- Basic neuroanatomy of ascending sensory pathways to cortex
- Thalamic, cortical, and subcortical generators of
- General cortical and subcortical
- Major functions of cortical lobes and major subcortical structures and Brodmann
- Overview of connectivity, phase, and coherence concepts related to EEG networks and tracts (e.g. default network, nodes & )
III. Instrumentation & Electronics – 4 hours
- Essential Terms & Concepts
Basic metrics and terminology in electronics and instrumentation such as, impedance, differential amplifier principles, analog and digital filters, basic electrical terms (e.g. AC, DC, sine waves, volume conduction, Nyquist principle, gain, Fourier transform, low/high bandpass and notch filters, etc.), and common mode rejection
- Signal Acquisition
- 10-20 International Standard measurement and nomenclature for 19 recording sites, both classical and modified
- Comparison of QEEG to other neuroimaging techniques (e.g. PET, fMRI, CT, MEG, SPECT, )
- Use of limited number of electrodes (fewer than 19).
- Montage options and their characteristics
- Recognizing and correcting signals of noncerebral origin, such as but not limited to:
- Cardiac (pulse)
- Sweat (skin impedance)
- Cable sway
- 60 Hz (grounding)
- Electrode “pop”
- Recognizing normal EEG patterns
- posterior dominant rhythm
- difference between eyes open and eyes closed resting conditions (e.g. posterior alpha attenuation)
- developmental aspects of EEG
- diurnal influences on EEG
- Evaluation of subject variables during acquisition
- medication/drug/alcohol effects
- physical relaxation
- eyes closed/eyes open/anxiety
- Signal Processing
- Analog, raw EEG
- Basic signal measurement terms (e.g. amplitude, magnitude, power, Hz)
- Filtering methods and subjective characteristics of frequency bands (delta, theta, alpha, beta, gamma)
- Waveform morphology
- Source localization (LORETA inverse solution, Laplacian analysis)
- Clinically significant raw EEG waveforms (e.g. Mu, spike & wave, SMR, sleep spindles, )
- Aseptic Techniques
- Client and trainer hygiene
- Equipment sterilization
- Cross contamination
- Instrumentation Demonstration Client preparation, basic set-up and operation of EEG equipment, proper
electrode attachment and location of 10-20 sites, elimination of artifact from EEG recording, recognition of spike/wave activity in the raw EEG, etc.
IV. Research Evidence Base for Neurofeedback – 2 hours
- Interpretation of the methodological and statistical criteria and procedures for determining levels of efficacy and effectiveness of neurofeedback, as outlined in the Template for Developing Guidelines for the Evaluation of Clinical Efficacy of Psychophysiological Interventions and Evidence- Based Practice in Biofeedback &
- Key research studies establishing current efficacy levels of major applications of Neurofeedback (e.g., ADHD, Substance Abuse, Optimal Performance, )
V. Psychopharmacological Considerations – 2 hours
- Potential effects of prescribed and non- prescribed drugs on clinical
- Potential effects of prescribed and non- prescribed drugs on EEG
- Potential effects of different drugs on neurofeedback assessment and training
VI. Patient/Client Assessment – 4 hours
- Intake Assessment
- The client’s presenting symptoms and goals, medical and psychological conditions, medications, psychosocial and family history, and relevant biographical information,
- Pre and post-treatment assessments such as neuropsychological tests, continuous performance tests, EEG/QEEG, appropriate to your practice and
- EEG Assessment
- Standardized EEG Assessments (1 or 2-channel baselines)
- Overview of QEEG – 19-channel QEEG or an abbreviated Q
- Reading topographical displays (brain maps) and connectivity/coherence displays
- Normative Databases
- common properties
- how they are used
- Recognizing common normal and abnormal patterns in the EEG (e.g., posterior alpha blocking with eyes open; excessive high frequency beta in alcoholism and anxiety; high frontocentral theta to beta ratio in ADHD, )
- Ongoing Assessment
- Methods of periodic objective evaluation of patient/client progress
- Adjusting and evaluating treatment procedures to improve outcome
- Assessment Demonstration
Perform a basic EEG assessment, an abbreviated Q recording and/or attaching electrode cap and completing an abbreviated Q or 19-channel QEEG recording
VII. Developing Treatment Protocols – 6 hours
- Evolution of neurofeedback protocols Early protocols based on published studies
(e.g.,Peniston Protocol and revised Peniston
Protocols for alcoholism/PTSD, Theta/Beta protocol for ADHD, SMR protocol for epilepsy, etc.)
- Protocols based on results of EEG analysis and psychometric assessments
- Selecting a treatment model: standard (researched) protocols, QEEG-based amplitude and coherence/connectivity training, z-score training, LORETA z-score training, source localization training, SCP methods,
- Steps in protocol development and treatment planning using one or more of the treatment models
- Demonstration and case example exercises for practice using steps/decision tree for applying client assessment data to neurofeedback protocol selection and treatment/training planning
VIII. Treatment Implementation – 6 hours
- Client preparation for neurofeedback (e.g., orientation to neurofeedback and procedures; pre-training methods – respiration training, relaxation methods such as progressive relaxation, autogenic suggestions, HRV biofeedback, )
- Therapeutic relationship, coaching, and reinforcement strategies
- Procedures and mechanics of conducting a neurofeedback session
- Monitoring client reaction to treatment (e.g., use of pre-session questionnaires, )
- Obtaining clean EEG data (e.g., proper electrode attachment, impedance, artifact elimination, )
- Selecting appropriate electrode montages
- Setting thresholds for amplitude training
- Monitoring client progress (e.g., identifying drowsiness, revising protocols and moving to new sites, medication issues, identifying contraindications to treatment and adverse reactions, reading/interpreting session reports/graphs, )
- Introduction to Alpha-Theta Training
- Applications (e.g., to over arousal conditions: anxiety, alcoholism, PTSD, etc.)
- Indicators for using revised or original Peniston Protocol
- Issues related to alpha-theta crossovers, emotional abreactions,
- Psychotherapeutic skills and additional training beyond Introductory level course required for Alpha-Theta practitioners
- Guidelines and Cautions for Remote Training – refer to the ISNR Guidelines
- Full Neurofeedback Session
IX. Current Trends in Neurofeedback – 2 hours
- Identify current trends such as z-score training, LORETA z-Score training,
- Combining neurofeedback with other modalities (e.g., HRV, respiration, HEG, neuromodulation systems, etc.)
X. Ethical & Professional Conduct – 2 hours
- Ethical and Legal Practice
Familiarity with the BCIA Certification Guidelines, Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback, ISNR Practice Guidelines for Neurofeedback and ISNR Code of Ethics, and the practice guidelines of one’s primary profession
- Experimental vs. commonly accepted neurofeedback treatment
- Advertising, marketing of services, and public statements
- Continuing education and training
- Clinical Practice
When treating a medical or psychological disorder, one is required to carry a valid
state-issued health care license from a BCIA- approved health care field or agree to work under supervision.
- Scope of Practice
Neurofeedback services should be limited to the practice standards and guidelines of one’s license or the license of their supervisor and also to those areas where one has:
- Sufficient training (e.g., alpha/theta)
- Familiarity with the client population and disorders (e.g., age, diagnosis, )
- Client rights
- Privacy, confidentiality, and privileged communication
- Informed consent to assessment and treatment, treatment contract apprising of possible adverse effects
- Accepting clients, abandonment, and appropriate referral
- Equal access to health care
- HIPAA compliance
- Appropriate consultation and supervision in neurofeedback;
- Purposes and process of supervision and consultation
- Purposes and process of mentoring
- Professional relationships
- Dual relationships
- Conflicts of interest and exploitation of clients
- Consultation, referral, and relationships with other professionals
- Medical and medication monitoring
- Procedures for dealing with unethical behavior and consumer complaints
Total: 36 hours
Why choose Sadar Psychological and Sports Center for this course?
There is rapidly growing interest in the field of neurofeedback and more clinicians are bringing neurofeedback into their treatment repertoires to meet their patients’ needs. Sadar Psychological and Sports Center is at the forefront of training clinicians and connecting them with resources to bring neurofeedback into their practice. With that same commitment to providing clinicians with opportunities for professional enrichment and recognition of the growing demand for robust training programs, Sadar Psychological created a comprehensive online course to help you become a certified neurofeedback practitioner. We dedicated ourselves to developing an accessible curriculum suitable for any clinician interested in advancing their therapeutic skillset.
We invite you to join our online program to become a BCIA certified neurofeedback practitioner. Together we will grow our community and your practice – and help your patients feel better.
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