Below is a list of upcoming neurofeedback workshops held by Mark Smith, founder of Neurofeedback Services Of New York. For more information on our workshops, please get in touch with us or call our office at 212-877-7929.
When: September 24th and 25th, 2022!
Unlike other forms of neurofeedback, ISF appears to tie together body and brain (brain and physiology) in ways that other neurofeedback does not. We know from our research that infraslow training targets autonomic nervous system function so that you can produce a more parasympathetic response in those that are overly sympathetic, and you can produce a more balanced response in those that are overly parasympathetic. Working in the context of autonomic regulation is very helpful for a number of reasons. Cardinal among them, is that ISF neurofeedback actually makes people feel something during the training. It is dissimilar from most neurofeedback where the client must engage in up to 10 sessions prior to realizing they are behaving differently. With ISF training, clients walk into your practice feeling one way and walk out of the practice feeling another. That factor makes this kind of neurofeedback very helpful to those people who are in distress and need immediate help, hope, and physiological regulation.
One of the biggest challenges in neurofeedback is client retention. By making people feel a training effect within a session, ISF neurofeedback demonstrates the power of the intervention to the client. You, therefore, not only have a tool that can organize people's physiology and their brain function, but you also have a client retention tool. The client is not in a position of having to wait for multiple sessions for an effect.
Because ISF trains a different frequency range from some of the more traditional kinds of neurofeedback, it can also target different symptoms. Please refer to our home page (https://isfassociates.com/) to gain a better understanding of the attributes of the ISF band.
For more information, please refer to our research page to review double-blind randomized placebo-controlled research that demonstrates the effect of ISF training on sleep, anxiety, knee pain, back pain, and more.
There are two approaches to training ISF neurofeedback. One is a two-channel training that can be administered with an Atlantis, Discovery, or Freedom amplifier (ISF1). The second is a 19-channel, sLORETA intervention that requires a Discovery or Freedom amplifier (ISF2).
ISF is no more difficult to learn than other kinds of neurofeedback. Historically, as the intervention was developing, some learners struggled with respect to the application of the training protocol, but those issues have been resolved with some simple adjustments in terms of the equipment, amplifiers, and processes.
ISF sLORETA (ISF2) is complex in the way that it interfaces with the brain, but we work very hard to simplify it for the practitioner. In most cases, there is a simple setting that needs to be adjusted as the client progress and is increasingly successful. Much like with other forms of sLORETA neurofeedback, the complexity is in the settings file, not in the intervention.
Because of the two forms of ISF training, there is a very inexpensive form of training (ISF1), and one that is more costly (ISF2). The costs are dictated by the equipment and software that is required to run the training. This is analogous to running SMR training with a simple single-channel amplifier versus choosing to do 19-channel z-score training requiring a 19-channel amplifier and caps.
Yes! In fact, depending on the course you take, the neurofeedback workshop may be scheduled so that you have the opportunity to apply the intervention even before the course is finished. Our ISF1 online workshops begin with a training day, then one week to begin applying the training, then a second workshop day of training and supervision to help consolidate and advance the learning.
All of our online neurofeedback workshops are based on both the theoretical and the practical. We want you to have an understanding of how you are affecting the client’s physiology, so we review the evidence of the role the infraslow plays in the brain and what we are doing when training. It is important that we impart the theoretical component so that you can better serve your clients. We also, however, feel that it’s of utmost importance that you leave a workshop immediately able to apply the training with your clients. Of course, we encourage you to begin with less complex clients, then progressively develop your skills (with supervision support) in order to support more complex clients.
The ISF1 workshop is set so that day one provides both theoretical and practical skills (hands-on software use) training. During the week between the first and second workshop day, you work with clients and collaborate with other more experienced ISF practitioners to help guide you. Day two of the workshop concludes with more practical skills training, supervision, and discussion of your findings from the week of practice.
We also run supervision groups and link new providers with experienced practitioners for mentoring support.
Absolutely! When you register, please specify that you are a neurofeedback beginner so that we can take the time to direct our attention to some of the foundational information that you need. Some of the neurofeedback workshops have a mix of experienced and new practitioners. This allows you to learn more from their experiences and can be encouraging. We were all beginners at one time!
You qualify for an ISF license with workshop attendance. When you sign up for an online neurofeedback workshop, we will sell the appropriate license. If you register for the ISF1 workshop, you will be able to order a bipolar ISF license. If you sign up for ISF2, you will be able to order the ISF sLORETA license. The cost of the course does not include an ISF license. Those need to be ordered separately once you have already enrolled in the workshop.
At this point in time, only the BrainMaster amplifiers are capable of running ISF training. These amplifiers include the Atlantis, Discovery, and the Freedom. You may purchase an amplifier at https://www.brainmaster.com.
For ISF1 training (bipolar) you will need 5 sintered silver silver-chloride electrodes. You can purchase them at www.gereonics.com (North American company), and https://www.neurofeedback-partner.de/ (European company).
For ISF2 training (sLORETA) you will require a 19-channel silver silver-chloride cap or a free cap. They may be purchased at www.electrocap.com or at https://www.neurofeedback-partner.de/product-161.html?language=en. You may also use the Freedom amplifier (https://www.brainmaster.com) which is a cap in and of itself.