Beginners Neurofeedback

Autumn Beginners Neurofeedback Course

An introductory course on the theory and practice of Neurofeedback.
The dates are four days:
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October 2016
Friday 21th and Saturday 22th October 2016
The cost of the 4 days will be:
£500 (or £125 a day)
Members of the:

British Neuroscience Association and Society of Applied Neuroscience: £450
Student Registration: £400

The Open University in London
1-11 Hawley Crescent
London NW1 8NP

Topics will include:

  • EEG frequencies and waveforms
  • The neural anatomy of attention and arousal
  • The international 10-20 electrode placement system
  • Intake/assessment procedure for protocol selection
  • and running a session with practical hands-on experience

This workshop will be suitable for beginners to the field of Neurofeedback. It will cover a brief history of the field, relevant brain anatomy, physiology and function, and practical hands-on experience in running a neurofeedback session.

We will meet around 9:30 am to start for 10am and go till 5:30/6pm,
(We understand that people can have a long way to travel, so we try not to put the important stuff at the beginning and end of the day)


Participants will learn:

The basics of neuronal dynamics, cortical rhythms, and neuronal generators, which together give us insight into neural connectivity.

The arousal model of neurofeedback and how to measure optimal and sub-optimal arousal.

How to recognize specific brain wave dysregulations in clinical practise (e.g. Bipolar depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Schizophrenia, Insomnia etc.) and in educational settings (AD/HD, Dyslexia, Autism, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, etc) will be described with up-to-date research and theories. Studies presenting the practise and efficacy of Neurofeedback in all these conditions will be presented. Some psychometric tests to aid assessment will be explained and handed out.

How to deal with common applications beyond the arousal model – such as Head injury, Stroke, Epilepsy, Sociopathy, Delinquency, Pain, Fibromyalgia, Bruxism, Eating Disorders, Memory problems, Addictions, Dementia etc. Many of these conditions will require a Quantitative EEG (see advanced course) as a necessary part of the assessment before neurofeedback protocols can be developed for their treatment. Some of these conditions require a different kind of neurofeedback (e.g. alpha-theta), which will be briefly explained but also belongs to the advanced neurofeedback course material.

How to look beyond the deficit model – peak-performance in Sports, Music and Drama, Cognitive enhancement and Creativity, Hypnosis and Immune system enhancement for long term illness.

How to use neurofeedback equipment; Nexus, EEGspectrum, BrainMaster, PET, and other equipment will all be displayed and explained but initially all practise will be on a simple hand held model that will give participants a real knowledge and ability to measure and manipulate; frequency, amplitude, power and training curves. A short explanation of Coherence, Phase, Comodulation, Synchrony and Assymetry and ‘Z’ score training etc. will be presented but these more sophisticated neurofeedback methods also belong to the advanced course.



At the completion of this course certified by The Society for Applied Neuroscience, participants will be able to:

Assess a client’s suitability for neurofeedback – this may include the use of psychometrics as well as a neurofeedback questionnaire, based on the arousal model and astructured interview, quantifying symptoms. Recognise when a potential client needs treatment other than neurofeedback.

Understand the basis of electrophysiological recording and know where the electrodes should be placed (the 10/20 system will be practised) and what preparation is needed.

Be able to run a neurofeedback session and describe the training curve.

Develop a symptom tracking progress report for use between sessions.

While recognising the power of neurofeedback, also understanding how motivation, conditioning, medication, expectations, diet and peer/other pressure can influence a good outcome.


The course is run by:

Dr Bev Steffert is an Educational psychologist and Neurofeedback practitioner.
Tony Steffert is a EEG technician and researcher in Neurofeedback, EEG and Sonification.


We do try and stick to this timetable, but it does depend on people’s interests and backgrounds, as we do want to meet people’s needs and learning objectives. So we can’t always promise to be exactly on time.

Day 1
Session 1.1 Introduction to EEG Neurofeedback History, Biofeedback, Neurotherapy, Neuroimaging To Neurofeedback
Morning Break
Session 1.2 Learning, Conditioning, personality and Arousal Model Lunch Break
Lunch Break
Session 1.3 10-20, Demo of Neurofeedback session The international 10-20 electrode placement system
Afternoon Break
Afternoon Break
Session 1.4 EEG Normal and Abnormal
Day 2
Session 2.1 Intake assessment
Morning Break
Session 2.2 The Brain
Lunch Break
Session 2.3 Running a session – Hands On
Afternoon Break
Session 2.4 “Question and technical issues” Homework case studies
Day 3
Session 3.1 “Introductions and question”
Morning Break
Session 3.2 Current Applications:
Clinical: Attachment issues, stress and PTSD, depression, OCD, etc.
Educational: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD/ADD, Autistic spectrum etc.
Peak performance: Optimal functioning, creativity, Personal and Home Use
Lunch Break
Session 3.3 Technical and Hardware
Afternoon Break
Session 3.4 Technical and Hardware
Day 4
Session 4.1 From Electrophysiology To Neurotransmitters Braverman, etc.
Morning Break
Session 4.2 Protocols Theoretically Driven Protocols Historically Driven Protocols qEEG and mini-qEEG,
Lunch Break
Session 4.3 Running a session – Hands On
Afternoon Break
Session 4.4 New Frontiers
“Question and technical issues”

Neurofeedback Course Location:

The Open University in London
1-11 Hawley Crescent
London NW1 8NP

Tony Steffert
07966 484 289

Getting there:





By Tube:
Camden Town Underground station is on the Northern Line (The black line) and Camden Road is on the London Overground (The Orange line). They are both a short walk from the Open University Camden Centre.

By Bus:
Buses: C2, 24, 27, 29, 31, 46, 88, 134, 168, 214, 253, 274

See Transport for London journey planner for more infomation

By Car:

There is no parking available at the OU regional centre. There is limited metered parking in the area. There is plenty of parking garages but it is expensive. See Parkopedia
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Holiday Inn London – Camden Lock

Holiday Inn Camden
30 Jamestown Road Camden Lock,
London NW1 7BY
020 7485 4343
£151 for a Double Room
This is a 1 minute walk from the OU.


Britannia Hampstead Hotel London

Camden Lock hotel
(Not great but it does the job)
Primrose Hill Road, Hampstead,
London NW3 3NA
0871 222 0043
Around £100 a night
This is an 20 minute walk to the OU
Camden Lock Hotel
89 Chalk Farm Road
London, NW1 8AR
020 7267 3912
£68 to £170
This is an 11 minute walk to the OU
Premier Inn London Kings Cross St Pancras
26-30 York Way,
London N1 9AA
0870 990 6414
This is a 30 minute walk
£462 for a Premier Saver Room for 4 nights