Infra-slow Fluctuation (ISF) Training Workshop

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Infra-slow Fluctuation (ISF) Training Workshop

July 24-26, 2015

Cleveland, Ohio (Click here for hotel information)

Mark Smith, the developer of ISF neurofeedback, was the first to grasp the advantage of using a DC coupled amplifier for Infra-slow training. In 2007, in collaboration with BrainMaster Technologies Inc. and others, the method was established on a DC coupled amplifier, the Atlantis. This innovation allowed for the imaging of these minute signals with more clarity and less noise than conventional AC amplifiers.

Recent equipment and software advancements, specifically the Discovery and BrainAvatar 4.0 software, have allowed for 1, 2, 4, or 19 channel recording and ISF training. This innovation has provided a window on the mechanism of bipolar ISF training. We can now simultaneously render this signal in a bipolar and referential montage. The BrainAvatar 4.0 software has provided a platform for the combination of ISF training and concurrent Z score training/analysis and/or sLORETA training/analysis. This improvement makes for a safe, effective, and data rich method of slow wave training.

Infra-slow Fluctuations, first identified by Russian researchers in the 1950s(Aladjalova, 1964) and later corroborated by Joe Kamiya (Girton, Benson, & Kamiya, 1973) and others, became a signal of significant interest to researchers recently. Research suggests that the infra-slow signal underlies the excitability dynamics of cortical networks (Vanhatalo et al., 2004). Vanhatalo became so convinced of the ISF’s centrality in cortex that he stated that any attempt to attenuate this slow signal eliminates the most salient features of the human EEG. Further, it appears to be a direct electrophysiological correlate for slow fluctuations in human psychophysical performance (Monto, Palva, Voipio, & Palva, 2008). Most recently research has suggested that very slow oscillations are associated with the Default Mode Network of the human cerebral cortex and appear to be related to ADHD symptom status (Broyd, Helps, & Sonuga-Barke, 2011; Tye et al., 2012).

This workshop will demonstrate the process of infra-slow fluctuation training in clinical practice. The method pivots on the determination of an optimum frequency (OF) that is trained for each individual client. In the didactic portion of the workshop, the OF determination process will be demonstrated along with a discussion of the equipment and optimal signal processing requirements necessary to accomplish effective training. The value of QEEG in predicting treatment responders, treatment planning, and determining treatment outcomes will be established. The practicum portion of the course will span two days for all practitioners to have several opportunities for hands on training in the optimization process, in evaluating outcomes, and in adjusting treatment accordingly. The emphasis on the workshop practicum will provide students with the necessary tools to integrate ISF training in clinical practice.

Passkey license may be required for specialized protocol use. Please ask for details when registering.

Order 5ISF Workshop July 24-26 Full Workshop Admission @ $895.00

Day 1 – Friday, July 24

9:00 am – 5: 00 pm – Mark Smith 12:30 – 1:30 lunch

Clinical and technical overview including live demonstrations of Infra-Slow-Fluctuation training and initial hands-on component.

Mark Smith, LCSW

Day 2 & 3 – Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26

9:00 am – 5: 00 pm 12:30 – 1:30 lunch

1.) Hands on training. Please bring your computers and amplifiers. If you don’t own a DC coupled amplifier, please don’t let that stop you from attending. We will team you up with someone who does.

2.) Extensive practice in the use of the ISF software, training student clients, and setting the Optimum Frequency for training.

3.) The use of QEEG analysis for evaluating ISF candidates, treatment response, and beginning placements.

4.) Presentation of Pre/Post QEEGs and neuropsychological tests of ISF trained clients with a variety of presentations including affective disorders, autism, PTSD, ADHD, and insomnia.

Mark Smith, LCSW

Hotel Information

Crowne Plaza Cleveland South
5300 Rockside Road
Independence Ohio 44131



$105.00 plus taxes for a Standard King or Queen/Queen Includes:

Room Rate Includes the following:

    Free Wireless Internet
    (1) BREAKFAST Coupon per day per room – $8.00 (1) LUNCH Coupon per day per room – $10.00

    The following rules apply to the Coupons:

    Meeting guests that are “NOT” staying within in the Hotel will be responsible for payment of their own meals unless otherwise noted by STS management. If more than one person is sharing a room Overnight in the Hotel, the additional person will be responsible for their own meals.

    Only (1) Breakfast and (1) Lunch Coupon is allocated per day per Guest Room.

    All coupon holders will be required to sign their coupons and their restaurant check.

Charges over $10.00 are the responsibility of the Guest.

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Rooms booked through other third party reservation sites or at a different rate, may disqualify you for the meal coupons.

FOR RESERVATIONS: Call 866-282-4988 and reference StressTherapy Solutions.

*Schedule is subject to change