Successful Neurofeedback User Convention: Exchange and new impulses for therapy
From 14 to 16 June 2019, almost 40 neurofeedback users met in Ilmenau in the heart of Germany to discuss the latest developments and gather ideas for therapeutic everyday life. Renowned scientists in this field and experienced practitioners gave insights into their work, their cases and concepts.
Of course, the application in ADHD was given a lot of space during the conference, with an expert lecture by Dr. Hartmut Heinrich on the current state of research as well as discussions and exercises with the neuroConn THERA PRAX® MOBILE device. SCP neurofeedback1 is considered evidence-based in ADHD and was included in the German S3 guideline2 in 2018.
In addition, the participants gained insights into current research results on neurofeedback in other disorders as well as on various applications in practice:
- The first clinical studies on the application of SCP neurofeedback in autistic children and adolescents are currently being conducted. Dr. Lilian Konicar reported on the first results of a recent study at the University of Vienna. The study is currently being evaluated. The topic was rounded off by the moving lecture of a young woman with Asperger syndrome. She spoke freely about her experience with the therapy in her young adulthood and how it improved her quality of life.
- Neurofeedback in mental trauma has been little researched so far. Dr. Edith Schneider, an expert in SCP neurofeedback from Stuttgart, presented two investigated therapy approaches and illustrated why she prefers SCP neurofeedback in practice and which results can be achieved on a case-by-case basis.
- Dr. Marion Brickwedde from the Ruhr University Bochum3 explained very clearly the role of alpha activity in perception and learning and offered practical recommendations to the participants based on her study.
We would like to thank all speakers and participants for their contributions and animated discussions.
The Neurofeedback User Convention took place for the 12th time and brings together many practitioners and scientists every year in Ilmenau to exchange experiences and to network. The date for 2020 will be announced in good time.
1 SCP neurofeedback: neurofeedback of the slow cortical potentials
2 German S3 Guidelines: Clinical practice guidelines issued by the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wissenschaftlichen Medizinischen Fachgesellschaften e.V., AWMF) in Germany. The S3 guideline is the highest quality guideline and has gone through all elements of a systematic development (analysis of logic, decision and outcome, evaluation of clinical relevance of scientific studies and regular review).
3 Dr. Marion Brickwedde conducted and published this study at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. She is now a reasearcher at the University of Birmingham