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General Course Description of the Two Day Workshops :
Stimulation modalities of Audio-Visual Entrainment (AVE), Cranio-Electro Stimulation (CES) and transcranial DC stimulation (tDCS) have been in clinical use for several decades. By the end of 2012, there were about 40 clinical studies supporting the effectiveness of AVE, roughly 200 studies supporting CES and 650 studies supporting the efficacy of tDCS. All technologies show effectiveness in treating anxiety, depression, cognitive decline and pain.
AVE affects cerebral blood flow, neurotransmitters, dissociative/meditative states and brainwave activity. AVE is easy to use and boosts cognition. Students using AVE show increased GPA, concentration, memory and reduced worry. ADD/ADHD children or adults and with seniors with cognitive decline also benefit from using AVE. Other applications of AVE include deep relaxation, hypnotic induction, PMS, SAD, PTSD, migraine headache, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
CES is a low-cost and reliable method for reducing anxiety, depression, pain, while improving sleep, and cognition. CES may also be worn in a pocket and used while going about one’s day, making it very convenient for the user.
tDCS is a form of neurostimulation that has been found to be effective in modulating spontaneous neuronal firing. An advantage of tDCS is that the cortical activity over a specific site on the brain may be enhanced or suppressed, much like neurofeedback with much greater ease and reduced risk of error than neurofeedback. tDCS has shown exceptional effectiveness in treating the effects of stroke such as aphasias and apraxia as well as sensory integration issues. All that is needed is a Brodmann Area chart and perhaps a QEEG.
Psychological maladies are the result of dysarousal of the brain from several causes. This course addresses those causes and their neurophysiological effects. This course will teach the physiological mechanisms (neurotransmitter effects, brain waves, cerebral blood flow, dissociation, and neuronal activation) by which AVE, CES and tDCS affect.
Clinicians who realize the need for additional innovative tools in their tool chest will find this course useful. This course applies to nurses, MDs, hypno-therapists, naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners.
Anticipated benefits to attendees:
The benefits to attendees include the following:
Greater understanding of how various maladies affect the brain in terms of neurotransmitters, cerebral blood flow, brain waves and general arousal.
Greater understanding of QEEG representation of various neurological maladies.
Understanding of the mechanisms of rejuvenating the brain and mind.
Learn the various conditions that stimulation technologies help with.
Learn how to use the technologies with clients
Proposed Format and Agenda
1) Learn about various maladies and their origins and causes.
2) Learn the QEEG correlates to various psychological maladies.
3) Learn how to apply AVE to Heart-Rate Variability type of breathing.
4) Learn about the technologies and the studies pertaining to them.
5) Learn how to use them with live demo.
6) Q & A.
Dave Siever has an ongoing commercial interest with Mind Alive Inc.
Siever, D. (2003). Audio-Visual Entrainment: I. History and physiological mechanisms. Biofeedback. 31, (2), 21-27.
Siever, D. (2003). Audio-Visual Entrainment: II. Dental studies. Biofeedback, 31(3), 29-32.
Siever, D. (2003). Applying Audio-Visual Entrainment technology for attention and learning-part III. Biofeedback, 31, (4), 24-29.
Siever, D. (2004). The application of Audio-Visual Entrainment for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder, Biofeedback, 32(3),32-35.
Siever, D. (2005). The application of Audio-Visual Entrainment for the treatment of seniors issues. Biofeedback, Part I, 33, (3), 109-113 and Biofeedback, Part II, 34, (2), 69-72.
Siever, D (2006). Safety and TruVu Omniscreen Eyesets.
Siever, D. (2007). Audio-Visual Entrainment: History, Physiology, and Clinical Studies. Handbook of Neurofeedback: Dynamics and Clinical Applications, Chapter 7, 155-183.
Collura, T. & Siever, D (2009). Chapter 8 – Audio-Visual Entrainment in relation to mental health and EEG. Quantitative EEG and Neurofeedback-2nd Edition, 195-220.
Berg, K. & Siever, D. (2009) A Controlled Comparison of Audio-Visual Entrainment for Treating SAD. Journal of Neurotherapy, Vol 13, 3, 166-175.
Siever, D. (2012). Audio-Visual Entrainment as a Treatment Modality for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-Part I. Neuroconnections, Spring Issue, 25-29.
Siever, D. (2012). Audio-Visual Entrainment: A Novel Way of Boosting Grades and Socialization While Reducing Stress in the Typical College Student. Biofeedback. In press.
Siever, D. (2013). Transcranial DC Stimulation. Neuroconnections, Spring Issue, 33-40.
Here is a testimonial from Ekram Subuh who participated in the training last year:
It was great training in Minnesota! I had a chance to meet David Siever, founder of Mind Alive Inc. He is passionate about helping others! Now we use DAVID AVE devices on our patient. It helps them with meditation, anxiety and stress.
Here are photos from previous training sessions.