Tech Resources

First thing first – What does a Neurofeedback Technician do exactly? 

Each clinic will have different responsibilities held for each technician. The responsibilities I had and had to search for when I had to look for new technicians were as follows: 

This position would be best suited for a licensed mental health professional, graduate student, or recent masters level graduate in the field of psychology, mental health, or behavioral science. Applicants could have experience as an EEG technician, ABRET certified EEG technician, or applicant licensed/certified in nursing, medical assistant, or other healthcare field. 

The position is usually part-time (variable 30 hours) with a flexible schedule. Patient age groups are students between the ages of approximately 5-17, adult, and geriatric population. Most candidates didn’t have experience in the neurofeedback field so many times I had to train PA students or mental health professionals. 

Training consisted of setting up patients with 10-20 electrode placement and neurofeedback protocols, as well as, setting up for qEEG “brain maps”.

Duties assigned:

  • Maintain neurofeedback rooms with proper set up prior to the arrival of patient. Keep the rooms clean and organized.
  • Evaluate patients each visit with patient or parent regarding changes in behavior or concerns after previous session.
  • Inquire about any medication changes or additional treatments being performed.
  • Document patient records through electronic charts and medical records system.
  • Any concerns deemed immediate need to be brought to practitioner’s attention immediately. Other pending concerns will be discussed at the weekly supervision.
  • Maintain and update training protocols at each session.
  • Understand electrode placement and measure electrode placement for each client ensuring proper alignment.
  • HIPPA confidentiality is deemed most important and will not discuss patient records unless release is signed by patient, parent, or legal guardian.
  • Maintain training rooms with a clean working environment for each patient, maintain neurofeedback supply list, and replace as necessary.
  • Maintain and update brain-related software, backup files consistently and knowledge of troubleshooting computer related technical problems.
  • Other research assignments and duties as requested.
  • Many times marketing the clinic was involved for research in expos, conferences and talks to get the word out about neurofeedback.

One major part of the position was to maintain the neurofeedback supply list: You will want to check your supplies weekly and order them in a time frame where you won’t run out of supplies before your next patient. I have attached a great resource a FREE Supply List that will help you stay organized.

Free Supply List!

Measuring 10-20 Electrode Placement:

Detailed Training on 10-20 Placement Measuring Techniques

Webinar for hands-on training will be provided soon – Check back for webinar.

Scales and Testing:

You will want to have the following two scales completed every time you start a new protocol to monitor changes. This forms a baseline and helps to show the client their improvements during their training.

Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories:

Links provided will take you to the pdf forms and explanations provided are for the use of baseline checkpoints and are not used for diagnostic purposes.

Becks Depression Inventory

Why it’s used:

Description of Measure: The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) is a 21-item, self-report rating inventory that measures characteristic attitudes and symptoms of depression (Beck, et al., 1961). The BDI has been developed in different forms, including several computerized forms, a card form (May, Urquhart, Tarran, 1969, cited in Groth-Marnat, 1990), the 13-item short form and the more recent BDI-11 by Beck, Steer & Brown, 1996. (See Steer, Rissmiller & Beck , 2000 for information on the clinical utility of the BDI-11.) The BDI takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, although clients require a fifth – sixth grade reading level to adequately understand the questions (Groth-Marnat, 1990).

Internal consistency for the BDI ranges from .73 to .92 with a mean of .86. (Beck, Steer, & Garbin, 1988). Similar reliabilities have been found for the 13-item short form (Groth-Marnat, 1990). The BDI demonstrates high internal consistency, with alpha coefficients of .86 and .81 for psychiatric and non-psychiatric populations respectively (Beck et al., 1988).

Becks Anxiety Inventory

Why it’s used:

Description of Measure: The Beck_Anxiety_Inventory_explanation, created by Aaron T. Beck and other colleagues, is a 21-question multiple-choice self-report inventory that is used for measuring the severity of anxiety in children and adults.The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), created by Aaron T. Beck, MD, and colleagues, is a 21-item multiple-choice self-report inventory that measures the severity of an anxiety in adults and adolescents. Because the items in the BAI describe the emotional, physiological, and cognitive symptoms of anxiety but not depression, it can discriminate anxiety from depression. Although the age range for the measure is from 17 to 80, it has been used in peer-reviewed studies with younger adolescents aged 12 and older. Each of the items on the BAI is a simple description of a symptom of anxiety in one of its four expressed aspects: (1) subjective (e.g., “unable to relax”), (2) neurophysiologic (e.g., “numbness or tingling”), (3) autonomic (e.g., “feeling hot”) or (4) panic-related (e.g., “fear of losing control”). The BAI requires only a basic reading level, can be used with individuals who have intellectual disabilities, and can be completed in 5 – 10 minutes using the pre-printed paper form and a pencil.

ATEC: Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC)

Why it’s used:

Description of Measure: The ATEC is a one-page form designed to be completed by parents, teachers, or caretakers. It consists of 4 subtests: I. Speech/Language Communication (14 items); II. Sociability (20 items); III. Sensory/ Cognitive Awareness (18 items); and IV. Health/Physical/Behavior (25 items).

Users of the ATEC may have it scored free (4 subscores and a total score) by entering the responses via computer to the ATEC form on the website for immediate and free-of-cost scoring.

Online Version: Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC)

PDF Form: ATEC PDF

Scores:

  • If you complete the ATEC online – You will recieve a score immediately following the end of test.
  • If you complete a paper version, use the same link for online test, complete it with same answers and note score.
  • Further information – Click Here.

 

CNS Vital Signs

Why it’s used:

Description of Measure:  We provide free access to the CNS Vital Signs assessment platform including software, account, upgrades & support. There are no start up fees or service contracts. Clinics and clinicians can purchase economical assessments as needed with volume discounts available (minimum purchase is 10 assessment testing sessions). Add CNS Vital Signs to your practice service offerings for improved patient care, market advantage and practice performance.

Quick Start Guide: Click Here.

How To Guide: Click Here.

Disclaimer: These scales are used as talking points and checkpoints for neurofeedback training purposes, these are not considered diagnostic, unless used in conjunction with other neuropsychological or psychological measures and determined by a board certified professional who is licensed to diagnosis or treat mental health disorders.