GUEST POST: How to find a qualified neurofeedback practitioner by Deborah Stokes, PhD, BCIA-EEG

Neurofeedback is quickly gaining recognition as a valid alternative treatment for ADHD (among other conditions). However, it’s very important to be certain you are working with a qualified neurofeedback practitioner.
I am a neurofeedback practitioner and would like to stress the importance of practitioner qualifications. You should always ask to see a copy of a clinical (not business) license before allowing providers to make decisions about your child’s brain.If you are seeking help with a mental health condition such as ADHD, anxiety or depression, you will want to make sure your neurotherapy provider has a LICENSE in a mental health field (psychologist, counselor or social worker). BCIA certification is nice but only as an additional certification for someone already holding a professional license for independent practice.

If neurofeedback providers are not licensed and are rendering clinical evaluations,
interpreting test results or setting protocols for a medical or mental health issue, they may be operating illegally and unsafely.

Questions to Ask Your Neurotherapy Provider:

1. What type of License do you have that qualifies you to work with my/my child’s condition? If you do not have a license, is there someone on the premises at all times supervising you who does? Is this person fully trained and experienced in neurotherapy?

2. How long have you been doing neurotherapy?

3. How many clients have you seen in your neurotherapy career? In a typical day or week?

4. What type of conditions do you typically work with?

5. Do you utilize a wide range of equipment and protocols to offer an individualized approach or do you offer a one-size-fits all approach with only one or two types of interventions?

6. Do you keep up with the latest developments in the field by receiving regular training and professional development in a variety of neurotherapy interventions and approaches? Are these trainings accredited and if so, by what accreditation body? (preferably, these events should be accredited by one’s professional association such as The American Psychological Association and/or by the Biofeedback Certification of America).

Hope this helps!

Deborah Stokes, PhD, BCIA-EEG
Find more of Dr. Stokes’ insight on neurotherapy as an alternative treatment for ADHD and other mental health diagnoses on her website The Better Brain Center

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A self-described “veteran” parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the author of the Amazon best-seller about her parenthood in the trenches, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD. She is also the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom’s view of ADHD}, a frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications, and co-founder of the annual Happy Mama Conference & Retreat, a weekend away for moms of kids with neurobehavioral disorders. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD, in late 2014. Follow Penny at http://BoyWithoutInstructions.com.

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COVER3D_400sq_bestsellAward-Winning Blogger. Freelance Writer. Author. Warrior Mom. A self-described “veteran” parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the author of the Amazon best-seller about her parenthood in the trenches, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD. She is also the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom's view of ADHD}, a frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications, and co-founder of the annual Happy Mama Conference & Retreat, a weekend away for moms of kids with neurobehavioral disorders. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD, in late 2014. Follow Penny at http://BoyWithoutInstructions.com.

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