PEP007: Quantitative EEG

Credits – 24 CE Hours $500

Instructor: Cynthia Kerson, PhD, QEEGD, BCN, BCB
Advisor: Jay Gunkelman, QEEGD

Cynthia Kerson

Cynthia Kerson

PhD, QEEGD, BCB, BCN (Assistant Program Director)

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Jay Gunkelman

Jay Gunkelman

QEEGD

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Concept and Description:

Quantitative electroencephalogram (QEEG) has become an important technique for psychophysiological assessment of brain-based disorders. This course covers reading and de-artifacting the EEG record, montages, database comparisons, drug effects on the EEG, frequency analysis, spectral and topographic aspects and basic neuroanatomy and physiology, based upon Brodmann areas and anatomical structures.

Format:

Home study supported by email chats after each unit is completed. The course materials are accessed from the course web site. The lecture portion of the course is presented through a series of audiovisual lectures profusely illustrated by power-point slides. You will hear the instructor’s voice while viewing the power point sides. Reading assignments parallel the lectures. After watching the lecture and reading the assigned supporting files, you will answer a brief series of short essay or multiple-choice review questions. The answered questions are then emailed to the instructor. You and the instructor will discuss each unit via email chat after your answers are assessed. There is no need to complete the discussion with the instructor before proceeding to the succeeding lecture & chapters.
Computer and Computer Knowledge Requirements: Knowledge of use of internet-based applications, MS Word and emailing is essential.

Prerequisites:

None. This course meets the accreditation requirements for the didactic for certification from the QEEGCB.

Course Outline:

Editing raw EEG and artifacts (2 hours)

View .PPT “1 Basics” (45 minutes)

Read all materials in your Documents 1 Folder

Respond to review questions of this section and send to ckerson@saybrook.edu

This section involves being able to read a raw EEG record and discern artifacts, transients and other EEG and non-EEG events, including physiologic, extra-physiologic and movements in the environment. The student will also review basic electronics necessary to understand how the EEG signal is obtained.

Drug Effects on the EEG (2 hours)

View webinar “Medication Effects on the EEG” (2 hours)

Read all materials in Documents 2 folder

Respond to review questions of this section and send to ckerson@saybrook.edu

The webinar focuses on the effects of various drugs on the EEG/QEEG data and the reading shows physiologic effects based on research and other resources.

Database Analysis (4.5 hours)

View .PPT “Databases for EEG” (1 hour)

Read all materials in your Documents 3 folder

Respond to review questions of this section and send to ckerson@saybrook.edu

You will know the best subject inclusion and exclusion criteria for building a database, understand fundamental statistical consideration within databases and have knowledge about t-tests, alpha and P levels, correlational relationships and z-score measures once complete with this section.

Clinical and Cognitive Aspects (6.5 hours)

View .PPT “Clinical” (2 hours)

Read all materials in Documents 4 folder

Respond to review questions of this section and send to ckerson@saybrook.edu

The student will understand developmental changes in the EEG, the origins of the EEG, what EEG signatures should be referred out to other professionals, LORETA interpretation and training, how clinical presentation may affect the EEG and be knowledgeable about Brodmann area functions and network connections and general cognitive and clinical changes that take effect after neurofeedback training based upon publications.

Montages and Spectral and Topographic Aspects of the EEG (4 hours)

View .PPT “Montages” (3 hours)

Read all materials in Documents 5 folder

Respond to review questions of this section and send to ckerson@saybrook.edu

Once this section is completed, the student will have a working knowledge of the montages, transforms and power displays along with the specific perspectives they can provide a reader of QEEG output, an understanding of what defines the various montages and the circumstances of their use as well as an understanding of sources in the brain from which various frequency bands normally emanate and phase and coherence, how they relate and what they can mean in the interpretation of the QEEG.

Practical Observation (6 hours)

The student is required observe QEEG acquisitions with a local practitioner. The practitioner must contact your instructor to establish his/her qualifications. This can be done at any point during the course and must constitute 4 hours of time. The student will then write a report summarizing the experience, including practical issues such as artifact avoidance, including drowsiness, difficult clients, specific tasks observed and experience getting low impedances, among other things. This can be done remotely (connect through an online meeting application such as GoToMeeting, WebEx or TeamViewer) if there are no local practitioners who do QEEG.

Administrative Information

Schedule:

You can start the course whenever wish to within six months of the purchase date and work at your own pace as long as you complete the course within one year of purchase. Just contact us at admin@behavmedfoundation.org or (800) 530-6658 to get started.

Duration of course validity:

You must begin the course within six months of the purchase date and complete it within one year of the purchase date. Courses not completed by that time are void and must be repurchased if still available. No refunds are provided for courses not completed within one year of purchase.

CE Credit:

The Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

BCIA:

This course is accepted by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance for recertification continuing education.

 QEEGCB:

This course is accredited by the QEEG Certification Board as the 24-hour didactic for certification.

Payment, Refund, Scholarship, and cancellation policies:  

Full payment for each course is required before access to the course is provided. Payment is by credit card though our web site’s secure ordering section or by check in US dollars made out to the Foundation and sent to the address below. Full refund will be made until students are given access to the course materials. After getting access to the course materials there is no refund at all as the Foundation has committed its resources to you and you have access to all of the course materials. A course would only be cancelled due to an extreme emergency on the part of the course instructor or the Foundation. In the highly unlikely event a course is cancelled, you would receive a full refund.

Scholarships: 

The Foundation gives scholarships consisting of 25% off the cost of the course(s) to (a) students and professionals (e.g. clinicians, coaches, teachers) from emerging nations and (b) full time graduate students in developed nations.

Course updates:

Updates to all courses are placed on the course web site as they are made. Students are informed when updates are available. 

Questions / further information?

Contact Dr. Richard Sherman (director of the psychophysiology CE and doctoral programs) at rsherman@behavmedfoundation.org or (360) 452-5020.