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Workshop on Treating Trauma with Neurofeedback Slated for March 23

SPRINGFIELD — Dr. Mark Gapen of Community Services Institute will present “Neurofeedback 101: A Workshop for Providers” at Techspring, Technology Innovation Center, downtown Springfield, on Thursday, March 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Gapen will present an overview of neurofeedback treatment and its effectiveness with treating children diagnosed with ADHD and ADD, and trauma and sleep disorders in adults. The workshop will include a demonstration of the treatment followed by a question-and-answer session and networking with Gapen and several other neurofeedback clinicians from Community Services Institute.

Last December, the Public Library of Science published “A Randomized Controlled Study of Neurofeedback for Chronic PTDS”, co-authored by Gapen with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk and several other clinicians. The study is the first of its kind to be published since 1989. Its findings show solid proof of the effectiveness of neurofeedback in the treatment of PTSD.

Community Services Institute, headquartered in Springfield, is beginning its fourth decade of offering community mental-health services as a tool in fighting the victimization of vulnerable children and families. It has been committed to keeping families together in the community using psychotherapy supported by psychiatric evaluation and medication backup.