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Workshop: Introduction to the Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS):  How to Increase Your Practice Volume by Reducing Your Average Treatment Time to 13 Sessions

presented by  Len Ochs, Ph.D. and Stephen Larsen, Ph.D.

   Jan 31-Feb 3, Palm Springs, CA

 A Four-Day Pre-Conference Introductory Training at the 2005 Winter Brain Meeting in Palm Springs

 Course Level:  Advanced


The Low Energy Neurofeedback System is a neurofeedback system that uses an electromagnetic field as the carrier wave for the feedback.  The electromagnetic field is not measurable except by equipment meant to measure the electromagnetic field around digital watches.  This field is generated in a J&J C2 Plus or GP Plus, and is carried down the same EEG leads that carry the EEG signals to the J&J EEG.  Thus the EEG leads serve as bi-directional conduits for both the brainwaves and the feedback signals.  With feedback exposures averaging 4 seconds per week, and EEG connection times averaging 2 ˝ minutes per week (connection baseline times being longer that feedback exposures), the remainder of the session can be used to gather data, provide context for the experienced changes, and to answer questions.  The qualitative results, after fourteen years of experience with the LENS, are the same as that from traditional neurofeedback.  The major difference between the LENS and traditional neurofeedback is that the duration of treatment for ADD/ADHD, depression, PTSD, Tourette’s, and seizures averages 13 sessions.  The other major difference is that system settings and electrode site selection are empirically derived and explicitly defined, and change from client to client, and for any client, change from time to time.  The major responsibilities of the clinician are to assess the client’s sensitivity, evaluate the client’s problem, and keep the duration of the session in line with the client’s sensitivity.  Because the LENS appears to be more time efficient as a treatment process, the same range of side effects as occurring with traditional neurofeedback appear more rapidly and dissipate more rapidly.  The content of the course will be directed at both human ( 18 months into senescence) and animal (horse, dog, and cat) clients.  The point of using the LENS is that most clients become so excited at the relative brevity treatment times that they bring others in and the practice becomes more filled.




1.      History and Background

2.      Conceptual Bases

3.      The Equipment and Software

4.      The Interview Evaluations

a.       History

b.      Prior attempts at relief

c.       Sensitivity Evaluation

d.      The CNS Functioning Questionnaire

5.      The EEG Evaluations

a.       The Offset Evaluation

b.      The Topographic mapping

6.      Integrating the Evaluations with into a treatment protocol

a.       Dose estimations based on the prior evaluations

b.      Assessment of effects, transitional effects, and side effects

c.       Framing the treatment for the client

7.      Treatment courses

a.       Cycles of treatment and re-mapping

b.      Courses of treatment by diagnosis

                                                               i.      Head Injury, strokes and bleeds

                                                             ii.      PTSD

                                                            iii.      ADD/ADHD

                                                           iv.      Autism and Asperger’s

                                                             v.      Cerebral Palsy

                                                           vi.      Affective Disorders

8.      Adjunctive treatments

a.       Photonic stimulation

                                                               i.      Defined

                                                             ii.      How it works

                                                            iii.      Tissue repair

                                                           iv.      Sympathetic blocking

                                                             v.      The point: to reduce pain and sympathetic barrages on the brain

b.      Heart Math: quieting

c.       Medication and its management

9.      Summary: Differences and Similarities between traditional and LENS approaches

10.  Professional Issues: choosing clients; ethics, practice management, publicity




Workshop participants will be able to:

1.      Describe the conceptual bases for the LENS

2.      Describe the basic rationale for turning evaluations into treatment plans

3.      Discuss the general course of healing for different kinds of pain, affective, neurological, and cognitive problems

4.      Connect equipment to clients and perform both evaluations and treatment

5.      Generate reports for both client communication and treatment planning and re-evaluation

Bio:  Len Ochs is a psychologist in private practice with a long history of innovation.  He was so recognized for his technological contributions by the AAPB.   Nevertheless, nobody has done less than he for the field of neurofeedback.


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