A Pilot Study of Neurofeedback for Chronic PTSD

Over the past 30 years, researchers have discovered that it is possible to retrain or learn different brainwave patterns. Neurofeedback (also known as neurotherapy) is a way to help you improve your brain function through brain training exercises using Electroencephalography (EEG). The technology is a user friendly method to condition brain activity.

CSI’s Dr. Mark Gapen, Director of the Doctoral Internship Program at CSI, is a certified Neurofeedback Practitioner and Supervisor. Dr. Gapen completed his training at the Trauma Center at JRI under the supervision of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. He holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies after completing both a Postdoctoral Fellowship and Certificate course. In addition to complex PTSD related to community violence, abuse and neglect, Dr. Gapen has worked with police officers, firefighters, veterans and other uniformed service personnel treating PTSD and comorbid substance abuse disorders.

Each year our class of eight Doctoral-level interns gets trained in this important intervention. Many of our interns have stayed on for further training, and some of our staff are fluent with neurofeedback. Dr. Gapen supervises the training and ongoing work of CSI doctoral interns and other clinical staff in the use of neurofeedback, making Community Services Institute the preeminent source of neurofeedback treatment in Western MA.

Neurofeedback has been in use as a successful clinical intervention for many different disorders including children with Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

A group of scholars, including Drs. Gapen and van der Kolk, have recently completed a Pilot Study of Neurofeedback for Chronic PTSD. The pilot project examines the feasibility and effectiveness of neurofeedback in an outpatient population of individuals with chronic PTSD. The study represents phase 1 of the research project; the primary purpose of which is to demonstrate the feasibility of NF as an intervention technique.

A copy of the Pilot Study can be found at:

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