Remote Neurofeedback Appeal

April 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

I have the privilege to direct one of the most robust university-based BCIA-accredited neurofeedback programs in the country, which has not only trained almost 300 master and doctoral level counseling students in neurofeedback, but is contributing to the field by hosting annual conferences, workshops, and a growing body of research. The University of Texas at San Antonio Counseling Department in the College of Human Development and Education has been a generous supporter of this program through funds, curriculum integration, and faculty enthusiasm–through the vision and leadership of our department chair, Dr. Thelma Duffey. My colleague, Dr. Devon Romero, Assistant Professor, has significantly raised the bar in our research with her expertise, wisdom, and energy.

For the past several weeks the COVID-19 pandemic has deeply affected this program that I have put my heart and soul into over the past nine years. The leadership of the university has proactively and wisely responded to the crisis by putting all coursework online through the summer term and closing the campus, which includes the on-campus Sarabia Family Counseling Center, which is our home wherein we have provided training of students and professionals in the locale and pro bono treatment to hundreds of residents of our community.

My Introduction to Neurofeedback course content is now taught online, without hands on experiential in-class labs as done previously. Our advanced sections, however, are no longer able to meet as a student group and provide assessments and treatment sessions to our clients. These committed students are currently not able to continue their supervised neurofeedback hours for either BCIA certification or academically–through practicum and internships.

The Neurofeedback Society of UTSA, our enthusiastic and amazing student organization—under the leadership of doctoral student Claire Gregory—is continuing with their annual QEEG workshops albeit in an online format, and plans are progressing toward their annual neurofeedback conference in the fall.

Doctoral students, whose dissertation plans involve primary research on neurofeedback, are being affected by this current crisis.

Our current grant-funded research project on treating court-referred misdemeanor domestic violence defendants with PTSD, under Dr. Romero’s direction, has come to a stop due to closures of both the campus and courts.

My appeal to you is this: help us re-create this program as a remote neurofeedback model.

This is an unprecedented crisis which requires a creative response. With stretched university budgets, we need the support of our friends in order to procure additional equipment and software, and to re-tool our current systems. Specifically, in order to achieve an online and remote parity with our on-campus curriculum, a number of 2-4 channel systems are needed for client/subject treatment and online class instruction. Currently, we use BioExplorer software with Atlantis, QWiz, and Neurobit Optima+ amplifiers.

Thanks for your thoughtful consideration of donating equipment, software or funds toward our mission. Feel free to reply to at mark.jones@utsa.edu.

Sincerely,

Mark Jones

Mark S. Jones, DMin, LPC, LMFT, BCN, QEEGD
Adjunct Professor, Director of Neurofeedback Program
University of Texas at San Antonio
Department of Counseling
501 Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Durango Building 3.304E
San Antonio, TX 78207

2019 Neurofeedback Society of UTSA Mini-Conference

Highlights included the BCIA Genie B. Davis Scholarship Award presented to Cerise Edmonds, Society president Claire Gregory recognizing her amazing conference team (Ross Spears and Cerise Edmonds), presentations by Robert Turner MD, Stacy Speedlin PhD, and Ed Golob PhD, and a great collection of poster presentations. Thanks to all presenters, students and faculty who made the conference a success!

2019 ISNR Award Presentations

Claire Gregory receives the Genie B. Davis Scholarship Award from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance board president Dr. Randy Lyle, which covers the expenses of her BCIA Neurofeedback Certification.

Claire Gregory receives the prestigious 2019 ISNR In Memorium Award from ISNR board president Roger deBeus. The award is given annually to an outstanding student in memory of a significant contributor to the field who has passed away during the previous year. This year’s award was given in memory of Dr. Harold Russell.

The recipient of the 2019 mini-grant from the Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research is Claire Gregory from San Antonio Texas for her submission, “​P​redictors of Neurofeedback Outcomes Following qEEG Individualized Protocols for Anxiety.” Presenting the award is FNNR board president Dr. Estate Sokhadze.

2018 BCIA Judith Lubar Scholarship

Shannon Kratky was the recipient of the 2018 BCIA Judith Lubar Scholarship to honor Judith’s lifetime of excellence and service. Shannon Kratky is the winner of this special scholarship, recommended by Dr. Mark Jones of the University Texas, San Antonio.

2018 In Memorium Award

Laura Jackson-Cook was the recipient of the first annual ISNR In Memorium Award in 2018. This prestigious award is presented to a student upon recommendation of their professor or an ISNR member and carries a generous scholarship representing the generosity of those gone before us. Dr. Joel Lubar presents the award in memory of his late wife Judith Lubar.