Title

Practitioner Use of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Children’s Mental Health

Department

Social Work

Date of Paper/Work

2017

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Type of Paper/Work

Clinical research paper

Advisors

Sarah Ferguson

Abstract

This study explores the use of neurofeedback, also known as EEG biofeedback, by practitioners treating mental health conditions in children. A semi-structured interview with eight practitioners from various disciplines serves as the data source. Content analysis was utilized and data was coded and categorized. Five themes emerged from the analysis of the interview—Neurofeedback Education, How Neurofeedback Works, Neurofeedback Treatment Structure, Conditions Treated, and Feedback. These findings are in alignment with the existing literature. Specific conditions identified are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, and autism spectrum disorder. Neurofeedback may improve symptomology in these conditions as well as others. Implications for neurofeedback as an alternative treatment for children’s mental health is discussed as well as a call for more research on the accessibility of neurofeedback.

Keywords

neurofeedback, EEG biofeedback, child mental health, alternative treatment, ADHD, anxiety

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