The ADD Centre® & The Biofeedback Institute of Toronto®

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Lynda & Michael @ Stoney Lake


Lynda Thompson Ph.D., Michael Thompson, M.D.
of the Biofeedback Institute of Toronto, Canada
Authors of
Invited Presenters & Teachers on 5 Continents
Guest Faculty (
when available):
Professor Vietta Sue Wilson Ph.D.
Kinesiology & Health Science, York University
James Thompson, BHK, M.Sc. Ph.D., International

Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology

Join us here @
Stony Lake, ON, Canada

May 30 - June 3, 2016


Accredited by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America
Canada 905-803-8066


May 30 - June 3, 2016

We put a limit on numbers for each workshop.

Introduction To Basic Concepts in
Applied Psychophysiology:
Neurofeedback Combined with Biofeedback and Metacognition

Hosted by ADD Centres® Ltd. & Biofeedback Institute of Toronto®
Accredited by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America
(Course provides up to 36 hours of BCIA didactic training*)

Chief Instructor: Lynda Thompson Ph.D.

Put the Fun in Fundamentals!

This workshop combines comprehensive instruction in the basics of neurofeedback with an experience of Canada’s North. The location is Viamede Resort near Burleigh Falls, an inn on the shores of Stoney Lake in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes District northeast of Toronto. The Workshop will have a strictly limited enrolment due to its unique location and also to ensure the possibility of hands-on experience for all participants. There will be time during the first 3 afternoons for relaxing and for the enjoyment of water sports (boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming and sailing) as well as the possibility of nature walks, excursions to a nearby Indian Art Gallery/Crafts Shop, and a visit to the ancient Peterborough Petroglyphs (rock paintings) at the far end of the lake. It promises to be a unique learning experience.

Seminars, workshops, courses and individual training will follow the outline in the
table of contents of The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic concepts in applied Psychophysiology by Thompson & Thompson. We encourage you to purchase this book in advance of the workshop (available at Printed handouts will be provided (4 powerpoint slides per page). These cover much more material than could be covered in any 5 day workshop. It includes additions that will be made to a future companion to the neurofeedback book as an additional section on the use of full-cap assessments to guide training parameters using Neuroguide and LORETA, and ERP analysis and on training that combines neurofeedback with recent advances in heart-rate-variability feedback. The time spent on each section of the book will correspond to the needs of the trainees and, as a guideline, the demands of the BCIA blueprint hours.

* BCIA requires 36 hours of didactic instruction. Only 1 rather than 4 hours concerning Ethics is covered
since professionals will likely have covered sufficient ethics during training in their own discipline.

This teaching program is universal in terms of theory, assessment, and intervention techniques. We have numerous EEG instruments from 9 different companies at our two centres in Toronto and Mississauga.
Who Should Take This Course?
In past years professionals have come from: Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Belgium, China, Cuba, Columbia, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal, South Africa, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad, in addition to many areas in Canada and the United States.

This course is suitable for clinical EEG biofeedback practitioners of any disciplinary background (psychologists, physicians, nurses, teachers, etc.) who wish to improve their basic knowledge concerning this field. We have always had a mix of both beginners and advanced practitioners and have therefore designed the course to allow the beginners to receive the essential basics and assistance in putting on electrodes and learning how to do assessments and interventions while at the same time providing those who have had years of experience with advanced material and the opportunity to learn first hand from world leaders such as Dr. Wilson, how to do cutting-edge assessments and more complex interventions.

The course provides a review of basic knowledge and will cover topics from areas that comprise the blueprint of knowledge for specialty certification in EEG biofeedback developed by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. It is a helpful course whether or not a practitioner intends to take the BCIA examinations. For those who intend to take the BCIA exam the course will provide a sample of the domain of knowledge needed to perform well. If you do wish to take the BCIA written exam on the day following final day of the workshop you must first contact Judy Crawford at BCIA (

Workshop Arrangements:
Dates for the 5 days of training are given at the top of this section of the web-site. The course is usually run in the late Spring (May or June) and the early Fall (late September or early October) in order to obtain off-season (less than half the usual rates) at the hotel. Plan to arrive the evening prior to the first day of the workshop because it begins at 8:30 AM. The exception are people from Toronto or others who are within a two hour driving distance.

Participants may want to stay an extra day till Saturday and enjoy more of the countryside which includes some of Ontario’s loveliest lakes but they will have to make hotel reservations early to do this. Seminars will be taught mornings and evenings on the first three days, with afternoons free for activities on or around Stoney Lake.

The exception will be on Thursday when classes will go through the day and a dinner party and sing-song will be held on the Thompson Family Island at their Cottage on the lake and Friday when we end officially at 4 PM for those who are driving back to Toronto that evening.

If any participants wish to write the exam, it will be on the day following the 5th day of the workshop (often a Saturday), from 9AM to 12 noon. If requested, Dr Thompson and staff will be available on the day following the workshop for those who do not have to return home immediately and wish to review material. (Again we emphasize that it is very important that requests to write the BCIA exam should be made early and cleared with Judy Crawford at BCIA. You must pre-register with BCIA in order to write the examination.) You can reach her by contacting the BCIA. The website is

Burleigh Falls and the Viamede Resort are a beautiful, and easy, 2-hour drive from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. You can rent a car or use Canada Coach - a Van service from the airport which is also easily arranged but you should
make a reservation at least 2 weeks in advance. This can be discussed with Andrea Reid at the ADD Centre. We can also help arrange transportation from the airport.
Workshop Costs:

The rates for 2016 will be:

Very Early Bird Rate: Registration Prior to July 15, 2015: $975.00 + tax

Early Bird Rate: Registration prior to Aug. 1, 2015: $1050 + tax

Regular Rate: $1150 + tax

Returning Participants, "Friends of Stony Lake" receive very special consideration and a low low rate. Past workshop participants are almost free. We only ask you to pay a small fee to cover our immediate out-of-pocket costs (includes
handouts, our hotel per participant lecture room cost (includes snacks), boat transit….

Special Rates:

Group Rates: If 2 people are attending from a centre then we will offer a $50 reduction for each person. If 3 people are attending from the same centre, then we offer a $75 reduction for each person. All participants must register and submit payment at the same time to qualify for this discount.
Student Rates: We want to encourage students and we therefore offer a markedly reduced rate of $850.00. We will require proof of enrolment at a college or university for you to quality for this reduced rate.

Payment can be made by credit card, money order, or cheque. All cheques should be made out to ADD Centres Ltd.

A $500+tax deposit will secure your spot.
Full payment should be received 2 weeks prior to the starting date at the very least. $100 is NON-REFUNDABLE should a participant have to withdraw before May 18 for the May-June workshop. For withdrawal after May 18 we must charge $175 non-refundable to pay some of our committed costs. Thank-you for your understanding in this matter.

Important Notes:
Organizers reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are fewer than 12 paid-up participants 4 weeks prior to the meeting. (Notification of a cancellation will be by both e-mail and telephone message to address and number provided by participant.) Full refund of fee paid for the course will be returned by check to the address and name provided by participants. However, we are not responsible for any other expenses such as restricted or non-refundable airfares or room and board. – NOTE: We have never had to cancel a Stoney lake workshop in the past.

Participants are responsible for their own:
Lodging. Viamede Resort (phone1-800-461-1946,, has reserved a block of rooms for a limited time at a very special off-season corporate rate. Please call them to reserve a room and also tell us that you have done this. They will reserve your room on your credit card. Please ASK FOR our special ADD Centre conference rate when you phone to book a room.

Note: In past years some participants wanted to have a cottage for their family on the Lake and if this meets your needs please contact Colleen and Bob Tedford at 705-654-3616. They have a small number of cottages for rent at a reasonable rate for the June workshop.

Individual costs: for excursions, motor boat rental, etc.

Transportation: In past years most people either drove in from the United States or rented a car at the airport. Others used Century Coach.

The possibilities are as follows: (NOTE: All prices could change in the new year.)

A. Century Transportation Line: 1-705-748-3961
If you would like to use the van to get to stony lake and back, please contact us to make a reservation. The van will meet you at the airport. They have a “out of town van” booth at each of the three terminals. The fare is approx. $157 for one person (one way fare). However, fares are shared and therefore greatly reduced if there are more people taking the van. If you would like to share transportation with other participants please email Andrea at and ask about details.
B. Monarch Charter Limousine Services.
They run 24 hours a day. (They are situated in Peterborough which is near the conference centre at Burleigh falls.) They only work by reservation and they will meet you at the airport - you tell them what time and which terminal and ask them how to identify their car and where it will park. Telephone (several days before) 705-743-3230

A rented car can also be a good option. AVIS or Budget or Hertz can all give you prices and make a reservation for a car pick up at the airport.

Some people are driving up from the United States or from places in Canada. From Toronto it is a 2 to 21/2 hour easy drive. You will go East, along 401 towards Montreal to Highway 35 & 115 (about 1 hour). You then travel for1/2 hour along highway 115(until it ends) to highway 7 and then turn right towards Ottawa. You are on #7 for 6 minutes and then you will make a left turn at the stop-lights for highway 134 now also called #28. It goes all the way to Burleigh Falls and you go past Burleigh Falls for just a couple of minutes (5 minutes maximum) and watch carefully on your right for Viamede Resort and Mt.Julian Turn off. This is all easily seen on a road map of Ontario which you can get at any gas station.

D. Equipment:
This teaching program is universal in terms of theory, assessment, and intervention techniques. We have numerous EEG instruments from different companies at our two centres in Toronto and Mississauga. For this workshop for ease of transportation and demonstration we will bring the “Infiniti/Biograph” system and the BIAT (mitsar) instrument for Full-cap demonstrations. For EEG analysis we will demonstrate Neuroguide, LORETA.

If you have a portable EEG / Biofeedback instrument and a Lap-top computer we encourage you to bring them to the workshop. You can then use them in the afternoon and evening demonstration sessions. We will also bring several instruments so everyone will have hands-on experience. (If you have Thought Technology Equipment we will be happy to share with you screens and scripts that we have developed for use with the Infiniti/Biograph.) In the past some participants have brought equipment from other manufacturers and this is most welcome.
The principles for assessment and training are the same and are not equipment-dependent.

Further details of the program and the lodging and available adventures will be mailed
&/or e-mailed to participants and can also be found at

E-mails to or should be titled "Stoney Lake Workshop" in the subject line.

Or phone us (often best) in Canada at 905-803-8066


(This will be altered according to any new changes in the Syllabus)

Part One

Section I Overview of Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and Learning (Operant and Classical Conditioning as applied to work in NFB)

Section II Physiological Basis of the Electroencephalogram (Source of the EEG including cortical and subcortical influences)

Section III The EEG: Frequencies, Correspondence to Brain States, Normal & Abnormal Waveforms, Event Related Potentials,

Section IV Measuring The EEG: Instruments & Electronics

Section V Neuroanatomical Structures (Basic Neuroanatomy) and Connections (How neurons connect and carry electrical currents)

Part Two

Section VI Assessment (Major Emphasis)

• The Fundamentals Of Assessment Using the EEG
• 10-20 System. Impedance, Electrode placement
• Types of Assessment (QEEG), Single Channel, Two Channel, 19 Channel, Montages, Neuroguide, and LORETA,ERP.
• Artifacts and Artifacting
• Interpretation of findings and Intervention Planning:
integrating data from EEG and other assessment tools - IQ (WISC & WAIS), Continuous Performance Tests (CPTs), other standardized tests, Observational Cues, Emphasizing importance of Family Functioning, Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise, and Extracurricular Activities
• Importance of Full Re-assessments (Progress Testing)
• How Medications Affect the EEG
Hands-on practice

Section VII The Basics of Assessment of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) and the Electromyogram (EMG):

• Stress Assessment: Normal and Abnormal responses of Skin Temperature, Electrodermal Responses, Muscle Tension, Heart Rate, Respiration and Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia (RSA) and Heart Rate Variability (HRV).
• Interpretation of Findings
• Understanding the Pathophysiology of ANS & EMG for Commonly Seen Complaints in a NFB Practice
Hands-on practice

Part Three

Section VIII (Major Emphasis) Fundamentals of Intervention:

A. Choice of Electrode Placement, Channels, Bandwidths, - sites for electrode placement, referential or sequential placement, inhibit and enhance bands
• Amplitude Training
• Coherence Training
• Z-Score training
• Other – (possibly evoked potential analysis time permitting)
B. Single Channel and Multi-Channel Training
C. Combining NFB + BFB based on findings of the EEG and Stress Assessments
D. Adjunctive Techniques including Metacognitive Strategies
E. Conditions Appropriate for Intervention (distinguishing those with sufficient Research Support compared with those considered experimental applications)
F. Discussion of How and Why (based on assessment data) we use NFB + BFB for a
variety of disorders including: ADHD, LD (emphasis on Dyslexia), Asperger’s/Autistic Spectrum, Movement Disorders (Tourette’s, Parkinson’s with Dystonia), Emotional Disorders (depression, anxiety, panic), Seizures, Closed Head Injury, other…
G. How to Use NFB + BFB to Optimize the Performance of high level Students, Executives, and Athletes
H. Practical Steps and Trainer Techniques During Sessions with Different Types of Students/Clients: stages within sessions, integration of NFB and BFB and metacognition within each session.
I. Alpha / Theta Therapy
Hands-on Practice
Other: Transcranial Direct Stimulation (tDCS) and passive Infrared PIR

Section IX Brief Overview of Statistics and Research Design

Section X Ethical Considerations


Lynda Thompson, Ph.D., C.Psych., BCIAC-EEG is a Psychologist who has done teaching, clinical psychology, school psychology and owned learning centres. She became Executive Director of The ADD Centre in Toronto in 1993. Her doctoral dissertation (1979) dealt with hyperactive children treated with methylphenidate. She is co-author with William Sears of The A.D.D. Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child. She has coauthored many professional papers and chapters on a number of subjects including: ADHD, TBI, Asperger’s Syndrome, Neural Networks, Heart Rate Variabiity, Seizure Disorders, and Stress Management including Setting Up for Clinical Success with the Biograph Infiniti and also of the recent AAPB publication, The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology. Lynda has been a guest speaker numerous times on radio and television. She and Michael have been invited to teach about Neurofeedback on five continents: Australia (4 trips), China, Africa (Cape Town), Europe (Belgium, Germany, Israel, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales), Korea, Mexico, and in many cities in the United States.
• She has contributed chapters on ADHD to a number of books on this subject and written professional journal publications on ADHD on both children and adults. With respect to BCIA she is the author of: Thompson, Lynda ( 2004) Electroencephalographic Applications. Module 6, Andrew Crider, Doil Montgomery (Eds) Introduction to Biofeedback: An AAPB Independent Study Program, Wheat Ridge Colorado: AAPB. Recently, she coauthored with Michael Thompson a new chapter on NFB + BFB for Stress Management: Thompson, M. & Thompson, L. (2007) Neurofeedback for Stress Management. Chapter in Paul M. Lehrer, Robert L. Woolfolk and Wesley E. Sime (Eds.) Principles and Practice of Stress Management, 3rd Edition. New York: Guilford Publications and wrote other text book chapters for an up-coming publication: Thompson, M. & Thompson, L., Chapter 14: and Thompson, M. & Thompson, L., Chapter 15: Asperger's Syndrome Intervention: Combining Neurofeedback, Biofeedback and Metacognition, both in Budzynski, T., Evans, J., Abarbinol, A., (eds.) (in press, 2008) Introduction to QEEG and Neurofeedback: Advanced Theory and Applications (second edition) – revised 3-16-08 ad in-press.

Lynda teaches with her husband,
Michael Thompson, B.Sc., M.D., D.Psych. He has a background in physiology, biochemistry, medicine, hospital administration, and university teaching. He now devotes his time to the administration of the ADD Centre and the Biofeedback Institute and training professionals. When formerly practicing medicine he was Associate Professor and head of post-graduate education in Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, and an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) and chairman of their examinations committee in psychiatry. Numerous professional publications include A Resident’s Guide to Psychiatric Education and papers and chapters on childhood psychosis and child development. While Associate Professor, University of Toronto, he was psychiatric consultant to The Hospital for Sick Children’s neurology department and director of a children’s centre specializing in the treatment of pre-schoolers with autistic spectrum disorders (PDD). He is co-author with Lynda Thompson of Setting Up for Clinical Success with the Procomp+/Biograph, and, more recently, Setting Up for Clinical Success with the Biograph-Infiniti 3rd edition and also of The Neurofeedback Book, An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology.
Recent work has included more than 120 professional presentations andworkshops on 5 continents and in more than 20 countries focused on assessment and training using EEG and peripheral Biofeedback.

Prior to doing Neurofeedback,Dr. Thompson had more than 20 peer reviewed journal publications, 7professional textbook chapters, one book and more than 100 presentations with a major focus on training psychiatrists, child development, attention deficit,learning, autism, and handling neurological illnesses.

Since beginning a centre for biofeedback he has published with Dr. Lynda Thompson, 5 book chapters, and 14 journal articles onADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and stress management, as well as books including the basic textbook in the field, The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology.

Guest faculty, pending availability, will be
James Thompson, B.H.K., M.Sc., BCIAC-EEG, Ph.D. James has a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He did his doctoral research in using the EEG to assess concussion in athletes. He developed a metric that could help in making return-to-play decisions and also aid in the athlete’s rehabilitation. For his Masters thesis he did EEG measurements of the Penn State hockey team and some of the football players, contrasting findings in those who had received concussions during play with non-concussed players. Prior to graduate studies he instructed and was a racing coach (highest levels) in both skiing and sailing and designed fitness programs for individuals and teams in various sports. At the present time he is founder of American Applied Neuroscience Institute NY, and is actively involved in Elite Performance Sport situated in LA & NY and the International Research Foundation in New Jersey.

We are particularly honoured to also have as guest faculty, pending availability, Professor Vietta Sue Wilson Ph.D. She has been a professor for many years in Kinesiology & Health Science at York University. Sue is well known for her numerous scientific publications and presentations on the use of Biofeedback with elite athletes.

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