From the point of view of perspective, I go back to a time several years ago at one of the last future health meetings in California. This was when we decided to partner in a joint venture between BrainMaster and Brownback Mason and Associates. At that point in time you agreed to provide me with the equipment and significant input into the creation of your software. Once the software was able to support the types of training which I needed it to do, I began working on the Brownback Mason and Associates Neurofeedback System (BMANS) manual five and manual six for BrainMaster.
The completion, of the software requirements which I needed, took place towards the end of 2008. Since January of 2009, I have been using BrainMaster as my primary neurofeedback equipment. This has provided me with a great deal of insight into better and better ways of setting up the BrainMaster software in order to do more powerful training.
One of the primary advances was that of integrating a number of the BMANS manual five methodologies with zscore training. Marrying the two systems together has been very exciting for me. I have been able to observe the power and well-established tenants of what we have been doing for over 25 years, as they function side-by-side with the new and exciting potentials of zscore training.
Tom, when I told you about what we were seeing you encourage me to write it up in a Cory Hammond format. When I looked at his format, I realized that that was not something I was going to have the time to commit to in the midst of my 60- 70 hour work week. However, what I would both enjoy doing and I believe have the time to do would be to e-mail all four of you, approximately every two weeks, with the feedback which I continue to receive from the training that we are doing with my newly integrated BMANS/BrainMaster model and especially as it relates to zscore training..
I will begin by sharing with you several of the experiences which I have had to date when using the BMANS manual five version of the zscore training. Number one: "Tom, do you remember what it felt like the night before Christmas, how filled with excitement, anticipation and wonder concerning what the next day would bring? Well, that is what I am feeling right now". This was after one or two sessions. Number two: "I feel the same euphoria that I used to experience when I was using drugs". Number three: a young man has been brought to us on a two times per week basis from New York City for training. As you can imagine doing a 3 1/2 hour round trip twice a week was not this family's first choice. They saw a number of therapists using a number of different styles of therapy before coming to us. His life has been almost totally consumed with OCD. The OCD had shut down his abilities to go to school, use cell phones, turn on the television, take care of hygiene, etc. He describes two types of OCD which are controlling and destroying his life. For one of the types after approximately 3 sessions of zscore training he reported a 20% reduction in symptomatology. After two more sessions he reported an additional 30% reduction and after one more session this particular aspect of his obsessing was down to only 35% of what it had been when he began with us. Number four: a very bright, very creative, highly motivated man lost virtually all of his ability to experience emotion. We worked with him for over six months using psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and our classic style of neurotherapy. He reported slow, uneven but meaningful progress. However, after several sessions of zscore training he described the experience of a shoe lace being pulled out of his solar plexus. As the shoe lace was coming out, the knot, which he has felt in there for almost 2 years, was being untied.
I have a number of other examples to send to you. As I said earlier it is my plan to do so every several weeks. I have had people, through the years, share with me very positive responses from our neurotherapy training especially within the context of her entire BMANS system. However, the speed and frequency of impact has clearly been enhanced with the zscore training.
Going back to the fourth paragraph; it is exciting for me to get to share these results with you as a result of our collaborative effort.
Concerning our May workshop, I know that I am not fully versed in all aspects of zscore training. Having said that, I believe that the way that we have incorporated zscore training within the BMANS manual five structure, that I could have anyone feeling comfortable, efficient and knowledgeable with zscore training within a 1 to 2 hour component of our four-day workshop.
The CNC 1020, which as you recall, is our online service for guiding therapists as to which 1020 system placements would be most likely for training. This is now for more highly integrated into our workshop in general and in particular as it relates to choosing the placements for zscore training. In addition to this, BMANS manual five for BrainMaster now includes step-by-step instructions concerning how therapists can do home training, with their clients, via Go to Meeting. Our workshop has been updated in a number of other ways as well.
In closing, Linda and I enjoy partnering with all of you and we look forward to demonstrating a number of new and original components which are now more highly integrated into our BMANS workshop.
Thomas S. Brownback MED.
BCIA Certified, Senior Fellow in Biofeedback
BCIA Certified, Fellow in EEG Biofeedback
QEEGCB Certified, Diplomate in QEEG
PPCB Certified, Diplomate in Peak Performance
Executive Director, Brownback, Mason and Associates
1702 W. Walnut Street
Allentown, PA 18104