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Informed Consent

Neurofeedback Advocacy Project (NAP) offers clinical courses that allow attendees to participate in hands-on practicum to gain the necessary skills to provide neurofeedback services in a clinical setting. Neurofeedback has been used in a variety of conditions that appear to be associated with dysregulation of brain activity. This includes but is not limited to remediation of attention deficits and hyperactivity, recovery from some of the consequences of brain injury, and the reduction of incidence and severity of seizures. 

The clinical staff and training course instructors at NAP include both licensed/certified and non-licensed/non-certified personnel with expertise in various health-related professions; they are not physicians. They are aware, through literature and experience in a clinical setting, of beneficial effects of the kind of neurofeedback they offer. Scientific investigation is ongoing to determine the mechanism by which these benefits are achieved. At present, NAP recommends the training based on empirical observations of improvement in clients with similar conditions. 

During the training it is expected that you will experience changes in symptoms relating to the regulation of the nervous system. Your experience may include increase or decrease in any of the following: awake state, sleep, headaches, light sensitivity, mood, and any of the symptoms you experience during daily life, including any of those discussed during this training course. 

Changes in a positive or negative direction of any symptoms you may experience during the sessions are a valuable tool for finding the proper training sites and frequency and will help you understand better how to work with your clients when they report negative or positive symptoms to you as their clinician.

Your Responsibility: You must report your changes. If you fail to mention negative symptoms when they arrive, or purposefully adjust the training with the intent of increasing negative symptoms, the outcome, while not shown to be lasting, can be extremely negative in the short term. 

The training appears to be a harmless procedure in the long term as far as is know at present. It is a non-invasive procedure, and no injuries are known in the experience of NAP, or in the literature reviewed. Nevertheless, beyond this, NAP does not make any representation concerning the safety or efficacy of training. It is the attendee’s responsibility to monitor the subjective effects of training and to continue so long as benefit is perceived. 

By signing this form, the participant indicates his/her understanding of the principles set forth here and waives any claim of damages due to the training, including worsening of the any conditions the client may have, clamed side effects, or the failure to improve with training. In addition, the client agrees to take full responsibility for his/her training, the benefit of such training, or the lack thereof, and further agrees to hold NAP harmless from all claims associated with such training. 

Confidentiality

During the course, you will share personal health information to inform your neurofeedback protocols. You will also hear protected health information from your fellow trainees. Maintaining confidentiality is a necessary component of course participation. This means that you will not share others' health information with anyone outside of the course.