Mirjana Askovic is a senior psychologist and BCIA-A certified QEEG Diplomate and neurofeedback practitioner who uses an integrated, neuroscience-based approach to psychotherapy. Since 2001 she has been a clinician at the NSW Services for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). Mirjana is currently Neurofeedback Program Coordinator at STARTTS and a Director for the Australian Neurofeedback Institute (ANFI). Neurofeedback Program was established in 2007 to help clients with chronic, complex PTSD learn to regulate their physiological states to support their emotional, cognitive, and social rehabilitation. Recently, Mirjana was given a task to lead the Australian Neurofeedback Institute as part of STARTTS program that specialises in provision of neurofeedback training and mentoring. Mirjana is a PhD candidate with the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney. Her research is focused on the examination of the mechanisms and efficacy of neurofeedback in reducing symptoms of PTSD in traumatised refugees. Mirjana is a regular national and international conference presenter and trainer and is the author of multiple publications on the integration of neurofeedback in working with trauma survivors. For her contribution to the field of applied neuroscience in Australia, Mirjana was awarded ANSA Fellowship in 2017.
Abstract – Clinical Master Class – 31 March 2021
Trauma, addiction and self-regulation: Use of neurofeedback in addressing trauma and addiction related to refugee experiences
Survivors of early childhood trauma, war and torture are frequently experiencing difficulties in regulating their emotions and in their everyday functioning. Use of drugs and alcohol has been one of the coping mechanisms to help brain regulate strong emotions, especially fear, anger and shame. Neurofeedback training integrated with psychotherapy has been used at STARTTS to support trauma survivors learn to regulate their emotions and behaviour and to recover from addiction. In this presentation, a few case vignettes will be used to illustrate different brain profiles and their link to different types of addiction. We will further describe the role of neurofeedback in training the brain to self-regulate and the role of psychotherapy in processing trauma and developing a new sense of self.