Keys to Success
In part one of this blog series, Why Offer Neurofeedback, we reviewed why neurofeedback can be a cost-effective, powerful tool to assist individuals with their mental health challenges. In this blog post, we’ll focus on the factors that will make you successful in creating, marketing and administering a remote neurofeedback offering.
We understand that your time is valuable and limited, for that reason we put together this post which explores the five keys to success; strategically designed to help you prepare for your remote neurofeedback practice with ease.
1. Device Decision
The cost of the devices can vary from about $500 USD to $1000 USD. You may need one or more devices depending on the protocols you plan to use and the types of concerns your clients are facing.
The following factors should be considered when selecting an EEG device:
- The location of the sensors,
- The number of sensors present, and
- The setting of the neurofeedback session.
The charts below may help you select the suitable EEG device(s) for you and your client’s situations:
2. Train As You Go
Be sure to take advantage of self-training opportunities. Most platforms have guided onboarding and live onboarding training to help you get started. Additionally, there may be training programs that go deeper into the theory, science, and methodology of neurofeedback training. They’re designed to help therapists and clinicians get up and running quickly.
If there is a customer community, join in! Typically there will be a web page dedicated to new customers for onboarding guidance and frequently asked questions. The customer community is the best way to stay informed about changes to the platform and new features and enhancements.
3. Set Quantitative Goals
During the first 30 days you must set goals for what you want to achieve in your practice. To set a quantitative goal, consider what you want to experience and evaluate:
- Are you looking for something easier to use, more cost-effective, more flexible, or all of the above?
- What are “must-have” capabilities?
- What are your evaluation criteria?
Example: during the first 30 days run 2 Sessions per week for each client (including Live Sessions) to evaluate:
- Will your clients understand how to use the mobile application?
- Can I use client data to effectively track and follow up on client progress?
4. Have a Business Case
Take the time to consider how remote neurofeedback can be a part of your practice:
- Will you use the system in your office, or as a remote tool, or as an in-person hybrid neurofeedback offering?
- Who will manage the administrative tasks associated with adding or growing neurofeedback to your practice?
- Have you considered a pricing model?
- Do you have clients in mind that this may be a fit for?
- Will you need to buy or rent additional devices as your services grow?
5. Dedicate Time to Learn the Software
Time is your most precious commodity. Most practitioners are looking for a solution that saves time and is efficient to use. That being said, to get the most from any new platform you must dedicate some time and effort to learn how to use the software. Just remember, If you sign up for a neurofeedback solution and never use it, your remote neurofeedback program will never get off the ground.
How to Start
Utilizing this Keys To Success guide will prevent common pitfalls; it will empower you to further support your clients, expand your practice and generate more income.
You may be wondering, “How do I set up a neurofeedback program and keep track of all its moving parts?”
Our next post, Creating a Remote Neurofeedback Program, describes how to set up your program to easily track your clients’ progression and prepare your clients to get the most from their neurofeedback training.