Testimony: Silvana Markovska-Simoska's STSM in Milan
Silvana Markovska-Simoska visited the Centro Internazionale dei Disturbi di Apprendimento, Attenzione e Iperattività (CIDAAI) in Italy.
Photo: Silvana Markovska-Simoska
In this short-term scientific mission, I developed a scientific collaboration with
Prof. D-r Giuseppe Chiarenza. From his work I have learned how to proceed with parent-teacher training for children with various behavioural and mental problems. One part of our collaboration concerns illustrating the methodology and aims of the "Voice group" addressed to parents of adolescents with psychopathological problems residing in the therapeutic community, realized at the "Marco Therapeutic Center" of the Rho Neuropsychiatry Unit of the Hospital "G. Salvini" by Garbagnate Milanese.
Also, we have discussed various topics in the field of the Teacher Training aimed at teachers of students with diagnosed ADHD. He explained to me how the teachers are provided with psycho-educational strategies for a management of educational life that fosters the well-being of the student with mental disorder.
During the second part of the visit we worked on clinical approach to neuropsychiatric patients including application of QEEG/LORETA for the confirmation of diagnosis and use of LORETA Z-score neurofeedback (NFB) in therapy. Introduction of QEEG/LORETA brain imaging has improved diagnostic ability in neuropsychiatric practice by identification of dysregulated cortical areas implicated in patients’ symptoms. Additional use of LORETA Z-score NFB enables to directly target these areas of dysregulation in order to improve symptoms associated with them. Prof. Chiarenza gave me opportunity to be present while he was working with some of his patients with anxiety/depression, ADHD and ODD, treated in his practice with CBT and Z-score LORETA NFB. So, in these cases clinical intervention from a psychophysiological perspective may be the best approach and neurofeedback and biofeedback are often used in conjunction with psychological interventions.
In general, the fulfilled STSM at the Centro Internazionale dei Disturbi di Apprendimento, Attenzione e Iperattività (CIDAAI, International Center of learning, attention and hyperactivity disorders), Milano, Italy helped me to install new and improve present settings and procedures and provided me with expertise that can be applied directly on clinical and research work at my institution.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank my host, Prof. D-r Giuseppe Chiarenza for sharing with me his experience and knowledge, the support and the helpful advices provided me during this STSM.
Moreover, I thank the COST Office for giving me this opportunity as well as for financial support for this STSM.