2011 AAPB Annual Meeting

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Saturday Sessions

FERB3 - Running Tour of New Orleans with Carmen Russoniello, PhD (Saturday)

Saturday, March 12, 2011
6:00 AM to 7:00 AM

AAPB's President, Carmen Russoniello, will lead those that want to go on a run/jog tour of New Orleans. The tour will include many of the famous New Orleans attractions as well as a few others Dr. Russoniello happens to know from his experiences selling Lucky Dogs (hot dogs) on Bourbon Street in the 1970's.

Your $5 donation to participate will benefit the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB). Hope to see you there!


FERB4 - Qigong with Gabriel Tan, PhD (Saturday)

Saturday, March 12, 2011
6:00 AM to 7:00 AM

AAPB's President-Elect, Gabriel Tan, a student of Qigong, will lead sessions on slow stretching and Qi awakening exercises to start off your days during the conference.

Your $5 donation to participate will benefit the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB). Hope to see you there!


SC04 Hypnosis and Self-Regulation Therapy with Burn Victims

Saturday, March 12, 2011
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Faculty: Dabney Ewin, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Be aware of the many problems of burn patients that can be helped with hypnosis.
  • Know that hypnosis can produce a blister.
  • Learn the importance of early hypnosis within the first two hours of a burn incident.

SC05 Biofeedback During Counseling in Couples Therapy:
Reactivity to Intentionality in Distressed Relationships

Saturday, March 12, 2011
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Faculty: Walter Ciecko, PhD; Ray Varlinsky, MA

Towards Loving Deeply as a Couple: The Movement from Reactivity to Intentionality from an Imago Relationship Perspective
Couples in our culture are told to select the right partner and then success and happiness are givens. In reality, after the romantic love stage, couples experience an increase in emotional reactivity to the point that it interferes with the quality of their relationship. If this emotional reactivity is not addressed in producive ways, the couple stays mired in a less than fulfilling relationship. In this seminar, we will look at the natural movement of couples through various stages and the corresponding need for various skills to help the couple achieve a mature sustainable love.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the stages in the coupling process
  • Identify the ten (10)core assumptions in Imago Relationship Therapy
  • Identify the role of the Imago Therapist in helping couples navigate more effectively the coupling process
  • Discuss the effect emotional reacitivty has on the development of a couple relationship
  • Explore personal and professional issues around working with negativity and intense emotion
  • Explore options in creating physiological re-centering
  • Discuss the Dialogue Process
  • View a demonstration of the Dialogue Process

HRV Biofeedback Within Relationship Therapy: Self and Other Soothing Tools
This workshop provides didactic and experiential information and training in the use of HRV (Heart Rate Variability) biofeedback with physiologically and emotionally distressed relationships. It is based on the scientific research of Dr. John Gottman and the HeartMath Institute.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to talk to their clients about psychophysiological arousal and flooding.
  • Participants will have working knowledge about HRV and coherence.
  • Participants will be able to intoduce the HRV instrument to their clients and use it during their sessions.

Who Should Attend:
This course is appropriate for nurses, clinical biofeedback practitioners, marriage counselors, primary care physicians, and/or psychologists who want to learn more about self care and ethical obligations of maintaining a healthy mind and body.

Level: Introductory


Walter CieckoWalter Ciecko Walter J. (Walt ) Ciecko, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Wilmington Delaware. Walt is director of the Delaware Relationship Center. He is certified by Imago Relationships International as an advanced clinician, individual and couple workshop presenter and consultant. Walt is certified as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Biofeedback Clinician, EMDR Therapist, Sport Psychologist and as a workshop presenter of Hot Monogamy. He presents workshops to individuals, couples, groups, conferences, business and industry, Clinically, Walt is interested in relationship development and enhancement, gender issues, enhanced self-regulation emotionally and physiologically, trauma-recovery and peak performance training. Personally, individuals experience him as thoughtful, knowledgeable, compassionate and caring with an easy going style.

Ray VarlinskyRay Varlinsky Ray Varlinsky, MA, MFT Ray Varlinsky is a licensed California Marriage and Family Therapist with over 16 years experience working with couples and individuals in his private practice. Ray is a certified Gottman Method Therapist and Gottman Couples ASL Workshop Leader and a frequent presenter at the Annual Gottman Conferences He is BCIA biofeedback and neurofeedback certified with 30 years of experience using biofeedback in medical institutions. Ray has taught for 26 year in the psychology department at Butte College. He has been using HeartMath's technologies and HRV instruments in his private practice, workshops and conferences for the last 12 years. He has facilitated the emWave technologies into the Gottman Institute and successfully introduced the emWave into the Boystown and Girlstown orphanages in South Korea. Ray has developed the emWave Approach to Better Relationships and continues his work with couples in his private practice and teaching and presenting at workshops and conferences.

SC06 Therapist Heal Thyself: Managing Stress Before it Manages You

Saturday, March 12, 2011
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Faculty: Diana Valdez, PhD

People in many different careers experience burnout, but those in the helping professions are especially vulnerable because of the nature of their involvement with people in need. As people increase their awareness of the early warning signs of burnout and develop practical self-care strategies and methods for reducing the risk of burnout, helpers will be better able to handle the stressors of being a helper. Participants will learn about professional burnout, what it is, what causes it and how to apply self-care strategies and methods to help prevent burnout or treat it if it occurs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify signs and symptoms of professional burnout.
  • Discuss effects of burnout on professional and personal life.
  • Identify and demonstrate methods used to reduce effects of stressors and thus reduce potential for burnout.
  • Practice several methods for stress reduction and management.

Who Should Attend:
Professionals who want to learn more about self care and ethical obligations of maintaining a healthy mind and body.

Level: Intermediate


Diana ValdezDiana Valdez Dr. Diana Valdez is a retired military veteran who has been involved in the education and treament of stress-related disorders for more than 10 years. She is an assistant professor of psychology and counseling and maintains a private practice in Fort Worth, TX.

SC07 Integration of EEG, DC/SCP, and Peripheral Measures in Biofeedback

Saturday, March 12, 2011
7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Faculty: Ron Swatzyna, PhD; Thomas Collura, PhD

Didactic and Practicum describing integrated biofeedback incorporating EEG, DC, Slow-Cortical Potentials, Heart-Rate Variability, Respiration, and related measures. The emphasis is on mind/body self-regulation using a variety of behavioral modification techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand relations between neuronal synchrony, connectivity, and brain self-regulation.
  • Understand physiology of mind/body connection with emphasis on heart-rate variability and homeostasis.
  • Describe and demonstrate biofeedback techniques that integrate brain with body.

Who Should Attend:
Clinicians as well as anyone interested in maximizing their mind management for a healthy, happy brain and others interested in biofeedback for mind/body integration and health.

Level: Introductory


Ronald SwatzynaRonald Swatzyna Ron Swatzyna, PhD, LCSW, BCB, BCN, CART, CCFC, EMDR-1 is a psychotherapist for the Tarnow Center for Self-Management and is a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Work (2004) and his Masters of Science in Social Work (1997) from The University of Texas Arlington, his Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The University of the State of New York and his Associate in Applied Science in Marine Technology from Highline Community College.

Clinical Updates Series - Session 5

Saturday, March 12, 2011
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

We are continuing the "Clinical Updates Series" in 2011 to provide short overviews and current happenings in various areas or the industry. Drop into a session to update your clinical skills and knowledge in selected topic of interest!

Topics in this session to include:

  • Sports Psychophysiology in the Canadian Winter Olympics Success Story
  • Brain Fitness: Spark and Learnercise For the New Science of Exercise and the Brain

DIST - Awards Presentation & Distinguished Scientist Presentation

Saturday, March 12, 2011
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM


KEY4: Gottfried Schlaug, PhD
Making Music Changes Brains

*Sponsored by: Performing Arts Psychophysiology Section*

Saturday, March 12, 2011
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Making Music Changes Brains

Making music is a multi-sensory and motor experience that is typically initiated at an early age and practiced throughout a musician's lifetime. Music making engages, links, and changes brain regions and may provide an alternative entry point that could be useful for remediating impaired neural processes.


BCIA Cetification 101

Saturday, March 12, 2011
12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

If you have ever wondered about becoming a BCIA certified practitioner in General Biofeedback, EEG Biofeedback, or pelvic Muscle Sysfunction Biofeedback, this informal discussion will lead you through the process and requirements and answer any questions you may have.

STURNDS - Student Roundtable & Brown Bag Lunch

Saturday, March 12, 2011
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Box lunch included.

SEC11: Child and Adolescent Health Section Meeting

Saturday, March 12, 2011
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

The goal of the Child and Adolescent Health Section is to provide a forum for members to share information and experiences in providing biofeedback services to this important segment of our population. This section is designed to address the growing use and proven benefits of biofeedback in treating a younger patient population.


SEC07: Performing Arts Psychophysiology Section Meeting
Special Presentation by Madeleine Hackney, PhD

Saturday, March 12, 2011
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Performing Arts Psychophysiology is open to anyone interested in psychophysiology for artists as a special population. An arts background, even if it is modest, is suggested for applicants. This section is founded on the premise that physiological sequelae of stress are not only a health problem, but also threaten the career of artists. The section encourages development of empirically-based clinical applications, empirical validation of current therapies which artists utilize and testing of arts populations with current psychophysiological models.


SEC09: sEMG/SESNA Division Meeting

Saturday, March 12, 2011
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

The Surface EMG Division within AAPB began as the Surface EMG Society of North America (SESNA). Our main aim is to promulgate the appropriate use of surface electromyography techniques within the context of applied psychophysiology. We provide a track at the Annual Meeting, basic workshops, and Internet dialogue on members interests.


BCIA Recertification 101

Saturday, March 12, 2011
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Let BCIA tell you about changes in recertification policy that makes it a very user-friendly process. Come bring your questions about recertification.

Clinical Updates Series - Session 6

Saturday, March 12, 2011
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

We are continuing the "Clinical Updates Series" in 2011 to provide short overviews and current happenings in various areas or the industry. Drop into a session to update your clinical skills and knowledge in selected topic of interest!

Topics in this session to include:

  • Practical Applications of Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Anxiety Disorders Treated Effectively by Biofeedback
  • Easy, Effective NeuroTraining for the Busy Clinician: Improving Client Satisfaction

Oral Presentations 2

Saturday, March 12, 2011
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

1. Update on the Impact of Federal Resources and Priorities on Biofeedback Research
Paula Skedsvold

2. Psychophysiological Curriculum at the University Level
Eliza Bigham, PhD

3. Effect of Neurofeedback on the Attention of Eight Puerto Rican College Students
Lizette Dorna, PhD

4. Resonance Frequency Measurements Are Reliable
Jordan Fuller; Christopher Wally; Andrew Westermann-Long; Daniel Korenfeld; Dave Carrell

5. Prefrontal Gamma Neurofeedback Improves Emotional State and Cognitive Function
Jonathan Cowan, PhD; Estate Sokhadze, PhD


SYM09 Health Games: Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Applications

Saturday, March 12, 2011
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Faculty: Carmen Russoniello, PhD, LPC, LRT, BCN, BCB; Alan Pope, PhD; Matthew Fish, BCIAC, CTRS; Ruth Ann Styron; Adam Noah, PhD; Lennart Nacke, PhD; Chad Stephens, MS

This panel will present ongoing research on the use psychophysiology techniques to develop games and to measure their intrinsic health benefits. The panel will also explore the developing field of health games including those that incorporate biofeedback processes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the use of psychophysiological techniques in developing games
  • Explore the use of psychophysiological techniques in measuring the effects of games
  • Explain the use of games with biofeedback treatment
  • Explain how games are used in health promotion, disease prevention, treatment and education.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced


Carmen RussonielloCarmen Russoniello Carmen Russoniello, PhD, LRT, LPC, BCB is the current President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He received his Ph.D. from Gonzaga University and has more than 20 years of clinical experience as a therapist/counselor as well as a researcher. He is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic at East Carolina University and serves as scientific advisor to Biocom Technologies a company specializing in heart rate variability research and development. Dr Russoniello is a fellow in both general and neurofeedback from the Biofeedback Certification Association of America. (BCIA) and is a past member of this board where he served as chair of the ethics committee. Dr Russoniello is also past president of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Dr. Russoniello teaches undergraduate and graduate biofeedback courses through a first of its kind global classroom initiative and directs a biofeedback program for Wounded Warrior Marines at Camp Lejeune. The novel biofeedback intervention involves EEG and heart rate variability feedback and includes the use of virtual reality. Dr. Russoniello is himself a former Marine machine gunner and decorated Vietnam combat veteran.

Dr. Russoniello's psychophysiological research on video games, mood, and stress has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Wired Magazine, CNN, BBC, Ladies Home Journal. Women's World, Web MD and numerous other publications. His previous research on the physiological and biochemical aspects of recreation participation has been included in the President's Council on Physical Activity and his research on the prevalence and treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children after natural disasters has been cited in a number of government publications including the Department of Ecology and the Veterans Administration's Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Alan PopeAlan Pope Dr. Alan Pope previously invented biofeedback technology incorporating videogames and other recreational activities. He recently invented the "MindShift" technology featured in NASA Tech Briefs Dr. Pope's virtual reality biofeedback and video game neurofeedback inventions were featured in: 2000 book "Symphony in the Brain"; 9/1/00 Science magazine; 7/4/00 New York Times; March 2001 Discover magazine; 2001 Network of the World (NOW) webcast; 8/10/00 "CBS Early Show"; 3/6/01 "Canada AM" television; 3/10/01 TechTv; 4/27/01 Discovery Science Channel; September 27, 2005 USA Today. The videogame biofeedback technology was selected by NASA HQ as one of NASA's Top 10 stories of 2000 and licensed for commercial application in April 2002.

Matthew FishMatthew Fish Matthew Fish, BS, BCIAC, CTRS

Ruth Ann StyronRuth Ann Styron Ruth-Ann Styron, CTRS, is working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the East Carolina University Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic. She is working on earning a master of science in recreational therapy administration. In the ECU Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic, Ruth-Ann works with participants in the Wounded Warrior Project utilizing general biofeedback modalities. She has spent time as a supervised biofeedback assistant working with children with behavioral and emotional disorders utilizing general biofeedback modalities at Pathways to Life, Inc in Greenville, NC.

Chad StephensChad Stephens Mr. Chad Stephens is an Aerospace Technologist with NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and a doctoral candidate in Psychology at Virginia Tech. Chad holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a Master's degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech in the Developmental and Biological Psychology Area; his thesis work was a psychophysiological study entitled, "Autonomic Specificity of Basic Emotions: Evidence from Pattern Classification and Exploratory Cluster Analysis." (DOI) Chad instructed lecture and laboratory courses in computer methods in engineering at VCU and biological psychology and psychophysiology at Virginia Tech. Chad participated in the NASA LARSS program in 2008 conducting a study entitled, "Affective State Control Metaphor." During his LARSS internship in 2009, he began his dissertation work, "Psychophysiological Assessment of Task Engagement and Mental Workload: Improving Performance through Closed-loop Adaptive Automation." Chad is co-author of a chapter in the forthcoming book, "Human Fatigue", entitled, "Adaptive Automation for Hazardous States of Awareness." Since joining NASA in fall of 2009, Chad co-invented the MindShift technology.

SYM10 Applied Sport Psychophysiology with Elite Performers Under Stress
Using the (IAPZs) Individual Affect-related Performing Zones among other Protocols

Saturday, March 12, 2011
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Faculty: Gershon Tenenbaum, PhD; Harry Van der Lei; Margaret Dupee; Robert Whitehouse, EdD; Penny Werthner, PhD; Wesley Sime, PhD

Highly stressful conditions exist surrounding any performance involving major consequences, whether in competition or in life or death situations. Performers who are presented with sport psychology and mental training options which including biofeedback, neurofeedback and applied psychophysiology have an advantage in managing the complex training regime and the pressure of competition.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the physical and emotional reactions to stress under pressure
  • Identify the core assumptions in high performance skills where risk and danger prevail
  • Identify the working knowledge of applied sport psychophysiology
  • Discuss the difference between team and individual as well as open and closed sport conditions
  • Explore the use of goal setting, attention control, reaction time, confidence building and imagery
  • Explore positive affect as a way of creating physiological re-centering
  • Discuss coherence and the HRV Spectral Analysis as it relates to In Vivo conditions on the golf course
  • Explore the Heart Brain Connection while analyzing the pre shot routines in golf and baseball

Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, counselors, biofeedback practitioners, physicians, sport psychologists and others interested in working with elite performers

Level: Introductory


Gershon TenenbaumGershon Tenenbaum Gershon Tenenbaum, PhD, a graduate of Tel-Aviv University and the University of Chicago in research methodology and statistics is the Benjamin S. Bloom Professor of Educational Psychology at the Florida State University, USA. He is a former director of the Ribstein Center for Research and Sport Medicine at the Wingate Institute in Israel, and coordinator of the Graduate Program in sport psychology at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. From 1997-2001 he was the President of the International Society of Sport Psychology, and since 1996-2008 he was the Editor of the International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He published extensively in psychology and sport psychology in areas of expertise and decision-making, psychometrics, and coping with physical effort experiences.

Margaret DupeeMargaret Dupee Margaret Dupee, MA is a PhD Candidate in the School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. From 2007-2010 Margaret worked with Dr. Penny Werthner in the "Own The Podium," Canada's "Top Secret" research initiative, to develop and implement a bio/neurofeedback training intervention for Canadian athletes preparing for the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympic games. Twelve athletes competed at the Olympics, 6 of whom won medals. Margaret has eight years of experience as a competitive figure skater. She received her BCIA certification in general biofeedback in September 2010. She is presently continuing research on the development and implementation of a bio/neurofeedback stress management intervention with Canadian athletes preparing for the 2012 summer Olympic games.

Robert WhitehouseRobert Whitehouse Robert Whitehouse, EdD started one of the nation's first college biofeedback programs before going into private pracice in psychology and biofeedback, and directed biofeedback for several pain clinics in Colorado. He now specializes in the use of HRV and Capnometry and also directs HRV in Peak Performance Lab, and teaches HRV in the Graduate School of Behavioral Sciences and workshops around the world. He has developed the approach known as HRV Flexibility. A former AAPB Board member, he also was Insurance and Legisla6ve Chair for several years. He also taught the first Biofeedback course in the DU Graduate School of Professional Psychology's Sport and Performance Psychology Master's degree program.

Penny WerthnerPenny Werthner Penny Werthner is an associate professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She works with coaches and athletes in the psychological preparation for World Championships and Olympic Games. In particular, she worked with Alexandre Bilodeau, gold medalist at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Stress and burnout are common among in Olympic level coaches and athletes and Penny uses biofeedback and neurofeedback for enhancing the performance. She presents regularly at national and international conferences on coaching and physical activity. The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa is proud to announce that Penny Werthner, PhD has been named among the most influential women of 2010 by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity.

Clinical Updates Series - Session 7

Saturday, March 12, 2011
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

We are continuing the "Clinical Updates Series" in 2011 to provide short overviews and current happenings in various areas or the industry. Drop into a session to update your clinical skills and knowledge in selected topic of interest!

Topics in this session to include:

  • Polytrauma Clinical triad Plus (P3 Plus) & Differential Diagnosis of PTSD, mTBI
  • Update on Mild traumatic brain injury

SYM11 Spiritual Paths and Healing from Multiple Traditions

Saturday, March 12, 2011
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Faculty: Howard Hall, PhD, PsyD, BCB; Jan B. Newman MD, MA, FACS, ABIHM; Erik Peper, PhD (Discussant)

Spiritual paths have distinct phases and stages which are associated with changes in physiology and thought. This symposium will outline the steps on the spiritual path, its processes and the changes in physiology and thought that accompany it. Complications can occur along the way. Ultimately the practioner develops compassion and wisdom. We will examine spiritual paths and their implications for biofeedback practitioners.

The specific steps and stages of the Middle Eastern Sufi Tradition will be presented. This path purifies the mind (ego) to enable the heart to connect with Divine Love. That connection enables spiritual and physical healing to occur. One manifestation is the ability of practitioners to rapidly heal from deliberate caused damage to the body with no pain or infection. Comparisons to other global spiritual healing traditions, hypnosis, and experimental wound healing studies will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:
Following this talk the audience will be able to:

  • The participant will be able to state the three phases of spirituality
  • The participant will be able to identify changes in physiology that accompany spiritual growth
  • The participant will be able to name complications that may arise during spiritual practice
  • List at least three global healing traditions which have evidence of rapid wound healing.
  • Describe the Sufi path toward purification of the mind and ego with spiritual healing.
  • Describe similarities and differences between these global healing traditions with hypnosis and experimental wound healing studies

Who Should Attend:
suitable for all levels

Level: Introductory


Howard HallHoward Hall Howard Hall, PhD, PsyD, BCBholds a Ph.D. from Princeton (experimental psychology) and a Psy.D. from Rutgers University (clinical psychology). He is boarded in biofeedback and an approved consultant in clinical hypnosis. His internship was at Rutgers Medical School; post doctoral studies at Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies; and a fellowship at The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at Case University. Dr. Hall has conducted research and taught hypnosis at the Pennsylvania State and Case University. He is currently a professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Psychological Sciences at Case, In his current position as an attending doctor at Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital and Universities Hospitals, he treats both children and adults presenting with complex medical symptoms employing hypnosis and biofeedback within a spiritual context. Dr. Hall has also conducted and published pioneering work on the effects of hypnosis, imagery, and relaxation on immune responses and Sufi (Islamic mysticism) rapid healing phenomena.

Jan NewmanJan Newman

Erik PeperErik Peper Erik Peper, PhD, BCB is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation and since 1971 he has been researching factors that promote healing. He is Professor of Holistic Health Studies / Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He has a biofeedback practice at BiofeedbackHealth (www.biofeedbackhealth.org). He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books such as Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer, Make Health Happen, Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, and Biofeedback Mastery. He publishes the blog, the peper perspective-ideas on illness, health and well-being (www.peperperspective.com). He is a recognized expert on holistic health, stress management and workplace health. His research interests focus on psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention,, respiratory psychophysiology and optimizing health with biofeedback.

SYM12 New Directions in QEEG and Neurofeedback with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Saturday, March 12, 2011
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Faculty: Michael Linden, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • What are EEG and QEEG subtypes pattens in individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • How to use QEEG subtypes to Guide Amplitude and Coherence Neurofeedback with ASD

SYM13 Mechanisms and Comprehensive Measurement of Chronic Pain:
Biofeedback for Emotional Dysregulation

Saturday, March 12, 2011
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Faculty: John Mark Disorbio, EdD

The Integration of Biofeedback Training in Physical Rehabilitation and Chronic Pain
This presentation provides 30 years of experience and information regarding how self-regulatory training (Bio Feedback) is an essential component in the evaluation and treatment of injury and physical rehabilitation for injured patients. I have treated over 4,000 medical patients. Bio Feedback and self regulatory training is an integral part of the treatment planning and process. This presentation will also provide information and training on the utilization of the Battery for Health Improvement-2 (BHI-2). I am co-author of this international psycho-medical psychometric test that measures injured patients across the biological-psychological and social aspects of injury and chronic pain. Approximately 60 refereed journaled articles have been published on this instrument.

Participants will be provided with specific skills to implement biofeedback training to the chronic pain and injured population. Also training in the use of the BHI-2 for diagnoses and treatment planning will be conducted. Education will include autogenic training, Jenck's breathing methods and cognitive behavioral techniques of thought stopping and compartmentalization for the injured patient.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be provided information/training in:

  • How to diagnose an injured patient across the biological-psychological-social aspects of medical patients.
  • How to utilize the BHI-2, a psycho-medical psychometrict test that was designed, developed and normed on the chronic pain patient population as well as patients in physical rehabilitation.
  • Specific application of EMG, EEG, thermal and GSR biofeed back training.
  • Specific applications of solution focused pain control methods.

Faculty: Richard Gevirtz, PhD

Psychophysiological Mechanisms of Chronic Pain: Understanding the Pain Model and Using Biofeedback Appropriately
In this section of the symposium, I will describe the various psychophysiological and central mechanisms most commonly found in chronic pain patients. Once a pain model is specified, various kinds of biofeedback can be productively used to improve outcome. Specifically, we have found HRV biofeedback to be particularly useful in this population. As a more behavioral intervention, Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) therapies offer a good match as a compliment to biofeedback and will be briefly described.

Learning Objectives:
Following this portion of the symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Describe to a patient a feasible psychophysiological model to explain their pain.
  • Describe the Trigger Point Spindle Theory of Muscular pain.
  • Differentiate Fibromyalgia from myofascial pain.
  • Integrate biofeedback into the treatment model.
  • Intergrate ACT principles into the treatment model.

Who Should Attend:
Practitioners who treat chronic pain patients.

Level: Introductory


John DisorbioJohn Disorbio John Disorbio,EdD

Richard GevirtzRichard Gevirtz Dr. Richard Gevirtz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. He has been in involved in research and clinical work in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback for the last 30 years and was the president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2006-2007. His primary research interests are in understanding the physiological and psychological mediators involved in disorders such as chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal pain. In this vein, he has studied applications of heart rate variability biofeedback for anxiety, pain, gastrointestinal, cardiac rehabilitation and other disorders. He is the author of many journal articles and chapters on these topics. He also maintains a part time clinical practice treating patients with anxiety and stress related disorders.

BCIA Mentoring Presentation

Saturday, March 12, 2011
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

1.5 Category A accredited hours of continuing education.

Oral Presentations 3

Saturday, March 12, 2011
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Biofeedback in Coronary Artery Disease, Type 2 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis
Michael Liebenstein, PhD; Dana Frank; Matthew Baumann; Greg Bolwell; Jerome Kiffer; Christine S. Moravec; Michael G. McKee

Biofeedback in Heart Failure Patients Awaiting Transplantation
Dana Frank; Matthew Baumann; Lamees Khorshid; Michael Liebenstein; Alex Grossman-McKee; Jerome Kiffer; Michael McKee; Christine Moravec

An Exploratory Study of the Efficacy of Biofeedback Therapy with Working Mothers
Diana Valdez, PhD

Using the Stress Eraser to Expand Pain Management Services to Veterans in Rural Settings
Gabriel Tan, PhD

Rapid return of upper extremity function in an 18 year old patient using surface electromyography-guided neuromuscular rehabilitation
Jeffrey Bolek, PhD

Slow Breathing Methods and Biofeedback for Treating Asthma
Paul Lehrer, PhD


SYM14 Disaster Relief Workers: A View from the Trenches

Saturday, March 12, 2011
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Faculty: Paul Michael Ramirez, PhD, BCB-Fellow; Cynthia Faye Cashman, MEd, NCC, LPC, LAC; Jeff Gorter, MSW, LMSW, CAAC; Christine Mullarkey; Stephen Sideroff, PhD

In this panel, experts in emergency services and disaster relief operations will describe issues facing personnel as they address the impact of disaster related mass trauma. First hand experiences of responders involved in emergency or disaster response efforts will be presented. A discussion on the effects of disaster related trauma will be explored as well as suggested methods to prevent and treat the ramifications of both acute and long term effects.

Learning Objectives:

  • A panel of disaster relief workers will provide first-hand accounts of victim experiences and first-responders following natural disasters, and specifically Katrina.
  • panel will generate discussion about psychotherapy theory and counseling approaches in light of felt-needs in the trenches - how and why the approach has to change.
  • panel will represent an array of healthcare professionals and researchers intended to fully explicate the unique needs of victims with shared trauma and the first-responders who tend to them.
  • panel will discuss the concept of resilience in responders and in disaster victims, exploring strategies for fostering resilience.
  • Questions and Answers Generating A discussion with panel and audience

Who Should Attend:
This course is designed for biofeedback practitioners and all other clinicians with either an interest in or who work directly with disaster victims

Level: Introductory to Intermediate


Stephen SideroffStephen Sideroff Dr. Stephen Sideroff is a Clinical Psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in resilience, optimal performance, addiction, neurofeedback, and alternative approaches to stress and mental health. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, as well as the Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics. He is the former Clinical Director of the Stress Strategies program of UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital and the former Clinical Director of Moonview Treatment and Optimal Performance Center. Dr. Sideroff has published ground breaking work in addiction, neurofeedback and resilience and is the author of: The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success. His website is: www.DrStephenSideroff.com

Paul Michael RamirezPaul Michael Ramirez Paul Michael Ramirez, PhD is Professor of Neuroscience/Neuropsychology, Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology within the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and teaches within the Graduate Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University in New York City. Dr. Ramirez completed his doctoral degree in Psychology at The City College of The City University of New York with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology and a subspecialization in Clinical Psychopathology, while on a National Science Foundation Fellowship. He later completed a Postdoctoral Program in Psychopharmacology at Fairleigh Dickerson University. Dr. Ramirez also earned an M.Phil. in Neuropsychology from the Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York, an M.A. Degree in Psychology from the City College of New York, and an M.A. Degree in Reading Disabilities, with a postgraduate year studying Learning Disabilities at New York University. He was appointed to and currently serves on the New York State Education Department's State Psychology Board. Dr. Ramirez has made over 200 professional presentations throughout North America, South America, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia and South Africa. He has published numerous papers on mental disorders and health psychology and served as Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and pharmaceutical industry sponsors. Dr. Ramirez was also Director of Psychiatric Services at the 1994 and 1999 Woodstock Music Festivals where he and a dedicated staff spent several sleepless, but clinically productive, nights.

Cynthia Faye CashmanCynthia Faye Cashman Cynthia Cashman is a lifelong resident of New Orleans and has a great love for her hometown. She graduated from UNO with a degree in English in 1980. After pursuing a career as a teacher, wife and mother, she returned to school and got her Masters in Education from Loyola in New Orleans in 2000. After teaching ED/BD and working at the school on the grounds of River Oaks Hospital, she realized that she was evolving and that she wanted to pursue counseling. She received her Masters in Counseling at Loyola in 2002. Since then, her lifelong love of learning and growth have continued. After receiving her NCC and LPC, she went on for her LAC and is currently enrolled as a scholarship student in the Counselor Education Ph.D. program at UNO. She is the Public Relations/Marketing chair for the Louisiana Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors and recently presented a guided meditation at the Louisiana Counseling Association convention in New Orleans.

She was a first responder for Katrina, evacuating with River Oaks Hospital. She also co-led support groups for returning employees and gave seminars on stress and coping to several local businesses after the storm. Her counseling theory is existential, so it is her belief that those who suffer need to find a way to make meaning out of their experiences.

Cynthia currently has a private practice in New Orleans, does prn work for River Oaks and Addiction Recovery Resources in the New Orleans area and is a contract employee for the First Parish Court of Jefferson in Metairie, LA.

SYM15 Keynote Session: Resilience, Flexibility, and Neurotechnology Training
Using the Intrinsic Self-Organizing Wisdom of the Central Nervous System

Saturday, March 12, 2011
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Faculty: Valdeane Brown, PhD

Self-regulation, stress management, neurotherapies. Is there a common factor among the many pathways to resilience? Different interventions draw from a wide range of sources from ancient techniques and longstanding theories, to the latest discoveries of contemporary neuroscience. One approach may focus more on mind, another on body, and yet another on spirit. But no matter how apparently diverse, they all share one important factor that is indispensible to the change process: The Self-Organizing Wisdom of the Central Nervous System (CNS). This intrinsic capability allows each of these pathways to facilitate a return to the resilience that we all enjoy at birth. Resilience, flexibility, and information processing are inherently entangled in the CNS. They are the basis for the self-organizing function of the brain revealed in moment-to-moment functioning. So how can we best understand the living, dynamical structure of the CNS? Moving away from a static, mechanistic model, it is becoming clear that the CNS is a non-linear dynamical system. Currently, this dynamical structure is best understood with concepts like Self-Organized Criticality, homeodynamics, and networks of complex feedback loops. These critically important ideas will be explored in the context of a unique neurotechnology that goes beyond traditional biofeedback and neurofeedback. In contrast to externally imposed CNS organization (operant conditioning, differential diagnosis, and z-score training), this technology provides a self-adjusting, fully-automated training process that relies explicitly upon the brains own intrinsic self-organizing wisdom.


REC2 - Riverboat Jamboree
Proceeds to benefit the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB) - tickets $45

Saturday, March 12, 2011
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join us as we board the Creole Queen for an evening of networking, good food, and good times among friends and colleagues all while raising funds for biofeedback research! Tickets are $45, and include dinner and a Dixieland Band.

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