2013 AAPB Annual Meeting

Thursday Sessions

MEAL2: Workshop Attendee ONLY Continental Breakfast
Workshop attendees only, please.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM

WS12: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback
WS12: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: How to do it, why it works, and for what

Thursday, March 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:00 AM

This workshop will cover the mechanisms, procedures, and clinical applications of heart rate variability biofeedback. It will review autonomic psychophysiology, particularly with regard to the vagal and baroreflex systems and the Polyvagal Theory. Measurement(time and frequency domains) and analyses of HRV will be demonstrated. Resonance effects on heart rate variability will be explained as the mechanism for high HRV amplitudes achieved during the procedure. Studies showing physiological and psychological effects of HRV biofeedback will be reviewed, as well as data on clinical effects. A protocol for administering HRV biofeedback will be described. Experiential exercises will be done, whereby participants find their own HRV resonance frequencies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own HRV biofeedback units, if they own any (not required). This workshop covers 7.5 of the 15 hours required to earn the BCIA HRV Biofeedback Certificate of Completion. The Wednesday full-day workshop, Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback workshop part 1 by Don Moss and Fred Shaffer, provides the initial 7.5 didactic hours and provides an introduction to this workshop. Each workshop may be taken separately.


  • Paul Lehrer, PhD, BCB
  • Richard Gevirtz, PhD, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will know a protocol for carrying out HRV biofeedback.
  • Participants will understand how resonance effects underlie HRV biofeedback effects
  • Participants will understand the physiology and psychophysiology of HRV biofeedback
  • Participants will know the clinical applications of HRV biofeedback

Who Should Attend:
Researchers and clinicians who have some familiarity with HRV or HRV biofeedback and are interested in a fuller understanding of the method

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Paul LehrerPaul Lehrer Dr. Lehrer has practiced and done research with HRV biofeedback since 1992, when he discovered the technique in a trip to St Petersburg, Russia, the site of much ongoing research with the method. Since then he has published numerous papers both on physiological effects of the technique, as well as on therapeutic outcome in applying it.

Richard GevirtzRichard Gevirtz Dr. Gevirtz has been working with HRV since 1983. Together with his doctoral students, he has published many articles and chapters on the application of HRV to pain, anxiety, cardiac rehabilitation, etc.

WS13: BrainAvatar for Beginners...
BrainAvatar for Beginners: sLORETA Training Using BrainDx Z-scores with 3D Live Projection

Thursday, March 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Many clinicians report being intimidated by recent breakthroughs in brain imaging and feedback software which have opened up an entirely new vista of brain training options commonly labeled by every day care providers as over-whelming and too complicated. For clinicians who would like to take a look at new developments in the field of EEG biofeedback, but do not wish to leave more confused by technical jargon than they were when they arrived, this workshop will be a breath of fresh air. Attendees will be treated to a review of new concepts that will clarify terms and an introduction to cutting edge software that combines powerful imaging techniques and uniquely sensitive feedback paradigms with an unprecedentedly simple user interface. Integration of conventional amplitude training approaches with innovative database driven techniques and sLORETA enhanced specificity has never been so easy to learn and apply in day to day practice.


  • Penijean A. Gracefire, LMHC, BCN

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn to distinguish between conventional amplitude EEG biofeedback, live Z-score EEG biofeedback using a normed database for reference, and sLORETA EEG biofeedback targeting specific areas deeper in the brain.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate the clinical relevance of new EEG biofeedback training options when applied to a daily practice.
  • Participants will be provided an overview of technical terms and concepts at an introductory level that will prepare them to engage more confidently in conversations with other professionals regarding the training software options currently available and their clinical implications.
  • Participants will be introduced to the patented Live sLORETA Projector, a three dimensional display of real-time brain activity that allows for both observation and training of specific regions buried deep in the cortex (i.e., parahippocampal gyrus, Brodmann areas, etc).

Who Should Attend:

Level: All

Penijean GracefirePenijean Gracefire Penijean Gracefire, LMHC, CRC, BCN, has ten years' experience working with both low functioning and high risk populations, including profoundly disturbed adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities. She contracted for two years with the Center for Rational Living as a cognitive behavioral therapist, rehabilitating DUI and drug offenders on probation, and training new therapists. She served for five years as the Clinical Services Director at CNS Wellness of Tampa Bay, using neurofeedback, biofeedback and cognitive behavioral interventions on populations with autistic spectrum disorder, chronic anxiety and depression, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, AD/HD and OCD. Her recent clinical research has focused on methods to improve neural connectivity in individuals with compromised function. She currently works with StressTherapy Solutions, Inc. as a clinical consultant and educational coordinator, helping to create and teach training programs and materials, and to develop clinical applications for brain imaging and intervention software.

WS14: Biofeedback Unplugged: Re-mapping Body Schema...
Biofeedback Unplugged: Re-mapping Body Schema through Somatosensory Exploration, Mindful Movement, and Interoceptive Awareness

Thursday, March 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Somatic Education Practices-- such as The Alexander Technique, The Feldenkrais Method, Eutony, Ideokinesis, and Body-Mind Centering--all share an experiential basis for enhancing our sensory awareness and developing optimal motor control by intrinsically re-learning how to "re-perceive our body from within" ; attending to implicit conditioning of "feed-forward" as a synergistic complement to "feedback." Through a synergistic blend of guided imagery, effective mediation of actions, and experimental constructs, this retreat-like workshop will give you the opportunity to explore more concretely the perceptual relationships of embodiment afforded through directed attention and the re-framing of conceptual mappings embedded within the multidimensional construct your own background body schema. A new inventory tool: The Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA) will be introduced as a template to reflect upon our implicit experience more explicitly. Participants should be comfortable lying on a padded floor and exploring unique movement configurations that are differentiated from Yoga poses.


  • Tim Sobie, MS PT, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast body image vs. body schema from explicit-implicit, cognitive, sensory-motor, and homeostatic-autonomic perspectives. Experience, Internalize, and Differentiate somatic & skeletal sense from visceral & fluid sense.
  • Discover and Correlate Integrative Somatic Practice themes of spatial-temporal coherence in conjunction with commonly used Biofeedback approaches to Heart Rate Variability and Physiological Coherence.
  • Differentiate intrinsic feedback (sensory-input / feed forward) from extrinsic (representational) feedback and the role of variability strategy as a de-stabilization method for ingrained habits of posture, movement, and behavior.
  • Identify and begin to implement applications of Graded Motor Imagery, Mirroring and Mirror Box Therapy, Body Schema Conceptual Re-framing of cortical representation, and sensory discrimination for treatment of chronic regional pain syndromes and chronic low back pain.
  • Review and discuss key tenants of MAIA (Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness) as compared to other Anxiety, Pain, and Quality of Life questionnaires.

Who Should Attend:

Level: All

Timothy SobieTimothy Sobie Tim Sobie is the founder and clinical director of Alliant Continuum Care, PLLC, Tacoma WA. He has over 20 years' experience as a physical therapist and over 15 years' experience as a Feldenkrais® practitioner. A native of Michigan, he earned his physical therapy degree from the OUHSC Health Sciences Center, subsequently traveling to mid-sized cities nationwide to direct various hospital-based physical therapy departments-including the Champus partnership at Madigan Army Medical Center. Selecting the Pacific Northwest as the place to settle, he completed the Oregon Feldenkrais® Training through the Movement Studies Institute of Berkeley, California, and earned a Master's of Science degree in Behavioral Medicine from the Behavioral Physiology Institutes of Bainbridge Island while co-attending Whole Systems Design studies through Antioch University Seattle. Fueled by curiosity and learning, Tim is now seeking to complete a final dissertation for a Ph.D. degree in the evolving field of Clinical Psychophysiology.

WS15:Multi-Modality Assessment & Treatment of Chronic Pain

Thursday, March 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This course discusses pain and chronic pain from the neurophysiological point of view, particularly focusing on the issue of neuroplasticity. Discussion will include the use of qEEG, EEG neurotherapy, SEMG, muscle retraining, and 8-channel psychophysiological stress testing. Examples of the different causes of chronic pain and how to measure physological responses to the pain are featured. Current research will be discussed.


  • Stuart Donaldson, PhD, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the concept of neuroplasticity.
  • T o understand central nervous system issues and how they are measured with a qEEG
  • To understand peripherial nervous system issues and how they are measured and treated with SEMG
  • To understand autonomic nervous system issues and how they are measured with stress testing.
  • To understand the complex nature of chronic pain

Who Should Attend:
This course is intended for anyone who works with and treats chronic pain patients.

Level: Advanced

Stuart DonaldsonStuart Donaldson Stuart Donaldson is a licenced psychologist in the province of Alberta, Canada. He graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1989. He is presently an adjunct professor in Applied Psychology at the university. He has studied chronic pain extensively primarily focusing on myofascial (muscle) pain and the role of the brain in maintaining pain. Dr. D as he is known has published extensively in various scientific journals and has lectured on chronic pain all over the world. His research has won him numerous awards. He is blessed to be married to Mary his wife for 38 years, enjoys gardening, dogs and cats, and is actively involved with Rotary International.

WS16: Getting the Most From Your Nexus 10 or Nexus 4 Biofeedback System

Thursday, March 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This session will teach attendees how to use the BioTrace software for the Nexus biofeedback systems. It will cover all aspects of these sophisticated systems, from running sessions, selecting and modifying training screens and analyzing data within and across sessions. Each attendee will be provided with a collection of screens that provide comprehensive options for providing peripheral or EEG biofeedback. The workshop will fully describe the use of on screen button objects that can automate many of the tasks commonly encountered in providing biofeedback training.


  • Ronald Rosenthal, PhD, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to review, modify and create channel sets for the Nexus 4 or Nexus 10.
  • Attendees will be able to select and modify feedback options including auditory and visual feedback options.
  • Attendees will be able to review and summarize biofeedback data within sessions and generate trend reports across sessions
  • Attendees will be able to use programmable button objects to load screens and create data segments

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who use the Nexus 10 or Nexus 4 biofeedback systems for clinical or research applications.

Level: All

Ronald RosenthalRonald Rosenthal Ronald Rosenthal, PhD has been active in the biofeedback community at the state and national level for more than twenty years. He obtained his Ph.D in Experimental Psychology from New York University in 1980 and served as a post doctoral fellow with Professor Neal Miller. He trained with Dr. Bernard Brucker in Miami and obtained certification in clinical psychology from the University of Miami. Dr. Rosenthal has expertise in the use of multi-channel EMG biofeedback in rehabilitation applications. He has contributed a chapter in a recent book on case studies in biofeedback. Dr. Rosenthal is strongly committed to the growth of the biofeedback field and has served as a mentor for several BCIA certified practitioners.

WS17: Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology...
WS17: Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology Including EKGs For Biofeedback Practitioners

Thursday, March 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

In this session the anatomy and physiology of the heart and respiratory tract will be reviewed. Beginning with the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract pulmonary anatomy will be demonstrated and discussed especially as is relevant to exchange of vital gases. In physiology we will go over what blood gases tell us and how end tidal CO2 biofeedback works to maintain physiological homeostasis. Common diseases of the respiratory tract that affect gas exchange will be discussed especially as they may affect and be affected by biofeedback. The effects of regulating respiratory rate and inspiratory and expiratory ratios will be discussed and demonstrated using capnometry. Cardiac anatomy and physiology including electrical conduction will be shown. Methods of calculating Heart rate variability, how HRV is affected by stress, and how HRV biofeedback regulates sympathetic and parasympathetic tone will be demonstrated. Contraindications to HRV and capnometry biofeedback will be discussed.


  • Jan Newman MD, MA, FACS, ABIHM

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to explain how gas exchange occurs in the lungs
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate techniques to alter ETCO2 concentrations
  • Participants will be able to explain how conduction occurs in the heart
  • Participants will be able to list the contraindications to HRV biofeedback

Who Should Attend:
This session is suitable for all levels of practioners from those who are new to biofeedback and want to understand how it works to seasoned practioners who want to review the scientific underpinnings of ETCO2 and HRV biofeedback.

Level: All

Jan NewmanJan Newman Dr. Jan B. Newman, received her surgical training at UTMB Galveston and the University of Vermont. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She has studied and practiced meditation, Yoga, Buddhism and biofeedback in the U.S and in India for over 30 years. She returned to the University of Montana where she, received her Master's degree in Integrative Arts and Education. She is researching the relationship of psychophysiological status, stress and outcome in patients with heart disease. She has presented on the Hormonal-Heart Mind Connections: Clinical and Research Implications. She is adjunct faculty at The University of Montana Dept of Health and Human Performance. She is also director of Medicine for Modern Man a company dedicated to bring scientifically based multimodality stress reduction into schools and the workplace.

WS18: I Have Cancer; I Am Afraid That I Will Get Cancer...
WS18: I Have Cancer; I Am Afraid That I Will Get Cancer. What Can I Do to Optimize Health?

Thursday, March 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Holistic biofeedback perspective to mobilize health and the immune system to enhance health. Overviews an integrated nontoxic approach to cancer treatment that focuses upon the bodys intrinsic capacity for healing. Reviews the need for a new treatment paradigm, the role cancer screening and treatment in actually reducing the overall death rate, and prevention strategies . Describes a nontoxic treatment paradigm that includes hyperthermia, dendritic cell vaccination and how adjunctive behavioral interventions have significantly improved cancer survival rates and remission rates. Outlines behavioral approaches to enhance immune functioning to mobilize health these include environmental, dietary and lifestyle factors to support sleep wake rhythms and the immune system. Specific practices for teaching physical relaxation, cognitive and emotional control to enhance regeneration are reviewed. These include imagery, somatic practices and breathing strategies to reduce discomfort, and suggestions to optimize hope.


  • Erik Peper, PhD, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the components a supportive non-toxic approach to treatment for cancer
  • Understand some of the complexities involved in cancer screening and treatment
  • Understand some factors that enhance or suppress the bodys immune system
  • Describe questions that patients need to ask health care providers about treatment
  • Practice specific breathing, muscle, imagery, cognitive practices that people with cancer can use to reduce discomfort and enhance immune functioning

Who Should Attend:
Every one, clinical biofeedback practitioners, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists

Level: Introductory/Intermediate

Erik PeperErik Peper Erik Peper, PhD is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. 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 holds Senior Fellow (Biofeedback) certification from the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America He was the behavioral scientist (sport psychologist) for the United States Rhythmic Gymnastic team. He received the 2004 California Governor's Safety Award for his work on Healthy Computing and the 2005 Sheila Adler Award from AAPB for his efforts to support and encourage student participation. He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books such as Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer, Make Health Happen and De Computermens, and Biofeedback Mastery. His most recent book, Fighting Cancer, is published by North Atlantic/Random House. His research interests focus on psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention, voluntary self-regulation, holistic health, healthy computing, respiratory psychophysiology and optimizing health with biofeedback.

WS19: Mind-Body Approaches to the Anxiety Disorders...
Mind-Body Approaches to the Anxiety Disorders: Mindfulness, Breath Training, and HRV Biofeedback

Thursday, March 14, 2013
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

This workshop presents a multi-dimensional model for anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders. The presenter will describe the role of cognitive attribution in the escalation of anxiety states, and the role of respiratory physiology in the onset and maintenance of anxiety disorders. The presenter will introduce a psychophysiological assessment process for the anxiety disorders, utilizing clinical interview, capnometry, autonomic baseline measures, and heart rate variability. The course provides a unified psychophysiological framework for treating anxiety disorders, emphasizing breath training, heart rate variability biofeedback, cognitive behavioral education, and mindfulness practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn a psychophysiological model of the anxiety disorders
  • Attendees will learn to conduct a psychophysiological baseline and capnometric evaluation of respiration with a hyperventilation trial
  • Attendees will use breath training and HRV biofeedback as interventions for anxiety disorders
  • Attendees will learn to integrate mindfulness practices with breath training and biofeedback for the anxiety disorders

Who Should Attend:
Practitioners with beginning to intermediate experience as biofeedback practitioners


Donald MossDonald Moss Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine, at Saybrook University in San Francisco. He is past-president of APA Division 30 (hypnosis), past-president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, treasurer for the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, a SCEH delegate to the International Society for Hypnosis, a Board member of BCIA, and an advisory board member for the International Network for Integrative Mental Health. He is co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage Publications, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood Press, 1998), and of Biofeedback Magazine, and consulting editor for other journals. He has published over 50 articles and chapters on consciousness, psychophysiology, spirituality in health, and integrative medicine. He operates a clinic in Michigan and provides biofeedback and other mind-body services for anxiety, PTSD, functional medical problems, and chronic pain.

KEY1: Keynote Address: Training Super Human Brain Heroes
By Leslie Sherlin, PhD, QEEG-D, BCN, BCB

Thursday, March 14, 2013
5:15 PM to 6:30 PM

Training Super Human Brain Heroes

Athletic performance has in the past focused on training the body only. However, an athlete who can exercise volitional control of the levels of cognitive engagement and arousal of brain and body has an advantage during practice and competition. These concepts have received resistance and under utilization because research has been observation of specific skills alone. The reinvention of brain-wave technologies that are practical to implement has allowed us to build upon the previous years of research and theory. This presentation will introduce and provide the foundation for a brain performance evaluation and training model. The talk will address the practical barriers that have been overcome through significant technology developments and outcomes from individual athletes and group studies.

About Dr. Sherlin:
Leslie Sherlin, PhD is a co-founder of Nova Tech EEG, Inc., and has been practicing qEEG analysis and neurofeedback in client care since 2002. In 2008 Dr. Sherlin focused his efforts in the domain of athlete performance when he became employed as the Chief Science Officer for Neurotopia, Inc. where he leads the science and application efforts of athlete brain training. In early 2013 he will complete his professional re-specialization in sport psychology and a postdoctoral fellowship with Pinnacle Performance at D.I.S.C. Sport and Spine Center in Marina Del Rey, CA. Dr. Sherlin holds several academic positions and has served as the President for the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research and is currently serving as Chair-Elect for the BCIA Board. He is certified at the Diplomat level in quantitative electroencephalography and is BCIA Board Certified both in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback.

Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by the AAPB Child Adolescent Health Section and Shari Shamsavari, PhD, ATR - Doc Services serving children health services since 1990

Thursday, March 14, 2013
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

The opening reception is included with your registration fee. However, if you are planning to only atttend workshops and would like to attend the opening reception there is a fee of $30.

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