2013 AAPB Annual Meeting


Workshops

WS01: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: Principles and Practice, Part I

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This workshop will examine autonomic nervous system, cardiac, and respiratory anatomy and physiology, heart rate variability, HRV instrumentation (BVP, ECG, and pneumograph), and HRV time domain and frequency domain measurements. Attendees who also complete Part II will be eligible to earn the Biofeedback Certification International Alliances Certificate of Completion in Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback.

Speakers:

  • Don Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN
  • Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to explain the concept of heart rate variability and its importance in health, disease, and optimal performance.
  • Attendees will be able to explain the autonomic, cardiovascular, and respiratory system contributions to heart rate variability.
  • Attendees will be able to explain the time domain measures (HR Max - HR Min, pNN50, RMSSD, and SN) and the frequency domain measures (VLF, LF, HF, LF/HF) of heart rate variability.
  • Attendees will be able to describe the blood volume pulse (BVP) and electrocardiogram (ECG) methods for monitoring heart rate variability, to identify common sensor placements, to describe tracking tests, and to recognize common artifacts.
  • Attendees will be able to describe the respirometer method for monitoring breathing and to recognize signs of signs of excessive breathing effort.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is designed for biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners, psychologists, clinical counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals and academicians interested in utilizing heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in their practice or research.

Level: Introductory

Donald MossDonald Moss Donald Moss, PhD, is Chair of the College of Mind-Body Medicine, at Saybrook University in San Francisco. He is past-president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, past-president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, a Board member of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, current treasurer and certification chair for the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, a SCEH delegate to the International Society for Hypnosis, and an advisory board member for the International Network for Integrative Mental Health. Dr. Moss is chief editor of the Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage Publications, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood Press, 1998), and chief editor of Biofeedback magazine. He is currently preparing a new book on mind-body assessment and treatment with co-author Angele McGrady, Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer). He operates two clinics in Michigan, providing biofeedback, neurofeedback, hypnosis, and other mind-body services.

Fred ShafferFred Shaffer Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCBFred Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman's Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. In 2013, he received the Truman State University Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award. He co-authored with Tony Hughes, PhD, BCB, a chapter on certification and ethics in Case Studies in Applied Psychophysiology: Neurofeedback and Biofeedback Treatments for Advances in Human Performance. He co-authored with Donald Moss, PhD, a chapter on biofeedback in the Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd ed.). He co-authored with Mark S. Schwartz, PhD, BCB, a chapter on entering the field and assuring competence in Biofeedback: A Practitioner's Guide (4th ed.). He is a consulting editor for Biofeedback: Clinical Journal and contributing editor for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).


WS03: Introduction to Biofeedback Instrumentation Including Hands-on Experience

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This workshop provides attendees with a three hour introduction to biofeedback instrumentation followed by about four hours of experience using various biofeedback devices. Attendees will practice attaching sensors for the most common biofeedback applications, conduct quality checks on the signals, and set the devices to provide optimal displays for each signal. When attendees register for the course a CD containing five hours of lecture material will be sent to them. The lectures cover how biofeedback devices work, record physiological signals, how to identify problems with signals, how sensors are attached, and how to provide a meaningful biofeedback display.

Speaker:

  • Richard A. Sherman, PhD, BCB, BCB-PMD

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn to attach sensors for each of the physiological parameters typically recorded for biofeedback
  • Attendees will learn to set typical biofeedback devices to provide optimal feedback for each typical signal
  • Attendees will experience working with several different types of biofeedback devices
  • Attendees will learn to recognize common artifacts in each of the signals recorded

Who Should Attend:
People who are not used to working with biofeedback devices and need some hands-on experience using several different types.

Level: Introductory

Richard ShermanRichard Sherman Dr. Sherman's areas of interest spanning over thirty years of teaching, research, and clinical work in psychophysiology (Ph.D. from New York University) include elucidating mechanisms and treatments for phantom limb pain, determining the effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic fields for treatment of migraine headaches, and describing temporal relationships between changes in muscle tension and pain. He is incoming president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation and Dean of the Clinical Psychophysiology Doctoral Program at the University of Natural Medicine. He has written over 130 articles and books related to pain and behavioral medicine. His most recent book is "pain assessment and intervention from a psychophysiological perspective" AAPB, 2012. His major emphasis is providing distance based education programs for clinicians wishing to add behavioral medicine techniques to their practices.


WS04: Mindfulness and Acceptance Approach to Biofeedback

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Biofeedback is often described as a way to help people control their physiological responses. However, extensive research shows that efforts to *control* one's internal experience can be counterproductive and lead to exacerbation of the problem. In contrast to unhelpful efforts to control internal experience, the Mindfulness and Acceptance approach to biofeedback can help people experience change through mindful, non-judgmental awareness and acceptance. In this course, participants will learn how to apply mindfulness and acceptance techniques to their biofeedback practice in order to help their clients reap the benefits of biofeedback without getting stuck in unproductive attempts to control their internal experience.

Speakers:

  • Inna Khazan, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain concepts of mindfulness and acceptance
  • Summarize research demonstrating effectiveness of mindfulness and acceptance techniques
  • Observe and/or experience specific mindfulness and acceptance techniques
  • Utilize mindfulness and acceptance skills in your biofeedback practice

Who Should Attend:
Anyone wishing to enhance their biofeedback skills: psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, physicians, nurses, other clinical biofeedback practitioners

Level: Introductory

Inna  KhazanInna  Khazan Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches biofeedback. A clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and biofeedback, Dr. Khazan also maintains a private practice in Boston, working with clients presenting with various psychophysiological disorders, using both biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy.


WS05: Applications of Neurofeedback & Biofeedback in ...

WS05:Applications of Neurofeedback & Biofeedback in Professional & Olympic Sports

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Interest in the use of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Sport Psychology is increasing in professional, amateur and Olympic sports. Sport Psychology Principles of interest to athletes and coaches include stress and energy management; visualization or mental rehearsal of success outcomes; and attention control. Neurofeedback is used to increase attention in gain more access to the zone and increase consistency of performance. Biofeedback, including Heart Rate Variability, GSR, EMG and Temperature are used to control performance anxiety and energy resources. Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are often integrated with other techniques and skills to achieve the greatest application. We will review examples of applications to Baseball, Golf, Volleyball & other sports. QEEG Patterns in athletes with ADD/ADHD and Aspergers will be presented and implications of Neurofeedback protocols with these athletes will be discussed. Demonstration of some general and specific assessment methods as well as Neurofeedback and Biofeedback training protocols will be provided during this workshop.

Speakers:

  • Michael Linden, PhD, BCN
  • Ben Strack, PhD, BCB
  • Leah Lagos, PhD, BCB
  • Tim Herzog, EdD, LCPC, CC-AASP

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with methodology of Heart Rate Variability and other Biofeedback techniques utilized with athletes
  • Understand how to use QEEG to help identify characteristics of ADD and Aspergers in athletes
  • Learn Neurofeedback techniques to improve attention and performance in sports.

Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, sport psychologists, athletes, coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers. biofeedback & Neurofeedback practitioners

Level: All

Michael LindenMichael Linden Dr. Michael Linden is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist, and a Nationally Certified Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Therapist. Dr. Linden has been the director of Attention Learning Centers and Attention Performance Centers at three Southern California locations in San Juan Capistrano, Irvine, and Encinitias since 1988. He has specialized in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults with ADD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder since 1982. His studies using QEEG Based diagnosis and EEG Biofeedback with ADHD students as an alternative to medication yielded promising results and have been featured in the LA times, Orange County Register, and has been aired on specials on the Today Show, NBC Dateline, Channel 7 ABC News, KOCE PBS TV, Channel 4 NBC News, NBC special: "Autism: The Hidden Epidemic", and most recently on CBS "The Doctors". Dr. Linden was involved in the initial research studies of the Theta/Beta ratio with ADHD and published the first controlled study of the effects of Neurofeedback with ADHD. Dr. Linde has recently discovered 6 subtypes of Autism & 2 types of Aspergers based on QEEG Map research, which has greatly improved the success of Neurofeedback and other treatments for ASD (Journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2010; Autism Science Digest, 2011). He also was the author of a recent chapter entitled "QEEG Guided Neurofeedback for Autism" in the book Images in Autism (2013).

Ben StrackBen Strack Ben Strack, owner and operator of 6,000 sq. ft baseball training facility, Newport Beach, CA. Proball, Inc. offers baseball training for all aspects of the game of baseball (pitching/hitting/fielding, mental game, strength and conditioning, speed and agility training). Coaching staff includes 8 former college and professional baseball players, sport psychology consultants and sports medicine physician.

Leah LagosLeah Lagos Dr. Leah Lagos is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of New York, specialist in sport psychology, and Board Certified in Biofeedback. Dr. Lagos has worked with or is currently working with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes as well as teams at several D1 Universities. She has conducted risk assessments for teams at the NFL Combine since 2007. Dr. Lagos is the author of several published articles including: "Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Strategy to Manage Competitive Anxiety" and "Virtual Reality Assisted Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Strategy to Enhance Golf Performance," and "Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for Post-Concussive Syndrome: Implications for Treatment." As a consulting psychology expert for the media, Dr. Lagos has been featured on NBC, Good Day New York, CNN, FOX News, CBS News, ESPN, and Univision. She has appeared on more than thirty radio shows across the United States including the Doctor's Radio Show on Sirius XM, Howard Stern, and the Frankie Boyer Show. In addition, Dr. Lagos has appeared in several publications including the New York Times, Golf Digest, Bloomberg News, Psychology Today, AM New York, LA Times, and the New York Daily. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Association of Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback (AAPB), as well as the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE). Dr. Lagos is the Co-Chair of the Optimal Functioning Section of AAPB.

Tim HerzogTim Herzog Dr. Tim Herzog is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and is a member of the USOC Sport Psychology Registry. His practice, Reaching Ahead PLLC, is located in Bozeman, MT, where he conducts both therapy and performance coaching. Dr. Herzog hold a doctorate in counseling psychology, a masters in clinical psychology, and a masters in counseling/sport psychology. He recently presented a biofeedback workshop at the annual AASP Conference, where he also presented on other means of technological intervention including video-imagery and teleconsultation.


WS07: Jacobsons Method of Progressive Muscle Relaxation
WS07: Jacobsons Method of Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Intensive but Not Always Lengthy

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Most practitioners of progressive muscle relaxation use an abbreviated method popularized in behavior therapy for over 40 years. This method differs in important respects from Jacobsons method, which gives very intensive training in recognizing very small amounts of muscle tension, avoids deliberate use of suggestion, and uses sEMG as an outcome measure (a method first developed by Dr. Jacobson). This workshop will review Jacobsons method and rationale, provide a manual for applying it, and give workshop participants experiential exposure to the method.

Speaker:

  • Paul Lehrer, PhD, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the difference between Jacobsons method and other progressive relaxation methods
  • Know how to apply Jacobsons method in the trainees own body
  • Know how to teach someone else how to perform the technique
  • Know the evidence for its effectiveness

Who Should Attend:
Therapists and researchers using relaxation techniques

Level: All

Paul LehrerPaul Lehrer Dr. Paul Lehrer has been practicing applied psychophysiology for over 40 years, and has published a number of papers on Jacobson's method of progressive relaxation. He has studied with Dr. Jacobson for several years, and found his method to be qualitatively different from the 'progressive relaxation' methods commonly taught, closer to EMG biofeedback. Although there are no controlled studies comparing Jacobson's method to other approaches, almost everyone who has experienced it says that it is different and more thorough than the method they have previously learned. Dr. Lehrer has published a number of studies showing effects of the technique on various populations (headache, anxiety)


WS08: QEEG Based Assessment & Treatment of ADD & Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The use of QEEG to discover which subtype of Autistic (6), Aspergers (2), to guide neurofeedback protocol selection. Neurofeedback candidate selection, protocol development and treatment decisions will be explained. Pre- and post-neurofeedback QEEG and CPT case study data and research studies will be presented for Autistic, Aspergers and ADD patients. This workshop will review a QEEG Guided multimodality treatment approach for patients with Autism, Aspergers and ADD. Recent research on QEEG and Diffuse Tensor Imaging with students with ASD will be presented.

Speaker:

  • Michael Linden, PhD, BCN

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand QEEG subtypes of ADD & ASD
  • Learn how to use EEG & QEEG patterns to select the most appropriate Neurofeedback protocols
  • Use QEEG, CPT and other assessment techniques to monitor and adjust Neurofeedback with ADD & ASD to achieve the most successful results

Who Should Attend:
Anyone familiar with basic biofeedback procedures - psychologists, Psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, neurologists, physicians, neurofeedback therapists & providers, educators

Level: All

Michael LindenMichael Linden Dr. Michael Linden is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Nationally Certified Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Therapist. Dr. Linden has been the director of Attention Learning Centers and Attention Performance Centers at three Southern California locations in San Juan Capistrano, Irvine, and Encinitias since 1988. He has specialized in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults with ADD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder since 1982. His studies using QEEG Based diagnosis and EEG Biofeedback with ADHD students as an alternative to medication yielded promising results and have been featured in the LA times, Orange County Register, and has been aired on specials on the Today Show, NBC Dateline, Channel 7 ABC News, KOCE PBS TV, Channel 4 NBC News, NBC special: "Autism: The Hidden Epidemic", and most recently on CBS "The Doctors". He has recently discovered 6 subtypes of Autism & 2 types of Aspergers based on QEEG Map research, which has greatly improved the success of Neurofeedback and other treatments for ASD (Journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2010; Autism Science Digest, 2011)


WS10: Maximizing on the Potential of Neurofeedback with Autistics...
WS10: Maximizing on the Potential of Neurofeedback with Autistics in the Home Setting

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Workshop will include case studies, video examples of home sessions with autistic clients and their families, as well as interactive modeling of methods for achieving compliance in a user friendly, stress free way. There will be an opening presentation sampling my work internationally and explaining the reasons for bringing the therapy into the home. Play techniques and protocol decision trees will be shared. After lunch. Goal setting with the family, family retraining and dynamics counseling, intended to change the negatively reinforcing feedback loops within the group will be shared. Finally techniques for maintaining good information flow and adequate follow up between family and clinician in order to continue the family's progress on a steady basis will be examined. Participants will engage in a final interactive game blending the days behavioral information. A video and oral presentation that sums up the days techniques and discussions will close the day.

Speaker:

  • Lynette Louise, BCN-T

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate and explain how to condition an aggressive autistic individual so that they accept neurofeedback in a stress free manner.
  • Demonstrate and explain how to proceed with protocol choices once the individual accepts the sensors but before a QEEG is possible to administer in a drug free manner.
  • Demonstrate and explain how to use play in order to maximize on the state changes created by the neurofeedback and meet the next obvious goal.
  • Demonstrate and explain how to choose the best possible goals for behavioral change and then sell that to the clients environment
  • Demonstrate and explain how to rearrange the environmental dynamics in order to facilitate continuous change in a goal directed manner.

Who Should Attend:
Given the uniqueness of my practice and the global application of simple arousal based neurofeedback used in a variety of cultures and gathering consistent results internationally I believe that all levels of practitioner would be interested in attending. However the target audience is likely those dealing with family practices, behavioral interventions and autism.

Level: All

Lynette LouiseLynette Louise Lynette Louise, MS, BCN-T is a global autism expert who raised eight children (Six were adopted, five developmentally challenged, four autistic). Because she was able to guide all but one of her children into lives of successful independence Lynette travels internationally, performing and speaking on the subject of autism and the efficacy of neurofeedback. She also works world-wide as a hands-on therapist-- offering play therapy, family dynamics counseling and neurofeedback-- she effectively helps parents become confident experts in their family's healing. Lynette Louise is a PhD Candidate at UNM College of Psychophysiology as well as a therapist and mom. She is author of MIRACLES ARE MADE: A Real Life Guide to Autism, and host of the Internet radio program A NEW SPIN ON AUTISM: ANSWERS! Her latest project FIX IT IN FIVE with LYNETTE LOUISE aka THE BRAIN BROAD is a reality series intended for the web.


WS11: Biofeedback and the Varieties of Breathing...
WS11: Biofeedback and the Varieties of Breathing: How to Integrate the Many and Varied Breathing Methods with Discrete Biofeedback Modalities

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The purpose of this class is to understand how (the synergy) of integrating various breathing methods with each other as well as with discrete biofeedback modalities can increase clinical effectiveness. We will focus on the breathing methods of heart rate variability training, the Middendorf Method for Perceptible Breath (Breath Awareness), and diaphragmatic breathing. We will first view how breathing methods have been used historically for healing purposes and compare them to how they are being used with biofeedback now. We will spend plentiful time on heart rate variability, both its uses and effectiveness, as well as its many delivery options and applications. We will learn how the seemingly contradictory methods of diaphragmatic breathing and the Middendorf Method can be impeccably integrated. Finally, we will examine research and learn when and how to optimally integrate breathing and biofeedback techniques so they can benefit specific disorders, including RAP, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, asthma, and migraines.

Speaker:

  • Terri Zucker, PhD, MA, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the methods of various, specific breathing techniques, and how they differ and how they can be combined for optimal clinical benefit.
  • Learn how to discriminate between breathing method and be able to chose to apply one or ones over others to maximize clinical effectiveness.
  • Learn how to integrate specific breathing and breathing techniques for specific clinical disorder to improve clinical effectiveness.
  • Understand how breathing methods have been used historically and understand how they are currently being used in biofeedback and other healing modalities.

Level: All

Terri ZuckerTerri Zucker Terri Zucker, PhD is a clinical health psychologist who treats physiological problems by integrating "alternative" modalities with more traditional, clinical ones. The primary "alternative" modalities include biofeedback, Middendorf Breath Awareness, Iyengar Yoga, and Somatics; the clinical, traditional ones include cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and positive psychology. Additionally, she teaches classes in breath awareness, stress reduction, chronic pain management, asthma education, and mindfulness as well as the psychophysiology of PTSD. She has a webinar and is published on the HRV and PTSD. Her research and clinical efforts have been on studies and centers that have integrated mind-body treatments, including an NIH funded study on asthma and biofeedback; a United Nations funded Healing Center for the Survivors of Political Torture; the Jon Kaiser Wellness Center for HIV; and a Dialectical Behavior Treatment Program for recovering addicts. Her current focus is on promoting effective mind-body healing strategies through social media.


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.

Speakers:

  • 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.

Speaker:

  • 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:
TBA

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.

Speaker:

  • 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:
All

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.

Speaker:

  • 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.

Speaker:

  • 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.

Speaker:

  • 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.

Speaker:

  • 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

Level:
Introductory/Intermediate

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.


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