2014 AAPB Annual Meeting


Thursday Sessions

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

Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM


WS14: Introduction to Slow Cortical Potential (SCP) Neurofeedback

Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Slow cortical potential (SCP) neurofeedback focuses on the conditioning of event-related negative and positive polarizations in EEG activity. These slow waveforms occur below 0.01 Hz and reflect the regulatory mechanisms of cortical activation and inhibition and are hypothesized to play a critical role in the preparatory distribution of sensory, motor, and attentional resources (Wyckoff & Strehl, 2011). This form of EEG-biofeedback has been efficacious in the treatment of core symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (Mayer, Wyckoff, & Strehl, 2012) and the reduction of seizure (Rockstroh et al. 1993; Kotchoubey et al, 2001) and migraine (Siniatchkin et al., 2000) incidence in children and adults. This workshop will cover the origins of and scientific basis for SCP neurofeedback, present training procedures and technical requirements, provide a live demonstrations of the feedback method, and conclude with a discussion of therapeutic applications and review of SCP neurofeedback research findings.

Speaker:

  • Sarah Wyckoff PhD, BCN, BCB, QEEG-T

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the origins and scientific basis for SCP neurofeedback
  • Learn about the training procedures, technical requirements, and therapeutic applications
  • Review the body of SCP neurofeedback research
  • Observe/practice SCP neurofeedback through hands-on demostrations

Who Should Attend:
Clinicians and researchers interested in learning the basics of slow cortical potential neurofeedback, including the scientific basis, rationale, training procedures, and therapeutic applications.

Level: Introductory


WS15: Biobehavioral Considerations in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Primary...

Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Title: Biobehavioral Considerations in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Primary Headache Disorders

This workshop is an in-depth clinical guide to the many advances in the diagnosis and management of migraine, cluster headache, tension-type headache and their many variants. The workshop will first provide the participants with a thorough overview of the basic headache diagnostic interview. It will then explore the pathophysiology of the different disorders integrating neurochemical, physiological, behavioral, and psychological perspectives. Pharmacological, psychophysiological, and behavioral treatment alternatives will be reviewed in relation to both clinical efficacy and underlying pain mechanisms. The workshop will help the biofeedback and neurofeedback therapist understand the basics of successful headache diagnosis and treatment and better communicate with the medical community. Behavioral and psychophysiological protocols will be thoroughly discussed. Chronic daily headache and chronic migraine will be extensively examined including the transformation process from episodic to chronic headache. Issues of psychiatric co-morbidity will be explored.

Speaker:

  • Steven M. Baskin, Clinical Psychologist
  • Frank Andrasik, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to perform a headache diagnostic interview to make an informed diagnosis
  • Describe the clinical symptoms and mechanisms of the primary headache disorders
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of dangerous headaches
  • Outline behavioral, biofeedback, neurofeedback and pharmacologic treatment alternatives
  • Consider the issues of psychiatric comorbidity and medication overuse

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is designed for those professionals and students who want a comprehensive overview of the management of primary headache disorders. The workshop will offer a base of introductory information for clinicians new to this area as well as highlight recent advances for more experienced practitioners. It will contain a significant amount of biomedical information.

Level:
Intermediate


WS16: BCIA HRV Biofeedback Didactic Workshop, Part 2 Principles & Applications

Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

This workshop fulfills 7 hours of BCIA's Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback didactic blueprint and will cover the mechanisms, procedures, and clinical applications. 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)..

Speaker:

  • Richard Gevirtz PhD
  • Paul Lehrer PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the protocol for carrying out Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback HRVB
  • Learn how resonance effects underlie HRV biofeedback effects
  • Learn the physiology and psychophysiology of HRV biofeedback

Who Should Attend:
Biofeedback practitioners

Level: Introductory


WS17: Mindfulness and Acceptance Approach to Biofeedback

Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:30 AM to 12:30 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 workshop, 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.

Speaker:

  • Inna Khazan PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • 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


WS18: QEEG Subtype Guided Neurofeedback Treatment for ADD/ADHD, Asperge...

Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Title: Biobehavioral Considerations in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Primary Headache Disorders

This workshop will present the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism, Aspergers and ADD QEEG anaylsis. The use of QEEG to discover which subtype of Autistic (6), Aspergers (2) and ADD (4) will be explained. We will discuss the similarities and differences in symptoms and QEEG patterns of ADD, ADHD, Aspergers and Aspergers. We will present the use of QEEG and continuous performance tests to guide and monitor neurofeedback protocol selection. Neurofeedback candidate selection, protocol development and treatment decisions will be explained that lead to successful outcomes. This workshop will also review a multimodality treatment approach for patients with Autism, Aspergers and ADD. Pre- and post-neurofeedback QEEG and CPT case study data and research studies will be presented for ADD and ASD, including significant research in these areas and recent research on the effects of Neurofeedback on MRI and DTI with Autistic students.

Speaker:

  • Michael Linden PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the QEEG subtypes of Autism, Aspergers and ADD and how they differ and overlap
  • Understand how to use CPT tests and QEEG to monitor treatment effects of medications and neurofeedback
  • Use QEEG and computerized testing to guide neurofeedback selection and protocol development
  • Apply neurofeedback strategies and techniques for Autism, Aspergers and ADD

Who Should Attend:
Psychologists/neuropsychologists, physicians, therapists, physicians/neurologists, nurses, biofeedback/neurofeedback practioners, students, researchers.

Level: Intermediate


WS19: Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Anatomy, Physiology and Disease for the P...

Thursday, March 20, 2014
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Title: Essentials of Cardiopulmonary Anatomy, Physiology and Disease for the Practitioner

This session will cover the essentials of cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology to enable the practioner to understand the basics and mechanisms involved in biofeedback and why biofeedback can be an efficacious therapy. Cardiac and pulmonary anatomy will be demonstrated. Physiology including cardiac conduction, hemodynamics, neural innervation and EKG's and basic arrhythmias will be covered .How Heart rate variability is calculated will be demonstrated. The actions of various drugs will be described. Pulmonary physiology including the basics of gas exchange and breathing patterns and lung volumes will be discussed. The role of end tidal CO2 measurement will be covered. We will then examine what happens with these parameters in various disease states and literature on the efficacy of biofeedback to treat various disorders.

Speaker:

  • Jan Newman MD, MA, FACS, ABIHM

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify the main structures of the cardiopulmonary system
  • Participants will be able to state which cardiac rhythms interfere with heart rate variability training
  • Participants will be able to state the effects of hyperventilation
  • Participant will be able to list the cardiopulmonary disease where biofeedback may be effective

Who Should Attend: All

Level: All


Welcome & Opening Remarks

Thursday, March 20, 2014
5:15 PM to 5:30 PM


KEY1: Keynote Address: Stephen Porges, PhD
The Polyvagal Theory: Neural Mechanisms Mediating and Optimizing Social Behavior and Health

Thursday, March 20, 2014
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

The Polyvagal Theory is an innovative theory that identifies the important role that autonomic state plays in mediating social behavior and defense strategies. The theory distinguishes between two vagal circuits: one links the neural regulation of the heart with the muscles of face creating an integrated social engagement system and the other links the vagal regulation of subdiaphragmatic organs with a defense system that promotes immobilization. The theory explains how social behavior is a functional neural exercise that dampens sympathetic and HPA activity to promote health, growth, and restoration. The theory provides a plausible explanation of several features that are compromised during stress and observed in several psychiatric disorders. The theory leads to treatment strategies focused on enhancing regulation of the social vagus to optimize health and social behavior.


Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall

Thursday, March 20, 2014
6:50 PM to 8:30 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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