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

Sarah WyckoffSarah Wyckoff Sarah Wyckoff is a post-doctoral researcher investigating physiological mechanisms of comorbidity and specificity for generalized anxiety and depression in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She also works as a QEEG technician for Integrated Neuroscience Services and online instructor for the University of Phoenix. Under the supervision of Dr. Ute Strehl and Niels Birbaumer, she earned her research doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Tübingen in 2013. Her doctoral research focused on the investigation of neurophysiological models of adult ADHD and the efficacy of slow cortical potentials (SCP) neurofeedback. Dr. Wyckoff has 10 years of experience in the psycho/neurophysiological assessments and bio/neurofeedback training of children and adults with ADHD, anxiety, and depression. She was certified as a QEEG Technologist by the QEEG Certification Board in 2012 and has been BCIA certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback since 2007.


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

Frank AndrasikFrank Andrasik Dr. Andrasik presently serves as Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Memphis. He previously had the title of Distinguished University Professor at the University of West Florida and was appointed as a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Frank was also on the faculty of the State University of New York at Albany where he also held the positions of Research Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at Albany Medical College. Frank is the current Editor-in-Chief for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is a past president of AAPB as well as the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. He has numerous publications and years of clinical practice in the biofeedback treatment of headache.

Steven BaskinSteven Baskin Steven M. Baskin, PhD is one of the co-directors of the New England Institute for Neurology and Headache; a recently formed interdisciplinary clinical and research facility. Steve started the Behavioral Medicine Service at the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, Connecticut and is an attending psychologist at Greenwich Hospital of Yale-New Haven Health. He is a past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and winner of the AAPB Distinguished Scientist award for 2014. Steve is a current member of the board of directors of the Headache Cooperative of New England and a past board member of the American Headache Society. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and a frequent reviewer for the journals Headache and Cephalalgia. He lectures frequently at national and international meetings and has published extensively on primary headache disorders; most recently on comorbid psychiatric factors that may chronify migraine and complicate treatment.


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

Paul LehrerPaul Lehrer Dr. Paul Lehrer is professor of psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has published over 100 papers, mostly in the field of applied psychophysiology, and is senior editor of the book Principles and Practice of Stress Management, the third edition of which was released last year. He extensively uses applied psychophysiology in his medical school practice of clinical psychology. For the past 15 years his research has primarily focused on heart rate variability and ways to modify it. A recipient of AAPB's Distinguished Scientist Award, he serves as associate editor of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and of The International Journal of Stress Management, and has served as president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and the International Society for Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology. He currently chairs the International Stress Management Association section of AAPB.

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.


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

Inna  KhazanInna  Khazan Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB,, is a Lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches biofeedback and supervises trainees. Dr. Khazan is the author of Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness. Dr. Khazan is a popular speaker at national and international scientific meetings where she is recognized as a pioneer in the area of mindfulness and acceptance based biofeedback. A clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and biofeedback, Dr. Khazan also maintains a private practice in Boston, working with clients on optimizing health and performance, using both biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy.


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

Michael LindenMichael Linden Dr. Michael Linden is a licensed psychologist and B.C.I.A. certified Biofeedback & Neurofeedback therapist. He is the director of Attention Learning Centers three locations in Southern California. Dr. Linden is one of the original pioneers in the application of Neurofeedback for ADD since 1988 and published the first randomized control group study of Neurofeedback with ADD children in 1996. He recently has discovered 6 QEEG subtypes of Autism & 2 subtypes of Aspergers (Linden, Gunkleman, 2013), and is currently studying the effects of QEEG guided Neurofeedback with students with Autism and Aspergers. He is an co-investigator in a large multi-site study of the effects of Neurofeedback on QEEG, MRI and DTI with students with Autism.


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

Jan NewmanJan Newman Dr. Jan B. Newman received her MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 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 is currently practicing preventative medicine. She has studied and practiced meditation, Yoga, Buddhism and biofeedback in the U.S and in India for over 30 years. She received her Master's degree in Integrative Arts and Education. She is dedicated to the integration of sound medical practice with scientifically based multimodality stress reduction for disease mitigation and prevention. She is a nationally requested speaker and has presented on topics including Stress: Manifestations, Mechanisms, and Management, Spirituality and Health, the Relationship of Stress and Disease, Oxytocin the Anti-stress Hormone, Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology and the response of the Cardiopulmonary System to Stress.


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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