2014 AAPB Annual Meeting


Wednesday

MEAL1: Workshop Attendee ONLY Continental Breakfast
Workshop attendees only, please.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM


WS01:Clinical Integration of Low-Resolution EEG Imaging with QEEG & Neurofeed...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Title: Clinical Integration of Low-Resolution EEG Imaging with QEEG & Neurofeedback

This full-day workshop will focus on clinical applications applications of live sLORETA imaging and neurofeedback. Emphasis will be placed on the use of additional methods including surface EEG monitoring and neurofeedback, live Z-Scores, infra-slow fluctuations, low-level transcranial magnetic stimulation, and hemoencephalography. Clinical symptomatology will be reviewed, in the context of creating and evaluating biofeedback and neurofeedback protocols in clinical use. At least one half of the course will contain specific case studies and research results supporting the evidence-based selection and evaluation of methods. A key theme will be the consistency between methods for evaluating client physiology, and development of biofeedback protocols. Data will also be presented in support of the theoretical and mathematical principles applied, demonstrating the consistency and appropriateness of the calculations and feedback used for client evaluation and training.

Speakers:

  • Thomas Collura PhD, MSMHC
  • Mark Smith BCN
  • Penijean Gracefire BCN, LMHC

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the principles and methods that are used to create live brain electrical images from surface EEG data.
  • Design a protocol that provides neurofeedback based upon the current-source density in a particular region of the brain, in a particular frequency band.
  • Explain how it is possible to combine sLORETA-based neurofeedback with other methods such as conventional surface EEG biofeedback.
  • Describe the basic elements of Live Z-Score neurofeedback, and how it relates to surface and sLORETA-based EEG.

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

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 severe traumatic brain injury. 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 software and training approaches.

Mark SmithMark Smith Mark Smith is a licensed clinical social worker with a degree from the University of California. Mark practices neurotherapy in Manhattan. His clinical approach combines brain mapping, symptom based neurofeedback, and biofeedback. Mark added Z-Score training in search of a better way to train connectivity. He was the first clinician to use live Z-Score training, and to publish clinical results using that approach. That fortuitous event led to better clinical results and the teaching of Z-Score neurofeedback to scores of clinicians. He continues to lead the profession in his development and use of Infra-slow Fluctuation, Live Z-Score training combined with conventional neurofeedback, Live sLORETA, and other approaches. He is a BCIA certified neurofeedback practitioner, and has published on the use of clinical neurofeedback.

Thomas ColluraThomas Collura Thomas F. Collura is currently president of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc., and clinical director of the Brain Enrichment Center, in Bedford, Ohio. He received the PhD in 1978 from Case Western Reserve University in Biomedical Engineering for research on visual and auditory evoked potentials and attention. He received Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2013. He served for 8 years on the staff of the Department of Neurology, Cleveland, Clinic, developing computerized EEG monitoring and mapping systems. He is the founder of BrainMaster Technologies, Bedford, OH, a developer of EEG and neurofeedback systems. He has over 20 peer reviewed papers and book chapters in the areas of EEG, evoked potentials, and neurofeedback. He is a past president of the ISNR, and a past president of the neurofeedback division of the AAPB. He recently chaired the IEEE standards effort on Recommended Practice for Neurofeedback Systems, whose standard was approved in 2012.


WS02: ClinicalQ and Braindriving for Clinicians

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

RAPID, SIMPLE, AND STRAIGHTFORWARD DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PROCEDURES FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE The workshop starts with the precise ClinicalQ assessment procedure that determines treatment strategies. Emphasis is on Braindriving treatment procedures including review of the major unconditioned stimuli required for treatment. Other treatment options including neurofeedback, AVS, CES, energy psychology methods, craniosacral manipulations, harmonic sounds, electrostimulation, and behavior therapies appropriate for a wide range of disorders are presented. Practitioners will be able to immediately apply these efficient techniques. Conditions that require full QEEG and normative data base procedures will be identified as will conditions in which the more aggressive treatments are contraindicated.

Speakers:

  • Paul G. Swingle, PhD, RPsych, BCB/BCN BCIA

Learning Objectives:

  • Administer the ClinicalQ assessment
  • Interpret ClinicalQ profiles
  • Develop effective treament strategies
  • Structure and administer braindriving protocols
  • Identify useful adjunctive therapies

Who Should Attend:
Licensed Health Care Providers

Level:Intermediate

Paul SwinglePaul Swingle Paul G Swingle was Professor of Psychology at the University of Ottawa prior to moving to Vancouver where he is now Director of the Swingle Clinic. A Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, he was Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, an Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital (Boston) where he also was Coordinator of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service. Dr. Swingle is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia, Certified in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. His newest book "Biofeedback for the Brain" was published by Rutgers University Press.


WS03: BCIA HRV Biofeedback Didactic Workshop Part 1

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

This full-day workshop fulfills 7 hours of BCIA's Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback didactic blueprint and provides a practical introduction to this exciting modality. Attendees will cover the cardiac, respiratory, and autonomic anatomy and physiology needed to effectively train HRV. They will explore the meaning and sources of HRV. They will review how to successfully use the photoplethysmograph (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer in clinical and optimal performance training. Equipment demonstrations will cover sensor placements, recognition of valid signals, control of artifacts, and tracking tests to ensure recording accuracy. Finally, attendees will examine the meaning, properties, and correlates of HRV time domain and frequency domain measurements. They will learn how to interpret short-term measurements using published norms. The instructors will provide detailed and professionally illustrated PowerPoints with extensive glossaries. .

Speaker:

  • Fredric Schaffer PhD, BCB
  • Donald Moss PhD, BCB, BCN

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to explain the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and autonomic nervous system relevant to heart rate
  • Be able to explain what heart rate variability is and why it is important to their clientsl
  • Be able to identify the main processes that create heart rate variability
  • Be able to describe blood volume pulse (BVP), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer methods for monitoring heart rate variability and breathing, and to identify common sensor placements, to describe tracking tests, and to recognize and control common artifacts
  • Be able to explain the time domain (HR Max - HR Min, pNN50, RMSSD, SDNN) and frequency domain (VLF, LF, HF, LF/HF) measures of heart rate variability

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is designed for clinical and optimal performance professionals who want a practical introduction to the fundamentals of HRV biofeedback. Attendees who want to complete BCIA's Certificate of Completion in HRV Biofeedback will earn 7 of 15 required didactic hours. BCIA certificants can also earn 7 hours of continuing education toward recertification in Biofeedback. This workshop is designed for clinical and optimal performance professionals who want a practical introduction to HRV biofeedback.

Level: Introductory

Donald MossDonald Moss Donald Moss, PhD is Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine, at Saybrook University in San Francisco. He is co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), chief editor of the Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage Publications, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood Press, 1998), chief editor of Biofeedback: A Clinical Journal, and consulting editor for Journal of Neurotherapy, Psychophysiology Today, and Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. He has published over 60 articles and book chapters on consciousness, psychophysiology, spirituality in health, and integrative medicine. Dr. Moss is past-president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, past-president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, treasurer for the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, a delegate to the International Society for Hypnosis, a Board member of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, and on the advisory board for the International Network for Integrative Mental Health.

Fred ShafferFred Shaffer Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975. He has served as Director of the Truman Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the Doris and Walker Allen Fellowship for Academic Excellence. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award. Dr. Shaffer is the author of HRV Biofeedback Tutor (2013) and Biofeedback Tutor (2013). He co-authored with Donald Moss, PhD, A Biofeedback Primer, to be published in Lublin, Poland, and 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.


WS04: Introduction to BioGraph Infiniti 6.0 1 Day Workshop

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

This 1-day workshop is for researchers and health professionals who want to learn how to use the latest "cutting edge" biofeedback technology. The morning session provides an overview of the key features of the BioGraph Infiniti 6.0 software and hardware. Software suites that can be showcased include Neurofeedback, Physiology, Rehab-Continence, Rehab- Muscle , Z-Score, HRV, and Reaction Time.

Speakers:

    Frank DeGregorio, Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) in Computer Science and Networking and a Certificate as a Programming Analyst

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase exposure on the key features of the BioGraph Infiniti 6.0 software and hardware
  • Describe software trouble shooting and technical specifications. Software suites include Neurofeedback, Physiology, Rehab-Continence, Rehab- Muscle , Z-Score, HRV, and Reaction Time
  • Demonstrate how to use different sensors including Surface Electromyography (SEMG), Respiration, Temperature, Skin Conductance, Electroencephalography (EEG), Heart Rate and Electrocardiology (EKG) with audio and visual multimedia biofeedback screens, sounds and games
  • Explain what a virtual data-channel is and how it is related to the raw data from the physical sensore
  • Describe when proportional and inverse-proportional feedback should be used . Invite "hands-on" practice generating reports, review data, and learn how to modify or customize and excising screen

Who Should Attend:
This course is intended for licensed health professionals

Level: Introductory

Frank DeGregorioFrank DeGregorio Frank DeGregoria has a Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) in Computer Science and Networking and a Certificate as a Programming Analyst. He has over 19 years of experience as technical, network, computer and high-level troubleshooting for Thought Technology. In addition, he has over 12 years of experience teaching BioGraph workshops with Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. and had the opportunity to attend a wide variety of workshops held by clinicians such as Dr. Barry Sterman, Dr. Tanju Surmeli, Dr. Don Moss and Dr. Richard Gevirtz, Dr. Erik Peper and Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson. Frank's extensive knowledge of all the product software and hardware offered by Thought Technology gives him the unique ability to take participants from installation of the software to using it effectively.


WS05: Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback: Clinical Applications in Pain Treatment

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

This symposium will cover the fundamental principles of Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback (MBB), which merges the science and technology of biofeedback with research-supported meditation techniques into a modality that is useful for clinical practice. Because individuals with complex medical diagnoses often experience fluctuating physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs, an educationally-focused model integrating mind-body medicine best addresses these needs. Likewise, clients with less severe difficulties also benefit from this holistic model. We will discuss supporting research and guidelines for effective, evidence-based practice with a variety of clinical populations. We will provide a model of MBB which is suitable for both individual and group-based treatment. Connections will be made with related programs, such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Cognitively Based Compassion Training. We will examine the ways these modalities lead to effective coping and stress management. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding how to treat psychophysiological sequelae in chronic pain within multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and PTSD, including unique considerations with veterans. Lastly, the workshop will entail an experiential component, facilitating learning with hands-on practice.

Speakers:

    Urszula Klich, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to define Mindfulness- Based Biofeedback (MBB) and provide two examples of the benefits of its use with medically complex patients
  • Be able to discuss special considerations in assessing appropriateness for MBB application and identify two contraindications for the use of the program
  • Be able to identify two key components of a model for incorporating MBB into a group therapy treatment
  • Learn how to adapt biofeedback based on special needs of those living with complex medical illness
  • Define what is artifact and why is artifact rejection necessar

Who Should Attend:
This presentation is suitable for clinicians including psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, physical therapists, physicians or other health practitioners and professionals who work with clients therapeutically. No prior experience is necessary.

Level: Introductory

Urszula KlichUrszula Klich Urszula Klich is a clinical psychologist with nearly 20 years of clinical experience, much of which involves complex medical populations. During her extensive work with pain patients, she has cultivated a treatment philosophy of integrative medicine focused on fostering each individual's healing power to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Through specialized techniques she has developed, such as Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback, she helps individuals cope with challenges ranging from everyday stress and anxiety to catastrophic injuries and serious illness. At Shepherd Center, she has witnessed the tremendous pain management benefits that the approach has yielded for patients with catastrophic injuries and neurologic, musculo-skeletal, and degenerative disease, such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and complex regional pain syndrome. Her focus is on restoring function, improving quality of life, and reducing medication dependence. She is committed to helping people bridge the gap between their current way of living and their potential.


WS06: When Neurofeedback Doesn't Work: A Guide to Improving Clinical Efficacy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

This workshop will identify the primary mechanisms on which neurofeedback training relies, and place them within the context of the bioelectrical grid. Creating a neurofeedback friendly environment requires an understanding of factors affecting cortical resourcing, and methods for assessing the barriers to effective interventions. Categories of client populations that are least likely to benefit from neurofeedback training, and ways to improve screening and clinical intake questions to better identify metabolic and cognitive inputs that create systemic resourcing strategies in direct competition to the inputs delivered by neurofeedback will be discussed. Conversational frameworks and educational vocabulary will be offered to assist with explaining to the client how best they can contribute to their own recovery process and optimize results from neurofeedback sessions. Contraindications to initiating neurofeedback training will reviewed, as well as suggestions for improving client management over the course of treatment. Material presented will be derived from first hand clinical experience and observations, and delivered with the intent to support clinicians in the process of acquiring confidence and competency as neurofeedback providers.

Speakers:

  • Penijean Gracefire LMHC, BCN

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify barriers to the efficacy of neurofeedback interventions
  • Improve clinical intake and screening process to reflect evaluation of the client's electrophysical health
  • Review client management techniques and educational vocabulary
  • Discuss contraindications to initiating neurofeedback

Who Should Attend:
For practitioners of all backgrounds and experience levels who are looking for practical tips on client management and improved clinical outcomes in a neurofeedback setting.

Level: Introductory

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 severe traumatic brain injury. 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 software and training approaches.


WS07: Integrating Hypnosis into Your Clinical/Biofeedback Practice

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

This workshop will focus on acquainting therapists with a methodology for measuring hypnotic responsivity from a more phenomenological and patient-centered focus and how hypnosis can be smoothly integrated with breathing, relaxation, biofeedback and biofeedback-assisted strategies. There is evidence (Pekala & Forbes, 1988; Qualls & Sheehan, 1981; Wickramasekera, 1988) that high hypnotically susceptible individuals will benefit more from imagoic and hypnotic strategies, whereas low susceptible individuals will benefit more from biofeedback and kinesthetic, relaxation-based strategies, such as progressive relaxation. Additionally, hypnotizability appears to vary widely across individuals (Hilgard, 1965; Weitzenhoffer, 1989a, b) and yet few therapists use any type of individual differences assessment when using breathing retraining, relaxation, biofeedback, and/or hypnosis with their clients. Via didactic, interactive, and experiential methods, this workshop will provide the clinician with a reliable and valid methodology for measuring hypnotic responsivity, and will focus on a hypnotic assessment protocol, the PCI-HAP (Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory-Hypnotic Assessment Procedure; Pekala, 1995a, b; Pekala, 2010, 2011; Pekala et al., 2010, 2011). The protocol allows for the assessment of several of the "domains" hypothesized by leading theorists to be related to hypnotism: suggestibility, altered state (trance) effects, and expectancy. Participants will personally experience the PCI-HAP, so as to obtain an idea of its clinical usefulness from their own first person perspective. Clinical cases illustrating the hypnotic assessment process with individuals of differing hypnotic responsivity will be discussed. Via such discussion, the presenter will show how the various domains associated with hypnotic responsivity can be measured and quantified. Additionally, the data obtained from such a hypnotic assessment will demonstrate how to determine the client's hypnotic talents, so that those talents can be best accessed in generating a relaxation protocol for home practice congruent with the client's relaxation and hypnotic abilities. [Note: This workshop is partially based on a grants received from the Veterans Administration Stars and Stripes (VISN4) Healthcare Network. All studies were approved by the IRB and R&D committees of the hospital where the research was conducted. The content of this presentation does not represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs nor the United States Government.].

Speaker:

  • Ronald J. Pekala PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to describe the theoretical literature and research concerning how hypnotic altered state effects, hypnotic suggestibility, and hypnotic expectancy interact to determine a client's perception of being or not being "hypnotized."
  • Be able to enumerate the rationale for a phenomenological based assessment of hypnotic talent using the PCI-HAP (Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory - Hypnotic Assessment Procedure)
  • Be able to describe a) how to administer the PCI-HAP, and b) how to begin to interpret the PCI-HAP results, based on manuals that you will receive at the workshopr/li>
  • Be able to enumerate the sequence of decision making to smoothly integrate breathing retraining, relaxation, biofeedback and especially hypnosis into the client's clinical treatment/li>

Who Should Attend:
Any clinician who knows a little or a lot about hypnotic responsivity and wants to know if, when, and how to begin to add hypnotic strategies to a client's treatment plan. Because of the nature of the workshop, any clinician or therapist who would like to begin to integrate hypnosis and hypnotic-strategies into the patient's treatment can attend. All workshop attendees will obtain copies of the therapist's manuals for administering and also interpreting the hypnotic assessment protocol. Attendees will also be able to go to a website to obtain the EXCEL program for scoring the protocol.

Level: Introductory

Ronald PekalaRonald Pekala Ronald J. Pekala, PHD is Director of the Biofeedback Clinic at the Coatesville Veterans Medical Center in Coatesville, PA. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. Dr. Pekala has 76 professional publications, numerous national presentations, and one book: Quantifying consciousness: An empirical approach (1991). Dr. Pekala is the author of the Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory (PCI), a self-report questionnaire that is used with the methodology that he has developed over the last 30 years to quantify (altered) states of consciousness, including hypnosis. The PCI has been translated into 12 languages. By combining the PCI with a hypnotic assessment procedure, Dr. Pekala has generated an award winning hypnotic assessment device: The Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory: Hypnotic Assessment Procedure (PCI-HAP): research of which has generated three Milton H. Erickson awards and one Clark Hull award for "scientific excellence in hypnosis research."


WS08: Exhibitor Showcase: Using The Nexus/BioTrace Systems For Heart Rate Var...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Title: Exhibitor Showcase: Using The Nexus/BioTrace Systems For Heart Rate Variability Training

This workshop will teach attendees how to use the Nexus 10 or Nexus 4 systems to conduct heart rate variability training (HRV), Attendees will learn how to monitor heart rate with the blood pulse volume (BVP) sensor or with EKG sensors and how to use the respiration belt to monitor respiratory effort and rate. Determination of a client's resonant respiration rate will also be covered. The advantages and drawbacks of paced breathing screens will be discussed and feedback screens without pacing will be thoroughly reviewed. The workshop will cover conducting training as well as reviewing data within and across sessions. All clients will be provided with a full suite of HRV screens that also provide support for skin conductance or temperature training, The screens are fully automated with programmable buttons and are a significant improvement over the built in screens that come with the Nexus systems. Attendees should have a working knowledge of HRV training and some familiarity with the Nexus systems.

Speaker:

  • Ronald Rosenthal PhD, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • List the benefits and disadvantages of BVP vs EKG monitoring of heart rate
  • Learn how to modify and create screens for special purposes
  • Learn how to determine resonant rate for maximum HRV
  • Distinguish various measures of HRV
  • Be able to program screen buttons to automate tasks

Who Should Attend:
Individuals who provide clinical training for HRV with the Nexus 4 or Nexus 10 as well as researchers using these systems to study HRV.

Level: All

Ronald RosenthalRonald Rosenthal Ronald Rosenthal, PhD is a psychologist who has been active in biofeedback at the state and national level for two decades. He has an interest in education and has mentored half a dozen professionals with BCIA certification. Dr. Rosenthal has been creating and distributing screens and protocols for the Nexus/BioTrace platform for several years. He has given two full day workshops on using the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 at recent AAPB meetings and the workshops have been well attended and reviewed favorably.


WS09: Biofeedback & Neurofeedback Applications for Sport Psychology

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
1:30 PM to 5:30 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; visualization or mental rehearsal of success outcomes; and attention control. These principals must be integrated together for ultimate success and are critical for the aspiring consultant in the sport environment. Sport Psychology Principles of interest to athletes and coaches include stress and energy; visualization or mental rehearsal of success outcomes; and attention control. These principals must be integrated together for ultimate success and are critical for the aspiring consultant in the sport environment. Heart Rate Variability biofeedback is begin increasingly used not only for stress management, but for optimal performance and concussions. Reaction time feedback is a new area of application for athletes in baseball, gold and other Olympic sports. QEEG is being used with athletes with ADD, Aspergers and Concussions to help confirm diagnosis, discover areas of injury and plan treatments that lead to improved performance and faster recovery time. QEEG Patterns in athletes with ADD/ADHD and Aspergers will be presented and implications of Neurofeedback protocols with these athletes will be discussed. Neurofeedback can be integrated with other techniques and skills to achieve wide application. Demonstration of several general and specific assessment methods as well as Biofeedback and Neurofeedback training protocols will be provided during this workshop for the sports of baseball, golf, hockey and skiing..

Speaker:

  • Michael Linden PhD
  • Robert Conder PsyD, ABPP
  • Ben Strack PhD
  • Leah Lagos PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the use of Heart Rate Variability for various sports and applications
  • Understand how to use QEEG to help identify characteristics of ADD and Aspergers in athletes
  • Learn about the use of Reactive Time feedback to improve athletes performance in baseball and other sports
  • Review the use of QEEG and Biofeedback & Neurofeedback Applications for sports related concussions

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

Level: Intermediate

Robert ConderRobert Conder Robert Conder Director & President of Carolina Neuropsychological Service. Board Certified in both Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology by ABPP. 30 years experience in assessing and treating Traumatic Brain Injury, at all levels. For past eight years, has been Neuropsychologist for Carolina Hurricanes and part of the National Hockey League Concussion Management Program. Assesses and treats concussed athletes at all levels of competition. Published empirical, peer-reviewed studies. NIH Grant recipient. Originally trained in Biofeedback in 1983 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Waco, Texas. On staff of Duke Medical Center in Raleigh. Other presenters will be Michael Linden, PhD, a very well known and respected sports psychologist and author of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Applications in Sports Psychology (AAPB Press); and Alan Strohmayer, PhD, Senior Fellow BCIA.

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.

Ben StrackBen Strack Dr. Ben Strack is a Sport Psychology Consultant in private practice in southern California.. He is a former Division I college baseball player and President of Proball, Inc., private baseball training academy where he incorporates performance enhancement training programs. He has consulted with several Major League Baseball players as well as other athletes from all major sports and at all levels including professional, Olympic, college and high school. From 1999 to 2004, he was invited to pitch in several Home Run Contests for Major League Baseball. His areas of expertise include mental skills training for peak performance, biofeedback (heart rate variability/HRV), stress/anxiety management, the psychology of injury recovery and chronic pain. Dr. Strack received his B.A. in psychology from San Jose State University and his Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. In 2003, he completed the first research study to investigate the effectiveness of Heart Rate Variability biofeedback on performance in baseball. He has conducted numerous workshops and presentations at national conferences on various topics including biofeedback and applied sport psychology. Dr. Strack is adjunct faculty at Argosy University and in the department of Kinesiology at California State University, Long Beach. He has appeared in various media including ESPN television, ESPN Magazine, Baseball America, The New York Times, and the CBS television show "The Doctors".

Michael LindenMichael Linden Dr. Michael Linden is a well respected neurofeedback therapist and sports psychologist. He is a co-author of Biofeedback & Neurofeedback Applications in Sports Psychology (AAPB Press). Dr. Linden has also authored many papers and provided many presentations on biofeedback & neurofeedback interventions for athletes, autism, and ADHD. He is a licensed psychologist, and has BCIA cerificatons in Biofeedback and EEG Biofeedback.


WS10: The Uses of Multi-modality Biofeedback for Enhancing Self-Mastery

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

While it's common to train with neurofeedback or EMG or HRV and not consider other modalities, this may be to the detriment of the client. Both practitioner and client can learn much more when more than one modality is used. The presenters will discuss the value of doing so and present cases to show how monitoring and/or training more than one modality greatly improved outcomes. They'll look at EEG, EMG, GSR, HRV, capnometry and breath rate and provide suggestions for devising a broad-based biofeedback approach to various clinical problems. This workshop intends to: 1. Describe how multi-modality biofeedback can increase client engagement and promote generalization of self-regulation skills to real life. 2. Describe methods for teaching clients to maintain multi-system physiological stability while engaged in stressful situations. 3. Show ways to establish a relaxed psychophysiological attention state by attending to several variables at a time, similar to the process of driving a car. 4. Present interoception in general as a continuum from too much attention (hypochondriasis, somatization, etc.) to too little (low awareness of somatic stress, missing warning signs), and show how a client's position on this scale can be optimized by broad-based monitoring..

Speaker:

  • Cynthia Kerson PhD
  • Christopher Gilbert PhD, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand some principles for training clients with more than one biofeedback modality at a time
  • Understand how to use multi-modal biofeedback as an aid to maintaining psychophysiological stability
  • Know some details of interoception as the basic domain of consciousness targeted by biofeedback
  • Gain a rationale for using more than one biofeedback mode for enhancing self-mastery in everyday living

Who Should Attend:
All levels; those involved in clinical biofeedback working with stress-related disorders

Level: Intermediate

Cynthia KersonCynthia Kerson Cynthia Kerson PhD, QEEGD, BCN, BCB is the director of education for Brain Science International, has been the clinical director of Marin Biofeedback in San Rafael, California since 1998, the executive director of the ISNR Research Foundation and the secretary of the QEEG Certification Board. She is BCIA certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback and holds certification as a diplomate in QEEG and mentors for both. Cynthia is also on the Board of Directors for the Behavioral Medicine Foundation and the Biofeedback Society of California. In her role as the executive director for the ISNR Research Foundation, she facilitates funding and research in the field of neurotherapy. Her role with Brain Science International is to develop introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in the specialized areas of brain training and EEG analysis. In her clinic, she specializes in biofeedback training for attention issues, hypertension, addiction disorders, pain management and anxiety.

Christopher GilbertChristopher Gilbert Christopher Gilbert PhD (Psychology), BCIA certified in biofeedback, is a psychologist with the Chronic Pain Management program of San Francisco's Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. He has presented workshops and seminars on topics of breathing, hyperventilation, chronic headaches, and hypnosis, and has written several articles and chapters on biofeedback-related topics. He is a charter member of San Francisco's Biofeedback & Pastry Club and is a co-author of Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Breathing Pattern Disorders. He served on the AAPB's Executive Board for three years, and currently is education chairman for AAPB.


WS11: Intergrating SEMG, qEEG & Psychological Testing in Complex Pain Cases

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

This presentation will focus on several different cases utilizing outcome data from psychological testing, SEMG evaluations and qEEG results. These results will be discussed in detail leading to the development of treatment plans. Pain reports, SEMG data, qEEG data and results from psychological testing will be presented on myofascial pain patients and fibromyalgia patients. The similarities and differences will be discussed. This will lead to the development of treatment plans and the rationale for same.

Speaker:

  • Stuart Donaldson PhD, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the differences between myofascial pain patients and fibromyalgia patients
  • Learn how to integrate data from SEMG, qEEG and psychological testing
  • Learn which treatment technique to start treatments with
  • Learn the importance of pain diagrams
  • Learn how to combine the information from pain diagrams with psychological test results

Who Should Attend This presentation is designed for the therapist who likes complex cases, can utilize data from the different areas of biofeedback, and can think outside the box. 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.


WS12: Breathing: A Body-Mind Bridge to Mobilize Health and Performance

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

"A sigh of relief, full of hot air, waiting with baited breath, or inspired or expired," are all descriptions that reflect breathing patterns. Breathing is much more than controlling and increasing heart rate variability. It modulates spinal movement, posture, abdominal blood and lymph return, blood pH, emotional and energetic states. The workshop focusses on identifying dysfunctional breathing patterns and strategies to optimize healthy whole body breathing. It incorporates somatic practices to normalize respiratory patterns (tactile suggestions, dynamic body movement, and somatic awareness), SEMG recording and feedback (oblique abdominal muscles and scalene/trapezius muscles), respiratory strain gauge feedback, self-observations, and training of breathing patterns with incentive inspirometry. The specific skills such as guided imagery breathing, effortless exhalation and inhalation can be used to reduce pain, chronic fatigue, anxiety, asthma, hypertension, stress related dysfunctioning, menopausal symptoms, increase fertility and enhance performance. Speaker:

  • Erik Peper PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to identify dysfunctional breathing patterns
  • Understand the role of breathing in posture and abdominal circulation
  • Participants will understand the physiology and psychophysiology of HRV biofeedback
  • Learn to monitor breathing using surface electromyography from the abdominal wall and upper thorax
  • Learn somatic strategies to support effortless breathing

Erik PeperErik Peper Erik Peper, PhD is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation and Professor 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 BCIA. He has a biofeedback practice at BiofeedbackHealth (www.biofeedbackhealth.org). He received the 2004 California Governor's Safety Award for his work on Healthy Computing, the 2005 Sheila Adler Award from AAPB and the 2011 Biofeedback Foundation of Europe Biofeedback Educator Award for his ongoing contribution and teaching in the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback. He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books such as Biofeedback Mastery and Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment. His research interests focus on psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention, voluntary self-regulation, holistic health, healthy computing, and respiratory psychophysiology.


WS13: Physiology of Stress in Health and Disease: Implications for Therapy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Title: Physiology of Stress in Health and Disease: Implications for Therapy

The stress response is essential to maintain homeostasis. Appropriate response to stress is lifesaving. Inappropriate response or repeated severe stressors can lead to disease through numerous pathways. Understanding the stress response is essential for the biofeedback practioner. This workshop will cover the physiology of stress including neuroendocrine processes and pathways, psychoneuroimmunology, and stress and the G.I. , respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The processes by which stress causes diseases will be explored and studies demonstrating that relationship will be presented. The role of biofeedback in mitigating stress will be discussed. This will include how biofeedback and drugs act to change the stress response. The physiology of turning off the stress response pathway will also be described. Novel approaches to stress management will be introduced.

Speaker:

  • Jan B. Newman MD, MA, FACS, ABIHM

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe Cannon's fight or flight response
  • Participants will be able to elucidate the role of the HPA axis in the stress response
  • Participants will be able to list specific areas of the brain affected by stress
  • Participants will be able to describe how biofeedback and other methods may act to decrease the human stress response

Level: All

Jan NewmanJan Newman Dr. Jan B. Newman received her MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and 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 studied and practiced meditation, Yoga, Buddhism and biofeedback in the U.S and in India. She received her Master's degree in Integrative Arts and Education from the University of Montana. She has presented on Hormonal-Heart Mind Connections: Clinical and Research Implications. She is past President of International Stress Management Association and current member of the Board of Directors of AAPB. She is a nationally requested speaker and has presented on topics including Spirituality and Health, the Relationship of Stress and Disease, Oxytocin the Anti-stress Hormone, Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology and the Stress Response. Her article Heart Disease: From the Psychosocial to the Pathophysiological to Treatment with Biofeedback- An Overview was recently published in Biofeedback journal.


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