2017 AAPB Annual Meeting

Thursday Workshops

WS15: Advanced Infraslow Neurofeedback Workshop: ISF-sLORETA - Part 2

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Single channel bipolar Infraslow (ISF) Neurofeedback has been practiced and taught since 2006-7. An advanced version of this intervention has recently been developed for 19 channels that allows for Infraslow sLORETA Neurofeedback. This development has ushered in a powerful form of training that targets behavioral networks heretofore unavailable to the ISF neurofeedback clinician. Recent Research has identified the infraslow frequencies influence on the excitability cycle of faster frequencies. This pivotal role for the infraslow periodicities allows the clinician to reliably influence the behavior associated with neuronal networks by activating or quieting targeted regions of interest including the Default Mode Network, the Limbic System, and the Salience Network. Moreover, ISF has been associated with the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis and Autonomic Nervous System response, neuroendocrine function, and the sleep wake cycle. The centrality of this slow energy in human behavior gives ISF sLORETA training its exceptional potential. This workshop will demonstrate the unique equipment, signal processing, and skill set required to perform ISF sLORETA training. This workshop will take place over two days. This will allow for the didactic portion of the workshop that will include reports of recent ISF sLORETA research projects by internationally recognized researchers examining ISF sLORETA and addiction and ISF training's impact ANS function. The workshop length is set for clinicians to have plenty time for hands on experience with software and equipment. Attendance at a beginners ISF workshop taught by Mark Llewellyn Smith LCSW, BCN, QEEGD is a requirement to attend this workshop.


  • Mark Smith, MSW, Clinical Director, Neurofeedback Services of New York

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to manage the unique challenges to the application of 19 channel Infraslow training
  • Learn to identify response patterns to ISF training that inform treatment
  • Understand advanced ISF interventions application to discrete presenting problemsIdentify and train neural networks responsible for pathological behavior with ISF
  • Apply cross frequency applications for discrete disorders

Who Should Attend:
Those who have attended a beginner ISF workshop and are interested in advanced applications of Infraslow Neurofeedback Training.

Level: Advanced

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care - Infraslow frequencies are a well researched form of brain electrical activity that is central to human behavior but infrequently utilized in neurofeedback. Additionally, biofeedback measures are intermittently used as a measure of neurofeedback's regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System

Mark SmithMark Smith Mark Smith is a licensed 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 Live Z-Score training combined with conventional, Live sLORETA, and other emerging approaches. He is a BCIA certified neurofeedback practitioner, and has published on the use of clinical neurofeedback.

WS16: Stimulation Technologies: Audio-visual Entrainment, Cranio-electro Stimulation and transcranial DC Stimulation Physiology and Clinical Outcomes

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Since the discovery of photic driving by Adrian and Matthews in 1934, much has been discovered about the benefits of brainwave entrainment (BWE) or audio-visual entrainment (AVE), as it is commonly known today. The first clinical applications of AVE are the credit of Sidney Schneider who developed the first photic stimulation device called the Brain Wave Synchronizer in 1958 and prompted the first research. AVE affects cerebral blood flow, neurotransmitters, dissociative states and brainwave activity. Research on the effectiveness of AVE in promoting relaxation, cognition and hypnotic induction, treating ADD, PMS, SAD, PTSD, migraine headache, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and episodic memory is now available. Recent discoveries have shown AVE to be a powerful means of recovery from diffuse axonal brain injuries. Current interest in cranio-electro stimulation (CES) was initiated by Robinovitch, who, in 1914, made the first claim for electrical treatment of insomnia. In 1958, the book Electro-Sleep inspired research in Europe and in Eastern Block countries, as well as in South America, Asia and finally the US. Most of the roughly 200 studies have shown CES as a reliable method to reduce anxiety, depression, pain, improve sleep, and improve cognition and IQ. Transcranial DC Stimulation (tDCS) has been extensively studied since the 1980s, totalling roughly 750 studies to date. A major advantage of tDCS is that it may be applied directly over an area of concern where the cortical activity over a specific site on the brain may be enhanced or suppressed, much like NF. Over 800 studies on, tDCS including 100 on stroke rehabilitation have been published to date.

Speaker: Dave Siever, CET, Mind Alive Inc.

Learning Objectives:

  • The attendees will be able to describe the basic concept of the technologies and the principles of operation
  • The Attendees will learn about the importance of using phase measures in their qEEG assessments
  • The attendee will have an understanding how to apply these techniques for the treatment of brain injuries
  • The attendees will be able to assess which technique to use for various maladies
  • The attendees will have a basic idea how to apply the technologies to the patient through a practical demonstration

Who Should Attend: This course is particularly of benefit to those who have been practicing with a clinical population for some time and realize the need for learning about EEG & qEEG and have some more innovative tools in their tool chest. This applies to nurses, MDs, hypno-therapists, biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners.

Level: Intermediate

Guidelines in Applied Practice: Medical Knowledge Also: practice-based learning and improvement - With the heavy focus on magnitude-based neurofeedback, there is a significant gap in understanding the network and glia-based operation of the CNS. This new understanding will bring new understandings of how the CNS works, how to better diagnose and treat various maladies.

David SieverDavid Siever Dave Sievergraduated in 1978 as an engineering technologist. He later worked in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta designing TMJ Dysfunction related diagnostic equipment and research facilities. He organized research projects, taught basic physiology and the advanced TMJ diagnostics course. Dave had noted anxiety issues in many patients suffering with TMJ dysfunction, prompting him to study biofeedback, which he applied to the patients and then later, Dave design biofeedback devices. In 1984, Dave designed his first audio-visual entrainment (AVE) device - the "Digital Audio-visual Integration Device," or DAVID1. Since this time, through his company, Mind Alive Inc., Dave has been researching and refining AVE technology since, specifically for use in relaxation, boosting academic performance and treating anxiety, depression, PMS, ADD, FMS, SAD, pain, cognitive decline and insomnia, and the EEG signature of both concussion and disease-caused TBI and it's treatment with AVE. Dave presents primarily at various conferences and for special interest medical/psychology groups. Dave also designs Cranio-Electro Stimulation (CES) products and is a leading provider of transcranial DC stimulation (tDCS) and devices. As a result of Dave's commitment to research, Mind Alive Inc now owns three patents involving neurotechnology. Dave continues to conduct research, perform a quantitative EEG service and designs new products pertaining to enhanced performance and mental wellness. Dave has developed a 30 CEU course on Stimulation Technologies with Saybrook University and the Behavior Biomedical Foundation. As a firm believer in staying young through neuro-stimulation, Dave engages in many activities including flying of RC airplanes and drones, kayaking, diving, caving & climbing through glaciers, biking, sailing, math, music & song-writing and most anything that will help keep his Mind Alive.

WS18: NeuroField pEMF, tACS, tDCS, tRNS and EEG Neurotherapy -- Part 2

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

In this workshop the participant will learn how to use the NeuroField tDCS/tACS/tRNS and pEMF stimulation technology as a stand alone treatment and as a combination treatment with EEG Neurotherapy. An emphasis on the development of tretnment planning with be discussed that is based on clinical intake information and QEEG brain maps. Furthermore, specific approaches will be discussed for depression, anxiety, ADHD, TB/ and Autism/PDD diagnosis. Lastly, different variations of 19 channel EEG. Neurotherapy and stimulat/011 techniques interval training will be covered.


  • Nicholas Dogris, Ph.D., BCN, QEEG-D
  • Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will apply tACS, tDCS, tRNS treatment.
    • Participants will describe what is tACS, tDCS, tRNS and the history of its use.
    • Participants will describe how tACS Impacts the brain and promotes neuroplasticity.
    • Participants will describe how tACS Impacts the brain and promotes neuroplasticity.

    Who Should Attend Neurotherapy professionals who are Interested in learning how to improve operant conditioning procedures and methodology in their clinical practice. Also, professionals who wish to learn more about neuromodulation and neurostimulation technology. Level: Intermediate

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Tiff ThompsonTiff Thompson Dr. Tiff Thompson is a board certified neurotherapist, licensed psychotherapist, and neurofeedback professional. Dr. Thompson is a Registered EEG Technician, a medical credential bestowed by the American Society of Neurodiagnostic Technicians. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Depth Counseling Psychology and another in Communication from Pacifica Graduate Institute and the University of Maryland, respectively. She has a PhD in Psychology; her dissertation was on the intersection of psychodynamic psychology model of the psyche and electroencephalography (EEG). Dr. Thompson has served as the Executive Director of the Western Association of Biofeedback and Neuroscience, and worked as a neurodiagnostician in neurology clinics.

Nicholas DogrisNicholas Dogris Dr. Dogris is a licensed health psychologist who practices In the Eastern Sierra mountains of California. He has been researching and practicing in the EEG field since 1988, is BCIA certified In Neurofeedback and holds Diplomate status with the QEEG certification board. He is the co-founder and C.EO of NeuroField, Inc. Dr. Dogrls has developed multiple neurofeedback and neurostimulation procedures/innovations over the years with an emphasis on pulsed electromagnetic. field (pEMF), transcranial direct current (tDCS), alternating current (tACS) and random noise stimulation (tRNS). He developed the first pEMF/tACS synchronized neurofeedback methodology utlliling norm referenced data to determine stimulation effectiveness. Dr. Dogris continues to develop advanced neurotherapy methods alongside his clinical practice where he works with a diverse population ranging from children, adolescents and adults.

WS19: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB): How to do it, Why it works, and for What - Part 2

Thursday, April 12, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

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).


  • Richard Gevirtz, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Alliant International University
  • Paul Lehrer, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will know a protocol for carrying out HRV biofeedback
    • Participants will understand how resonance effects underlie HRV biofeedback effects
    • Participants will be able to collect a 5 minute sample of HR data and analyze it in terms of HRV parameters
    • Participants will understand the physiology and psychophysiology of HRV biofeedback
    • Participants will know the clinical applications of HRV biofeedback

    Who Should Attend:
    Any one with biofeedback experience interested in deepening their understanding of HRV biofeedback

    Level: Intermediate

    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. 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.

    WS20: Brain-computer Interfaces for Assessment, Communication and Rehabilitation

    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Brain-computer interface systems can be used for many different applications. This workshop will show two high impact applications for (i) motor recovery of stroke patients and (ii) consciousness assessment and communication. We will show newest validation results of with stroke patients from partners in Japan, China, Europe, USA and newest validation results with LIS/CLIS and DOC patients. We will show you how to get DOC patients to communicate. Furthermore the franchise and gym concept will be explained


    • Chrisoph Guger, PhD, Owner, g. tec

    Learning Objectives:

    • Which BCI principle is used for communication with DOC?
    • Which BCI principle is used for stroke rehabilitation?
    • Which concepts are combined for stroke rehabilitation?
    • Why is EEG used for stroke rehab and DOC assessment?
    • Which EEG components are used for rehabilitation?

    Who Should Attend: Neurologists, physio-therapists, occupational-therapists, researchers, BCI developers

    Level: Intermediate

    Christoph GugerChristoph Guger Christoph Guger, PhD, studied biomedical engineering at the University of Technology Graz, Austria and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. He then carried out research work at the Department of Medical Informatics (Prof. Pfurtscheller) at the University of Technology Graz and received his PhD degree in 1999. The topic of his PhD work was the design of an EEG-based brain-computer interface. This was the first real-time BCI system with continuous feedback. He also developed the real-time analysis with common spatial patterns, which is still the fastest and most accurate approach for oscillatory BCIs, and also developed a P300 BCI with very high accuracy and speed. In recent years, he also worked with ALS, DOC and stroke patients in different countries. He co-founded g.tec medical engineering GmbH in 1999, and has worked there ever since. Recently, Christoph Guger was awarded the internationally recognized EY Entrepreneur Award. Currently he is running 15 international research projects.

    WS21: Social Media Bootcamp: How to Use Social Media To Get Meaningful Results

    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years with the growth of social media, which is impacting patients and healthcare professionals alike. This advanced workshop focuses on how healthcare leaders can tap into the power of social media to positively impact lives and achieve personal and professional goals. It will introduce the audience to trends currently dominating the social media landscape and will look at how healthcare professionals can harness the growing power of social media to reach their audience with important information. Case examples that focus on female leaders in healthcare and their social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and blogging). Participants will learn how to conduct an online brand audit, and they will leave with specific strategies to consider implementing at their home institutions.


    • Rusty Shelton, Undergraduate - University of Texas, Author and CEO of Zilker Media, Zilker Media

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify at least 3 ways to use social media to make an impact and education the public
    • Understand how to use key social media channels in a professional way
    • Employ at least 3 specific strategies aligned with using social media as a healthcare leader

    Who Should Attend:
    At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to effectively use Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to advance professional goals, put a content marketing plan into place that grows their influence and reach, employ at least 3 specific strategies aligned with using social media as a healthcare leader and build their personal brand in a meaningful and appropriate way

    Level: All

    WS22: BCIA Biofeedback Certification Exam Review

    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    This workshop will provide an overview of the BCIA Biofeedback certification exam and how to study for it. A multidisciplinary faculty will provide a targeted review of key knowledge areas assessed by the exam, including ethics, efficacy, research, stress, learning theory, the physiological basis of biofeedback signals, safety, instrumentation, and normal values. This workshop is designed to increase attendee confidence as they prepare for the BCIA exam, provide focused review resources, and help them consolidate their learning.


    • Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB, Professor of Psychology, Truman State University
    • Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, Saybrook University
    • Patrick Steffen, PhD, BCB, Professor of Psychology, Brigham Young University
    • Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, Clinical Psychologist, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School
    • Judy Crawford, Executive Director, BCIA

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn how to efficiently study for the BCIA Biofeedback exam
    • Learn how to explain the physiological basis of blood volume pulse (BVP), the electrocardiogram (ECG), electrodermal activity (SC and SP), the electromyogram (EMG), peripheral temperature, and respirometers
    • Learn how to describe how biofeedback sensors work, how to identify and prevent artifacts, and how to mitigate infection transmission. learn how to ethically deliver biofeedback services
    • Learn how to evaluate when physiological measurements are normal and out-of-range

    Who Should Attend:
    Professionals who want to add biofeedback to their practice, preparing for the BCIA Biofeedback certification exam, or who want a comprehensive review of their knowledge.

    Level: Introductory

    Judy CrawfordJudy Crawford Pending Information

    Inna  KhazanInna  Khazan Inna Khazan, Ph.D., BCB. is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where she has taught biofeedback and supervised trainees since 2008. A clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and biofeedback, Dr. Khazan also maintains a private practice in Boston, working with clients on optimizing their health and performance, using biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy. She has been invited to give keynote and conference presentations and teach workshops at national and international conferences and prestigious institutions in the Boston area on the topics of biofeedback and mindfulness. Dr. Khazan has conducted biofeedback and mindfulness trainings for notable institutions in the US and abroad, including the US Navy Special Warfare, US Army Special Forces, and the Stuttgart Opera and Ballet Company. Dr. Khazan is the author of the highly-regarded Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness book, published by Wiley Blackwell in May 2013. MPA

    Patrick SteffenPatrick Steffen Pending Information

    Donald MossDonald Moss Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA. There he has built training programs in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, integrative mental health, and integrative/functional nutrition. Dr. Moss has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, and president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). He is currently President-Elect of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. He is also the ethics chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.

    Fredric ShafferFredric Shaffer Fredric 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. Dr. Shaffer was the principal co-editor of Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.) and authored 12 of its chapters. He was a co-editor with Donald Moss of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings. He co-authored with Mark S. Schwartz a chapter on entering the field and assuring competence in Biofeedback: A Practitioner's Guide (4th ed.). He co-authored with Donald Moss, a chapter on biofeedback in the Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd ed.). He co-authored with Rollin McCraty and Christopher Zerr, the Frontiers in Psychology review article "A healthy heart is not a metronome: An integrative review of the heart's anatomy and heart rate variability." He is a contributing editor for the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He is a BCIA-accredited educator for Biofeedback, HRV Biofeedback, Human Physiology, Physiological Psychology, and Psychopharmacology. His current research focuses on techniques to increase heart rate variability. Dr. Shaffer is a BCIA Senior Diplomate in Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), director of its Biofeedback and HRV Biofeedback Task Forces, and member of its Neurofeedback Task Force, and Treasurer for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

    WS23: Bio-feedback, Virtual Reality and other techniques used to facilitate the suppression of Anxiety

    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Dr. Reiner will provide a history and scientific rationale for the use of Virtual Reality and a growing list of technological add-ons which serve to bolster this already powerful treatment protocol, for adults and children. He, and his team, will discuss how a broad range of tools already familiar to most professionals will be combined in unique but highly effective ways to produce success rates exceeding 90% in just 12-16 sessions. These include qEEG, heartrate variability, EDR, NeuroField devices like pEMF and tDCS/ACS, entrainment (AVE treatment), ThTech EvuSenz, Samsung VR 360 cameras and VR glasses, various apps from Android/Apple, even drones (GPS equipped). After 18 years of mixing and matching once expensive strategies, many of the prices have dropped so quickly they are now free, the acceleration of progress accelerates. Following the presentation, attendees will have a broad understanding of available technologies and how and why they have been so successful. If you implement these strategies into your practice you will be doing things that less than a handful of mental health professionals in the USA can do.


    • Robert Reiner, PhD, BCB, BCN
    • Heather Davidson, PhD

    Learning Objectives:

    • To teach people the history of virtual reality.
    • Teach participations the underlying theory that supports the use of virtual reality as an exposure to all.
    • How to combine biofeedback with virtual reality.
    • Why using biofeedback is more effective than simple extinction.

    Who Should Attend: Mental Health professionals and students interested in learning about cutting age technologies.

    Level: Intermediate

    Robert ReinerRobert Reiner Dr. Robert Reiner,Executive Director and founder of Behavioral Associates (BA), has been practicing psychology since 1981. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, he went on to get his Ph. D. in clinical psychology at the University of Alabama and serve his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital. He is well known for his work in treating anxiety and phobias through biofeedback and virtual reality therapy. He has been credited for this work in articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, Newsweek and Time Out magazine. He has specifically had great success in treating patients for fear of flying which was documented on an episode of The National Geographic Show featuring Dr. Reiner's work with a phobic patient. Dr. Reiner currently teaches BCIA biofeedback certification courses on a regular basis. He served on the Ethics Board of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) in 2017. Additionally, he served on the faculty at NYU Medical Center, Dept. of Psychiatry, from 1980 to 2015 and is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania psychology department.

    WS29: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Brain-based Perspective

    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


    The Biofeedback Society of Florida (BSF) is a chapter of the national Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). BSF will co-host this workshop with AAPB at its 49th Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held in Orlando at the Caribe Royal Hotel and Conference Center. BSF encourages those who register for its workshop to take advantage of the opportunity to also attend the AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting, but you are not obligated to do so. You may register online for just the BSF workshop with the option to add the AAPB meeting if you desire.

    Here is the FULL WORKSHOP BROCHURE with everything you need to know about the meeting.

    For those who are interested, AAPB will extend its member registration discount to all who are registered for the BSF workshop. BSF workshop attendees are also eligible for the AAPB hotel discount ($159/night). Reservations should be made directly with the hotel by clicking here.

    SESSION DESCRIPTION: This workshop will focus on an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) from a brain-based perspective. Participants will learn about ASD characteristics, epidemiology, and brain networks responsible for its many manifestations. We will discuss forms of assessment including QEEG, with particular emphasis on connectivity and network analyses. This will include a focus on research but also case examples showing the application of advanced connectivity analyses. Available treatment options will be reviewed including an exploration of neuromodulation and neurofeedback approaches. The workshop will highlight the utility of coherence training and its applications as an advanced neurofeedback method for ASD.


    • Robert Coben, PhD, Director, Integrated Neuroscience Services and practicing Neuropsychologist at Integrated Neuropsychological Services

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define and understand the prevalence and forms of AutismSpectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Identify brain regions critical to the understanding of ASD
    • Describe brain networks involved in ASD symptoms and patterns
    • Explain complex techniques involved in the assessment of coherence and connectivity
    • Discuss neurofeedback approaches for ASD

    Who Should Attend:
    This workshop is intended for psychologists and other mental health professionals, biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners, and clinicians and researchers in the health related professions interested in a brain-based approach to the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This program will offer introductory and intermediate level content.

    Introductory to Intermediate

    CE Credits: 8 (if full program is attended and required reading accomplished.

    PLEASE NOTE: Supplemental Reading REQUIRED

    To enhance the learning experience of this workshop, Dr. Coben has provided the articles listed below as supplemental reading. In order to receive full CE credit attendees are asked to complete this reading in advance. Visit www.floridabiofeedback.org to download these articles:

    Coben, R. (2013). "Neurofeedback for autistic disorders: emerging empirical evidence," in Imaging the Brain in Autism, eds M. F. Casanova, A. S. El-Baz, and J. S. Suri (New York, NY: Springer), 107-134. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-6843-1_6

    Chabot, R.J., Coben, R., Hirshberg, L. and Cantor, D.S. QEEG and VARETA based Neurophysiological Indices of Brain Dysfunction in Attention Deficit and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Austin J Autism & Relate Disabilities. 2015;1(2): 1007

    Coben, Robert; Mohammad-Rezazadeh, Iman; Cannon, Rex. Using quantitative and analytic EEG methods in the understanding of connectivity in autism spectrum disorders: a theory of mixed over- and under-connectivity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2014;8: 45

    Robert CobenRobert Coben Robert Coben, PhD, received his doctoral degree in 1991 and has been a licensed psychologist in the state of New York since 1994 and Arkansas since 2015. He is the Director of Integrated Neuroscience Services and practicing Neuropsychologist at Integrated Neuropsychological Services. His post-doctoral training in clinical and rehabilitation neuropsychology was done at the UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. He is the former director of inpatient and outpatient brain rehabilitation at Staten Island University Hospital. He is an affiliate of Winthrop University Hospital and an affiliated researcher of NYU Medical Center. Dr. Coben is a member in good standing of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, and International Society for Neurofeedback and Research. He is an associate editor for Frontiers in Child Health and Human Development, Frontiers in Public Health and Frontiers in Pediatrics. He is also an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Frontiers in Child Health and Human Development, Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuroimage, and the Journal of Psychophysiology. He has also edited a book entitled Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Techniques and Applications. His research interests include the study of neuropsychology and neurophysiology in the understanding of childhood neurodevelop-mental disorders, especially autism, and treatment applications for the same. Dr Coben is a past President of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research and current Chair of the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology.

    WS24: Stress Less Effective Assessment & Intervention Based on Understanding Neurophysiology

    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    This workshop will enhance your understanding of the effects of stress and your skill in alleviating the symptoms associated with stress in your clients. You will learn how to assess and intervene, plus you will understand the underlying neurophysiology that you are changing using neurofeedback combined with biofeedback. Stress may be defined as a circumstance or a concern that evokes in an individual a feeling that they cannot cope; in short, a personally perceived potential adaptive incompetency (Thompson, 1978). It usually involves a sense of crisis and is personally perceived in that it might not be considered a stress by other individuals. This presentation will highlight interventions and the neurophysiology underlying lasting post-stress symptoms.
    In our experience affect symptoms in addition to problems with attention and concentration, as well as other executive network functions, are common results of stress and these are influenced in a positive manner when the clinician combines neurofeedback and heart rate variability training. The neurophysiological basis for combining these interventions will be emphasized. There are, additionally, improvements in social behavior with these interventions.
    We will outline important components of the neural networks that are influenced by NFB + BFB training. A special focus will be on how heart rate variability (HRV) training has direct effects on many of the same basic neural structures that are also influenced by EEG biofeedback training. Combining EEG biofeedback / neurofeedback (NFB) with peripheral biofeedback (BFB) appears to have effects not only on the neural network(s) concerned with emotions (the affect network) but also on the executive, salience, and default networks and their associated functions. Case examples will include people with post-concussion syndrome. Interventions will be discussed that include LORETA z-score NFB combined with HRV training with mention of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).


    • Lynda Thompson, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director, ADD Centres Ltd & Biofeedback Institute of Toronto
    • Michael Thompson MD, BSc, MD DPsych, CRPC

    Learning Objectives:

    • List five variables measured in a stress test
    • State the afferent connections and principle function of the baroreceptors to the medulla
    • State major connections of the nucleus of the solitary tract to nuclei in the medulla, pons, midbrain, and cortex
    • State major connections of the nucleus of the solitary tract to nuclei in the medulla, pons, midbrain, and cortex
    • Briefly outline in neurophysiological terms how the normal stress response differs from the nervous / endocrine system's response to chronic stress

    Who Should Attend: Health Professionals including but not limited to: Medical Doctors, Psychologists, and other professionals and students in the health professions.

    Level: Intermediate

    Michael ThompsonMichael Thompson Michael Thompson, M.D. devotes his time to the administration of the Biofeedback Institute and to writing and teaching. When formerly practicing medicine, he was Associate Professor and head of post-graduate education in Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, examiner for the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) and chairman of their examinations committee in Psychiatry. Numerous professional publications include A Resident's Guide to Psychiatric Education. While Associate Professor, University of Toronto, he was psychiatric consultant to The Hospital for Sick Children's neurology department. His publications and presentations concerning neurofeedback and biofeedback parallel those of Lynda Thompson, including writing the comprehensive textbook The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology, published by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology. Contributions to the fields of psychiatry and applied neuroscience include 48 journal articles, 14 book chapters, and more than 150 presentations in 23 countries concerning neurofeedback and biofeedback.

    Lynda ThompsonLynda Thompson Lynda M. Thompson is a Psychologist who has done teaching, clinical psychology, school psychology, and owned learning centres. She became executive director of the ADD Centre in Toronto in 1993 after discovering the world of neurofeedback and deciding to specialize in that intervention. Her doctoral dissertation (1979) deat with hyperactive children treated with methylphenidaate. She is co-author with William Sears of the A.D.D. Book: New understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child and with Michael Thompson of The Neurofeedback Book and has written chapters and papers and presented on a range of topics including ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, Stress Management, Parkinson's Disease, and epilepsy. She is the co-recipient, with her husband, of the Lifetime Achievement Award (2010) of the Biofeedback Federation of Europe and the Distinguished Scientist Award (2016) if the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

    WS25: Write Easier, Faster, Better: Techniques to Tame Your Text!

    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    This fast-paced presentation is designed to provide attendees with a number of writing tools and techniques to make their written communications clearer, more readable, and more effective. Approximately 75% of the time will be spent on various principles of sentence structure and paragraph development in scientific writing. Practical writing techniques will be emphasized (ie, not a grammar primer), including principles of word choice, effective expression of the main point(s), the concept of parallelism to match structure to function, techniques of continuity, and transitions. All topics will be illustrated by medical and scientific examples. Participants will complete brief writing exercises during the session. The remainder of the time will be spent on different types of abstracts, focusing on preparation of an abstract for an original IMRAD research paper using a journalistic method, while keeping in mind the need for electronic searchability. Characteristics of good titles will also be discussed.


    • Susan Aiello, BS, DVM, Principal, WordsWorld Consulting

    Learning Objectives:

    • Apply techniques of sentence structure and continuity to enhance reader comprehension
    • Improve clarity of communication by using reader-focused (versus writer-focused) writing techniques
    • Analyze word choice for clearer, more precise, patient-sensitive communication
    • Prepare an abstract for an original research paper using a journalistic approach

    Who Should Attend: Clinicians and researchers who wish to improve their writing skills

    Level: Intermediate

    WS26: Quantitative EEG Guided TMS Pulse Placement and Combined Use of Neurofeedback

    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been noted to be effective in the treatment of treatment resistant depression, ADHD and addictions.Efficacy of TMS can be further enhanced when pulse is guided based on qEEG analysis. Furthermore combined use of TMS and neurofeedback either during TMS or post TMS session helps guide the neuro-circuitry for optimal reorganization. Workshop will address qEEG analysis for setting of TMS pulse frequency and placement. Furthermore Role of underlying psychodynamics and neurophysiological aspect of quantitative eeg will be explored in detail. Workshop is designed to introduce Brainwellness CTR's multidimensional diagnostic and therapeutic methodology involving biofeedback ,TMS,neurofeedback and neurotherapy in one session.


    • Hasan Asif, MD, Founder and Director, BrainWellness CTR
    • Aza Mantashashvili, MD, Director of neuro and bio feedback service, BrainWellness CTR

    Learning Objectives:

    • Role of qEEG in diagnosis and therapy
    • transcranial magnetic stimulation and its efficacy
    • Combined use of Neurofeedback and TMS
    • Bio feedback as an essential therapeutic tool in multimodal therapeutic methodology
    • Neuropsychotherapy

    Who Should Attend: Psychiatrist. Neurofeedback therapist , biofeedback practitioners, Therapist interested in neurobiology of psychotherapeutic process

    Level: Intermediate

    Aza MantashashviliAza Mantashashvili Aza Mantashashvili, MD, was the catalyst to take Dr. Asif's methodology to its necessary conclusions. Bringing decades of experience and a multi-modal approach to treating patients. Synergy of their work together made Brainwellness core methodology what it is today. In addition to her work at both Brain Wellness Center Dr. Mantashashvili began and continues to run a cutting edge medical treatment center in Georgia.

    Hasan AsifHasan Asif Hasan Asif, MD, founder and Medical Director of the Brain Wellness Center, is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice for fifteen years. Dr. Asif finished post graduate training in psychiatry at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York in 1995. In 1996 he joined the faculty of the University of West Virginia as assistant professor of psychiatry. He served as a Medical Director of Adult Partial Hospital in Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY. Currently, he is a consulting psychiatrist at Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville, New York.

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