2017 AAPB Annual Meeting


Wednesday Workshops

WS01: Advanced Infraslow Neurofeedback Workshop: ISF-sLORETA - Part 1

Wednesday, April 11, 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.

Speakers:

  • 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 problems Identify 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.


WS02: Adding Neurotherapy to Your Practice: The CLINICALQ and BRAINDRIVING

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Neurotherapy is rapidly evolving into a primary care option for many disorders. Problems with mood, anxiety, sleep quality, learning, cognitive processing, pain, addictions, anger management, and age related memory are all amenable to rapid assessment and treatment. The assessment procedures are simple and straight forward involving assessment of a limited number of brain sites. Treatment options other than neurofeedback have been developed to markedly accelerate neurotherapy. These complementary techniques markedly facilitate neurotherapy as a viable primary care alternative to pharmaceuticals. The workshop starts with the precise ClinicalQ assessment procedure that determines treatment strategies. The ClinicalQ data base contains over 1500 clinical patients and has proven to be far more accurate as compared with data bases based on presumptively "normal" subjects. Emphasis is on Braindriving treatment procedures including review of 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, Director, Swingle Clinic

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn rapid diagnostic procedures
  • Learn to interpret QEEG data
  • Identify common QEEG signatures for simple disorders
  • Recognize EEG patterns for trauma
  • Learn braindriving techniques

Who Should Attend:
Health care providers

Level: Introductory

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care - Focus of the workshop is the bottom-up diagnostic procedure for identifying neurological conditions associated with client complaints which in turn identifies appropriate treatment protocols. This method differs substantially form top-down symptom to treatment protocol procedure which is common practice.

Paul SwinglePaul Swingle Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D. R.Psych. 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, Dr. Swingle was Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and during the same time period was Associate Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital (Boston) where he also was Coordinator of the Clinical Psychophysiology Service. He is a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia, certified in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. He has several recent books: Biofeedback for the Brain (2010, Rutgers University Press); Adding Neurotherapy to Your Practice (2015, Springer); When the ADHD Diagnosis is Wrong (2015, Praeger).


WS03: BCIA Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Certificate of Completion Workshop

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

This workshop is designed for biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners, psychologists, clinical counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals and academicians interested in utilizing heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in their practice or research. This workshop will cover 7.5 hours of the BCIA HRV Biofeedback Certificate of Completion Blueprint and will cover cardiac anatomy and physiology, respiratory anatomy and physiology, autonomic nervous system anatomy and physiology, heart rate variability, HRV instrumentation, and HRV measurements. Attendees will review the cardiac, respiratory, and autonomic anatomy and physiology that underlies HRV biofeedback. They will discuss the central role of breathing in diverse disorders like anxiety, hypertension, and chronic pain. Last, they will explain how HRV biofeedback restores autonomic balance and why this is important to health and performance. Attendees will be able to discuss the meaning and sources of HRV, and the correlates of low, normal, and high HRV. The presenters will explain the relationship between aging, disease, and reduced HRV. Attendees will be able explain how to properly use HRV instruments and interpret signals from blood volume pulse, electrocardiogram, and respirometer sensors. The presenters will survey the major artifacts that contaminate recordings from these sensors and show how to prevent or minimize them. Attendees will be able to describe and interpret HRV time and frequency domain measurements.

Speakers:

  • Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB, Professor of Psychology, Truman State University
  • Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, Saybrook University

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to explain the meaning of HRV, sources of HRV, factors that influence HRV, correlates of low and normal HRV, and the benefits of increased HRV
  • Learn how to explain the physiological basis of HRV and the blood volume pulse (BVP), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer signals
  • Learn how BVP, ECG, and breathing sensors operate, how to perform tracking tests, and how to identify and control artifacts
  • Learn BVP and ECG sensor placements with regard to cultural sensitivity. learn how to explain HRV time-domain and frequency-domain measurements

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

Level: Introductory

Guidance in Applied Practice: N/A

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).


WS04: NeuroField pEMF, tACS, tDCS, tRNS and EEG Neurotherapy -- Part 1

Wednesday, April 11, 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.

Speakers:

  • 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 neurostimula??ion technology.

Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Medical Knowledgee -Very few courses offer practical experience with dissection and that is something we are attempting to accomplish, i.e. offer a hands-on practicum

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.


WS05: Practical Applications of Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Compassion for Biofeedback Practitioners

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Biofeedback is a powerful treatment modality shown to be effective at alleviating numerous psychophysiological conditions, including chronic pain, anxiety, and uncontrolled blood pressure. Mindfulness training has also been shown to be efficacious in treating these conditions. More and more clinicians are now combining mindfulness and biofeedback with the goal of reaping the benefits of both. In this workshop, participants will dive deeper into practices of mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion with pragmatic skills for applying these methods within the context of biofeedback treatment. We will discuss the selection of mindfulness practices and biofeedback interventions so they may be tailored to patients' individual needs. We will address special considerations in treating those with severe trauma such as veterans, humanitarian aid workers, children in abusive situations, as well as victims of vicarious trauma related to recent violence and natural disasters, in a culturally sensitive manner. This workshop will combine didactic teaching with experiential exercises aimed at boosting clinical practice skills. Special attention will be paid to the importance of and methods for clinician self-care. While no experience in applying mindfulness approaches in treatment is necessary, having a basic understanding of the tenants of mindfulness is suggested. Please email authors for an optional reading list.

Speakers:

  • Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, Clinical Psychologist, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School
  • Urszula Klich, PhD, BCB, Clinical psychologist atMy mindful way of life, LLC
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Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss concepts of mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion
  • Observe and/or Experience specific mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion practices
  • Discuss ways of selecting appropriate mindfulness and biofeedback practices for clients
  • Explain ways of utilizing mindfulness and biofeedback practices for various psychophysiological disorders
  • Begin applying mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion skills to your own biofeedback practice

Who Should Attend:
anyone interested in learning more about integrating mindfulness and biofeedback together

Level: Intermediate

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care

Urszula KlichUrszula Klich Dr. Urszula Klich is a clinical psychologist with nearly 20 years of clinical experience, much of which involves complex medical populations, such as patients at the Shepherd Center. She has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain, having trained at Henry Ford Hospital, the Cleveland VA Hospital, and having served on various medical teams, including the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She developed specialized techniques for managing pain such as active Mindfulness Based Biofeedback Treatment, and group- based educational programs.Her focus is on restoring function, improving quality of life, and reducing medication dependence.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 theirwell-being.

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


WS07: Understanding Breath - Teaching Breathwork Without Equipment

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Breathing involves more than effortless diaphragmatic movement. Decompensated physical posture can compromise the musculoskeletal system, creating major obstacles to functional breathing. While biofeedback sensors can generate awareness about breathing rate, rhythm and fluidity as well as muscle tension, it fails to provide information about proper alignment in seated or standing positions, nor suggests exercises to strengthening weakened muscles that influence breathing. During this half-day workshop, the anatomy and physiology of respiration will be briefly reviewed, and location and function of accessory muscles will be addressed. Attendees will learn how to visual assess respiration in seated and standing posture through inspection as well as basic palpation skills. Simple postural adjustments will be introduced to help clients immediately experience changes in effortlessness of breathing. Seated and standing corrective therapeutic exercises will be demonstrated and practiced during this session to help cultivate postural alignment, and instructional handouts will be provided.

Speaker(s):

  • Brad S Lichtenstein, ND, BCB, Bastyr University
Learning Objectives:
  • Review anatomy of respiration
  • "Learn how to visual assess breathing
  • Learn how to manually assess breathing through palpation
  • Teach clients subtle postural adjustments to create effortless breathing
  • Practice corrective therapeutic exercises to help cultivate postural alignment

Level: Introductory

Who should attend: Anyone interested in the anatomy and physiology of breathing, how posture, movement and exercises can improve breathing, or those who teach respiration or HRV biofeedback Guidance in Applied Practice: Patient Care - The basic anatomy and physiology of respiration and how alignment of the musculoskeletal system impacts breathing. How to evaluate an individual's breathing patterns without equipment. How to teach individual's to increase awareness of their breathing patterns by adjustments in posture, through hand placement.

Brad LichtensteinBrad Lichtenstein Brad Lichtenstein, ND BCB believes in the power of breath to restore health and balance. As a naturopathic physician in private practice and a professor at Bastyr University for over two decades, Dr. Lichtenstein has helped people embody the lives they want to live. His approach integrates naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and biofeedback, depth & somatic psychology, Eastern contemplative practices, yoga and movement, bodywork and end-of-life care. He participated in a joint research study between the University of Washington and Bastyr University where he provided over 500 guided meditations to hospice patients. Dr. Lichtenstein received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. His articles have appeared in several publications and journals and he speaks nationally on topics ranging from stress-reduction, mindfulness and health, mind-body approaches to healing trauma, and issues surrounding end-of-life.


WS08: BCIA Neurofeedback Review

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

This workshop covers areas from the BCIA blueprint of knowledge and skills, information relevant to all neurofeedback practitioners. Basic definitions and descriptions will be discussed. It will cover the highlights concerning the history of neurofeedback, research criteria for determining efficacy, efficacy levels of various disorders treated with NFB, basic neurophysiology & neuroanatomy (very brief) as these apply to assessment for biofeedback interventions, source of the electroencephalogram (EEG), instrumentation, procedures for assessment and intervention. It additionally comments on adjunctive techniques, including biofeedback and relaxation.

Speaker:

  • Lynda Thompson, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director, ADD Centres Ltd & Biofeedback Institute of Toronto
  • Michael Thompson, MD, B.Sc., M.D. D.Psych., CRPC

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline methodology for EEG data collection and interpretation using common terms including: referential, sequential, and laplacian montages; active, reference, and ground electrodes, digital versus analogue recording, QEEG, LORETA
  • List key facts concerning instrumentation terms including: impedance versus resistance, differential amplifier, sampling rates, high and low pass filters.
  • List and describe common artifacts including: eye movement, muscle tension, cardiac, cardioballistic, electrode movement
  • Draw and relate key features of normal and abnormal waveforms
  • List common findings in disorders where neurofeedback is used including: Seizure disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, post-concussion.

Who Should Attend:
TBD

Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Information Pending

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).


WS10: New Advances in Electrical NeuroImaging: Linking Symptoms to the Patient's Brains

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The Key Institute LORETA and sLORETA were developed in 2003 and are used world wide for Electrical Neuroimaging and for EEG biofeedback. However, the Key Institute no longer supports or develops these important programs and they are often not compatible with new computers and operating systems and have a limited lifespan. This presentation is to introduce a new and powerful replacement for the Key Institute LORETA/sLORETA using advanced technology called swLORETA (weighted sLORETA) that will be supported and further developed for years to come. swLORETA uses a real MRI and not an average MRI with 12,270 voxels that also allows one to measure EEG sources in different layers of the cortex. The program is integrated into a full QEEG and Neurofeedback program that is called the NeuroGuide NeuroNavigator. The Navigator includes 3-dimensional volumes and slice and cutting tools to allow one to quickly navigate through the brain and identify dysregulated brain network hubs and connections. A symptom check list and Neural Network tables allow one to create Neurofeedback protocols. New advancements include Functional Connectivity (Coherence and Phase) and Effective Connectivity (magnitude and direction of information flow between network hubs) as well as integration with Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). Additional tools allow one to view the EEG potentials on a transparent scalp while simultaneously viewing the deeper sources of the EEG from inside the brain. Both raw scores and Z scores are available as well as the Laplacian transform of the scalp EEG. These easy to use new advances improve localization accuracy and facilitate linking symptoms to dysregulation in brain networks and connections.

Speaker:

  • Robert Thatcher, PhD, BS, Director, Applied Neuroscience Research Institute

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to image the electrical energies of the brain
  • Learn how to navigate through a co-registered MRI
  • Learn how to use a symptom check list to link symptoms to dysregulation in brain networks
  • Learn how to simultaneously view the sources of the EEG and the scalp electrical potentials
  • Learn how to use functional and effective connectivity in brain networks

Who Should Attend:
Students and professionals

Level: Intermediate

Guidance in Applied Practice: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge - Increased accuracy in visualizing dysregulated hubs and connections in the brain facilitates linking symptoms to the patient's brain and guiding neurofeedback protocols.

Robert ThatcherRobert Thatcher Dr. Robert Thatcher received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Thatcher was a professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and the University of Maryland before joining the faculty of the National Institutes of Health as the program manager for the 1st 128 channel EEG system where he served on the National Institutes of Health Scientific Advisory Committee for the NIH Human Brain Map Project. From 1993 to 2001 Dr. Thatcher was the director of the NeuroImaging Laboratory at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, Bay Pines, Florida, and was an adjunct professor in the Departments of Neurology and Radiology at the University of South Florida. He is the developer of NeuroGuide software for QEEG and Neurofeedback the inventor of "live" or real-time Z score Neurofeedback and is the author of over 200 publications, including eight books.


WS11: Stand Tall, Dont Slouch: How posture feedback and the Alexander Technique can improve health.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Feeling overwhelmed and collapsed or feeling tall? We are usually totally unaware of how our posture and movement patterns affect others and ourselves. This workshop integrates research on the effect of posture on health with strategies using posture wearable biofeedback device training and the Alexander Technique. The workshop overviews how posture and movement impacts health and illness, communicates to others and ourselves and how our digital environment impacts posture. Participants will experience the effect of posture changes on physical strength and emotional memory recall and dynamic body movement. It includes the use of a wearable biofeedback device with the cell phone app, UpRight, to identify situations which cause slouching (e.g., fatigue, negative/hopeless thinking or mechanical movements) and the Alexander Technique teacher's tactile feedback to inhibit activation of the fight flight responses in daily movements. Outlined are strategies on how to use posture feedback with equipment and the Alexander Techniques for ways to reduce depression, back and shoulder discomfort and overall misuse of the body.

Speaker:

  • Erik Peper, PhD, Professor, San Francisco State University
  • Tami Bulmash, STAT and AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, Body and Posture LLC

Learning Objectives:

  • Observe by demonstration how posture feedback device, UpRight, can be used
  • Understand the background and practice of the Alexander Technique
  • Learn three behavior posture strategies to demonstrate the effect on cognitive recall, energy level and physical strength
  • Experience how tactile/verbal feedback that provide somatic instructions to the body improves movement and health
  • Learn behavior practices to improve posture that can be used with clients

Who Should Attend:
Health care professionals, educators, clients

Level: Intermediate

Guidance in Applied Practice: Patient Care - Posture is often not included in behavioral treatment/training approaches. This workshop explore the important factor that contributes to the development of numerous disorders

Erik PeperErik Peper Erik Peper, PhD.. BCB, is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation and since 1971 he has been researching factors that promote healing. He is Professor of Holistic Health Studies / Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He has a biofeedback practice at BiofeedbackHealth (www.biofeedbackhealth.org). He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books such as Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer, Make Health Happen, Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, and Biofeedback Mastery. He publishes the blog, the peper perspective-ideas on illness, health and well-being (www.peperperspective.com). He is a recognized expert on holistic health, stress management and workplace health. His research interests focus on psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention,, respiratory psychophysiology and optimizing health with biofeedback.


WS12: QEEG Guided Assessment and Neurofeedback for ADD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

This workshop will present the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism, Aspergers and ADD QEEG analysis. 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 K Linden, PhD, Psychology, Director - Attention Learning Center

Learning Objectives:

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

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

Level: Introductory

GAP Correction: Patient Care - This workshop will educate the audience in improving the gap between the existing diagnostic assessment techniques and using QEEG to more accurately diagnose and more successfully treat ADD/ADHD and ASD.

Michael LindenMichael Linden Dr. Michael Linden is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Nationally Certified Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Therapist. Dr. Linden works with athletes with concussions/head injuries, ADD and Aspergers. He has worked with elite athletes in major sports as football, hockey, MMA, baseball, soccer, motor cross & NASCAR. Dr. Linden published (Biofeedback Magazine, 2015) an article where he was able to assess two concussions in a soccer player and successfully treat the symptoms of both, allowing the student to reduce and eliminate her post-concussion symptoms, including constant severe headaches, and remain in school and continue to achieve high academic standards. www.lindenalc.com/concussion. Dr. Linden presented his work on QEEG and promising work with Neurofeedback on concussions/TBI at the 2012 London Summer Olympics and at the Sport Neuropsychology Society meeting in Minnesota in 2013 to representatives of the NFL, NHL and US soccer leagues. He is an editor and author of the book: Applications of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Sport Psychology. Dr. Linden was one of the research collaborators in two recent studies of Direct Neurofeedback with retired NFL players with Dementia, which had successful results.


WS14: Pediatric Biofeedback: An exciting and rewarding challenge!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

This workshop addresses the many ways that biofeedback for children and adolescents differs from the training provided for adults. To work with children and adolescents, a trainer must be competent in the following areas: 1) have developed skills for assessing physical, psychological, and social needs considering family dynamics, 2) know and recognize the differences in normative data between children and adults, 3) can set realistic training goals taking into account developmental and behavioral factors 4) know how to effectively use a wide range training tools (software, applications, electronic stand alone devices, 5) use techniques and language that engages children, maintains their interest, and provides support and encouragement leading to therapeutic goal achievement, 6) able to teach children how to apply biofeedback skills and cognitive changes outside the office setting, generalizing self-regulation abilities into their environment and daily life. 7) provides guidance for appropriate use of therapeutic games and training that goes beyond basic biofeedback skills. Collectively the presenters have provided biofeedback training for hundreds of patients and are eager to share their insight and expertise with practitioners who wish to improve their work with children and adolescents.

Speaker:

  • Paula Grayson, RN, MA, BCB, Biofeedback Clinician
  • Madonna Ozman, RN, MA, BCB, Biofeedback Clinician

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the differences in normative data for various age groups
  • Summarize a holistic assessment that enables the trainer to provide an individualized and comprehensive training protocol
  • Adjust training parameters, modify adult training tools for use with children, and set realistic goals
  • Utilize novel training methods that facilitate home practice compliance
  • Implement pediatric specific methods for generalizing biofeedback skills

Who Should Attend : Biofeedback practitioners who wish to incorporate children and adolescents into their practice or those who already work with these groups but want improve their skills in dealing with the pediatric population

Level: Intermediate

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Practice-Based Learning and Improvement - As defined in the learning objectives we will emphasize the very different approach needed to successfully work with pediatric and adolescent patients, focusing on the necessity of flexible in training protocols, the use of age appropriate relaxation scripts, exercises, tools, and home practice assignments. It is particularly important when working with younger age groups to engage them in their training immediately and continue to provide praise and support throughout the process

Madonna OzmanMadonna Ozman Madonna Ozman, RN., MA., BCB is currently the Lead Provider in the Biofeedback Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital (CMH) in Kansas City. Prior to her position at CMH, she maintained a private practice that provided wellness counseling and biofeedback training. She was an adjunct professor at Mid America Nazarene University for ten years, teaching psychology, creativity and emotional intelligence courses. Madonna is a BCIA certified Senior Fellow with more than 20 years experience in training groups and individuals as well as having provided mentoring for biofeedback certification candidates. She co-authored, Integration of Biofeedback into Pediatric Multidisciplinary Programs at Children's Mercy Hospital, for the Biofeedback Journal.

Paula GraysonPaula Grayson Paula Grayson is a Senior Fellow of BCIA with certification in general biofeedback and Stress Management. She maintained a successful biofeedback practice and provided group stress management training for ten years after certification. In 2002 she was invited to develop a pediatric biofeedback program within the Abdominal Pain Clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics (CMH&C) in Kansas City, Missouri. Under her guidance the program grew and now occupies it's own clinic space, providing services primarily for the Gastroenterology Clinic, but also accepting referrals from the Integrative Pain Management & Headache Teams, Neurology, the Developmental & Behavioral Clinic, Rheumatology, and Cardiology. Paula has co-authored a research study and article on abdominal pain in children and is an invited writer of articles for AAPB's Biofeedback Journal. She has provided mentoring for many biofeedback certification candidates.


WS28: Screen Based Technologies: Attention and emotional regulation in children and functional arousal in adults.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Screens and screen based technologies (computers, tablets, gaming consoles, phones, pads and pods) are fully assimilated in modern life, including in scholastics, work, research and play. Interactive technology or i-tech are arguably in every workplace, school and home, car, purse and pocket. But what is this doing to our brains and behavior; to our base neurophysiology? Much use is innocuous and just a reflection of modern times. But in clinical populations (and broadening sections of non-clinical populations), there appears to be a direct correlation between excessive and inappropriate screen usage and aliments or symptoms for which children, families and adult individuals are seeking psychological services (namely anxiety, depression, OCD, ICD, learning disabilities and ADHD, behavior disorders, conduct disorders, sexual dysfunction, marital/partner conflict and discord, anger management, and insomnia. How much is too much? Well the problem is we don't really know. And in a client culture that is seeking understanding, absolutes and directives that can be a problem. This workshop will explore 1) The Basics: Including the signs and symptoms to be looking for that may be indicative that treatment of screen usage should be treated in tandem with the presenting issue. 2) The Emergent Research: Alterations in brain development (socio-emotional and cognitive development and related brain structure and function), the contributions of epigenetics as well as broader culture to the variation in symptoms and affectedness 3) Protocols and successful treatment strategies.

Speaker:

  • Mari K. Swingle, PhD, Dr. of Psychology, Swingle Clinic

Learning Objectives:

  • To recognize the contributions of culture and eplgenelics and the need for variation in treatment strategy/intervention accordingly
  • To learn how to identify EEG patterns common to excessive usage and develop protocols/strategies for successful intervention
  • To learn how to identify EEG patterns common to excessive usage and develop protocols for successful interventio
  • To become versed in the emergent reseach to be able to educate clients of the need for change in their child's relationship to technology for treatment success and generalized health and wellness

Who Should Attend:
Active practitioners who wish a deeper understanding of the relationship of excessive or inappropriate integration of screen usage to lack of wellness in adults and alteration in the socio-emotional and cognitive development of children

Level:
Intermediate

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge - Despite concrete evidence (emerging at the turn of the century), the association between psychosocial and psychological ailments and excessive applications of screen based technology is still often not on clinical radar. Further, literature (and public opinion) tend to be polarized into pro and anti-technology camps which is serving to confuse professionals and lay people alike. As always, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. This workshop will explore a wide swath of information to contribute to the dissemination of said information and its application to informed practice

Mari SwingleMari Swingle Dr. Mari Swingle has been working in the fields of education and psychology for well over 30 years. She obtained her BCIA Neurotherapy Certification in 2000 and became a Fellow in 2013. She works with a wide array of clients and conditions including educational challenges, depression, anxiety, addiction as well as more complex psychological and psychosocial issues such as selective mulism, stroke and developmental delay. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of AABP and was AABP's nominee and 2015 winner of a Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Early Career Impact Award. She is the author of a book on technology and the brain and behavior (i-Minds:How Cell Phones, Computers, Gaming, and Social media Are Changing Our Brains, Our Behavior, and the Evolution of Our Species) as well as articles for both lay audiences and peer reviewed journals. She presents regularly locally and internationally on the topic of Health and Happiness in the digital age. He primary research focus is the effect of screen based technologies on the brain and behavior.


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