2011 Conference

"Coping with Stress In Difficult Times"

October 28-30, 2011
Greensboro, NC - Clarion Airport Hotel

Conference Brochure

For detailed information about the 2011 Conference, you can download and print the NCBS 2011 Conference Brochure with schedule, information about presenters, and registration form.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, October 28, 2011 *

6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Terrace Room
7:45 - 8:15 Registration
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome - Pat Benfield, President of NCBS (0.25 CE/CME)
8:30 - 9:30 Heart Rate Variability - Theory, Technology, and Techniques - Peder Fagerholm, PhD BCIA-C/BCIA-EEG Certified - Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is increasingly being recognized as a safe and effective low cost modality for dealing with stress illnesses. In this presentation, basic HRV theory will be reviewed, various HRV technologies introduced, and practical applications demonstrated. Attendees will have opportunities to hands-on try out the various tools and programs. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Basic-Intermediate)
9:30 - 10:30 Understanding the Effects of Stress on the Visual System - Steven L. Haleo, OD, FCOVD - Stress during difficult times can lead to loss of sight, the loss of things right in front of you and even changes in the brain & retina.--Evolution has put undue stress on our vision system. Understanding how stress can affect the visual system; and the signs and symptoms of visual stress is valuable. Learn 3 activities the help restore visual function. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Basic-Intermediate)
10:30 - 11:00 Break undefined Exhibits; Meet & Greet Presenters (0.5 CE/CME)
11:00 - 12:00 Consciousness Based Health Care - The Body Talk System - Holly Steflik, LMBT, M. Ed., Animal Talk, CBI, BAT, CBP, BCIA-EEG - BodyTalk is an astonishingly simple and effective holistic therapy that allows the body's energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Each system, cell, and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, however, these lines of communication can become compromised or disconnected, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental well-being. Reconnecting these lines of communication enables the body's internal mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus repairing and preventing disease while rapidly accelerating the healing process. In this way, BodyTalk stimulates the body's innate ability to balance and heal itself on all levels.

The BodyTalk System is a state-of-the-art approach to integrative mind/body medicine by combining Western medicine's scientifically supported research in fields such as neuroscience, epigenetics, and psychoneuroimmunology along with a large number of highly recognized ancient and modern healing methods and principles of knowledge, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, yoga and meditation philosophies, Chiropractic, consciousness studies and Energy Psychology. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch in Salon B - Exhibitors (0.5 CE/CME)
1:00 - 4:15* Using Distance Telemental Health With Virtual Reality, Avatars & Biofeedback for 21st Century Counseling & Stress Reduction- Ethics, Legalities, Implementation & Possibilities - Dr. Sherrie Raz - This session will be an introductory learning event, covering the ethics, legalities and implementation of Telemental Health in Biofeedback. Discussion will encompass the extent to which BF is used in Telemental Health with virtual reality, and Avatars. As well, future applications of these modalities will be discussed. There will be a presentation by a specialist Virtual Realty Company demonstrating Virtual Reality applicatons for the 21st Century and a distance BF apparatus being used at present. (3.0 CE/CME undefined Basic)
[3:15 - 3:30] Break - *Exhibitors (0.25 CE/CME)
4:15- 6:30* Using Photic Stimulation With Neurofeedback (NFB) - Richard Soutar, Ph. D., BCIA-EEG - Research into the effects of photic stimulation and entrainment with respect to qEEG and NFB began with the work of Lubar et al (1999), Budzinski (1999), and Siever (2000). Clinical application methods in conjunction with NF were explored and proposed by Soutar (1999) and presented in various ISNR workshops. Siever noted that the research into photic stimulation goes back to the 1940s and provided evidence that the volume of it was considerably underestimated. Siever (2000), Joyce (2000) and Cantor & Stevens (2010) have also demonstrated its efficacy and potential as a standalone technology, while Collura (2000) has proposed a useful model providing a mechanism of action. Entrainment has been emerging as an adjunct to NFB for the last decade and presently many equipment manufacturers are beginning to offer more integrated systems utilizing both of these technologies. With the emergence of this integrated technology comes growing interest of its potential clinical application. Based on over a decade of intensive use at the clinical level, this workshop briefly reviews the literature and explores different avenues of implementation of photic stimulation in the context of NF. Topics include the use of qEEG and photic entrainment for assessment as well as NFB training, the different methods of implementing NFB and entrainment, and the utilization of entrainment NFB with other biofeedback modalities. (2.0 CE/CME undefined Beginner-Intermediate)
*[5:00- 5:15] Break - *Exhibitors (0.25 CE/CME)
6:30 - 7:30 Social w/ Heavy Hors D' Oeuvres in Salon B - Exhibitors - Time to network and have fun (1.0 CE/CME)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Terrace Room
8:00 - 8:30 Registration - *Exhibits (0.5 CE/CME)
8:30 - 10:30 Lyme-Alzheimers Connection: A Model for Brain Degeneration - Helena E. Kerekhazi, MS, NRNP - It is established that chronic spirochetal infection can cause slowly progressive dementia, brain atrophy and amyloid deposition in late neurosyphilis. Recently it has been suggested that various types of spirochetes, in an analogous way to Treponema pallidum, could cause dementia and may be involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). (2.0 CE/CME undefined Beginner-Intermediate)
10:30 - 11:00 Break undefined Exhibits (0.5 CE/CME)
11:00 - 12:00 Part I - To Fit In or Not: Integrating Social & Emotional Communication Interventions & Software, NF, HRV, & Alpha-stim to Improve Behavioral Outcomes in Children & Adolescents - Emily Stevens, LPC, PMHC, BCN - Social competence has become the topic of conversation among parents and professionals around the country as more and more children are reported to be socially struggling, awkward, and behaviorally acting out. From Aspergers to oppositional defiance, there is key research that provides clinicians with information to increase their treatment efficacy. The role of social anxiety is significant in the long term development of emotional issues and addiction. By combining emotional communication interventions with anxiety management, not only does a clinician assist with treatment, but also prevention. Clinician's use of a comprehensive brain-based approach to treatment integrating social/emotional communication software with neurofeedback, HRV and Alpha-stim can increase outcome and behavioral change. Participants will review screening tools, outcome measures, interventions, software and protocols. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Basic & Intermediate)
12:00 - 2:00 Business Meeting & Lunch in Salon B - Sponsored by NCBS (2.0 CE/CME)
2:00 - 5:45* Removing Pre-Treatment Stress through Preparing the Brain for Success - Positioning the Brain for Change - Stephanie C. Shipper, Certified Trainer of TFHKA, VP of TFHKA of America - This workshop features a unique well-researched synthesis of stress-calming strategies that optimize the quality, delivery, and success of your sessions with clients. Taught in an easy see, question, experience model... people attending leave confidently using the methods taught... energized by the clear and visible results. Methods taught include a protocol of orchestrated learning utilizing excerpts from:
  • Dr. Paul Dennison's Brain Gym for optimal learning
  • Neuro-vascular points for calming and equilibrium
  • Muscle testing for calibration of subconscious responses in treatment
  • Positive goal-setting utilizing the client's greatest desires and outcomes
(3.5 CE/CME undefined Basic-Intermediate)
* [4:00 - 4:15] Break - Exhibitors (0.25 CE/CME)
5:45 - 6:45 Part II - To Fit In or Not: Integrating Social & Emotional Communication Interventions & Software, NF, HRV, & Alpha-stim to Improve Behavioral Outcomes in Children & Adolescents - Emily Stevens, LPC, PMHC, BCN (1.0 CE/CME undefined Basic & Intermediate)
6:45 - 7:45 Expert Panel - Answering Questions About Your Difficult Case - Richard Soutar, Stephanie Shipper, Helena Kerekhazi and other experts pending - Here is your chance!!!! Bring your most difficult cases for our experts! (If at all possible, please provide a brief written description for the panel to be familiar with before the panel meets. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Beginner-Intermediate)
7:45 - Dinner on Your Own

Sunday, October 30, 2011

6:30 - 8:45 Breakfast in Terrace Room
9:00 - 12:00 Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Ethics - Rob Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC This presentation will cover ethical issues related to biofeedback and neurofeedback and related interventions. Standards of care will also be addressed. This workshop will address the need for ethics, ethics as applied to practicing biofeedback and neurofeedback, and some of the ethical dilemmas we face as practitioners. The workshop will also address some of the ethical issues we face in the future as practitioners of biofeedback and neurofeedback. (3.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
10:15 - 10:30 ** Break for Checking Out
12:00 - 1:00 Panel Discussion (1.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
1:00 - 1:30 Wrap-up and Good-byes (0.5 CE/CME)

Note: Wherever you see an *, this means that the session contains a break period.

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Presenters

Emily Stevens, LPC, PMHC, BCN: "To Fit In or Not: Integrating Social & Emotional Communication Interventions & Software, NF, HRV, & Alpha-stim to Improve Behavioral Outcomes in Children & Adolescents"

Holly Steflik, LMBT, M. Ed., Animal Talk, CBI, BAT, CBP: "Consciousness Based Health Care - The Body Talk System"

Carol Shively, Ph. D.: "Stress Effects on Health"

Dr. Sherrie Raz: "Using Distance Telemental Health With Virtual Reality, Avatars & Biofeedback for 21st Century Counseling & Stress Reduction- Ethics, Legalities, Implementation & Possibilities"

Richard Soutar, Ph. D., BCIA-EEG: "Using Photic Stimulation With Neurofeedback (NFB)"

Helena E. Kerekhazi, MS, NRNP: "Lyme-Alzheimers Connection: A Model for Brain Degeneration"

Steven L. Haleo, OD, FCOVD: "Understanding the Effects of Stress on the Visual System"

Stephanie C. Shipper, Certified Trainer of TFHKA, VP of TFHKA of America: "Removing Pre-Treatment Stress through Preparing the Brain for Success - Positioning the Brain for Change"

Peder Fagerholm, PhD BCIA-C/BCIA-EEG Certified: "Heart Rate Variability - Theory, Technology, and Techniques"

Rob Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC: "Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Ethics"

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