2012 Conference

"Trauma & the Brain-Body Connection"

November 2-4, 2012
Greensboro, NC - Clarion Greensboro Airport

Conference Brochure

For more detailed information about the 2012 Conference, download the NCBS 2012 Conference Brochure with schedule, information about presenters, and registration form.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 2, 2012

Please Note: Friday contains sessions as well as a day-long workshop that run concurrently throughout the day.
6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Terrace Room
7:45 - 8:00 Registration
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome - Pat Benfield, President of NCBS (0.25 CE/CME)
WORKSHOP
8:15 - 9:45 Basics of the Clinical Q Assessment and Braindriving - Paul Swingle, PhD, FCPA, R Psych- This workshop introduces Dr. Swingle's Clinical Q and Braindryver methods and how to record the ClinicalQ and interpret results. Methods for probing the client based on comparisons with the ClinicalQ's data base are reviewed and many cases are studied to help participants learn how to capably use this remarkably efficient intake procedure. The details associated with selecting appropriate unconditional stimuli for braindriving are reviewed and the methods for administering some standard Braindryvr protocols are shown. Unique concerns regarding treating clients with severe emotional trauma, chronic depression and those who are heavily medicated. (1.5 CE/CME)
9:45 - 10:00 Break undefined Exhibits Open (0.25 CE/CME)
10:00 - 12:30 Basics of the Clinical Q Assessment and Braindriving - Paul Swingle, PhD, FCPA, R Psych - continued (2.5 CE/CME)
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and Exhibitors (1.0 CE/CME)
1:30 - 3:45 Basics of the Clinical Q Assessment and Braindriving - Paul Swingle, PhD, FCPA, R Psych - continued (2.5 CE/CME)

Learning Objectives:
  • Id the place for the ClinicalQ assessment as part of an overall therapeutic approach
  • Understand how the assessment can be applied and the EEG values recorded
  • Appreciate the importance the ClinicalQ compared with other assessment tools
  • Benefit from Dr. Swingle's expert opinion & experience
3:45 - 4:00 Break - Exhibits Open (0.25 CE/CME)
4:00 - 7:00 Basics of the Clinical Q Assessment and Braindriving - Paul Swingle, PhD, FCPA, R Psych - continued (3.0 CE/CME)
7:00 - 9:00 Hands-On with our Exhibitors - Social w/ Heavy Hors D' Oeuvres This is the time to network and have fun with new equipment and exchanging ideas. (2.0 CE/CME)
SESSIONS
8:15 - 9:45 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) - A Silent Epidemic - Applications for Clinical Practice - Sylvia L. Whitmire,MA, LPC, BCIA-C and Pat Benfield, MHDL, CRT, CBIS-CI, CCAA - mTBI (concussion) has become a major public health concern calls for new standard of competent practice. There will be an overview of brain & development, types & effects of TBI, review of studies and implications & practical applications for tx, & assessments for brain trauma including qEEG. (1.5 CE/CME undefined Basic-Intermediate)
9:45 - 10:00 Break undefined Exhibits Open (0.25 CE/CME)
10:00 - 11:30 Cognition and Emotion: How Our Thoughts and Feelings Look Inside Our Brains and in Our Hearts - Rob Longo, LPC, NCC, BCIA-EEG - How thoughts and feelings affect EEG, HR, HRV; How HRV and coherence interact with EEG (1.5 CE/CME undefined Intermediate-Advanced)
11:30 - 12:30 Heart Rate Variability (HRV)-Theory, Technology, & Techniques - Peder H. Fagerholm, PhD - HRV is being recognized as a safe & effective low cost modality for dealing with stress illnesses. Basic HRV theory will be reviewed, technologies introduced, & practical applications demonstrated. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Basic-Intermediate)
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and Exhibitors (1.0 CE/CME)
1:30 - 3:00 Using Social Media to Promote your Practice - Mark Schwartz, BFE Program Director - Benefits and risks of the various social media products such as Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, and others; how-to use social media; setting social media goals; review of options and costs (1.5 CE/CME undefined Basic)
3:00 - 3:45 Easy Stress Control Techniques - James Sendelbach, EdD, LPC - This experiential workshop is designed to provide six simple stress control steps that can be used at any time to relieve the symptoms associated with uncontrolled stress. (0.75 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
3:45 - 4:00 Break - Exhibits Open (0.25 CE/CME)
4:00 - 7:30 Primitive Reflexes in TBI Across All Ages - Tom Gross, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABCDD, CNS, BCIA-EEG, Functional Neurologist, Childhood Developmental Specialist - Primitive and postural reflexes as markers for cortical fitness, and effect of TBI on Primitive Reflexes; implications for evaluation and treatment. Will review the neurological origin and observe the expression of both primitive and postural reflexes. Exercises capable of triggering primitive reflexes driving the maturation of cortical circuits impaired by trauma. (3.0 CE/CME undefined Advanced)
7:00 - 9:00 Hands-On with our Exhibitors - Social w/ Heavy Hors D' Oeuvres This is the time to network and have fun with new equipment and exchanging ideas. (2.0 CE/CME)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Please Note: Saturday contains sessions as well as a day-long workshop that run concurrently throughout the day.
6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Terrace Room
7:45 - 8:00 Registration - *Exhibits (0.25 CE/CME)
WORKSHOP
8:00 - 10:00 The Brain Under Attack: Using Neurofeedback to Combat Symptoms of Stress, Trauma, TBI, and PTSD - Penijean Rutter, CRC, BCIA-EEG, LMHC - Will discuss brain function in the context of the human system as a whole & will focus on how the brain recruits and allocates resources in the face of injury and adversity. Introduce a paradigm of the system as an electrical energy grid, & the use of NFB in assessing the efficacy and functionality of the brain, but also providing EEG feedback that increases connectivity and global efficiency.

Review of how the brain responds to internal and external stressors; how PTSD can affect physical and emotional function; how the brain creates strategies in the face of physical impact or chronic stress to help cope. All the way from basic concepts of EEG to advanced training strategies; overview of new tx software developments currently available to clinicians. (2.0 CE/CME)

10:00 - 10:15 Break undefined Exhibits open (0.25 CE/CME)
10:15 - 12:15 The Brain Under Attack: Using Neurofeedback to Combat Symptoms of Stress, Trauma, TBI, and PTSD - Penijean Rutter, CRC, BCIA-EEG, LMHC - continued (2.0 CE/CME)
Learning objectives:
  • Convey basic principles of EEG in relation to neurofeedback
  • Describe some of the common signatures that brains under stress appear as when observed using EEG analysis and assessment
  • Be able to apply the information in practice to immediately improve the sensitivity and quality of current treatment paradigm.
12:15 - 2:00 Business Meeting & Lunch - Sponsored by NCBS (1.75 CE/CME)
2:00 - 4:00 The Brain Under Attack: Using Neurofeedback to Combat Symptoms of Stress, Trauma, TBI, and PTSD - Penijean Rutter, CRC, BCIA-EEG, LMHC - continued (2.0 CE/CME)
4:00 - 4:15 Break - Exhibits open (0.25 CE/CME)
4:15 - 5:45 The Brain Under Attack: Using Neurofeedback to Combat Symptoms of Stress, Trauma, TBI, and PTSD - Penijean Rutter, CRC, BCIA-EEG, LMHC - continued (1.5 CE/CME)
5:45 - 6:45 Expert Panel - See below
6:45 - Dinner on Your Own
SESSIONS
8:00 - 9:30 Mindfulness Biofeedback: Adding a Mindfulness Based Meditation Component to Biofeedback Treatment in the Stress Management of Severely Injured Individuals - Urszula Klich, PhD - Integrative model that combines mind-body medicine to address combined physical and psychosocial needs. Incorporating biofeedback and mindfulness training into treatment to develop a more educationally focused model. (1.5 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
9:30 - 10:00 A Randomized Controlled Study of the Effectiveness of Casual Video Games in Improving Cognition in People Aged 50 and Older - Ruth-Ann Styron, LRT - Cognition is known to decline with age, as part of the normal aging process. Interventions to counter the cognitive decline found in the aging process could decrease the need for assisted living care and time spent in hospitals. The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of casual video games as a means to improving cognition in adults aged 50 and older. (0.5 CE/CME undefined Basic)
10:00 - 10:15 Break undefined Exhibits open (0.25 CE/CME)
10:15 - 11:15 HRV and Hypnotherapy Help Heal Trauma - Maggie Minsk, LPC, NCC, GHt and Sue Intemann, MA, LPC, BCB - Hypnosis is an efficient and effective tool to use with trauma clients, and HRV is an excellent way to introduce hypnosis. Hypnotic suggestions can be used to strengthen and facilitate clients' use of relaxation skills in the future, reinforce their use of appropriate coping skills, and process incidents of trauma so that healing can take place. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Basic)
11:15 - 12:15 The Therapeutic Aspects of Counseling and Biofeedback - Maggie Minsk, LPC, NCC, GHt; Sue Intemann, MA, LPC, BCB; and Mark Schwartz, BFE - This panel discussion is for counselors and biofeedback therapists to share ideas and knowledge on current practice by LPCs, LCSWs, Psychologists and other health professionals working with Trauma patients. The panelists will lead the discussion and provide insights on the practical application and therapeutic aspects of counseling and biofeedback (Sue Intemann), hypnosis and counseling for specific disorders (Maggie Minsk) and specific assessment and treatment protocols, reimbursement, integrating services, emerging trends, and innovations in principles and practice of biofeedback (Mark Schwartz). (1.0 CE/CME undefined Basic)
12:15 - 2:00 Business Meeting & Lunch - Sponsored by NCBS (1.75 CE/CME)
2:00 - 4:00 Compensatory Training Methods for Two Channel NFB - Richard Soutar, PhD - Compensatory theory helps to explain many of the features of change observed in summary and trend screens during training. Utilizing this paradigm can greatly assist practitioners in analyzing qEEGs and trend lines as well as selecting best fit protocols and adjusting them dynamically during training. This workshop will develop the ideas of horizontal and vertical integration from the perspective of Brain Rate (Pop-Jordanova, 2005) and Cortical coupling (Schutter et al, 2005) as well as Compensatory mechanisms to account for and explain changes in the brain due to neurofeedback. It will integrate Sterman's arousal theory (1996) with Davidson's (2000) asymmetry theory in a manner that can be directly applied to clinical data analysis. (2.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate-Advanced)
4:00 - 4:15 Break - Exhibits open (0.25 CE/CME)
4:15 - 5:45 Healing with Cycles: The New Science of Brain Repair - Helena E. Kerekhazi, MS, NRNP Humans are dual beings: natural (physical) and spiritual. Diagnoses can omit or ignore one or the other. Treat with compassion, empathy, and natural solutions. Teach them the nature of themselves. (1.5 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
5:45 - 6:45 Expert Panel - Conference Speakers TBA - Here is your chance!!!!! Bring your most difficult cases for our experts or ask questions that you didn't get to ask. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
6:45 - Dinner on Your Own

Sunday, November 4, 2012

6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Terrace Room
8:15 - 8:30 Registration
8:30 - 12:30 Neurobiology of Stress - Tom Gross, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABCDD, CNS, BCN The brain interacts in its control and regulation of stress with virtually all other body systems in a dynamic concerto when things go well. Numerous health concerns complicate neural regulation and can lead to chronic illness over time. Practitioners in the health field are well served with a review of the vicious cycles of stress and their effects on health as well as a review of what signs, symptoms, biofeedback and lab markers can reflect the negative effects of stress on health. Implications for peripheral and central biofeedback will be discussed. (4.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate-Advanced)
12:30 - 1:00 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

Sylvia L. Whitmire,MA, LPC, BCIA-C and Pat Benfield, MHDL, CRT, CBIS-CI, CCAA: "Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) - A Silent Epidemic - Applications for Clinical Practices"

Rob Longo, LPC, NCC, BCIA-EEG: "Cognition and Emotion: How Our Thoughts and Feelings Look Inside Our Brains and in Our Hearts"

Peder H. Fagerholm, PhD: "Heart Rate Variability (HRV)-Theory, Technology, & Techniques"

Mark Schwartz, BFE Program Director: "Using Social Media to Promote your Practice"

James Sendelbach, EdD, LPC: "Easy Stress Control Techniques"

Tom Gross, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABCDD, CNS, BCIA-EEG, Functional Neurologist, Childhood Developmental Specialist: "Primitive Reflexes in TBI Across All Ages" and "Neurobiology of Stress"

Paul Swingle, PhD, FCPA, R Psych: "Basics of the Clinical Q Assessment and Braindriving"

Penijean Rutter, CRC, BCIA-EEG, LMHC: "The Brain Under Attack: Using Neurofeedback to Combat Symptoms of Stress, Trauma, TBI, and PTSD"

Urszula Klich, PhD: "Mindfulness Biofeedback: Adding a Mindfulness Based Meditation Component to Biofeedback Treatment in the Stress Management of Severely Injured Individuals"

Ruth-Ann Styron, LRT: "A Randomized Controlled Study of the Effectiveness of Casual Video Games in Improving Cognition in People Aged 50 and Older"

Maggie Minsk, LPC, NCC, GHt and Sue Intemann, MA, LPC, BCB: "HRV and Hypnotherapy Help Heal Trauma"

Maggie Minsk, LPC, NCC, GHt; Sue Intemann, MA, LPC, BCB; and Mark Schwartz, BFE: "The Therapeutic Aspects of Counseling and Biofeedback"

Richard Soutar, PhD: "Compensatory Training Methods for Two Channel NFB"

Helena E. Kerekhazi, MS, NRNP: "Healing with Cycles: The New Science of Brain Repair"

Sponsors

Many thanks to our Sponsors...

Biofeedback Federation of Europe
Stress Therapy Solutions
BrainMaster
New Mind Center
Thought Technology
Society of Cognitive Rehabilitation

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