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Presents

2015 Conference

 

“Biofeedback and Neurofeedback:  Principles and Practices of Training Self-Regulation for Optimal Health”

Pre-Conference
November 5, 2015

Conference
November 6-8, 2015

 

Doubletree Hotel, Airport
Charlotte, NC

Please join us for collegiality, education, and inspiration.

SBCNA PRE-CONFERENCE PROGAM

Thursday, November 5, 2015

7:30 - 8:30       Registration

8:30-  9:00       Welcome 
                        Tom Gross, President of SBCNA

9:00- 10:30      Introduction to Biofeedback

Dan Chartier, Ph.D.

A Basic Introduction to the Science of Biofeedback and the Process of Self-Regulation, this workshop will provide a thorough introduction to the art and science of biofeedback. The goal will be to help newcomers understand basic concepts and principles and assist more experienced practitioners in refreshing the essence of what works in using feedback technology to promote health and well-being. (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Basic)

10:30- 10:55    Break & Visit Exhibitors

11:00- 12:30    Introduction to Biofeedback (continued)

                        Dan Chartier, Ph.D.  (APA CE Credits 1.5-Basic)   

12:30- 1:30      Lunch

1:30- 3:00        Introduction to Neurofeedback 

Richard Soutar, PhD

This workshop is for those who are new to neurofeedback (NFB), considering entering the field or incorporating NFB into an existing practice, or looking for a current, research-based NFB refresher. Dr. Richard Soutar will cover the basics, key concepts and skill areas including the theory and methods behind NFB and qEEG, practical applications in clinical settings, basic brain anatomy and assessment procedures, EEG biofeedback software, and basic dimensions of brain maps. (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Basic)

3:00- 3:30        Break & Visit Exhibitors

3:30- 5:00        Introduction to Neurofeedback 

Richard Soutar, PhD   (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Basic)   

5:00 Dinner on your own

7:00-8:30 Social gathering in hotel bar and lobby

SBCNA MAIN CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Friday, November 6, 2015

 

8:00-  8:15       Registration

8:15-  8:30       Welcome
Tom Gross, President of SBCNA

8:30- 10:30     Enhancing NFB Efficacy by Identifying the Oxidative Stress Cycle With qEEG
Richard Soutar, PhD

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recognized Toxic Stress leading to chronic inflammation as a leading cause of adult health problems (Shonkoff & Garner, 2012).  Neuroinflammatory processes and excitotoxicity leading to neuronal dysregulation and necrosis are often either directly or indirectly a consequence of toxic stress (Sapolsky, 1999).  These processes typically have an enduring impact on electrophysiology that can be identified in the EEG and qEEG (Niedermeyer & Lopes da Silva, 2005) as well as other standard measures of neural functioning (Dietzel et al, 2012). These processes can actively impede neurofeedback training and reduce protocol efficacy.  Using a model of oxidative stress (Lin et al, 2006; Enciu et al, 2013) physiological mechanisms of action related to these inflammatory processes will be outlined and correlated with qEEG patterns. A stereotypical pattern of neural response to oxidative stress (Wang et al, 2010) will be proposed and supported with statistical findings.   (APA CE Credits 2.0-Intermediate)

 

10:30-11:00     Break & Exhibitor --Meet & Greet Presenters

 

11:00-12:30     Compassion as an Essential Component in Self-Regulation:      Crossing the Bridge from Patient Care to Self-Care and Back

Urszula Klich, PhD

Resilience is a trait healthcare professionals are expected to have, but workplace demands, multiple role conflicts, and patient complexities, create pressure on the provision of care. Clinician’s needs are commonly put aside as client wellness becomes the focus of treatment, which may result in the unintended effect of compromising treatment through added strain. The construct of compassion will be examined as a viable and potentially essential component in the treatment process for both the patient and clinician. 

Compassion, has emerged as a major factor in the therapeutic benefit of mindfulness-based techniques, which have been integrated into mainstream healthcare. Combining compassion practices with biofeedback can maximize the advantageous psychological and physical changes that are seen with both. This presentation will provide a framework for augmenting biofeedback treatment with compassion-based techniques and discuss treatment considerations.

Connections will be made with other compassionate-based programs such as Cognitively-Based Compassion Training and Loving-Kindness practice.  This program will refer to up to date research related to using these compassion and biofeedback techniques with a variety of clinical populations. We will examine ways in which these treatment modalities can be merged to further facilitate effective coping and stress management training. The program will provide pragmatic skills for applying these methods in clinical practice with a variety of populations in accordance with the Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback model of treatment. Lastly, dialog will be invited among practitioners to facilitate learning.  (APA CE Credits 1.5-Introductory)

 

12:30-1:30      Lunch

 

1:30- 3:30      Working with Traumatic Brain Injury: Complexities and Challenges

Robert E. Longo, MRC

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is often referred to as a silent epidemic. In recent years, we have heard increasing amounts of research about head injury, mTBI (concussions), and how head injuries may be cumulative, and can lead to long term problems emotionally, cognitively, and physically.   In many cases, TBI can impact individuals throughout the life span.

TBI can result in cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical problems; and TBI can often mimic a variety of disorders including ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and PTSD.  This workshop will provide an overview of TBI, causes of TBI, symptoms of TBI and the use of neurofeedback to treat TBI. Case examples will be used throughout the workshop.  . (APA CE Credits 2.0-Intermediate)

 

3:30- 4:00        Break . Exhibitors--Meet & Greet Presenters

 

4:00- 5:30        Traumatic Brain Injury-Causes, Incidence, Prevalence, Modern Medical Diagnostic Testing, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options.

Kirtley Thornton, PhD

The session will focus on a complete understanding of our present state of knowledge regarding traumatic brain injury / concussion from the problem of the initial diagnosis to treatment options (AAPB CE Credits 1.5-Introductory/Intermediate)

 

5:30-6:30         Panel Discussion, Case Study  (APA CE Credits 1.0 Introductory -Advanced)

 

6:30     Dinner on your own

 

8:00-9:30         Social gathering in hotel bar and lobby.

 

 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

8:00- 8:15        Registration

8:15- 8:30        Welcome/Announcements

Tom Gross, President of SBCNA

 

8:30-10:30       Using Biofeedback to Assess Optimal Performance

Amy Toms, PhD, BCB, Lisa Grossman, M.Ed, ATC, BCB, Marcus Washington, M.Ed, BCB, James Schwabach, MS, BCB

Self-regulation is the ability to perform optimally on command despite distracters, stimuli, and stressors at any given moment in any given scenario. Our session will consist of 4-5 activities that we use to “test” and “train” our clients’ ability to self-regulate their performance in regards to activation, stress and recovery, focus/attention, memory improvement, and self-talk. These activities allow us to assess our client’s level of mastery by demonstrating how well they perform while managing their body-mind connection. This applies to anyone looking to enhance their performance, such as an athlete perfecting their mental game, a warrior transitioning back to civilian world, or a business executive sharpening their focus and mental agility. 

(APA CE Credits 2.0-Intermediate) 

10:30-11:00     Break- Exhibitors--Meet & Greet Presenters

 

11:00-12:30     Ethical Standards for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Professionals

Robert E. Longo MRC

Practitioners who use biofeedback and neurofeedback with clients and patients are obligated to use the ethics for their profession and/or licensure as well as follow the ethical guidelines and standards established by BCIA, AAPB, and ISNR.

This workshop with focus on ethics and standards of practice for persons using biofeedback and or Neurofeedback in their clinical work. Dilemmas and challenges will be discussed and case examples provided.  (APA CE Credits 1.5 Intermediate)

 

12:30- 2:00      Members Only Catered Lunch & Business Meeting sponsored by SBCNA

                                Non-members will have lunch on their own

 

2:00- 3:30     Ethical Standards for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Professionals     Continued
Robert E. Longo, MRC
(APA CE Credits 1.5 -Intermediate - Total 3.0 for both sessions)

Practitioners who use biofeedback and neurofeedback with clients and patients are obligated to use the ethics for their profession and/or licensure as well as follow the ethical guidelines and standards established by BCIA, AAPB, and ISNR.

This workshop with focus on ethics and standards of practice for persons using biofeedback and or Neurofeedback in their clinical work. Dilemmas and challenges will be discussed and case examples provided.  (APA CE Credits 1.5 Intermediate)

3:30- 4:00        Break— Exhibitors--Meet & Greet Presenters

4:00- 6:00        HRV Biofeedback and Self-Regulation of Autonomic Cardiac Adjustments in PTSD 
JP Ginsberg, PhD

The association between autonomic cardiac adjustments and successful processing of information from environmental stimulation has been known for decades (e.g. ‘intake-rejection’, ‘cardiovascular learning’, ‘defense reflex’).  There has been much scientific literature published in recent years on 'HRV Coherence', (e.g. the 0.1 Hz peak or vagal tone). We now understand that the central mechanisms of Coherence are baroreflex resonance and vagal afference.  It is now known that HRV is diminished in PTSD (as well as in depression and other anxiety  disorders).  HRV Biofeedback produces Coherence and leads to improvement in emotional self-regulation and early stage information processing. There is burgeoning research showing HRV Biofeedback reduces symptoms of PTSD (and the other behavioral disorders).  Recent work on chaotic properties of the autonomic nervous system is showing that nonlinear complexity in HRV is also related to health and survival, and may be rooted in the fundamental physiology of HRV Coherence.         (APA CE Credits 2.0 -Intermediate)

6:00     Dinner on your own

8:00-9:30 –      Social gathering in hotel bar and lobby.

 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

8:00- 8:55        Registration

8:15- 8:30        Welcome/Announcements

Tom Gross, President of SBCNA

 

8:30-9:30        Compassion as an Essential Component in Self-Regulation: Crossing the bridge from patient care to Self-Care and Back – Continued from Friday

Urszula Klich, PhD
(APA CE Credits 1.5- Intermediate)

Resilience is a trait healthcare professionals are expected to have, but workplace demands, multiple role conflicts, and patient complexities, create pressure on the provision of care. Clinician’s needs are commonly put aside as client wellness becomes the focus of treatment, which may result in the unintended effect of compromising treatment through added strain. The construct of compassion will be examined as a viable and potentially essential component in the treatment process for both the patient and clinician. 

Compassion, has emerged as a major factor in the therapeutic benefit of mindfulness-based techniques, which have been integrated into mainstream healthcare. Combining compassion practices with biofeedback can maximize the advantageous psychological and physical changes that are seen with both. This presentation will provide a framework for augmenting biofeedback treatment with compassion-based techniques and discuss treatment considerations.

Connections will be made with other compassionate-based programs such as Cognitively-Based Compassion Training and Loving-Kindness practice.  This program will refer to up to date research related to using these compassion and biofeedback techniques with a variety of clinical populations. We will examine ways in which these treatment modalities can be merged to further facilitate effective coping and stress management training. The program will provide pragmatic skills for applying these methods in clinical practice with a variety of populations in accordance with the Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback model of treatment. Lastly, dialog will be invited among practitioners to facilitate learning.  (APA CE Credits 1.5-Introductory)

 

9:30-10:30   Considerations for Individualizing Biofeedback Treatment for Unique Populations    

Urszula Klich, PhD, and Asma Ali, PsyD, CBIS

When working with individuals with complex medical and psychosocial issues, adapting treatment is essential and often requires creativity, novelty and sensitivity to multicultural factors. Integrative treatment takes into consideration the mind-body connection in order to address physical, psychosocial and cultural needs. We will discuss cultural considerations related to case conceptualization and treatment planning.

The presentation will use lecture and case samples, to illustrate how common challenges can be addressed when working with unique populations. We will invite audience discussion of common barriers seen within the treatment process. We will offer guidelines for individually tailoring biofeedback treatment modalities to facilitate effective and adaptive coping, thereby promoting physical, emotional, and functional outcomes that can be generalized within the community.  

(APA CE Credits 1.5 -Introductory)

 

10:30-11:00     Break . Exhibitors--Meet & Greet Presenters

 

11:00-1:00       The role of EEG Biofeedback in Reducing Allostatic Load on the Central Nervous System
Penijean Gracefire, MA, LMHC, BCN, qEEG-T

Allostatic load is the wear and tear on the body which accumulates over time as an individual is exposed to chronic stress while unable to develop effective neural coping mechanisms with which to modulate central nervous system response.  Exhaustion caused by frequent and repetitive activation of systems typically used to deal with acute threats can result in increased vulnerability to disease and cognitive decline.  EEG biofeedback has been demonstrated to directly impact central nervous system response to stress, and to reduce habituated reactivity by supporting the innate tendency of the system to seek optimal ranges of self-regulation. This presentation will present data indicating the efficacy of EEG biofeedback in reducing allostatic load by increasing neural resiliency.  (APA CE Credits 2.0 Introductory to Advanced)

 

1:00-1:30         Break . Exhibitors--Meet & Greet Presenters

 

1:30-2:30         An Introduction to Psychopharmacology for the Non-Medical 
Biofeedback Clinician  

Paul Michael Ramirez, Ph.D
Lewis A. Opler, MD, Ph.D.

Given that many patients seen by biofeedback practitioners are on psychotropic medications, an understanding of such medications is becoming a best practices issue. As an example, many patients on psychotropic medications visit their prescribing physicians once a month for a medication check, whereas the same patient is likely to see the biofeedback practitioner many more times for treatment sessions. The biofeedback practitioner is, therefore, in an excellent position to advocate for the patient by recognizing possible medication side effects which they can then report to the prescribing physician. A good example of this would be the case of a patient who develops Akathisia, a psychotropic medication side effect which manifests itself as profound subjective restlessness. This type of medication side effect can look like a motor problem which an uninformed practitioner might confuse with a primary motor disorder.

This presentation will focus on the clinical indications for the major classes of psychotropic medications, side effects common to these classes, an introduction to pharmacodynamics (what drugs do to the body) and pharmacokinetics (what the body does to drugs) and a discussion of medication noncompliance.  (APA CE Credits 1.0 - Introductory)

 

2:30     Wrap-up

 

Intended Audience:  Psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, physicians, physicians' assistants, nurses, case managers, biofeedback practitioners, educators, physical and occupational therapists, recreation therapists, holistic practitioners, massage therapists, Community Supports practitioners, and anyone interested in "cutting edge" therapeutic techniques, information and/or personal growth.

 

 






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