Dr. Richard Gevirtz, PhD


Full Day Featured Presentation
Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback:
From the Basics to Applications

In this workshop, the physiological basis for HRV will be presented so as to promote an understanding of the various measurement issues and metrics used. A clinical assessment consisting of a resting baseline, a stressor or exercise period, followed by a recovery period will be demonstrated. Using a free software package (Kubios HRV), the various measures and their norms will be described and interpreted. The goal is to get a picture of the patient’s autonomic nervous system and relate that to symptoms or performance deficits. Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) will then be presented and the protocols demonstrated. Determining Resonance Frequency, Home training, rescue techniques, etc. will be discussed. We will then begin to apply the HRVB protocols to clinical applications. Chronic Pain, Trauma, Anxiety, Gastrointestinal problems and others will be discussed. The HRVB protocol is reviewed and then applied to the various disorders. PDFs of all of the slides and numerous reprints will be provided.

About Dr. Gevirtz

Dr. Richard Gevirtz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. He has been in involved in research and clinical work in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback for the last 30 years and was the president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 2006-2007. His primary research interests are in understanding the physiological and psychological mediators involved in disorders such as chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal pain. In this vein, he has studied applications of heart rate variability biofeedback for anxiety, pain, gastrointestinal, cardiac rehabilitation and other disorders. He is the author of many journal articles and chapters on these topics. He also maintains a part time clinical practice treating patients with anxiety and stress related disorders.

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