2009 Conference

"Visions of the Future Thru Biofeedback"

November 6-8, 2009
Clarion Greensboro Airport - Greensboro, NC

Conference Brochure

For detailed information about the 2009 Conference, you can download and print the NCBS 2009 Conference Brochure with Schedule.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, November 6, 2009

6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Terrace Room
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome - Pat Benfield, President of NCBS (0.25 CE/CME)
8:30 - 9:30 Paul Michael Ramirez, Ph.D., BCIA(C) Fellow - The Spoils of War: TBI in Returning Veterans - This presentation will focus on neurophysiological, neuropsychological and emotional aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), with an emphasis on combat related TBI injuries. In addition to mechanical and neurophysiological damage to the brain that occurs in a TBI (e.g., in "Blast" injuries secondary to IEDs), cognitive difficulties and emotional sequelae often seen in returning veterans who are victims of TBI will be discussed as well as their implications for treatment planning. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
9:30 - 10:00 Break undefined Exhibits; Meet & Greet Presenters (0.5 CE/CME)
10:00 - 12:00 David Hagedorn, PhD, BCIA-EEG - Peripheral and EEG Biofeedback: Applications in Military Medicine - Approximately 1.6 million U.S. military personnel have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom through mid-2007. An estimated 12-22% are exposed to injuries resulting in TBI but the actual incidence is largely unknown due to overlapping PTSD symptoms similar to those of mTBI making the assessment and treatment complex... Research suggests that those with PTSD may have an altered neurobiology. Also HRV has been reported in a variety of clinical anxiety conditions, including combat-related PTSD. Efferent parasympathetic output from the vagus cranial nerve (vagal tone) is the major contributor to HRV power, and an index of the parasympathetic/sympathetic balance.

Normal vagal tone is necessary for maintenance of the physiological background necessary for initial perception and registration of environmental stimulation and events, suggesting that PTSD also has an underpinning of physiological abnormality (lower HRV) which may also adversely affect early stage information processing. Evidence that there are deficits in attention (ATTN) and immediate memory (IM) associated with PTSD in combat veterans can be found in the literature... The applications of neuroscience technology, namely peripheral and EEG biofeedback assessment and treatment modalities, are increasingly proving to be efficacious and complementary to current military and civilian medical care. (2.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch in Salon B - Exhibitors (0.5 CE/CME)
1:00 - 3:00 Tom Gross, DC, DACNB, BCIA-EEG - NeuroChemistry for the Biofeedback Practitioner - This lecture is designed to expose feedback practitioners to fundamental biochemical considerations in neurotransmitter function as well as their assessment and intervention. A simple written instrument will be distributed and taught so as to enable the biofeedback practitioner a reasonably accurate clinical decision-making tool in order to help direct nutritional and lifestyle interventions to optimize brain chemistry and support the efficacy of biofeedback therapy. (2.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
3:00 - 3:30 Break - *Exhibitors (0.5 CE/CME)
3:30 - 5:00 Peder Fagerholm, PhD, BCIA-C/BCIA-EEG Certified - HRV's Place in Biofeedback & Neurofeedback - HRV has been shown effective as a stand alone treatment and has been proven to be even more powerful when used in conjunction with other modalities of BF and NF. This presentation will provide information on how HRV works, why it works, and how to do it. (1.5 CE/CME undefined Beginner-Advanced)
5:00 - 5:20 Bennie Stover, Graduate Research Assistant in ECU Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic - A Randomized Controlled Study of the Effectiveness of Casual Video Games in Reducing Stress & Improving Mood & Cognition in People Age 50 & Older - To determine casual video games (CVGs) effectiveness in reducing stress and improving mood and cognition. Monitoring EEG symmetry, heart rate variability, respiration and saliva indicating changes in stress and mood. Additional instruments used are Perceived Stress Scales and Profile of Mood States. Cognition is measured via Trail Making Tests. Recruiting 60 participants from Greenville, NC community. Experimental group play one of three CVGs for 20 minutes. Control group watch DVD on parental discipline of adolescent growth for 20 minutes. Results will collaborate with prior research on CVGs, providing insight on future stress management techniques and cognitive improvement exercises. (0.33 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
5:20 - 5:40 Matthew Fish, Graduate Research Assistant in ECU Psychophysiology Lab and Biofeedback Clinic - Basic ReTraining - The Basic ReTraining program is a cooperative program between East Carolina University and the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion designed to increase Marine and Corpsman performance utilizing biofeedback modalities which are combined (circuit training) to effect similar outcomes; improved control of the central and autonomic nervous systems. Each participant is implemented with their own individual training program (ITP) which includes a thorough physiological, biochemical, and psychological evaluation. Injuries dealt with in program include Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The poster will also give a detail look at the methodology of the program. (0.33 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
5:45 - 7:15 Social w/ Heavy Hors D' Oeuvres in Salon B - Exhibitors - Time to network and have fun (1.5 CE/CME)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

6:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Terrace Room
8:00 - 8:30 Registration - *Exhibits (0.5 CE/CME)
8:30 - 9:30 Robert E. Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCIA-EEG - QEEG Pre-Post Tx Outcomes on Adolescents with Peripheral BF & NF - This session will address treatment outcomes on adolescent males and females with a variety of disorders, who have undergone Peripheral Biofeedback and/or Neurofeedback in a residential setting. QEEG mapping was used to establish pre-treatment baselines and post treatment outcomes. The Biofeedback Software and hardware used was The Wild Divine Project "Healing Rhythms" and Neurofeedback was conducted with BrainMaster equipment using 2 Channel Bipolar Montages. Case examples and illustrations are included in the presentation. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
9:30 - 10:10 Carmen Russoniello, Ph.D., LPC, LRT, BCIA-C - The Role of Biofeedback Practitioners in Health Care Reform - This session will cover President Obama's vision for a reformed health care system and the role of biofeedback in this system. The session will also cover methods that can be used by individual practitioners, biofeedback societies and others to help promote biofeedback's role in the reformed health care system. (0.67 CE/CME undefined Beginner-Advanced)
10:10 - 10:30 Break - *Exhibitors (0.33 CE/CME)
10:30 - 11:30 Richard Soutar, PhD, BCIA-EEG - The Default Brain, Self, Ego and Disorder - Recently neuroimaging labs have uncovered a default mode of operation in the human brain that appears to correlate with the self or ego. This suggests that there is a normal range of default functioning or "idling" in the brain and that qEEGs reflect abnormal functional connections due to disorder as they assess this default mode. This presentation will briefly review this research and seek to relate default mode abnormalities with socio-emotional behavior as well as abnormalities in peripheral biofeedback measures. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
11:30 - 1:30 Business Meeting & Lunch in Salon B - Sponsored by NCBS (2.0 CE/CME)
1:30 - 3:30 James Edward Lee, MD - Failure to Progress: Factors that Impede Tx of Neuropsychiatric Illness - Participants will learn to identify which patients are not progressing as expected in the treatment of their neuropsychiatric illnesses, the kinds of factors that can interfere with optimal treatment of these conditions, and treatment approaches that can address the factors that can interfere with optimal treatment outcome. (2.0 CE/CME undefined Beginner-Advanced)
3:30 - 4:00 Break - *Exhibitors (0.5 CE/CME)
4:00 - 5:00 James Edward Lee, MD; Paul Michael Ramirez, Ph.D., BCIA(C) Fellow; Carmen Russoniello, PhD, LPC, LRT, BCIAC; and 2 other experts pending - Expert Panel on Approaches to Treating Returning Veterans With TBI (1.0 CE/CME)
5:00 - 6:00 Steven L. Haleo, OD, FCOVD - Traumatic Brain Injury & Hidden Visual Problems - Often visual problems resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury are overlooked during initial treatment of the injury. Frequently these problems are hidden and neglected, lengthening and impairing rehabilitation. Vision is the most important source of sensory information. Consisting of a sophisticated complex of subsystems, the visual process involves the flow and processing of information to the brain. Because there is a close relationship between vision and the brain, Traumatic Brain Injury can disrupt the visual process, interfering with the flow and processing of information. The result is a vision problem. Participants will learn what are the common visual symptoms often associated with brain injury; how to identify the symptoms and causes of visual information acquisition and processing that interfere with their rehabilitation services; the use of lenses, prisms, & vision therapy to enhance a patient's visual capabilities, reduce visual stress, prevent & rehabilitate vision problems. (1.0 CE/CME undefined Beginner-Advanced)
6:30 - Dinner on Your Own

Sunday, November 8, 2009

6:30 - 8:00 Breakfast in Terrace Room
8:00 - 10:00 Tom Gross, DC, DACNB, BCIA-EEG - Neurodegeneration and Clinical Nutrition - Neurodegeneration is an increasingly common threat rotting our society of their potential and obstructing the outcomes for the biofeedback practitioner. Various levels of neurodegeneration are highly probable within the patient population accessing peripheral biofeedback and neurofeedback. This lecture will expose the biofeedback practitioner to fundamental concepts of neurodegeneration and are inflammation as well as present viable nutritional and lifestyle alteration intervention strategies to protect our patients and enhance our outcomes. (2.0 CE/CME undefined Intermediate)
10:00 - 10:30 Break for Checking Out
10:30 - 11:30 Pat Benfield, MHDL, CRT, CBIS-CI, CCAA, (BCIA-EEG) - Sharing Success - This is a time to share our resources. Please bring tips, ideas, techniques to demonstrate, book titles and authors, copies of handouts, and success stories from your clinical work, from your use of biofeedback software and protocols, or from marketing your services to share with our community of practitioners. We will facilitate discussion to include vendors, speakers and conference attendees. Let's have fun and plant the practical seeds of successful energy and ideas! (1.0 CE/CME undefined Beginner-Advanced)
11:30 - 12:00 Wrap-up and Good-byes (0.5 CE/CME)

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Richard Soutar, PhD: "The Default Brain, Self, Ego, and Disorder"

Paul Michael Ramirez, PhD, BCIA(C) Fellow: "The Spoiled of War: TBI in Returning Veterans"

Tom Gross, DC, DACNB: "Neurochemistry for the Biofeedback Practitioner" and "Neurodegeneration and Clinical Nutrition"

David Hagedorn, PhD, BCIA-EEG: "Peripheral and EEG Biofeedback: Applications in Military Medicine"

James Edward Lee, MD: "Failure to Progress: Factors that Impede Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Illness"

Carmen Russoniello, PhD, LPC, LRT, BCIA-C: "The Role of Biofeedback Practitioners in Health Care Reform"

Peder Fagerholm, PhD, BCIA-C/BCIA-EEG Certified: "HRV's Place in Biofeedback & Neurofeedback"

Robert E. Longo, LPC, NCC, BCIA-EEG: "QEEG Pre-Post Treatment Outcomes on Adolescents with Peripheral Biofeedback"

Steven L. Haleo, OD, FCOVD: "Traumatic Brain Injury & Hidden Visual Problems"

Bennie Stover: "Effectiveness of Casual Video Games in Reducing Stress & Improving Mood & Cognition in People Age 50 & Older"

Matthew Fish: "Basic ReTraining"

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Many thanks to our fantastic sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor - Stens
Platinum Sponsor - Brainmaster
Bronze Sponsor - Bio-Medical Instruments

NCBS expresses our thanks to Stens, Brainmaster Technologies, and Bio-Medical Instruments who made it possible for us to have training with different systems, such as NeXus, Brainmaster Systems, ProComp, J & J, and BioExplorer.

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