2014 Conference Agenda




2014 Conference

“Brain Based Interventions: 

The Role of Biofeedback & Neurofeedback in Health Care”

November 6, 2014

November 7-9, 2014

Doubletree Hotel, Airport

Charlotte, NC

Please join us for collegiality, education, and inspiration.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

* For the preconference sessions you may choose to attend both lectures, or

one lecture and the related hands-on workshop.


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)

*Concurrent Workshop:  Peder H. Fagerholm, Ph.D. will present an informal Introduction to Neurofeedback Equipment and Practices, including hands-on opportunities with Brain Master and Nexus systems. (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)

*Concurrent Workshop: During this time Peder H. Fagerholm, Ph.D. will present an informal Introduction to Peripheral Biofeedback Equipment and Practices, including hands-on opportunities with Brain Master and Nexus systems. (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)   



Friday, November 7, 2014


8:30       Registration

 8:30-  9:00       Welcome

Tom Gross, President of SBCNA

9:00- 10:30     How Everyday Clinicians Can Use 3D Brain Imaging Technology
to Increase Efficacy

                        Penijean Gracefire, LMHC, BCN

This presentation will introduce the most recent developments in live 3D brain imaging technology, and demonstrate their relevance to the daily clinical treatment of individuals with ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression and PTSD, among others. Emerging technology has made advanced EEG biofeedback techniques accessible to the average clinician, and software designs have become more user friendly, allowing practitioners to provide enhanced outcomes to a variety of clinical populations. For clinicians who have always wished they could see what was really going on in a client’s brain during a talk therapy session, or better understand the internal experience of a developmentally delayed child with limited vocabulary, or directly communicate with an anxious obsessive/compulsive neural region that never seems to listen, recent developments in brain imaging technology have made it possible. (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Introductory)

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

11:00-12:30    How Everyday Clinicians Can Use 3D Brain Imaging Technology to
                         Increase Efficacy - Continued
                        Penijean Gracefire, LMHC, BCN (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Introductory)

 12:30-1:30      Lunch

 1:30- 3:00      The Neuroscience of Emotions and Decision-Making

Thomas Collura, PhD

This workshop will present current results using an EEG-based activation model that

 takes advantage of sLORETA imaging of frontal regions of interest, in combination

 with a structured stimulus and analysis procedure.  We will present event-related brain

activation data from a range of participants and situations including nonclinical,

clinical, and forensic populations.  The results illustrate instantaneous patterns of

frontal activation that are indicative of individual emotional and decision-making

patterns.  In particular, we can identify individual traits or predispositions in relations

to emotional processing, as well as differences in reactions to particular stimuli. 

Stimuli can be neutral material such as simple names and objects, or they may be

emotionally or even ethically charged.  Such charged stimuli are observed to produce

unique patterns of frontal activation, indicating when there is an extreme response. 

Responses in both positive and negative directions can be identified.  It is further

possible to show a distinction between primary emotional sensation, and secondary

emotional perception.  These levels of emotional processing, which culminate in

emotional comprehension, combine to produce the decision-making style that will be

 unique to each individual. . (APA CE Credits 1.5 - Intermediate)

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

3:30- 5:00        Advancements in the Field of Neurofeedback for ADHD and Peak Performance

Peter Freer, MSEd

Gwen K. Sorley, MEd

The speakers will discuss & present the integration of cognitive skill training with neurofeedback to produce significant performance based outcomes validated by randomized, controlled research. Additionally, the speakers will present actionable methods for behavioral shaping using the aforementioned cognitive skill training. Finally, new applications of NF currently being pursued by Panansonic for the automotive industry will be presented.  (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Intermediate)

 *Concurrent Mini-Workshop:  Peder H. Fagerholm, Ph.D. will conduct one hour mini-workshops including Electrodermal Responses Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, Electromyography Biofeedback, Heart Rate Biofeedback, Neurotechnology 1, Neurotechnology 2, Respiration Biofeedback, and Temperature Biofeedback. Mini-workshops are available by appointment. Sign-up on posted sheets for your designated times at the conference. (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Basic) 

5:00-6:30         Welcome Reception with cash bar 

6:30     Dinner on your own

Saturday, November 8, 2014

8:00- 8:45        Registration

8:45- 9:00        Welcome/Announcements

Tom Gross, President of SBCNA

9:00-10:30       Mindfulness Based Biofeedback: The Integration of Compassion

                   Based Theory

Urszula Klich, PhD

Experts in the growing movement of positive psychology maintain that connecting with others in meaningful ways helps us with physical and emotional health. Yet, despite technology, many would say that people are feeling more disconnected from others than ever before. At a time when major cities are signing a charter for compassion, it’s easy to see the potential impact of increasing individual awareness of self and others through compassion. In biofeedback treatment we are able to facilitate an individual’s learning of more effective coping, stress management, and overall psychophysiological rebalancing strategies. This seminar will delineate a program for merging compassionate practice components with biofeedback for a more integrative treatment. The program will focus on providing a pragmatic set of skills for applying these methods in clinical practice with your preferred biofeedback modalities. We will explore how patients benefit from this combined training approach in accordance with a Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback model of treatment. Connections will be made with other compassion- based programs such as Cognitively Based Compassion Training and METTA or Loving Kindness practice. This program will refer to up to date research related to using compassion and biofeedback tools. Clinical Practice Examples will be presented of its use with several patient populations ranging from generalized anxiety to chronic pain and complex medical illness such as multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Lastly, the seminar will invite questions to promote dialog among practitioners to facilitate learning.   (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Introductory)

 *Concurrent Mini-Workshop:  Peder H. Fagerholm, Ph.D. will conduct one hour mini-workshops including Electrodermal Responses Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, Electromyography Biofeedback, Heart Rate Biofeedback, Neurotechnology 1, Neurotechnology 2, Respiration Biofeedback, and Temperature Biofeedback. Mini-workshops are available by appointment. Sign-up on posted sheets for your designated times at the conference. (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Basic)

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


11:00-12:30     Sensory Processing Disorder: The Roots of Psychopathology

David S. Cantor, Ph.D., MS

Sensory processing disorders (SPD), while not a formal diagnostic category in most mental health diagnostic manuals, is nonetheless a characterization of a number of sensory/perceptual experiences which alter the ability to attend, learn, and adapt to the world. The processes require the careful integration of systems within and between the autonomic nervous system and central nervous system. This presentation will overview the nature of brain functional organization mechanisms and their role in the construct of common reality and how with alteration of these mechanisms, a variety of pathological conditions can arise. The brain functional metrics of these disorders and methods to manipulate them will be discussed (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- 3:00     Integrating Neuroscience Methods into Peak Performance & Medicine                                    Practices

                   David Hagedorn, PhD

Central and autonomic nervous system dysfunction associated with the full spectrum of brain functionality is ideally quantified with integrative electrophysiology and biochemical analysis. The multifactorial nature of cognitive impairment and peak performance necessitates rapid, inexpensive, and easily applied multimodal analysis methods that can offer greater sensitivity and specificity. Recent research findings of cognitive decline evidence by middle age highlights the need for more objective and physiologically precise screening methods that not only identify early markers but direct specific early interventions. Current neuroscience technologies in the areas of electrophysiology (e.g., qEEG, ERPs, ECG, HRV biofeedback, brain stimulation, sLORETA, neurofeedback, Brodmann Area neurofeedback) and biochemistry (e.g., GI health, organic acids, etc.) will be discussed in the context of case analysis with emphasis on ease-of-use, insurance reimbursement, and accessibility to any clinical practice or peak performance program.  (APA CE Credits 1.0 -Intermediate)                

3:00- 3:30        Breakundefined Exhibitors--Meet & Greet Presenters

3:30- 5:00        The Psychobiology of Trauma From a Neurofeedback Perspective

                   Richard Soutar, Ph. D., BCIA-EEG

The approach to NFB articulated in this presentation uses electrophysiology as a starting point to erect a psychobiological perspective of trauma integrating behaviorism and psychodynamic theory utilizing a systems theory paradigm.    Reviewing the operant conditioning theory of Sterman (1996), applied behaviorism of Beck (1995) the work on affective processes by Davidson et al (2000) and Helller et al (1997), the research on fear conditioning and anxiety by LeDoux (1996), and social accuracy theory from Fisk (1991), an effort will be made to provide a useful theoretical perspective for both clinical work and research.  In addition, the Interactive Self Inventory will be presented as an embodiment of this perspective and as a social psychological metric for correlating qEEG and behavior, including statistical validation efforts as well as a review of its present record of eight years of successful implementation in several hundred clinics around the world.  (APA CE Credits 1.5 -Intermediate)

 5:00-6:00         Panel Discussion, Case Study

6:00     Dinner on your own


 Sunday, November 9, 2014

8:00- 8:45        Registration

8:45- 9:00        Welcome/Announcements

Tom Gross, President of SBCNA

9:00-10:00       EEG findings from HEG training

                        Adrian Van Deusen

                        David Cantor Ph.D.

HEG (hemoencephalography) using the NIRS technology has established itself as a robust option to EEG when intake assessments show that prefrontal activation is recommended for Neurofeedback training. The mechanistic foundations of the HEG signal are different than the EEG signal. Comparison and contrast of these two signals has been little studied. As a first look into possible correlates between HEG and EEG, this session will present the clinical decision process for HEG used at Mind and Motion Center and share three cases of HEG training results within an Autistic Spectrum population, using QEEG pre and post HEG training as the independent measure and first excursion into frequency correlation to HEG activation. (APA CE Credits 1.0 -Intermediate) 

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

10:30-12:00     Nutritional Intervention Effectiveness in ADHD

Vicki Steine, LCSW, DSc.

Children with ADHD and co-morbid disorders often suffer from chronic stress in their attempts to manage daily activities and relationships. This chronic stress often results in exacerbation of poor behavior management during the day. In a pilot study, 10 children, ages 7-17, with ADHD and co-morbid disorders were evaluated with brain mapping, neuro-cognitive testing, The Vanderbilt Parent Rating Scale, and Pediatric Checklist before and after receiving 90 days of nutritional supplements to help mediate the effects of stress on brain function, performance, and behavior. This workshop will provide a detailed presentation of the study and outcomes from the intervention.  (APA CE Credits 1.5 - Intermediate)

12:00-12:30     Break- Exhibitors--Meet & Greet Presenters 

12:30-1:30      The CAR and CPU model of reading in children and adults

Kirtley Thornton, PhD

The session will address the QEEG correlates of reading memory across children, adolescents and adults employing the Coordinated Allocation of Resource Model of brain functioning and will introduce the concept of a Central Processing Unit in brain functioning. (APA CE Credits 1.0 - Advanced)

1:30     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.  

Overview of the Conference:

Clinical biofeedback (BFB) and neurofeedback (NFB) training are growing increasingly popular in the United States. Many people are seeking relatively new approaches to healthcare, resulting in an increase in the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use. A recent survey of health and illness-related experiences in the USA alone showed that approximately 38% of adults and 12% of children are using some form of CAM for general healthcare and wellness or to treat a range of symptoms and diseases. According to a 2007 government survey, at that time Americans spent nearly $34 billion on CAM practitioners and products annually.

Research has shown that BFB and NFB interventions are efficacious in treating a variety of symptoms and health conditions. Regardless of whether the biofeedback modality is measuring and training brainwaves, or peripheral measures such as temperature or autonomic function as in heart rate variability, all professional biofeedback interventions work by harnessing internal self regulatory mechanisms as brain based interventions. Biofeedback and Neurofeedback are steadily gaining acceptance by the American public, and are recognized by the National Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine as mind-body therapies. Many doctors and patients think of BFB and NFB as a form of CAM, and both are used in a variety of settings in order to improve academic, athletic and professional performance, as well as health and wellness.


We are offering a combination of hands-on workshops and classroom presentations intended for therapists who may have no biofeedback or neurofeedback experience, with the goal of providing exposure to easily-implemented techniques and inexpensive tools that can enhance their therapeutic practices, and for information-seeking consumers who may be considering using the services of a biofeedback or neurofeedback professional.

Overall Course Learning Objectives:

The SBCNA 2014 Annual Conference is an inter-disciplinary/multi-disciplinary conference that seeks to examine the following:
  • issues relevant to Brain Based Interventions with special attention to the role of biofeedback and neurofeedback.
  • methods and techniques that have the potential to enhance outcomes of brain based interventions including biofeedback and neurofeedback as well as nutritional and metabolic interventions, massage therapies, yoga, mindfulness, or training in optimal breathing.
  • take-home recommendations for strategies and practices that support efficacy of BFB/NFB in brain based interventions.
  • best practice techniques that enhance outcomes for BFB and NFB therapies.

Continuing Education Credits:

This Program, in its entirety, provides  22 APA CE (continuing education) credits. Our Co-sponsor, AAPB (Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback), is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
(Currently Fully Approved)

Social Workers and Counselors receive CE through the NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors). (
Currently Fully Approved)

All CE credits are approved by the BCIA (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance) via APA.

Pre-Conference attendees have an opportunity to earn 4-6 APA CE credits (Thursday, 11-6), depending upon their choice of lecture versus hands-on workshops.

SBCNA is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in it's continuing education activities. SBCNA is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feeling during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Dr. Tom Gross, 828-891-8868, SBCNA.2014.Conference@gmail.com

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