2012 AAPB Webinar 1: The Underlying Science and Applicability of Open Focus
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Stress, and the poor ability to cope with stress, can negatively affect everything in our lives - our health, relationships, performance, and emotional well-being. Open Focus training is a practical and effective method for reducing stress-related symptoms and enhancing well-being, using principles developed out of the field of biofeedback. Open Focus is an attention training technique that teaches attentional flexibility. Although attention is the most basic behavior in which we engage, it is not a behavior that has been widely investigated, discussed or understood. Because Open Focus attention training encourages awareness of how we attend to experience, as well as to the space out of which these experiences arise and exist, it changes how we habitually pay attention. By changing how we habitually attend, we impact our brain activity and central nervous system functioning. This webinar will help you gain an understanding of how to integrate Open Focus into your professional practice. It will provide techniques for using attention tools and show you how to integrate Open Focus with Biofeedback, EMDR and psychotherapy.
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:
- Increase their knowledge of the history and underlying science of Open Focus attention training;
- Identify the applicability of Open Focus as a tool for patients/ clients who are engaged in learning to self regulate by using psycho physiological tools;
- Identify the impact of focus and attention on physiology and emotions;
- Provide two or three experiential exercises illustrating Open Focus;
- Increase knowledge of practitioner guidelines to assist in increasing proficiency to implement Open Focus in practice;
- Learn tips for using Open Focus to increase musical, artistic, athletic, business and academic performance;
- Gain a preliminary understanding of how Open Focus promotes social interaction and engagement;
- Increase knowledge of the use of dissolving pain technique with client's emotional issues, specifically anxiety, fear, depression, trauma and abandonment.
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Les Fehmi, PhD, Director, Princeton Biofeedback Centre, LLC, is a founding member of the Biofeedback Society of America (now AAPB). For over 40 years he has conducted research and maintained a clinical practice in the area of attention, specializing in multi-channel, phase-synchronous neurofeedback. He developed Open Focus T training and is co-author of "The Open-Focus Brain" and "Dissolving Pain."
Susan Shor Fehmi, MSW, LCSW, Executive Direction, Princeton Biofeedback Centre, LLC in Princeton, NJ, has been teaching Open FocusT and neurofeedback for over 30 years, specializing in multi-channel, phase-synchronous, brain-wave training. Her major interest is in the integration of neurofeedback, attention training and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Rae Tattenbaum, MSW, LCSW, BCN, Director of Inner Act Center for Performance, is committed to guiding clients to optimize their daily lives by introducing them to psychophysiology as well as a set of tools. Based on Dr. Fehmi's Open Focus Exercise, Rae has created programs for musicians, golfers, signers, dancers, writers, golfers and students taking SATs and business people who use a combination of Dr. Fehmi's recordings and Rae's recordings as an anchor in their routines. Seventeen years ago, Rae trained weekly for a year with Dr. Fehmi and Susan Shor in Open Focus techniques. She has served as the guest editor for three issues of the AAPB's Biofeedback Magazine highlighting optimal erformance.