2014 AAPB Webinar 3: The Integration of Compassion Based Theory with Biofeedback Treatment
Presented by Urszula Klich, PhD - Shepherd Center
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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, its 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 individuals learning of more effective coping, stress management, and overall psychophysiological rebalancing strategies. This webinar 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. Furthermore, as compassion is associated with our emotional response to suffering, training in it is particularly relevant to those who provide care to others. Thus, we will touch on Compassionate Self Care and invite questions to promote dialog among practitioners to facilitate learning.
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:
- Participants will be able to define compassion as a practice, and provide two examples of the benefits of its use with clients.
- Participants will be able to identify two well-known compassion- based theories and corresponding treatment programs.
- Participants will be able to identify a model for incorporating progressive concepts of compassion into individual and group therapy treatment.
- Participants will be able to discuss special considerations in identifying the need for, and applying, conmpassion- based practice in treatment.
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Dr. Urszula Klich is a clinical psychologist with nearly 20 years of clinical experience, much of which involves complex medical populations. During her extensive work with pain patients, she has cultivated a treatment philosophy of integrative medicine focused on fostering each individual's healing power to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Through specialized techniques she has developed, such as Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback, she helps individuals cope with challenges ranging from everyday stress and anxiety to catastrophic injuries and serious illness.
At Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, she has witnessed the tremendous pain management benefits that the approach has yielded for patients with catastrophic injuries and neurologic, musculo-skeletal, and degenerative disease, such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and complex regional pain syndrome. Her focus is on restoring function, improving quality of life, and reducing medication dependence. She is committed to helping people bridge the gap between their current way of living and their potential.
She is excited about speaking for The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback because of the tremendous impact she has seen biofeedback have over the years with helping individuals manage challenges ranging from everyday stress and anxiety to dealing with catastrophic injuries and serious illness. She looks forward to interactive with webinar participants, which will serve to nurture the richness of the biofeedback community. Readers who are interested in learning more about the science and everyday application of biofeedback, mindfulness and self-awareness through Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback are invited to check out Dr. Klichs website MyMindfulwayoflife.com.