2015 AAPB Webinar 6: Adding HRVB to Exposure Therapy with Trauma Patients
Presented by Richard Gevirtz, Distinguished Professor, PhD, CSPP, Alliant International University
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Although prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy and eye movement desensitization have been shown to be more effective than no treatment or other therapies in treating trauma symptoms, based on effect sizes, they leave much room for improvement. HRVB has been shown to be effective for a variety of disorders. In this webinar, I will review the case for adding HRVB to exposure therapies. A treatment rationale and model is presented after a brief review of HRV and HRVB.
Professionals who complete this webinar will gain:
- Describe the protocol for finding "resonance frequency" breath rate.
- Discuss the limitations of exposure therapies.
- Describe the protocol of adding HRVB to exposure therapies.
- Discuss the possible mechanisms that mediate symptom reduction in trauma victims.
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Richard Gevirtz, PhD, 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.