2016 AAPB Webinar 1: Breath Training as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy and Medical Care
Presented by Donald Moss, PhD, Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook
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Psychotherapists can facilitate and deepen verbal psychotherapy and aid patients in calming dys-regulated autonomic nervous systems by the use of breath training. Biofeedback practitioners regularly employ paced breathing as a component in relaxation training. Diaphragmatic and yogic breathing are familiar tools in meditative practice. Dysfunctional respiration contributes to asthma, anxiety (panic), functional cardiac symptoms, chronic pain, and other syndromes. This workshop overviews the psychophysiology of respiration, the role of carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the bloodstream, the role of maladaptive breathing in producing systemic hypocapnia, cerebral hypoxia, and a host of physical and emotional symptoms. The workshop introduces the Nijmegen questionnaire as a tool to identify the likely presence of maladaptive breathing. The presenter reviews research on the use of yogic breath practices. The workshop includes demonstrations of procedures for assessing breathing, for effective training of mindful, effortless diaphragmatic breathing using biofeedback instrumentation, and for effective breath training without instrumentation.
Professionals who complete this webinar will gain:
- Attendees will understand the psychophysiology of respiration, and the contributions of respiration to anxiety and functional medical symptoms.
- Attendees will learn a questionnaire approach to identifying patients for whom maladaptive respiration plays a role in medical and emotional symptoms.
- Attendees will learn basic techniques for assessing respiration, including the use of a capnometer, a biofeedback pneumograph, postural assessment, and observation, to identify current deficiencies in carbon dioxide, fast breathing, breath holding, thoracic breathing, and reverse breathing.
- Attendees will learn a simple protocol for training mindful, effortless, paced, diaphragmatic breathing without any instrumentation.
- Attendees will also learn training strategies for respiratory biofeedback training.
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Donald Moss, PhD is Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University. Dr. Moss has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association and president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). He is a delegate for Division 30 to APA's Council of Representatives. He is currently treasurer for the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), is a delegate to the International Society for Hypnosis, and served in the past as program chair for AAPB and workshop co-chair for SCEH. He is a Board member of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), and on the advisory board for the International Network for Integrative Mental Health. He is co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood, 1998).