Wednesday Schedule

Wednesday, March 13

 

7:00am-7:00pm


Registration

 

7:00 am-8:00am
 

Continental Breakfast - Workshop Attendees ONLY

 

8:00am-5:00pm
 

WS01 BCIA Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Certificate of Completion Workshop - Part 1
 

PLEASE NOTE: This session ends at 5:30pm
CEUs: 7.5                                                     
Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
Level: Introductory                                   
Focus: Clinical and Research
Who should attend: Biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners, psychologists, clinical counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals and academicians interested in utilizing heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in their practice or research.

Speakers:
Dr. Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB, Professor of Psychology, Truman State University
Dr. Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, Saybrook University
Dr. Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School/Boston Center for Health Psychology

This workshop is designed for biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners, psychologists, clinical counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals and academicians interested in utilizing heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in their practice or research. This workshop will cover 7.5 hours of the BCIA HRV Biofeedback Certificate of Completion Blueprint and will cover cardiac anatomy and physiology, respiratory anatomy and physiology, autonomic nervous system anatomy and physiology, heart rate variability, HRV instrumentation, and HRV measurements. Attendees will review the cardiac, respiratory, and autonomic anatomy and physiology that underlies HRV biofeedback. They will discuss the central role of breathing in diverse disorders like anxiety, hypertension, and chronic pain. Last, they will explain how HRV biofeedback restores autonomic balance and why this is important to health and performance. Attendees will be able to discuss the meaning and sources of HRV, and the correlates of low, normal, and high HRV. The presenters will explain the relationship between aging, disease, and reduced HRV. Attendees will be able explain how to properly use HRV instruments and interpret signals from blood volume pulse, electrocardiogram, and respirometer sensors. The presenters will survey the major artifacts that contaminate recordings from these sensors and show how to prevent or minimize them. Attendees will be able to describe and interpret HRV time and frequency domain measurements.

Learning Objectives:

  • learn how to explain the meaning of HRV, sources of HRV, factors that influence HRV, correlates of low and normal HRV, and the benefits of increased HRV.
  • learn how to explain the physiological basis of HRV and the blood volume pulse (BVP), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer signals.
  • learn how BVP, ECG, and breathing sensors operate, how to perform tracking tests, and how to identify and control artifacts.
  • learn BVP and ECG sensor placements with regard to cultural sensitivity.
  • learn how to explain HRV time-domain and frequency-domain measurement

WS02 The Use of Neurostimulation and QEEG in Clinical Practice: Part 1
 

CEUs: 7                                                         
Track: Basic Science
Level: Intermediate                                   
Focus: Clinical
Who should attend: Anyone interested in Neuromodulation techniques in clinical practice.

Speakers:
Dr. Nicholas Dogris, PhD, QEEG-D, BCN, NeuroField

The purpose of this class is to develop an understanding regarding the use of tDCS, tACS, tRNS, pEMF and synchronized Neurofeedback in clinical practice.  An overview of each neuromodulation modality along with clinical research will be presented.  An overview of the NeuroField software platform will be conducted that will demonstrate how to utilize these modalities in clinical practice.  Participants will get a “hands on” experience with tDCS, tACS, tRNS and pEMF modalities.  Participants will learn the mechanisms of action in regards to tDCS, tACS, tRNS and pEMF and the research supporting these modalities in clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a basic understanding of tDCS, tACS, tRNS and pEMF mechanisms of action.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the impact of tDCS, tACS, tRNS and pEMF on the EEG
  • Develop a basic understanding of QEEG analysis as it is applied to neuromodulation.
  • Develop a basic understanding of how neurostimulation compares to neurofeedback.
  • Develop a basic understanding of how neuromodultation reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety

WS03 Stress: Molecules, Manifestations and Management: ISMA Certificate Course Part 1 - CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION 

 

WS04 Optimal Performance: Single channel to QEEG, Beginners to Olympic, Office to Home Practice
 

CEUs: 7                                          
Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
Level: Intermediate
Focus: Clinical
Who should attend: Those who have some experience in biofeedback/neurofeedback and sport psychology

Speakers:
Dr. Vietta Wilson, PhD, Retired, York University
Dr. Lindsay Thornton, PhD

This workshop has been redesigned to encompass the lessons of 40 years working with elite performers to include international athletes, fortune 500 executives and world renowned surgeons. The workshop will present what we consider a comprehensive training programme for those seeking to optimize performance in any domain. After initial assessments (inventories, interview, psychophysiological profile), the focus will be on how we work with the performer to clarify and meet their performance demands.   The emphasis will be on EEG interpretation with supporting interaction from psychophysiological measurements as the basis for defining a sport specific training programme.  Some typical in- office sessions of bf/nf  to address differing issues (focus, busy brain, etc) as well as tips from Olympic Programmes on how to address competitive pressure, and distractions during competition. These techniques have been successfully implemented for elite performance outside of the sporting arena. With the rapid advancement of mobile responsive technology and AI we also discuss the strengths and pitfalls of an internet athlete-administered home training programme. Articles, references and power points are provided for future reference.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn some techniques to identify the presented and underlying needs of elite performers to be successful in their field
  • Integrate the psychophysiological and personal data to create a more ‘wholistic’ picture of the strengths/weakness as it pertains to optimizing performance
  • See multiple examples of how to take the assessment information and create a personalized training programme that targets the sport specific requirements
  • Provide suggestions/references on what mental skills augment the bf/nf training
  • Determine whether home based bf/nf computer training is reasonable for your practice

WS05 General Introduction to Biofeedback Peripherals Workshop


CEUs: 7                                          
Track: Basic Science (All Levels)
Level: Introductory                     
Focus: Clinical and Research
Who should attend: This course is intended for licensed health professionals.

Speakers:
Mr. Frank de Gregorio, DEC, Thought Technology

This 1-day workshop is for researchers and health professionals who want to learn how to use the latest "cutting edge" biofeedback technology. The morning session provides a general overview of the key features of biofeedback peripherals using the BioGraph Infiniti 6.2.1 software and hardware. Software suites that can be showcased include MultiModalities including Neurofeedback, Physiology, and HRV.     The afternoon session, participants will have an "hands-on" experience using Surface Electromyography (SEMG), Respiration, Temperature, Skin Conductance, Electroencephalography (EEG), SCP, passive infrared ( pIR) ,Heart Rate and Electrocardiology (EKG) with audio and visual multimedia biofeedback screens. In addition, showcasing "TPS" android application.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase exposure on the key features of the BioGraph Infiniti 6.2.1 software and hardware.
  • Describe software trouble shooting/technical specifications. Software suites include MultiModality : Neurofeedback, Physiology, Rehab-Continence, Rehab- Muscle , Z-Score, and HRV
  • monstrate how to use different sensors including Surface Electromyography (SEMG), Respiration, Temperature, Skin Conductance, Electroencephalography (EEG), Slow Cortical Potential ( SCP) , Heart Rate and Electrocardiology (EKG) with audio and visual multi
  • Explain what a virtual data-channel is and how it is related to the raw data from the physical sensor.
  • Describe when proportional and inverse-proportional feedback should be used    

WS06 Foundations of Breathing - Teaching Functional Breathing through Posture, Movement, Vocalization and More


CEUs: 7                                          
Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
Level: Introductory                     
Focus: Clinical
Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning more about functional breathing and how to teach it to others without equipment.

Speakers:
Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB-HRV, Bastyr University

Breathing involves more than effortless diaphragmatic movement. Decompensated physical posture can compromise the musculoskeletal system, creating major obstacles to functional breathing. While biofeedback sensors can generate awareness about breathing rate, rhythm and fluidity as well as muscle tension, it fails to provide information about proper alignment in seated or standing positions, nor suggests exercises to strengthening weakened muscles that influence breathing. During this all-day workshop, the anatomy and physiology of respiration will be briefly reviewed, and location and function of accessory muscles will be addressed. Attendees will learn how to visual assess respiration in seated and standing posture through inspection as well as basic palpation skills. Simple postural adjustments will be introduced to help clients immediately experience changes in effortlessness of breathing. Seated and standing corrective therapeutic exercises will be demonstrated and practiced during this session to help cultivate postural alignment, and instructional handouts will be provided. Finally, various yogic and healing breathing techniques will be examined to demonstrate how they can be used to help teach functional breathing.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review biomechanical and biochemical factors of respiration
  • Practice how subtle postural changes (seated and standing) alter respiration patterns
  • Recognize how to assess breathing patterns visually and through palpation
  • Teach clients subtle postural adjustments to create effortless breathing
  • Practice corrective therapeutic exercises to help cultivate postural alignment          

WS07 QEEG-based Assessments and Interventions – Research and Clinical Outcomes


CEUs: 7                                          
Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
Level: Intermediate                    
Focus: Clinical and Research
Who should attend: Practitioners interested in broadening their practices to include neurofeedback using live z-scores, sLORETA, and pulsed electromagnetic stimulation as therapeutic approaches.

Speakers:
Dr. Thomas  Collura, PhD, MSMHC, QEEG-D, BCN, NCC, LPCC, Brain Enrichment Center
Mr. Jeff Reich, BCN, QEEG-D, Stress Therapy Solutions
Lucas J. Koberda, MD, PhD, Tallahassee Neurobalance Center
Corey Deacon, MSc, DNM, CFMP, BCN, FAARFM candidate, BCAMP, BCHHP, RTN, Neurvana Health

This 1-day workshop will emphasize recent research results using QEEG-based interventions including neurofeedback, neuromodulation, and related methods.  A comprehensive approach emphasizing client presenting issues, underlying brain mechanisms, and practical clinical methods is used.  Protocols combining traditional power training, connectivity, and region-of-interest will be demonstrated and explained.  Methods including stimulation, live z-score training (LZT) and sLORETA brain activation imaging will be presented.  Disorders including anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, and traumatic brain injury will be discussed.  In some cases including live z-scores, theta/beta ratio training, and ISF, controlled studies can be cited, and will be presented and discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate the principles of brain self-regulation in relation to emotion and behavior.
  • Describe cognitive impact of specific brain dysregulation patterns.
  • Describe how a QEEG assessment can be correlated with clinical signs in a functional model.
  • Explain how a clinical practice can apply QEEG and related assessment measures to client evaluation.
  • Describe the roles of neurons and glia in maintaining brain self-regulation and dynamic stability.            

WS08 Concussions in Hockey: A 3-year Study of Patterns of Injury to Junior and Midget Players - CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION

 

WS09 Adding Neurotherapy to Your Practice  BASIC NEUROTHERAPY, CLINICALQ and BRAINDRIVING


CEUs: 7                                          
Track: Basic Science (All Levels)
Level: Introductory                     
Focus: Clinical
Who should attend: Licensed health care providers

Speakers:
Dr. Paul Swingle, PhD, Swingle Clinic

Neurotherapy is rapidly evolving into a primary care option for many disorders.  Problems with mood, anxiety, sleep quality, learning, cognitive processing, pain, addictions, anger management, and age related memory are all amenable to rapid assessment and treatment.  The assessment procedures are simple and straight forward involving assessment of a limited number of brain sites.  Treatment options other than neurofeedback have been developed to markedly accelerate neurotherapy.  These complementary techniques markedly facilitate neurotherapy as a viable primary care alternative to dangerous and often ineffective pharmaceuticals.      The workshop starts with the precise ClinicalQ assessment procedure that determines treatment strategies.  The ClinicalQ data base contains over 1500 clinical patients and has proven to be far more accurate as compared with data bases based on presumptively “normal” subjects. Emphasis is on Braindriving treatment procedures including review of major unconditioned stimuli required for treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn rapid diagnostic procedures
  • Interpret QEEG data
  • Identify common QEEG signatures for simple disorders
  • Recognize EEG patterns for trauma
  • Determine conditions requiring full QEEG

WS10 Stimulation Technologies – Audio-visual Entrainment, Cranio-electro Stimulation and transcranial DC Stimulation – Physiology and Clinical Outcomes


CEUs: 7                                          
Track: Hot Topics
Level: Intermediate                                   
Focus: Research Focused
Who should attend: This course is particularly suited for those who have been practicing with a clinical population for some time and realize the need for some more innovative tools in their tool chest. This applies to nurses, MDs, hypno-therapists, biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners.

Speakers:
Mr. Dave Seiver, CET, Mind Alive Inc.

Since the discovery of photic driving by Adrian and Matthews in 1934, much has been discovered about the benefits of brainwave entrainment (BWE) or audio-visual entrainment (AVE), as it is commonly known today. AVE increases cerebral blood flow, beneficial neurotransmitters, has profound calming effects, induces a meditative mind state, increases brain lactate, triggers heat-shock protective protein and excites micro-glia. Research on the effectiveness of AVE in promoting relaxation, cognition and hypnotic induction, treating ADD, PMS, SAD, PTSD, migraine headache, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and episodic memory is now available. Recent discoveries have shown AVE to be a powerful means of recovery from traumatic brain injuries of a newly discovered type, termed thalamocortical disconnect.    Current interest in cranio-electro stimulation (CES) was initiated in 1914 and was used for the electrical treatment of insomnia. In 1958, the book Electro-Sleep inspired research in Europe and in Eastern Block countries, as well as in South America, Asia and finally the US. Most of the roughly 200 studies have shown CES as a reliable method to reduce anxiety, depression, pain, drug rehab, improve sleep, and improve cognition and IQ. Not everyone responds to CES, but those with a certain qEEG signature respond rapidly and exceptionally. This qEEG signature will be revealed.     Transcranial DC Stimulation (tDCS) has been extensively studied since the 1980s, totalling roughly 750 studies to date. A major advantage of tDCS is that it may be applied directly over an area of concern where the cortical activity over a specific site on the brain may be enhanced or suppressed, much like NF. Over 1000 studies on, tDCS including 200 on stroke rehabilitation (ataxia, apraxia and aphasia) have been published to date.

Learning Objectives:

  • The attendees will be able to describe the basic concept of the technologies and the principles of operation.
  • The attendee will have an understanding how to apply these techniques for the treatment of brain injuries.
  • The attendees will be able to assess if the treatment outcomes are on par with the published research.
  • The attendees will be able to assess which technique to use for various maladies.
  • The attendees will have a basic idea how to apply the technologies to the patient.

12:00 pm-1:00 pm
 

Lunch Break - ON YOUR OWN
 

5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
 

WS11 Healing Heartbreak: Can Neurofeedback Increase Romantic Resiliency?
 

CEUs: 4                                          
Track: Hot Topics
Level: Intermediate                    
Focus: Clinical and Research
Who should attend: Clinicians interested in the neurobiology of romantic attachment, and who are looking for strategies to support clients or patients struggling with unrequited attachments or prolonged grieving.

Speakers:
Ms. Penijean Gracefire, LMHC, BCN, qEEG-D, Independent Clinician

In this first case study of its kind, we examine the neurophysiological underpinnings of romantic love and attachment and discuss how emerging biomedical technology is changing the conversation around whether or not we can measure and interact with the more elusive elements of human emotion.    This project brought together an fMRI researcher, a mental health clinician, and a professional rapper with the intent to explore recent developments in real time 3D brain imaging and neuromodulation techniques. Our question: is it possible to use science to fall out of love?    The initial idea was inspired by Dr. Helen Fisher’s work using fMRI to identify the neural correlates of romantic rejection, so we replicated this study with our rapper as the subject, and confirmed that her fMRI scans registered activity in the same brain regions indicated by Dr. Fisher as engaged when the subject was experiencing unrequited affection or the distressing end of a romantic relationship (Fisher, 2006, Baumeister, 1993;).     Informed by both peer-reviewed publications, and a quantitative EEG analysis of our subject’s brain, we constructed a neuromodulation design based on sLORETA Z-scored feedback. This protocol was intended to support “romantic resiliency”, the capacity to adapt to abrupt or painful changes in one’s emotional landscape in ways which optimize the possibility of experiencing healthy romantic connections.      After nine feedback sessions, we scanned her brain using the Fisher protocol again, and found significant reductions in activity in the brain areas previously identified.    This talk will review the methods and technology used in this initial case study, show the pre and post fMRI and qEEG findings, summarize findings from additional subjects in later case studies, and discuss the relevance of this data to the fields of EEG biofeedback and mental health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify which regions in the brain, indicated by current published research, are recruited when a person is experiencing heartbreak as a result of a disrupted romantic relationship
  • Evaluate the utility of qEEG assessment and sLORETA imaging in determining whether neurofeedback could potentially facilitate a post-relationship recovery arc for a client having difficulty resolving residual romantic feelings
  • Select regions to include in an sLORETA z-score neurofeedback training protocol intended to increase romantic resiliency       

WS12 Integrating Biofeedback & Psychophysiology Training into Sport Psychology Consulting
 

CEUs: 4                                          
Track: Hot Topics
Level: Intermediate                    
Focus: Clinical
Who should attend: Clincians and educators who are interested in working with Olympic and Professional athletes using sport psychology principles along with applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.   Those who are interested in performance enhancing with elite athletes and other performers required psychomotor balance and coordination plus high levels of concentration.

Speakers:
Dr. Wes Sime, PhD, MPH, Professor Emeritus

This presentation is to assist biofeedback professionals gain experience and work with sport psychology clients using strategies and techniques for integrating biofeedback and neurofeedback training into their psychology consulting. The benefits of objective data using psychophysiological training for enhanced self-regulation skills and performance will be provided along with specific ways the training can be used both within the office and at the performance site.     (a) How psychophysiology can enhance your practice.  (b) Mind-Body connection.  (c) Biofeedback training (BFT).  (d) Neurofeedback training (NFT).  (e) Relationship between BFT, NFT, self-regulation and performance.      Modalities    (a) Respiration.  (b) Skin Conductance  (c) Heart Rate Variability  (d) Temperature  (e) Muscle Tension  (f) Brain Waves          BFT / NFT products.  (a) J & J.  (b) Thought Technology.  (c) EmWave  (d) Opti International  (e) Focus Band  (f) Interactive Metronome.          Integrating BFT and NFT into a Sport Psychology consulting   (a) Using a cognitive-behavioral approach.  (b) Assessment.  (c) Developing long-term and brief protocols.  (d) Tracking progress.  (e) Integration from the office to the competition.  (f) Using multiple and single modalities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a general understanding of psychophysiology to expand practice in Mind-Body connections with Biofeedback
  • Develop a specific understanding of how enhanced performance relates to Respiration, Skin Conductance, HRV,Temperature, EMG / EEG           

WS13 Establishing a Strong Foundation for HealthCANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION

 

WS14 From case studies to hands-on: A practical approach to trauma and PTSD
 

CEUs: 4                                          
Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
Level: Introductory                     
Focus: Clinical
Who should attend: Beginning to intermediate practitioners who are interested in working with, or have encountered clients with trauma can benefit from this workshop.

Speakers:
Mr. Santiago Brand, BA, ESP, BCN, BCB, Licensed Psychologist (Colombia)
Ms. Linda Walker, MHR, LPC, BCN, BCB, Licensed Counselor

Many psychological conditions possess a trauma basis. Using psychophysiological modalities to study, evaluate, assess and train the neurobiological substrates could prove key to enhancing psychological healing. This workshop addresses case studies in trauma and PTSD involving the integration of qEEG, neurofeedback, biofeedback and other modalities. EEGs, stress profiles and recorded training data are presented to illustrate how psychophysiological interventions are important not only to assess, but also to provide optimal, evidence-based outcomes.

Morning sessions consist of case study presentations, the anatomy and physiology of the trauma response the core elements of trauma and how they manifest on a psychophysiological level. Afternoon sessions provide hands-on opportunities to practice HRV biofeedback and Alpha/Theta neurofeedback exercises that can be used in trauma interventions.

Participants are able to apply three (3) workshop case studies toward those required for BCIA mentoring. BCIA mentoring forms will be available for participants to complete.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify several appropriate psychophysiological interventions that can be used in trauma
  • Participants will be able to list the core elements of trauma and how they relate to their interventions
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate appropriate application of two specific psychophysiological modalities in trauma interventions
  • Participants will be able to summarize the characteristics of traumatic events
  • Participants will be able to provide at least three examples of how psychophysiological interventions can be integrated in trauma remediation
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