NRBS 43rd Annual Meeting

AAPB Invites You to Join

NRBS for a Special Event!

November 16, 2019

8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.


 What: Live Streaming of NRBS’s 43rd annual conference from Boston, MA!

 How: Watch from your home or office and earn 6.5 APA-approved continuing education credits!

 Overview: AAPB is partnering with NRBS for this live streaming event and AAPB will get a portion of your registration fee! (See page 2 for more details on registration.)

 Target Audience: Both early career bio/neurofeedback practitioners and those who are seasoned clinicians who wish to enhance their practice will benefit from this opportunity to live stream this day of NRBS’s conference.

      Instructional Level: All levels; see below.

AAPB is honored to partner with NRBS to provide you a chance to live stream this conference day with four great speakers! 


NRBS’s 43rd Annual Conference

Program for Saturday, November 16, 2019

(CE hours shown in parentheses)

7:45-8:30 a.m.                 Welcome (Note: You must be logged in by 8:00 a.m. to received CE credits.)

8:30-9:30 a.m.                 Leon Morales, MD, PhD: Medication Effects on the EEG (1.0)

9:30-9:40 a.m.                 Vendor Demonstration: Stens Corporation

9:40-10:40 a.m.               Thomas Collura, PhD, Database Development, Part 1 (1.0)

10:40-11:00 a.m.            Break

11:00-11:30 a.m.            Thomas Collura, PhD: Database Development, continued (0.5)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   Stuart Donaldson, PhD: The Relationship of the MTBI Subscales (QEEG) to Different Variables thus Streamlining Treatment (1.0)

12:35-1:50 p.m.              Lunch Break

1:50-2:00 p.m.                 Vendor Demo:

2:00-3:30 p.m.                 Bessel van der Kolk, MD: Neurofeedback and the Treatment of Developmental

                                           Trauma (1.5)

3:30-4:00 p.m.                 Break

4:00-5:30 p.m.                 Bessel van der Kolk, MD: Obstacles to the Dissemination of Neurofeedback (1.5)

Continuing Education Credits

· This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 6.5 APA-approved continuing education credits (applied for).

· BCIA approved credits to meet requirements for BCIA recertification.

· Attention LPCs, Social Workers and Other Mental Health Professionals: Many state licensing boards accept APA-approved CE credits for mental health professionals. Check with your board to see if they will accept the APA-approved credits for this live streaming event.


Registration Information

Fees: $195 to register + $35 for an optional continuing education certificate. (AAPB will receive $45 of your registration fee!)

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 Upon registering, you will be sent the log-in information to access the live streaming on November 16th as well as directions on how to access the presenters’ handouts in DropBox.

Refund Policy: As there will be a video you can view after the conference, there is no refund for the live streamed presentations. If you pay for a CE certificate and are unable to watch the live streaming, NRBS will refund the $35 certificate fee, minus a $10 processing fee, as there are no CEs for watching the video.

For More Information: Contact [insert name and contact info for your organization]. For information specific to the presenters and their presentations, contact Angelika Sadar at 610-933-9440 or


Session Descriptions & Learning Objectives

Session 1: Leon Morales, MD, PhD:

Medication Effects on the EEG: Very often, patients will come for neurofeedback training while they are actively taking medications and/or other chemicals that have an effect on the brain. This presentation will address the potential effects of prescribed ad non-prescribed medications on the EEG and will address how to initiate and pursue neurofeedback training while the patient continues and/or reduces the medication (always under the supervision of a medical practitioner.  The presentation will include references to anatomy and physiology, treatment risks and biomarkers associated with medication success.


 Learning Objectives Introductory:

Participants will be able to:

· Differentiate between placebo effects and placebo response

· List the effects of traditional ADHD medications on the EEG

· Explain three biomarkers that suggest medication as an indicated treatment option.


Session 2: Thomas Collura, PhD

Database Development: This talk will describe the scientific and technical basis for the development and use of databases in QEEG and in neurofeedback.  The principles involved in selecting subjects for inclusion, and exclusion criteria will be enumerated and discussed.  The mathematical and statistical methods used to create references will be described, including how various power and connectivity measures are computed and interpreted.  The currently available and published databases will be compared using statistical methods that show that while there is substantial agreement among the most-used databases each database may have its own strengths and weaknesses.  The use of databases in assessment and in live neurofeedback will be shown.


 Learning Objectives – Intermediate:

Participants will be able to able to:

· Describe how a QEEG database can be constructed, including selection of subjects.

· Explain how the metrics used in a QEEG database such as power and connectivity, reflect relevant brain function.

· Describe how a QEEG assessment can be correlated with clinical signs in a functional model.

· Describe how a database can be used in a neurofeedback protocol using live z-scores.


Session 3: Stuart Donaldson, PhD

The Relationship of the MTBI Subscales (QEEG) to Different Variables thus Streamlining Treatment: The session will be a continuation of materials presented on Friday.  Particular focus will be on the use of FFT power ratios to develop a treatment plan.  Information sheets will be provided which illustrates the use of the techniques in providing visual feedback for the subjects, coaches and managers. 


Learning Objectives Introductory:

Participants will be able to:

· Participants will learn how to develop a treatment protocol utilizing different predictors from the qEEG.

· Participants will learn how to use a new tool to provide feedback for players and coaches.

· Participants will be able to explain to coaches how to assess return to play.




Session 4: Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Neurofeedback and the Treatment of Developmental TraumaTrauma directly affects the developing brain and specific brain functions responsible for attention, concentration, regulation emotions and engaging in satisfying relationships. Many traumatized individuals continue to feel chronically on edge, even after treatment. Medications may make life more manageable, but they also affect motivation and curiosity, rarely leading to increased focus, relaxation and engagement. In this lecture, we will discuss the impact of trauma on brain development, and will give an in-depth survey of a promising way to re-wire the damage done by trauma.  We will review what neurofeedback is, however we study it, and the remarkable results that have been obtained thus far.  We will also cover why neurofeedback is currently not eligible for insurance reimbursement, and how action can be taken to change this.


Learning Objectives Introductory:

Participants will be able to:

· Review recent developments in neuroscience as they relate to the treatment of PTSD

· Review recent developments in the treatment of PTSD, and the effects that they have been shown to

   have on the recovery of traumatized individuals.

· Describe the acquisition of affect regulations and executive functioning through neurofeedback.


Session 5: Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Obstacles to the Dissemination of Neurofeedback: Neurofeedback is a method of treatment that collects brainwave activity from sensors pasted on the skull, projects them on a computer screen, and then changes neural circuits by playing computer games with those brain waves. Though there are numerous cases of remarkable results from neurofeedback, it is still not a widely accepted method of treatment amongst the greater medical community. This lecture will examine how a lack of standardization and collaboration within the neurofeedback community has kept neurofeedback from a wider acceptance within the medical field, and how the community can take steps to better serve its own interests.


Learning Objectives Introductory:

Participants will be able to:

· Look at obstacles to wider acceptance of neurofeedback.

· Examine ways the neurofeedback community can serve its interests.

· Explain how the certification of providers can help promote the field of neurofeedback.


Speaker Bios


Leon Morales: Dr. Leon Morales-Quezada is a physician-scientist with experience in neurocognitive rehabilitation, noninvasive neuromodulation, applied psychophysiology, and technology development for neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Morales-Quezada received his MD degree from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes and completed clinical training in emergency medicine and intensive care. He also completed a fellowship and Masters in Neuropsychology Rehabilitation at Touro College, a PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences from De Montfort University in Leicester UK and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Morales-Quezada completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the Harvard-NIH program, at the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH), Harvard Medical School. Dr. Morales-Quezada research interests focus on noninvasive neuromodulation, the placebo effect, and technology development applied in rehabilitation and behavioral medicine.



Thomas Collura: Thomas F. Collura, Ph.D., MSMHC, QEEG-D, BCN, NCC, LPCC is Clinical Director at the Brain Enrichment Center.  He earned his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Neuroscience, and also has undergraduate degrees from Brown University in Philosophy and Biology.  He has been on the staff of the Department of Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, as a neurological computing scientist and clinical instructor in neurophysiology, and has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and is a National Certified Counselor and is certified in Quantitative EEG and in Neurofeedback.  He is the author of “Technical Foundations of Neurofeedback” published by Taylor/Francis.  He is a Past President of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR), and Past President of AAPB.  He is a certified mentor with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Dr. Collura has published dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and research reports.  At the Brain Enrichment Center, he provides counseling and neurofeedback services, and directs clinical and basic research.


Stuart Donaldson: Stuart Donaldson received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in 1989.  He has been licensed as a psychologist in the province of Alberta since 1977.  His original interests lay in the area of surface electromyography (SEMG) studying muscle activity and low back pain.  His doctoral works lead to the development of the use of SEMG in dynamic assessment and treatment in various muscle conditions, specializing in myofascial pain syndromes.  He studied myofascial pain syndromes, carpal tunnel syndromes, low back pain and headaches.  In 1995 his work on headaches was recognized when he won the prestigious award “The Outstanding Contribution to the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Literature” as presented by the American Journal of Pain Management.  In 1995 he became interested in fibromyalgia combining the SEMG work with qEEG assessments. In 2000 Stu was appointed to the Expert Consensus Panel by the National Fibromyalgia Association and Government of Canada to study and develop a consensus document about fibromyalgia.  He has published extensively in the areas of chronic pain, myofascial pain and fibromyalgia. His present interests include the use of the qEEG in evaluating concussions (mild traumatic brain injury) in the general population including Junior A Hockey players.  Presently he is conducting a 4-year study of concussions in junior hockey with 2 papers published to date.  He is director of Myosymmetries – a multidisciplinary treatment center.  The clientele seen at Myosymmetries includes mild traumatic brain injury (usually post motor vehicle accidents and sports injuries), anxiety and depression, and ADD. 


Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist whose work integrates mind, brain, body, and social connections to understand and treat trauma. He is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and Medical Director of the Trauma Center in Boston. Bessel is the author of more than 150 peer reviewed scientific articles, including two major scientific publications on neurofeedback for PTSD and four books, including the New York Times best-seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.



The views of the presenters are theirs and do not necessary represent a position by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) or the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society. Both Societies are committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association Ethical Principles for Psychologist. Please address questions, concerns and complaints to NRBS at Complaints about logistical issues or concerns should be sent to NRBS at There is no commercial support for AAPB’s participation in thr live streaming, nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenters, program content, research grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicted of interest. AAPB and NRBS entered into an informal agreement for this event, whereby AAPB will receive a portion of each registration.  



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