2020 Virtual PROGRAM OF EVENTS - Dec 3

*Sessions subject to change

Thursday, December 3

Time: 10:30 AM Eastern/9:30 AM Central/8:30 AM Mountain/ 7:30 AM Pacific

Meditation Session

Duration: 30 minutes                   CE Credits: 0


Time: 11:00 - 12:30 pm Eastern/10:00 - 11:30 AM Central/9:00 - 10:30 AM Mountain/ 8:00 - 9:30 AM Pacific

BOS10: Applications in Chronic Pain Management

Presented by: Peter Behel, MA; JP (Jack) Ginsberg, PhD; Christopher Gilbert, PhD

Duration: 90 minutes                   CE Credits: 1.5

Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance

Level: INTERMEDIATE: Content builds upon the learner's foundational knowledge, familiarity with the literature and/or experience in a content area. Programming at this level includes more depth than at a beginning level program. It could also serve as a refresher course for individuals who have background in a content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.

Focus: 100% Clinical

Target Audience: Practitioners who are interested in chronic pain.

Session Description: Comprehensive pain management has emerged as its own stand-alone application area based upon the circumstances leading to the development of the chronic pain syndrome. Recent history suggests that the indefinite use of opioids to manage this condition may not be without its own set of complications. The purpose of this panel is to provide a basis for managing chronic pain from a functionally-based perspective, apart from the use of medications.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Peter Behel is a long time biofeedback practitioner, originally becoming certified by the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America in 1980. A former President of the Biofeedback Society of California, Peter has for the past 39 years practiced in multiple clinical and hospital settings. He began practicing in a functionally-based, rehabilitative hospital setting originally in 1986, and was later a member of a behavioral medicine staff at a psychiatric hospital in 1990. He is currently involved in private practice in Santa Rosa, Ca.

J.P. Ginsberg holds appointments at the Columbia (SC) VA Health Care System and University of South Carolina School of Medicine and School of Public Health and has been as advocate for integrative management of chronic pain and PTSD using Autonomic Self-Regulation (ASR) a a mind-body treatment for one a decade. He was Co-Chair of the Program Committee for the March 2019 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the AAPB and currently is Co-PI on a VA-funded grant studying treatment effects of ASR on chronic pain in Veterans.

Christopher Gilbert led the biofeedback program at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco’s chronic pain program for 15 years, and now does similar work for UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He will describe how a psychophysiological approach, including techniques such as cognitive therapy, imagery, hypnosis, and biofeedback, interacts with the neurophysiology underlying chronic pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Account for autonomic influences on pain signal processing.
  • Distinguish physiological mechanisms that contribute to the development of the chronic pain syndrome.
  • Recognize the relationship between HRV and chronic pain.
  • Review how cognitive therapy and hypnosis interact with the neurophysiology and biochemistry underlying chronic pain.


Time: 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern/12:00 - 1:00 PM Central/11:00 - 12:00 PM Mountain/ 10:00 - 11:00 AM Pacific

BOS04: Overcoming Anxiety and Negative Thoughts for High Performance

Presented by: Leah Lagos, Psyd, BCB

Duration: 60 minutes                   CE Credits: 1

Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance

Level: ADVANCED: Builds upon established experience, knowledge and skills in the content area. This may include more diverse applications to specific populations or a novel application of the skill presented. Advanced level programming tends to be more specialized in nature, and allows the learner to integrate and enhance knowledge and skills into their practice or other professional domains.

Focus: 70% Clinical/30% Research

Target Audience: Clinicians and researchers interested in optimizing human health and performance.

Session Description: As students or athletes experience physical as well as emotional anxiety, whether related to a health or performance goal, there is a tendency for accelerated negative thinking.  Sometimes, the individual will experience a cascade of doubts before engaging in a competitive moment.  Others may have difficulty screening out negative thoughts while performing.  The ability to turn off the mind and stay positive following performance is critical for recovery.  Many peak performers, ranging from medical doctors to elite athletes, experience a cardiovascular response with their heart rate pounding in their chest or unconsciously communicate feelings of defeat to their brain through their reclined posture.  The purpose of this one-hour joint presentation is to explore frequent challenges that high performers face in controlling their thoughts such as rigid thinking, feeling trapped or stuck, and negative self-talk.  Presenters will then introduce specific physiological strategies, for addressing these challenges, which are based on research and clinical experiences, working around the world with high-performance individuals in music, the arts, business, and sports. Through an interactive, experiential based presentation, participants will learn clinically useful skills for not only conquering anxiety but to improve cognitive functioning during critical moments.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Leah Lagos, PsyD, is a clinical and sport psychologist and BCIA Board Certified biofeedback provider in Manhattan, New York.  She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, with a specialization in sport psychology, from Rutgers University.  During her senior year of graduate school, Dr. Lagos was appointed  as a faculty member of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University to create and operate a biofeedback center for Rutgers' athletes.  Highlights of her work with athletes include conducting interviews for NFL teams, as part of Professional Sports Consultants, for more than 9 years. Dr. Lagos has served as a consultant to PGA tour players to provide on-site support at tournaments such as the Masters' Tournament in Augusta, GA. Dr. Lagos has also served as a consultant to US Olympians providing consultation and on-site support at venues such as the London Olympics.  As a consulting psychological expert for the media, Dr. Lagos has appeared on the Today Show, NBC Nightly, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated News and ESPN.  She is a consulting editor for Biofeedback Magazine: Clinical Journal and was the Guest Editor of the 2015 spring issue.  She is the Co-Chair of the Optimal Performance Section of the American Association of Physiology and Biofeedback.  Dr. Lagos is also an appointed biofeedback provider for athletes and patients of several hospital programs in the New York metro area.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss concepts of posture, breathing, and mindfulness and their relevance to cognitive functioning,
  • Identify frequent cognitive challenges that high performing individuals face before, during, and after competitions.
  • Observe and experience specific postural and HRV biofeedback techniques for reducing rigidity and increasing openness of thoughts and emotions.
  • Experience how these biofeedback-based skills can be used to effectively and quickly improve cognitive agility.
  • Learn how to apply these skills in training high performing individuals to your own practice.


Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM Eastern/1:30 - 2:30 PM Central/12:30 - 1:30 PM Mountain/ 11:30 - 12:30 pm Pacific

BOS35: Cognition and Quality of Life in Pediatric Focal Epilepsy: An Exploratory Randomized Double-blinded Sham-controlled 3-parallel-arm Trial of Neurofeedback

Presented by: Diana Martinez, MD PhD

Duration: 60 minutes                   CE Credits: 1

Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance

Level: INTERMEDIATE: Content builds upon the learner's foundational knowledge, familiarity with the literature and/or experience in a content area. Programming at this level includes more depth than at a beginning level program. It could also serve as a refresher course for individuals who have background in a content area and are interested in learning more contemporary applications.

Focus: 50% Clinical/50% Research

Target Audience: Physicians, psychologist,  researcher, students

Session Description: Current conventional epilepsy treatments are not always considering to improve epilepsy comorbidities. The effectiveness of the treatment is not necessary to keep a state of seizure-free, but rather an improvement in functions to help people who suffer from epilepsy to become more independent and productive in life.  There is an urgent need to explore non- pharmaceutical/non-invasive interventions that can help in that regard.  The earlier patients are treated with this condition, the more likely it is to prevent severe disabilities over time.   Neurofeedback is a self-modulatory brain activity oscillatory intervention that previous researchers have found to reduce seizure frequency in patients with epilepsy.    The aim of this presentation is to showed the results of a recent publication that is about to be published comparing two Neurofeedback techniques that have shown some efficacy in improving symptoms in epilepsy.  The novelty of this study is to explore further and included clinical, neurophysiological and cognitive outcomes in order to assess in more detail the effectiveness of epilepsy comorbidities.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Diana Martinez is a medical doctor with a specialty in Neurorehabilitation. She received her medical degree from University of Aguascalientes, Mexico in 2002, Fellowship in Neurological Rehabilitation from IAHP, Philadelphia, USA in 2006; M.Sc in Neurological Rehabilitation in 2009, Fellowship in Neurophysiology from University Hospital, Cleveland, USA in 2012 and PhD from De Montfort University from Leicester, UK in 2018. She has 15 years of experience treating severe brain injured patients in United States, Mexico, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, Colombia and Honduras. She developed, along with other professionals, an integrative intervention to rehabilitated neurological conditions including neurofeedback and other non-invasive brain stimulation techniques. She is the CEO (since 2012) of Neocemod (Neuromodulation Center), Mexico City and Aguascalientes, Mexico, with experience treating patients with epilepsy, learning disorders, behavioral disorder, mood disorders, sleep disorders, TBI and CP. She has extensive experience in neurophysiology, EEG/qEEG/ERP interpretation. Also, she is an international consultant for Neurofeedback professionals and currently she combines clinical work, and research; which lead to study the effects of Neurofeedback in epilepsy for her PhD thesis. She continues received invitations to give lectures and workshops for ISNR, BFE, NRBS and SMNB (Mexican Neurofeedback society) and other international neurological and neurophysiology societies.    In 2017 she became the Director of Neurofeedback Clinic at Trauma Center at JRI in Boston and currently she is cofounder of Boston Neurodynamics offering high quality training and consulting for neurophysiological evaluations, neurofeedback,biofeedback and noninvasive brain stimulation interventions. She is the current president of the Mexican Neurofeedback Society.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand epilepsy and their comorbidities in order to have a better clinical approach.
  • Understand the two neurofeedback modalities studied to be effective treating epilepsy
  • Understand the importance of clinical assesments to evaluate progress in epilepsy
  • NFB can improve cognitive performance in pediatric participants with pharmacoresponsive focal epilepsy.


Time: 4:00 - 5:30 PM Eastern/3:00 - 4:30 PM Central/2:00 - 3:30 PM Mountain/ 1:00 - 2:30 PM Pacific

BOS26: Crappy Cases: Should I Zig, Zag, or Drive Off the Cliff?

Presented by: Saul Rosenthal, Phd, BCB, BCB+HRV, BCN; Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, BCB-HRV; Ethan Benore, PhD, BCB, ABPP; Angelika Sadar, MA BCN

Duration: 90 minutes                   CE Credits: 1.5

Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance

Level: INTRODUCTORY: Content is designed for psychologists who may have little to no background in a specialized skill or content area.  Through this level of programming, the learner can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of a content area. An introductory level program also may serve as the foundation for subsequent intermediate and advanced learning. Introductory level programming may also be related to an emerging area of knowledge or practice. Although this content can be used as a foundation for more advanced learning, an introductory level program may simply focus on breadth, enrichment or general knowledge.

Focus: 70% Clinical/30% Research

Target Audience: This workshop is primarily focused on newer practitioners, but will prove useful for anyone who has experienced a treatment failure, regardless of experience.

Session Description: When learning new skills, we are often told, “Making mistakes is essential to learning.” However, when it comes down to it, most case presentations, conferences, papers, and books describe successful cases, either illustrating prototypical responses to designated protocols, or highlighting the skills of the practitioner in pulling off a last-minute success.    If it is true that “failures” provide the best opportunity to learn, it makes sense to carefully examine cases that do not go well. In that spirit, we propose a symposium focusing on treatment failures and what we can learn from them. Experienced clinicians will present bio- and neurofeedback cases that went wrong. Each will discuss why they think it went badly, how they managed, and what they and the audience can learn from it.     This symposium has two primary goals. First, to acknowledge that change is complex and not always predictable, even with “objective” data. Applied psychophysiology reinforces the belief that there is a strong causal relation between objectively-collected data and change. This is clearly inaccurate, primarily because change is much more complex than even our most sophisticated abilities to collect data and provide feedback. It is useful to investigate cases in which treatment is done well but outcomes are still poor.    The second goal of this symposium is for experienced practitioners to model a constructive response to treatment failure, including self care. We focus on what we, as therapists, can do to take care of ourselves when we make a mistake or when treatment is simply not working despite our best efforts. Audience members, regardless of their skill level, will benefit from experienced and admired members of our community discussing their own response to treatment failures. How we, as professionals, respond to problematic outcomes has vital implications for the effectiveness and longevity of our field.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Saul Rosenthal, PhD, BFB, BCN, BCB-HRV is a developmental and clinical psychologist in the Boston area. Over the past twenty years he has built expertise in integrating approaches to health, primarily drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. He works with patients across the lifespan to help them manage persistent health issues. Dr. Rosenthal has also worked in a variety of medical and community health educational settings, including serving as Training Director and Biofeedback Coordinator of Behavioral Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He also oversaw the biofeedback and training programs in the Primary Care Behavioral Health service at the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Medical Center. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rosenthal presents to a wide variety of audiences on topics related to biofeedback and applied psychophysiology. He is also involved in training, supervision and biofeedback mentoring.

Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and performance excellence training using biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Khazan is recognized as a pioneer in the area of mindfulness-based biofeedback. She teaches nationally and internationally, including at institutions such as the US Navy Special Warfare, US Army Special Forces, and the Stuttgart Opera and Ballet Company. Dr. Khazan is a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy (IMP), Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), and Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), where she is currently chair elect. Dr. Khazan is the author of numerous journal articles and 2 books: Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness and Biofeedback and Mindfulness in Everyday Life: practical solutions for improving your health and performance.

Dr. Benore received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University, with a focus on Child Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. He completed a residency at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the current Head of the Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Benore’s clinical and research focus is on pain and sleep in children—predominately focusing on how biobehavioral factors influence pain perception and daily functioning. He is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also board certified in biofeedback and is the current President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

Angelika Sadar is a licensed psychologist who is board certified in Neurofeedback and Heart Rate Variability. She has been in private practice in the greater Philadelphia area since 1985. She is a treatment coordinator at Sadar Psychological and a nationally recognized speaker providing education and offering training to other professionals in neurofeedback, biofeedback, and hypnosis. She is the Executive Director of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society and is on the board of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the practitioner, client, and treatment factors that contribute to poor treatment outcome.
  • Explain the importance of looking beyond the data to treat the patient.
  • Discuss the use of self compassion by the practitioner to cope with poor treatment outcomes, and reduce burnout and empathy fatigue.


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