2020 Virtual PROGRAM OF EVENTS - Dec 4

*Sessions subject to change

Friday, December 4

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

BOS07: A Bio-psycho-social Perspective on Trauma

Presented by: Richard Gevirtz, PhD, BCB, AAPB Honorary Fellow; Constance Dalenberg, PhD; Carolyn Allard, PhD; Julian Thayer, PhD

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: Any clinician interested in trauma

Session Description: In this symposium, we will present a broad theoretical approach to the etiology and treatment of trauma related disorders. We start with an evolutionary perspective (presented by Dr. Constance Dalenberg, a noted Trauma researcher and clinician), move to the emotional aspects involving shame and guilt (presented by Dr. Carolyn Allard, incoming president of Dvision 56 in APA)) , and conclude with the biology of trauma disorders (presented by Dr. Richard Gevirtz, a noted  heart rate variability biofeedback[HRVB] researcher and clinician). In each case the background information has implications for treatment. In this vein, we try to show that HRVB may potentiate other treatment modalities because it opens up non-verbal pathways involving the autonomic nervous system. Dr Julian Thayer will then tie these threads to the Neurovisceral Theory regulating the Central Autonomic System (CAN).

PRESENTER BIO(s): Dr. Richard Gevirtz 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.

Dr. Julian F. Thayer received his B.A. with Honors from Indiana University and his Ph.D. from New York University in psychophysiology with a minor in quantitative methods. Dr. Thayer has held faculty positions at Penn State University and the University of Missouri. Before moving to the Ohio State University in 2006 as the Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology, Dr. Thayer was Chief of the Emotions and Quantitative Psychophysiology Section in the Laboratory of Personality and Cognition at the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Thayer is currently Distinguished University Professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine and the Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology Emeritus at the Ohio State University. He has published over 400 research papers and book chapters covering a wide range of topics including behavioral medicine, cardiology, emotion, psychopathology, bioengineering, research design and multivariate statistical techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the evolutionary perspective on trauma
  • Learn how shame and guilt affect the processing of traumatic events
  • Learn how incorporting non-verbal interventions such as HRVB can improve treatment outcome
  • Learn how the Neuro-visceral Theory can inform understanding and treatment of PTSD

 

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

BOS32: The Future of Biofeedback: Wearables, Devices, and Apps for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback

Presented by: George von Bozzay, PhD

Duration: 60 minutes                   CE Credits: 1

Track: Hot Topics

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: Clinicians and researchers who are interested in, or curious about, the cutting edge products that are available or will soon be available to enhance the application of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback.

Session Description: Biofeedback is on the cusp of a revolution in acceptance, understanding, and use as several trends come together. With the development of new technology, smart phones, tablets, and smart watches, the public is getting used to carrying devices with extreme capability. Now the trend  towards being able to wear these devices and to monitor activity is hitting critical mass. With the explosive development of activity trackers, sleeptrackers, even monitoring rings, as well as flexible screens and electrodes, the public is now becoming aware of physiologic monitoring and its usefulness. There currently are apps for Biofeedback, for monitoring heart rate, heart rate variability, electrodermal response, temperature, and blood pressure. In the past two years we saw the development of many different physiological monitoring devices embedded in wearables of various kinds including smart watches by Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and other major companies. This presentation reviews and demonstrates the current and future devices, apps, and wearables as well as discusses their positive and negative features and how they can be used by the Biofeedback practitioner both in-office and for home practice.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Dr. George Fuller von Bozzay is founder and director of the Biofeedback Inst. of San Francisco, emeritus: clinical instructor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences Stanford University Medical Center, associate clinical professor in the department of biological dysfunction University of California Medical School San Francisco, Faculty City College of San Francisco, Author of Biofeedback, Behavioral Medicine and Stress Management: a clinicians desk reference, Biofeedback: Methods and Procedures in Clinical Practice, and numerous other books and articles.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about wearables and apps as they apply to Biofeedback
  • Observe their functioning
  • Recognize the positive and negative features of the equipment
  • Learn to apply this equipment in clinical 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

VL05: Integrating Hypnosis and Biofeedback for Pain Management and Related Disorders

Presented by: Eric Willmarth, 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: 80% Clinical/20% Research

Target Audience: The target audience includes anyone who is curious about the use of clinical hypnosis along with those who address the needs of individuals with chronic pain and related disorders.

Session Description: In spite of distinctly different histories, Biofeedback and Clinical Hypnosis have long been considered twin pillars in the field of self-regulation. Both are primarily adjunctive techniques which provide patients with skills that promote self-empowerment and enhance self-regulation skills.  This session with introduce new opportunities to select when hypnosis or biofeedback might be a preferred modality and when the combination of these two approaches may be the best approach.  Core elements of clinical hypnosis will be reviewed along with recommendations for developing a fully integrative approach to providing care for those suffering from chronic pain and related disorders.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Eric K. Willmarth, PhD, has enjoyed a 40-year career in Psychophysiology and Clinical Psychology, primarily in the field of pain management.  He is the past president and the president-elect of the Society for Psychological Hypnosis (APA Div. 30) as well as the past president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the Michigan Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback.  He is a Senior Fellow of BCIA and Co-Chair of the Department of Applied Psychophysiology in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University. Eric K. Willmarth, Ph.D. has enjoyed a 40-year career in Psychophysiology and Clinical Psychology, primarily in the field of pain management.  He is the past president and the president-elect of the Society for Psychological Hypnosis (APA Div. 30) as well as the past president of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the Michigan Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback.  He is a Senior Fellow of BCIA and Co-Chair of the Department of Applied Psychophysiology in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University. He has combined clinical psychology, hypnosis and biofeedback for decades to enhance the outcome for patients with chronic pain and related conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  • be able to summarize basic hypnosis theory and technique.
  • observe demonstrations of both biofeedback and hypnosis applied to pain management and related problems.
  • differentiate when biofeedback or hypnosis might be the preferred approach to treatment.
  • be able to design client-centered approaches to pain management.

 

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

VL04: Professional Ethics and Practice Standards in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback

Presented by: Donald Moss, PhD

Duration: 90 minutes                   CE Credits: 1.5

Track: Hot Topics

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: Health professionals and behavioral health professionals engaged in the practice of biofeedback, neurofeedback, and self-regulation oriented therapies.

Session Description: This session will review legal and ethical responsibilities of biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners. Biofeedback professionals are governed in clinical practice by state regulations under the relevant licensing act, professional codes of ethics for his or her home profession, and the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback (9th rev., May 2016) of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of the International Society for Neuroregulation and Biofeedback (ISNR, 2018).  Neurofeedback practitioners are also governed by the 2012 updated Standards of Practice for Neurofeedback and Neurotherapy, endorsed by the ISNR. The session will provide an overview of medical ethics, ethical principles endorsed by most behavioral professions, and a discussion of the current AAPB/BCIA and ISNR standards. Violation of such guidelines, even when unintended, invites the risk of lawsuit, criminal prosecution, financial penalties, loss of licensure, and expensive and stressful legal and administrative reviews. The presenter will discuss relevant guidelines governing: entry level competence; scope of practice; the delivery of experimental or non-documented therapies; the informed consent process; principles of privacy, confidentiality, and privileged communication; guidelines on dual/multiple relationships; and questions of touch, privacy, and respect. The presenter will place emphasis on the imperative to maintain a positive treatment relationship, eliciting rapport and trust. The therapeutic relationship, along with knowledge of current standards of practice and adherence to professional guidelines, minimize the risk of misunderstanding and litigation. Finally, the session will review current standards for telehealth and infection risk mitigation.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Donald Moss, PhD, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University in Pasadena.  There he has built training programs in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, wellness coaching, integrative/functional nutrition, and integrative social work.  Moss has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). He is now the education chair for SCEH and ethics chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Moss is co-editor of Mindfulness, Compassion, and Biofeedback Practice (AAPB, 2020) and Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (AAPB, 2016), co-author of Integrative Pathways:  Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach (Springer 2019) and Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), and chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood, 1998). He has a new book in press with Fred Shaffer, A Primer of Biofeedback.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will become familiar with the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles documents published by BCIA and ISNR, and their interpretation for decisions in biofeedback and neurofeedback practice.
  • Attendees will understand how to navigate the conflicting jurisdictions of state laws and regulations, professional codes of conduct, BCIA guidelines, and federal regulations.
  • Attendees will review and discuss practice standards governing entry level competence, continuing education requirements, and scope of practice.
  • Attendees will be informed about guidelines for telehealth, infection risk mitigation, and multicultural awareness and diversity.
  • Attendees will recognize principles and guidelines governing touching patients and attaching electrodes, while maintaining an empathic respectful professional relationship.

 

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM Eastern/5:00 - 6:30 PM Central/4:00 - 5:30 PM Mountain/ 3:00 - 4:30 PM Pacific

LD01: HRV Live Discussion Forum

Presented by: Inna Khazan, PhD; Fredric Shaffer, PhD; Donald Moss, PhD; Paul Lehrer, PhD; Richard Gevirtz, PhD

Duration: 90 minutes                   CE Credits: 0

Session Description: Join us for a panel discussion on HRV with our resident experts. Get your questions answered and share your knowledge in this audience participatory event.

 

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