2020 Virtual PROGRAM OF EVENTS - Dec 11

*Sessions subject to change

Friday, December 11

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

VL06: Recruiting Neuroplasticity to Improve Attention and Decrease Anxiety

Presented by: Lynda Thompson, PhD

Duration: 90 minutes                   CE Credits: 1

Track: Optimal Performance and Clinical Interventions

Level: Intermediate

Focus: 100% Clinical

Target Audience: Health Care Professionals of all disciplines who use neurofeedback and biofeedback with their clients.

Session Description: Improving focus and the ability to sustain attention is fundamental to optimizing performance in academics, work, and sport. Biofeedback is established as efficacious in helping persons with Anxiety. Neurofeedback is established as efficacious in helping those with Attention Span difficulties. There is clinical support for assisting those who present with anxiety and attentional problems who also have symptoms found in co-morbidities, such as Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Post-concussion syndrome, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Affect Disorders, and movement disorders, (Tourette’s syndrome and Parkinson’s Disease). Assessment, which is crucial to getting the intervention right, will vary depending on the presenting symptoms. Treatment, however, will most often begin with a focus on decreasing anxiety and increasing ability to sustain attention in each of these syndromes.

This presentation will describe efficient and accurate assessments, single and two channel or 19-channel EEG plus other physiological measures as done at the ADD Centre. The assessment guides effective intervention for children, adolescents and adults for those with ADHD, attentional issues, anxiety and co-morbidities, and athletes wishing to optimize performance. The intervention targets Neural Networks. It is multimodal and combines neurofeedback (NFB) (single, two, and 19 channel NFB) with biofeedback, especially heart rate variability training (HRV). Clients can range from children who underachieve in school to entrepreneurs who are successful but frustrated by never getting their paperwork done and having difficulty listening in meetings. This session will discuss where their mind goes when attention span lapses and what Biomarkers can help you to pin-point effective treatment targets for your patients. We will share the successful approach developed at the ADD Centre & Biofeedback Institute of Toronto over the last 27 years.        

PRESENTER BIO(s): Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. is a Psychologist who has done teaching, clinical psychology, school psychology and owned learning centers. She became Executive Director of The ADD Centre in Toronto in 1993 after discovering the world of Neurofeedback and deciding to specialize in that intervention.  Her doctoral dissertation (1979) dealt with hyperactive children treated with methylphenidate. She is co-author with William Sears of The A.D.D. Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child and with Michael Thompson of The Neurofeedback Book and has written chapters and papers, and presented on a range of topics including ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, stress management, Parkinson’s Disease, and epilepsy. She is co-recipient with Michael Thompson of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (2010) and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (2016). We have taught by invitation in 26 countries.

Learning Objectives:

  • List and describe appropriate assessment tools
  • State what the most common EEG findings are in those with ADHD
  • Outline the contributions of assessment measures to the prescription of treatment interventions
  • Outline basic heart–brain connections

 

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

BOS36: Biofeedback and Neuromodulation-modalities: A Personalized Approach, Applicable to a Culturally Diverse Population

Presented by: Genomary Krigbaum-Pérez, PsyD, BCB, DAAETS, FAAPB, LP

Duration: 60 minutes                   CE Credits: 1

Track: Hot Topics

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: 100% Clinical

Target Audience: Those who are new in the field, clinicians or those interested in applied clinical research.

Session Description: Personalized approaches to healthcare delivery have been highlighted in the clinical and research literature. Starting in biomedicine, with personalized medicine, and evolving into a multi-factor framework that includes, genetics, brain structure/function, cognition, psychological and personal factors. Personalizing protocols in healthcare delivery take into account that psychophysiological, cultural variability exists among a diverse population of individuals, which plays a clinically significant factor in their care and recovery.  In clinical work, a personalized approach, not only positively influences the prescriptive nature of the (health) intervention, but also its course and efficacy. Biofeedback and neuromodulation-modalities lend themselves to a personalized approach aligned with P4 medicine tenets; keying on customized protocols targeting individuals’ (markers) baseline functioning towards their optimal zone of functioning. To deliver personalized, customized protocols, is important to be informed on the science, modality, ethics and clinical best practices involved. Representative deidentified case samples and protocols will be presented.            

PRESENTER BIO(s): Genomary Krigbaum-Pérez, PsyD, BCB, DAAETS, FAAPB, LP, in transition to the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency-Casper; with keen interest in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback/neuromodulation modalities. She is invested in clinical work, applied research, training future clinicians, consulting and scholarship. Her work encompasses cross-cultural neuroscience and evidence-based (-informed) interventions/ frameworks. Dr. Krigbaum-Pérez is passionate about fostering as well as promoting individual resilience, and quality of life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe 3 key aspects of Biofeedback as a personalized approach
  • Explain differences in prescriptive-personalized protocols, in a culturally diverse population
  • Identify 2 Biofeedback prescriptive-personalized protocols

 

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

VL03: From TechStress to TechHealth

Presented by: Erik Peper, PhD; Richard Harvey, PhD

Duration: 60 minutes                   CE Credits: 1

Track: Hot Topics

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: 50% Clinical/50% Research

Target Audience: Anyone working using digital devices (computers, laptops, tablets and cellphone and concerned about short term and long term health consequences.

Session Description: Join this webinar with  Erik Peper, PhD and Richard Harvey, PhD, co-authors of the just published book, TechStress-How Technology is Hijacking our Lives, Strategies for Coping and Pragmatic Ergonomics. They will shares the findings how we can reduce and prevent discomfort while working, socializing, communicating online with computers, tablets and cellphone.  The presentation inclused  an evolutionary approach to re-envisioning our relationship with technology—and reclaiming health, happiness, and sanity in a plugged-in world. It includes guided exercises to experience the concept.  With little or no awareness we have become captured by screens.  Unfortunately, by the end of the day many people experience Zoom/screen fatigue, eyestrain, back pain, neck and shoulder discomfort, exhaustion, stress, negative mood, depression, and/or work-related insomnia.  The Webinar through a Q & A approach explores the impacts personal technology on our physical and emotional well-being and offers pragmatic suggestions what we can do it to optimize health and productivity. “Tech Stress” provides all of the basic tools to be able not only to survive in this new world but also thrive in it.

PRESENTER BIO(s): Erik Peper is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation and professor of Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and past President of the AAPB. He has a biofeedback practice at Biofeedback Health (www.biofeedbackhealth.org). In 2013 was received the AAPB’s Biofeedback Distinguished Scientist Award in recognition of outstanding career & scientific contributions. He is an author of numerous articles and books such as Make Health Happen, Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, Healthy Computing with Muscle Biofeedback, and Biofeedback Mastery.  His is co-author of the newly published book, TechStress: How Technology is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics. He publishes the blog, the peper perspective-ideas on illness, health and well-being (www.peperperspective.com). His research interests focus on self-healing strategies to optimize health, the effects of posture and respiration, and learning self-mastery with biofeedback.

Richard Harvey is professor at the Institute of Holistic Health Studies at San Francisco State University, with a degree in Health Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Over the past two decades, he has participated extensively in research on computer-related injuries and stress psychophysiology. He has served as an epidemiologist for Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) in Orange County, California and supervised the Biofeedback and Stress Management Program at UC Irvine. He has been president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). For his ongoing contributions and teaching in the field of psychophysiology, he was the recipient of the 2019 Educator Award from the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE). He has taught internationally in Europe, Asia, and across the United States. His is co-author of the newly published book, TechStress: How Technology is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics.His current research focuses on stress-reduction interventions, teaching psychological courage and hardiness, tobacco cessation, and health promotion interventions for high-risk youth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify he factors that contribute to discomfort at the computer and in front of screen
  • Learn specific interventions that can reduce discomfort caused by digital devices
  • Explain the role of evolutionary traps as a risk factor for health

 

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

Live Discussion: Mindfulness, Acceptance and Compassion Live Discussion Forum

Presented by: Inna Khazan, PhD, Brad Lichtenstein, ND; Donald Moss, PhD

Duration: 90 minutes                   CE Credits: 0

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

 

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