AAPB 2021 Webinar 8: Improving Attention and Decreasing Anxiety using Neurofeedback and Biofeedback

Improving Attention and Decreasing Anxiety using Neurofeedback and Biofeedback

Presented by
Lynda Thompson, PhD


Wednesday, April 7 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

Thursday, April 8 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET

This session will take place over two days, 1.5 hours each.

Course 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.


Learning Objectives:
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:

  • 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.


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.


Who Should Attend:  Health care professionals of all disciplines who use neurofeedback and biofeedback with their clients.

CE Credits: 3 credits

Psychologists: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 3 hours.

BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance in breakout sessions/workshops may be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements for recertification with certificate of attendance.

Presenter Bio: 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). They both have taught by invitation in 26 countries.


Full Member Price: $80
Full Non-member Price: $130

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Cancellations received in writing prior to a week before the webinar will be issued a refund less a $30 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations within the week of the webinar.




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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend this event in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before a given activity is completed will not receive CE credit.

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