Thursday, March 24, 2022
PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is preliminary, tentative, and subject to change. We will live stream and record keynote presentations and select breakout sessions for virtual ONLY attendee participation. Pre-conference Workshops will be held onsite, for “in-person” only participation. Virtual Registration for the conference will be offered separately in early 2022 for those who cannot or prefer not to travel. Thank you for your patience as navigate and accommodate.
8:00am - 6:00pm Registration
8:00am - 9:00am Workshop Attendee-only CONTINENTAL Breakfast
9:00am -12:00pm Exhibitor Move-In and Set-up
1:00pm – 6:00pm AAPB SYNERGY LOUNGE
- Open all day, featuring prominent experts and AAPB-endorsed authors for open discussion, experience sharing and informal networking - and opportunity to reconnect and engage for non-CE learning. The Lounge is designed with virtual capabilities to ensure connectivity between those present at the meeting and those who can join us virtually.
9:00am – 6 or 6:30pm FULL-DAY PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
9 am - 6:30 pm - Full Day Workshop
WS12: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) Certificate of Completion Workshop: How To Do It, Why it Works, and For What - Part 2
- Richard Gevirtz, PhD, BCB, AAPB Honorary Fellow
- Paul Lehrer, PhD
SESSION SYNOPSIS: This workshop is designed for biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners, psychologists, clinical counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals and academicians interested in utilizing heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in their practice or research. This workshop will cover 7.5 hours of the BCIA HRV Biofeedback Certificate of Completion Blueprint and will cover cardiac anatomy and physiology, respiratory anatomy and physiology, autonomic nervous system anatomy and physiology, heart rate variability, HRV instrumentation, and HRV measurements. Attendees will review the cardiac, respiratory, and autonomic anatomy and physiology that underlies HRV biofeedback. They will discuss the central role of breathing in diverse disorders like anxiety, hypertension, and chronic pain. Last, they will explain how HRV biofeedback restores autonomic balance and why this is important to health and performance. Attendees will be able to discuss the meaning and sources of HRV, and the correlates of low, normal, and high HRV. The presenters will explain the relationship between aging, disease, and reduced HRV. Attendees will be able explain how to properly use HRV instruments and interpret signals from blood volume pulse, electrocardiogram, and respirometer sensors. The presenters will survey the major artifacts that contaminate recordings from these sensors and show how to prevent or minimize them. Attendees will be able to describe and interpret HRV time and frequency domain measurements.
- Basic Science
- 50% Clinical/50% Research
- learn how to explain the meaning of HRV, sources of HRV, factors that influence HRV, correlates of low and normal HRV, and the benefits of increased HRV.
- learn how to explain the physiological basis of HRV and the blood volume pulse (BVP), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer signals.
- learn how BVP, ECG, and breathing sensors operate, how to perform tracking tests, and how to identify and control artifacts.
- learn BVP and ECG sensor placements with regard to cultural sensitivity.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners, psychologists, clinical counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals and academicians interested in utilizing heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in their practice or research.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: This workshop will address age and sex differences in HRV measurements, how to explain HRV biofeedback to clients, and how to respect cultural diversity when applying sensors.
9 am - 6 pm - Full Day Workshop
WS13: Neurofield Advanced Course - Part 2
- Nicholas Dogris, PhD, QEEG-D, BCN
- Tiff Thompson, PhD, R.EEG.T, BCN, QEEG-D, MFT
SESSION SYNOPSIS: The NeuroField Neuromodulation Advanced Training is designed to enhance your skills in EEG and QEEG assessment, analysis, map interpretation, neuromodulation and treatment planning in the NeuroField64 software platform, as well as Independent Components Analysis via EEGlab and WinEEG. Case studies are welcome. This training is for intermediate to advanced neurotherapy clinicians. NeuroField64 combines Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field stimulation (pEMF), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), and transcranial random noise stimulation stimulation (tRNS), and transcranial Advanced Pink Noise Stimulation (tAPNS) modalities with both Z-score and Amplitude EEG neurofeedback for the purpose of enhancing treatment effectiveness. Dr. Dogris and Dr. Thompson will lecture regarding the application of NeuroField64 on various clinical diagnoses including (but not limited to) Autism, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse, Sleep Issues, TBI, and Concussion, as well as Peak Performance. Dr. Dogris and Dr. Thompson will conduct live demonstrations of NeuroField64 and provide participants the opportunity to experience these modalities during the training.
- Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
- 50% Clinical/50% Research
- Attendees should be able to identify different pathologies associated with EEG and QEEG presentations
- Attendees should be able to administer neuromodulation protocols, such as pEMF, tACS, tDCS, tRNS, and Pink Noise Stimulation
- Attendees should be able to use the neurofield system, including the synchronized application of stimulation and neurofeedback.
- Attendees should be able to list the mechanism of action for neurostimulation procedures.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Advanced Practitioners familiar with the Neurofield system
8 or 9:00am - 1:00pm HALF-DAY MORNING PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
8 am - 12 pm - Half Day Workshop
WS15: BCIA Biofeedback Certification Exam Review
- Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB, BCB-HRV
- Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, BCB-HRV
- Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, BCB-HRV
SESSION SYNOPSIS: This workshop will provide an overview of the BCIA Biofeedback certification exam and how to study for it. A multidisciplinary faculty will provide a targeted review of key knowledge areas assessed by the exam, including ethics, efficacy, research, stress, learning theory, the physiological basis of biofeedback signals, safety, instrumentation, and normal values. This workshop is designed to increase attendee confidence as they prepare for the BCIA exam, provide focused review resources, and help them consolidate their learning.
- Basic Science
- 50% Clinical/50% Research
- learn how to describe how biofeedback sensors work, how to identify and prevent artifacts, and how to mitigate infection transmission.
- learn how to ethically deliver biofeedback services.
- learn how to evaluate when physiological measurements are normal and out-of-range.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Professionals who want to add biofeedback to their practice, preparing for the BCIA Biofeedback certification exam, or who want a comprehensive review of their knowledge.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: This workshop will address cultural diversity, cultural competence, and multicultural issues in client education and the placement of sensors.
2 pm - 6 pm - Half Day Workshop
WS19: Bringing Results Home: Using Portable Neurofeedback and Virtual Reality Devices to Improve Patient Treatment Adherence
- Robert Reiner, PhD, BCB, BCN, Psychologist
- Heather Davidson, PsyD, BCN
- Scott Lloyd, PhD, BCB, BCN
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Technology has evolved over the last 30 years in clinical practice. Dr. Reiner and his team have been at the forefront of this evolution and have been integral in adapting principles of learning theory from the behaviorists to include new technology such as biofeedback, neurofeedback, virtual reality, magnetic and photic stimulation. This combined approach has provided patients with great capacity to regulate a variety of common psychological complaints from depression to anxiety with greater speed and efficiency. qEEG brain mapping has given us a tremendous ability to provide insight for patients into their psychological issues with a higher degree of specificity. We have all been amazed by the results seen by committed patients who complete a full course of neurofeedback training in the office. But with 20-40 sessions on average necessary to maintain gains with training 2 to 3 times per week in the office this perceived cost and time expenditure can seem daunting for many. Using a modified muse headset powered by Myndlift neurofeedback software paired with an external electrode now neurofeedback can be done remotely. Similarly, Phobic anxiety is best treated by exposure therapy, but clients balk at the thought of going into an elevator or plane. Virtual reality is an immersive and portable solution. Powered by mobile phones and controlled via an online web platform the clinician can now reach beyond the limits of the office and help provide the consistency necessary for real change. In our cutting edge presentation we will take aspiring clinicians through case presentations, protocols and hands-on demonstrations with the latest tech.
- Hot Topics
- 70% Clinical/30% Research
- Summarize history of learning theory and evolution of technology in the treatment of phobias
- Utilize common protocols for treating adults and children using bio, neurofeedback, virtual reality and photobiomodulation.
- Practice how to translate data obtained in the lab to deploy in home training devices
TARGET AUDIENCE: Those looking to attend should have a strong interest in learning about and using technology in clinical practice. They should have a basic knowledge of psychological disorders and conditions and common cognitive and behavioral treatment practices.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: The presenters will provide support for attendees in adapting their practices to include technology with a variety of options depending on cultural context, economic resources and different physical and mental strengths and challenges.
2 pm - 6 pm - Half Day Workshop
WS21: Working with Screen Dependence, Obsession and Addiction: Effects on Health, Wellness and Development
- Mari Swingle, PhD Clin Psych
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Rethinking Screen Time: Working with Screen Dependence, Obsession and Addiction. An in-depth workshop exploring the primary effects of excessive and otherwise non-complimentary screen/i-tech use on the (developing) brain and behaviour … And what clinicians can do about it! For well over 30 years now we have been assimilating interactive technologies in all aspects of our lives (work, play, parenting and education) without any attention or functional understanding of the potential impact on our health and wellness. Specifically, we did not explore, or otherwise ignored, effects on our biology other than those involved in product development or designed to capitalize on sales and usage patterns. In this in-depth workshop Dr. Mari Swingle will present her ground-breaking research mapping the effects of excessive or otherwise inappropriate usage of technologies on the adult brain and the developing person. She will explore active clinical data as well as 30+ years of progressive archival data. Participants will look at universal alterations in biological priming & the rewiring or hijacking of biological systems as well as specifics in the socio-emotional and cognitive development of infants (e.g. attachment), children (e.g., vestibular system), adolescents (e.g., psycho-sexual development), youth (e.g., failure to launch) and adults as well as individual liabilities and epigentetic vulnerabilities that are client/person specific. To this end she will discuss variations by exposure patterns relative to chronological age, age of exposure and nature of exposure. Cases will be presented, diagnostic flags and treatment protocols reviewed. All screen (process) addictions including gaming addiction, social media addiction, pornography addiction, scholastic perfectionism and ‘screen workaholism’ are not insular; tending to be culturally or environmentally accepted or supported. They are also often co-morbid or co-occurrent with other expressed pathology or subclinical illness (or otherwise masked metal health issues). --Thus Dr. Swingle will also explore major and minor attitudinal hurdles and environmental/cultural obstacles that must be crossed to ensure successful treatment outcome.
- Hot Topics
- 50% Clinical/50% Research
- Recognize symptoms of generalised i-addiction (process addiction) as well as combined content & process addiction (e.g., gaming addiction, sexual/pornography addiction, social media addiction, FOMO, etc.) It is not all bad! Learn to differentiate between
- Learn and recognize (individual as well as cultural) risk factors (e.g., environmental, relational, epigenetic, etc.)
- Learn various age effects (e.g., variations in severity and treatment success outcomes based upon chronological age vs age of introduction as well as state of emmersion). Learn to identify stages and phases of critical developmental interference (e.g., 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 9-11, 12-16, & 18+) on the developing brain/person.
- Learn how to reach & teach clients to mitigate societal factors including: Social & scholastic resistance; parental fatigue, apathy and abdication. How to tell science from hype (e.g., read the fine print of media / PR & pseudo research by vested interest)
TARGET AUDIENCE: Any primary interventionist: Practicing therapists or medical professionals (e.g., bio & neurofeedback providers, MD's Psychologists). Any direct secondary interventionist: Nurses, teachers, school counselors etc.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: All are inherent in the presentation/topic. Culture, race, age, SES, gender and orientation in all their inherent meanings (e.g., race, identity, country/culture(s)/community of residence, migration, origin, etc.) & (epi)genetics are central to this issue. The therapist will need to be, and bring, their cultural/multicultural awareness, openness and competence to the therapeutic 'table'.
2 pm - 6 pm - Half Day Workshop
WS23: BCIA Neurofeedback Exam Prep Course
• John Demos, MA, LCMHC, BCN, QEEG-D
SESSION SYNOPSIS: Preparation for BCIA’s neurofeedback exam includes having a working knowledge of all 10 didactic training modules. Board certified candidates need to understand how the EEG reflects the trainee’s distress; how to track progress as well as contraindications to training; not everyone is ready for self-regulation training. BCIA’s blueprint of knowledge includes:
I. Definition of biofeedback; fundamentals and history of biofeedback; learning theory and operant conditioning
2. Pyramidal cells and the EEG; IPSP & EPSPs; neuroplasticity; Thalamic activity; Structure and function of lobes
3. International 10-20 system; neuroimaging techniques; montage options; artifacts; PDR; Alpha blocking; EEG morphology as it relates to bandwidth ranges; differential amplifiers; impedance measurements.
4. Key research; Clinical efficacy standards
5. Medication effects on EEG and how they relate to assessment and training
6. Clinical vs. EEG assessments; QEEG and normative databases; normal EEG patterns; SUDS
7. Developing protocols from psychometric assessments vs. standard models; Amplitude vs. z-score training
8. Client preparation; relaxation training; session monitoring; contraindications; Alpha-Theta training; PTSD
9. Current trends: Low Frequency training; pEMF training vs. photic stim.
10. BCIA ethics; scope of practice; informed consent; rationale to continue training. Remote training issues.
• Basic Science
• 40% Clinical/60% Research
• Explain the definition of biofeedback as it related to operant conditioning
• Distinguish the difference between normal and abnormal EEG
• Understand the fundamentals of protocol selection based on psychometrics
• Recognize the value and application of ongoing clinical and EEG assessment
• Understand how the function of each lobe relates to clinical diagnosis
• Summarize the relationship between differential amplifiers and montages
TARGET AUDIENCE: Clinicians who will soon take the BCIA neurofeedback exam will benefit from this review. Clinicians who received this training years ago will benefit from a concise review of key neurofeedback principles. Prior education or exposure to neurofeedback is a plus in order to benefit fully from this presentation.
DIVERSITY CONSIDERATIONS: The goal is to impart knowledge to a diverse group of adult practitioners who may have differing views of gender identity racial equality and cultural backgrounds. Neurofeedback does not support the superiority of any gender group, ethnicity or age category over another. Rather, QEEG databases support the concept of uniformity and equality among humankind. However, developmental changes are noted among the various age groupings. This presentation will be of an intellectual nature, social issues will not be focused on. Multicultural assessments, while of great value, will not be an integral part of the presentation. Symptoms will be matched to QEEG presentations as they apply to humankind in general. For example, diffuse and elevated beta presentations (with reduced alpha) often reflect anxiety, in most cases regardless of background, ethnicity, gender identity or age.
John is licensed by the state of Vermont as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor since 1997; certified by the National Registry of Neurofeedback Providers in 1999; joined ISNR in 1999; certified by BCIA in EEG in 2002; accredited as a BCIA didactic instructor in 2006; certified by QEEG board in 2020. He published "Getting Started with (EEG) Neurofeedback" in 2005 and the 2nd edition 2019. He’s a workshop presenter including Getting Started with Neurofeedback; Getting Started with pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (pEMF) (NeuroConnections, 2014); Introduction to Brodmann & sLORETA. Speaking venues: ISNR, AAPB, Stress Therapy Solutions, Future Health and Biofeedback Resources International. His business, Neurofeedback Professional Training LLC, offers mentoring for professionals and consulting for clinics as well as BrainMaster equipment sales and Jewel assessment & protocol generating software for user friendly reports with thousands of built-in protocols for surface and sLORETA training. Pre-recorded accredited BCIA didactic training now available.
2:00pm – 9:00pm
During the Annual Meeting, be sure to visit the Exhibit Hall for the latest information on the equipment, products and services you need to practice biofeedback more effectively and efficiently. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from those organizations that support the field and AAPB.
6 pm to 6:30 pm
Group Co-Regulation/Meditation Session
7 pm - 9 pm