Thursday Continued

 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

 

LL01 Recovery from Quadriplegia Using Ancient Wisdom and Knowledge with Music/toning-a life Concert
Time: 12:45pm-1:45 pm
CE Credits: 0
Track: Hot Topics
Level: Intermediate
Session Focus: 60% Clinical/40% Research
Target Audience: all practitioners, students and clients

In the rush to embrace technology, we often have forgotten the ancient/traditional healing techniques that support and mobilize health.  In this presentation  Madhu Anziani will share his experience how he in 2009 fell out of a two story building and broke C5 and C7 vertebras and became quadriplegic/tretraplegia--he could not breath, talk, move his arms and legs and was incontinent. He will share how he overcame his paralysis and the techniques he used to heal and transform himself. Madhu is now a sound healer, musician, and a qi gong practitioner who used the power of sound and his voice to heal. The presentation will include research findings of toning, actual toning practice and musical performance.  The concepts and techniques presented can be integrated into bio- and neurofeedback practice  to enhance clinical success. Come, listen, participate and be inspired.

Learning Objectives:

·       Understand toning and how to use it  to quiet the mind
·       summarize the factors that promote recovery from paralysis
·       Observe the effect of music as a healing technique

Speaker(s):

·       Erik Peper, PhD, Professor, San Francisco State University: Erik Peper is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. Since 1970 he has been researching factors that promote healing. He is Professor of Holistic Health Studiesat San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and past President of Association for Applied Psychophysiology (AAPB). He has a biofeedback practice at Biofeedback Health (www.biofeedbackhealth.org). He received the Biofeedback Distinguished Scientist Award in recognition of outstanding career & scientific contributions from (AAPB).  He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books such as Make Health Happen, Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, Healthy Computing with Muscle Biofeedback, and Biofeedback Mastery.  He publishes the blog, www.peperperspective.com-ideas on illness, health and well-being. His research interests focus on self-healing strategies to optimize health, illness prevention, the effects of posture and respiration, and learning self-mastery with biofeedback.

·       Madhu Anziani, Certified in sound, voice, and music healing, www.firstwasthesound.com/: Madhu Anziani is a sound healer, musician, and a qi gong practitioner who used the power of sound and his voice to heal from tetraplegia (paralysis affecting all four limbs).  In 2009, after experiencing a traumatic fall, which shattered two of his neck vertebrae, Madhu used his knowledge of sound, energy (chi)​, and the healing power of the voice to completely recover from an injury that should have kept him wheelchair-bound for life.  He shares the techniques he used to heal and transform himself.  Madhu has a degree in Jazz/World music performance from San Francisco State University and is certified in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

 

LL02 FERB Student Research Grant Award Winners Symposium
Time: 12:30pm-2:00 pm
CE Credits: 1.5
Track: Basic Science
Level: Intermediate
Session Focus: 60% Clinical/40% Research
Target Audience: psychologists, physicians, biofeedback & neurofeedback practitioners, academicians, researchers, students, other healthcare professionals with an interest in the science and practice related to applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.

1. The Meaning of Resilience to Psychological Trauma, Ana Abu-Rus, MA, Alliant University

Ana Abu-Rus, M.A. will discuss her work examining psychological and physiological resilience to trauma, the relationship between these measures, moderators of that relationship, the significance of HRV to the trauma experience, and implications for treatment.


2. HRV Among Veterans: Intervention for Sleep Disturbance, Joshua Mercadel, MSPH, U. of South Carolina

Joshua Mercadel, MSPH will report on his study of a subset of veterans with chronic pain who experience sleep disturbance, which examines differences in nocturnal HRV measures between “good and poor sleepers” and the nature of those differences. His research seeks to determine the effects of HRV biofeedback on HRV during sleep, with an interest in identifying methods to increase sleep quality for Veterans with sleep disturbances.

3. Waitlist Controlled Trial of Neurofeedback for Adolescents with PTSD, Michelle Roley-Roberts, PhD, Creighton University

Michelle Roley-Roberts, PhD will discuss her waitlist, randomized controlled trial that assess the feasibility and efficacy of neurofeedback as an alternative treatment for treatment-resistant PTSD in adolescents. She will review her preliminary findings on its efficacy and safety, and report on effect size estimates of PTSD symptom and functioning changes from baseline to endpoint and one-month follow-up.

 

EXDEMO2 Exhibitor Demo 2: Thought Technology's Synergy Solution Demonstration
Time: 12:45pm-1:45 pm
CE Credits: 0

The Synergy Solution is a newly released software suite that expands on the success of the DeStress Solution to enable users to measure and train with 2 TPS sensors. It is the first cost-effective product of its kind in the field of biofeedback that easily allows for simultaneous recording from multiple subjects. It monitors stress reactions of two individuals in a group setting as well as practice self-regulation with competitive or cooperative settings/games. Synergy Solution is designed to interest the following professionals: Sport psychologists, coaches, performance therapists, corporate or wellness therapists, family counsellors, marriage/couples therapists, and those interested in group dynamics. Join us for a complete overview and demo on April the 3rd at 12:45pm!

 

BCIA Certification 101
Time: 2pm-2:30pm
CE Credits: 0

 

BOS10 Applications in Chronic Pain Management
Time: 2pm-3:30pm
CE Credits: 1.5
Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
Level: Intermediate
Session Focus: 100% Clinical
Target Audience: Practitioners who are interested in chronic pain.

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.

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.

Speaker(s):

·       Peter Behel, MA, PacificBio: Peter Behel is currently engaged as a provider for Kaiser Permanente, and additionally serves as an adjunct faculty member at Sonoma State University, where he has instructed a course on biofeedback since 2015. Beginning in 1987 Peter spent 4 years as a member of a multi-disciplinary hospital-based chronic pain treatment program at Mt Diablo Hospital Medical Center in Concord, CA, and this was followed by a 9 year stint at St. Helena Hospital from 2001-2010.

·       JP (Jack) Ginsberg, PhD, University of South Carolina School of Medicine: 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, PhD, UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Health: 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.

 

BOS11 Effects of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback on the Brain
Time: 2pm-3:30pm
CE Credits: 1.5
Track:
Level: Internmediate
Session Focus: 100% Research
Target Audience: People interested in neural mediation of heart rate variability biofeedback effects

This symposium reviews effects of heart rate variability  biofeedback (HRVB) on modulation of negative emotion, and presents data showing how these effects are mediated by changes in the brain. We present both original data and previous literature showing that HV biofeedback (HRVB) has widespread effects on modulating negative emotion (anger, anxiety, depression) while also improving human cognition and performance. We present evidence on neural mediation of these effects. EEG studies have shown increases in alpha and theta rhythms, with evidence for greater frontal left-right alpha assymetry suggesting greater activity in centers that modulate emotion. Evoked potential data show similar effects. We also present two fMRI studies showing that breathing at HRVB frequencies affects blood flow through the brain, particularly in pathways connecting centers where emotion is generated (amygdala and insula) and modulated (cingulate and prefrontal cortices), with some evidence for anatomical changes showing greater connectivity between these structures.

Learning Objectives:

·       Learn demonstrated  emotional effects of heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB)
·       Learn how HRV biofeedback affects both brain blood flow, as measured by the FMRI, and brain function as measured by EEG
·       Learn about HRVB effects on specific brain centers and how it appears to produce changes in neuroanatomy

Speaker(s):

·       Paul Lehrer, PhD, Rutgers RW Johnson Medical School: Dr. Lehrer has been doing research on HRV biofeedback for over 20 years, as one of a small group of investigators who originated this field of study. He received his PhD degree in clinical psychology from Harvard University, and has been teaching at Rutgers for 50 years, where he has specialized in stress management and applied psychophysiology.through the Department of Psychiatry. He is past president of AAPB, and has been given AAPB's Distinguished Scientist Award and Outstanding Service Award. He has published more than 100 papers and has been senior editor of the text, Principles and Practice of Stress Management.

·       Mara Mather, PhD, University of Southern California: Mara Mather is Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on brain systems that regulate physiological and emotional arousal, how they affect attention, memory and decision making, and how these relationships change in aging. She has received the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association, a National Institutes of Health K02 Career Development award, an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship and a Max Planck Sabbatical Award. Her current NIH-funded projects focus on the role of norepinephrine in age-related change in cognition and on how heart rate variability biofeedback can enhance function of the brain’s emotion regulation networks. She received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Princeton University and completed her undergraduate degree and postdoctoral training at Stanford University.

·       Richard Gevirtz, PhD, BCB, honrary AAPB fellow, CSPP Alliant University: 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.

·       Evgeny Vaschillo, PhD, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey: In 1968, Dr. Vaschillo graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (Russia) with a master’s degree in electromechanical engineering.  In 1985, he graduated from the scientific Research Institute for Experimental Medicine, Academy of Medical sciences of the USSR, Saint-Petersburg (Russia) with Ph.D. degree in human and animal physiology.      Dr. Vaschillo has done research applying an engineering approach to investigate regulatory processes in the cardiovascular system, in particular, the baroreflex system that controls HR, stroke volume and vascular tone to optimally distribute blood flow in the body and brain. He performed the pioneering research showing the cardiovascular mechanisms by which heart rate variability biofeedback produces large oscillations in heart rate through an interaction between respiratory sinus arrhythmia and the baroreflex. He has been given AAPB's Distinguished Scientist Award.

·       Julian Thayer, PhD, University of California at Irvine: 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.

·       Bronya Vaschillo, PhD, Rutgers University

 

BOS12 Autism: New Directions in QEEG Subtypes and Neurofeedback for Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Time: 2pm-3:30pm
CE Credits: 1.5
Track: Hot Topics
Level: Intermediate
Session Focus: 40% Clinical/60% Research
Target Audience: psychologists/therapists, physicians/neurologists, neurofeedback therapists, educators

The prevalence of Autism has increased dramatically to epidemic proportions, however there is no brain functioning test regularly utilized in diagnosis.  Aspergers remains highly undiagnosed in both children and adults; many people with Aspergers are misdiagnosed (ADHD, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar) and prescribed medications which make their symptoms worse. This talk will present QEEG diagnosis and new directions in Neurofeedback treatment of ASD (Autism, Aspergers). The presenters (David Cantor, Ph.D., Michael Linden, Ph.D., Sato Sokhadze, Ph.D.) have published numerous research articles since 2004 (Biofeedback & Self-Regulation; Journal of Neurotherapy; Autism Science Digest; Images of Autism; etc.) and presented at Autism One, TACA, ISNR, ECNS, National Autism Association, and other national and international conferences about QEEG brainmap subtypes of ASD. The use of QEEG brain mapping to discover which subtype of Autism and Aspergers be explained. Biofeedback & Neurofeedback have been used successfully to improve anxiety, communication, social skills and attention in ASD since 1994 (Biofeedback and Self-Regulation, 2010). Over our many years of experience, there have been numerous types of biofeedback and neurofeedback utilized. Standard (QEEG Guided Neurofeedback, biofeedback) and new types of Neurofeedback home training for younger children (Mente auditory stimulation) & social-emotional regulation (Socialize ACE) will be presented. Research studies with ASD and Neurofeedback, including results of QEEG, fMRI and DTI will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

·       Understand QEEG subtypes pattens in individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
·       Learn about new types of Neurofeedback home training options for ASD.
·       Learn about new developments in Auditory Stimulation Neurfeedback for Young Children with ASD.

Speaker(s):

·       Michael Linden, Psychologist, Director-Attention Learning Center: Michael Linden is a licensed Psychologist and a Nationally Certified Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Therapist.  Dr. Linden has been the director of Attention Learning Centers and specialized in assessment/treatment of ADD/ASD since 1982. Dr. Linden discovered 6 subtypes of Autism & 2 types of Aspergers biomarkers based on QEEG research, which has greatly improved the success of Neurofeedback, Biofeedback and other biological treatments for ASD (Journal of AAPB, 2010; “QEEG Guided Neurofeedback for Autism” in the book Images in Autism, 2013). Dr. Linden’s programs of Biofeedback and QEEG Guided Neurofeedback have resulted in improvements for children, adolescents and adults in attention, hyperactivity, communication, socialization, behavior and even seizure disorders.      His studies using QEEG and Neurofeedback have been featured in the LA times, NBC Dateline, ABC News, PBS, NBC News, NBC “Autism: The Hidden Epidemic”, and CBS “The Doctors”. Dr. Linden was involved in the initial research studies of the Theta/Beta ratio with ADHD  and published the first controlled study of  Neurofeedback with ADHD more than 20 years ago. Dr. Linden has presented about brain functioning and treatments for ASD/ADHD nationally at the National Autism Association, TACA, CHADD & Autism One; and internationally at Peking University (China), University of Madrid & the Australia Neuroscience Society.  He was involved in a multi-site study of the effects of QEEG Guided Neurofeedback on connectivity measures and DTI with ASD students.

·       Estate (Tato) Sokhadze, Ph.D., University of South Carolina: Estate (Tato) Sokhadze, received his degree in Human Physiology in 1988 (Novosibirsk, Russia). He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Psychopharmacology at Wake Forest University in 2001-2003, and post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience at Rice University in 2004. Currently, Dr. Sokhadze is Research Professor at University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville. He is also gratis Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville. His research interests include the application of dense-array EEG/ERP brain mapping, neurofeedback, TMS, and other applied psychophysiological techniques in psychiatric research. Specific psychopathology areas of interest are autism, substance abuse, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and comorbid mental conditions. He is a recipient of Joel Lubar award for Advances in Neurotherapy, and AABP Distinguished Scientist and Honorary Fellowship awards for his contributions to neurofeedback and biofeedback research.

·       David Cantor, PhD, Psychology, President, Mind & Motion: Dr. David Cantor is the CEO and managing partner of BrainDx. He holds a Bachelors Degree with Distinction in Psychology from the University of Connecticut with Honors work in the field of neurophysiological correlates of cross modal integration processes in attention deficit disorders. He also holds Masters and Doctorates in Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where his dissertation work was on quantitative EEG correlates of Autism. He also holds a post-doctoral Masters of Science Degree in Psychopharmacology from Farleigh Dickinson University. He holds Diplomate or Fellow status with many clinical and research societies in the field of psychology and clinical neuroscience and has been a former President of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society. He has been accepted for special fellowships including Congressional Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the State of New York Intercampus Fellow in the area of Brain Research. Dr. Cantor is among the pioneers in the clinical use of this technology and is a nationally recognized expert in the field. He uses the technology in his practice in Atlanta, Georgia now, and consults with other many professionals nationally and internationally to help them use the technology more effectively. He has overseen an estimated 20,000 clinical QEEG reports spanning many clinical applications in fields of neurotrauma, neurology, psychiatry, and neuropsychology.

 

BOS13 Is Independent Component Analysis a More Natural Basis for Neurofeedback than Scalp Sensors?
Time: 2pm-3:30pm
CE Credits: 1.5
Track: Basic Science
Level: Intermediate
Session Focus: 60% Clinical/40% Research
Target Audience: Neurofeedback practitioners who are interested in using ICA on their practice. Basic research scientists who are interested in advancing the field of clinical NEUROFEEDBACK.

In this symposium, we will re-visit early pioneering works of independent component analysis (ICA) used in the context of neurofeedback. Today, ICA appears more popular as an artifact rejection method than as a working principle for analyzing scalp-recorded EEG data. However, some groups of researchers use ICA towards this purpose: In their seminal work (Delorme et al., 2012), demonstrated the amount of mutual information reduction correlated with 'dipolarity' of ICA-derived scalp projection. In other words, more independence means more physiological validity in ICA results. Thus, they claimed that ICA can identify stationary and effective cortical EEG sources. Interestingly, the same group of researchers had made an earlier attempt to use ICA for brain-machine interface (BCI) and neurofeedback. The work by Makeig et al., (2000) demonstrated that a screen display was efficiently controlled by ICA-decomposed sensorimotor mu rhythms. Importantly, they made a critical claim in their report: If scalp sensor data are a mixture of independent source activations, the decomposed effective source activations should be 'more natural basis' for BCI. Extending this idea directly into neurofeedback, Onton and Makeig (2006) performed a multi-day neurofeedback training on the first author (with herself as the subject), demonstrating that a single component activation could be selectively modulated as a result of training. Even though their successful demonstration had critical importance, the line of research was discontinued and there is no evidence that the field of neurofeedback took notice of their findings. Today, with the surge of interest in Brain Computer Interface (BCI) and the ubiquitous presence of ICA (you use it every day—when you talk on your smart phone), it is time to re-visit these pioneers’ works and assess the possibilities of ICA on future neurofeedback research and clinical practice. The validity of the critical premise that 'ICA is a natural basis for neurofeedback' must be examined, as it may enable a more efficient evaluation and personalized training in neurofeedback practice and research.

Learning Objectives:

·       Name three assumptions of Independent Component Analysis.
·       Describe the difference between scalp space and source space.
·       List three criticisms of ICA.
·       Describe the rationale behind using a modulator within ICA to train the brain

Speaker(s):

·       Michael Villanueva, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Alpha Theta Center: Dr. Michael Villanueva is a Clinical Psychologist.  In 2011, he volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan as a US Army Combat Psychologist and used Neurofeedback within a combat environment. After deployment, he created a neurofeedback and research company. When one of his heroin-addicted clients entered an Ibogaine clinic in Mexico, he obtained a pre qEEG and a post treatment qEEG.  Driven to understand the inexplicable changes in the EEG, he studied digital signal processing, abandoning vendor-driven commercial EEG software, engaging in collaborative, bridge-building relationships with EEG project scientists. For the past 4 years, he has clinically integrated EEG digital signaling processing methods and tools, many of which were developed by the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, thus transforming the Alpha Theta Center into an advanced neurofeedback, research, and training center.

·       Makoto Miyakoshi, PhD, Project Scientist, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, Institute for Neural Computation University of San Diego: Makoto Miyakoshi received his PhD in the field of experimental psychology from Nagoya University in 2011. He is currently working as a project scientist at Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, Institute for Neural Computation, University of California San Diego. His research interests include development and application of signal processing, statistical analyses, and data visualization for human EEG and ECoG data. He also works as a consultant and analyst as an EEG analysis expert often with psychiatrists, neurologists, and radiologists using open source as well as in-house developed tools. He is also an associate developer of EEGLAB, which is a free open-source software library which is most widely used according to Hanke and Halchenko (2011). He has authored and co-authored more than 30 academic publications that include technical papers about MRI and EEG signal processing, higher-order visual and auditory recognition, and clinical psychological and neurological studies.

·       Clement Lee, MS, Applications Programmer / Engineer, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience / Alpha Theta Center: Clement Lee works fulltime as an Applications Programmer at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (SCCN) and part time as the Computational Neuroscience Engineer at the Alpha Theta Center. He received his M.S. in Bioengineering from UC San Diego after defending his thesis titled “Group-Level Analysis of Source-Resolved Event Related Potential and Brain Connectivity.” While working on his thesis at SCCN, he encountered many guests and visiting scholars who visited to learn about EEGLAB and the application of independent component analysis (ICA) in EEG data processing. He noticed the disconnect between academia and clinical practice on multiple occasions and decided to apply himself as a ‘translator’ bridging the gulf between clinicians and engineers. He teaches basic MATLAB, core concepts in EEG digital signal processing, mathematics, and biology. He hopes to encourage scientifically rigorous discussions to bridge the gulf between clinicians and engineers and drive the Neurofeedback community forward.

·       Jay Gunkelman, -, Consultant: Jay Gunkelman is recognized as one of the top leaders in the field of EEG and qEEG and has processed over 500,000 EEGs since 1972. He has conducted, published or participated in hundreds of research papers, articles, books and meetings internationally.

 

BCIA Recertification 101
Time: 2:35pm-3:05 pm
CE Credits: 0

 

Break (Refreshments)
Time: 3:30pm-4:00pm

 

BOS14 Psychophysiological Assessments for Planning Clinical and Optimal Performance Training Using Biofeedback and Neurofeedback
Time: 4:05pm-5:35pm
CE Credits: 1.5
Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
Level: Introductory
Session Focus: 70% Clinical/30% Research
Target Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about biofeedback and neurofeedback assessments for the purposes of treatment/training planning

Thorough and practical assessment is a crucial component of successful biofeedback training or treatment. In this symposium, we will discuss psychophysiological assessments using biofeedback and neurofeedback that will aid participants in planning training for both clinical and performance populations. Assessments discussed include the stress and recovery profiles, resonance frequency assessments, QEEG, and single channel or two channel EEG assessments. We will discuss most useful components for such assessments, detailed step-by-step protocols for conducting them, ways to interpret results of the assessments and ways in which these results may be used for planning biofeedback and neurofeedback training.

Learning Objectives:

·       Describe common ways to conduct and interpret stress and recovery assessments
·       Discuss ways stress and recovery assessments may inform biofeedback treatment planning
·       Explain QEEG assessment and interpretation for peak performers
·       Explain the process and importance of single and two channel assessments for protocol design
·       Discuss training protocols which combine neurofeedback and biofeedback modalities

Speaker(s):

·       Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB, Harvard Medical School: 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.

·       Santiago Brand, BA, ESP, BSP, BCN,BCB, HRV, Brand Neurofeedback: Santiago is a licensed psychologist in Colombia with a private practice. He has been using neurofeedback and biofeedback for the past 10 years and has worked in sport and clinical psychology for the past 15 years. He is a consultant for the Colombian Olympic Committee and Guatemalan Olympic Committee. Santiago is also a University professor in the areas of neurofeedback, biofeedback and neuroscience. Santiago is trained in biofeedback neurofeedback and qEEG and is BCIA board certified en both biofeedback and neurofeedback. Santiago also has a strong interest in trauma interventions and since 2016 has been trained in Brainspotting which he uses to treat trauma victims of the armed conflict in Colombia. Santiago has also done research in the field of trauma, psychophysiology and the EEG and is has authored a chapter on trauma and the EEG in the 2018 book” The Power of Brainspotting: An international Anthology. He is also a neurofeedback consultant and trainer having delivered workshops in several countries in both English and Spanish.

 

BOS15 Improving Attention and Decreasing Anxiety using Neurofeedback and Biofeedback
Time: 4:05pm-5:35pm
CE Credits: 1.5
Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
Level: Intermediate
Session Focus: 100% Clinical
Target Audience: Health Care Professionals of all disciplines who use neurofeedback and biofeedback with their clients.

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. We will share the successful approach developed at the ADD Centre & Biofeedback Institute of Toronto over the last 25 years.

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
·       State a method for increasing SMR in patients who are hyperactive and impulsive.

Speaker(s):

·       Lynda Thompson, PhD, CEO, ADD Centres Ltf.: 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.

·       Michael Thompson, PhD

 

BOS16 Agonism and Antagonism Among the Shoulder Muscles: An SEMG Approach
Time: 4:05pm-5:35pm
CE Credits: 1.5
Track: Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance
Level: Intermediate
Session Focus: Clinical and Research
Target Audience: All audiences are welcome, beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Muscular agonism (synergism) and antagonism is a long standing principle of muscular action. The concept is held to be true by many generations of scientist without actual proof except the anatomic position of the muscles of a joint. With the advent of the SEMG functional investigation of joint range of motion (ROM) it was possible to devise statistical documentation of the existence of agonism and antagoinsm of the muscles of any joint. In this presentaion the author will document the presence and relative values of the agonistic and antagonistic relationships of most muscles of the shoulder joint.

Learning Objectives:

·       Learning of the definitions of muscular agonism (synergism) and antagonism
·       Learning to utilize SEMG dynamic studies to generate correlation coefficient statistics necessary to document inter-muscular relationships
·       Learning to document the agonistic and antagonistic muscular relationships of the shoulder joint through the ROM
·       learning to utilize the knowledge above in the clinical and ergonomic fields, including athletics

Speaker(s):

·       Gabriel E. Sella, MD, BSC, MSc, MPH, PhD(c)

·       Lori Russell-Chapin, PhD, LCPC, ACS, CCMHC, Bradley University: Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin is a Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Leadership in Education, Nonprofits and Counseling at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Wyoming. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher at Bradley University. Currently Lori is co-director the Center for Collaborative Brain Research, a partnership among Bradley University, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and the Illinois Neurological Center.  Lori enjoys writing and has published and presented extensively in the local, regional, national and international arenas. She is the author or co-author of eight books on practicum/internship, supervision, conflict resolution, grief and loss, neurofeedback and neurocounseling.  Lori is licensed in the state of Illinois as a LCPC (IL), and hold several certifications such as the Certification in Mental Health Clinical Counseling (CMHCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN).  She teaches clinical graduate counseling courses and is passionate about her part-time private practice with husband, Dr. Ted Chapin.  Dr. Russell-Chapin was named the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA’s)  national Linda Seligman Counselor Educator of the Year. Then in 2017 she was honored with the international American Counseling Association Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award for her work with neurocounseling.  In 2018 Lori was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Education and Health Sciences.

·       Ted Chapin, PhD, BCB, : Dr. Ted Chapin is a licensed psychologist in the state of Illinois and a licensed marriage and family therapist. He earned his Ph.D. from Marquette in Counseling.  He is board certified in neurofeedback (BCN) and hold certifications in forensic examinations and employee assistance programs.  Dr. Chapin is the president and clinical director of Chapin & Russell Associates, a counseling private practice, Resource Management Services, a consultation organization and the Neurotherapy Institute of Central Illinois, a neurotherapy and neurofeedback practice. Ted lead a group of 14 counselors, social workers and psychologists. He continues to research, write and publish articles, chapters and books on counseling, neurofeedback and clinical supervision. Dr. Chapin presents locally, nationally and internationally on similar areas.  He enjoys working on parental allocation evaluations and mediations. The company was awarded the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Business Integrity.

 

BOS17 Amplifying Voices: Building Influence thru Social Media for Professionals
Time: 4:05pm-5:35pm
CE Credits: 1.5
Track: Hot Topics
Level: Introductory
Session Focus: 85% Clinical/15% Research
Target Audience: Scientists, therapists, academics and students. Professionals and aspiring professionals interested in career development, growing their influence within private practice, clinic settings, hospitals, and/or academic settings and in amplifying the voice of our profession.

Whether it’s our jam or not, social media has become an important part of the world of professional communications. It’s a powerful tool for amplifying the voice of our profession and our own professional practices during a time when the world needs us the most. But, is it easy? What are the pros and cons of having a social media presence? How do you do social media, especially Twitter well and not embarrass yourself? Or, not become an Internet addict? Relevant research will be shared.  The story of AAPB’s new Twitter launch, beginning in September 2019 and the results of that nine months later will be shared. We will also share experiences from people who contribute to and frequent our AAPB page. You will learn how people use Twitter to develop relationships for mentoring, jobs, research and other professional and business development. You will leave with tips for using Twitter with greater confidence and connection and insights on the world of social media professional communications. These may include how you can better keep in touch with people like you are meeting at the AAPB conference without a major time or financial investment. Together we are stronger. There will be an opportunity for questions and to help shape AAPB’s program your feedback.

Learning Objectives:

·       Describe three advantages for having a social media presence for your job and career.
·       List three tips for growing and enhancing an effective social media presence without compromising your professionalism.
·       Identify the key signs of Internet Addiction.
·       Describe two strategies to keep your Internet engagement in the zone of healthy participation.
·       Describe how to use social media to access a mentor or new job.

Speaker(s):

·       Diane Wilson, LCPC BCN, President/Grimard Wilson Consulting, Inc.: Diane Wilson, LCPC BCN has a background in career and executive coaching who specializes in neurofeedback for peak performance. She's in private practice in downtown Chicago. She has an advanced training in brain-based tools including EMDR, Interactive Metronome and listening/music therapy. She is a certified meditation teacher and a student of mindfulness having trained with the Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn and other inspiring teachers of different traditions. She is a former contributing columnist of a Chicago Tribune feature called “Insider” appearing on the cover of the “Working” section of the Sunday edition with a distribution of 2.5 million. Her first book, published in 2004, is called “Back In Control” was a finalist for the Nautilus Books Awards. Nautilus recognizes outstanding literary contributions that help make the world a better place. Previous Nautilus Book winners include Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, Marianne Williamson and Brenda Kingsolver. Diane’s expertise on stress and career management has been featured on a range of television and radio programs including on ABC, NBC, CNN and public radio. While working on her second book, a medical memoir of her concussion journey, Diane attended a 2019 conference on publishing and social media for health care providers at the Harvard Medical School. There she met social media guru, Rusty Shelton, and become inspired with the mission of amplifying the voice of health care. Her passion is to increase awareness of the power of applied neuroscience and it’s ability to transform lives. Neurofeedback was pivotal in the recovery of her own life and career. It became part of her professional services in 2011 after she passed the Board Certification exam with the Biofeedback international Certification Alliance (BCIA) where she is currently a fellow. In 2019, she also earned Certification in Integrative Medicine —Nutrition for Mental Health. Since July 2019, she’s been AAPB's social media consultant and coordinator.

·       Leah Lagos, PsyD, Private Practice: Dr. Lagos is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York who is board certified in biofeedback. For more than seven years, she has dedicated herself to providing heart rate variability biofeedback, an advanced and results-oriented method for treating anxiety and depression, to her clients. Dr. Lagos is also a researcher, lecturer, author of published studies and a textbook chapter, as well as the Chair of the Optimal Performance Section of the Association of Applied Physiology and Biofeedback.

·       Christina Bocchicchio, PhD(c), CTRS, Visiting Instructor, Florida International University: Originally from Southern California, Christina Brown-Bochicchio has lived in several geographical areas of the US throughout her educational and practitioner career.She earned her master’s degree in Recreational Therapy Administration as well as a graduate certificate in Biofeedback from East Carolina University. Christina is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration at East Carolina University. Through her work, she found her passion for connecting human physiology to positive mental and physical health outcomes. She is a current board member of the AAPB and a faculty member at Florida International University. Her research is focused on the efficacy of stress management and coping interventions within several populations to produce increased, positive mental health outcomes as well as advocacy for increasing usage and access to recreational facilities for individuals of varying abilities. Her research has been presented at state, national and international conferences, most recently highlighted by her presentation at the 2019 AAPB conference in Denver, Colorado. Prior to pursuing a career in academics, Christina was a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional, program manager, and recreational therapist with Angel View Inc., in Desert Hot Springs, California.

 

EXDEMO3 Exhibitor Demo 3: Peak Achievement Training Products--the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer and Socialize Ace
Time: 4:05pm-5:35 pm
CE Credits: 0

We will describe and demonstrate the professionally oriented Peak BrainHappiness Trainer, featuring 77 designs based on feedback for single-pointed Focus, Alertness/Arousal, and Neureka!, and the simplified home/clinical training systems for happiness and autism (Socialize ACE).  Neureka! clarifies the 40 Hz. rhythm, which integrates information from the cortex into an event, creating understanding, and then rewards you for learning with positive feelings.

 

BCIA Certification Exam - MUST SCHEDULE YOUR EXAM WITH BCIA
Time: 4pm-7pm
CE Credits: 0

 

KEY03 Distinguished Scientist Lecture - The Integration of Lifestyle Change, Self-Care, and Professional Treatment Interventions for Chronic Conditions:  The Pathways Model
Time: 6:00pm-7:15pm
CE Credits: 1
Track
Level: Intermediate
Session Focus: 70% Clinical/30% Research
Target Audience: This address will be useful for practitioners in biofeedback, neurofeedback, and lifestyle medicine, with guidance for the integrative care for medical and mental health disorders.

The major challenge for human health in the 21st century is chronic diseases and chronic conditions. This is a global problem, burdening health care systems and economies worldwide. Factors contributing to the increase in chronic illness worldwide are aging populations, rapid urbanization, and the globalization of unhealthy lifestyles.
 
Palliative medicine provides both medical and behavioral interventions offering relief from pain and suffering caused by chronic conditions that are not amenable to cure. Lifestyle medicine emphasizes reversing negative lifestyle elements that cause or exacerbate illness and introducing positive lifestyle elements that enhance wellness.
 
The Pathways Model, developed by McGrady and Moss (2013, 2018), integrates features of both palliative and lifestyle medicine.  The Pathways Model provides a step-wise framework for combining patient-directed lifestyle change and self-care, skills acquisition, and the use of community resources, with professionally administered treatment, to reduce suffering, manage illness, and optimize mindbodyspirit wellness. The presenter will close with case narratives to illustrate the Pathways Model and show the clinical benefit of coordinating lifestyle change and regular use of self-care strategies with professional treatment interventions, for chronic medical illness and chronic mental health disorders.
 

Learning Objectives:

·       Summarize global increase and global burden of chronic diseases and chronic conditions.
·       Recognize the role of aging, unhealthy lifestyle changes, and urbanization in the increasing the incidence of chronic illness and chronic conditions.
·       Apply the Pathways Model to develop comprehensive patient-directed treatment plans, integrating lifestyle change, the acquisition of skills, with biofeedback and other professional interventions.
·       Enhance the involvement of patients in active participation in their own healthcare and health maintenance.
·       Recognize the role of patient behavior change in addressing the psychophysiological mechanisms driving chronic conditions.

Speaker(s):

·       Donald Moss, PhD, Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University: Donald Moss, Ph.D., BCB, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University. Moss is Education Chair for the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), and ethics chair and international certification chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He served as president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), SCEH, and Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association.

Moss is co-author with Angele McGrady of Integrative Pathways: Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach (Springer, 2013), and co-editor with Fredric Shaffer of Physiological Recording Technology and Applications in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (AAPB, 2019). He has a book in press with co-editor Inna Khazan, Mindfulness, Compassion, and Biofeedback Practice (AAPB). Moss is co-editor of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (AAPB, 2016), co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), and lead editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003).

·       Emma M. Millon, MS, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, Dept. of Psychology, Rutgers University

·       Brian Imber PhD, Saybrook University

·       Tara Austin, PhD Candidate, Brigham Young University

·       Leighton Fink, MA, Doctoral Candidate, Alliant International University

 

Presidential & Poster Reception
Time: 7:15pm -9:30pm

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