Friday, 6 January 2017

Registration is ongoing.

Presenters Include:
Dr. Victor David Arroyo Guillén (transcending bio-neurofeedback), Frank DeGregorio (biofeedback peripherals), Claudia Hacad, PT (pelvic floor), Dr. Richard Harvey (psychoneuroimmunology, stress and courage),  Dr. Inna Khazan (mindfulness), Dr. Leah Lagos (concussion), Drs. Danielle Matto (hyperexcitability), Dr. Kerstin Mayer (slow cortical potentials),  Dr. Donald Moss (biofeedback and HRV), Dr. Lothar Niepoth (insomnia), Dr. Erik Peper (posture and breathing), Dr. Marlene Rosa (SEMG Rehab/new technologies), Dr. Fred Shaffer (biofeedback and HRV), Dr. Mari Swingle (internet addiction), Dr. Paul G. Swingle (basic neurotherapy), Pedro Teixeira, PT (SEMG in Rehab), Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson (neurofeedback), Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson (peak performance).

We are happy to offer three BCIA programs this year:
Neurofeedback (5-day)
Biofeedback (5-day)
HRV (2-day)

Additional workshops will be announced soon.

We invite you to take advantage of early registration rates for BFE 2017.


Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce that the 19th BFE Meeting will take place April 24-29, 2017 in beautiful Aveiro, Portugal and will be hosted by the University of Aveiro.

The BFE Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary biofeedback conference to nurture communication and education between specialists from different disciplines. Experts from neurofeedback, biofeedback, psychology, medicine, physical therapy, education and other disciplines come together to share and learn.

We cordially invite you to attend or to play a more active role by submitting your research and taking part in a workshop, symposium, oral presentation or poster session.
Click here to download a submission form.

We hope you'll join us in Aveiro!


Erik Peper
BFE Advisory Board President

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Workshop - Dr. Mari Swingle

Internet Addiction: The effects of constant connectivity on the brain and behaviour.
Dr. Mari Swingle
1-day Workshop
28 April

Effects of technologies on the brain, behavior, and generalized sense of well-being, were first observed in clinical populations in the early 2000’s. Early studies were rather united finding excessive applications in adults to have a direct association with the development and/or maintenance of specific ailments for which people were seeking psychological services; namely Anxiety, Depression, and the Obsessive-Compulsive spectrum.
Today, constant connectivity appears to be directly associated with generalized hyperarousal within wider portions of the population; including perseveration, generalized fretting, emotional deregulation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and forms of chronic fatigue also referred to as adrenal fatigue.

Constant stimulation, hyperarousal, or otherwise lack of brain quiet, further appears to be associated with increased difficulties with focus on non-screen based learning (& play), observation, the assimilation of information, and certain forms of creative and numerical processing (pattern recognition and integration) which may have gross implications in the development or maintenance of behavioural disorders and learning disabilities in children. Emergent research is further starting to imply functional and structural alterations observed within the brain itself which may imply permanent change in function if not development.

This workshop will explore the first discoveries of what was initially termed Internet Addiction, through to present day more globalized effects. It will explore positive integrated usage (or otherwise healthy normative usage) versus usage which is increasingly proving to affect development, mental and physical health, and arguably has pathological components. We will also explore my emergent research on what excessive and/or interfering patterns look like on the EEG.

Effects vary immensely by culture (environment), chronological age, and age of introduction/assimilation. As such, research and data will be presented within in environmental and cultural contexts.

Learning Objectives
  • To identify when excessive screen usage may be affecting the mental and physical health of a client.
  • To identify when excessive or inappropriate usage may be interfering with the success of treatment.
  • To recognize EEG patterns that may be associated with excessive applications.
  • To identify symptom patterns.
  • To identify individual cultural, environmental, and (epi)genetic protective factors versus liabilities which can turn normative healthy usage to excessive usage and the potential for the development of pathology (including addiction).
  • To learn the potential adverse effects on socio-emotional and cognitive development in the young and alterations of states and traits in the elder.
  • To identify when usage is normative, healthy or otherwise positive integration in modern life.

About Dr. Mari Swingle
Dr. Mari Swingle brings to the clinic extensive experience from both the world of Education and Clinical Psychology. Prior to the founding of Swingle Clinic, in 1997, Dr. Mari Swingle worked extensively in curriculum development, language learning, and the exploration of learning modalities to assist with accelerated as well as remedial learning. Currently she works with a wide range of neurophysiological ailments; her specialty lying with children and families experiencing behavioral and learning difficulties including but not limited to, dyslexia, processing, written output, speech and auditory disorders. Dr. Mari Swingle also frequently works with the dynamics that arise in families with a child experiencing learning and or behavioral challenges including parental fatigue, depression, anxiety, addictions, and couple/parental dynamics.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Workshop - Claudia Hacad, PT

SEMG Biofeedback Applied to Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunctions
Claudia Hacad, PT, BCIA BCB-PMD
1-day Workshop
24 April

This 1-day workshop will provide to the participants theoretical information and practical skills supported by evidence based research to:
  • Identify the pelvic floor muscle anatomy
  • Learn pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions pathophysiology
  • Understand the SEMG electrophysiology (SEMG signals and variables analysis) during pelvic floor muscle assessment and to apply SEMG biofeedback training in different pelvic floor disorders
  • Use the specific applications of SEMG biofeedback in pelvic floor dysfunction (urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, CPPS)
Case presentations will be included.

About Claudia Hacad, PT

Claudia Rosenblatt Hacad, BCB – PMD - BCIA is a Physical Therapist, Master of Science - Urology Department – from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) – Brazil and is BCIA certified in PMD. She is also a Physical Therapist´s Researcher - Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP).

Claudia is Brazil´s Regional Leader in the BFE-IREP program and has contributed in research studies in pelvic floor that involve Brazil and China. Since 2014, she has hosted an online Journal Club in Pelvic Dysfunction´s Authorship supported by the Biofeedback Federation of Europe.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Workshop - Dr. Marlene Rosa

SEMG Rehab Protocols & New Technologies
Marlene Rosa, PhD
1-day Workshop
28 April

This 1-day workshop is appropriate for physical therapists, physicians, psychologists and other practitioners and researchers currently using or interested in the use of SEMG (Surface Electromyography) rehabilitation & new technologies for acquired data from populations diagnosed with acquired brain injuries and musculoskeletal disorders for which SEMG. The workshop will cover SEMG and other imaging technologies used for diagnosis, assessment and therapy in healthcare and other settings.  Prior knowledge of SEMG techniques and technologies is recommended, but not required. Individuals with a novice to intermediate knowledge and experience of SEMG could benefit by attending the 2-day workshop given by Pedro Teixeira.

In this 1-day course, participants will learn how to help colleagues and clients using SEMG and other new technologies.  Using lectures, demonstration and open discussion. At the conclusion of this 1-day workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Identify how SEMG assessment and training facilitates improvement in rehabilitation and improves assessment and therapy to accelerates the rehabilitation process;
  • Recognize the difference between the myths and realities of SEMG, biofeedback and other rehabilitation techniques and technologies;
  • Understand how SEMG assessment and biofeedback can improve the quality of life for ordered and disordered populations patients.
  • Identify how an SEMG Rehabilitation program can facilitate progress in cases where other techniques and technologies have difficulty.
  • Discuss concepts of SEMG rehabilitation to specific populations
  • Discuss the concept of SEMG biofeedback and its relevance to rehabilitation.
  • Observe and/or experience specific protocols and SEMG biofeedback techniques.
  • Explain how to apply SEMG and biofeedback-based skills to asses and training clients.
  • Begin applying those skills to their own practice.

Acquired brain injuries and musculoskeletal disorders changes the lives of millinons of individuals, from all walks of life. The challenges encountered by patients, families, communities and their professional healthcare team can leave them feeling unable to find a way to move forward to complete recovery.  From in-patients, to outpatients, to home training, from high performing clients (athletes, business leaders, executives, attorneys, scientists, musicians and artists); from pediatric to geriatric populations Marlena will cover specific applications of SEMG combined with other biofeedback modalities and new technologies to optimize assessment and therapy.

These challenges are not related to lack of skill or experience, but require a set of knowledge and skills not typically taught in Universities. The ability to self-regulate is at the core of how we handle stressful situations. Ideally, we want our brains and our bodies to work in ways that foster a resilient response to stress and we want them to recover quickly once the stressful event is over. SEMG assessment and biofeedback-based skills are specifically aimed at training the mind and body’s ability to self-regulate in challenging situations and optimize performance.

About Marlene Rosa, PhD
Marlene Rosa was awarded her Degree of Physiotherapy in 2001 from the School of Health Sciences in University of Aveiro (UA), and received her Masters in Motor Development at Sports Faculty in University of Porto in 2008. In 2009, she got a PhD grant funded by the Portuguese Government (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia - FCT) and earned her degree in 2015 in the Department of Health Sciences (Secção Autónoma de Ciências da Saúde SACS), at UA in a collaboration with Southampton University, UK. The focus of her clinical practice and research is in rehabilitation after stroke, namely the use of new technologies including biofeedback. Currently Marlena is a clinical specialist in SWORD Health SA. and a senior lecturer at the Piaget Institute and School of Health Sciences at UA.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Workshop - Dr. Inna Khazan & Dr. Leah Lagos

Mindfulness and Biofeedback for High Performance
Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB  & Leah Lagos, PsyD, BCB
2-day Workshop
25 April | 26 April

High performing individuals bring a great depth of skill and knowledge to their work and training. They excel in most areas of their expertise and lead successful lives and careers. And yet, some of the challenges they encounter are more stressful than others. They are not always able to bring their knowledge and skills to bear in high stress situations, leaving them feeling unable to perform at their best.

These challenges are not related to lack of skill or experience, and require a set of skills not typically taught in school. Our ability to self-regulate is at the core of how we handle stressful situations. Ideally, we want our brains and our bodies to work in ways that foster a resilient response to stress and we want them to recover quickly once the stressful event is over. Mindfulness and biofeedback-based skills are specifically aimed at training the mind and body’s ability to self-regulate in challenging situations and optimize performance.

In this 2 day course, participants will learn how to help themselves and their high performing clients (athletes, business leaders and executives, attorneys, scientists, musicians and artists, among many others) to optimize their performance, increase resilience, and ability to self-regulate through the skills of mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion integrated with psychophysiological principles of biofeedback. We will cover specific applications of mindfulness and biofeedback techniques in optimizing performance, using lecture, open discussion, and first-hand experience with mindfulness and biofeedback.

As a result of taking part in this course, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss concepts of mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion and their relevance to performance, resilience, and self-regulation.
  • Discuss the concept of biofeedback and its relevance to performance, resilience, and self-regulation.
  • Observe and/or experience specific mindfulness and biofeedback techniques.
  • Explain how to apply mindfulness and biofeedback-based skills in training high performing individuals.
  • Begin applying those skills to their own practice. 

About Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB
Inna Khazan, Ph.D., BCB is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where she has taught biofeedback and supervised trainees since 2008. A clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and biofeedback, Dr. Khazan also maintains a private practice in Boston, working with clients on optimizing their health and performance, using biofeedback and mindfulness based approaches. She has been invited to give keynote and conference presentations and teach workshops at national and international conferences on the topics of biofeedback and mindfulness. Dr. Khazan has conducted biofeedback and mindfulness trainings for notable institutions in the US and abroad, including the US Navy Special Warfare and the Stuttgart Opera and Ballet Company. Dr. Khazan is recognized as a pioneer in the area of mindfulness and acceptance based biofeedback, and is the author of a highly regarded Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness.

About Leah Lagos, PsyD, BCB

Leah Lagos, PsyD, BCB is a clinical and sport psychologist and BCIA Board Certified biofeedback provider in Manhattan, New York.  She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and served as a faculty member of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University.  Highlights of her work with athletes include conducting interviews for NFL teams, as part of Professional Sports Consultants, for more than 9 years. Dr. Lagos has served as a consultant to PGA tour players to provide on-site support at tournaments such as the Masters' Tournament in Augusta, GA. Dr. Lagos has also served as a consultant to US Olympians providing consultation and on-site support at venues such as the London Olympics.  As a consulting psychological expert for the media, Dr. Lagos has appeared on the Today Show, NBC Nightly, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated News and ESPN.  She is a consulting editor for Biofeedback Magazine: Clinical Journal and was the Guest Editor of the 2015 spring issue. She is the Chair of the Optimal Performance Section of the American Association of Physiology and Biofeedback.  Dr. Lagos is also an appointed biofeedback provider for athletes and patients of several hospital programs in the New York metro area.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Workshop - Dr. Erik Peper

How Posture and Breathing Improves Health and Test Performance
Erik Peper, PhD
1-day Workshop
29 April

Inspired or full of hot air? Feeling overwhelmed and collapsed or feeling tall?  We are usually totally unaware how our posture and breathing patterns affect others and ourselves. The workshop overviews how breathing and posture communicates to others and affects ourselves. The workshop includes somatic practices by which participants experience the effect of posture changes on physical strength and emotional memory recall as well as breathing changes to affect math performance. Using respiration and posture feedback from a wearable biofeedback device with a cell phone app, UpRight, participants experience immediate feedback each time they slouch at work and at home and learns to identify situations which cause slouching (e.g., fatigue, negative/hopeless thinking or stress.  The posture feedback is combined with breathing, SEMG and HRV training with cognitive restructuring to enhance health and performance. Discussed are detailed protocols how to use breathing and posture and pattern to reduce depression, anxiety, test performance, headaches, back and shoulder discomfort.

About Dr. Erik Peper
Erik Peper is an internationally known expert on holistic health, stress management, and biofeedback. He is a professor at San Francisco State University, where he was instrumental in establishing the Institute for Holistic Health Studies, the first holistic health program at a public university in the U.S. He is president of the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE) and former president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology.

Workshop - Pedro Teixeira, PT

Biofeedback in Rehab - Critical Thinking Toolbox
Pedro Teixeira, PT
2-day Workshop
25 April | 26 April

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
This 2-day workshop aims to introduce a reasoning methodology that will enable participants to apply SEMG biofeedback to a broad range of rehab conditions. During this workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of SEMG. A clinical case study hands-on approach will be used to build up the reasoning skills. At the end of this workshop participants should be able to delineate a biofeedback rehab protocol specific to their client needs.

Day one
  • SEMG Fundamentals - From signal acquisition to biofeedback practice
  • Building up reasoning skills - Shoulder complex clinical case study
Day two
  • Building up reasoning skills - Lower back clinical case study
  • Building up reasoning skills - Knee joint clinical case study
  • Putting it all together - Reasoning methodology Workflow

About Pedro Teixeira, PT
Pedro Teixeira is the President of BioSigns, Invited Researcher at the Oporto Medical School and lecturer at several different postgrad courses and seminars around the world. For almost 10 years he occupied the Project Manager position for the Rehabilitation Projects at the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE).