Friday, 23 September 2016

Mark Your Calendars!

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.

We hope you'll join us in Aveiro!

Sincerely,

Erik Peper
BFE Advisory Board President


Thursday, 22 September 2016

Workshop - Dr. Sue Wilson

Peak Performance Master Class
2-day workshop
Date:  tbd
Presenter:  Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson

In this 2-day sports master class, Dr. Wilson shares a wealth of knowledge and experience garnered over her career in sport psychology.

Dr. Wilson will focus on the commonalities of having to perform when under pressure - be it a critical decision at work, a competitive event or a life challenge.  She will review the basic psychophysiological assessment and transfer skills she has acquired across a lifetime that have been applied to Olympic champions, business executives, counselling clients and individuals facing terminal cancer, such as:

  • What attitude (of the coach and client) is most productive? 
  • What psychophysiological modality has the most impact (emg, eda, hr, hrv, temperature)? 
  • What brain state is most disruptive or facilitative of performance: focus, anxiety, busy brain? 
  • What coaching style and practical skills beyond your office can benefit your clients? 

She will introduce three daily practice skills (think, breathe, image) and will discuss simple takeaways from helping people perform.  In addition, some of the 'miracle cures' and 'fabulous flops' will be shared.

About Sue Wilson, PhD
BCIA Senior Fellow (biofeedback, neurofeedback) Senior Scholar, York University, Toronto,Canada

Sue Wilson is a world renowned Performance Enhancement Specialist considered by many to be the "grandmother" of biofeedback in sport. She has dedicated much of her career to researching the connection between stress and its effect on physical health and mental performance.  Her acknowledged expertise is in the teaching of brief skills, validated by psychophysiology,  to allow individuals to perform to their capabilities.

Sue Wilson is a retired professor from York University with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. Her teaching and research was in sport psychology and learned self-regulation. Sue has worked with top executives and over 50 world or Olympic athletes from 1976 to Rio 2016. The software and training courses she developed for the BFE's Optimizing Performance and Health Suite are distributed worldwide. She also does mentoring for other biofeedback based clinicians.  Sue is currently providing mental training for Canada's Paralympic archers as well as two tennis clubs and individual athletes from gymnastics to hockey to figure skating.

Workshop - Dr. Leah Lagos

Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for Post-Concussion Syndrome
1-day Workshop
Date: tbd
Dr. Leah Lagos

This one-day workshop is for health professionals and researchers who want to learn a theoretical rationale and clinical protocol for implementing Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback (BFB) as a treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS).  The hands on, guided tutorial, will teach clinically useful skills for restoring autonomic imbalance, reducing PCS symptoms, and engaging the body’s natural healing processes for recovery from concussion.  Case examples, based on over a decade of Dr. Lagos’ clinical and research experiences, will be presented.  Specialized issues such as treating patients who present with co-morbid symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and PCS will be addressed.

  • Explain the relationship between Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Describe the current science and rationale for applying HRV Biofeedback (BFB) to PCS patients
  • Identify the features of a ten session protocol for PCS including equipment, homework, and an overview of training
  • Learn a combination of biofeedback and cognitive behavioral skills to help PCS patients reduce somatic symptoms
  • Describe the general trajectory of improvement if patient participants in ten consecutive weekly sessions and complies with two, twenty-minute, at home daily breathing practices
    Identify two forms of assessments for evaluating patient’s health at onset of training as well as measuring progress after training
  • Describe how to measure patient progress throughout HRV BFB training
  • Identify and utilize adjunctive techniques for treating trauma related to PCS
  • Discuss the needs for the integration of HRV BFB and NFB for cases that involve attention and memory challenges

About Leah Lagos, PsyD, BCB

Leah Lagos, Psy.D, B.C.B, specializes in biofeedback, sport psychology, and psychotherapy. Building on international research in the fields of health and wellness, Dr. Lagos assesses and treats a broad range of disorders and performance challenges. Her expertise includes strategies to reduce anxiety, boost resilience to adversity, and enhance health. She is adept at helping her clients clarify their needs, achieve their goals, and increase their effectiveness.

Unique to the field of sport psychology, Dr. Lagos has consulted amateur and professional golfers of all ages. Dr. Lagos has also conducted risk assessments for draft prospects of the Chicago Bears and The New York Giants at the NFL Combine since 2007, as part of Professional Sport Consultants, Inc. She has worked with multiple types of collegiate teams across the United States including track, rowing, basketball, football, and golf. She has also designed and implemented substance abuse prevention programs with more than 25 teams at Rutgers University and developed a disordered eating prevention team to coordinate care of student-athletes at the University of Miami. Additionally, Dr. Lagos has consulted with professional basketball players and their families on issues related to career development for the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Dr. Lagos is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of New York and Board Certified in Biofeedback. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Association of Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, as well as the Biofeedback Federation of Europe. Dr. Lagos is the Co-Chair of the Optimal Performance Section of the Association For Applied Sport Psychology and a Guest Editor for Biofeedback Magazine. As a consulting psychological expert for the media, Dr. Lagos has been featured in numerous media outlets.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Workshop - Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson

BCIA Neurofeedback Program
5-day Workshop
24 April | 25 April | 26 April | 28 April | 29 April
Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson

This workshop is designed to train professionals to effectively carry out basic Neurofeedback (NFB) and Biofeedback (BFB) interventions in order to optimize the performance of their clients or to ameliorate the symptoms of a variety of disorders that have been shown to respond to the combination of NFB and BFB. The material covered in the workshop meets the requirements of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance for the didactic knowledge portion of their certification process. (For the full certification requirements, see www.bcia.org.) We will cover the basics and also introduce participants to more advanced methodologies, including LORETA NFB, z-score training, and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Designing interventions that are based on integrating knowledge of clinical symptoms, knowledge of functional neuroanatomy, and knowledge of quantitative EEG analysis will be emphasized. Demonstrations will augment the lecture material.

1st Day: Introduction to Neurofeedback including scientific basis for NFB, basic terms & definitions, understanding the EEG, origin of the EEG, montages, removing artifacts, single channel assessment, learning theory (operant & classical conditioning) as it applies to NFB, designing training sessions, tracking results.

2nd Day: Psychophysiological stress assessment, how to effectively run neurofeedback sessions that combine NFB with heart rate variability and other biofeedback variables. Case examples will include ADHD, learning disabilities, seizure disorders, and anxiety.

3rd Day: Basic Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology will be covered to provide the neurophysiological and neuroanatomical rationale for combining HRV with NFB to improve performance in executives and athletes and assist people who have had a concussion. The third day will cover international 10-20 sites and their relation to Brodmann Areas (BA’s), the basics of understanding functions of BAs and neural networks, and an explanation of Brain Maps & LORETA. Case examples will be used extensively.

4th Day: Assessment and treatment of disorders such as Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, Asperger’s and Autistic Spectrum Disorders, plus other problems as requested by participants.

5th Day: Review of other required material from the BCIA Blueprint of Knowledge such as basic statistics, research design, levels of efficacy based on research, data bases, slow cortical potentials, evoked potentials (ERPs), medication effects, adjunctive techniques and ethics.

About Lynda Thompson, Ph.D.
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". Since beginning a centre for biofeedback she has published 9 book chapters, and 14 journal articles with an emphasis on ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Seizure disorders and stress management. She takes an active part in the main organizations concerning biofeedback, is a past Board Member of both the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), and was Chair of the Education Committee and Treasurer of the Neurofeedback Division of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). With her husband, Michael Thompson, M.D. she co-authored The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology (2003). They have been invited to teach about neurofeedback and biofeedback in 25 countries on five continents and present frequently at professional meetings in these fields.

About Michael Thompson, M.D.
Michael Thompson, M.D. devotes his time to the administration of the Biofeedback Institute of Toronto and teaching about neurofeedback plus biofeedback. When formerly practicing medicine he was Medical Director of London Psychiatric Hospital; Associate Professor and head of post-graduate education in Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario; examiner for the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) for 10 years and chairman of their examinations committee in psychiatry. Numerous professional publications include A Resident’s Guide to Psychiatric Education. While Associate Professor, University of Toronto, he was psychiatric consultant to The Hospital for Sick Children’s neurology department and director of a centre that specialized in treating pre-school children with autistic spectrum disorders. Recent work has included more than 120 professional presentations and workshops on 5 continents and in more than 25 countries focused on assessment and training using EEG and peripheral Biofeedback.

Prior to doing Neurofeedback, Dr. Thompson had more than 20 peer reviewed journal publications, 7 professional textbook chapters, one book and more than 100 presentations with a major focus on training psychiatrists, child development, attention deficit, learning, autism, and handling neurological illnesses. Since beginning a centre for biofeedback he has published with Dr. Lynda Thompson, 5 book chapters, and 14 journal articles on ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, and stress management, as well as books including the basic textbook in the field, The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology.

Workshop - Dr. Donald Moss | Dr. Fred Shaffer

BCIA HRV Program
2-day Workshop
Dates TBD
Dr. Donald Moss, Dr. Fred Shaffer

This 15-contact-hour workshop is designed for biofeedback/neurofeedback practitioners, psychologists, clinical counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, nurses, physicians, and other health care professionals and academicians interested in utilizing heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback in their practice or research. This workshop will cover all 15 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, HRV measurements, HRV biofeedback training strategies, and HRV biofeedback applications. Attendees will complete BCIA's 15-hour didactic requirement for the HRV Biofeedback Certificate of Completion. Attendees will gain practical knowledge about HRV and breathing assessment and training.

About Donald Moss, Ph.D.
Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University.  Dr. Moss is president-elect of the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), and has been president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).  He is a fellow of both APA and SCEH, and is a current delegate to APA’s Council of Representatives and the International Society for Hypnosis.

He is co-editor of Foundations Heart Rate Variability (AAPB, 2016), co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), and chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood, 1998). He currently has a new book under contract for Springer with co-author Angele McGrady on Integrative Pathways:  Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach. He has published over 70 articles and book chapters on psychophysiology, spirituality, health, and integrative medicine.

About Fred Shaffer, Ph.D.
Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. In 2013, he received the Truman State University Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award. Dr. Shaffer is a co-editor of Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.). He is a co-editor with Donald Moss of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings. He co-authored with Rollin McCraty and Christopher Zerr, the Frontiers in Psychology review article "A healthy heart is not a metronome: An integrative review of the heart's anatomy and heart rate variability." Finally, he co-authored with Rollin McCraty, the Global Advances in Health and Medicine review article, "Heart rate variability: New perspectives on physiological mechanisms, assessment of self-regulatory capacity, and health risk." He is a contributing editor for the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. His current research focuses on techniques to increase heart rate variability biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is a BCIA Senior Diplomate in Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and Treasurer for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

Workshop - Dr. Donald Moss | Dr. Fred Shaffer | Dr. Erik Peper

BCIA Biofeedback Program
5-day Workshop
24 April | 25 April | 26 April | 28 April | 29 April
Dr. Donald Moss, Dr. Fred Shaffer, Dr. Erik Peper

This foundation 5-day seminar is designed to teach clinicians biofeedback fundamentals and cutting-edge applications. This program covers all 48 hours of the BCIA Didactic Biofeedback Education requirement through powerful demonstrations of biofeedback and adjunctive procedures, imaginative hands-on lab exercises with multi-channel computerized equipment, professional multimedia presentations, and comprehensive review materials. This program integrates personal hands-on training with equipment with didactic presentations.

  1. Attendees will be able to define biofeedback, provide an overview of its main modalities, explain its history and development, summarize relevant principles of human learning, and explain the assumptions that underly biofeedback.
  2. Attendees will be able to summarize four models of stress and illness, explain psychophysiological reactions to stressful events, and discuss psychosocial mediators of stress.
  3. Attendees will be able to describe the most commonly employed biofeedback modalities, explain the purpose and procedures for tracking tests for each, describe how to achieve acceptable skin-electrode impedance for SEMG recording, check sensor cables for breaks, prevent shock hazards, electronic concepts relevant to biofeedback, and aseptic techniques.
  4. Attendees will be able to describe research methodology and summarize the evidence supporting the efficacy of biofeedback applications.
  5. Attendees will be able to describe the major SEMG, ANS, and respiratory applications.
  6. Attendees will be able to describe intervention strategies.
  7. Attendees will be able to explain the ethical principles underlying professional conduct.
About Donald Moss, Ph.D.
Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University.  Dr. Moss is president-elect of the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), and has been president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).  He is a fellow of both APA and SCEH, and is a current delegate to APA’s Council of Representatives and the International Society for Hypnosis.

He is co-editor of Foundations Heart Rate Variability (AAPB, 2016), co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), and chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood, 1998). He currently has a new book under contract for Springer with co-author Angele McGrady on Integrative Pathways:  Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach. He has published over 70 articles and book chapters on psychophysiology, spirituality, health, and integrative medicine.

About Fred Shaffer, Ph.D.
Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. In 2013, he received the Truman State University Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award. Dr. Shaffer is a co-editor of Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.). He is a co-editor with Donald Moss of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings. He co-authored with Rollin McCraty and Christopher Zerr, the Frontiers in Psychology review article "A healthy heart is not a metronome: An integrative review of the heart's anatomy and heart rate variability." Finally, he co-authored with Rollin McCraty, the Global Advances in Health and Medicine review article, "Heart rate variability: New perspectives on physiological mechanisms, assessment of self-regulatory capacity, and health risk." He is a contributing editor for the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. His current research focuses on techniques to increase heart rate variability biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is a BCIA Senior Diplomate in Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and Treasurer for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

About Erik Peper, Ph.D.
Erik Peper, PhD., 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. He has received numerous awards such as the State of California Governor's Employee Safety Award in 2004 for his contributions to improving workplace health for computer users, the 2005 Sheila Adler Award from AAPB for his efforts to support and encourage student participation, and the 2011 Recipient of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe Educator Award. He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books: Biofeedback Mastery, Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer, Make Health Happen: Training Yourself to Create Wellness, De Computermens and Fighting Cancer - A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment. He has a biofeedback practice in Berkeley, California and publishes a blog titled The Peper Perspective: Ideas on illness, health and well-being. He has been an invited speaker at international conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia and is a recognized expert on holistic health, stress management and workplace health. His research interests focus upon strategies to optimize health, illness prevention, holistic health, healthy computing, and respiratory psychophysiology.