Friday, 2 December 2016

Registration is ongoing.

Presenters Include:
Dr. Victor David Arroyo Guillén (transcending bio-neurofeedback), Frank DeGregorio (biofeedback peripherals), 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

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).

Workshop - Dr. Victor David Arroyo Guillén

Transcending Bio and Neurofeedback: Clinical Process in the Applied Neuropsychophysiological Paradigm (A Transdisciplinary, Evidence Based Approach)
Dr. Victor David Arroyo Guillén
1-day Workshop
26 April

The clinical process in health sciences aims to gather, organize and interpret sufficient data that makes possible for us to make an adequate evaluation of a given situation and to develop and implement a truly effective treatment plan or intervention to help our patient or client.

Nowadays, the paradigm in which clinical process is currently based has proved to be insufficient to achieve those goals successfully as it may because it usually underutilizes the full capacity of the resources that modern scientific and technological advances can provide, or otherwise, it may rely too much on these developments and dismiss the human dimension of the patient or client and most of the factors and variables that play a key role in attaining a real state of wellbeing, when that’s possible.

Transdisciplinarity connotes a philosophical foundation and a practical strategy that crosses many disciplinary boundaries to create a comprehensive approach that helps understand situations and solve problems in a way where a “one-way approach” may be insufficient.

Because of it´s transdisciplinary nature, the Applied Neuropsychophysiology Paradigm requires the consideration of the human being in all of his physical, mental, social - and even spiritual - dimensions in a holistic manner, taking into account a great number of intrinsic and extrinsic variables that can alter its health status and relying on the latest technology to thus be able to accomplish a much more effective clinical process, from the potential to obtain more accurate multifactorial diagnoses -that even allows us to assess objectively what is traditionally considered subjective-; to help us implement treatment programs that could complement other conventional treatments increasing their effectiveness or to replace them with new options which can be less intrusive with fewer undesirable side effects with a higher rate of success improving the life´s quality and functional capacity.

Learning Objectives
Getting attendees to reach an understanding of the philosophical, scientifical and practical foundations of Applied Neuropsychophysiology; how to integrate this paradigm in an appropriate clinical process that ensures proper implementation of techniques such as Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in an transdiciplinary environment with other disciplines that integrate health sciences, and how these same principles affect the way in which the therapeutic goals are set and new comprehensive indicators for determining effectiveness are determined in the post-intervention / treatment results.

The understanding of these elements and principles, and its subsequent implementation, will lead to an ethical and scientific professional practice that seeks for a proper assessment of the situations encountered in clinical practice and the effective development of a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan for each situation that potentially increases the chance of reaching desired results - as far as possible - according to these indicators of effectiveness based on quality of live.

About Dr. Victor David Arroyo Guillén
Dr. Arroyo Guillén is a visiting professor, guest speaker and lecturer with extensive professional and teaching experience both in Mexico and internationally. He is a founding of the board of directors of the Mexican Society of Bio and Neurofeedback (SMBN) and is a full member of the Mexican Society of Psychology. He is currently in charge of the Clinical, Medical and Health Psychology and Applied Neuropsychophysiology services at StarMédica Centro Hospital (Mexico City).

Workshop - Drs. Danielle Matto

When Senses Are Too Sensitive; Biofeedback Treatment of Hyperexcitability
Drs. Danielle Matto
1-day Workshop
28 April

Hyperexcitability, an excessive reaction to stimuli, can occur in patients with stress, anxiety, trauma and SPS (Sensory Processing Sensitivity), formerly called High Sensitivity. Underlying is a state of hyperarousal, visible in the brain and in the autonomic nervous system. Often these patients feel helpless and tend to isolate themselves.  With biofeedback training it is possible to calm the autonomic nervous system. Suitable biofeedback protocols are skin conductance down training and heart coherence training. Additional techniques include bio-energetic exercises for protection against stimuli overload and Audio Visual Entrainment to calm the brain. This workshop gives you an understanding of the psychophysiological phenomena underlying hyperexcitability and the treatment possibilities.

Learning Objectives
Understanding the psychophysiological phenomena underlying hyperexcitability, learning to use biofeedback protocols, like skin conductance downtraining and heart rate coherence training, and audiovisual entrainment to treat hyperexcitability.

About Danielle Matto, Drs, BCIA-BCB
Daniëlle Matto is a certified clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, biofeedback therapist (BCIA) and stress coach. She has a private practice as a psychologist and is specialized in the treatment of patients with stress, anxiety and sleeping disorders. She combines biofeedback with cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, stress management techniques (Chronic Stress Reversal) and Audio Visual Stimulation, a form of brain training. In addition to her clinical work, she teaches biofeedback classes for psychologists and physical therapists and acts as a mentor for biofeedback therapists. Drs. Matto has been actively involved in the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe from its founding till 2012.