47th Annual International Conference

Coping with Stress in Today’s World:
Solutions for Anxiety, Depression, and Burnout

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October 21-22, 2022

Online event

Conference Description

Coping with Stress in Today’s World: Solutions for Anxiety, Depression, and Burnout

Recently, complex factors (e.g., pandemic, political unrest, inflation, internet overload, cell phone distractions, etc.) have exacerbated typical life challenges and presented new hurdles and barriers to succeeding and enjoying life. These hurdles and barriers have resulted in increased anxiety, depression and stress. Extended periods of stress have negative consequences on a person’s sense of fulfillment, as people learn, perform, and function best when their focus is maximized and physiological arousal is optimized.

Biofeedback, neurofeedback, and related techniques offer proven, evidence-based approaches for improving attention and concentration, enhancing one’s ability to regulate arousal, and maximizing learning and performance.

This year’s NRBS Conference is devoted to presenting and discussing information and techniques that will be relevant to health care providers and other helping professionals who are seeking additional tools to support their clients during these stressful and difficult times. The Conference is aimed at offering information that can be used to augment learning and performance across a variety of ages and settings.

We hope that you can join us for this important look into how to optimize functioning in an increasingly stressful world through the use of biofeedback strategies and other somatically based techniques.

Speakers

Alexandra Linardakis
RN, BCN

Harry Campbell
BCB, BCN, BCH

Jenna Prada
MEd

Mary Jo Sabo
PhD

Stephen Porges
PhD

Michael Cohen

Peter A Levine
PhD

Robert Turner

Robert Turner
MD

Erik Peper
PhD

Schedule at a glance

***All times listed in Eastern Standard Time

Time Friday, October 21
9:00 am - 9:15 am Welcome
9:15 am - 10:45 am Skills, Tips and Tools for Somatic Applications in School-Aged Children
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Regulating the Nervous System with Somatic Experiencing®
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Applications of the Polyvagal Theory
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Optional Vendor Rooms
Time Saturday, October 22
9:00 am - 9:15 am Introduction
9:15 am - 10:45 am Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Schools – Past, Present, & Future
10:45 am - 11:00 am Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Is EMF (WIFI) Messing Up Your Clients’ Sleep?
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Awareness and control with biofeedback to improve health in schools and at home
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Optional Vendor Rooms

Friday, October 21, 2022

Lecture 1

1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Title

Skills, Tips and Tools for Somatic Applications in School-Aged Children

Psychologists who work with children are often in a position to recommend interventions for home and school which are meant to support the work they do with their clients in the office. However, some knowledge of school systems and the kinds of interventions that are possible within them is necessary for the recommendations to have an impact. In this workshop, Alexandra Linardakis BSN and Jenna Prada M.Ed. will bring their differing perspectives to a conversation about the role that somatic regulation can play while working with school-aged children. They will discuss via case studies how each of their unique professional backgrounds can offer varied tools to support children in grades k-12, making clear that the best way to help clients is often to encourage a team-building approach between mental health providers, parents, schools, and others involved with the children. This workshop will provide concrete tools for biofeedback professionals in relation to various aspects of the school-aged child’s life.

  1. List two recommendations for somatic interventions that can be part of a school accommodation program.
  2. Describe how to use the arousal model to optimize a student’s ability to learn in an educational setting
  3. Describe how self-havening can be applied in a school setting

Speakers

Lecture 2

1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Title

Regulating the Nervous System with Somatic Experiencing®

Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) is a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma and other stress-related disorders. SE offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight, or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It offers practical skills appropriate to various healing and helping professions, including educators, mental health, medical, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, and more.

During this unique program, Peter A Levine, Ph.D., the developer of Somatic Experiencing, will demonstrate how SE addresses trauma responses through a combination of theoretical explanation and body-oriented experiential exercises. This program will address the underpinnings of trauma and explore how nervous system regulation and awareness of bodily sensations can bring individuals out of a trauma state and into a more embodied and regulated sense of authentic self.

  1. Describe differences between top-down and bottom-up processing and discuss how educating students on the difference can help them make better informed choices.
  2. Explain the trauma response as a set of defensive bodily reactions mobilized to protect us.
    Describe how shame, defeat, and humiliation from bullying and abuse, replay themselves repeatedly in the body.
  3. Analyze how individuals can trigger and reactivate each other’s traumas causing corrosive and destructive emotions and behaviors and how we often attribute these emotions to the other, when it’s our own traumas and dysregulation that have been reactivated.

Speakers

Lecture 3

1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Title

Applications of the Polyvagal Theory

Stephen Porges will elaborate on how Polyvagal Theory provides a neural foundation for a brain-body medicine that would lead to insights into the treatment of trauma and chronic stress-related mental and physical health challenges.

The theory describes how, via evolution, a connection emerged in the brain between the nerves that control the heart and the face. This face-heart connection provided the structures for the “social engagement system” that link sociality with autonomic regulation and explains the important mediating role of physiological state in facilitating either connectedness and intimacy or defense such as fight/flight, hypervigilance, dissociation, collapse, shutdown, and even syncope.
This workshop is designed to give participants an overview of the Polyvagal Theory and the Social Engagement System as it relates to stress in our modern world.

  1. Explain how the Polyvagal Theory may explain behavioral features related to psychiatric disorders and other behavioral problems.
  2. Describe the evolution of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and why this is important to our understanding of the system today.
  3. Explain how the concepts of reciprocity, co-regulation, and connectedness are imperative to both physical and mental health

Speakers

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Lecture 4

1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Title

Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Schools – Past, Present, & Future

In this workshop Harry Campbell will lead a discussion with Dr. Mary Jo Sabo about neurofeedback in schools, past present and future. They will talk about how the famous Yonkers Project came about and how successful it was. They will discuss some of the things that are being done now. Finally, they will give their thoughts about where neurofeedback and biofeedback in schools could be headed and how we can accelerate the process to bring neurofeedback and biofeedback to a wider audience.

  1. Summarize how the Yonkers Neurofeedback Project started and ran successfully.
  2. List the steps to organize a neurofeedback program in a school.
  3. Describe the importance of effective communication with school administrators, teachers, parents, students, and potential funding sources.
  4. Explain how Heart Rate Variability biofeedback can be used as a first step to introduce Neurofeedback to schools.

Speakers

Lecture 5

1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Title

Is EMF (WIFI) Messing Up Your Clients’ Sleep?

Why WIFI and electro pollution affects your brain, the microbiome and has huge clinical implications for many patients you see. There will be a review of cases where rapid clinical improvements occurred by greatly reducing EMF, as well as the research behind known biological effects. The presentation will include information about how to discuss these issues with patients, and why LIGHT at night has far more clinical implications than you are aware of.

  1. Explain the role of EMF in increasing Oxidative Stress.
  2. List four ways to help patients identify EMF problems.
  3. Describe how night time light and EMF reduce sleep quality by impacting REM non-REM sleep

Speakers

Lecture 6

1.5 Continuing Education Credits

Title

Awareness and control with biofeedback to improve health in schools and at home

Over the last few years more and more students report anxiety and stress related disorders which can be ameliorated and reversed through self-awareness and self-regulation approaches. By integrating wearable biofeedback devices to demonstrate how mind/body/emotions are interconnected, participants can increase their awareness and then implement regeneration strategies. When these skills are generalized at home and at work, many students report significant reduction in symptoms. The presentation focuses on the use breathing, posture, muscle, skin conductance and muscle feedback to demonstrate voluntary control, teach awareness of sympathetic reactivity and mastery to inhibit reactivity. It outlines a sequential 12 week group program that can be taught in schools and used in homes and at work.

  1. Describe how to use three different feedback devices (posture, temp, SCL) to develop awareness of covert stress reactions at home and at work
  2. Implement an integrated posture, breathing and cognitive reframe practice to rapidly reduce negative depressive self-critical thoughts and interrupt rumination
  3. Describe the components of a 12 week group program to teach stress management in schools

Speakers

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Regular price: $299 USD
Early Bird pricing: $199 USD -> Before September 1st, 2022.

This is a live online event.

Can’t attend live? Recording available for 30 days.

conference scholarships

NRBS would like to offer our support to students as well as clinicians working with underserved populations. Scholarships for those included in these groups are available on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please complete the following form no later than September 1, 2022. A representative from NRBS will be in contact via email prior to the conference.

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