October 4-7th, 2018

Annual Conference 2018

Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and More!

Philadelphia, PA

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October 4th Pre-Conference

3-5 Pre-Conference
5:30-6:30 Mentoring session- BCIA approved (Free to NRBS Members!)
6:30-9:30 Welcome Reception

October 5-7 Main Conference

Confirmed Pre-Conference and Conference Schedule

Includes presentations, lunch round tables, Friday dinner, Saturday Cocktail Reception, BCIA Certification Exams, APA and BCIA re-certifications CEs and more!

This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 19 continuing education credits. The Center LLC,  is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content

NRBS is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. NRBS is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.

If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Angelika Sadar, northeastbiofeedback@gmail.com, 610-933-9440.

Keynote Presentations

Michael Thompson, M.D. and Lynda Thompson,Ph.D.

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Pay Attention! How to Improve Functioning from ADHD to Athletes

Target Audience:  all levels of practitioners.

 

Confirmed Speakers

Jon Bale

For nearly nine years Jon Bale was the Research Manager for the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE), before joining the Thought Technology family as an Application Specialist. His experiences include instructing and working with various clinical leaders in the field of biofeedback and neurofeedback, such as Dr. Paul G. Swingle, Dr. Inna Khazan, Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson, and Dr. Barry Sterman. Jon’s extensive knowledge of applications in biofeedback and neurofeedback, along with his work adapting clinical methods into easy-to-use techniques, makes him a source for showcasing, discussing and teaching others on the effective use of various biofeedback modalities.

It CAN Be Simple: Effortlessly Add Heart Rate Variability into your Practice

The benefits of heart rate variability-based therapies are clear for a variety of conditions: anxiety, stress, hypertension, depression, PTSD, asthma, IBS, concussions, etc.

What, however, remains unclear for many health practitioners is “How do I apply this therapy in my practice, in a step by step process”? The goal of this session is to render the practical elements of HRV therapy into steps that any practitioner can perform, from evaluating HRV, to training self-regulation, resonance-testing, and seeing client improvement.

You too can realize that yes, it can be simple.

Brain-Training Made Easy with Passive Infrared Hemoencephalography

Are you to type of clinician that wishes they could add the benefits of neurofeedback to your clinical methods, but just aren’t ready for the complexities of the data? A solution exists for you that matches the simplicity of training physiology with biofeedback: passive infrared hemoencephalography (pIR HEG). It’s an indirect measurement of cerebral blood flow that is easy to apply, simple for a client to understand, and rapidly engaging.

Join this session to learn about pIR HEG, its applications (migraines, attention issues, spectrum disorders related to coherence), and see an example of it in action.

 

Harry Campbell

Harry was introduced to biofeedback in 1984 by Adam Crane at a career day at Ossining High School in Westchester County, NY.  He worked with Adam in his biofeedback equipment and training company for over 20 years then Adam sold him the company.  He has provided biofeedback and neurofeedback for anxiety, headaches, pain, insomnia, and ADHD in several private practices. He served as a trainer and supervisor in the Yonkers, NY public school Neurofeedback Project with Mary Jo Sabo, Ph.D.  Harry has served two terms as president of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society and has trained and presented for many colleges, universities, veteran and military hospitals and medical centers throughout the country.  He continues to train healthcare professionals in biofeedback and neurofeedback for certification by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and provides equipment and consulting support.

Making it easy to integrate Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Psychotherapy Practice

In this session you will be introduced to what biofeedback and neurofeedback are how they are used for common symptoms that you see in a psychotherapy practice and how you and your clients can benefit.

I will discuss biofeedback methods for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, pain, trauma, and ADHD.  We will also talk about biofeedback and neurofeedback for improving performance which is an exciting area that helps to balance your work with some non-clinical applications.  This session will provide instruction and demonstrations of surface EMG for muscle tension, skin temperature, skin conductance (sweat), respiration, heart rate/heart rate variability, and EEG.

Participants will learn easy and low cost ways to use biofeedback and attract new clients to their practices.

Roseann Capannap-Hodge, Ed.D., BCN

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge is a Connecticut Certified School Psychologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certified Neurofeedback Provider (BCN), with more than 20 years working with children, teens, adults and parents. She answered her calling to be a psychologist, and currently has private practice offices in Ridgefield and Newtown, CT, where the focus is on Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, Counseling and Assessment for a variety of issues and conditions.   After seeing individuals and families suffer through unsuccessful attempts at traditional therapies, Dr. Roseann became passionate about using highly effective research-based, non-medication and brain-based therapies to alleviate stress and suffering, bringing children and adults to a point of wellness. Dr. Roseann is a well-respected BCN Practitioner who is a popular and sought after speaker.   She is an expert in several areas including: Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Disorders, ADHD, Autism, Executive Functioning, Dyslexia and other Reading Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Lyme Disease, PANS/PANDAS, Concussion/Post-Concussion Syndrome and Parenting Coaching.

Ethics: HIPPA Compliance for the Solo Practitioner and Group Practice Owner

Roger deBeus, Ph.D.

Dr. Roger deBeus earned his doctorate in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine at the University of North Texas. He has presented internationally on his research with neurofeedback and quantitative EEG with ADHD children, depression, adolescent trauma, and adult substance abuse. Dr. deBeus has worked with ISNR serving as a Board member for seven years, Past-President, Conference Program Chair, awarded the Joel Lubar Award, selected as an ISNR Fellow, and is currently on the ISNR Board of Directors as President-Elect. Dr. deBeus is a Licensed Psychologist in North Carolina and Virginia, and has been practicing neurofeedback for 20 years. He is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Dr. deBeus is currently a Site Principal Investigator of the NIMH-funded 5-year study, Double-Blind 2-Site Randomized Clinical Trial of Neurofeedback for ADHD.

Double-Blind 2-Site Randomized Clinical Trial of Neurofeedback for ADHD: Rationale

This presentation discusses a 5-year two-site double-blind placebo-controlled study of neurofeedback (NF) with ADHD children funded by NIMH. At each of two sites (1 university & 1 NF clinic) 70 children (total N=140) ages 7 through 10 with rigorously diagnosed moderate to severe ADHD and theta/beta ratio (TBR) > 4.5 will be randomized in a 3:2 ratio to active TBR downtraining by NF versus a sham training of equal duration, intensity, and appearance. Multi-domain assessments at baseline, mid-treatment, treatment end, and follow-ups at 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years include parent and teacher ratings of symptoms & impairment, neuropsychological tests, clinician ratings, and quantitative EEG as well as tests of blinding and sham inertness. The study just finished its final year of recruitment. Attendees will gain an understanding of the entire development including research team building, design and rationale of the study, and preliminary findings related to study intakes.

The Complexities and Ethics of Conducting Neurofeedback Research

Harry Kerasidis, M.D.

Dr. Kerasidis is the medical director for the Center for Neuroscience at CalvertHealth. He is the founder of Chesapeake Neurology Associates. He
has been treating concussion injury for over 20 years. A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in
Neurology and a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Kerasidis’professional interests include
cognitive neurology, sleep disorders, and behavioral correlates of EEG. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the
American Board of Sleep Medicine, BCIA Neurofeedback, and International QEEG Certification Board.

qEEG and Neurofeedback in Sleep Disorders

This presentation will review the current state of the science related to sleep disorders medicine. The presentation
will review the basic science of sleep physiology and mechanisms of sleep, the effects of sleep deprivation due to
disordered sleep, causes of disordered sleep. Physiologic measures of sleep and sleep disorders will be reviewed.
Typical findings on qEEG analysis and strategies of therapeutic interventions will be discussed.

qEEG and Neurofeedback in Sport Related Concussion

This presentation will review the current state of the science related to concussion injury, particularly sport related
concussion. The presentation will review mechanism of injury, pathophysiology, current standard of care of
evaluation and management in the acute, subacute and chronic conditions. Characteristic findings on qEEG analysis
and approaches to neurofeedback strategies of treatment will be reviewed.

Robert Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN

Robert E. Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN Fellow, is a part-time neurofeedback clinician with Cotton Grove Family Physicians in Lexington, NC where he provides Neurofeedback services; and is a part-time contract clinician at Timber Ridge Treatment Center in Gold Hill, NC where he works with sexually abusive youth. He was previously a part-time neurofeedback clinician with Integrative Therapies in Greensboro, NC.  Rob has worked with Dr. Richard Soutar, New Mind Maps and New Mind Technology, in Roswell, GA, since 2008, and together with Dr. Soutar co-hosts weekly webinars.  Rob is currently on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Neurofeedback Research (ISNR); and was previously Vice President of the Southeastern Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association (formerly the North Carolina Biofeedback Society). He was previously Director of Clinical Training/Stress Reduction Clinic & Biofeedback Lab, and Clinical Director (2005-2008); Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services, a psychiatric hospital, in Winston-Salem, NC, and Corporate Director of Special Programming and Clinical Training for New Hope Treatment Centers, Charleston, South Carolina. He is co-author of Doing Neurofeedback.: An Introduction (2011); and has authored several chapters and articles on the topic.

Case Studies in Neurofeedback

This presentation will review individual case studies in Neurofeedback, using neurofeedback training as a primary intervention:  1.5 HOUR Presentation = Two – Three Cases in Neurofeedback: Two cases of TBI, Post Chemotherapy Syndrome, and Post-surgical complications from back surgery. Cases will be presented including patient background, a brief patient history, presenting problems and symptoms, diagnosis, cognitive functioning, emotional functioning, personality traits and factors, physical health overview, collaborative health information, qEEG assessment and results, neurofeedback protocol selection, additional interventions (i.e., biofeedback, AVE, HRV) when used, and patient progress over the course of time with intervention(s).  Pre/post outcomes will also be addressed.  Cases and data presented will be from the New Mind Mapping System.

Challenges of Working With Youth

This workshop focuses on the challenges health care professionals face in working with children and adolescents.   The world of health-related science is exploding; and keeping up with the various aspects of health research that can effect or work with children and adolescents can become overwhelming.  This workshop will summarize some of the key areas and core topics that effect the health of youth and thus create challenges to health care professionals working with them.  Some of the areas to be addressed include: physical health issues, mental health issues, drugs and medications, environmental factors,  abuse and neglect, neurodevelopmental factors, traumatic brain injury, and nutrition and the brain.

 

David Seiver

Dave graduated in 1978 as an engineering technologist.  He later worked in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta designing TMJ Dysfunction related diagnostic equipment and research facilities. He organized research projects, taught basic physiology and the advanced TMJ diagnostics course. Dave had noted anxiety issues in many patients suffering with TMJ dysfunction, prompting him to study biofeedback, which he applied to the patients and then later, Dave design biofeedback devices.

In 1984, Dave designed his first audio-visual entrainment (AVE) device – the “Digital Audio-visual Integration Device,” or DAVID1. Since this time, through his company, Mind Alive Inc., Dave has been researching and refining AVE technology since, specifically for use in relaxation, boosting academic performance and treating anxiety, depression, PMS, ADD, FMS, SAD, pain, cognitive decline and insomnia, which he presents primarily at various conferences and for special interest medical/psychology groups.

Dave also designs Cranio-Electro Stimulation (CES) products and is a leading provider of transcranial DC stimulation (tDCS) and devices. As a result of Dave’s commitment to research, Mind Alive Inc now owns three patents involving neurotechnology. Dave continues to conduct research, perform a quantitative EEG service and designs new products pertaining to enhanced performance and mental wellness.

Dave has developed a 30 CEU course on Stimulation Technologies with Saybrook University and the Behavior Biomedical Foundation.

TBI and Thalamocortical Disconnect, its Relation to Alzheimer’s and How to Treat It with Audio-visual Entrainment

Prevalent in falls, motor-vehicle accidents, sports injuries and fever), thalamocortical disconnects (TCD) are the most prevalent, disabling, misunderstood and untreated type of brain injury today. Brain regions far outside the site of injury are affected and these neurons may be taken offline. A TCD typically involves the white matter between the neurons and the thalamus. Inflammation and reactive gliosis seem to play a part in shutting down the thalamocortical loop, where alpha rhythms originate from, (even though there is no observable damage as seen on an MRI). As a result, it appears that the supporting glia cells also become dormant and quit nurturing or myelinating the neurons. This disconnect also stops alpha brain wave production, which manifests as anxiety, sleep disorders, impaired emotional stability and cognition. Symptoms span everything from anorexia to substance abuse to ritualistic obsessions to violence. Yet these dysfunctional behaviours all stem from the same root cause.

However, it appears that “concussions” are not caused by concussions, but rather from the inflammation following the concussion. Because inflammation seems to be the cause, two questions unfold in relation to this; 1) if there really isn’t any observable damage, can the brain be “jumpstarted” into functionality and; 2) if the thalamocortical disconnect is caused from inflammation, then could there be thousands of people who develop the same symptoms as a full blown TBI, simply from a viral infection such as flu, measles, mumps, or Lyme Disease?

Electroencephalography (EEG) tracings and quantified EEG (qEEG) are powerful tools for the detection of a DAI. Quantified EEG as compared against a normative database reveals thalamocortical disconnects as well as both grey and while matter problems. Phase is a particularly important measure as it measures network integrity, which is almost always implicated in a TBI.

Audio-visual Entrainment (AVE) is a technique involving the presentation of flashing lights in a pair of eyesets and pulsing tones via a pair of headphones at brain wave frequencies. AVE has been shown to increase cerebral blood flow, neurotransmitters and lactate in the brain. AVE used in a surprising and counter-intuitive way has given these brain-injured people a second chance at regaining their lives, occupations, social life and good mental health.

The Wonders of Electrostimulation: Two little Wires-and Presto

Current interest in cranio-electro stimulation (CES) was initiated by Robinovitch, who, in 1914, made the first claim for electrical treatment of insomnia. In 1958, the book Electro-Sleep inspired research in Europe and in Eastern Block countries, as well as in South America, Asia and finally the US. Most of the roughly 200 studies have shown CES as a reliable method to reduce anxiety, depression, pain, improve sleep, and improve cognition and IQ.

 

Transcranial DC Stimulation (tDCS) has been extensively studied since the 1980s, totalling roughly 750 studies to date. A major advantage of tDCS is that it may be applied directly over an area of concern where the cortical activity over a specific site on the brain may be enhanced or suppressed, much like NF. Over 1000 studies on, tDCS including 200 on stroke rehabilitation (ataxia, apraxia and aphasia) have been published to date.

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 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).

PAY ATTENTION!  

How to improve functioning, from ADHD to Athletes

Improving focus and the ability to sustain attention is fundamental to dealing with problems such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and it is also necessary for having the mental edge in sport. Neurofeedback is established as efficacious in helping those with ADHD and there is clinical support for helping with symptoms found in those with 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.

Participants will learn how to do efficient and accurate assessments, either single channel or 19-channel EEG plus other measures. The assessment guides effective intervention for children, adolescents and adults for those with ADHD, those with attentional issues and co-morbidities, and athletes wishing to optimize performance. The intervention is multimodal and combines neurofeedback (NFB) with biofeedback, especially heart rate variability training (HRV). Clients can range from children who underachieve in school through to university students, executives, and athletes. Clients can also be 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.

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 20 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.

Functional Neuroanatomy: Brodmann Areas, Networks, Connectivity.

Neurofeedback practitioners require knowledge of functional neuroanatomy in order to understand how the brain functions and how their work can influence that functioning.  This workshop gives an overview of the brain’s structure, first, with an emphasis on Brodmann Areas (BAs). The primary functions of different BAs will be reviewed and dysfunction in particular areas will be linked to clinical findings, such as findings that correlate with symptoms found in autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, depression, anxiety, attention disorders, concussion. and memory deficiencies. This is followed by a shorter discussion of the connections within the brain with a focus on commissures and fasciculi. This leads to how BAs and white matter connections are the foundation of Neural Networks: Default, Executive (memory and attention), Salience, Affect (depression and anxiety/panic), Placebo, and so on.   A brief overview of how this knowledge can lead to accurate targeting of sites and connectivity using either single and two channel NFB training or LORETA NFB. The neuroanatomical rational for combining NFB training with Heart Rate Variability training will be noted. This is not a detailed course in Neuroanatomy, which can take a year of study; it does, however, provide an overview of functional neuroanatomy that relates directly to the clinical work that we do every day.

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This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 16.5 continuing education credits. The Center LLC,  is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NRBS is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. NRBS is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program.

If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to Angelika Sadar, northeastbiofeedback@gmail.com, 610-933-9440.

Facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities and reasonable accommodations will be made for persons who request them.