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BFE Venice 2014 Workshop Abstracts by Track

17th Annual Meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe
February 10-15, 2014 at the IUSVE, Venice, Italy
Each hour of instruction provides 1 Unit of BFE Continuing Education
Units can contribute towards BFE certification in Italy (In Italian)
2-Day Workshop ClinicalQ & BrainDryvr Training
Instructor: Paul Swingle, Ph.D. English only
Tuesday, February 11th to Wednesday, February 12th
Registration Code: EEGEN02
Abstract: The workshop introduces the ClinicalQ & Braindryvr method. Precise assessment procedures
are introduced for probing the client to help determine treatment strategies based on comparisons
with the ClinicalQ clinical data base. Cases studies for a variety of disorders including mood, anxiety,
sleep quality, learning, cognitive processing, pain, addictions, anger management, and age-related
memory decline are presented to help participants learn how this remarkably efficient intake
procedure can be used. The details associated with selecting appropriate unconditioned stimuli for
braindriving are reviewed and the methods for administering basic Braindryvr protocols are shown.
Unique concerns regarding treating clients with severe emotional trauma, chronic depression and
those who are heavily medicated are reviewed. Conditions that require full QEEG will be identified as
will conditions in which the more aggressive treatments are contraindicated. The assessment
procedures are simple and straightforward involving assessment (evaluation) of a limited number of
brain sites. Treatment options, other than neurofeedback, have been developed to markedly
accelerate neurotherapy. These complementary techniques include, sound and electrostimulation,
acupuncture, OEI, hypnosis, cranio-sacral therapy, and EFT and other therapies appropriate for a wide
range of disorders that complement techniques.
Lead Presenter: Paul G. Swingle, Ph.D., is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and a
former Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Professor Swingle formerly held the posts of
Chairman of the Faculty of Child Psychology and Clinical Supervisor at the University of Ottawa. He has
taught at McGill University, Dalhousie University and McMaster University. He is a Registered
Psychologist in British Columbia and is (BCIA) Certified in Biofeedback and Neurotherapy. Since 1997 he
has been in private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. His most recent book “Biofeedback for the
Brain” (2008) was published by Rutgers University Press. Dr Swingle is dedicated to education and
presents a number of professional workshops every year at the Swingle Clinic in Vancouver. In
addition, he works to educate his community about the benefits of neurofeedback through a variety of
channels that include public lectures, webcasts and other speaking engagements and provides a wealth
of information on his website.
Intended Audience: The workshop is designed to help psychologists, physicians and other health
professionals that work in different practice settings, particularly with adults and children suffering
from mental health disorders.
Learning Objectives:
Participants learn how Dr. Swingle uses neurotherapy for assessment and training and how to
recognize what type of clients benefit from the Swingle method and why. Learn how Dr. Swingle uses
his method to improve outcomes as an adjunct for traditional psychotherapy and psychotropic
2-Day Workshop Research & Applications in Neurofeedback
Instructors: Ute Strehl, Ph.D & Dr. Kirsten Mayer English only
Tuesday, February 11th to Wednesday, February 12th
Registration Code: EEGEN03
Abstract: Slow cortical potentials are slow shifts of brain activity that are below 0,5 Hz. They belong to
the family of event-related potentials and regulate excitation thresholds. As in many clinical conditions
(e.g. epilepsy, ADHD) the regulation of excitation thresholds is impaired slow cortical potentials
feedback is a viable option for therapy. The aim of this workshop is to convey basic psychophysiological
knowledge (EEG and Event related potentials) and to explain and demonstrate technical requirements
and protocols. Hands-on exercises will give an impression on how to accomplish a training session.
Finally issues of evidence base, indications and clinical everyday-life will be discussed.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Ute Strehl, Dipl.-Psych. is a professor at the Institute of Medical Psychology and
Behavioural Neurobiology, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, at the University of Tübingen,
Germany. Dr. Strehl has published widely and is a member of many professional bodies including the
Society for Applied Neurosciences, International Society for Neuronal Regulation, Association for
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Deutschland (Society
for Neuroscience,Germany), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische, Psychologie (German Society for
Medical Psychology), and the Society of Applied Neurosciences.
Intended Audience: Dr. This workshop is for practitioners and graduate students in psychology and
medicine interested in the use of slow cortical potentials in therapy and counselling (behavior therapy,
client centered therapy, rational-emotive therapy)
Learning Objectives: Participants learn how recognize key aspects of the research in slow cortical
potentials conducted by Dr. Strehl at the University of Tubingen and how this research can be applied
for assessment and training in difference clinical populations.
1-Day Workshop EEG & QEEG: Integrating Phenotype and Vigilance Models
Instructor: Jay Gunkelman, QEEGD English only
Friday, February 14th
Registration Code: EEGEN04
Abstract: The workshop covers research related to outcome improvement reported by Wright and
Gunkelman (1998) when he added the QEEG approach to guide neurofeedback. The presence of
genetically linked EEG patterns provides a solidly data-based set of observations on which to propose
an initial list of phenotypic patterns. One EEG pattern with genetic links is the low-voltage fast EEG
(Gunkelman, 2001). Phenotypes are an intermediate step between genetics and behavior. These
proposed electroencephalography (EEG) phenotypes are semistable states of neurophysiological
function. The author proposes a framework allowing one to describe much of the observed EEG
variance with a small number of phenotypical categories. These groupings cut across the DSM
categories, and unlike the DSM, the phenotypes predict the individual’s response to therapy, for
neurofeedback as well as for medication. This workshop provides an introduction to the field. More
details can be found at the following website
Lead Presenter: Jay Gunkelman is recognized as one of the leaders in the field of EEG and QEEG, and
has processed over 500,000 EEGs since 1972. He has served as president of The International Society
for Neurofeedback and Research, as well as a board member and treasurer of the Association for
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is a past-president of the Biofeedback Society of
California. Jay was the first EEG technologist to be certified in QEEG (1996) and was granted Diplomate
status in 2002. He has conducted, published or participated in hundreds of research papers, articles,
books and meetings internationally. He continues to lecture on EEG/QEEG at neuroscience meetings
worldwide. He has co-authored the textbook on EEG artifacting (2001). Jay remains busy with current
projects and publications related to his seminal paper on EEG endophenotypes (2005, Clinical
Intended Audience: Psychologists, physicians and other health professionals and researchers
interested in gaining a general understanding of the topic of QEEG and phenotype identification of
neurological disorders.
Learning Objectives: How it is possible to use QEEG to identify subtypes of specific disorders and gain
a basic understanding of this approach that is not based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders (DSM), which is rooted in behavior and frequently does not predict therapeutic
response by any individual within the DSM grouping.
1-Day Workshop OCD & Anxiety
Instructor: Dr. Antonio Martins-Mourao English only
Wednesday, February 12th
Registration Code: EEGEN06
Abstract: Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most complex, distressing and disabling
forms of anxiety disorder currently affecting 2-3% of the general population. The illness is characterised
by recurrent intrusive thoughts (obsessions) that typically cause anxiety or distress, and by repetitive
mental or behavioral acts (compulsions) that the individual feels driven to perform to reduce his/her
severe anxiety levels. Over 40% of patients may currently fail to respond to psychotherapy and/or
medication treatments (Pallanti et al., 2002; Bandelow & Ruther, 2004), especially when physicians
based their judgments on the DSM-IV and remain blind to patient neurophysiological subtypes and the
specific brainwave patterns (or EEG-phenotypes) underpinning the illness. It follows that drugs may
have disabling side effects that further reduce patient adherence to treatments. This workshop
presents recent data obtained at the Open University’s QEEG & Brain Research Lab using Quantitative
Electroencephalography and psychological testing to reveal the combined neurophysiological and
behavioural (Y-BOCS and MMPI) subtypes seen in patients with OCD. These results will: (1) inform
clinicians and practitioners about some of the brain mechanisms underlying OCD and, (2) provide steps
towards the design of effective protocols that may predict individual response to neurotherapy (as well
as medication), leading to reduced side-effects and enhanced clinical outcomes within shorter periods.
Lead Presenter: Antonio Martins-Mourao is a Clinical Psychologist with additional training in
Neurophysiology, Neuropsychology and a PhD in Psychology awarded by the University of London. He
lectures Psychophysiology and Mental Health at the Open University (UK), where he also runs the
QEEG & Brain Research Lab, currently pioneering the use of psychological testing, Quantitative
Electroencephalography QEEG, Event-related ERP and Neurofeedback techniques to investigate
psychological and neurophysiological subtypes in patients with Anxiety Disorders (OCD and PTSD).
Antonio has had a leading role in the launching of the British Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Society
BBNS, is a member of the British Neuroscience Association BNA, the Society for Applied Neuroscience
SAN and a member of the board for the International Society for Neurofeedback Research - Research
Foundation ISNR-RF. He is also Chartered member of the Clinical Division of the British Psychological
Society, BPS. Antonio's other interests include theology, comparative religion and screenwriting.
Intended Audience: psychologists, physicians, graduate students, neurofeedback practitioners, and
other mental health care professionals with an interest in QEEG and neurofeedback integration for
treatment planning.
Learning Objectives: By the end of this workshop participants will have an understanding of the
various neurophysiological and behavioural subtypes found in OCD patients and how this information
may help them design personalised neurofeedback protocols for these patients.
1-Day Workshop on QEEG Subtypes and Neurofeedback
with ADD, Aspergers &Autism
Instructor: Dr. Michael Linden English only
Saturday, February 15th
Registration Code: EEGEN07
Abstract: This workshop will review the symptoms and etiology of ADD, Aspergers and Autism. I will
present QEEG subtypes/phenotypes of ADD, Aspergers and Autism. The use of QEEG, CPT tests and
interview data to develop a differential diagnosis will be explained. QEEG guided Neurofeedback will be
discussed including: protocol selection, treatment monitoring and obstacles to treatment. Past and
recent research of QEEG and Neurofeedback will be reviewed including case series and research
The current multisite Autism QEEG Neurofeedback study in collaboration with University of California
San Diego will be presented. This study involves QEEG and DTI pre-post analysis of the effects of
Neurofeedback on both Autism and typical students. In addition, two types of Neurofeedback
(standard protocol and QEEG Guided Neurofeedback) are compared.
Lead Presenter: Michael Linden, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Marriage, Family & Child
Therapist and B.C.I.A. Fellow & Nationally Certified Neurofeedback & Biofeedback Therapist. He is the
Director of the the Attention Learning Center in California, USA. Since 2000, Dr. Linden has been
conducting research, discovering subtypes of Autism and Asperger's. He lectures on neurofeedback for
Sports and ADHD. He is the co-author with Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson, and Dr. Ben Strack of “Biofeedback &
Neurofeedback Applications in Sport Psychology.
Intended Audience: Please contact [email protected] for details
Learning Objectives: Please contact [email protected] for details
Biofeedback Track
2-Day Workshop The Polyvagal Theory:
Neural Mechanisms Mediating Social Behavior,
Emotional Regulation, and Health
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Porges English only
Tuesday, February 11th to Wednesday, February 12th
Registration Code: BFBEN03
Abstract: The workshop will elaborate on the information related to the Polyvagal Theory presented in
the invited talk. The Polyvagal 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 links our bodily feelings with facial expression,
vocal intonation, and gesture. The Polyvagal Theory provides a more informed understanding of the
automatic biobehavioral reactions of our body to safety, danger and life threat. Additionally, it will
explore how faulty neuroception can have an impact on autonomic regulation and social behavior and
how understanding the features that trigger different neuroceptive states (safety, danger, and life
threat) can be used as a strategy of treatment by triggering neuroceptive states of safety. The outline
below provides a summary of the topics that will be discussed in the workshop.
Lead Presenter: Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Research Professor of Psychology at Northeastern
University and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. He is Professor Emeriti at
the University of Illinois at Chicago where he directed the Brain-Body Center and the University of
Maryland where he chaired the Department of Human Development. He is the former President of the
Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences and the Society for Psychophysiological
Research. He is a fellow of Division 6 and 7 of the American Psychological Association and a Charter
Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory. The
theory provides insights into symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical
disorders. Professor Porges has authored “The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of
Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-Regulation” (Norton, 2011). A version is available in
German "Die Polyvagal-Theorie: Neurophysiologische Grundlagen der Therapie (Junfermann Verlag,
2010) and is currently writing Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power
of Feeling Safe (Norton, 2014).
Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for psychologists, physicians and other health
professionals interested in learning more about the research conducted by Dr. Porges and how his
polyvagal theory provides insights into symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and
physical disorders.
Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will receive an Introduction to the Polyvagal Theory including
 Evolutionary changes and adaptive functions in the autonomic nervous system
 Humans retain a phylogenetically-ordered response hierarchy to challenges
 The discovery of the three neural platforms that provide the neurophysiological bases for social
engagement, flight/flight, and shutdown behaviours.
2. Social Engagement System and Psychiatric and Behavioral disorders
 A description of the “face-heart” connection that forms a functional social engagement system
 How facial expressions, vocalizations, and gestures are regulated by neural mechanisms
involved in regulating our autonomic nervous system
3. Neuroception: Detecting and Evaluating Risk
 How social and physical environments trigger changes in physiological state
 Adaptive physiological reactions may result in maladaptive behaviors
4. Demystifying Biobehavioral responses to Trauma and Abuse
 Flight/fight and immobilization defense strategies
 Adaptive function of immobilization and the associated clinical difficulties
5. Applying the Polyvagal Theory in Clinical Settings
 The importance of symbiotic regulation
 Strategies to explain disruption and repair of symbiotic regulation
 Identifying social cues that disrupt or repair defensive reactions
 The clinical consequence of treatments models that trigger the social engagement system
2-Day Workshop Added Value of the Biofeedback Stress Protocol
Instructor: Dr. Danielle Matto & Eveline Kempenaar, PT English only
Tuesday, February 11th to Wednesday, February 12th
Registration Code: BFBEN04
Abstract: Health is all about balance. The brain, the nervous system and the heart all work together
continuously to maintain body balance. If action is required, these systems put the body in a state
of alertness or activity, It is no problem to be in that state for some time, but eventually the body has
to return to a more relaxed state in order to be able to regenerate. Stress related problems occur
when the body is too long or too often in an active or alert state, while there is not enough time to
relax. Biofeedback is a method to measure body functions, like respiration, heart rate, muscle tension,
hand temperature and galvanic skin response. The biofeedback stress profile is a 20 minute test, in
which these body functions are measured during stress and relaxation. The therapist gets a clear view
of the way his patient responds to stress and of his ability to regenerate when the stress is no longer
there. In this 2 day workshop the participants learn to analyze and interpret stress profiles and to use
the result to determine what kind of therapy is needed to tackle the stress related problem. A range of
practical exercises will be offered, that can be used to teach awareness and internal self regulation, like
breathing exercises, grounding exercises and relaxation exercises.
Day 1 morning will cover muscle tension (analysis and advice for treatment).
Day 1 afternoon will cover skin conductance and hand temperature (analysis and advice for
Day 2 morning will cover respiration (analysis and advice for treatment).
Day 2 afternoon will cover heart rate and heart rate variability (analysis and advice for treatment).
Intended Audience: Please contact [email protected] for details
Lead Presenter: Drs. Daniëlle M. Matto BCIAC, is a certified clinical psychologist and child psychologist
with interest in neuropsychology. She has more than 15 years of experience in biofeedback and stress
management. In her private practice she combines biofeedback with cognitive behavioral therapy,
stress management techniques and audiovisual entrainment. 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 is a founding member and senior administrator of the Biofeedback
Foundation of Europe (BFE). In 2006 she founded the Dutch section of the BFE. She is also a member of
the Dutch Society of Psychologists (NIP) and of the International Stress Management Association
Learning objectives:
At the end of the workshop participants will:
receive instruction on the administration of a biofeedback stress profile; the analyse than Introduction
to the Polyvagal Theory including
 Be familiar with a biofeedback stress profile
 Understand the importance of analysis of results of the profile
 Appreciate how the profile can be used to inform treatment options
2-Day Workshop Mindfulness and Acceptance Approach to Biofeedback
Instructor: Dr. Inna Khazan English only
Friday, February 14th to Saturday, February 15th
Registration Code: BFBEN05
Abstract: Biofeedback is often described as a way to help people control their physiological responses.
However, extensive research shows that efforts to *control* one's internal experience can be
counterproductive and lead to exacerbation of the problem. In contrast to unhelpful efforts to control
internal experience, the Mindfulness and Acceptance approach to biofeedback can help people
experience change through mindful, non-judgmental awareness and acceptance. In this workshop,
participants will learn how to apply mindfulness and acceptance techniques to their biofeedback
practice in order to help their clients reap the benefits of biofeedback without getting stuck in
unproductive attempts to control their internal experience. We will discuss and experience
mindfulness and acceptance techniques in general and their specific applications to various
psychophysiological disorders, including anxiety, headaches, hypertension, and chronic pain.
Lead Presenter: Inna Khazan, Ph.D., BCB, is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical
School, where she teaches biofeedback. A clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and
biofeedback, Dr. Khazan also maintains a private practice in Boston, working with clients presenting
with various psychophysiological disorders, using both biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches
to psychotherapy. Dr. Khazan is a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified in biofeedback. She has
over 10 years of experience using biofeedback and mindfulness & acceptance techniques. She has been
teaching biofeedback from a mindfulness and acceptance perspective at Cambridge Health
Alliance/Harvard Medical School since 2008 and has implemented these techniques in her independent
clinical practice since 2006. She has been invited to give presentations at various conferences and
prestigious institutions in the Boston area on the topics of biofeedback and mindfulness. Dr. Khazan is
the author of Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with
Mindfulness, published by Wiley Blackwell.
Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for psychologists and other health professionals
interested in learning more about biofeedback and mindfulness based mind-body integrative therapies
and how biofeedback and mindfulness can be implement in a comprehensive mind-body program.
Learning objectives:
 Explain concepts of mindfulness and acceptance
 Summarize research demonstrating effectiveness of mindfulness and acceptance techniques
 Observe and/or experience specific mindfulness and acceptance techniques
 Utilize mindfulness and acceptance skills in your biofeedback practice
 5. Explain specific ways to utilize mindfulness and acceptance techniques together with
biofeedback for various psychophysiological disorders.
Sports Track
2-Day Workshop on Applied Work with Athletes in Peak Performance and
Instructors: Dr. Leah Lagos English only
Friday, February 11th to Saturday, February 12th
Registration Code: SPOEN01
Abstract: Biofeedback and neurofeedback hold tremendous potential in sport and performance
applications to train the body and mind to work together. This workshop review sport psychology
assessments, including biofeedback stress profiles and EEG/QEEG assessments with athletes. We will
present information on biofeedback techniques such as HRV and peripheral modalities. We will
describe Neurofeedback techniques for anxiety management and attention control. Techniques,
including the use of game video will be demonstrated. Athletes with ADD & Aspergers will be
explored. The presenters will present recent research on the use of HRV and QEEG guided
Neurofeedback with athletes with concussions.
Lead Presenter: Dr. Leah Lagos maintains a private practice in Manhattan where she works with children,
adults, business executives, and athletes of all ages and competitive levels to help boost individual health
and performance. Highlights of her work include conducting interviews for NFL teams, as part of
Professional Sports Consultants for more than 7 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 been
featured in numerous media outlets. Dr. Lagos and her work have appeared on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC,
Sports Illustrated Now, Good Day New York Television, CNN News, CBS News, Fox News, and ESPN. She has
been interviewed by multiple publications including the New York Times, Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated,
Bloomberg News, Psychology Today, the LA Times, the Pittsburgh Tribune, the New York Daily, and AM New
York. She has appeared on more than thirty radio shows across the United States such as the Doctor's Radio
Show on Sirius XM and the WFAN (CBS radio). In addition to her work with athletes, Dr. Lagos is the CoChair of the Optimal Functioning Section of the Association for Applied Physiology & Biofeedback.
Who Should Attend: Individuals who work with elite athletes, those who have to produce quality
performance typically under the stress of time and/or importance. Sports Psychologists, Coaches and
others that want to learn more about how to use biofeedback to help clients reach their maximum
potential It will be assumed that the clinician know some of the basics of neurofeedback and
Learning objectives: As a result of this workshop participants will gain a good understanding of
instrumentation, signal interpretation and their applications. Participants will find the mix of theory
and practice conducive to learning skills they can take into their practice. will teach the practitioner: To
apply biofeedback and neurofeedback to athletes and others wanting to gain a competitive advantage.
The latest advances in technology and hardware, including wireless equipment options. Protocols
specific to individual sports or client populations. Practical exercises are provided to help the
athlete/coach/trainer enhance mental skills such as focus and composure. New strategies for the
elimination of bad habits.
Italian Track
1-Day Workshop Introduzione al neurofeedback
Docenti: Dott. Davide Pierini, (Dott. Andrea Crocetti, Michele De Matthaeis)
Nota: workshop di un solo giorno in italiano.
Registration Code: ITA01
Presentazione: Il workshop vuole introdurre il neurofeedback a chi si accosta per la prima volta a
questa tecnica. In una prima parte saranno introdotti la misurazione dell’EEG, il riconoscimento dei
ritmi sincronizzati e desincronizzati, la relazione tra onde cerebrali e vigilanza. Inoltre, sarà mostrato
come svolgere un assessment a 1 o 2 canali, come preparare e analizzare i dati, nonché degli esempi di
EEG quantitativo (qEEG). In una seconda parte saranno presentati le prove di efficacia e il razionale per
il trattamento di alcuni disturbi (ADHD, epilessia, ansia, depressione, insonnia, ecc.) e saranno mostrati
alcuni tra i più consolidati protocolli di training per aumentare o ridurre il livello di arousal.
Docenti Principale: Dott. Davide Pierini, psicologo esperto in neuropsicologia, lavora come istruttore
senior presso la BFE e come operatore di biofeedback presso il Montreal Neurofeedback Center. Nel
2004 fonda Keiron, un gruppo interdisciplinare che ha la mission di promuovere lo sviluppo e la
realizzazione di modalità di intervento legate alla promozione del la salute biopsicosociale a
all’ottimizzazione della prestazione individuale e organizzativa. All’interno di Keiron ha sviluppato
Biofeedback Italia con la finalità di favorire la formazione di un network che supporti lo sviluppo
professionale della comunità degli operatori di biofeedback in Italia. La sua pratica clinica è focalizzata
sui disturbi stress correlati, sui disturbi d’ansia e sulla riabilitazione cognitiva dopo un danno cerebrale
acquisito. All’interno di differenti organizzazioni ha lavorato nel settore della salute organizzativa e del
risk management in aeronautica.
Destinatari e requisiti: Psicologi, Psichiatri, Neurologi, Medici (no requisiti)
Obiettivi formativi: Alla fine del corso i partecipanti sapranno:
 Descrivere le origini del segnale EEG
 Descrivere in che modo il neurofeedback permette di modificare l’attività cerebrale
 Elencare i principali disturbi in cui il neurofeedback si è dimostrato efficace, descrivendo il
razionale per ciascun disturbo
 Descrivere il processo di selezione di un protocollo di training personalizzato
2-Day Workshop Un nuovo approccio al Biofeedback
per lo Sport e la Gestione dello Stress
Docenti: Marianna Munafò Ph.D., Marco Casarotti, Ph.D,
Martina Marchionni MS, Christian Caldato MS, Arianna Sittoni MS
Nota: questo è un workshop di due giorni e continua mercoledì 12 Febbraio, è solo in italiano.
Registration Code: ITA02
Presentazione: In questo workshop sarà presentato un nuovo approccio al biofeedback per lo sport e
la gestione dello stress, che si avvale di un’innovativa tecnologia hardware e software,
specificatamente progettata per aiutare i professionisti che utilizzano il biofeedback nella loro attività
lavorativa. Verranno presentati due protocolli di biofeedback (di 8 sedute ciascuno), efficaci nel
migliorare la qualità della condizione psicofisiologica di atleti e lavoratori. Sarà presentata e realizzata
in concreto una seduta di valutazione, composta di diversi intervalli di riposo, stress e recupero. Tale
valutazione permetterà di identificare per ogni utente lo specifico pattern di stress psicofisiologico e
l’abilità di recuperare. In seguito, verranno condotte delle tipiche sessioni di biofeedback al fine di
fornire ai partecipanti una chiara e solida esperienza pratica. Il pubblico avrà la possibilità di fare
esperienza di sessioni di training e di ottenere nuovi strumenti da utilizzare con i propri clienti. Il primo
protocollo di training si propone di migliorare la conoscenza individuale delle proprie funzioni
fisiologiche, mentre l'utente è impegnato nel controllo della tensione muscolare, conduttanza cutanea,
respirazione e frequenza cardiaca. Nel secondo protocollo, l’utente ha la possibilità di migliorare il
controllo volontario sulle proprie funzioni fisiologiche, quando sotto pressione. Durante tutte le
sessioni di 40 minuti, l'utente allena le sue abilità di controllo della respirazione, aumenta la resistenza
psicofisica e la gestione di stati emotivi, potenziando un insieme di strumenti e strategie che gli
consentano di migliorare le prestazioni sportive o lavorative ed il benessere psicologico. Gli atleti ed i
lavoratori hanno la possibilità di gestire lo stress mentre promuovono la propria salute psicofisica.
Verranno presentati i risultati della valutazione e delle sedute di training, grazie ad un algoritmo che
fornisce automaticamente le principali statistiche dei parametri misurati durante le sessioni e le
visualizza su grafici semplici e chiari. I partecipanti a questo corso avranno la possibilità di sperimentare
praticamente i protocolli di biofeedback e la loro facile modalità di applicazione.
Docenti Principale: Dott.ssa Marianna Munafò, psicologa e Dottore di Ricerca (Ph.D.) in Scienze
Psicologiche (indirizzo Psicobiologia), specialista in psicofisiologia applicata. Lavora come consulente
psicologa presso la società Mind Room S.r.l., dove è impegnata nello sviluppo e gestione di percorsi di
Biofeedback e Neurofeedback, mirati al miglioramento del benessere psicofisiologico ed all’aumento
della capacità di autoregolare varie funzioni fisiologiche, in particolar modo in condizioni di stress, in
contesti aziendali e sportivi. Collabora inoltre all’attività di ricerca del Servizio di Psicofisiologia per i
Disturbi d’Ansia e Psicosomatici presso la Facoltà di Psicologia dell’Università di Padova, dove si occupa
dell'assessment psicofisiologico e della programmazione di interventi mirati in ambito clinico di bio e
neurofeedback. Svolge attività didattica di supporto per i corsi di psicofisiologia presso la Facoltà di
Psicologia dell’Università di Padova ed è docente in diversi corsi di alta formazione sulle tecniche di
Biofeedback e Neurofeedback.
Destinatari e requisiti: Psicologi, Psichiatri, Neurologi, Medici (no requisiti)
Obiettivi formativi: Alla fine del corso i partecipanti:
 Comprenderanno la struttura e funzione dell’assessment psicofisiologico
 Impareranno a valutare un profilo psicofisiologico emerso durante l’assessment
 Sapranno posizionare i principali sensori impiegati per la rilevazione dei segnali fisiologici retro
azionati durante le sedute di Biofeeedback
 Impareranno come condurre alcune sedute standard di biofeedback, focalizzate sulla
regolazione muscolare, respiratoria e del livello di attivazione
 Sapranno leggere il report di una seduta e farne una restituzione alla persona cliente
 Saranno in grado di gestire protocolli di training
1-Day Workshop Biofeedback e Psicoterapia :
una essenziale integrazione nel trattamento dei
disturbi psicofisiologici
Docenti: Giuseppe Sacco Ph.D.
Nota: workshop di un solo giorno in italiano.
Registration Code: ITA03
Presentazione: Il workshop affronterà il delicato problema dell'inserimento delle procedure di
biofeedback all'interno di una strategia e di un percorso psicoterapeutico. Infatti, partendo dal
presupposto che senza un'adeguata relazione e collaborazione terapeutica è poco probabile ottenere
risultati efficaci, saranno analizzate le problematiche relative alla presentazione, spiegazione e
programmazione delle procedure di biofeedback all'interno di un percorso di psicoterapia. Saranno,
inoltre, presi in esame quei fattori cognitivi, emotivi e comportamentali che possono inibire, bloccare o
favorire lo svolgimento di una relazione terapeutica collaborativa e facilitante il processo di
cambiamento. Verranno, infine, presentati degli esempi clinici pratici che illustreranno in modo
concreto l'esposizione della problematica.
Docenti Principale: Giuseppe Sacco Ph.D., già Docente di Psicologia Università degli Studi di Siena
Presidente Libra Associazione Scientifica, Roma
Destinatare y requisiti: Psicoterapeuti, Psicologi Clinici, Medici
Obiettivi Formativi
Alla fine del corso i partecipanti sapranno:
 Comprendere le principali problematiche psicofisiologiche presenti in terapia da trattare con le
diverse tipologie di BF
 Come presentare al paziente l’impiego delle procedure di BF tenendo conto degli indicatori di
facilitazione e inibizione della relazione terapeutica.
 Come inserire all’interno di una strategia terapeutica le procedure di BF
1-Day Workshop La valutazione psicofisiologica
Docenti: Carlo Pruneti
Nota: workshop di un solo giorno 12 Febbraio italiano.
Registration Code: ITA04
Presentazione: La valutazione psicofisiologica: strumenti, accessori e modalità nell’utilizzo clinico e
riabilitativo del biofeedback, Il profilo psicofisiologico di base, da stress e da rilassamento: cenni sulle
basi psicofisiologiche del rinforzo e sui concetti di Behavioral Inhibition System/Behavioral Activation
System (BIS/BAS). La valutazione del profilo tipico di ciascun soggetto prima dell’applicazione di
Biofeedback Training anche con l’ausilio di altri strumenti e test per la rilevazione psicologica e medica:
quadro psicofisiologico, neuro-ormonale, ematochimico, temperamentale e di personalità,
comportamentale ed emozionale. Il profilo psicofisiologico ed il biofeedback come possibile strumento
di screening per la prevenzione di sturbi fisici stress correlati. Verranno presentati ed illustrati casi
clinici esemplificativi con discussione aperta sui risultati e la opportunità della valutazione in itinere dei
trattamenti e del follow up.
Docenti Principale: Carlo Pruneti, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Dept. of Clinical and Experimental
Medicine, Clinical Psycholpgy Unit, University of Parma, Italy
Destinatari e requisiti:
Obiettivi formativi:
Assessment clinico psicologico e psicofisiologico
BFB e psicofisiologia clinica, interazione e integrazione
Valutazione psicofisiologica e impostazione e verifica dei trattamenti
2-day Workshop Research & Applications - Le ultime tecniche e tecnologie
per il successo clinico nella vostra pratica di biofeedback
Docenti: Linda Walker, Michele de Matthaeis, Marcella Bounous
Nota: questo è un workshop di due giorni venerdi 14 Febbraio e sabato 15 Febbraio, Inglese e italiano.
Please note: this is a 2-day workshop in English and Italian Friday, February 14th & Saturday, February 15th.
Registration Code: ITA06
Docenti Principale: Linda Walker
Destinatari e requisiti:
Obiettivi formativi: Alla fine del corso i partecipanti sapranno:
1-Day Workshop Biofeedback e Dolore: emicrania, cefalea di tipo tensivo,
fibromyalgia, disturbi temporomandibolari e distonie focali
Docenti: Lorena Zanus, Ph.D, Giorgio Bertolotti, Ph.D, Licia Grazzi, MD, Mario Luisa Rousa, Ph.D italiano
Nota: workshop di un solo giorno
Registration Code: ITA05
Presentazione: This workshop will focus on the practical application of Biofeedback to the treatment of
patients with recurrent pain. In the first part (morning), a review of recent literature on efficacy studies
will be presented. Biofeedback has been used successfully with a wide range of pain problems
including migraine, tension-type headache, pain associated with muscle tension, fibromyalgia
syndrome. We will discuss the efficacy of bfb training for focal dystonias (hand dystonia, cervical
dystonia, Blepharospasm). Afterwards (afternoon), the participants will get the chance of practicing
with instruments and protocols.
Docenti Principale: Lorena Zanus, Ph.D
Destinatari e requisiti:
Obiettivi formativi: Alla fine del corso i partecipanti sapranno:
2-day Workshop su Protocolli clinici
secondo il metodo Sella per la valutazione e la riabilitazione
con elettromiografia di Superficie
Docenti: Gabriel E. Sella, MD
Nota: questo è un workshop di due giorni e continua sabato 15 Febbraio, Inglese e italiano.
Please note: this is a 2-day workshop in English and Italian and continues on Saturday, February 15th.
Registration Code: ITA07
Presentazione: La metodologia dell' elettromiografia di superficie (SEMG) ha ottenuto successi nella
diagnosi e trattamento di molte condizioni cliniche. Verranno illustrati gli aspetti clinici di valutazione e
trattamento delle seguenti patologie: emicrania da tensione, colpo di frusta, torcicollo sia primario che
secondario dovuto a eccessivo utilizzo di muscoli respiratori, dolore toracico di origine muscolare e
dolore lombare. I partecipanti avranno una introduzione su come riconoscere clinicamente, attraverso
la diagnosi differenziale, la presenza di sintomi specifici per le varie patologie. Verrà illustrato anche
come applicare la indagine SEMG muscolare per determinare gli appropriati punti per il trattamento
biofeedback e varie modalità di trattamento con protocolli specifici per le varie condizioni. In
particolare nel corso della prima giornata verranno approfondite le applicazioni per le patologie del
rachide cervicale e arti superiori (neck & shoulder) e nel corso della seconda giornata le patologie della
The SEMG methodology has been successful in the diagnostic and rehabilitative realm for many
clinical conditions. The following pathologies will be discussed within the realms of the clinical aspects
the investigation and treatment:
 Tension Headaches
 Whiplash
 Cervical dystonia, primary and secondary related to excessive utilization of the accessory
muscles of respiration
 Chest pain of muscular origin
 Low back pain
Docenti Principale: Gabriel E. Sella, MD
Destinatari e requisiti:
Obiettivi formativi: Alla fine del corso i partecipanti sapranno: The participants will learn the clinical
protocols according to differential diagnosis of the various presentations above. The participants will
learn to utilize the SEMG methodology to recognize the muscular aspects that could be treated/
rehabilitated with SEMG/ biofeedback. Day I will be dedicated to the pathologies related to the cervical
roots and nerves, i.e., the neck and the shoulder. Day II will be dedicated to the pathologies related to
the lumbo-sacral roots, the low back and lower limbs.
2-day Workshop Biofeedback in pratica:
Dall’assessment psicofisiologico alla valutazione dei Risultati
Docenti: Davide Pierini , Giorgio Bertolotti, Giacinta D'Otolo
Andrea Crocetti, Alessia Iacuzzi, Loretta Moroni, Beatrice Corsale
Nota: questo è un workshop di due giorni Venerdi 14 Febbraio e sabato 15 Febbraio, è solo in italiano.
Registration Code: ITA08
Presentazione: Il workshop è rivolto a chi ha una conoscenza di base o intermedia del biofeedback. Nella
prima giornata, attraverso la sperimentazione pratica, saranno presentate alcune indicazioni fondamentali
rispetto all’organizzazione di un training di biofeedback nelle sue diverse fasi, dall’assessment
psicofisiologico alla valutazione dei risultati. Inoltre, saranno discussi approfonditamente dei casi
riguardanti differenti ambiti d’intervento (psicologia, rieducazione neuromotoria, disturbi medici
funzionali) in modo da mostrare come il biofeedback può essere integrato in diversi contesti e con quali
Durante il primo giorno, mostreremo come condurre e interpretare un assessment psicofisiologico (*stress
profile*), come scegliere le modalità di feedback appropriate, come monitorare i progressi di seduta in
seduta e come valutare gli effetti dell’intervento. Durante il secondo giorno, saranno introdotti il razionale e
la metodologia per condurre un training di biofeedback utilizzando la variabilità della frequenza cardiaca
(HRV biofeedback) e successivamente saranno presentati i casi clinici.
Docenti Principale: Dott. Davide Pierini, psicologo esperto in neuropsicologia, lavora come istruttore
senior presso la BFE e come operatore di biofeedback presso il Montreal Neurofeedback Center. Nel
2004 fonda Keiron, un gruppo interdisciplinare che ha la mission di promuovere lo sviluppo e la
realizzazione di modalità di intervento legate alla promozione del la salute biopsicosociale a
all’ottimizzazione della prestazione individuale e organizzativa. All’interno di Keiron ha sviluppato
Biofeedback Italia con la finalità di favorire la formazione di un network che supporti lo sviluppo
professionale della comunità degli operatori di biofeedback in Italia. La sua pratica clinica è focalizzata
sui disturbi stress correlati, sui disturbi d’ansia e sulla riabilitazione cognitiva dopo un danno cerebrale
acquisito. All’interno di differenti organizzazioni ha lavorato nel settore della salute organizzativa e del
risk management in aeronautica.
Destinatari e requisiti: professionisti della salute che intendono utilizzare il biofeedback nella loro
pratica professionale. È richiesta una conoscenza di base delle principali misure psicofisiologiche e del
processo di biofeedback.
Obiettivi formativi: Alla fine del corso i partecipanti sapranno:
 organizzare e realizzare un assessment psicofisiologico in un ottica biopsicosociale
 preparare e analizzare i dati di un assessment psicofisiologico secondo un modello teorico
 personalizzare un training di biofeedback sulla base dell’assessment psicofisiologico e delle
prove di efficacia
 organizzare una seduta di training di biofeedback, misurando l’apprendimento
dell’autoregolazione psicofisiologica
 adattare gli schermi, le soglie e il feedback e utilizzare delle strategie pratiche per favorire la
regolazione fisiologica
 combinare diversi strumenti di misura per valutare gli effetti del training di biofeedback in
diversi ambiti
BCIA Track
5-Day BCIA Neurofeedback Program
Fundamentals of Neurofeedback combined with
Basic Biofeedback for Assessment and Training
(BCIA Accredited course that covers the
Blueprint of Knowledge for Neurofeedback)
Instructors: Lynda Thompson, Ph.D., and Michael Thompson, M.D. English & Italian
Nota: questo è un workshop di due giorni e continua 12 Febbraio,
Registration Code: EEGNO1
Abstract: 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 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.
Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. is a Psychologist who has done teaching, clinical psychology, school
psychology and owned learning centers. Her doctoral dissertation (1979) dealt with hyperactive
children treated with methylphenidate and she is co-author, with renowned pediatrician William Sears,
of *The A.D.D. Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child*. She became
Executive Director of The ADD Centre in Toronto in 1993 after discovering the world of Neurofeedback
and deciding with her husband, Dr. Michael Thompson, to create a clinic to specialize in that
intervention. After a decade in the field, in 2003 they co-authored *The Neurofeedback Book: An
Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology. *Lynda has served on the Boards of both
the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and the International Society for Neurofeedback
and Research and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.
She and Michael have authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, stress management, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and seizure disorders.
Lynda and Michael, with their combined backgrounds in Psychology and Medicine, have made a unique
contribution by emphasizing the importance of combining interventions for brain and body through
the use of neurofeedback, biofeedback and metacognitive strategies. They have been invited to teach
about neurofeedback and biofeedback in 25 countries on five continents.
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, 6 book chapters, and 15 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*.
Who Should Attend and Prerequisites: Please contact [email protected] for details
Learning objectives: Please contact [email protected] for details
5-Day BCIA Biofeedback Program
Instructors: Donald Moss, Ph.D., Erik Peper, Ph.D., Fred Shaffer, Ph.D.
English with Italian sequential translation
Monday, February 11th to Saturday, February 15th
Please note: there is no class on Thursday February 13th – Scientific Day
Registration Code: BFBEN01
Abstract: 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 presentation.
1. Educational Objectives
This workshop is designed for teach BCIA’s 48-hour Biofeedback didactic blueprint using a modular
approach. This workshop emphasizes hands-on learning and mastery of entry-level knowledge. While
institutions may contract for a 6-day, 48-hour onsite workshop, they may also request a 4- or 5-day onsite
workshop followed by online instruction over the remaining didactic units like ethics.
2. Prerequisites for Participation
Attendees must be employees of the host institution who are eligible for BCIA certification for Academics,
Clinicians, or Technicians.
3. Schedule and format
Day 1
Orientation to Biofeedback – 4 hours (1-A Definitions, 1-B History, 1-C Concepts, 1-D Principles of Learning,
and 1-E Research)
Format: lecture.
Assigned reading: Tutor units on Concepts, History, and Research.
Stress, Coping, and Illness – 4 hours (2-A Biopsychosocial model, 2-B Stressful life events, 2-C
Psychophysiological reactions, and 2-D Psychosocial mediators),
Format: lecture and demonstration of a psychophysiological profile.
Assigned reading: Tutor units on Psychophysiology and Stress.
Day 2
Psychophysiological recording – 8 hours (3-A Descriptions of biofeedback modalities, 3-B Sources
of artifact, 3-C Shock hazards, and 3-D Essential electronic terms and concepts)
Format: lecture, lab exercises for BVP, HR, HRV, respiration, SCL, SEMG, and Temperature covering site
selection, skin preparation, sensor attachment, artifact control, tracking tests, and baseline recording.
Assigned reading: Tutor units on Anatomy (skeletal muscles, cardiovascular, electrodermal, and
respiration) and Hardware (electricity, cardiovascular, electrodermal, respiration, and SEMG).
Day 3
Surface electromyographic applications – 8 hours (4-A Muscle anatomy and physiology, 4-B Central
nervous system, 4-C Chronic neuromuscular pain, 4-D General treatment considerations, and 4-E
Target muscles, placements, and protocols).
Format: lecture, SEMG lab exercises on bilateral recording, the effect narrow and wide bandpasses
on EMG values, the effect of narrow and wide electrode spacing on EMG values, and recording from
agonist and antagonist muscles.
Assigned reading: Tutor units on Anatomy: Skeletal muscles, Anatomy: Pain, Hardware: EMG,
Neuromuscular applications, Musculoskeletal applications, and Pain applications).
Day 4
Autonomic nervous system applications – 8 hours (5-A ANS structure and function, 5-B
Psychophysiological concepts, 5-C General applications of autonomic biofeedback, and 5-D
Pathophysiology, biofeedback modalities, and treatment protocols).
Format: lecture, demonstration of treatment protocols for common disorders, and lab exercises over
the orienting response, fight-or-flight response, comparison of BVP and temperature responses to a
stressor, and the effect of cold hand temperature on the responsiveness of a BVP sensor.
Assigned reading: Tutor units on Anatomy: Autonomic, Psychophysiology, and Autonomic applications.
Day 5
Electroencephalographic Applications – 4 hours (6-A Specific central nervous system pathways and
neurotransmitters, 6-B Neuronal sources of scalp EEG, 6-C. EEG patterns, 6-D Clinical uses and efficacy,
and 6-E Potential effects of drugs on the EEG)
Format: lecture and labs over common EEG placements, skin preparation, sensor attachment, artifact
control, tracking tests, baseline recording, and alpha up-training.
Assigned reading: Tutor units on Anatomy: EEG, Hardware: EEG, and Clinical Applications: EEG.
Professional Conduct – 4 hours (8-A Responsibility and competence, 8-B Client rights, 8-C Supervision and
consultation, Professional relationships, and 8-D Record keeping)
Format: lecture and case examples.
Assigned reading: Tutor unit on Ethics, BCIA’s Professional Standards and Ethical Principles, and ISNR’s
Standards of Practice for Neurofeedback and Neurotherapy
Day 6
Adjunctive Interventions – 8 hours (7-A Intake procedures, 7-B Relaxation methods, 7-C
Psychotherapeutic techniques, 7-D Cognitive interventions, 7-E Nutritional considerations, and 7-F The
effects of exercise)
Format: lecture and lab exercises over autogenic relaxation, effortless breathing, progressive relaxation,
and the effect of effort on heart rate variability.
Assigned reading: Tutor unit on Relaxation.
4. List of faculty and credentials
Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB, Professor of Psychology at Truman State University and Saybrook University
Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, Professor of Psychology
5. Number of credit hours and Blueprint coverage
The workshop will cover all 48-hours of BCIA’s Biofeedback blueprint. The majority of these hours
(including all labs) will be taught on site. The remainder will be taught online using Blackboard by the
workshop faculty. Attendees will read the corresponding Tutor units, listen to lecture podcasts, and pass
the corresponding mastery quizzes in Tutor.
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
conference in the United States, Europe and Asia and is 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.
Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine, at Saybrook University in San Francisco.
He is co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), chief editor of Handbook of
Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology
(Greenwood, 1998), chief editor of Biofeedback: A Clinical Journal, and consulting editor for other journals.
He has published over 60 articles and book chapters on psychophysiology, spirituality, health, and
integrative medicine. His special research and clinical interests lie in the areas of heart rate variability
biofeedback, respiration training, and the treatment of trauma, anxiety disorders, and functional medical
Dr. Moss is past-president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, pastpresident of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, treasurer for the Society of
Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, treasurer for Division 30 (APA), a delegate to the International Society
for Hypnosis, a Board member of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, and on the advisory
board for the International Network for Integrative Mental Health.
Fred 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. He co-authored with Tony Hughes, PhD, BCB, a chapter on certification and ethics in Case
Studies in Applied Psychophysiology: Neurofeedback and Biofeedback Treatments for Advances in Human
Performance. He co-authored with Donald Moss, PhD, a chapter on biofeedback in the Textbook of
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd ed.). He co-authored with Mark S. Schwartz, PhD, BCB, a
chapter on entering the field and assuring competence in Biofeedback: A Practitioner’s Guide (4th ed.). He is
a consulting editor for Biofeedback: Clinical Journal and contributing editor for Applied Psychophysiology
and Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).
Who Should Attend and Prerequisites: Please contact [email protected] for details
Learning objectives: Please contact [email protected] for details
2-Day BCIA HRV certification workshop
Instructors: Donald Moss, Ph.D., and Fred Shaffer, Ph.D.
English with Italian sequential translation
Friday, February 14th to Saturday, February 15th
Registration Code: BFBEN02
Abstract: Please contact [email protected] for details
Lead Presenters: Don Moss, Ph.D & Fred Shaffer, Ph.D.
Who Should Attend and Prerequisites: Please contact [email protected] for details
Learning objectives: Please contact [email protected] for details
Pre-Conference Workshop
1-day BioGraph Infiniti Workshop
Instructor: with Frank DeGregorio English
Monday, February 10th
Registration Code: PCWEN01
Abstract: This 1-day workshop is for researchers and health professionals who want to learn how to use the
latest "cutting edge" biofeedback technology. The morning session provides an overview of the key features
of the BioGraph Infiniti 6.0 software and hardware. Software suites that can be showcased include
Neurofeedback, Physiology, Rehab-Continence, Rehab- Muscle , Z-Score, HRV, and Reaction Time.
The afternoon session, shows participants how to use different sensors including Surface Electromyography
(SEMG), Respiration, Temperature, Skin Conductance, Electroencephalography (EEG), Heart Rate and
Electrocardiology (EKG) with audio and visual multimedia biofeedback screens, sounds and games.
(This course has been approved by BCIA to provide 7 hours of Category A accredited continuing
education for BCIA recertification.)
Lead Presenter: Frank DeGregorio
Frank DeGregorio has a Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) in Computer Science and Networking and a
Certificate as a Programming Analyst. He has over 19 years of experience as technical, network, computer
and high-level troubleshooting for Thought Technology. In addition, he has over 12 years of experience
teaching BioGraph workshops with Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. and had the opportunity to attend a wide
variety of workshops held by clinicians such as Dr. Barry Sterman, Dr. Tanju Surmeli, Dr. Don Moss and Dr.
Richard Gevirtz, Dr. Erik Peper and Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson. Frank's extensive knowledge of all the product
software and hardware offered by Thought Technology gives him the unique ability to take participants
from installation of the software to using it effectively.
Who Should Attend and Prerequisites: This workshop is NOT limited to current BioGraph Infiniti users
only. Clinicians who have an interest in Biofeedback and in BioGraph Infiniti but do not currently possess
our equipment are welcome to register!
Learning objectives: Please contact [email protected] for details
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