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The Biofeedback Society of Florida is pleased to announce its summer 2016 CE conference:

Post-concussion Syndrome,Traumatic Brain Injury, and PTSD:
Psychophysiological methods for assessment and treatment


Heart rate variability biofeedback for Post-concussion Syndrome
Presented by
Leah Lagos, PsyD, BCB
Clinical and Sports Psychologist
Private Practice
Manhattan, New York

Treating repetitive brain trauma: From the NFL to youth sports
Presented by
George Rozelle, PhD, BCN, QEEGD
Executive Director
Mind Spa Integrative Wellness Center
Sarasota, Florida

The conference will be held July 23 - 24, 2016 at The The Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando, Florida. The hotel is offering a special discounted room rate for BSF conference participants of $99/night (plus taxes and fees) for registrations made by July 8, 2016.

This program awards 12 APA approved CE Credits.

Workshop Descriptions

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

Course Objectives - At the conclusion of Dr. Lagos' workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Explain the relationship between heart rate variability (HRV) and post-concussion syndrome (PCS)
  • Describe the current science and rationale for applying HRV biofeedback (HRVB) to PCS patients
  • Identify the features of a ten-session protocol for PCS including equipment, homework, and an overview of training
  • Learn a combination of biofeedback and cognitive behavioral skills to help PCS patients reduce somatic symptoms
  • Describe the general trajectory of improvement if patient participants in 10 consecutive weekly sessions comply with two, 20 minutes, at home daily breathing practices
  • Identify two forms of assessment for evaluating patient’s health at onset of training as well as measuring progress after training
  • Describe how to measure patient progress throughout HRVB training
  • Identify and utilize adjunctive techniques for treating trauma related to PCS
  • Discuss the needs for the integration of HRV BFB and NFB for cases that involve attention and memory challenges
Treating repetitive brain trauma; From the NFL to youth sports: This is an intermediate level course that will enable participants to explain and apply the current science surrounding TBI and CTE for biofeedback practice assessment and treatment planning. Dr. Rozelle will discuss the components of a comprehensive approach for treating traumatic brain injury and its use in clinical and research settings. Attendees will also learn to identify the neuromechanisms of PTSD with particular emphasis on understanding its impact on combat veterans. The program will address techniques for rapid resolution of PTSD and enable participants to describe and utilize them in their clinical practices.

Course Objectives - At the conclusion of Dr. Rozelle's workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Explain and apply the current science surrounding TBI and CTE for biofeedback practice assessment and treatment planning
  • Identify the components of a comprehensive approach for treating traumatic brain injury and explain its use in clinical and research settings
  • Identify the neuromechanisms of PTSD, acquire an understanding of its impact on combat veterans, and utilize these insights toward improved clinical practice
  • Describe and utilize techniques for rapid resolution of symptoms of PTSD
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