2008 Conference

"Pain & Stress-Related Disorders: Diverse Applications of Biofeedback"

November 7-9, 2008
Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center - Lake Junaluska, NC

Conference Brochure

For detailed information about the 2008 Conference, you can download and print the NCBS 2008 Conference Brochure and Detailed information about conference presenters.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, November 7, 2008

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Lambuth Dining Room undefined Meal Ticket
8:00 - 8:45 Registration in Lambuth International
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome - Betty Wolfe and Jeanne Gresko, Co-Presidents of NCBS (0.25 CE/CME)
8:45 - 10:45 Ed Hamlin, Ph. D. - Trauma and the Brain - A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden physical trauma damages the brain. Due to a number of common causes ranging from sporting injuries, car accidents, combat, and falls, the number of people being affected by TBIs is fairly large. Milder forms of these injuries often go undiagnosed, but consequences can be highly significant. Symptoms associated with TBIs are often confused for psychiatric or emotional disturbances, attention deficits, or malingering. In this workshop we will review the types of problems frequently encountered as a consequence of head trauma, the underlying anatomical and physiological disruptions, and what can done to help a person overcome or compensate for the impairments the experience with a particular emphasis on EEG biofeedback and computerized cognitive training. (2.0 CE/CME - Beginner-Advanced)
10:45 - 11:00 Break undefined Meet & Greet Presenters (0.25 CE/CME)
11:00 - 12:00 Bob Grove, Ph. D. (courtesy of BMI) - Headache Update - An update of discoveries in the causes and treatment of headaches emphasizing nonpharmaceutical interventions will be presented along with a review of primary and secondary headache disorders. Assessment issues will include stress profiling. Behavioral issues, i.e., stress, posture, and physical activity will be assessed using the Stress Scan Inventory, a rapid paper-pencil form that guides biofeedback. The use of pain diagrams, physical exams, and psychometric assessments will be linked to the use of headache diaries. He will introduce a new static Cram Scan (sEMG muscle scan) and review the use of dynamic movement stress profiles to help isolate the underlying neuromuscular causes of certain headaches. Treatment alternatives, i.e., stability training, postural retraining, triggerpoint therapy, and neurofeedback, will be demonstrated and/or discussed. (2.0 CE/CME undefined Beginner-Advanced)
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch in Lambuth Dining Room undefined Meal Ticket undefined *Exhibitors (1.0 CE/CME) & Free Time
2:00 - 3:00 Bob Grove, PhD - Headache Update (cont'd)
3:00 - 3:30 Break - *Exhibitors (0.25 CE/CME)
3:30 - 5:00 Richard Soutar, Ph. D. - Successful Treatment of Fibromyalgia and Other Pain Disorders - Fibromyalgia and other pain disorders have progressively prove responsive to EEG Biofeedback as its techniques have advanced. Fibromyalgia in particular is very responsive to neurofeedback protocols. Recently Barry Sterman has also identified a specific brain location involved in the experience of pain as particularly useful in reducing pain when using neurofeedback protocols. This presentation will review two case studies involving Fibromyalgia and leg and foot pain and how they were successfully treated using neurofeedback. Participants will be able to identify locations involved in the experience of pain in terms of Brodmann areas and the 10-20 system and EEG frequencies involved in the pain experience, develop Neurofeedback protocols effective in dealing with pain, identify external factors that contribute to pain experience and that may confound Neurofeedback protocols, and learn how pain and emotion are integrated, i.e., strong emotions trigger migraine and seizure. (1.5 CE/CME - Beginner-Advanced)
5:00 - 5:45 Social/reception - Time to network and have fun
5:45 - 7:00 Dinner in Lambuth Dining Room undefined Meal Ticket

Saturday, November 8, 2008

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Lambuth Dining Room undefined Meal Ticket
8:00 - 8:45 Registration - *Exhibits (0.75 CE/CME)
8:45 - 10:45 Paul Michael Ramirez, Ph.D., BCIA(C) Fellow and Susan Intemann, M.A., LPC - The Psychophysiology and Treatment of Stress Related Disorders - This presentation will review major theories of stress and current knowledge regarding the psychophysiology of stress and anxiety related disorders. Both neuroanatomical and neurochemical aspects will be discussed as well as phenomenological presentations of selected anxiety-related disorders. This will be followed by a discussion of specific biofeedback treatment strategies which can be utilized to ameliorate the phenomenological presentation of stress-related disorders, including PTSD and other Anxiety Disorders. (2.0 CE/CME - Beginner-Advanced)
10:45 - 11:00 Break - *Exhibitors (0.25 CE/CME)
11:00 - 12:00 Betty Wolfe, M-Div, BCIA-C - Sharing Success - This is a time to share our resources. Please bring book titles and authors, copies of handouts, and success stories from your clinical work, from your use of biofeedback software and protocols, or from marketing your services to share with our community of practitioners. We will facilitate discussion to include vendors, speakers and conference attendees. Let's have fun and plant the practical seeds of successful energy and ideas! (1.0 CE/CME - Beginner-Advanced)
12:00 - 2:00 Business Meeting & Catered Lunch in Lambuth International Meeting Room Sponsored by NCBS (2.0 CE/CME)
2:00 - 2:30 Free Time - *Exhibitors (0.5 CE/CME)
2:30 - 4:30 Tom Gross, DC, DACNB, BCIA-EEG - Stress: Neurophysiological Basis for Far Reaching Consequences - Traditional theories regarding Stress, which have shaped thinking in society and medicine for over 60 years, are now obsolete. Modern research in neurobiology has implicated a central neurological locus in the control and regulation of the stress response. Improved understanding in cell signaling has lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the vast influences of stress on health. This understanding can help demystify the astonishing diversity of "Stress-Related Disorders". A modern understanding of stress can assist the astute clinician in guiding appropriate intervention strategies in unwinding the adverse effects of stress on health. Attendees will understand current versus traditional models of stress, diverse influences on central regulation, methodology for screening potential influences in specific cases, and strategies to intervene and manage numerous diverse aspects of stress related illness (2.0 CE/CME - Beginner-Advanced)
4:30 - 5:15 Sue Intemann, MA, LPC - T'ai Chi Chih - T'ai Chi Chih, which can best be described as a moving meditation, is suited to help with chronic pain conditions. Moving with softness and continuity is the goal. We have in each of us a life force called the Chi. The gentle, repetitive movements found it T'ai Chi Chih can help remove the blockages that keep the Chi from flowing naturally. As we free ourselves from the tensions brought on the stress and worries of our daily life, a sense of stillness and well-being can emerge. Presenter will introduce audience to concepts of T'ai Chi Chih and Mindfulness in the treatment of aggravators and perpetuators of chronic pain conditions. (0.75 CE/CME - Beginner-Advanced)
5:30 - 7:30 Dinner in Lambuth Dining Room undefined Meal Ticket

Sunday, November 9, 2008

7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast in Lambuth Dining Room undefined Meal Ticket
9:00 - 10:00 Chelsea Wakefield, MSW - "Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty™" in our Personal & Professional Lives - In the process of making decisions about our lives, many interior voices speak to us of reasons and motivations for doing things. These internal conversations/arguments often go on outside our awareness. Ignoring significant aspects of our inner self-system may work for a time, but ultimately these unacknowledged aspects of self will manifest in anxiety, stress, depression, bodily symptoms, or even a negative turn of events that constellate on the outside world mirroring the internal conflict. In this experiential workshop, participants will learn a method for surfacing and resolving internal conflicts called "Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty". (1.0 CE/CME - Beginner-Advanced)
10:00 - 10:30 Break/Networking (0.5 CE/CME)
10:30 - 11:30 Chelsea Wakefield, MSW - "Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty™" (cont'd) - This is a continuation of the experiential workshop where attendees will practice application of theory with a personal issue or argument and do personal work utilizing worksheets of "round table" chart, lists of possible inner selves/"archetypes" and dialogue frameworks, and discuss personal experience and how this can be used with clients. (1.0 CE/CME - Beginner-Advanced)
11:30 - 12:00 Wrap-up and Good-byes (0.5 CE/CME)

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Ed Hamlin, PhD - Trauma and the Brain

Bob Grove, PhD - Headache Update

Richard Soutar, PhD - Successful Treatment of Fibromyalgia and Other Pain Disorders

Paul Michael Ramirez, PhD, BCIA-C Fellow - The Psychophysiology and Treatment of Stress Related Disorders

Susan Intemann, MA, LPC, BCIA-C - The Psychophysiology and Treatment of Stress Related Disorders and T'ai Chi Chih

Betty Wolfe, M-Div, BCIA-C - Sharing Success

Tom Gross, DC, DACNB, BCIA-EEG - Stress: Neurophysiological Basis for Far Reaching Consequences

Chelsea Wakefield, MSW - "Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty™" in our Personal & Professional Lives

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Many thanks to our fantastic sponsors!

Bio-Medical Instruments undefined Platinum Sponsorship
Stens undefined Bronze Sponsorship
Apex Energetics undefined Bronze Sponsorship

NCBS expresses our thanks to Bio-Medical Instruments Inc. and Stens Corporation who made it possible for us to have training with different systems, such as ProComp, J & J, BioExplorer, and NeXus.

Apex Energetics sponsors over 150 cutting edge seminars nationally. These include weekend seminars, free lunch or evening seminars in your local area, and Industry conferences. The majority of these seminars are approved for continuing education. Over the last 20 years, Apex has been supporting healthcare practitioners with unparalleled education services.

Also, thank you to Bob Grove, PhD, Peder Fagerholm, PhD, and Gresham Moore, BS who served as instructors and conducted the labs.

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