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2002 Winter Brain Meeting Abstracts; Talk and Workshop Descriptions

Non-Duality Practices and Neurofeedback: Timeless Spiritual Transformation
in the 21st Century
By Valdeane W. Brown, Ph.D.
4 hour workshop
Many spiritual practices attempt to educe a discrete state or ability in the client. Various forms of "relaxation techniques" have been used, including biofeedback and neurofeedback-based procedures, in order to assist this process. Other approaches use neurofeedback-based procedures to facilitate access to different transformative states such as "Alpha-Theta" and "Global Synchrony", among many others. Almost all of these practices are based, however, on the concept of educing a particular access strategy, of convergence point, or desired state for the client. Moreover, the theories that underlie these various practices tend to be either more "religious" in character or more "scientific" and lacking in experienced connection to spirituality even when they are effective and compelling.

Non-Duality practices are derived from traditional Buddhist practices and are based on the fundamental concepts of "Profound Emptying" as I like to call it (traditionally known as sunyata, wu-wei or "The Great Death"), compassion, release of suffering and the causes of suffering, as well as full access to the present. The term Non-Duality is used to indicate that all distinctions, all antinomies, all personal attachments, as well as all ego-defining activities and meaning are suspended through Surrendering to the practices, leaving one to experience "Profound Emptying" or "The Dark Night of Soul" as St. John of the Cross would say.

This workshop will allow participants a chance to experience these practices both in traditional and neurofeedback-assisted forms, as well as to learn how to integrate them into your own clinical work.

1. Experience a variety of Non-Duality practices especially Surrendering.
2. Understand the role of comprehensive approaches to Neurofeedback in promoting Non-Duality practices.

Description of workshop:
HYLA CASS, M. D. 1608 Michael Lane, Pacific Palisades, Ca., 90272
website: www.

Brain Optimizing Nutrients & Herbs

Specific supplement can be used for enhancing mood, memory, and mental performance, and to forestall aging-induced deterioration of mental functioning.

These vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and herbs are also useful in treating such conditions as depression, anxiety, and ADD, where they correct the underlying metabolic imbalances. These nutrients may be combined with neurofeedback for optimal results.

Goals: To inform participants about the use of specific supplements for :

1. enhancing mood, memory and overall mental functioning.
2. protection of the aging brain
3. correcting the metabolic imbalances underlying many common psychiatric conditions

For physicians in your area call:
ACAM (Academy for the Advancement of Medicine) at 800/532-3688;;
Life Extension Foundation at 800/841-5433;
International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (ISOM): (416) 733-2117;

Biographical Data

Hyla Cass, M.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine, and the author of the best-selling St. John's Wort: Nature's Blues Buster (Avery, 1998), Kava: Nature's Answer to Stress, Anxiety, and Insomnia (Prima, 1998) and All About Herbs (Avery, 1999), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her newest book, Natural Highs will be released in Spring 2002. Integrating nutritional medicine with psychiatry in her clinical practice, she has been treating patients successfully with a variety of supplements for many years. Her areas of expertise include stress reduction, women's health (including natural hormone therapy), and natural treatments for ADD, ADHD, addictions, anxiety disorders, and depression.

A noted speaker, consultant, and educator in the areas of complementary medicine, psychiatry, and personal growth, Dr. Cass is also a corporate and media consultant, and contributes to numerous books and journals.. A graduate of the University of Toronto School of Medicine, she interned at Los Angeles County - USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA. Her website is

Quantum Yoga and the neurophysiology of freedom (2 hour workshop)
Al Collins

A central paradox in modern physics was paralleled nearly 2000 years ago in India, in the spiritual psychology of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. While psychophysical reality is, at almost all levels, completely deterministic (operating through the implacable law of karma for Patanjali, of Newtonian physics for Western science) at its heart lies a space of total freedom. The central insight of Yoga is that the true human self (purusha) is eternally free and unbound by the ties of materiality (prakriti) which, at the deepest level, operate only "for the sake of" this self (the word is purushartha, "for purusha’s sake"). In physics, the quantum level is completely nondeterministic, though at all levels above this the quantum effects are "averaged away," leaving the world for all intents and purposes bound by the laws of classical physics.

It has recently been suggested by Jeffrey Satinover (The Quantum Brain) that the absolute indeterminacy of the quantum level of reality is "amplified upward" through the physical, chemical, biological, and neural realms to the point where, in the human brain (or its cyber successors) genuine freedom is possible. In fact, the history of evolution shows a gradual, and now accelerating increase in the freedom of organisms. The parallel between Satinover’s understanding and that of Yoga is striking and, I think, genuine. This workshop will aim to go deeper into this strange nexus of Indian "mysticism" and Western science, looking specifically for brain processes that might embody quantum events and those that could correspond to the purusha idea. I will try to convey some of the authentic sense of the Yoga texts by looking at the original Sanskrit verses to get a deeper feel for what they are saying. Similarly, I will try to go deeply enough into Satinover’s argument to show how he thinks freedom can exist in a mostly deterministic world. Some of the same neurophysiology may be implicated in both perspectives.

Al Collins, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and also an Indologist, a specialist in the languages and literatures of India. He holds Ph.D.s in both areas and has long had a deep interest in understanding the connections between Western psychology and psychophysiology, on the one hand, and the spiritual psychologies of India (Yoga, Vedanta, Mahayana Buddhism). He has published extensively on Indian and Western self psychology and Jungian psychology. He is the author of the book Fatherson: a Depth Psychology of the Archetypal Masculine as well as book chapters on masculine psychology.

Al was formerly on the core faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco as Associate Professor of East/West Psychology. He remains on the adjunct faculty at CIIS and also an external reader for Ph.D. dissertations at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Al
practices neurofeedback and QEEG in Anchorage, Alaska, along with Jungian psychotherapy.

Advanced BrainMaster Workshop
Thomas F. Collura, Ph.D., P.E.
BrainMaster Technologies, Inc.
This workshop will provide a hands-on view of advanced techniques using the BrainMaster EEG training system. After a brief but thorough review of basic operation, the following topics will be covered: Designing custom studies, Two-channel protocols, advanced use of sound feedback, coherence training, saving and replaying EEG, performing assessments, and post-session data analysis. Workshop attendees will benefit from prior exposure to the basics of using the BrainMaster system.

Tom Collura is founder and President of BrainMaster Technologies, Inc, Oakwood Village Ohio, where he conducts research and development of EEG neurofeedback systems for clinical and home use. He received an AB in Philosophy of Science and an Sc.B. in Biology from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (1973), and an MS and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (1978). He is a registered professional engineer in Ohio and Illinois. He served on the technical staff of AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1978 to 1987, where he supervised silicon integrated circuit technology development and multiuser computer systems engineering. He was on staff with the Department of Neurology, The Cleveland
Clinic Foundation, from 1987 to 1996, where he developed systems for invasive EEG recording and analysis for epilepsy diagnosis and surgical planning and monitoring. He has also served as a consultant to industry in the areas of computerized tomography, digital signal processing, automated radiometry, and electrophysiological telemetry. His current interests focus on the neurophysics of the mind/brain boundary, development of EEG feedback systems, and the use of volitional and nonvolitional techniques for brain modification with applications in neurotherapy, consciousness development, and personal improvement.

WS2 Peak Performance Training Through Neurofeedback: New and Powerful Approached Jonathan D. Cowan, Ph.D.

The optimal approach to optimizing performance is to analyze and improve it on a moment to moment basis. We have now developed a neurofeedback method with the precision necessary to actually measure concentration and alertness separately at every moment during the performance of an athletic, study, or work activity, as well as to train the underlying skills. We have also found that it is possible to train the user by providing feedback during their visualization of performance, thereby eliminating problems produced by movement artifacts.

In this workshop, I will explain and demonstrate seven different but complementary types of training which are possible using the Peak Achievement Trainer:

1. Strengthening the ability of the Executive Attention Network to focus attention.

2. Strengthening the ability of the midbrain to intensify alertness/arousal.

3. Train the user to take brief, relaxing microbreaks which recharge the brain.

4. Find the best possible degree of alertness/arousal to perform particular activities optimally.

5. Perform arbitrary sequences of concentration, alertness, and microbreaks.

6. Discover and enhance performance of the sequences which are optimal for particular activities.

7. Perform these sequences despite distractions such as self-talk and crowd noise.

Jonathan D. Cowan, Ph.D., is the President and Chief Technical Officer of NeuroTek, LLC. He has developed the Peak Achievement Trainer specifically for performance enhancement training in athletic, corporate, military and educational contexts. He is actively involved in developing new Peak Achievement Training programs for these markets.

WS2 "Breath-walk" and "light/sound" sessions - how to practice and control these

tools for Alpha/Theta training

Uwe Gerlach

Many of you already have some experience with light/sound. It is one of the most famous non -verbal method to get quick stress relief. In general, light/sound isn't used for therapeutic purpose. On the other hand it can accelerate the healing process on an unconscious level. We'll describe in more detail during the workshop how this psycholocical mechanism works. As it helps to understand the mechanism, we repeat the main features of the "breath walk" technique:

"breath-walk" is done the following way:

1) Let me show you how to walk, follow my way to do it, "pace" me, you know what I mean from NLP knowledge. After you have my pace, watch and listen to my breath, do it the same way.

2) the air should be in- and exhaled with permanent consciousness "totally" til the lungs are naturally felt fully or emptily, the breathing rhythm dominated by the walking rhythm. The latter should go into the rhythm of a march.

3) The center of consciousness gradually falls down to the "hara". The two types of breathing (chest and diaphragm) should be used simultaneously.

4) There is no conversation between therapist and client(s) except the necessary communications. 5) In general the training must take place in a lonely nature (park, field or wood) region. Be aware of the fact that in pure nature we are surrounded by the dominant frequency 7.8 Hertz which facilitates the desired crossing of thresholds of normal consciousness.

6) People who don't take part, are not "present", no contact recommended.

7) No extra climbing, because the superfluous oxygen is needed for "crossing the threshold of normal consciousness".

8) Half an hour later we return to our workshop room. We get and collect impressions about what experiences we went through. We discuss it.

9) Immediately after return we measure our person from above on the 1-channel EEG. If we are lucky, this person has had intense experiences, so we should see marked differences of the relative spectral amplitudes to those before the exercise.

Be aware of the fact that this is only the beginning of a training.

Nevertheless some of you already succeeded in jumping into another reality, I suppose a vivid, relaxed and sensual intense reality which is worthwhile to be explored more often. Maybe some of you go through some strange, may even be anxious moments. Don't worry that's natural, you know as a therapist that anxiousness is always accompanying experiences on a new territory.

As a therapist you should know some psychological facts how this method works and initiates the healing process - we'll talk about it in detail during the workshop:

- similar to our dreamworld during sleep the reality we enter after passing the threshold is totally different from our normal world. This fact is not evident for beginners, but the altered consciousness has its own laws which shouldn't be confused with normal laws. We feel more vivid, it is a drug-like world, but we experience ourselves very vital, totally positive and gay. The usual defense mechanisms are weakened - if somebody is phobic she/he may come near traumatic events; now the intensity of the exercise should be reduced; ask the person whether she/he is able to continue or better sit down and make a pause; continue as soon as


- unlike the strategy in Stan Grofs holotropic breath work it is not the definite goal to go deeply into the abreactions; it may happen or not; let the client decide

- more important is to repeat the training several times a week during a period of several months; maybe you know that it is difficult to remember the insights gained in an altered state of consciousness and to transport its logic into the normal mind; an often repeated training helps to fix the insights for use in usual reality

- you as a skilled therapist should know how to interpret dreamlife; if there are few abreactions, an amount of the psychic energy of the healing process goes into dreamlife; here the classical psychoanalytic therapy helps a lot; as the defense mechanisms are weakened, the problems of resistance are of minor importance; be aware of the phenomena of psychological transfer!!


Brief bio - Dr. Uwe Gerlach, Germany:

Today I'm 57 years old, my profession formerly was physicist.

My normal career was in the field of materials science. I did a lot of scientific research and worked many years as a materials engineer.

My second career began in the early 80's with a severe sickness consisting of a deep depression and phobias. I cured them with the aid of bodily centered psychotherapy (holotropic breathwork) and two years of daily deep relaxation training. The relaxation methods were breathwork, floatation tank and sauna. In addition to psychotherapy I experienced transpersonal phenomena and spiritual transformation similar to descriptions of Stanislav Grof.

Since 1990 I am a pioneering part of the Megabrain movement in Germany. I wrote three books around these topics and became an expert of brain technology. From 1991 til today, I offer mental training workshops assisted by light and sound technology. Many workshops take place

in great holiday clubs. In the past four years I became interested in neurofeedback and studied its main structure and its actual state-of-the-art. Four years ago I founded my own company "info-brain" in collaboration with medical doctors and trainers experienced in light and sound technology. In 98 I wrote a third book about the whole field of neurofeedback dedicated to lay people.

Workshop Presentation (2 hours)

Everything You Need for a Successful Neurofeedback Practice.

Gay Larned

You’ve gone through the training and bought NF equipment. Now what?! This practice development workshop offers an easy approach to the fundamental basics of a successful NF practice and is designed for new and established clinicians alike. A manual I developed for a clinician support group I started in my area significantly increased success for anyone who followed it. We’ll go through the manual, step-by-step, find out how to do gorilla marketing on a budget, how to present a NF lecture or initial client consultation so that clients, parents and children want to come back, and tons of useful ideas, contacts, websites, forms, and articles to get you well on your way. Can everyone say ‘waiting list’? Gay Larned, PhD, has opened several ADD Centers and is as passionate about teaching techniques for a successful practice as she is about the practice of NF with her clients.

Bio: Gay Larned, PhD, is a licensed clinical social worker and has a doctorate in social psychology. After a successful family counseling practice for over 25 years. she changed her practice exclusively to neurofeedback in 1995. Dr. Larned initiated a monthly support group for clinicians in her area and is as passionate about teaching business and marketing techniques for a successful practice as she is about sharing NF with children and families at her ADD Centers. In 1996 she wrote the foreword to Everyone Wins! Non-Competitive Party Games and Activities for Children (Jody L. Blosser, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.) and was appointed to a Governor's Commission, State of Connecticut, in recognition of her innovative work with families.

Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA): A Powerful Method for Visualizing Intracortical Generators of Surface EEG - Applications for Evaluation of Attentional Disorders, Depression, Autistic Disorders, and Other Psychiatric Disorders

Presenter: Joel F. Lubar, Ph.D. Workshop - 4 hrs.

University of Tennessee

Southeastern Biofeedback and Neurobehavioral Institute

LORETA (Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography) was developed by Roberta Domingo, Marquis Pascal in the mid 1990's. This technique is based on the best of the inverse solutions which allows quantification and visualization of intracortical activity including paleocortical activity derived from scalp electrodes. Areas that can be evaluated include the cingulate gyrus, orbital-frontal medial and lateral cortices, subcalossal-septal area, parahippocampal gyrus and possibility regions associated with the amygdala. This regions can be identified for any EEG band pass, many sampling rates and visualized on standardized MRI sections. The method divides the cortex into 2,394 7 x 7 x 7 millimeter voxels (cubes). The inverse solution can be obtained from 19 electrodes and is very comparable to that obtained with denser surface electrode arrays. With LORETA it is possible to look at individual verus group differences or group versus group differences with appropriate statistical comparisons.

In this workshop I will demonstrate the advantages of LORETA, show how data can be very accurately artifact rejected and analyzed with LORETA with direct demonstrations of the technique. I will illustrate different disorders and show relationships between LORETA images and quantitative EEG. I will present some background theory and the assumptions that this technique employs in a benign non or very lightly mathematical way.

Recently LORETA has been co-validated or co-registered with MRI and PET scan findings. This is very important since LORETA is a technique that neurotherapists can learn to use and is compatible with ASCII files, Lexicor DAT files and probably many other EEG formats. The technique is easy to use and produces rapid image formation. Since LORETA is new there are many questions that need to be explored. I would like to invite meaningful interaction to help move this new technique further along and to show how it is useful in extending our ability to evaluate and treat a variety of disorders employing neurofeedback techniques.

Advanced Lecture

Title: New Methods for Precise Artifact Rejection of Multi-channel EEG for More Accurate QEEG and LORETA Analysis

Presenter: Joel F. Lubar, Ph.D.

University of Tennessee

Southeastern Biofeedback and Neurobehavioral Institute

A very major problem in quantitative EEG analysis is the problem of artifacts such as those arising from eye movements, blinks, facial tics, head movements, respiratory artifacts, tongue movement, swallowing and many others that can significantly compromise the accuracy of quantitative EEG evaluations. Artifacts in the lower frequencies can often lead to misinterpretation of data in that the results appear to have more slow activity than is actually apparent. In this lecture I will demonstrate a new technique that we have developed which allows one to very accurately remove all artifacts from the EEG record with the exception of continuous EMG contamination in a specific channel which still cannot be separated from background EEG accurately. However, there are considerations even regarding this, the most difficult of all artifacts to remove, that I will describe which may eventually lead to a methodology for that problem as well. Once data has been very accurately artifact Acleansed@ it allows accurate interpretation of quantitative EEG findings leading to more accurate diagnosis and separation of subtypes of specific disorders such as the multiple subtypes of attention deficit disorder or depressive disorders. I will show differences between conventional artifact rejection methods and this new artifact rejection technique and demonstrate the ease in which it is possible to obtain extremely clean records for EEG analysis. I will illustrate the results with case studies of different disorders employing both quantitative EEG and Low Resolution Electromagnetic Tomography (LORETA).

WS4 Elimination Disorders and Chronic Pelvic Floor Pain Syndromes; A Multimodality Approach

Louise E. Marks, M.S., O.T.R., CBCIA

Biofeedback and EEG Neurofeedback Behavioral treatments for bowel and bladder disorders (fecal and urinary incontinence, chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary hesitancy and frequency) and chronic pelvic pain syndromes, such as, vulvodynia and pelvic floor myalgia will be surveyed.

Relevant anatomy and physiology of micturition and defecation will be covered, as well as, the details of conducting a standard, non-invasive, sEMG assessment of pelvic floor musculature using vaginal or rectal sensors. Treatment strategies for pelvic floor rehabilitation, normalization of bowel and bladder activity, and pain reduction will be explored using the mainstay of EMG and other biofeedback modalities (EEG, heart rate variability, thermal, respiration), and patient education regarding diet and toileting habit. The intent is to broaden the practitioner's treatment options for the often-complex nature of the above disorders.

Advanced BioGraph® and MultiTrace® Tutorial (4 hours\ WS)

Louise E. Marks, M.S., O.T.R., BCIAC Biofeedback and EEG Neurofeedback

Maximize the use of your BioGraph or MultiTrace software. Screen construction, criterion setting, protocol building, and other advanced features will be addressed. There will be some laptops available. However, to insure maximum learning, if possible bring your own laptop. The items listed in the workshop outline will be covered, as much as time allows. Workshop participants are expected to know the basic operations of BioGraph and MultiTrace software (recording a session, selecting and running a protocol, on the fly controls).

Learning Goals:
-The details of display screen construction will be mastered.
-The rudiments of protocol development will be introduced.
-Participants will know how to make specialized data channel files.

Workshop Outline
Viewing Recorded Data on the Report Screen
How to access the report screen
Pop-up menus
Listing of data channels
Button bar controls: T+ and T-, play, forward, reverse, slider
Artifact rejection features
Use of segments
Thick or thin lines
Multi-linegraph settings
Color setting
Scale position: right, left
Scale size: small, medium, big
Y-range: manual, auto
Threshold setting for reports
Saving report screen settings for display screen
Computing and printing statistical reports
Trend reports
Loading and Reviewing Previously Saved Sessions
Display screen viewing
Protocol viewing
Building and Altering Display Screens
Screen building canvas
Instrument Toolbox
Review of each instrument
11 Max
Pop-up menu overview
Selection of data channels from default data channel set
Data display modes
Threshold types, manual, auto
Scaling, auto, manual
Averaging and smoothing
Instrument properties
Feedback selections for instruments: (prop., inv. Inhibit, clock)
Color and texture options
Instrument sizing and organization
Saving changes by overwriting screens
Creating New Data Channels
Virtual and real channel
Defining data channels
Changing channel names
Signal type assignment
Saving data channel sets
Saving data channel sets with display screens
Building New Protocols
Record and play modes
Construction of protocol components
Audio options
Segments for selected data reporting
Prompts: sound, text, image
Event triggered protocol
Importing bitmaps, MIDI and wave files


Louise Marks holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She has worked as an occupational therapist in both rehabilitation and psychiatric settings, beginning her specialization in biofeedback in 1987. She is BCIA certified in biofeedback and EEG neurofeedback. In San Diego, Louise headed the Applied Psychophysiology Laboratory at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation ( La Jolla), where she developed and supervised applied psychophysiology and biofeedback programs for the treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence, chronic pain syndromes (levator ani, vulvodynia, headaches, fibromyalgia,, etc.), and sleep disorders. She has also worked as a consultant to Sharp Pain Treatment Center (San Diego) and Scripps Comprehensive Outpatient Center (Chula Vista), helping them to establish programs for elimination disorders and chronic pelvic pain syndromes. At the California Professional School of Psychology (San Diego) she has taught courses and workshops in EEG neurofeedback and behavioral treatments for bowel/bladder disorders and pelvic pain. Louise currently resides in Boulder, Colorado where she designs biofeedback software, offers consultation and training workshops to health care providers, and maintains a limited private practice.

"As a biofeedback/neurofeedback therapist, I work primarily as an educator and coach. Since understanding is a vital and essential aspect of gaining control or mastery, I spend considerable time explaining physiological functions and the rationale for biofeedback and behavioral treatment approaches. As a coach, I assist in the often silent trial-and-error search for the inner mechanism which brings forth the desired outcome. These special moments of inner discovery and connection can be extremely exciting, fruitful, and often just plain fun."

David Morehouse: Remote Viewing

a. The initial lecture will focus on current world events and the role Remote Viewing is playing in helping humanity to use the events of recent as a catalyst for transformation in their lives. David will speak about the critical and pivotal role he feels the rest of the presenters are playing in helping to develop training mechanisms that will help humanity take their individual and collective performances on the physical, emotional and spiritual plane to the next level of achievement. Essentially, as I understand it, he wants to impress upon everyone the fact that enhanced human performance is only possible through the development of positive feedback mechanisms. He believes in negating the individual subjective “experience” by providing a performance oriented training environment that incorporates the philosophy of human potential and the practical applications and advantages of feedback mechanisms to the training process—in other words, you can be told how it will feel when you arrive at a given altered state—or, you can be given audio and visual feedback during and after the process. The latter accelerates the learning process, raising the retention curve as well as the performance curve.

b. The workshop will incorporate the following:

1). The basic history of Coordinate Remote Viewing, the CIA persons responsible for its development, the Stanford Research Institute International scientists assigned to the project, the General Officers and Congressmen affiliated with the project.

2). Demonstrations (in Power Point) on what used to be the standard level of Remote Viewing performance contrasting the level attained today.

3). David will address the scientific reality of the global societal evolution and its inherent turnings of time—the rebuilding phase, the sustainment phase, the unraveling phase and the much feared destructive phase. Explaining the inevitable arrival of each phase with historical representations—he will illustrate where the scholars of time feel we are at present and the role each of us has in determining where we will go from here.

4). He will give illustrations of entrainment and relate them to the human condition, to healing, to manifesting destiny individually as well as collectively.

5). He will use the theoretical mathematical computation of Nobel laureate Paul Dirac and his concept of “the moment” and “continuous creation” relating the physics of he metaphysics to our inherent ability to transform personal and collective destiny.

6) He will explore the theory of Remote Viewing, why it works, the protocols and the practical applications of the model.

7). You do need to be very clear on the fact that this will not be a how to class or workshop. You need to make this clear to participants that they will not walk out of a three hour workshop grasping a working knowledge of what Rhonda learned in nearly 70 hours of intense training. David has never made any exception to this policy—except on one occasion when he tailored an 8 hour presentation.

8). David’s stated purpose in doing the workshop is to bring members of your area of interest into an area perhaps unfamiliar to them, to let them understand it as a science as well as an art form. To let them know the limitations of the phenomenon as well as its unique and broad possibilities—and to help them decide where they might engage their expertise into the rapidly developing corporate and individual learning curve.
Psychophysiological Tools for the Anxiety Disorders
Presenter: Donald Moss, Ph.D., Psychological Services Center, LC, Grand Haven, MI
Two-Hour Workshop

Course Description

This workshop introduces the complete range of biofeedback and neurofeedback tools for assisting patients with the anxiety disorders. The treatment model includes patient education, cognitive-behavioral treatment, medication, psychophysiological assessment, and biofeedback. The patient is viewed as an active agent, using self-regulation to manage anxiety. Assessment tools include DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, the psychophysiological stress profile, the identification of cognitive schemas, and capnometric (CO2) evaluation. Treatment tools include sEMG biofeedback, thermal training, electrodermal measures, respiratory biofeedback, heart rate variability biofeedback, and neurofeedback using slow wave and fast wave protocols.

Who Should Take This Course

This course is aimed at biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners who have at least an initial familiarity with both peripheral and neurofeedback devices. We also welcome primary care physicians, ER physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, psychologists, and other behavioral practitioners involved in the identification and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Course Objectives

Attendees will learn to:

1) Understand the psychophysiology of activation, vigilance, and anxiety.
2) Recognize the role of fearful thoughts and attention in escalating and maintaining anxiety.
3) Utilize biofeedback instruments as both assessment tools and treatment tools.
4) Construct a cognitive-behavioral and psychophysiological treatment plan.

Presenter Biographical Sketch

Donald Moss, Ph.D., is founding partner in a multidisciplinary behavioral health practice in West Michigan. He is President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology, editor of the Biofeedback Newsmagazine, and consulting editor to the Journal of Neurotherapy. Publications include three edited books on humanistic psychology, and numerous articles and chapters on body therapies, cognitive psychology, and mind-body medicine. His latest project is an edited book on Mind Body Medicine for Primary Care, in press with Sage.

Interhemispheric EEG Training: Theory and Clinical Application

Interhemispheric EEG training offers a powerful new approach to stabilizing brain function and improving communication between the hemispheres. Learn the latest techniques for optimizing clinical results through adjustment of reward and inhibit frequencies, and electrode placements to address specific brain functions. We will also discuss the rationale for interhemispheric bipolar training and possible mechanisms of efficacy.

Three learning objectives;

1. Describe interhemispheric frontal, central and temporal lobe site selection for specific clinical effects.
2. Know how to adjust reward frequency to optimize arousal level and stabilize brain state.

3. Understand role of amplitude and phase of signals in bipolar EEG training.

Frontal Lobe EEG Training: Optimizing Organization and Control of Brain Function

Sue Othmer

Our frontal lobes direct and coordinate the activity of all other brain areas. Good frontal lobe function is critical for planning, organization, sustained attention and impulse control. As the most physiologically active part of our brain and the most highly interconnected, our frontal lobes are also the most vulnerable to functional breakdown. Such frontal lobe dysfunction can result in many symptoms of disregulation and disinhibition of behavior.

A new approach to frontal EEG training will be presented. Recent clinical results include more effective remediation of attention deficits, impulsivity, rage, motor and vocal tics, and obsessive and compulsive symptoms. Given the central role of the frontal lobes as conductor of the orchestra of brain function, and their vulnerability to injury and disease, frontal lobe training has become a regular component of our EEG training program.

Three learning objectives;

1. Understand the role of the frontal lobes in coordinating the activity of other brain regions.
2. List three symptoms that frequently arise with loss of frontal lobe inhibitory control.
3. Describe three frontal placements for EEG training and the expected benefits of each.
Sue Othmer
Futurehealth Winter Brain Conference 2002

Sue Othmer became involved in neurofeedback in 1985, after an academic background in physics and neurophysiology at Cornell University and years of struggle with neurologically challenged children. She and her husband, Siegfried, were attracted to neurofeedback because of the dramatic benefits they observed with their epileptic son. Their story is featured in Jim Robbins’ book, “A Symphony in the Brain.” Sue now spends much of her time as primary neurofeedback clinician at the EEG Spectrum Institute in Encino, California. She is also a principal instructor in the monthly professional training courses and advanced neurofeedback classes offered by EEG Spectrum International. She provides clinical consultations to affiliated practitioners, and contributes to ongoing clinical research and development of Neurocybernetics instrumentation for neurofeedback training.

Workshop Title and Abstract

Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D.

Winter Brain Conference, 2002

The Fertile Domain of Targeted Training between Nonlinear Dynamical Orthodoxy on the Left and QEEG Fundamentalism on the Right;

Mechanisms-based Training and the Search for the Immaculate Protocol

In the freer atmosphere of a workshop, the issues will be aired regarding the relative strengths and weaknesses of the key approaches being promoted to organize protocol development in neurofeedback. The key issues alluded to in the lecture will be elaborated and explored, with openness to questions from practitioners in the audience.

It is in the contention between the distinct claims for each approach that a stronger, more comprehensive clinical protocol schema will emerge. The mechanisms-based approach in particular can benefit from insights derived from NLD-based and QEEG-based training. Recent developments along these lines will be delineated. The outline of a further developmental thrust is also becoming clear, one that can augment the strengths of each approach. The implications for our own preferred approach of targeted training will be discussed.

Three learning objectives:

  1. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the primary approaches to protocol development in neurofeedback;

  2. Learn about recent developments in targeted, mechanisms-based training;

  3. Hear about potential future developments that build on the strengths of the three key approaches

Siegfried Othmer can be reached at EEG Spectrum International, 16500 Ventura Blvd., Suite 418, Encino, CA 91436. (818) 789-3456 X-801

Short Bio

Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D.

Winter Brain Conference 2002

Siegfried Othmer became involved with neurofeedback because of his son’s epilepsy in 1985. With a background in physics from Cornell University, and engineering experience from aerospace, his first involvement was with the development of new, computer-based instrumentation for neurofeedback. In order to bring the technique into the mental health community, Siegfried Othmer and his wife, Susan, together with engineer Edward Dillingham, started EEG Spectrum in 1989 to deliver clinical services, teach professionals, and further instrumentation development. This story is related in the recent book “A Symphony in the Brain,” by New York Times Science writer Jim Robbins. Siegfried Othmer is currently involved in professional training, further instrumentation development, and writing on neurofeedback for both popular and professional media.

Absorption, Concentration, Dissociation, Desensitization, Flow and Neurofeedback:
The Essence of Tiger Woods Performing Optimally Focused "In the Zone".
Wes Sime

The Absorption that allows an athlete, a surgeon, an astronaut or a musician to get into the Zone, i.e., to block out all distractions unrelated to performance has been assessed by Tellegen, Csikszentmihalyi and others in self-report measures. It occurs relatively rarely at the very highest levels and is very elusive to achieve. Qualitatively speaking, it is the phenomena of being totally immersed in the activity with time moving slowly, senses being sharpened, but pain not recognized. Thoughts and images are clear and controllable while physical performance seems effortless and automatic. To measure this phenomenon accurately and completely is not possible in a dynamic state, but to shape it's appearance and to extend duration is essential in finite psychomotor skills like golf.

Physical preparation for performance is mentally grueling and fatiguing. If often results in trance-like, dis-associative and sometimes dissociative states where depersonalization is a valuable technique to block out the intense suffering and pain associated with running, swimming or bicycling. The difficulty in sport is being able to switch in and out of full alertness for some strategic tasks while remaining in the dissociative state for endurance. The experience of flow, absorption and being in the zone is to harness power and ultimately unleash explosive yet finely titrated effort.

Concentration is the umbrella concept that also encompasses EMDR. The process of actively shifting eye focus from left to right while striving to hold an image or statement of emotionality is exceedingly difficult and ultimately beyond control. The combination of EMDR with neurofeedback is an innovative intervention that holds potential for greater impact in removing negative images of failed effort or in solidifying the recall of a successful effort. The neurofeedback serves to reinforce the development of greater mental stamina toward intensively focus comparable to zooming in a camera lens thus blocking out distractions and irrelevant stimuli. Enhanced quality of visualization is the desired outcome for the performance enhancement sport psychology consultant and his/her client.

Wes Sime is professor of Health and Human Performance at the University of Nebraska. He is a licensed psychologist who is clinically certified in biofeedback as well as EMDR working with clients with serious trauma issues. Wes is also a sport psychologist working with athletes in college and professional sports (baseball, golf, gymnastics, track, football, basketball). He is an avid skier in the winter and a dedicated golfer in the summer. Neurofeedback has become the foundation of his practice in the effort to enhance focus, attention, concentration for enhanced performance while eliminating major and minor trauma issues.

East Meets West When A Medical Intuitist Uses Subtle Energy Healing to Help
an Old Biofeedback'er Solve Problems and Change Lives.
Wes Sime and Francis Fox
A medical intuitive who does remote viewing and analyzes subtle energies shares her insight candidly regarding medical problems. Based upon ground breaking research on the human energy field and on energy bodies using etheric and astral body work. Case studies in ADD/HD, cerbral palsy and autism will be discussed. In addition, Frances and Wes will share their consultingexperiences linking therapy and consulting to solve family issues and corporate business problems coming from two widely diverse backgrounds and expertise.

Striving to find answers to difficult issues that obstruct progress among clients seeking stress management, sport psychology and business consultation . This workshop will be experiential as well as didactic. Be prepared for a mind boggling encounter


Wes Sime is a licensed psychologist certified in biofeedback, stress management and sport psychology. He consults with professional athletes and corporate executives seeking answers to difficult problems which obstruct performance and profitability.

Francis Fox is a medical intuitest
integrating Eastern wisdom and Western pragmatism with her belief that subtle energy bodies (which all humans possess) may be the missing link between the mind and body. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally.

WS2 RSA/Baroreflex Resonant Breathing (RSA= Respiratory Sinus Arytthmia)
Ed Sorel
This two hour workshop will cover the development and clinical uses of RSA/Resonant Breathing Therapies in the Soviet Union and its importation and further development in other countries. There will be a brief review of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) research and the anatomy/functioning of the relevant autonomic nervous system components. The second half of the workshop will cover the clinical applications of this breathing therapy and the variety of conditions (Anxiety, Asthma, Migraine, IBS, ADD) that may benefit from RSA/Resonant Breathing exercises. There will be a demonstration of a number of systems for providing respiratory/cardiac biofeedback and a discussion of methods for training and motivating clients.