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Course Outline: 1-Day Introduction to Biofeedback


Course Outline: 1-Day Introduction to Biofeedback

111 Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Clinical biofeedback or applied psychophysiology arose from a number of research and clinical interests beginning in the early 1960’s.  Seen initially as only an instrument for studying consciousness, the number of modalities and their applications has steadily grown.  Today, health psychologist and physical therapist alike use biofeedback as a tool for focusing client attention on to the “Mind/Body” relationship.  

This part of the seminar is designed to help you: 

1. Integrate biofeedback and psychophysiology terminology into a current working definition of applied psychophysiology;
2. Describe six (6) of the most common used modalities in biofeedback therapy;
3. Introduce the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB);
4. List fifteen (15) current and efficacious clinical applications of biofeedback.

112 Biofeedback and Stress

Biofeedback and stress have been linked since the beginning of the field.  Understanding stress, the relationship between stress and personality, the impact of stress on immune system and learning how to manage stress are central to successful biofeedback therapy within the relaxation model. 

This part of the seminar is designed to help you: 

1. Describe the effects of stress on humans and non-humans;
2. Discuss the role of stress and anger related to heart attack;
3. Show how stress stops the body from healing itself;
4. Look at ways that the body and stress can be brought under control.

    121 Lab for Temperature (TMP) Biofeedback: Instrumentation and Software

    This lab is designed to give participants a “hands on” experience of operating a biofeedback hardware and software system.  Working in groups of three, at a computerized biofeedback station, these highly structured labs lead participants through a simulation of an actual biofeedback session featuring a given modality.  Participants role-play one of three parts in the lab: “Biofeedback Therapist”, “Biofeedback Client” or “Lab Facilitator” Each lab continues until participants experience all three roles.  

    Temperature biofeedback is an indirect measure of blood flow.  Through the process of training, the biofeedback client learns to decrease systemic sympathetic arousal, and influence the amount of blood flowing to the periphery of the body.  Clinical applications of temperature biofeedback include stress reduction, anxiety, migraine headache, essential hypertension, and Raynaud’s Disease. 

    This part of the seminar is designed to help you: 

    1. Introduce recording sensor to biofeedback client;
    2. Access the proper biofeedback screens for temperature biofeedback;
    3. Conduct a client training session using visual and audio feedback;
    4. Record temperature data using a baseline-intervention-baseline format;
    5. Graph and discuss the recorded data.

    131 Respiratory System

    BCIA - Certification in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback requires an undergraduate level course in human anatomy and physiology appear on applicant transcripts.  This part of the workshop focuses on one system of human anatomy relevant to biofeedback. 

    This part of the seminar is designed to help you: 

    Identify the anatomy of respiration: Nose, paranasal sinuses, pharynx, larynx, trachea primary bronchi, lungs, bronchial tree, alveolar-capillary membrane, and gas exchange. 

    132 Lab for Respiration Metronome Software

    The purpose of this lab is to demonstrate the use of a simple breathing metronome and practice diaphragmatic breathing assisted by training scripts. 

    This part of the seminar is designed to help you: 

    1. Teach diaphragmatic breathing to a biofeedback client;
    2. Describe four (4) different rhythms of diaphragmatic breathing;
    3. Explore an inexpensive software program appropriate for client utilization at home and work environments.