BSF October 27 - 28, 2018 CE Workshop & 40th Anniversary Event


The Biofeedback Society of Florida is pleased to announce its October 2018
CE workshop and 40th anniversary celebration:

Biobehavioral Considerations in the Diagnosis and
Treatment of Primary Headache Disorders

A clinical guide to advances in diagnosis and management of migraine, cluster, tension-type headaches, and atypical variants

Includes a discussion of essential issues in psychopharmacology for BF/NF and other healthcare professionals

Presented by
Steve Baskin, PhD
New England Institute for Neurology and Headache
Stamford, Connecticut

With discussion and keynote address by
Mark Schwartz, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida

Earn up to 14 APA approved CE credits



BSF 40th Anniversary Dinner and Keynote Address

The Biofeedback Society of Florida will commemorate its 40th anniversary with a Saturday evening dinner and keynote address. The evening will be casual, fun, and informative and includes a dinner buffet and entertainment in the form of an instructive and humorous address by biofeedback pioneer and author, Mark Schwartz, PhD. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this special event. There is nominal charge for the evening event that covers the cost of dinner. Participants will receive an additional 1 APA CE credit for attendance.

Workshop Description

This workshop will offer an in-depth clinical guide to the many advances in the diagnosis and management of migraine, cluster headache, tension-type headache, and atypical variants. It will provide the participants with a thorough overview of the diagnosis of the different primary headache disorders, and then explore the pathophysiology of migraine integrating neurochemical, physio-logical, behavioral, and psychological perspectives. The pharma-cologic, psychophysiological, and behavioral treatment evidence-base along with new and emerging therapies will be reviewed. The course will help the biofeedback/neurofeedback therapist understand the basics of successful headache diagnosis and treatment, and better communicate with the medical community. Behavioral and psychophysiological protocols will be emphasized.

This workshop will also review clinical studies on paradoxical effects of overuse of immediate relief medications in relation to treatment outcome. Chronic migraine will be thoroughly examined including the transformation process from episodic to chronic headache. Issues of psychiatric co-morbidity will be explored in depth, including pharmacological and psychological treatment considerations. Essential issues in psychopharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, an overview of different medications across classes and diagnoses, and critical topics in psychopharmacology will also be examined.

Course Objectives - At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Perform a headache diagnostic interview and make an informed diagnosis
  • Recognize the clinical symptoms and understand the pathophysiology of the different headache types
  • Utilize biofeedback and emerging neurofeedback protocols, cognitive -behavioral, and pharmacologic treatment alternatives and recognize medication overuse problems
  • Recognize the difficult issue of chronic migraine and the transformation process from episodic headache
  • Address psychiatric comorbidities, anxiety sensitivity and interoceptive conditioning in the chronic headache population
  • Describe major aspects in the psychopharmacological management of mood and anxiety disorders
  • Communicate better with the medical community
  • Recognize the benefits of stepped–care and cost-containment approaches for evaluating and treating patients with tension and migraine headaches
  • Describe and give examples of Prudent Limited Office Treatment for headaches
  • Utilize cognitive preparation of patients for biofeedback assisted interventions for headaches
  • Identify selected cognitive factors in biofeedback
  • Explain the options for surface EMG electrode placements and the rationale for a frontalis posterior Neck placement
  • Understand role of the occipitalis muscles in tension headaches, and how to evaluate it and provide therapeutic interventions
  • Comprehend selected thermal biofeedback issues
  • Discuss the history of biofeedback/neurofeedback; identify pioneers in the field and their contributions