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The Biofeedback Society of Florida is pleased to announce its summer 2017 CE conference:

Heart rate variability biofeedback:
From basics to clinical applications


HRVB protocols for chronic pain, trauma, anxiety, gastrointestinal disorders,
and other diagnoses


A weekend with HRV pioneer,
Richard Gevirtz, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
California School of Professional Psychology
at Alliant International University
San Diego, California

Workshop Description

In this workshop, the physiological basis for HRV will be presented so as to promote an understanding of the various measurement issues and metrics used. A clinical assessment consisting of a resting baseline, a stressor or exercise period, followed by a recovery period will be demonstrated. Using a free software package (Kubios HRV), the various measures and their norms will be described and interpreted. The goal is to get a picture of the patient’s autonomic nervous system and relate that to symptoms or performance deficits. Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB) will then be presented and the protocols demonstrated. Determining resonance frequency, home training, rescue techniques, and related topics will be discussed.

On Day 2 we will begin to apply the HRVB protocols to clinical applications. Chronic pain, trauma, anxiety, gastrointestinal problem, and other conditions will be discussed. The HRVB protocol will be reviewed and then applied to the various disorders. PDFs of all of the slides and numerous reprints will be provided.

Course Objectives - At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the physiological and anatomical basis of heart rate variability (HRV)
  • Interpret time and frequency domain measures of HRV using the Kubios Software Package
  • Carry out the basic HRV biofeedback (HRVB) assessment determine “resonance frequency”
  • Train clients in HRVB, prescribing home practice options
  • Apply HRVB to at least two of the disorders discussed (chronic pain, trauma, functional GI disorders, anxiety, other diagnoses)
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