Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback:
From Theory to Measurement to Application

(Lecture, Demonstration, Hands-On)
 

 With Professor Richard Gevirtz

 
 

An introductory course on the theory and practice of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback.

A 2 day workshop on the 11th and 12th of June 2012 in London, England.

The cost of the 2 days will be: €300 or £250 (or €180 /£150 a day)

At St James’s in Piccadilly, London.

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Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback

 

With Professor Richard Gevirtz

 

This workshop will be suitable for beginners to the field of Neurofeedback and Biofeedback. It will cover a brief history of the field, relevant anatomy, physiology and function, and practical hands-on experience of running a Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback session.

 
Level of Difficulty: Basic

Goals/Objectives:

    • Understand autonomic physiology and the origins of HRV.
    • Understand the parameters used to quantify heart rate variability.
    • Use protocols that will maximize resonant frequency of HRV, prior to neurofeedback training or other interventions.
    • Understand the impact respiration has on the individual's blood chemistry, their physiology and psychology and how the correct breathing can reduce stress and improve concentration.
 
An example of a Nexus Biofeedback system: Note that as the "Blue" respiration line becomes more regular, the "Red" Heart Rate line increases in variability into a smooth and regular style, thus reducing stress and returning to an optimal state.
 
Outline:
    • Introductions
    • Autonomic physiology
    • Heart rate variability
    • Heart rate variability biofeedback: Resonance training
    • Applications
 
Abstract
Mounting evidence points to the efficacy of HRV biofeedback for autonomically mediated disorders and for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. In this workshop the fundamentals of HRV are explained and illustrated. First we concentrate on the physiology and neurophysiology behind the phenomenon and then to the biofeedback technique itself. The workshop will cover "Polyvagal Theory" (Porges, 1995), its development, status, and implications, and HRV measurement with an emphasis on clinical utility.
 
This basic biofeedback technique, pioneered by the presenter and his colleagues in the US and Russia, is carefully demonstrated and each participant is coached to assure competency. In Part II, protocols for Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Anxiety Disorders, Hypertension, and other disorders are briefly presented. By the workshop's completion the participant should be able to use these protocols in their own home or in clinical settings.


References:
- Gevirtz, R. (2000) -Resonant frequency training to restore homeostasis for treatment of psychophysiological disorders. Biofeedback, 27, 7-9.
- Gevirtz, R. (2011) - Autonomic nervous system markers for psychophysiological, anxiety, and physical disorders. In E. K. Gordon, S. (Ed.), Integrative neuroscience and personalized medicine (pp. 164-180). Oxford: Oxford Press.
- Gevirtz, R., & Lehrer, P. (2003) - Resonant Frequency Heart Rate Biofeedback. In M. S. F. Andrasik (Ed.), Biofeedback: A Practitioners Guide (3rd ed.). NY: Guilford.
- Gevirtz, R. N. (2007) - Psychophysiological Perspectives on Stress Related and Anxiety Disorders. In P. Lehrer & W. Sime (Eds.), Stress Management: Principals and Practice (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
 
Dr. Richard Gevirtz is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. He has been in involved in research and clinical work in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback for the last 30 years and is the current president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.
His primary research interests are in understanding the physiological and psychological mediators involved in disorders such as chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal pain. He is the author of many journal articles and chapters on these topics. He also maintains a part time clinical practice treating patients with anxiety and stress related disorders.
 

Location:

 

ST. JAMES'S CHURCH, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

 
St James's Church, Piccadilly is an Anglican Church on Piccadilly in the centre of London, UK. It was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672.
The Church is built of red brick with Portland stone dressings. The Church's interior has galleries on three sides supported by square pillars, and the nave has a barrel vault supported by Corinthian columns. The carved marble font and limewood reredos are both good examples of the work of Grinling Gibbons.

Piccadilly Market is held in the courtyard of St James's Church.
- Antique market each Tuesday
- Arts & Crafts market every Wednesday - Saturday.
We will be in the "Church Hall Conference Room". This is in the building on the left of the Church. There is a little alley called Church Place, next to Costa café.
 
You do not need to go into the Church. There is a staircase straight down to the Conference Room, from Church Place.

There is NO wheel chair access and it is about 10 steps down to the Conference Room.

There are lots of Cafes and restaurants within a few minutes' walk.

The Piccadilly Tube station is one minute's walk and Green Park is about 5 minute's walk.

Here is a great web site for transport in London http://www.tfl.gov.uk/Car parking, will be a problem and the congestion charge is £10.http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging/6744.aspx

 

(We are in the building wrongly marked as "Waterstone's Booksellers" on some Google map pages).


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