BCIA Biofeedback Workshop

Dr. Donald Moss and Dr. Fred Shaffer
5-day Workshop
April 8 | April 9 | April 10 | April 12 | April 13

This foundation 5-day seminar is designed to teach clinicians biofeedback fundamentals and cutting-edge applications. This program covers all 48 hours of the BCIA Didactic Biofeedback Education requirement through powerful demonstrations of biofeedback and adjunctive procedures, imaginative hands-on lab exercises with multi-channel computerized equipment, professional multimedia presentations, and comprehensive review materials. This program integrates personal hands-on training with equipment with didactic presentations.

  1. Attendees will be able to define biofeedback, provide an overview of its main modalities, explain its history and development, summarize relevant principles of human learning, and explain the assumptions that underly biofeedback.
  2. Attendees will be able to summarize four models of stress and illness, explain psychophysiological reactions to stressful events, and discuss psychosocial mediators of stress.
  3. Attendees will be able to describe the most commonly employed biofeedback modalities, explain the purpose and procedures for tracking tests for each, describe how to achieve acceptable skin-electrode impedance for SEMG recording, check sensor cables for breaks, prevent shock hazards, electronic concepts relevant to biofeedback, and aseptic techniques.
  4. Attendees will be able to describe research methodology and summarize the evidence supporting the efficacy of biofeedback applications.
  5. Attendees will be able to describe the major SEMG, ANS, and respiratory applications.
  6. Attendees will be able to describe intervention strategies.
  7. Attendees will be able to explain the ethical principles underlying professional conduct.

About Donald Moss, Ph.D.

Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University. Dr. Moss is president-elect of the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), and has been president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB). He is a fellow of both APA and SCEH, and is a current delegate to APA’s Council of Representatives and the International Society for Hypnosis.

He is co-editor of Foundations Heart Rate Variability (AAPB, 2016), co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), and chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood, 1998). He currently has a new book under contract for Springer with co-author Angele McGrady on Integrative Pathways: Navigating Chronic Illness with a Mind-Body-Spirit Approach. He has published over 70 articles and book chapters on psychophysiology, spirituality, health, and integrative medicine.

About Fred Shaffer, Ph.D.

Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman’s Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. In 2013, he received the Truman State University Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award. Dr. Shaffer is a co-editor of Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.). He is a co-editor with Donald Moss of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings. He co-authored with Rollin McCraty and Christopher Zerr, the Frontiers in Psychology review article “A healthy heart is not a metronome: An integrative review of the heart’s anatomy and heart rate variability.” Finally, he co-authored with Rollin McCraty, the Global Advances in Health and Medicine review article, “Heart rate variability: New perspectives on physiological mechanisms, assessment of self-regulatory capacity, and health risk.” He is a contributing editor for the journal Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. His current research focuses on techniques to increase heart rate variability biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is a BCIA Senior Diplomate in Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and Treasurer for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).