The ACT of Biofeedback: Flexibility

Yossi Ehrenreich, M.A.
1-day Workshop
April 8

Following the introduction of third wave CBT to the world of Biofeedback, several practitioners suggested different ways to interweave contemplative practices with BF. At the same time, a paradigm shift was made. Instead of managing stress, it was noticed and then self-regulated. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is based upon the new behavioral science (RFT) and the contemplative practices: Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Compassion. Nowadays practitioners tend to use the language of ACT when practicing BF. Phrases such as noticing, being aware of are common. As well, techniques using the same phrasing and spirit.

ACT is designed to achieve health improvement through accomplishing psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility is a comprehensive concept which comprises self-regulation and apparently related to cardiac vagal control. ACT matrix model of coaching and treatment formulated by Kevin Polk (2011, 2014). The model consists of 6 training steps. Each step introduces basic ACT concept in plain language. Concepts such as self as context, Me as context, Observing Me, Acceptance, cognitive diffusion have pragmatic meaning and are interpreted to committed actions. Interweaved with Biofeedback it creates an experiential framework of therapy and coaching.

The workshop will introduce a systematic way of integrating BF and ACT based on the ACT matrix training protocol. The application of BF using this model will be demonstrated in this workshop step by step. Examples will be given from various fields such as anger and financial management to show the effectiveness of the model.

Learning Objectives

  • Coaching for psychological flexibility in Biofeedback training
  • Psychotherapy integration of Biofeedback and ACT

About Yossi Ehrenreich, M.A.

Yossi Ehrenreich, MA is a PhD candidate and a senior school psychologist specializing in psychophysiology, neurophysiology and technology-aided psychotherapy. Yossi is a licensed Hypnotherapist member of the Israeli Society of Hypnosis. He is the heading chair of the Israeli Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Yossi is leading the first academic biofeedback program in Israel at Peres Academic Center, Rehovot, Israel.

Yossi developed the attachment-informed biofeedback treatment model for dyadic and couple therapy, in which graduate psychology students and school psychologists are being trained.