Annual Conference 2014

Exploring Interventions for Pain and Inflammation

November 1st & 2nd, Toledo, Ohio

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Keynote Speakers

Keynote - Gabriel Sella, MD

Pain & Inflammation: Understanding facts and natural approaches to healing


Learn and understand the different components of pain related muscular dysfunction and how to work with biofeedback to treat and heal the dysfunction.

The talk will be divided between pain and inflammation components.

Inflammation is a process that produces a number of symptoms, including pain. This concept will be covered in minimal detail but, enough for anyone to go home with a better understanding of the process of inflammation.

Most of the topic is related to pain, and especially to myofascial pain, since this type of tissue is amenable to SEMG testing and rehabilitation with biofeedback.

Keynote - Jeff Marksbury, MD, FAIS, CCRP

CES and MET for treatment of acute chronic pain
Sunday November 2nd from 9:00am-10:00am


CES and MET - safety, effectiveness, treatment protocols and applicable research.


Tom Collura, Ph.D., QEEG-D, BCN, LPC

Neurobiofeedback Imaging, Human Performance, and Mental Health
Saturday November 1st from 1:00pm-2:30pm


There is increasing awareness of the importance of brain health and brain fitness for individual well-being, as well as for the strength of societies and civilizations. It is not hard to imagine a practitioner thinking, “if I only knew what was going on inside my client’s head.” Until very recently, the field of neuroimaging had little direct relevance or impact on the field of clinical mental health. It is now possible to identify a new modality that can be called “NeuroBiofeedback Imaging” or NBI. NBI is produced by computing (reconstructing) a sufficient number of volume elements (“voxels”) based upon surface EEG measurements, and rendering them on a display. In order to produce a useful NBI image, it is necessary to produce a large number of voxels.

Emotional and Cognitive Decision-Making Modeled using EEG Imaging
Sunday November 2nd from 1:00-3:00pm


This workshop will present current results using an EEG-based activation model that takes advantage of sLORETA imaging of frontal regions of interest, in combination with a structured stimulus and analysis procedure. We will present event-related brain activation data from a range of participants and situations including nonclinical, clinical, and forensic populations. The results illustrate instantaneous patterns of frontal activation that are indicative of individual emotional and decision-making patterns.

Don Moss, Ph.D.

Breath Training as an Adjunct to Biofeedback and Psychotherapy
Saturday November 1st from 1:00-4:00pm


Biofeedback and hypnosis are both evidence-based in orientation, with strong research traditions. Both elicit a healing response within the human being as a neurobiological organism. Both induce transformation subjectively, in neural activation, and in general psychophysiology. Biofeedback and hypnosis can be viewed as alternative approaches, as strategies that can augment or supplement the effects of one other, or as approaches to be used in a combined, integrative treatment. This presentation will provide an overview of biofeedback instrumentation and training protocols, and summarize current evidence for use of biofeedback with children, especially in anxiety, ADHD, chronic pain, diabetes, epilepsy, fecal disorders, headache, insomnia, and traumatic brain injury.

Angele McGrady, Ph.D., PCC

Psychophysiological Approaches to Cardiovascular Disease
Saturday November 1st from 11:15am-Noon


This session will cover integrated treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease. The specific focus will be on incorporation of mental skills such as relaxation and cognitive restructuring to decrease harmful stress reactions and to maintain motivation for life style changes. Case examples will be used to illustrate the effects of a brief motivational interviewing/stress management intervention on quality of life, anxiety and depression.

Jonathan Larson, EdD, MS, LCPC, CRC

Investigating the Impact of Neurofield on Anxiety, Sleep, Quality of Life, and Quantitative Electroencephalogram Outcomes.
Saturday November 1st from 4:00-5:00pm


We propose to present findings from the impact of Neurofield on Anxiety, Sleep, Quality of Life and Quantitative Electroencephalogram Outcomes. We review the utilization of single subject design with 4 subjects to investigate the impact of Neurofield. We present current Neurofield research, study hypotheses, methodology, results, and discussion for future directions in Neurofield research.

Tom Fine, MA,LPCC

The use of floatation REST in the treatment of chronic pain
Saturday November 1st from 4:00-5:00pm


The history of the use of Floatation REST in Applied Psychophysiology with specific emphasis on its use in the treatment chronic pain. The presentation will cover research and the current rise of its use with other CAM therapies such as Acupuncture, Massage and Biofeedback.

Len Ochs, Ph.D.

Concepts underlying the Effective Use of the LENS
Saturday November 1st from 11:15-Noon


Biologically-Determined Personality Concepts: Sensitivity, Reactivity, Hardiness, Incompletely-resolved early problems, Suppression, and re-setting Suppression (vs. operant conditioning), and their ramifications for successful treatment.Paradoxical Feedback (vs. operant feedback) as a catalyst for neurophysiological brain change, and the implications for treatment.Mapping to Describe Pivot-Point-Sequences that work together to sustain brain and symptom change

Symptom Interrelationships in the Maintenance of Chronic (hard-to-treat conditions) and the implications for therapist languaging for patient support.
Saturday November 1st from 2:45-4:00pm


Symptom Interrelationship Dynamics in the Maintenance of Chronic (hard-to-treat) symptom complexes, and the implications for therapist languaging for patient support. An analysis and discussion of data from LENS neurofeedback sessions.

Alan Strohmayer,Ph.D.

qEEG / Neurofeedback Evaluation/ treatment of learning issues in students
Sunday November 2nd from 11:00am-Noon


Using the techniques developed and pioneered by Kirtley Thornton, PhD, we have successfully treated children and adults with both verbal and non verbal learning disabilities (LD). These include cognitive impairments, dyslexia, non readers, poor readers, and dual diagnosis with ADHD and or ASD. I will review cases in children, college students and adults who have overcome their issues and improved their academic performance with only Neurofeedback as the treatment modality.

Panel Discussion

Tom Collura, Jeff Marksbury, Don Moss

State of the Technology
Saturday November 1st from 10:00am-11:00am


We will provide pastries, bagels and muffins during the morning on Saturday as well as coffee and tea. An awesome lunch buffet will also be provided both days. All of this is included with your conference fee!



Are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will be offering one $250 scholarship (provide to us by AAPB) to the first qualified stiudent to fill out the form below and submit it. In order to qualify you must be a current full-time student and either A) have a poster presentation or B) be willing to volunteer to help out during the conference. There will be several student prizes for attendance of up to $100. If your are a student and want to attend - please fill out the form below and e-mail it to our student advocate Brian Milstead. Take advantage of the great oppurtunity to network with experts from the field of Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine.

Student Application (Word)

Student Application (PDF)


Deadline: Our room block will only be held until October 17th. Book now!

Use group code 1410MWSBMB or just ask for the Midwest Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Room rates - $109 per night

Radission Hotel at Toledo University
3100 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614
Phone 419.381.6800

Nearby Restaurants

Conference Fees

In order to attend the conference mmebership dues must be current. The annual membership fee is a nominal $30. Membership and conference fee can be paid after submitting your conference registration.

  • Full conference 2 days - $225.00
  • Half conference 1 day - $175.00

Special Thanks to


For sponsoring Keynote speaker Gabriel Sella and providing a $250 student scholarship. Support AAPB and check out their website.