BIOFEEDBACK - AN ADJUNCT TOOL IN OPTIMAL PATIENT CARE
Dr. Megan Wagner, Ph.D., BCB will provide an overview of how biofeedback (BFB) can help clients self-regulate their physiological responses to stress, and how BFB can be used in combination with other treatments (e.g., psychotherapy, medication, physical therapy). Client responses measured include heart rate, heart rate variability, skin conductance, breathing rate, muscle tension, and peripheral blood flow. Research has found BFB to be an effective tool in the treatment of anxiety disorders, chronic pain, headache (migraine, tension, & mixed), hypertension, depression, motion sickness, Raynauld’s disease, TMJ, and others.
Participants will learn:
• The theoretical underpinnings of BFB
• How specific populations interface with the technology
• Integration of BFB into treatment planning and patient care
Dr. Megan Wagner received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2011 from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. While completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System she received specialized training in Clinical Health Psychology focusing on understanding and treating problems pertaining to the reciprocal relationship between psychological and physical health. Dr. Wagner is board certified in biofeedback therapy by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
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