Biofeedback Federation of Europe to Host Webinar on Stress and the Innovative Tools Being Used to Assess Our Ability to Cope With It

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Health professionals are invited to attend an online presentation in which Jon Bale will discuss the use of a typical biofeedback assessment tool and the role it plays in teaching clients to control stress. The event takes place on January 20, 2015.

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Interpreting Client Results: Psychophysiological Assessment Webinar

The psychophysiological stress profile is a basic tool used by biofeedback practitioners to measure a client's level of stress and how they deal with it.

The Biofeedback Federation of Europe will be hosting an upcoming webinar - Interpreting Client Results: Psychophysiological Assessment - during which BFE Research Manager, Jon Bale, will offer insights on the use of a psychophysiological stress profile and the interpretation of the data it provides.

The way we handle stress can affect every aspect of our lives. The inability to handle the struggles of one's daily life can affect our overall sense of well-being, can prevent us from reaching our fullest potential and can ultimately lead to physical problems and impede our performance. This is true for all people, from the office worker, to the athlete, the student, as well as the retiree.

The psychophysiological stress profile is a basic tool used by biofeedback practitioners to measure a client's level of stress and how they deal with it. The test exposes an individual to multiple stressors like a stroop test, math task, negative event recall and video game challenge, while specialized sensors are used to record physiological changes that occur in the body. Results of the evaluation indicate the individual's ability to relax, their ability to recover from stress and which modalit(ies) respond most for stressful reactions. The clinician interprets the test results to determine how their clients react to stress, and how/if they react maladaptively to elevated stress levels. According to Jon Bale, "Results of a psychophysiological assessment can vary greatly based on the subjects age, health and level of fitness - and that is why these things need to be considered when one looks at the numbers. It's important to understand what general norms we hope to see for different groups, as well as what reference point clinical experts are using for these interpretations."

During the webinar, Jon will provide a basic guide for interpreting psychophysiological assessment data. The presentation will include step-by-step methods for reviewing data and a discussion of norms and some common patterns seen on client assessments based on research and clinical experience. The modalities that will be included in the session's focus are heart rate, heart rate variability (various statistics), respiration rate, skin conductance/galvanic skin response, peripheral finger temperature and muscle tension.

Interpreting Client Results: Psychophysiological Assessment Webinar
Presenter: Jon Bale, BSc, BCN-T
Date: January 20, 2015
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)

About Jon Bale
Jon Bale has held the position of Research Manager at the BFE since 2007. He has been an integral part of a number of BFE international research teams, teaches classes online and works to design and develop BFE software. He holds a bachelor of science degree from McGill University in Montreal and became BCIA-T certified in 2014.

About the Biofeedback Federation of Europe
The Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE) is community interest company in the UK leading the way to share knowledge in the field of biofeedback. Through its “Learn From the Best” program, it offers a variety of webinars, online classes, courses, software and workshops with applications in healthcare, mental health, optimal performance and sport. Content is developed independently by International Research & Education Project teams. For more information, visit the BFE Online Shop. Their next annual meeting will take place March 23-28, 2015 in Rome, Italy.

Contact: Carol Meyers
BFE Education Manager

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