Fall 2019 Professional Development Opportunities

Dr. Herzog will be presenting a few exciting workshops this fall for professional development! Be sure to check them out:

What: AASP Continuing Education Workshop: Psychophysiology, Biofeedback, and Mindfulness Applications in Optimal Performance.
When: October 23rd, 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: AASP Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Presenters: Tim Herzog, Reaching Ahead Counseling and Mental Performance, USA; Inna Khazan, Harvard Medical School, USA; Margaret Dupee, Good to Great, Canada

This workshop will explore applied psychophysiology, biofeedback, and mindfulness applications in optimal performance. Sport and performance psychology approaches often center on enhancing mind-body awareness and self-regulation. Emphasis on performers’ psychophysiology is greatly enhanced through the incorporation of biofeedback (Dupee, Forneris, & Werthner, 2016). And while building awareness has long been the focal point of mindfulness training (Crane, Brewer, Feldman, & Kabat-Zinn, 2017), there has been an increased emphasis on applying mindfulness to the field of sport psychology in recent years (Pineau, Glass, & Kaufman, 2014). Further, biofeedback and mindfulness can be synergistically interwoven to enhance performance (Khazan, 2013). The workshop’s objective is to demonstrate how biofeedback (specifically heart rate variability) and mindfulness techniques can be used to improve self-regulation, manage competitive stress, and optimize performance. Biofeedback, mindfulness, and combined biofeedback-mindfulness techniques train athletes’ and other performers for optimal physiological activation and resilience during stress, and faster recovery post-stressors. The target audience for this workshop is practitioners and graduate students interested in expanding their optimal performance conceptualization and intervention skills. Methods will include lectures, demonstrations, assessments, practical group exercises, and hands-on use of biofeedback equipment. Emphasis will be placed on ethical delivery of services, illuminating pathways and standards associated with establishing competence.


What: The Body/Mind Connection: How Sleep, Nutrition and Exercise Impact Our Mental Health, Continuing Education Workshop for Maryland Psychological Association’s Annual Convention.
When: November 1nd, time TBA, Convention runs from 7:30am-6:00pm
Where: BWI Airport Marriott, Linthicum Heights, MD

Dr. Herzog will co-present this workshop along with Dr. Daniel Zimet. Refer to MPA’s website for registration information and updates on this workshop!

There is clear and mounting evidence that our health behavior, particularly physical activity, sleep and nutrition, has a substantial impact on mental health. Yet as clinicians we can struggle to support clients – and ourselves – in making consistent and positive choices. Large scale studies suggest an epidemic of sedentary behavior, limited and inconsistent sleep patterns, fat, sugar, and low nutritional value eating habits, and increasing rates of many mental illnesses and subclinical distress (e.g., loneliness, low energy). This workshop will address our current understanding of the impact health behavior has on mental health, with particular attention on how we can best bring clinical attention to this under-estimated treatment modality and improve compliance.


What: Psychophysiology and Mindfulness:  Elements of Improved Therapy and Consulting, Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society 2019 Fall Conference
When: November 2nd, 8:30am-5:00pm
Where: Loyola University Graduate center, Columbia, Maryland

Dr. Herzog will be presenting a day-long workshop for the MABS 2019 Fall Conference! Be sure to check out their website for more updates on the presentation.

This workshop will take participants through theoretical and applied elements of how modern-day understanding of optimal functioning (from a sport and performance psychology perspective) is evolving.  The Reaching Ahead Mental Performance (RAMP) model will be dissected into its component parts, such that older cognitive-behavioral notions of “control” can be adapted to allow for the incorporation of “acceptance” and the middle ground of “influence.”  The confluence of cognitions, emotions, physiology, and behavior will be examined, and the following mental performance skills will be presented, weaving in principles of mindfulness and psychophysiology: 1) Knowing your values; 2) SMART Goal-Setting; 3) Understanding your Motivation; 4) Self-Talk Habits; 5) Mindful Attention; 6) Mental Imagery; 7) Self-Attunement; 8) Anxiety Tolerance; 9) Effective Communication; 10) Energy Management, 11) Anxiety Reduction; and 12) Channeling Emotions. With each skill, participants will consider the science and the art of implementing good training of coping skills and performance enhancement, incorporating self-regulation  (especially HRV training and detection/training of “resonant frequency”).


2019-07-18T22:07:03+00:00 By |Career, Life|

About the Author:

Alex Oldham
Master's student in Sport Psychology at Florida State University. Intern at Reaching Ahead Counseling and Mental Performance.

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