Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42California Biofeedback — Fall 2016 38 member of the Biofeedback Society of California. Professional experience includes working as an Epidemiologist in Orange County, California; as a UC Irvine Tobac- co-Use Research Center Fellow; as well as in directing the UC Irvine Counseling Cen- ter Biofeedback Program, before joining the faculty at San Francisco State University. Research includes developing holistic stress-reduction interventions using biofeedback, as well as other federally funded research related to tobacco use and cessation. Gary Schumer, Ph.D. Applications of Interpersonal Synchrony Training Level: Introductory Sunday, Nov. 6th , 1 hour Coherence training neurofeedback reinforces the quantity of a desired frequency using two-channel training with both channels referenced similarly. The feedback re- inforcement is sensitive to the amplitude variability as well as the phase relationship between them. When the two signals are in phase, they will contribute maximally to the sum thereby generating the reward tone. If the two are out of phase, they tend to cancel and inhibit reward. Hence there is reinforcement for the two brainwave signals to move into a common phase relationship. Some researchers and clinicians call this phase synchrony training. This talk will discuss the clinical implications of this knowledge theoretically and in a clinical case study. For years we have seen that NFB training trains a person to be less reactive, i.e., they have a higher threshold, recover faster, they escalate to a lower level. In my pediatric practice parents often report their child is more cooperative, less vola- tile, appears to be maturing. Once we were able to do coherence training NFB, it was logical to believe that we might have a similar positive effect if we did coherence training with two people at the same time. I will present a case study to illustrate the potential power of this technique. This case involved a very conflicted male and female married couple who were staying in their marriage, “for the children.” They lived in a mutually unfulfilling relationship with daily conflict, no intimacy, and the inability to emphasize or relate to each other for several years prior to NFB training. Traditional marital therapy, tried three times each time with a different therapist, was not helpful. Once two-channel, two-person, alpha coherence training was provided, their con- flict resolved, they re-experienced intimacy, and grew closer together. This positive shift maintained after treatment for many years. I have used this successfully with other conflicted couples and suggest further research be done on this topic so it may be more readily done in various instances where greater understanding and harmony between individuals would be desirable.