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Practical strategies for utilizing heart rate variability biofeedback in mindfulness practice

with Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB

Heart rate variability biofeedback (HRVB) is a powerful treatment modality that trains self regulation and resilience. HRVB has been shown to be effective at alleviating numerous psychophysiological conditions, such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, gastrointestinal disorders, and trauma. When combined with mindfulness-based approach to psychotherapy, heart rate variability biofeedback aids meditation practice and offers a way to work with challenging conditions for which other interventions have been unsuccessful. In this lecture, we will discuss the concept of heart rate variability, research demonstrating its effectiveness in treating psychophysiological conditions, and skills in combining heart rate variability biofeedback with mindfulness practice. Participants will have an opportunity to experience hands on heart rate variability biofeedback skills using state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the concept of heart rate variability and ways in which it can complement mindfulness based psychotherapy practice.
2. Observe and/or experience specific heart rate variability and mindfulness techniques using biofeedback equipment.
3. Begin applying heart rate variability skills in your own mindfulness based psychotherapy practice.

Dr. Khazan is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches biofeedback and supervises trainees. A clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and biofeedback, Dr. Khazan also maintains a private practice in Boston, working with clients on optimizing their health and performance, using biofeedback and mindfulness based approaches. She is a popular speaker at national and international conferences on the topics of biofeedback and mindfulness. Dr. Khazan has conducted biofeedback and mindfulness trainings for notable institutions in the US and abroad, including the US Navy Special Warfare, US Army Special Forces, and the Stuttgart Opera and Ballet Company. Dr. Khazan is recognized as a pioneer in the area of mindfulness based biofeedback, and is the author of the highly-regarded Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness, and the upcoming book "Biofeedback and Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Practical solutions for improving your health and performance".

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education (CE) credits available for psychologists, licensed mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and nurses. Please see details at http://meditationandpsychotherapy.org/lecture-series.

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Suggested donation for general attendance is $15. CE credits are available for a fee of $30. Please click the Green 'Tickets' button to register.

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The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion is located at 26 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02143 on the second floor of the CHA Central Street Care Center.

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Parking:
Free Visitor Parking is available in the lot directly across from the clinic which is shared with the Greek Orthodox Church. Please note: parking on the streets in the surrounding area is limited to Somerville residents with parking permits.

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Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series

This program is part of the Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series, offered through collaboration by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, and the David S Rosenthal Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Harvard University Health Services. In this monthly series, gather with friends and colleagues in an informal setting to explore the intersection of mindfulness, compassion, and clinical practice. The presenters are notable leaders and speakers in the field who bring with them a wide variety of research and clinical experience. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. Everyone is invited to attend.

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