Neurofeedback: Integrative Perspectives

FRIDAY APRIL 20, 6:30-8:30pm. WINE AND CHEESE starting at 6:00pm

What is neurofeedback? Neurofeedback is a biofeedback variant that uses real-time displays of brain activity, typically through use of EEG, to teach self-regulation of brain function. Its popularity among therapists and clients has burgeoned over the past decade and empirical research is accumulating in support of its efficacy. Dr. Black uses neurofeedback in her practice at UCSD and will be discussing ways to use it in conjunction with psychotherapy. Dr. Gevirtz will be present as a discussant to offer an additional perspective on this therapy.



Dr. Lisa Black, Psy.D., BCB, BCN, is an Integrative Emphasis Area graduate of the Clinical Psy.D. Program of the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego. She is the lead therapist for biofeedback and neurofeedback services at UCSD Family Medicine and Preventive Care. Dr. Black is BCIA certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback and has a strong interest in integrative care. Dr. Black spearheaded the implementation of neurofeedback services into UCSD Family Medicine collaborative primary care clinics.

Dr. Richard Gevirtz, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology for the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. He has been in involved in research and clinical work in applied psychophysiology and biofeedback for the last 30 years and was president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback from 2006-2007. He is the author of many journal articles and chapters on these topics and maintains a part time clinical practice treating patients with anxiety and stress disorders.

Past CIP Events


Nov 3 - POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH: Integrative Perspectives

An evening with a panel of professionals from different treatment orientations, on HOW and WHY growth happens after trauma. The evening will include personal stories of growth, so bring yours to share. 


May 5 - Dreams: Entering Personal, Community, and Sacred Consciousness

Let’s explore humanity’s dreaming dimension together through a sampling of historical, religious, and psychological perspectives. How might dreams support the evolution of our personal and collective consciousness? How might we enrich the relationship with our individual and communal dreamlives in the contemporary world? Approaches to facilitate a deepening experience with dreams will be discussed and demonstrated.

Rev. Bonnie Tarwater, MFA, M.Div. has trained and worked in the visual and performing arts, and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She integrates healing, creativity, and community building as a dream worker, counselor, and Spiritual Director at Our Common Home Counseling Center and as the minister at Church for Our Common Home. She is certified by the Marin Institute of Projective Dream Work and is the San Diego Rep. to the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Dr. Walt Rutherford is an Integrative Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist, and Clinical Supervisor. In 1979, Dr. Rutherford began research, treatment and teaching which helped define today's recognition of PTSD as a diagnostic category. He believes that dreams hold an important pathway to consciousness. Today, he and his wife Rev. Bonnie Tarwater provide a wide range of services through their newly formed, Our Common Home Counseling Center.


March 3-4, 2017 Parenting Events


Panel Discussion: From Ancient Wisdom to Neuroscience: Three Perspectives on Parenting, Childbirth, and Raising Children in the 21st Century (2CEs available)


Workshop and Natural Parenting Fair: Nurturing Healthy, Compassionate, and Mindful Children (4CEs available)


Brought to you by Mind Body Mama, CIP, and David Peterzell, Ph.D., Ph.D.


Peg Moline is the former editor-in-chief of two magazines, including Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health, and the author of The Doctor’s Book of Natural Health Remedies and Extension: The 20-Minute-A-Day Yoga-Based Program to Relax and Rejuvenate the Average Stressed-Out Over-35 Body. Her knowledge is rooted more than 30 years of journalism. She spent the last twenty years providing trusted advice to women via one of the most widely respected magazines for new and expectant mothers. 


Dr. Killebrew is the cofounder of The Mind Body Mama, an online resource for mindfulness-based, relationship oriented parenting for the whole child. She has published several professional articles pertaining to mindfulness and self care, and more recently, co-authored an e-course for conscious parenting. Jessica has been a psychotherapist specializing in mindfulness for the last eight years, and is now a coach and parenting guide. She helps families awaken to generational patterns and move toward a more intentional, moment-to-moment connection.


Dr. Peterson is the author of The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent Kids. She has been in private practice for over 36 years specializing in child psychology, prenatal, postpartum, and infant mental health, helping parents promote positive psychological development of their infants and toddlers. She has served in the community as a psychological resource for decades and observed parenting in over 60 countries. Her new book is based on her research findings and incorporates mindful strategies to raise compassionate and competent children.



Feb 3, 2017 Dying with Dignity: Identifying and Applying Ethical Standards

Physician assisted dying is legal in several jurisdictions. In the U.S., since the state of Oregon legalized physician assisted dying (PAD), there has been much heated debate about this complex issue both within the public and within health care professionals alike. For example, American Medical Association (1996) opposes PAD stating that allowing physicians to prescribe and provide information to end a person’s life is harmful, in conflict with the physician’s role as healer. On the other hand, American Psychological Association has declared a neutral position on PAD. Although psychologists hold an important role in contributing to palliative care policy issues through clinical practice, empirical research, and public policy, psychology as a discipline has not adequately addressed psychologists’ role and the profession’s unique ethical and legal challenges in regards to PAS.

As California has become the fifth state to legalize PAD in the U.S., we invite you to join us for an overview of ethical and legal issues in physician assisted dying. Our panel members will provide an overview of legal and ethical issues on physician assisted dying and psychologists’ role in physician assisted dying. Through the use of vignettes, we will discuss issues in applying ethical, professional, and legal standards to psychologists’ work with individuals seeking physician assisted dying.

After attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about relevant legal act of physician assisted dying
  2. Identify psychologists’ role in End of Life Act
  3. Identify their personal ethical position to physician assisted dying
  4. Apply relevant professional ethical standards and legal codes to their work with clients seeking physician assisted dying

Suggested Readings


Dr. Melis Alkin, is a board certified, licensed clinical psychologists, pursuing a Master’s degree in Bioethics at Loyola Marymount University. Melis has worked in a variety of clinical and academic settings since she received her PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology with Integrative Psychology Emphasis from California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, San Diego, in 2004. Her experiences ranges from founding and managing a asylum seeker and refugee mental health program under Helsinki Citizen's Assembly's Refugee Legal Assistance Program and a counseling center, "Integral Counseling" in Istanbul, Turkey, to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, supervising masters level theses, providing clinical supervision and training, serving as a research ethics board member, and working as a psychologists in private practice and other clinical settings. She specializes in end-of-life decisions, PTSD, migrant mental health, and LGBT issues.

Dr. Tiffany Cvrkel is a bioethicist, philosopher, and lecturer in UCLA's Department of Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology. The primary focus of her work is categorizing the impact and limitations of deliberation as it occurs in the contexts of biomedical ethics. Her particular area of expertise is the ethics of emerging biomedical technologies, including the ethical challenges around mHealth, eHealth, and Big Data. In addition to being an award-winning teacher, she serves as a consultant to scientists and clinicians working with bioethical questions. She specializes in both bringing clarity to bioethical challenges and to assisting in the creation of practical solutions.

Lynell D. Davis, Esq. is a practicing California attorney and M.A. candidate in bioethics at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Ms. Davis' experience with bioethical issues commenced while she studied biology & society, with concentration in law and society at Cornell University. The primary focus of her work is the intersection of law and bioethics, with a specific focus in the area of the legal and ethical issues facing physicians, researchers, and regulatory bodies. 


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