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Heart Rate Variability Basics

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Heart Rate Variability Basics

From historical foundations to the social nervous system and biofeedback.

with Darius Rountree-Harrison

BSc, GDPA, MPhil, QEEG-T, PhD (candidate)

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'Heart Rate Variability Basics' 4 part webinar series

Webinar Series Outline

Heart rate variability biofeedback is an evidenced based practice that helps clients learn to self-regulate emotional, social and physiological processes. Improving heart rate variability with biofeedback is associated with alleviation of psychophysiological symptoms, improved wellbeing, physical health, socialisation and peak performance. This short four part series of talks will guide you through the basics of heart rate variability biofeedback.

The first talk beginning with heart rate variability’s historical context and heart rate variability biofeedback’s therapeutic advantages and evidence base. The second talk focuses on the theoretical and physiological underpinnings of heart rate variability and the main factors that influence heart rate. In the third talk, the social nervous system is introduced, along with its evolutionary context alongside other defence responses (such as the fight and flight response) and their relation to trauma and the therapeutic relationship. In the grand finale, the practical cornerstones and key concepts of practicing heart rate variability are explained in the context of activating the social nervous system.

Viewers will have a basic understanding of heart rate variability biofeedback, theoretical and physiological underpinnings and its applications, with special attention paid to the social nervous system and its relation to trauma. These talks are suitable for newcomers to heart rate variability and will put them in a good position to undertake an introductory heart rate variability biofeedback training course with ANFI.

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Darius Rountree-Harrison

BSc, GDPA, MPhil, QEEG-T, PhD (candidate)

Darius Rountree-Harrison is ANFI EEG analyst responsible for EEG/QEEG reports and consultations. He studied neuroscience at the University of Sydney, psychology at Monash University and learned to analyse QEEG under the supervision of Jay Gunkelman and Mirjana Askovic. Darius is accredited QEEG Technologist and is a psychology doctorate candidate, looking at HRV biomarkers for PTSD. This work stems from Darius’ interest in stress responses, homeostatic processes and neuronal function.

During his time at ANFI, Darius has delivered training in HRV, mentored psychologists and students to analyse QEEG/HRV data and has been involved with clinical PTSD research. He routinely uses winEEG, Neuroguide, LORETA, Kubios, Thought Technology, EEGer Spectrum, Heart Math and many other software and biofeedback systems for analysis, clinical intervention and training.

Darius’ greatest strength lies in his ability to integrate a wide range of neuropsychophysiological research and practices, with presenting symptoms, individual EEG and HRV data to set integrated treatment plans. His clinical insights have aided the recovery of hundreds of clients of all ages and psychopathologies. He is currently employed at STARTTS as an EEG Analyst.

For more information please contact the ANFI Training Team here or call +61 (0)2 9646 6700