Saturday, 15 November 2014

Workshop - Steven M. Baskin, Ph.D.

Biobehavioral Considerations in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Primary Headache Disorders
Steven M. Baskin, Ph.D.
2-Day Workshop

This workshop is an in-depth clinical guide to the many advances in the diagnosis and management of migraine, cluster headache, tension-type headache and their many variants. The workshop will first provide the participants with a thorough overview of the basic headache diagnostic interview. It will then explore the pathophysiology of the different disorders integrating neurochemical, physiological, behavioral, and psychological perspectives. Pharmacological, psychophysiological, and behavioral treatment alternatives will be reviewed in relation to both clinical effectiveness and underlying pain mechanisms. The workshop will help the biofeedback and neurofeedback therapist understand the basics of successful headache diagnosis and treatment and better communicate with the medical community. Behavioral and psychophysiological protocols will be thoroughly discussed. Chronic daily headache and chronic migraine will be extensively examined including the transformation process from episodic to chronic headache. Issues of psychiatric co-morbidity will be explored. Numerous cases will be presented to help the learning process.

Learning Objectives:
1) Learn how to perform a headache diagnostic interview to make an informed diagnosis.
2) Describe the clinical symptoms and mechanisms of the primary headache disorders.
3) Recognize the signs and symptoms of dangerous headaches.
4) Outline behavioral, biofeedback, neurofeedback and pharmacologic treatment alternatives.
5) Consider the issues of psychiatric comorbidity and medication overuse

About Dr. Steven M. Baskin

Steven M. Baskin PhD is one of the co-directors of the New England Institute for Neurology and Headache; a recently formed interdisciplinary clinical and research facility. Steve started the Behavioral Medicine Service at the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, Connecticut and is an attending psychologist at Greenwich Hospital of Yale-New Haven Health. He is a past president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and winner of the AAPB Distinguished Scientist award for 2014. Steve is a current member of the board of directors of the Headache Cooperative of New England and a past board member of the American Headache Society and the Connecticut Psychological Association. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and a frequent reviewer for the journals Headache and Cephalalgia. He lectures frequently at national and international meetings and has published extensively on primary headache disorders; most recently on comorbid psychiatric factors that may chronify migraine and complicate treatment.