International Spread of Mind-Body Approaches: Biofeedback in Poland
Donald Moss, Chair of the College of Mind-Body Medicine, is in Rzeszow, Poland, attending the 16th meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE). Dr. Moss is a Board member for the BFE and has taught at BFE conferences in Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland. He is providing blog entries to communicate the growing presence of mind-body approaches in Eastern Europe.
The accompanying photo shows Dr. Don Moss with Piotr Sobaniec, at the current BFE meeting in Rzeszow, Poland. Piotr is a PhD student at the Medical University in Bialystok, Poland. Piotr is 27 years old and first attended a workshop with Dr. Moss in Berlin in 2007. Piotr reports that this experience influenced him to study psychophysiology, biofeedback, and neurofeedback further, in Poland and at international conferences. In 2012, he was able to study in Toronto, with Drs. Michael and Lynda Thompson, pursuing the clinical practice of neurofeedback (using an EEG to re-train cortical rhythms of the human brain).
Piotr is applying his neurofeedback learning to the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders. Clinical reports and small studies in the United States give hope that retraining cortical activity can provide some normalization for children and adults with autistic spectrum disorder. Piotr will focus on children in his dissertation research. His training with the Thompsons in Toronto assisted him in this research, as the Thompsons have published clinical trials showing improvement in autistic children through neurofeedback.
Most recently, Piotr became the first resident of Poland to receive certification from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, the foremost provider of certification of biofeedback and Neurofeedback. Piotr is one of a growing number of students and early career professionals in Poland and other Eastern European countries applying psychophsiological approaches to health care.