Mind-Body Medicine Section

New Section Mind-body Medicine

1. The section titles of Primary care and Pediatric biofeedback have been too confusing and have lost the focus resulting in inactiveness and minimal attendance of members at the sectional gatherings during the annual AAPB meetings. Thus, the past section chairs, interested board members and new enthusiasts in the mind-body medicine deliberated extensively and arrived at the proposal to join the two sections and call it Mind-Body Medicine Section . Mind-body medicine is an easy to understand meaningful substitute for psycho-physiology. In fact the theme of our 2004 AAPB meeting is 'Launching New Mind-Body Paradigms'

2. The NIH's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) have identified Mind-Body Medicine as a discipline under their mandate for research funding. Our collective voice through the AAPB can also serve in the political arena to encourage/maintain federal funding for research and reimbursement from insurers for Mind-Body Medical treatments.

3. By focusing on mind-body medicine, we can guide and help other health care disciplines to measure and monitor the physiological parameters, while they modify these parameters with interventions of their chosen field.

Mind-Body Section's Proposal to Re-name AAPB

If we model the name after many other societies (The Society for Neuroscience, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, The American Psychosomatic Society, The Society for Psychophysiological Research), an obvious choice would be "The Society for Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback". There are of course other variations, incorporating "Association" instead of "Society", or reversing the order. (e.g. "The Association for Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback", "The Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback Society", "The Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback Association"). I think that it would be good to keep the name as simple as possible. I guess we should also consider what the acronyms would be: SMBMB, AMBMB, MBMBS, MBMBA.

Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)

Association for Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback (AMBMB)
The Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback Association (MBMBA)

The Society for Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback (SMBMB)
The Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback Society (MBMBS)

The College of Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback (CMBMB)
The Academy of Mind Body Medicine and Biofeedback (AMBMB)

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