FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Fellow AAPB Members,
Here is an update on several ongoing projects:
Reaching out to the world to inform and inspire: As most of you know, we are gearing up for our social networking campaign. We need to let the world know about our techniques. For the campaign to work, we need lots of high-quality material to put on the web. Last month, I asked for your help in creating blogs. Only a few of you responded, and we are very grateful for your contributions. We will need a lot more of you to pitch, and demonstrate the vitality and passion in our field of study and practice if we are going to succeed.
We will need about one 300 to 500-word blog per month from each volunteer starting now so we build up a reservoir. Photos can accompany the blog. Separate videos are also welcome.
We need separate blogs for varying audience types including:
(1) Potential patients including patient comments.
We are asking for about one per month in any category covering any intervention. The content is pretty much up to you.
AAPB Standards for Performing Biofeedback:
Applied Psychophysiology Comes of Age: Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Applications in Clinical Practice and Optimum Performance
"Attending the AAPB annual meeting is like getting my battery recharged. I get to renew old friendships that I have made at prior meetings and meet new people who share my love for biofeedback. I particularly like attending workshops with some of the long time practitioners and researchers. I always learn a lot and think of it as spending time with a Zen master. Attending the meetings gives me the energy and enthusiasm to deal with the problems of a private practice and reminds me of why I went into clinical biofeedback. I haven't missed a meeting in years and I look forward to seeing all of you at 2014 meeting in Savannah, Georgia next March."
- Ron Rosenthal, 2014 AAPB Program Planning Committee Chair
AAPB is the pioneering professional society devoted to education and research in this field. We are pleased to be hosting our 45th Annual Scientific Meeting in Savannah, Georgia this spring. Please reserve the dates and make sure to attend the entire meeting. You won't want to miss the opportunity to attend practical workshops, hear from leading clinicians and researchers, and check out the latest equipment.
We invite YOU to play an important role in the science and continuing education of the biofeedback field by submitting an abstract to us. The theme of this year's meeting is Applied Psychophysiology Comes of Age: Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Applications in Clinical Practice and Optimum Performance.
There will be something for everyone in this year's curriculum, as all sessions will be categorized into three tracks: Basic Science (Intro or Advanced), Hot Topics, and Clinical Interventions and Optimal Performance. Educate your peers and contribute to the field of biofeedback and neurofeedback by submitting a workshop, symposium or oral presentation proposal for consideration.
The deadline is Monday, September 30, 2013. Each proposal will be blind reviewed by biofeedback professionals. The AAPB Program Planning Committee will accept or reject abstracts based on the reviews. Notifications will be emailed the week of October 21, 2013 on the status of your submission. Abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Click here to register TODAY!
Biofeedback-Based Interventions for Headache
Richard A. Sherman, MS, PhD, BCB
Biofeedback-based interventions have been shown to be superior or equal to preventive medications for preventive treatment of migraine and tension headaches in overall effectiveness, lack of side effects, and duration of effect. It has also been shown to be more effective than most other techniques for assessing the underlying cause of the headache and, thus, permitting the optimal behavioral technique to be used initially. The effect sizes for various interventions are reviewed along with a discussion of methodology for assessment and intervention for migraine and tension headaches.
ABOUT OUR PRESENTER:
As a member of AAPB, you have the privilege of casting your vote in the Board of Directors election each year. An effective, committed Board of Directors is essential to the success of any organization. AAPB's volunteer leaders are the embodiment of the organization's intellectual diversity and are dedicated to furthering the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.
The AAPB Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the following positions for the 2014-15 board:
Please click here to submit your nomination(s) and to learn more about the open positions. Be sure the individual(s) you nominate has/have agreed to be placed on the ballot. You will be required to provide name(s) and email address(es). Self-nomination is encouraged.
Feel free to contact Dr. Jeffrey Bolek, Past President and Nomination Committee Chair, if you have any questions.
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Impact Factor Increases!
The journal's 2012 5-Year IF is 2.106, ranking 50 of 114 journals in Clinical Psychology (2nd quartile). Many feel the longer span of the 5-Year IF is a truer measure for journals in the behavioral and social sciences where papers have a longer "shelf life" compared to those in the physical sciences.
A journal's IF is a measure of the frequency with which an average article in the journal has been cited in a particular year. The IF is viewed as a means to evaluate a journal's relative importance in a field and is considered an indication of quality.
A journal must first be accepted into Thomson-Reuters' Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) or into Science Citation Index (SCI) to be eligible for inclusion in the annual Journal Citation Report (JCR) that produces the IFs.
Congratulations to the Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback referees/reviewers, the Editorial Board, and Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik. The increased 2012 IF of 1.536 is a solid achievement.
Submit Your Next Paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Contact Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) with any general inquiries about the journal and/or your suggestions for special thematic issues.
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It has been over 20 years since AAPB developed its first standards document. As our field and techniques have matured, the need for a comprehensive standards document based on current research and experience has become ever more apparent. Biofeedback techniques have moved well beyond the self-exploration and early clinical environments to include numerous applications in optimal functions and education. Since our original standards document was developed in 1992, a vast amount of experience and research has accrued, demonstrating what should and shouldn't be done to perform ethical, effective interventions.
In late 2012, then President Jeff Bolek and AAPB's board of directors decided the time was ripe to prepare such a document. A standards committee, consisting of Richard Sherman (Chair), Paula Amar-Schwartz, Frank Andrasik, Shawn Criswell, Louis Csoka, and Linda Walker, was appointed and prepared a draft.
After modification and approval by the board of directors, we are presenting it for your consideration. The draft is also going to AAPB's lawyer, biofeedback instrument manufacturers, training and sales groups, and anybody else we know of who may have an interest in it.
All interested parties have until September 4, 2013 to email comments to Michelle Cunningham. The standards committee will examine all of the comments and prepare a final version for approval by our board and then by the membership.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
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