This is my last column before I retire as president and become the past president of AAPB. (I hate best before stickers.) I am leaving you in the very capable hands of Dr. Rick Harvey. I hope you support him as well as you have supported me.
This time, as I write, I have no distractions as I am sitting in my office at work, surrounded by -10 C temperatures and a foot of snow. My last column there were lots of distractions (sun, surf, etc.) but no such excuses this time except to wonder if cold turns the brain to rock or mush? I have to admit I was nervous last column because I wasn't sure if I should have been more serious or not? The response was the biggest I have ever had and all positive. Thanks to all who wrote. See me in Austin for the $5.00 I owe you.
In writing this I want to say thanks to a number of people, brag a little bit, give you an update on the IOWA situation, and applaud a member.
First the IOWA situation. There is no change. The "cease and desist" order from the state's medical board is still in place. AAPB has written a letter to the IOWA board concerning biofeedback which I hope to release to the members in Austin.
When I took over the presidency in Savannah I was told AAPB is dying if not already dead. So let's see how the corpse is doing. Oh, it is still breathing. First thing we did was to support the local and regional chapters by providing them with money so they could attract students to their local meetings. Huge success for all concerned. While the first year was funded by private donations, this year it is included in the annual AAPB budget. Last year we had two chapter representatives attend the Annual Meeting, this year in Austin we are expecting seven.
Oh, oh the corpse is moving its legs. Next, we designed brochures for the members to use for marketing purposes. Two brochures, one for patients, one for other professionals are available through the website. Presently we are working on a social media campaign which is coming along slowly but soon will have a video about neurotherapy and cerebral palsy combined with concussion and the effect of treatment.
During the year we were called upon to defend the use of biofeedback as other professional organizations wanted to claim it as their exclusive domain. I believe we were successful but it is a long road ahead.
Oh, oh the arms are moving. We expect this year's conference to be bigger and better. Already, we have twice the number of exhibitors as compared to last year. As previously mentioned there is something for everyone. Over 70 speakers talking from autism to zoophobia, (Get it A to Z). Notice how the jokes get worse as the brain freezes. Also, we are doing something different this year. We have invited college classes to come and hear a keynote or two and have a chance to meet practitioners. Also we are giving free public lecture on stress and sports performance enhancement. Time to take biofeedback out to the community.
Igor, it moves!!! Some corpse, won't behave, can't even to get it to play dead, let alone sit and roll over. I am particularly proud of this next announcement. During the last year AAPB has worked on being more active with other agencies. AAPB is a member of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) with Dr. Paul Lehrer as our liaison. This year we nominated Dr. Mari Swingle for the FABBS Foundation Early Career Impact Award. This is an award that is presented to PhD graduates who are no more than 10 years post-graduation. The award is based upon contributions towards research and applied works in the field of behavior brain interactions. I am pleased to announce that Dr. Swingle won the honor for this year against stiff completion. The award will be presented Friday afternoon at the annual conference just before the keynote presentation (approximately 4:30 PM). If you see Mari please take a moment to congratulate her.
Good grief, the corpse is up and moving!!!! Finally a thank you to the staff and fellow board members. Michelle Cunningham and David Stumph have gone to the usual unbelievable lengths to support, help and nourish this corpse called AAPB. I doubt if AAPB would exist without them and the staff from Kellen Management. If you see them give them a thank you. Also, please thank my fellow board members. They have spent countless hours working on different projects and programs. I personally averaged 8 - 10 hours per week. I didn't realize how big and complex this organization is and it is all run by volunteers. The board took on responsibilities beyond what was expected when I was so ill. This was/is really appreciated.
Finally, a BIG thanks to all of you. AAPB exists because of you, is geared to helping you either in business or research. AAPB continues to need your help with committees, or with sections or at the local chapters' level. The corpse will only continue to grow and expand if you help it, so please help. If you can, please attend Austin that is one way you can contribute. Let us make this the best conference ever. We are well on our way given the number of exhibitors signed up.
It has been my honor to have been part of this organization to see the growth and development that has occurred this last year. Remember when you succeed, we succeed.
See you in Austin,
The Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback (AAPB), the pioneering professional society devoted to education and research in this field, will be hosting their 46th Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas on March 11-14, 2015 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
2015 Distinguished Scientist Award Announced:
We invite you to attend the 2015 AAPB Distinguished Scientist Lecture at the 2015 AAPB 46th Annual Scientific Meeting, on Saturday, March 14 from 1:30pm-2:30pm, featuring a special presentation by the 2015 AAPB Distinguished Scientist, Dr. Estate (Tato) Sokhadze.
The purpose of the Distinguished Scientist Award, created in 1995, is to recognize an individual's outstanding career and their scientific contribution to Biofeedback. This award recognizes an AAPB member who has advanced biofeedback through a significant body of research conducted, as judged by publications, awards and peer reviews, and has made a major impact upon the field of study, both nationally and/or internationally.
The awards committee selected Dr. Estate (Tato) Sokhadze for this honor based on the scientific importance of his research discoveries, his mentorship of students and his extraordinary impact on the field of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.
Exciting news for this year is that AAPB's 46th Annual Scientific Meeting is during SXSW Interactive 2015! South by Southwest Interactive has earned a reputation as an incubator of new ideas and creative technologies. Come for the Annual Scientific Meeting and stay to be inspired by Austin and SXSW Interactive 2015.
2015 Annual Scientific Meeting highlights include:
Four Board Members Elected to Support the World's Pioneering Professional Organization Dedicated to Applied Phychophysiology and Biofeedback
On January 27, 2015, AAPB unveiled the results of its election of new board members. AAPB membership elected one member to the position of President-elect, one member to the position of Treasurer/Secretary and two at-large representative board members to serve our membership.
"We congratulate and welcome our new and returning board members," said AAPB President, Stu Donaldson. "We look forward to their passion, expertise and contributions as we continue to grow the organization. We also thank the nominations committee for putting together such a strong slate, and our retiring board members for their service."
The newly-elected board members include:
President-Elect: Thomas F. Collura, PhD, MSMHC, BCN
Tom Collura is a licensed professional counselor with over 40 years of experience in the fields of EEG, computer systems engineering, clinical neurophysiology, biofeedback, and mental health. He has degrees in philosophy, biology, engineering, and counseling from Brown, Case Western Reserve, and Walden Universities. He His past organizational positions include President of the ISNR, and President of the EEG Division and a Board Member of the AAPB. He received the Hans Berger Award of Merit from the AAPB in 2007, was named a Fellow (2011) and received the Career Achievement Award (2014) from the ISNR. His professional positions have included Bell Laboratories, the Cleveland Clinic Department of Neurology, Siemens Medical Imaging, and BrainMaster Technologies, which he founded in 1995, as well as clinical work at the Brain Enrichment Center, where he is clinical director. Dr. Collura's clinical work is with adults and children with mood and cognitive challenges, and federally mandated offenders. He teaches with Stress Therapy Solutions, and regularly at ISNR and AAPB meetings. He is on the advisory panel of the QEEG Certification board, and is a mentor with the QEEG Board and the AAPB.
Treasurer: Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB
Fred Shaffer is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman's Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. In 2013, he received the Truman State University Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award. He co-authored with Donald Moss, PhD, a chapter on biofeedback in the Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2nd ed.). He co-authored with Mark S. Schwartz, PhD, BCB, a chapter on entering the field and assuring competence in Biofeedback: A Practitioner's Guide (4th ed.). He is a consulting editor for Biofeedback: Clinical Journal and contributing editor for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).
Board Member-at-Large: Ethan Benore, PhD, ABPP, BCB
Ethan Benore is Pediatric Psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic's Children's Hospital where he specializes in helping children manage stress to decrease its effects on physical wellbeing. He has developed programs to treat children with chronic pain and headaches through behavioral interventions including biofeedback. Dr. Benore received his doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at the Cleveland Clinic.
Board Member-at-Large: Patrick Steffen, PhD, BCB
Patrick Steffen's broad research interests lie in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, with specific interests in culture, spirituality, and health. He is particularly interested in the Hispanic Paradox and how disadvantaged groups display resiliency and positive adaptation in spite of significant stressors. He has authored and co-authored articles in Psychosomatic Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, American Journal of Hypertension, Ethnicity and Disease, and Mental Health, Religion, and Culture; and co-authored chapters in the Oxford Handbook of Health Psychology and the Handbook of Primary Care Psychology. Dr. Steffen is currently an associate professor and associate director of clinical training in the Brigham Young University clinical psychology program. Before coming to BYU, Steffen was a postdoctoral research fellow in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center. He received his PhD and master's degrees at the University of Miami in clinical health psychology, and a bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in statistics and philosophy from Brigham Young University.
Biofeedback/Applied Psychophysiology Petition for Renewal of APA Proficiency Recognition Now Available for Comment
We need your help! CRSPPP is now accepting comments for the AAPB issued proficiency petition via the Education Directorate's Public Comment website (http://apaoutside.apa.org/EducCSS/public/). Closing deadline for comments is 5:00PM EST, March 16, 2015. Please take a moment to comment favorably on the AAPB petition, so that Biofeedback/Applied Psychophysiology will remain a recognized APA proficiency - a distinction that elevates our field of practice.
All public comments are to be submitted electronically via this website. Participants may submit public comment and view other participants' public comment. Respondents are asked to focus their comments on: 1) A statement that addresses whether the request for continuation of such as described in the petition be approved; 2) Any rationale for this recommendation a) should be based on the request for recognition as delineated in the petition and b) any additional comments relevant to the request for recognition. Respondents are advised that comment is sought to inform the deliberations of CRSPPP.
A proficiency is a circumscribed activity in the general practice of professional psychology of one or more of its specialties that is represented by a distinct procedure, technique, or applied skill set used in psychological assessment, treatment and/or intervention within which one develops competence.
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Tickets are $75 per person. Transportation will be available to and from the hotel until midnight so you can enjoy all that Broken Spoke has to offer. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB).
Make sure you sign up for the FERB Fundraiser when you register for the 2015 AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting today!
AAPB is bringing educational seminars to you - literally. Several Virtual Education webinars are currently available for purchase online. These webinars offer continuing education credits and the opportunity to gain cutting-edge knowledge from the comfort of your home or office. The credits you receive are approved by APA and satisfy the BCIA recertification requirements. Additionally, the credits may be used to maintain your license - a great value!
Click here to visit the AAPB Store, and learn more about the following webinar recordings and purchase one today!
New additions include:
BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback, neurofeedback, and biofeedback for pelvic muscle dysfunction, and progressively re-certifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. For more information on certification or recertification, contact BCIA today: