June 2015

AAPB Newsletter
June 2015


President's Letter

Rick Harvey, PhD
 AAPB President

Dear Fellow AAPB Members,

Recently I was flown to China (and paid an honoraria) to make presentations at meetings organized by the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE).  The BFE meetings are designed to educate Chinese health professionals about biofeedback techniques, as well as promote biofeedback therapies in Chinese hospitals and clinics. I gave a presentation at the Seventh People's Hospital in Hangzhou, a city of modest size in China of about eight to nine million people.  The hospital biofeedback therapy clinic was affiliated with a Department of Psychiatry, where staff physicians, nurses, psychologists, counselors and other rehabilitation or physical therapists all worked in concert to aid in patient care.  All of the staff were trained in using biofeedback tools as part of a multidisciplinary approach to treatment.  The hospital treated a mix of patients including children or adults with symptoms or diagnoses such as attention deficit, hyper-activity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders, severe depression, and/or schizophrenia, to name a few.  As far as I could determine, and paraphrasing what translators reported, there were two general explanations for utilizing biofeedback therapies: a) A belief that mono-therapy (e.g. drugs alone) would be less effective compared with comprehensive therapy; and, b) A distrust or dislike by patients of medications and their side effects. 

The beliefs I heard about the benefits of comprehensive therapies suggests an opportunity for promoting the field of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in the United States. The current AAPB strategic plan includes efforts by Gabriel Tan, Fred Shaffer and many other contributors, to update the 'Evidence-based Practice' publication that serves as an authoritative reference about biofeedback treatment efficacy, and as well serves as a document for promoting the value of biofeedback approaches both in educational settings and in hospitals, clinics and other healthcare settings world-wide.  Health professionals of all kinds -- psychologists, counselors, physicians, nurses, physical therapists and rehabilitation specialist and other therapists, to name a few - who become more exposed to multidisciplinary, 'holistic' approaches to therapy, I believe will help the field of Applied Psychophysiology continue to grow.  

This is where the AAPB needs your help.  Please continue contributing your good ideas related to promoting, marketing and fostering the field of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in all ways that have been most effective for you.  For example, the tagline 'Discover Biofeedback' has been suggested as useful in promoting awareness of biofeedback efficacy by stimulating questions about the field.   If you have found a tagline that has been effective for you, please share your successful experience with the AAPB.  Similarly, please send us examples of marketing brochures related to biofeedback that you would be willing to share with others.  An excellent example of a marketing brochure that is available to AAPB members on the AAPB website.   For example, thanks to the efforts of a task-force headed by Stu Donaldson and others to design biofeedback marketing brochures for distribution to both patients as well as health care providers, are available for download.

There are a few ways to stay in touch with AAPB. Visit us at the AAPB website, or through social media sites such as Linked-In, Twitter or, Facebook

Furthermore, there are other types of useful information available by searching the AAPB website.  For example, before travelling to China I reviewed 'Stress Busting Tips for Air Travel' by Betty Carlson.  Please continue staying in touch with the AAPB, as well as various regional, state and local associations that promote the field of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.  With your help, the AAPB and the field will continue to grow.

Richard Harvey 
AAPB President

AAPB 47th Annual Scientific Meeting - Seattle, Washington

Save the Date: 
AAPB 47th Annual Scientific Meeting 
March 9-12, 2016

The goal of the AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting is to bring clinicians, researchers, academics, students and professionals involved with Biofeedback and Applied Psychophysiology together to exchange information, ideas, scientific data and to share experiences. 

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 proposal for consideration. The call for abstract submissions is now open.

Please submit your abstracts by Monday, September 28, 2016. Each proposal will be blind peer-reviewed by biofeedback professionals. The AAPB Program Planning Committee will accept or reject abstracts based on the reviews. All submissions are blind, peer reviewed by at least  three reviewers. All reviewer conflicts of interest are vetted. You will be advised of the status of this submission in November 2016.

Join us in Seattle, an exciting urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, to attend practical workshops, hear from leading clinicians and researchers, and check out the latest equipment and devices that are revolutionizing the field. AAPB is devoted to education and research in this field and this meeting is a great opportunity to learn about new developments and network with biofeedback professionals from around the globe.


March 9-12, 2016
Marriott Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way  
Seattle, Washington

Make your hotel reservation online early! 
We are pleased to offer you the group rate of
$175.00 USD
per night

IOWA Update

Update on the Iowa 
By Stu Donaldson, PhD, Past President

In May, the IOWA State Board of Medicine dropped its "cease and desist" order against
Amy Putney.  The original order basically was to prevent her from utilizing qEEG and EEG neurotherapy techniques as they were deemed to fall under the practice of medicine.  The order was in no way a reflection upon her training and licencing or her clinical skills.  Having done due diligence on behalf of the AAPB board, I found the quality of her training and supervision to be exemplary and met recognized standards.  The issue was that the medical board was assuming qEEG and EEG neurotherapy were part of their domain and Amy did not have a licence to practice medicine.
Just a word of caution to all the readers.  This type of issue will probably increase in the near future.  With the success that biofeedback in general and EEG neurotherapy in particular is enjoying, more and more people and disciplines will want their share of the profits. I encourage you to get as much training as you can, work under a licenced practioner (if you don't have a licence), keep detailed notes, follow all federal and state laws and don't use medical terms. 

Finally, Amy has under gone a significant financial setback. Several of you have sent her contributions as has the Neurofeedback Section of AAPB. Donations are being accepted.


AAPB Journal

The latest issue of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Volume 40 Number 2 is now available online.  

In this Issue

Superiority of Pictorial Versus Verbal Presentation and Initial Exposure in the P300-Based, Complex Trial Protocol for Concealed Memory Detection
J. Peter Rosenfeld, Anne Ward, Michelle Thai & Elena Labkovsky 

Heart Coherence: A New Tool in the Management of Stress on Professionals and Family Caregivers of Patients with Dementia
C. M. Sarabia-Cobo

The Difficulty of Staying Awake During Alpha/Theta Neurofeedback Training
Maren D. Schütze & Klaus Junghanns

The Down-Regulation of Disgust by Implementation Intentions: Experiential and Physiological Concomitants
Patrick Gomez, Urte Scholz & Brigitta Danuser

Self-Regulation of Breathing as a Primary Treatment for Anxiety
Ravinder Jerath, Molly W. Crawford, Vernon A. Barnes & Kyler Harden 

Abstracts of Papers Presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

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AAPB Webinars

Biofeedback and Virtual Reality 
Date: June 24, 2015 
Time: 1pm Eastern/12pm Central/11am Mountain/10am Pacific

Presented by:
Robert Reiner, PhD, BCN, BCB 
Executive Director/ Founder, Behavioral Associates 

Course Description: Virtual reality is now considered the gold standard for exposure training in the treatment of phobic anxiety. Success rates climbed from 60% to over 90% when biofeedback training (RSA/HRV) was added to the virtual reality protocol. Mean lengths of treatment for the two most common requests from our patients (fear of flying and public speaking phobia) is 12 to 16 sessions. Back in the 90's many healthcare professionals shied away from purchasing early virtual reality hardware and software systems because of the expense, which was over $15,000. We have figured out strategies to easily build "exposure" systems that now cost less than $1,000. Professional therapists completing this training will be able to incorporate Virtual Reality and Biofeedback into their practices, a skill set both immensely rare and valuable. It is estimated that less than a handful of mental health professionals in all of New York City offer these powerful strategies and fees typically reflect this. Hourly fees are two to three time higher than for conventional psychotherapy. More importantly, it is very gratifying to get results with near certainty, and in a timely fashion.

Learning Objectives
Professionals who complete this webinar will gain: 

  • The history of virtual reality and Biofeedback will be summarized
  • Treatment choices and how protocols are developed will be explained
  • Virtual Reality is much more accessible because of the decrease in price
  • Length of patient treatment (usually 12-16 sessions). How is this determined? And how do you know when it's time to tell patients they can fly; they have no way of knowing that their brains have changed.
  • What types of home practice are necessary and why is this mandatory?

About Our Presenter: Robert H. Reiner PhD, Executive Director and founder of Behavioral Associates, has been practicing psychology since 1981. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, he went on to get his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Alabama and serve his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital. His faculty appointment in the department of psychiatry at NYU Medical Center has lasted more than 35 years. Dr. Reiner is well known for his work in treating anxiety and phobias through biofeedback and virtual reality therapy. He has been credited for this work in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, Newsweek and Time Out magazine. He has specifically had great success in treating patients for fear of flying as an innovator in virtual reality therapy. National Geographic produced a forty-minute documentary of his work getting a phobic patient to fly again (www.behavioralassociates.com).

Level: Introductory 
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Delivery Method: Interactive webinar using telephone and Internet technology.
CE Credits: 1.5 credits

Psychologists: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 1.5 hours.
BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance in breakout sessions/workshops may be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements for recertification with certificate of attendance. 

How to Increase the Impact of 
HRV Biofeedback Training
Date: September 25, 2015 
Time: 1pm Eastern/12pm Central/11am Mountain/10am Pacific
Presented by: 
Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB
Professor of Psychology Truman University

Course Description: This webinar provides practical techniques for increasing the impact of HRV biofeedback. First, we will focus on how to recognize dysfunctional breathing and how these behaviors can threaten training success. Second, we will describe a streamlined technique for measuring your clients' resonance frequency and how to choose between competing breathing rates. Third, we will explain how to select the best inhalation-to-exhalation ratio for your clients. Fourth, we will describe how to structure effective HRV biofeedback training sessions. Finally, we will survey effective home practice assignments to help your clients gain maximum benefit from HRV biofeedback training in your clinic.

About Our Presenter: Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB, 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 Doris and Walker Allen Fellowship for Academic Excellence. He is a co-editor of Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.). He is a consulting editor for Biofeedback and contributing editor for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. His current research focuses on techniques to increase heart rate variability biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is a Senior Fellow in Biofeedback and is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and Treasurer for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

Level: Intermediate
Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Delivery Method: Interactive webinar using telephone and Internet technology.
CE Credits: 1.5 credits

Psychologists: The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAPB maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This webinar offers a MAXIMUM of 1.5 hours.
BCIA Recertification: Hour-for-hour attendance in breakout sessions/workshops may be used to fulfill the continuing education requirements for recertification with certificate of attendance. 

Action Alert on House CJS Bill (H.R.2578)

US House to Vote on Cuts to NSF's 
SBE and GEO Research in Spending Bill
by Paula Skedsvold

With much anticipation-and after many meetings with constituents and science advocates-the Chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee introduced his bill to fund the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Fiscal Year 2016.  The bill, as introduced and reported out of subcommittee, seemed to protect NSF's research Directorates. By not providing funding at the Directorate-level, the bill made it more difficult for amendments to be offered that would cut specific research Directorates or areas of science, a particular concern for scientists who seek funding from the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate (SBE). 

Although Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) had sent some supportive signals to constituents and the science community at earlier stages, the bill and its accompanying report fell short. The bill provided a 0.7 percent increase for NSF as a whole, compared to a 3.3% increase last year under Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Ranking Member Chaka Fattah (D-PA).  Worse yet is the bill's report language, released the day before the Committee markup, giving the science community little time to respond. The report language sets up significant cuts to two research Directorates. It reads: 

The Committee recommends $5,983,645,000 for Research and Related Activities, which is an increase of $50,000,000 above fiscal year 2015 and $202,655,000 below the [President's] request. The Committee directs NSF to ensure that Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Engineering; and Biological Sciences comprise no less than 70 percent of funding within Research and Related Activities. Further the Committee directs that NSF allocate no less than the fiscal year 2015 levels for the Office of International Science and Engineering; Integrative Activities; and the U.S. Arctic Commission. NSF shall ensure that its peer review process includes a variety of analysis and input from divergent views. 

Setting aside the last sentence of the report language for now (as well as other report language on replication and transparency/accountability), the funding levels required for the research Directorates and Offices listed force a cut of 16%, over $250 million to the Geosciences and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorates.  The SBE Directorate is currently funded at only $272 million, the smallest by far of the NSF research Directorates and less than 5% of the research account. 

Science reporter, Jeffrey Mervis, described Culberson's CJS bill and report language as "intensif[ying] a 2-year attack on 'those' disciplines that until now has been led by the House science committee." On the day of the Subcommittee markup, Rep. Culberson told ScienceInsider: "I want to make the hard sciences a priority-the math and physics and pure science. The fundamental mission of NSF should be those core sciences." 

The Administration has also weighed in and opposes passage of the CJS Appropriations bill.  The Administration specifically mentions the devastating cuts to SBE and Geo in its  statement on the bill. 


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Call for Presenters: AAPB Webinar Program

Present an AAPB Webinar and Earn $400

Through our webinar programs, AAPB provides participants with high-quality education and training without leaving the home or office. AAPB offers a broad range of programming hosted by experts to help keep participants up-to-date on the latest research, clinical applications, trends, best practices, hot topics and subjects of special interest in the arena of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback (neurofeedback, optimal performance, HRV).

Participants gain insight and knowledge to help them take their careers to the next level, while gaining valuable APA/BCIA continuing education credits. We invite you to be a part of this education initiative, giving our members the knowledge and skills they need to elevate the science and practice of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.

We invite you to submit a proposal to conduct a webinar presentation. Interested parties should complete this form and return it to Michelle Cunningham at  mcunningham@kellencompany.com. Contact information for each speaker must be provided. Each presenter must be available on a mutually agreed upon presentation date. Once submitted, your programming idea will be forwarded to AAPB's Webinar Team for consideration. AAPB will notify you of acceptance.

We look forward to reviewing your submission, and will contact you if your topic has been chosen!


Calendar of Events

Visit the Calendar of Events section of the 
AAPB website for a comprehensive listing of events or to post information about YOUR upcoming events

June 2015
BCIA Didactic Course - Neurofeedback for Beginners
Thursday, June 25, 2015- Sunday, June 28, 2015
Burleson, Texas

Whether you're looking to become familiar with neurofeedback or expand your existing knowledge, this course serves as a guide to navigating basic steps that will improve and enhance your practice. This program not only explores the use of neurofeedback software and equipment, but also brings to light current research and treatment techniques that have ensured positive changes in clients and benefited clinicians worldwide. It is also the only course that introduces database guidance and live Z-score training! Practitioners seeking BCIA certification can also earn up to 36 credit hours if they attend the full course!


Lisa Mrklas 

HRV(Heart Rate Variability) Biofeedback for Beginners - BCIA Didactic Course   
Saturday, June 27, 201512:00 AM - Sunday, June 28, 201512:00 AM
Columbia, MO

This workshop is designed for teaching BCIA's 15-hour Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback didactic blueprint, along with an additional hour of combining biofeedback with neurofeedback (using a modular approach). This workshop also emphasizes hands-on learning and mastery of entry-level knowledge.


Lisa Mrklas 

Full-day Clinician Training on Treating PTSD with Virtual Reality and Physiology Monitoring and Biofeedback
Monday, June 29, 2015 - All Day
University of California San Diego (UCSD) - La Jolla, California

This intermediate/advanced workshop trains clinicians to use VR systems and physiological monitoring in order to facilitate successful exposure based treatment of PTSD, including combat and civilian in origin. The theory and practice of inducing graded exposure with minimal, moderate and high arousal and training in arousal control as facets of Virtual Reality Therapy will be the centerpiece of the training.

More Info: http://www.interactivemediainstitute.com/cypsy20/?page_id=357 

20th Annual International CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference
Monday, June 29, 2015- Thursday, July 2, 2015
University of California, San Diego Campus in La Jolla, California

The CYPSY Conference began in 1996 and featured presentations dealing mainly with conceptual matters, 'what ifs' and the future possibilities of healthcare and technology. The conference largely focused on Virtual Reality, but has now grown to be more inclusive of other interactive technologies and to include presentations that demonstrate controlled clinical trials. It has also grown to include the investigation of social networking tools on individual behavior, society, and interpersonal relationships.
CYPSY20 includes presentations in Virtual Reality , Games for Health, Augmented and Mixed Reality, Avatars, Shared Virtual Worlds, Video Game Virtual Reality (VGVR), mobile health and other emerging applications.


Brenda Wiederhold 
858 642 0267

Social Media: Psychological Research Methods and Therapeutic Applications Workshop
Monday, June 29, 20159:00 AM - 5:00 PM
University of California San Diego (UCSD) - La Jolla, California

In this workshop, we aim to challenge some of the assumptions regarding social media that are implicit in the research methods, measurement instruments, and sampled populations used to acquire data. The issues we raise also have implications for e-therapy practice and the interpretation of data relating to the efficacy of e-therapy.

More Info: http://www.interactivemediainstitute.com/cypsy20/?page_id=36

Visit the Calendar of Events section of the AAPB website for more listings.

Ordering now available online

Functional Neuroanatomy
By Michael Thompson, MD and Lynda Thompson, PhD

Organized with reference to networks, lobes of the brain,10-20 sites and Brodmann areas, this 137-page monograph features  over 100 plates/illustrations and comprises all new information as published in The Neurofeedback Book: 2nd Edition.

This review book on Functional Neuroanatomy is urgently needed and helps educate both qEEG users as well as EEG Neurofeedback practitioners. It advances the ability to link symptoms to dysregulated brain networks resulting in improved clinical outcomes in fewer sessions. Congratulations to the authors for this significant contribution!
Robert W. Thatcher, PhD, Applied Neuroscience Inc.

It is refreshing to experience a neuroanatomy text that links in detail the various and complex functions of each Brodmann area with the anatomy of its connections with other brain areas.
 - Joel F. Lubar, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Tennessee

STAY TUNED: The Neurofeedback Book, 2nd edition will be available this fall.

© copyright ADD Centres Ltd. / Biofeedback Institute of Toronto; 2015, Dr. Thompson

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Certification Opportunities

The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance

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:

Phone: (720) 502-5829
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