The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) has many strong points such as a well-educated and professionally accomplished membership representing a diverse array of fields; a skilled, likeable and professional association staff; and, a dedicated and experienced board of directors. Like all organizations, the AAPB has some opportunities for involvement. For example, the AAPB needs people with skills that could: (1) increase public awareness about biofeedback and assist with developing and marketing access to affordable meetings, webinars and other educational resources; (2) clarify the scope of practice for those with biofeedback training; (3) encourage new members; (4) guide innovation and research in the biofeedback community; and, (5) extend and project the science of biofeedback in under-served domains such as in pediatric settings, or business settings. The strategic plan for the 2015-2016 year includes addressing opportunities for strengthening the organization.
In the coming months please watch for calls to participate in various taskforces that will be specific and time limited. The taskforces will form around the 2015-2016 strategic plan topics that include:
1) Public Awareness and Marketing
a) Website and marketing material content aimed at several audiences
i. General public
We need people with language skills who can translate into other languages various marketing or training materials:
b) Dissemination of knowledge through Webinars and Marketing Brochures
We need people with publication editing skill. Watch for a call for editor.
c) Publications (Magazine)
Board taskforce contact is Cynthia Kerson, (email@example.com)
a) Identify curriculum and hours for proficiency, certification, credentialing and registry requirements
b) Define supervised practice for state licensing (e.g. what counts as 2000 hours of training?)
c) Standardize reporting mechanisms such as for insurance coding
d) Represent the industry of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Practitioners as a whole
a) Membership and Volunteer Recognition
b) Engagement with state and regional Chapters (e.g.
c) Engagement with Sections (Neurofeedback, ISMA,
a) Standardizing data collection, analysis and reporting
b) Fostering new and emerging technology
c) Cultivating funding resources
Board taskforce contact is Tom Collura, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
5) Additional opportunities
a) Children/Pediatrics: contact Shari Shamsavari (email@example.com)
b) Business development: contact Stu Donaldson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
c) All Section/Special Interest Group development (email@example.com)Please be alert to calls from other members encouraging your help making the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback even stronger.
AAPB 47th Annual Scientific Meeting
OUTSTANDING KEYNOTE LINEUP ANNOUNCED
The brightest minds in the biofeedback, neurofeedback and applied psychophysiology communities will be in attendance at AAPB's 47th Annual Scientific Meeting - Will you be among them?
2016 AAPB Keynote Presenters include The Gottman Institute's Dave Penner, Research Institute Brainclinics' Martijn Arns and Mensia Technologies' Chief Technology Officer, Yann Renard:
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Dave Penner is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute. He is the author of the Educator's Manual for Teaching the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, which is based on years of experience teaching John Gottman's Seven Principles book. He has trained therapists in the Gottman Method in North America, Asia and Europe and is the co-developer of the Gottman Seven Principles Educator Program. In his role as the Clinical Director, Dr. Penner oversees clinical aspects of Institute, including providing consultation to Certified Gottman Therapists and clinicians in training; selecting and training consultants for clinicians pursuing certification; training and supervising video reviewers who certify therapists in the Gottman Method; overseeing quality control of new programs and products; training and supervising roving therapists at couples workshops and answering clinical questions from clinicians, researchers, the media and the public. Dave has practiced for over 30 years as an individual and couples therapist working in private practice, university, mental health and hospital settings.
First EEG Results of the iSPOT Study in Depression: EEG Alpha Asymmetry as a Gender Specific Predictor of Treatment Outcome to Sertraline and Escitalopram
Measures of alpha and theta electroencephalogram (EEG) activity often differentiate patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) from normal controls, and some evidence suggests these measures relate to overall antidepressant response. This presentation will focus on a study aimed to determine whether these measures or EEG abnormalities (epileptiform EEG and slow alpha frequency) would distinguish MDD patients from controls, whether these measures behave as overall and differential predictors of outcome to three antidepressants and to explore the effects of gender. In the international Study to Predict Optimized Treatment Response in Depression (iSPOT-D), a multi-center, international, randomized, prospective open-label trial, 1008 MDD patients were randomized to Escitalopram, Sertraline or Venlafaxine-XR and 336 controls were assessed. Treatment response was established after eight weeks and resting state EEG was assessed at baseline. Results and conclusions will be discussed.
Martijn Arns is director and researcher at Research Institute Brainclinics, involved with the NeuroCare group and is affiliated with Utrecht University, department of experimental psychology. Martijn received his PhD at Utrecht University on the topic of 'EEG-based personalized medicine for ADHD and depression' and is specialized in applying brain imaging techniques to determine the appropriate treatment for patients with ADHD and depression (personalized medicine or RDoC). He is specialized in the development and application of neuromodulation techniques such as neurofeedback in the treatment of ADHD, magnetic brain stimulation (rTMS) in the treatment of depression, sleep and chronobiological aspects of ADHD and Depression. In addition, he teaches several (internationally) accredited training courses such as an 'rTMS in Depression' workshop and a 'Neurofeedback in ADHD' training course.
Brain-Computer Interfaces, State of the Art and Opportunities
Yann Renard is a world expert in the real-time monitoring of brain activity. Yann joined INRIA in April 2006 as a Senior Engineer after 4 years as an engineer in Virtual Reality start-ups such as SimTeam and Ondim. During his 5 years at Inria, he was an active participant in the OpenViBE project for Brain-Computer Interfaces, both in a scientific as well as technical capacity. Back then, he designed the overall architecture of the OpenViBE software, integrated partners research and released the software to the research community. Yann is now CTO at Mensia Technologies, a French revenue generating, connected-health start-up developing groundbreaking non-invasive solutions leveraging the power of neuromodulation for the care of the Central Nervous System (CNS).
Registration will be open in November 2015. 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
Make your hotel reservation online early!
FEATURED WEBINAR: NEXT MONTH!!!!
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.
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.
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