A World Without AAPB
The board of directors has just approved next year's budget. Back in October, I gave each board member a list of non renewing members to call. Just like other organizations, we also send out reminders. We will not know where the membership is at until the end of the year. Hopefully the past pattern of a steady decrease in members will not repeat. It is difficult to make a budget when one does not know how much revenue is going to be had because the bulk of the money for the budget comes from membership dues. We just try to make the best guess based on past trends.
Two weeks ago, CitiGroup announced 11,000 layoffs. It's always interesting that even though the banks/businesses often have been telling the public that layoffs are coming when they do it is always a surprise. It seems things just reach a critical mass and the organization is forced to take action which for CitiGroup was massive layoffs.
AAPB has managed to stay afloat for the past three years by a slim margin. AAPB is not going to close tomorrow but just like any organization/business it comes down to money in and money out.
So, back to the title of this letter. What would a world without AAPB be like? Here are a few of the consequences:
1. It will not be a factor when the world ends on Dec 21 (according to the Mayan calendar)!
2. Webinars/continuing education will still be available from different sources but they will have them geared to some marketing strategy, for example, to sell a product, or to educate on a system with proprietary software that only the manufacturer can provide. AAPB is not for profit.
3. Efforts to support the science of biofeedback at the legislative level would be curtailed. The board sends a representative to Washington to be part of larger organizations that lobby for our profession. There is more information on FERB (Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences) on the website. A brief meeting with a senator/congressman can make a big impact.
4. I am not sure what would become of the two journals: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and Biofeedback, A Clinical Journal. I do know that the impact factor (basically how much value is ascribed to a journal) has continued to rise.
5. Ron Rosenthal has devoted countless hours as our coding expert and is working with representatives that are in the know as to how to navigate the reimbursement jungle. There would be no one fighting for the codes we use to bill.
6. There would be no AAPB provider directory that allows prospective clients to locate members in their area.
7. There would be no annual conference no networking, no continuing education, no vendors to check on the latest equipment. Some may feel you can get this by attending other conferences and you can, sort of. The very thing that causes so much criticism of the annual conference is also a strength. There is a huge variety of offerings that promotes cross pollination of new ideas. By definition this means a heterogeneity of membership and increases the likelihood that some aspects of the organization will not meet the needs of individual members.
So what can you do? Promote the annual conference with those you connect with daily. If you know someone at a local university in the field of biofeedback let them know about the conference. Let your colleagues know about AAPB. Many of the sections/divisions are idle with no activity for some time. Do you have an hour a month? Spend it resurrecting the section that interests you and get involved! Have a happy holiday!
Jeffrey Bolek, PhD
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