FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear Fellow AAPB Members,
Here is a progress report on several of the projects your board of directors has undertaken.
Social Media Campaign:
AAPB has never been able to effectively spread the word about how effective our techniques are either to patients or clinicians. We intend to use social media to inform and attract hundreds of thousands of potential consumers and many thousands of therapists, coaches, and educators about the effectiveness of our techniques.
After many months, we have finally found and hired a true professional with expertise in both biofeedback and social media campaigns for organizations such as ours. It turned out that AAPB simply didn't have sufficient funds in its budget to attract the right person. Three organizations agreed to contribute the extra money we needed to make the project economically viable. They are (a) the Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation, (b) Myosymmetries, and (c) Brain Science International. As more funds are needed, we are likely to ask other corporate members and state / regional biofeedback societies for support as this is a crucial mission for all of us.
AAPB has gathered sufficient material for a few blogs and You Tube videos, but we are going to need a huge amount of good material on biofeedback to keep the blogs (and other posts) new and exciting. A few people have volunteered to supply content but we need dozens more of you to step forward. Please let me know if you are interested in contributing material to this effort.
Due to changes in economics, a great many people can't attend AAPB's annual meeting - especially if they are overseas where biofeedback is booming. As you have heard by now, we plan to hold next year's annual meeting simultaneously "in-person" in Savannah, Georgia and on the web as a real time, virtual meeting. The virtual meeting will show all of the presentations, exhibitions, posters, etc. which take place at the "in person" meeting. The systems we intend to use permit attendees at the virtual meeting to interact with speakers the same way people physically in the audience do.
Our first, very limited, trial run was successful so we are preparing to perform a full scale run with several simultaneous tracks, speakers, and attendees. This will permit us to get many of the bugs out of the system which we anticipate will show up.
We need your input on whether you feel that (a) the virtual meeting should be open to anybody who wants to attend or (b) should be limited to folk from out of the US in order to provide them with access but not reduce the number of people inside the US who might attend the meeting in person.
Please let me know which choice you prefer.
Development of a New Biofeedback Standards Document:
Last year, AAPB's board directed that a committee be formed to develop a new standards document for our organization. The committee consisted of myself (Chair), Paula Amar-Schwartz, Frank Andrasik, Shawn Criswell, Louis Csoka, and Linda Walker. The document they worked together to construct has been reviewed by the board and is nearly ready to go to all of you - our membership - for comments. It will also go to AAPB's lawyer, biofeedback instrument manufacturers, and many others.
I am giving you a "head's up on some key points in the document which you should look for and deeply consider.
(a) This document is intended to set actual standards which people doing biofeedback must meet. It is not a set of suggested guidelines. We will recommend that states use these guidelines to govern the provision of biofeedback related services within each state.
(b) The document defines the very different roles of educators, coaches, researchers, and clinicians to avoid any group being inadvertently prevented from providing biofeedback related services within their sphere of expertise and license.
(c) Technician level providers are clearly defined and the very limited role they can provide within a treatment / service is delineated - as is the role of the supervisor in providing the actual treatment (etc.) when the technician provides parts of the biofeedback process.
(d) Qualifications required to provide treatment of diagnosed disorders / medical conditions are clearly defined.
Somehow AAPB's webinar program lost momentum last year. It is now being rebuilt with support from the board, Resource Center, and the education committee under Chris Gilbert's direction.
In the past, the program's audience has been essentially derived from AAPB's membership. This simply is not an adequate base to get the word out about what biofeedback can do.
We plan to use our social networking campaign to advertise our webinars to clinicians not normally associated with AAPB. This will require developing different talks / topics for different audiences.
We also need people to volunteer to give webinars. If you are a good speaker with a well researched topic, please volunteer to give a webinar for us.
Many AAPB members are in a very difficult place as they don't actually have the correct credentials to provide the services they wish to. One potential solution is for those of us who need an appropriate degree to get one in applied psychophysiology. As I mentioned in my previous "president's letter", there is finally a doctoral program in applied psychophysiology. It is at Saybrook University - which is regionally accredited and approved to give doctoral degrees by the state of California. The new program compliments Saybrook's current excellent program in mind-body medicine. The new degree is in psychology with a specialization in psychophysiology. It is nearly time to begin registering for the program so please let me know if you are interested in finding out more about it.
Please contact me at email@example.com to discuss these and any other matters.
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Autogenic Training: An Integrated Approach with Biofeedback for Supporting Health
Thursday, August 1, 2013
This webinar overviews the history and pragmatic educational and clinical applications of Autogenic Training (AT) including the guidelines for non-indications, contra-indications and relative-contraindication. AT has parallels to yoga and meditation It can be seen as a structured biofeedback mindfulness meditation approach. It is a method for influencing the autonomic nervous system. AT practice has a positive impact on a number of non-conscious body systems including immune, endocrine, peptide and autonomic nervous systems. It is used around the world by competitive athletes, physicians, therapists and clients to restore physical, mental and emotional processes that are deregulated. Autogenic Training (AT) is the foundation of many self-regulation approaches and is much more than simply the 6 basic exercises. It includes Autogenic Neutralization, Meditative Exercises, Autogenic Modification, and Autogenic Feedback Training. The presentation will summarize how to teach and practice and autogenic training.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
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Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.
Delivery Method: Interactive webinar using telephone and Internet technology.
CE Credits: 1.5 credits
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The AAPB Education Committee, chaired by Dr. Chris Gilbert, is working to develop its next series of webinars for the remainder of 2013 and 2014. As we develop our schedule, we would like to assess your time preferences - to determine what days of the week and times of day would be most convenient for those interested in attending - to ensure you can be a part of the live discussion and Q&A for webinar presentations.
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