June 2013

AAPB Newsletter
June 2013



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.

Virtual Meeting:

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.

Webinar Program:

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 need your ideas on other ways to reach a wider audience.

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.
Applied Psychophysiology's Doctoral Program:

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 rsherman@nwinet.com to discuss these and any other matters.

Rich Sherman
AAPB President

Save the Date: AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting

SAVE THE DATES - March 19-22, 2014
We look forward to seeing you all next year in Savannah, Georgia, March 19-22 for AAPB's 45th Annual Scientific Meeting! 


Order Your 2013 AAPB Meeting Recordings Today
Were you unable to attend AAPB's 44th Annual Scientific Meeting in Portland? Perhaps you attended the Meeting but were unable to see all of the sessions that interested you. Thanks to the amazing team at Backcountry Recording, you can now order many of the sessions found at this year's Meeting. PLEASE NOTE: Only sessions where speakers gave consent to be recorded are available to order.

To order:

Looking For 2013 Annual Meeting Handouts?
Workshop handouts were only emailed to attendees, as they were available to workshop registrants only. If you attended a workshop and did not receive the handout, please contact Marissa Frost at mfrost@resourcenter.com. To see if any of the breakout sessions you attended have handouts posted online, click here. While speakers are encouraged to provide online handouts, it is not required. It is the speaker's choice whether or not to provide them.

To access the handouts site:

  • AAPB Members - enter your username and password to access the site.
  • Non-members - email info@aapb.org to receive your login information.

Forgot your AAPB login information? Click here.

AAPB WEBINAR- Autogenic Training: An Integrated Approach with Biofeedback for Supporting Health, presented by Erik Peper, PhD

REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Click here to register TODAY!

Autogenic Training: An Integrated Approach with Biofeedback for Supporting Health

Thursday, August 1, 2013
1:00pm Eastern Time

Presented by:
Erik Peper, PhD
San Francisco State University and BiofeedbackHealth

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:

  • Describe the background and process of Autogenic Training
  • Identify the non-indications, contra-indications and relative contra-indications for Autogenic Training
  • Understand the guidelines for teaching Autogenic training
  • Identify clinical and educational applications for integrating Autogenic Training and Biofeedback 

Erik Peper, PhD is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He studied Autogenic Therapy (AT) with Wolfgang Luthe, MD and integrates AT with educational and clinical applications of biofeedback. He is Professor at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE) and past President of AAPB. He holds Senior Fellow (Biofeedback) certification from BCIA. He has a biofeedback practice at BiofeedbackHealth (www.biofeedbackhealth.org). He received the 2011 BFE Educator Award for his ongoing contribution and teaching in the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback and the 2013 Distinguished Scientist Award from AAPB. He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books His most recent books Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment. His research interests focus on psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention and optimizing health with biofeedback.

Level: All  

Prerequisites: None. Advance preparation is not required.  

Delivery Method: Interactive webinar using telephone and Internet technology.  

CE Credits: 1.5 credits   


  • Non-Member Price: $99
  • AAPB Members: $69 - $30 in savings  
  • Not a member? Join Today!
  • Extra participants seeking CE credit: $25 for members;
    $45 for non-members
FOR PURCHASE - Special AAPB Member Rates Apply

Webinar Recordings
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!

  • Addiction and Compulsive Behavior
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Ethics
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Stress

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. 

Please click here to add your time preferences.


A New Service Provided to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Authors - Citation Alert
In April 2013 Springer launched a new service for journal authors, the Citation Alert, that lets them know when their published paper has been cited. The contact author will receive an e-mail alert that provides links to both his/her cited article and the citing article. Based on article DOIs (digital object identifier) and information Springer receives from CrossRef.org, the contact author is alerted whenever his/her paper is cited by another published article. Alternatively, authors may opt to receive weekly, monthly, or annual alerts that list all citations for the chosen time period in one e-mail. Authors may also opt out of the service -- but who wouldn't want to easily see where their paper is being cited? Citation is an indicator of the value other researchers, academics, and professionals place on the paper and is a sure sign of success.

Authors need not sign up for Citation Alert. All contact authors registered with springer.com (this happens at the beginning of the production process for accepted manuscripts) will receive the alert if their article is cited after the introduction of the service.

Submit Your Next Paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback will be pleased to receive your next manuscript submission at http://apbi.edmgr.com. The journal's homepage ( www.springer.com/10484) contains pertinent information about the journal, such as aims and scope and author instructions.

Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik (e-mail: fndrasik@memphis.edu) will be glad to answer your general inquiries about the journal and hear your suggestions for special thematic issues.

Sign up for SpringerAlerts for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
SpringerAlerts for this journal (4 per volume-year) are free and provide you with the current issue's table of contents when the issue is published online  -  weeks before receiving the print version.   Please visit the homepage (www.springer.com/10484) to see how easy it is to sign up.


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 recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. For more information on certification or recertification, contact BCIA today:

Phone: (303) 420-2902
Fax: (720) 881-6101
Web: www.bcia.org
Email: info@bcia.org


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