January 2015

AAPB Newsletter
January 2015


President's Letter

Stuart Donaldson, PhD, BCB - AAPB President

Dear Fellow AAPB Members,

A belated Happy Holidays & Happy New Year to you and your families.  This is a particularly difficult column to write due to the numerous holiday-related distractions at year end.  I am sitting around a pool in Huatulco, Mexico.  It is 28 degrees Celsius with a gentle breeze which delicately moves the humid air around cooling me off.  This and some liquid libation (note: I didn't say what type - that is the reader's choice), occasional dips in the pool make things just bearable.  I am seated about 500 yards from the ocean (Pacific) with all the related distractions occurring: seagulls, the sounds of kids laughing and playing, the thunder of the surf, surfers doing things only what I can imagine to do, beach volley ball, and mucho cervezo.  It's a tough life and I am weakening.

However, on to AAPB...  Even over the quiet time of the holiday season, much is happening.  In particular, I want to discuss two things: a) the situation in Iowa and b) the upcoming annual conference in Austin and give out some accolades.  The Iowa College of Physicians & Surgeons has issued a "cease and desist" order to an individual who is conducting qEEG assessments and doing EEG neurotherapy.  The claim is she is practicing medicine without a license.  This not unexpectedly has created a large number of comments, questions and concerns from members.  In an effort to gather correct and accurate information, I have asked the AAPB legislative committee to investigate this.  I hope to have a report in a couple of weeks and will offer further comment then.  In the meantime, remember this is not the first time medical colleges have done this, and the previous cases have been settled in biofeedback's favor.  We have also seen this type of action attempted by the Nevada Psychological State Board trying to restrict biofeedback to the domain of psychology.  AAPB wrote a document (which is available through the central office) opposing this position as biofeedback crosses over into numerous domains.  Also remember AAPB has a standards of practice document
which was recently updated.  Every practitioner should have a copy of this (available online here). It seems to me, as a personal view, the better biofeedback becomes at diagnosing dysfunctions and treating them, the more we will get challenges as we are threatening livelihoods.  I am sure we will be hearing more about this in the next coming months.

I want to talk about the upcoming AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin in March. My reaction to seeing the preliminary draft of the program was WOW!!!!!  When I became president, I wanted a conference that reflects the diverse nature of biofeedback.  After all, we are more than just brains.  I also believe that biofeedback is more than just instrumentations.  (I recommend you read "The Ghost In the Box" by Judith Green and Robert Shellenberger for a delightful discussion of the phenomena of thinking the power is in the box, not in the learning).  So I asked Dr. Howard Hall and Dr. Dennis Romig to put together a conference that reflects this.  This was beautifully achieved with a theme of  "The Many Faces of Biofeedback." There are at last count 69 different presenters on 15 - 20 different themes.  These presentations are on health and wellness, business marketing and strategy, all sorts of stuff on EEG neurotherapy from LORETA to LENS, numerous presentations on heart rate variability, stress, somatics and biofeedback, myofascial pain and fibromyalgia, art therapy and biofeedback, breathing, and introductory psychoneuroimmunology.  The list goes on and on.  This conference is designed to help you become a better practitioner. Remember "WHEN YOU SUCCEED WE (AAPB) SUCCEED."

I have to confess the computer was getting a little over heated so I was compassionate enough to take a break and go for a dip in the pool.  I am weakening.  One of the new parts to the program in 2015 is we are taking the conference out to the public.  Under the direction of Dr. Dennis Romig, we have established an evening of biofeedback awareness and education for the local Austin community.  Through direct contact with the various schools, colleges and universities, we are offering a chance for students to hear some of the different presenters.

On a personal note, and as President of AAPB, I wish to congratulate Dr. Paul Swingle.  Paul, who is a personal friend, operates a large clinical practice in Vancouver.  Recently he was awarded privileges to perform EEG neurotherapy at the Vancouver General Hospital.  I view this as a major breakthrough for psychologists in general and biofeedback in particular.  May I suggest that this appointment coupled with the issue in Iowa is a sample of what we can expect in the future, where conflicting interests will conduct turf wars?  Meanwhile, congratulations Paul!

I am sorry I have surrendered.  The pool is cool, the sounds and sensations are too much for this mere mortal.   Take care and be safe.  SEE YOU IN AUSTIN.

Thank you,
Stu Donaldson
AAPB President

AAPB 46th Annual Scientific Meeting

Early Registration Deadline is FEBRUARY 11

The Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback (AAPB), the pioneering professional society devoted to education and research in this field, will be hosting their 46th Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas on March 11-14, 2015 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. 

Register Now!

Exciting news for this year is that AAPB's 46th Annual Scientific Meeting is during SXSW Interactive 2015! South by Southwest Interactive has earned a reputation as an incubator of new ideas and creative technologies. Come for the Annual Scientific Meeting and stay to be inspired by Austin and SXSW Interactive 2015. 

2015 Annual Scientific Meeting highlights include:

  • 4 Keynote Sessions featuring:
    • Ruppert Issacson, Founder and Director, The Horse Boy Foundation - Healing Effects of Horses to Autism Families
    • Bob Schulz, PhD, Professor, Strategy and Global Management and Business and Environment, University of Calgary - Presidential Lecture: Business Strategy and Marketing
    • Michael Roizen, MD, Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic - Wellness
    • Julian Thayer, PhD, The Ohio Eminent Scholar Professor in Health Psychology, The Ohio State University - Prefrontal Regulation of the Stress Response: A Neurovisceral Integration Perspective
  • 19 Pre-Conference Workshops on Wednesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12, 2015
  • Over 30 Breakout Sessions that include a variety of panels, symposia and lectures
  • Poster Abstract Viewing - A wealth of research will be exhibited onsite
  • Section Meetings to connect you with colleagues in your specialized area of interest
  • Exhibit Hall and Networking Receptions and a special eventbenefitting the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB)

Make Your Hotel Reservations TODAY!
Renaissance Austin Hotel
9721 Arboretum Boulevard
Austin, Texas 78759
Phone:  800-468-3571
Book Online


COMING SOON: The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology, 2nd edition by Michael Thompson, MD and Lynda Thompson, PhD

The Wait is ALMOST Over...

AAPB is very pleased to announce that it will be publishing the long-awaited 2nd edition of The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology and its new companion piece, Functional Neuroanatomy Organized with Reference to Networks, Lobes of the Brain, 10-20 Sites, and Brodmann Areas, both by Michael Thompson, MD and Lynda Thompson, PhD.

There have been impressive advances in the area of applied neuroscience and brain computer interface training since original text was published over a decade ago. The second edition of The Neurofeedback Book features new sections on HRV, LORETA z-score NFB, Functional Neuroanatomy, Evoked Potentials, Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, Hemoencephalography, Slow Cortical Potentials, and very short discussions on Cranial Electrical & Electromagnetic Stimulation followed by a section updating assessment and intervention for: Concussion, ADHD, Seizures, Affect disorders, Asperger's and Autism, Movement Disorders & Fibromyalgia.

The Thompson's have expanded on the wealth of clinical information contained in the volume dealing with most of the common disorders that are currently treated both medically and with behavioral medicine approaches including neurofeedback. Leaders in the field agree that The Neurofeedback Book should be read and reread by all in the field and should be made available for university courses in psychophysiology and behavioral medicine. It provides a wealth of material for patients in treatment using neurofeedback approaches and for educating professionals in health care who might refer patients for treatment or who might be considering embarking on the neurofeedback-neurotherapy endeavor.

PLEASE NOTE: Functional Neuroanatomy is a separate monograph that will be available separately. Its contents will be included in the The Neurofeedback Book, 2nd Edition. Stay tuned for details on pre-order opportunities for these renown reference textbooks. EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS AND ADVANCED ACCESS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO AAPB MEMBERS ONLY!   

APA Proficiency Recognition Petition

Biofeedback/Applied Psychophysiology Petition for Renewal of APA Proficiency Recognition Now Available for Comment

We need your help! CRSPPP is now accepting comments for the AAPB issued proficiency petition via the Education Directorate's Public Comment website (http://apaoutside.apa.org/EducCSS/public/). Closing deadline for comments is 5:00PM EST, March 16, 2015. Please take a moment to comment favorably on the AAPB petition, so that Biofeedback/Applied Psychophysiology will remain a recognized APA proficiency - a distinction that elevates our field of practice.

All public comments are to be submitted electronically via this website. Participants may submit public comment and view other participants' public comment. Respondents are asked to focus their comments on: 1) A statement that addresses whether the request for continuation of such as described in the petition be approved; 2) Any rationale for this recommendation a) should be based on the request for recognition as delineated in the petition and b) any additional comments relevant to the request for recognition. Respondents are advised that comment is sought to inform the deliberations of CRSPPP.

A proficiency is a circumscribed activity in the general practice of professional psychology of one or more of its specialties that is represented by a distinct procedure, technique, or applied skill set used in psychological assessment, treatment and/or intervention within which one develops competence.

Fellowship Opportunity

STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program - Recruiting Class of 2015

The Institute for Defense Analyses - Science and Technology Policy Institute (IDA-STPI) Science Policy Fellowship is recruiting a new class of Fellows for 2015-2017. The Science Policy Fellows program is for recent bachelor's and master's degree recipients with backgrounds in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences or statistics, and learning sciences. IDA-STPI, located in Washington, D.C., provides high-quality, objective, analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and other Federal Government organizations. 

This two-year program provides a unique opportunity for recent graduates to gain science and technology policy experience. Policy research will focus on areas such as energy and the environment, space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education.

Interested applicants can learn more by visiting: https://www.ida.org and can apply directly to the Fellowship here: https://jobs-ida.icims.com


AAPB Member Benefit

Don't Forget: Free Downloadable Brochures Are Now Available to AAPB MEMBERS ONLY!

Educating and informing others about the importance of biofeedback training is not always as easy - but is imperatively important.

To better explain and market our profession, AAPB offers its members brochures that can be downloaded and printed without charge.

These brochures are ideal for:

        • patients
        • practitioners
        • parents
        • pediatricians
        • psychologists
        • psychiatrists

AAPB provides downloadable brochures as a member benefit in the hope that members will distribute them to inform their communities of the unique and beneficial work provided by our field.

Visit the AAPB website to download your brochures TODAY! (Accessible to AAPB members ONLY!)


AAPB Member Resource: Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS)

Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences 

NEW! Now available to AAPB members, the new journal, Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Branin Sciences. Through AAPB's society membership with the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS), AAPB members are eligible to receive this new journal. It is an annual publication that presents original research and scientific reviews relevant to public policy. This annual will:

  • Allow scientists to share research that can help build sound policies.
  • Allow policymakers to provide feedback to the scientific community regarding research that could address societal challenges.
  • Encourage the scientific community to build models that seriously consider implementation to address the needs of society.

In the inaugural issue, accessible here, FABBS members Society of Experimental Social Psychology and Society for Personality Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Social Psychology appointed guest Editors Eugene Borgida and Brenda Major to work with Editor Susan Fiske. Invited authors have contributed 33 stimulating papers that contribute policy insights to education, work and organizations, justice, interrogation, inequality, negotiation, the environment, health and well-being, as well as public reactions to policy. 





AAPB Publications

Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
In association with the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Submit Your Next Paper to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Please consider submitting your manuscript to Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback at: http://apbi.edmgr.com. Experience fair, balanced, and helpful refereeing. Accepted papers are published quickly via Online First. Published works enjoy wide distribution to academics, researchers, and practitioners worldwide, including all AAPB members, and are abstracted/indexed in all the leading services, including PsycINFO, PubMed/Medline, and SSCI. For more information, visit the journal homepage: www.springer.com/10484.

Contact Editor-in-Chief Frank Andrasik (e-mail: fndrasik@memphis.edu) with any general inquiries about the journal and/or your suggestions for special thematic issues.

Sign up for SpringerAlerts for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

Please visit the journal homepage (www.springer.com/10484) to sign up easily for free SpringerAlerts. Be notified when each issue is published online (4 times a year) and see what papers are in it weeks before subscribers receive the print version. The journal, both the online and print versions, is an AAPB membership benefit.

Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB) News

FERB Fundraiser
Dinner & Dancing at the Broken Spoke
"The Best Honky Tonk in Texas"
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Austin, Texas


Make an investment in the Future of Biofeedback: 
Join Us for a Truly Texas Post-Conference Celebration

The Broken Spoke is Texas' most definitive dance hall and if it's Texas fare you want, you will find the best at the Broken Spoke. We'll start with a truly Texas meal and stay for the dancing.

Tickets are $75 per person. Transportation will be available to and from the hotel until midnight so you can enjoy all that Broken Spoke has to offer. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences (FERB).

Make sure you sign up for the FERB Fundraiser when you register for the 2015 AAPB Annual Scientific Meeting today!

FOR PURCHASE - Special AAPB Member Rates Apply

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!

New additions include:

Certification Opportunities

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
Web: www.bcia.org
Email: info@bcia.org



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