Committee/Volunteer
Opportunities

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!


To achieve AAPB’s strategic goals we need dedicated volunteer leaders, who are willing to lead through committee service. The Board has set the "destination," we look to committee leaders to "plan the best route," or develop and recommend the tactics to achieve our goals and vision.

With six STANDING committees and several project-specific subcommittees, we continually work to identify both committee chairs, project champions and committee members.

If you wish to contribute and invest your time and talent with AAPB, please email the following information to mcunningham@kellencomapny.com.

Name
Address
Email
Phone

Subject Matter Expertise (please share a few words about your current interest in Biofeedback):

Reason(s) Why I Wish to Serve:

Indicate Your Committee Preference(s).

  • Standards/Professional Practices Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Innovation Committee
  • Public Awareness Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Publications Committee*** Board/Staff Committee - Members selected by Board/Editor Appointment

Volunteer Opportunities


Leaders are not born. Opportunity can appear at the door of a potential leaders, but an individual’s persistence and intention are key! We have an abundance of new opportunities within AAPB’s Committee Structure and we welcome your participation

To be an AAPB Volunteer: WHAT DOES IT TAKE? WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

BEING AN AAPB LEADER TAKES VISION

A volunteer leader at AAPB is a person who takes pride in the healing professions and wants to make a difference for the future; one who is forward-thinking; one who takes a stand for professionalism and competency; and one committed to elevating the modality of biofeedback in all its forms. Becoming a member was your first step to realizing your leadership potential. For members of AAPB who take on volunteer leadership roles, the benefits increase exponentially.

BEING AN AAPB LEADER MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Leaders inspire change, instill passion, and drive direction when they effectively communicate their Ideas and share their knowledge and expertise. They provide vision for setting goals and lead the charge for carrying them out. AAPB's volunteer leaders make a difference in their chapters or institutes, their organizations, and their profession at large, by taking on a visible role in the field.

BEING AN AAPB LEADER BRINGS OPPORTUNITY. You will...

  • Develop leadership skills, including those associated with problem solving, directing others, public speaking, strategic planning, teamwork, conflict resolution, and time management
  • Gain exposure to current professional issues that impact your organization
  • Interact with colleagues from different types of organizations representing government, industry, and academia
  • Grow professionally as a result of being challenged to find solutions for Issues that Impact those using biofeedback in different Industries or countries.
  • Hone your mentoring skills to build the next generation of practitioners and researchers to support the future of a growing global modality
  • Make lasting contacts that can provide advice, guidance, moral support, and friendship
  • Share experiences and Identify best practices that add value to your organization
  • Gain satisfaction from contributing to the profession you embrace
  • See lasting changes result from your work on behalf of the profession
  • Experience firsthand the valuable diversity of our worldwide membership
  • Local and international recognition for your contributions to the global profession

BEING AN AAPB LEADER INCREASES YOUR VALUE AND IMPACT
Among the many benefits to your organization, your AAPB leadership involvement will result in:

  • Continued professional education and leadership development opportunities
  • Improved communication skills, level of confidence, and teamwork capabilities
  • Enhanced professionalism through exposure to best practices
  • A training ground for future leadership roles within the organization
  • Exposure to new cultures and Innovation
  • The Identification of new tools and trends that enhance your understanding of biofeedback
  • Access to an expansive network of resources and contacts
  • Enhanced visibility and credibility of your field of study/practice

Volunteer alignment with AAPB’s strategic path is essential to our collective success:

AAPB Mission: AAPB promotes and represents the science and practice of self-regulation to enhance health and performance

AAPB Vision: To integrate self-regulation into everyday life

Strategic Goals:

  • Public Awareness - Heightened public awareness about the modality
  • Standardization - Standardization for those practicing and integrating biofeedback
  • Membership Growth - Focused and purposeful membership growth to expand subject matter expertise network and resources
  • Innovation - Create an environment suitable for innovation to prosper

AAPB Committee Charters


AAPB Standards/Professional Practices Committee


MISSION: To refine, implement and maintain the infrastructure for communication and education of AAPB's professional standards and Code of Ethics, APA proficiency status, continuing education and accreditation compliance, reimbursement/coding best practices, and fellowship designation as necessary to facilitate the sharing of AAPB member experience and knowledge to the benefit of the public health and safety at large.

ROLE:
The Standards/Professional Practices Committee is responsible for the following key elements:

Ethical Compliance: Oversee and manage ethical and compliance issues within AAPB and its membership, The focus is to provide assistance to AAPB's management, and its membership, to enable AAPB and Its members operate according to the highest ethical industry and professional standards and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and as defined by the AAPB Code of Ethics. Tasks will Include the development, Implementation and operation of an effective ethical compliance program;  promotion of an organizational culture that encourages law abiding and ethical conduct; and consideration and resolution any Issues of Interpretation regarding any aspect of the ethics program.

Fellowship Development: Establish and maintain program for honorary recognition designation in regard to compliance with the highest professional standards, active engagement with the modality, and relevant experience, professional achievement, and/or has made a signification impact on the advancement of Biofeedback. Fellowship is bestowed to those AAPB members meeting established criteria.

Coding and Reimbursement Guidance and Best Practices: Act as biofeedback's representative in the area of coding, terminology development and reimbursement. The focus is to seek new and updated codes to ensure accurate Identification of biofeedback procedures. We will work to collaborate on the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel to request new and revised CPT codes to ensure accurate Identification of services and procedures for the biofeedback modality. CPT codes are used to report these services to public and private Insurers on medical claims. AAPB will occasionally Issue coding guidance on biofeedback procedures if requested. In addition, this guidance may include the necessity for a new CPT code to report the procedure/treatment/device in medical claims to third party insurers. AAPB follows the required criteria established by the AMA CPT Editorial Panel for new or revised CPT codes.

APA Proficiency: Reestablish and maintain biofeedback's proficiency status as defined by and within the American Psychological Association - encompassing a core of psychological knowledge and skills, and Includes specific methods for how psychologists typically acquire its knowledge and skills.

CE and Accreditation Oversight: Implement and oversee continuing education processes to ensure AAPB remains in full compliance and meets the standards and criteria set by accreditation bodies. Reviewing new criteria as it be­ comes available; by reviewing current processes and documents that govern AAPB's jointly sponsored, co-provided and directly sponsored educational activities for modification to keep AAPB in compliance with said criteria and standards; and by training and orienting other volunteers to the requirements.

MEETINGS: The Standards/Professional Practices Committee will conduct the business of the committee through an ongoing schedule of conference calls and electronic communications. The Committee and any subcommittees will utilize a consensus decision-making process when possible. When consensus decisions are not possible, decisions will be made by a simple majority of a roll-call vote.

MEMBERSHIP:

Committee Leadership: The Standards/Professional Practices Committee will have a Chair. The Chair shall be a current member of the organization who is not a board member. The term of office for the Chair shall be for three years or until a successor is appointed by the Board of Directors. Total committee membership should not exceed eleven voting members.

Other Members:

  • The President of the AAPB Board of Directors will also appoint a Board liaison
  • Other members are appointed by the Committee Chair
  • The Association's Executive Director or designee as an Ex Officio, non-voting member

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Standards/Professional Practices Committee Chair is responsible for:

  • Collaborating with other AAPB Committee Chairs to work in concert toward common AAPB goals and objectives
  • Serving as Chair for all Standards/Professional Practices Committee meetings
  • Appointing any subcommittees of the Standards/Professional Practices Committee with the advice and consent of the full Committee
  • Coordinating activities of subcommittees with those of the Standards/Professional Practices Committee
  • Appointing a member of the Professional Practices Committee to chair meetings in their absence
  • Designating an Ex Officio or Committee member to Serve as Committee Secretary and in that role produce minutes of all meetings of the Professional Practices Committee, maintain the roster of Committee Members, and coordinate scheduling of meetings

AAPB Membership Committee


MISSION: To promote the interests of prospective members in the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and to maintain the satisfaction of existing members.

ROLE:

  • Developing and implementing a plan for membership growth and retention
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring marketing programs to promote membership to prospective members
  • Identifying the need for additional and improved member services and benefits
  • Receiving and addressing input from Association members
  • Recommending to the Board complimentary, honorary, and life memberships
  • Developing a long-term recognition and membership recruitment "rewards" program
  • Establishing and overseeing subcommittees and taskforces needed to meet the Committee's objectives
  • Recommending the appointment and termination of subcommittee and taskforce members

MEETINGS: The Membership Committee will conduct business of the committee through an ongoing schedule of confer­ence calls and electronic communications. The Committee and any subcommittee or task force will utilize a consensus decision making process when possible. When consensus decisions are not possible, decisions will be made by a simple majority of a roll call vote.

MEMBERSHIP:

Committee Leadership: The Membership Committee shall have a Chair that is an experienced AAPB member as appointed by the Chair of the Board of Directors.  The Chair's term shall be for three years or until a successor is chosen by the President of the Board of Directors. All other Committee members shall be a member in good standing of the Association.

Other Committee members shall include:

  • The Association's Executive Director as an Ex Officio member, or his/her designee
  • A member of the Board of Directors to serve as a liaison between the Membership Committee and the Board

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Chair is responsible for:

  • Serving as Chair for all meetings of the Membership Committee
  • Appointing the Chair of the Membership Recognition Subcommittee, with the advice and consent of the Membership Committee
  • Coordinating development of subcommittee/taskforce goals and objectives with the respective subcommittee/task force chair, for review and approval by the Membership Committee
  • Coordinating ongoing activities of subcommittees and taskforces with those of the Membership Committee
  • Coordinating establishment of new subcommittees and taskforces needed to deliver new membership and recognition activities and programs as approved by the Board
  • Appointing a member of the Membership Committee to chair meetings in his/her absence
  • Reporting Membership activities to the Board.

Innovation Committee


MISSION: To serve as a resource, facilitator, thought leader to address a broad range of technology-related, opportunities and issues of interest to AAPB and its members. Evaluation of associated Implications, risks and benefits. The Innovation Committee represents a guiding coalition to set Innovation priorities, change culture, allocate resources and make recommendations to the AAPB Board.

ROLE: Research and Collaboration - Connecting researchers and clinicians together to work on focused replication studies. If some means of pre-approval, such as is being applied In RCT's, can be applied to clinical replication work. For the Innovation/research component, whether any form of automation or online resource can be brought into the mix, either as a connection method for mentors and researchers, etc., and/or as a data repository for normative assessment and outcome data. Ideally, one should be able to evaluate any method compared to the current "standard of care" as an ersatz control group.

MEETINGS: The Innovation Committee will conduct the business of the committee through an ongoing schedule of conference calls and electronic communications. The Committee and any subcommittees will utilize a consensus decision-making process when possible. When consensus decisions are not possible, decisions will be made by a simple majority of a roll-call vote.

MEMBERSHIP:

Committee Leadership: The Innovation Committee will have a Chair. The Chair shall be a current member of the organization. The term of office for the Chair shall be for three years or until a successor is appointed by the Board of Directors. Total committee membership should not exceed eleven voting members.

Other Members: The President of the AAPB Board of Directors will also appoint a Board liaison. Other members are appointed by the Committee Chair. The Association's Executive Director or designee as an Ex Officio, non-voting member.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Innovation Committee Chair is responsible for:

  • Collaborating with other AAPB Committee Chairs to serve common AAPB goals and objectives
  • Serving as Chair for all Innovation Committee meetings
  • Appointing any subcommittees of the Innovation Committee with the advice and consent of the full Committee
  • Coordinating activities of subcommittees with those of the Innovation Committee
  • Appointing a member of the Innovation Committee to chair meetings In their absence
  • Designating an Ex Officio or Committee member to Serve as Committee Secretary and in that role pro­duce minutes of all meetings of the Innovation Committee, maintain the roster of Committee Members, and coordinate scheduling of meetings

Public Awareness Committee


MISSION: To inform and educate the public, service providers, and service-users about the benefits and risks of biofeedback. Recommends and oversees programs designed to enhance the public's awareness of the biofeedback modality. Its tasks include promoting biofeedback to the general public, other relevant professionals and perspective students. Plans and implements strategies on how to disseminate these messages. Commit­ tee members ensure that information is culturally sensitive and correct.

ROLE:

Subject Leader Program Development & Monitoring: Promote member interaction and knowledge sharing through capture of the member experience through skill survey and development of a formalized AAPB Subject Leader Program. Oversee the designation of Subject Leader positions, reviewed annually, based on member need and emerging issues. Develop and routinely update job descriptions, duties and an operating manual for the program. Solicit, Interview, recommend for appointment and coordinate Subject Leaders. Finally, ensure that Subject Leaders are utilized effectively by both members and other AAPB committees, and recognized publically for their contributions.

AAPB Practitioner Directory Maintenance: Maintain practitioner online directory, audit for AAPB Code of Ethics compliance to ensure consumer protection and

Website Development: Act as a recommending body for the development of the AAPB website, including its structure, design, policies and procedures. Identify, prioritize and advocate for website needs and services. Recognize that the website is the one constant presence in the marketplace that represents AAPB, it is critical that the website represents and supports the association's overall goals and objectives.

In line with AAPB's objective to develop and maintain programs, benefits and services that enhance AAPB membership, the website is considered a key technological tool to help achieve this objective. Specific objectives are to:

  • Provide current and useful online member-driven information designed to enhance the value of AAPB membership
  • Provide dynamic, specialized, and relevant information to our target market of biofeedback professionals and the public at large
  • Increase non-dues revenue for the association through advertising and vendor services on our website
  • Promote the growth of the association through by developing a "best in class" resource website, for both members and non-members

Promoting Collaborative Conversation - List Serv: Regularly review social media member conversation on the list-serv and other social media sites to stay attune to and help align Subject Leaders with public and professional needs.

MEMBERSHIP:

Committee Leadership

The Public Awareness Committee will have a Chair, who is not a member of the standing AAPB Board of Directors. The Chair shall be a current member of the organization. The term of office for the Chair shall be for three years or until a successor is appointed by the Board of Directors. Total committee membership should not exceed eleven voting members.

Other Members

  • The President of the AAPB Board of Directors will also appoint a Board liaison.
  • Other members are appointed by the Committee Chair.
  • The Association's Executive Director or designee as an Ex Officio, non-voting member.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Public Awareness Committee Chair is responsible for:

  • Collaborating with other AAPB Committee Chairs to serve common AAPB goals and objectives
  • Serving as Chair for all Public Awareness Committee meetings
  • Appointing any subcommittees of the Public Awareness Committee with the advice and consent of the full Committee
  • Coordinating activities of subcommittees with those of the Public Awareness Committee
  • Appointing a member of the Public Awareness Committee to chair meetings in their absence
  • Designating an Ex Officio or Committee member to Serve as Committee Secretary and in that role pro­duce minutes of all meetings of the Public Awareness Committee, maintain the roster of Committee Members, and coordinate scheduling of meetings

Education Committee


MISSION: To ensure AAPB's conferences, seminars and other educational events support its mission and are responsive to the needs of the AAPB membership and the profession at large.

ROLE:

The Education Committee is responsible for:

  • Soliciting input from AAPB members regarding the education needs of profession
  • Recommending new educational offerings for Board approval
  • Appointment and termination of subcommittee chairs for Board approval
  • Establishing and overseeing subcommittees for Board approved educational offerings
  • Providing guidance to and overseeing activities of Annual Meeting and Webinar program
  • Providing input to the Annual Meeting Subcommittee

MEETINGS: The Education Committee will conduct business of the committee through an ongoing schedule of quarterly conference calls and electronic communications. The Committee and its subcommittees will utilize a consensus decision making process when possible. When consensus decisions are not possible, decisions will be made by a simple majority of a roll call vote.

MEMBERSHIP

Committee Leadership: The Education Committee shall have a Chair, who is a member in good standing of AAPB as appointed by the President of the Board of Directors. The term of the Co-Chairs shall be for three years or until a successor is chosen by the President of the Board of Directors. All other Committee members shall either be a chair of an Education Committee Subcommittee or members in good standing of the Association. Total membership should not exceed eleven voting members.

Other Committee members shall include:

  • Members in good standing, as appointed by the committee chair
  • The Association's Executive Director as an Ex Officio Member

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Chair is responsible for:

  • Serving as Chair for all meetings of the Education Committee
  • Appointing a Chair for the Webinar Subcommittee
  • Coordinating development of education goals and objectives
  • Coordinating ongoing activities of Annual Meeting and Webinar program with those of the Education Committee
  • Coordinating establishment of new subcommittees needed to deliver new educational offerings as approved by the Board
  • Appointing a member of the Education Committee to chair meetings in his or her absence
  • Reporting Education Committee activities to the Board

AAPB Endorse the APA’s Authoritative Diversity/Inclusivity Guidance Framework

Beginning in 2015, the AAPB leadership considered the continuing evolution of the study and practice of the biofeedback modality in consideration of psychology and other disciplines, changes in society-at-large, and emerging data about the different needs for particular individuals and groups historically marginalized or disenfranchised within and by psychology based on their ethnic/racial heritage and social group identity or membership. To that end, AAPB has formally endorsed the components of The American Psychological Association's (APA) Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice and Organizational Change for Psychologists. As an organization that crosses professional disciplines, AAPB applies and encourages these principles and guidelines to all respective disciplines that utilize the application of applied psychophysiology and bio­feedback. All AAPB volunteers and members are expected to follow these guidelines:

Guideline #1: Biofeedback Practitioners, Educators and Researchers are encouraged to recognize that, as cultural beings, they may hold attitudes and beliefs that can detrimentally influence their perceptions of and interactions with individuals who are ethnically and racially different from themselves.

Guideline #2: Biofeedback Practitioners, Educators and Researchers are encouraged to recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity/responsiveness, knowledge, and understanding about ethnically and racially different individuals.

Guideline #3: As educators, Biofeedback Practitioners, Educators and Researchers are encouraged to employ the constructs of multiculturalism and diversity in psychological education.

Guideline #4: Culturally sensitive psychological researchers are encouraged to recognize the importance of conducting culture-centered and ethical psychological re­ search among persons from ethnic, linguistic, and racial minority backgrounds.

Guideline #5: Biofeedback Practitioners, Educators and Researchers strive to apply culturally-appropriate skills in clinical and other applied psychological practices.

Guideline #6: Biofeedback Practitioners, Educators and Researchers are encouraged to use organizational change processes to support culturally informed organizational (policy) development and practices.

The AAPB Board of Directors' enthusiastic endorsement of the APA’s Guidance on behalf of our members reflects our commitment to the highest standards of practice, care, knowledge, competency, excellence and professionalism.

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