Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

August 2007- Vol 1, Issue 3
In This Issue
President's Message
Good News for Clinicians
AAPB Database of Clinical Results
Did You Know?
New Resource Available in AAPB Store
Two Keynote Speakers Confirmed
Fall Workshop
Chapter Events
Growing AAPB
Welcome New Members
Other News
Quick Links
President's Message
What is Biofeedback? 
Reaching a Consensus
by Alan Glaros, PhD

We've received reports from our members who have worked extensively to establish their professional reputations with their local communities, only to have that reputation threatened later.  Most commonly, someone new to the community starts to make claims for treatment programs using "biofeedback."  In looking at the list of treatment modalities, most of us would strongly oppose the use of the term "biofeedback" for the treatments involved. 


We hope to have a formal definition of biofeedback that the entire field can agree on, and we hope to reach that point soon.  A committee headed by Dr. Mark Schwartz is working on the issue.  For our members, having a definition would provide some ammunition against people who usurp the term for their own purposes to confuse the public.  While we wait for the committee to complete its work, please send us examples (printed versions, preferably) of "biofeedback" that doesn't meet your definition of the term.

Good News for Clinicians
Aetna insurance company recently revised its clinical policy bulletin on biofeedback.  Aetna considers biofeedback medically necessary for 10 disorders.  See the entire report online.  Be sure to use this report to your advantage with companies that give you a hard time about reimbursing biofeedback services!
AAPB Database of Clinical Results
Biofeedback's effectiveness is frequently questioned because there are no large scale studies of many hundreds of patients for any of our interventions. We are always criticized because even our best studies have only a dozen patients when people are expecting results from thousands.
There is a way we can provide the large numbers people are expecting to see. If all of us seeing clients  enter information about each into a database, it won't be long before we have the numbers we need.
We are asking YOU to join the effort to remedy  this critical problem by using AAPB's study database  to enter information from your clients. It will take you about five minutes to register as a  provider and then about 15 minutes total time for entering information from each client's record. There is no need to fill out any paperwork or collect special information on your clients. All the information comes from your own records and it is anonymous to the public.
For our first phase, we are looking for information from patients treated with SEMG biofeedback for (a) urinary incontinence, (b) migraine headache, (c) tension headache, (d) jaw area musculoskeletal pain, (e) cramping phantom pain, or (f) musculoskeletal low back pain. Once we get this phase working, we will add many other conditions and feedback modalities.
Details about the study are available here. You may also go to AAPB's web site for information.
Did you know?

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recently published a list of complementary and alternative medicine services, and biofeedback was not on the list.  We contacted NCCAM to ask why, and Terry Evans at the NCCAM Clearinghouse wrote back to say that they will continue to include biofeedback as a complementary and alternative medicine service provided by NCCAM's Integrative Medicine Consult Service at the NIH Clinical Center.  According to NCCAM, the Integrative Medicine Consult Service is developing more ways to help the patients who participate in clinical trials, and it is open to most treatments that may help patients, including biofeedback.  Could this be another indicator that biofeedback is increasingly viewed as a mainstream therapy?

New Resource Available in AAPB Store
AAPB has a new training CD available for you. Created by Jinny Joy LaRock, RN, BCIAC Sr. Fellow, this CD is specifically aimed at the home training component of clinical biofeedback training. It includes four training tracks: Tense and Relax, Selective Muscle Use, Heavy and Loose, and Warmth. There is also a bonus track of ocean sounds added to provide quieting sound for the listener. The CD is available through the AAPB store for $18.95 plus shipping and handling.
Don't forget to browse through all the fantastic publications and products available to you. AAPB offers books published specifically for our industry, including the popular text by Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson, The Neurofeedback Book,  as well as Pain, by Richard Sherman, PhD. Download a catalog today.
Two Keynote Speakers Confirmed
AAPB announces two of the keynote speakers for the 2008 Annual Meeting to be
held May 15-18 at the oceanfront Hilton Hotel in Daytona Beach. Our conferences have a
reputation for bringing stimulating, informative, powerhouse speakers to headline the event. And the coming year is no exception.
Exploring the Boundaries of Neuroplasticity: Implications for Biofeedback and
  - W. Dalton Dietrich, PhD, Scientific Director, Professor, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, and Cell Biology & Anatomy, School of
Medicine, University of Miami, Florida.

FMRI of Deception - Daniel D. Langleben, MD, Assistant  Professor of Psychiatry, University of  Pennsylvania, Center for Studies of Addiction.

Watch for more information about additional keynote and invited speakers as they are confirmed.

Fall Workshop
Presented by: Richard Gevirtz, PhD; Paul Lehrer, PhD; and Stephen Porges, PhD
This workshop is intended for biofeedback practitioners with some preliminary  background in heart rate variability (HRV) and HRV biofeedback. It will cover "Polyvagal Theory" (Porges, 1995), its development, status, and implications, and HRV measurement with an emphasis on clinical utility. From these foundations, applications for developmental, psychophysiological, anxiety, and pulmonary disorders will be covered. It is expected that the participant will be able to read the HRV literature with greater understanding and be able to design an HRV biofeedback protocol for relevant  disorders.
Online registration is now open.
Chapter Events
The Biofeedback Society of Texas 
33rd Annual Meeting
October 12-14, 2007
Salado, Texas
  • Conference speakers include: Rae Wilson, PT; Gabriel Tan, PhD; Eugenia Bodenhamer-Davis, PhD; Lori Simms; Maria Irene Cunha and Julie Ballinger, students; Lynda Kirk, LPC and Past President of AAPB; and Douglas Matheson, PhD.  
  • Pre-conference workshops (October 12, three hours each) - Penny Montgomery, PhD, Why Neurofeedback Works (As I Understand It); Randy Neblett, LPC, Active EMG Protocols for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Post-conference workshop (October 14, four hours) - John Russell, MD, PhD, The Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Diagnosis, Management and Pathogenesis.

For more information visit, email, or call 512-921-3992.

Growing AAPB
A vote of thanks to the Biofeedback Society of Florida and to Aubrey Ewing.  At the recent meeting of the BSF, 18 attendees decided to take advantage of AAPB's offer of a short-term, limited, complimentary membership.  We thank BSF for their help.  Helping each other grow enhances opportunities for all.

We've also been contacted by individuals interested in establishing Australian and Polish international chapters of AAPB.  More evidence that AAPB is truly the international society for mind-body medicine.

Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following individuals who have become new members of AAPB  since March 23, 2007.  We're delighted to have you join the premier international society for mind-body interactions in research, healthcare and education.  Thank you for the confidence you've placed in us!
  • Eric Aemendariz, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Gregory Accola, Sea Cliff, New York
  • Jennifer Bailey, Brevard, North Carolina
  • Nicolette Bautista, Elk Grove, California
  • Loren Bennitt, Los Angeles, California
  • Melanie Berry, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Paul Botticelli, East Setauket, New York
  • Stephanie Bradley, RN, Tucson, Arizona
  • Alicia Braccia, Orlando, Florida
  • Jim Brown, Mt. Shasta, California
  • Vikki Brown, PhD, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Lynda Bruce, PhD, Eureka, California
  • Susan Buckelew, PhD, Union City, Tennessee
  • Ramona Burroughs, Denton, Texas
  • Lydia Cerpa, Brandon, Florida
  • Renee Chillcott, Orlando, Florida
  • Donna Comanda, Staten Island, New York
  • Beth Davis, PhD, San Diego, California
  • Diana de Boer, MSc, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Julie Demyan, Yuma, Arizona
  • Paul Emerson, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • Ayben Ertem, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Billy Harney, Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Alexandra Harris, PhD, Delray Beach, Florida
  • Judy Hesrick, Melbourne, Florida
  • Stacie Hixson, Erie, Colorado
  • Jan Howard, Titusville, Florida
  • Adam Jarczewski, Menlo Park, California
  • Daniel Kaster, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Douglas Lewis, PhD, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Edward Magalhaes, PhD, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Melissa Malone, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Elise Markham, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Arthur McCullar, Southfield, Michigan
  • John Nash, PhD, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Henry Owens, PhD, Melbourne, Florida
  • Cathy Portje, MSW, San Rafael, California
  • Karen Quigley, PhD, East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tonya Rasor, Niceville, Florida
  • Rebecca Resendiz Rodriguez, Chicago, Illinois
  • Kristiansson Roth, PhD, Cordele, Georgia
  • Lisa Setser, Grand Prairie, Texas
  • William Steltewkamp, PhD, Winter Park, Florida
  • Thomas Swisshelm, Gainsville, Florida
  • Vinayak, PhD, Beverly Hills, California
  • Valeska Wilson, Winter Springs, Florida
  • Joan Young, Winter Park, Florida
Other News
We're supporting our members

We will soon add be adding a new member resource to the website -- A Clinician's Toolkit.  This will be an additional resource that clinicians can use to facilitate the care of their patients.  Look in the Members Only portion of the web site for this new posting.


In recent months, we've assisted AAPB members in several ways, including the preparation of support letters.  Please don't hesitate to contact me, any of our Board members, or our management association for help.  We'll do what we can to support you.

CE Credits and the Annual Meeting
I had the pleasure of going online to receive CE credits for the 2007 AAPB meeting. It was a remarkably simple process. It's a great innovation and AAPB is the only organization I belong to that uses this process. My thanks to our management association for making the arrangements.
- Alan Glaros, PhD, President
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