Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback E-Newsletter

March 2007- Vol 1, Issue 1

In This Issue
Presidential Message
Professional Support Initiatives
AAPB Provider Director
Good News for Clinicians
AAPB Education Events
AAPB's 39th Annual Meeting
Meet Your New Board
Welcome New Members
A Word from the Executive Directors
Quick Links
Welcome to the first edition of AAPB's E-Newsletter!

The E-Newsletter is AAPB's newest member benefit.  Its purpose is to keep AAPB members well-informed on issues that affect them.  We will send you a new E-Newsletter at least quarterly, with additional "special" issues on urgent matters. 

 

We want the E-Newsletter to be a place where you can get the latest information on a variety of issues, including actions that AAPB is taking on your behalf.  Want to know what's "hot" in the world of biofeedback and applied psychophysiology?  The E-Newsletter will be the place to contain the information.  Want information quickly?  Look to the E-Newsletter for speedy communications.

 

The E-Newsletter is one outgrowth of AAPB's new emphasis on themes.  In this particular issue, you'll find information on the Professional Support theme and how it affects you.  

 

We hope you enjoy the E-Newsletter!

Presidential Message
 AAPB Adopts Strategic Themes
 

A Strategic Planning group made up of Aubrey Ewing, Doil Montgomery, myself, Francine Butler, Jerry Bowman and David Stumph met at the AAPB office in early 2006. We set for ourselves the task of creating a strategic vision for AAPB that would be clear, understandable, and reflect AAPB's deepest values. What evolved were four primary areas of focus:

  • Professional Support
  • Education
  • Science
  • Technology

These are AAPB's themes, themes we will use to guide our decision-making in all that we do in upcoming years. 

 
We want themes to permeate every aspect of AAPB.  This e-letter, for example, reflects multiple themes, including Professional Support, Technology, and Education. 
 

Board members have agreed to be champions of specific themes.  For example, Board member Karan Kverno agreed to be a champion for the Professional Support theme.  He will make sure that actions we take are consistent with the Professional Support theme.  He will also identify initiatives for AAPB that reflect Professional Support.  You also will see changes in the journal and newsmagazine that better reflect our themes.  The Program Committee will use the themes in developing next year's Annual Meeting program.

 
In short, we hope to better serve our members and enhance our organization through careful attention to and implementation of themes.
 
See more information about the strategic plan here.
Professional Support Initiatives
 

Many AAPB members use applied psychophysiology and biofeedback in their practices.  Many struggle with reimbursement issues and other problems with third-party payers.  AAPB recognizes practicing clinicians as a core constituency of AAPB.

 

As part of our Professional Support theme, we want to provide tools you can use in your everyday efforts. 

 
 

In support of this theme, and in support of our clinical members, we will:

 
  • Release Yucha/Gilbert's book Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback free to AAPB members,
  • Make a Clinician's Toolkit available to AAPB members,
  • Advocate for biofeedback and applied psychophysiology with third party payers, and 
  • Continue the white paper series examining the efficacy of biofeedback for various clinical conditions

The Yucha/Gilbert book was originally on sale for $35; it is now available for free download on the AAPB website. 

 

The Clinician's Toolkit will contain basic information that AAPB has compiled about the use of biofeedback and applied psychophysiology in clinical practices, including tips on dealing with insurance companies.  This too will be available free on the member portion of our website.

 
AAPB will continue to support members with authoritative information on the efficacy of biofeedback and applied psychophysiology.  When you need evidence of biofeedback's effectiveness, ask us if we have a white paper available on the specific disorder.  And, we will continue work on the white paper series.  The availability of good scientific information will help support the efforts of clinicians in their dealings with insurance companies.
AAPB Provider Directory
Add your listing today
Did you know that AAPB now offers an online, searchable provider directory to the public? This is a new service designed to bring clinicians and clients together. If you are a member of AAPB, you can submit your listing. Simply go to the member's only section of the website and click on the provider directory link in the profile area.
Good News for Clinicians
One of the Blues recognizes biofeedback as a covered modality for headache!  Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa covers biofeedback for the treatment of headaches.  See the full text of Wellmark's position.
 
Do you know of other insurance companies that cover biofeedback and applied psychophysiology?  Is this information publicly available on a web site?  If so, please drop me a line at aglaros@kcumb.edu so that I can share the news with other AAPB members.
AAPB Education Events
TeleSeminar on Stress Management
March 23, 1 pm Eastern Time
Presented by Erik Peper, PhD

Erik Peper, PhD is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Director of the Institutue for Holistic Healing Studies at San Francisco State University and President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. He has written numerous articles and publications, including Make Health Happen: Training Yourself to Create Wellness, and Mind/Body Integration: Essential Readings in Biofeedback. This session is designed specifically for health care professionals and researchers with an interest in the psychophysiological aspects of stress managmenet and how to teach skills to clients. Registrater online for this special event.

Continuing Education credit is available for all AAPB TeleSeminars and workshops. See the full line-up on the AAPB website.
AAPB's 39th Annual Meeting
 Mark your calendars now for next year's Annual Meeting. We will be meeting a little later in 2008 -- May 15-18 in Daytona, Florida. The meeting will be held at the Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village hotel, the cities newest oceanfront resort located directly on the beach.
 
The theme will be "Expanding the Boundaries of Human Potential."
The 2008 Program Committee invites sections and divisions to start selecting their invited speakers and symposia. We also encourage our educators to invite their students to present research at poster and oral paper sessions. Student financial support from AAPB and the AAPB Foundation has been extremely generous and includes travel stipends, registration waiver, reduced-cost student rooms, and several free meals with invited speakers.

We will keep you posted as we build an exciting 2008 program.
Meet Your New Board
The 2007-2008 Board of Directors is officially in place, following the close of the Annual Meeting in Monterey.
 
Alan Glaros, PhD, President
Aubrey Ewing, PhD, President-elect
Richard Gevirtz, PhD, Past President
Christine Hovanitz, PhD, Treasurer
Thomas Collura, PhD
Stuart Donaldson, PhD
Karan Kverno, PhD, APRN
Peter Madill, MD
Barbara Peavey, PhD
Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following individuals who have become new members of AAPB between February 18 and March 12.  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!
  • Adam Abdul Gafoor Al-Hakim-ul-Akbar, Orchard Plaza, Singapore
  • Rex Cannon, Koxville, Tennessee
  • Douglas Dailey, Santa Clara, California
  • Heather Dermyer, Marquette, Michigan
  • Charles DeSimone, Bakersfield, California
  • Hatem Hamada, Cairo, Helliopolis, Egypt
  • Audrey Klingeman, Apopka, Florida
  • Robert Krvavica, DDS, San Jose, California
  • James Lake, Carmel, California
  • Charles Lamson, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Wendy Lebowitz, Brooklyn, New York
  • Stanley Meyers, PhD, New York, New York
  • Hidefumi Morimoto, Tokyo, Japan
  • Joachim Mureriwa, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Beejal Parmar, Solana Beach, California
  • Melody Parton, Hot Springs, North Carolina
  • Kamila Leite Rodrigues, Alfenas, Minas gerais, Brazil
  • Kimberly Smith-Martinez, San Antonio, Texas
  • Bill Wren, Orem, Utah
  • Joanne Yeaton, Oakland, California
  • Raquel Younglove, Canon City, Colorado
A Word from the Executive Directors
AAPB LogoThank you to all who made our Annual Meeting Monterey such a fantastic success. More than 400 leaders, collegues and students in our field gathered for an outstanding program with informative and educational keynotes. Special thanks for Fred Shaffer for his tireless work at the helm of this event. All areas of the meeting were very successful, including the Silent Auction, which raised funds for future scholarships. Thanks to Bill Barton for spearheading this endeavor. The weather was perfect. Restaurants were wonderful. And a good time was had by all. We look forward to seeing you all again in Florida next year.
 
Sincerely,
Francine Butler, PhD, and David Stumph
Co-Executive Directors
Association for Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback
10200 W. 44th Avenue, Suite 304
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone: 303/422-8436 Fax: 303/422-8894