Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

April 2008 - Vol 2, Issue 2
In This Issue
Marketing Defined
A Tribute to John Basmajian, MD
Welcome New Members
Quick Links
A Message from the President
By Alan Glaros, PhD

We have an exciting and innovative program for Daytona Beach.  I'd like to bring your attention to several "hidden gems" and their implications for AAPB and its future.


Biofeedback and gaming:  Did you know that research in biofeedback and gaming has been underway for some time?  And did you know that this work will probably go "public" within the next year or so?  When that happens, the public's awareness of biofeedback will increase significantly.  We want AAPB members and guests to learn more about this exciting extension of traditional biofeedback and to be better prepared to use the technology in a clinical environment.   Don't miss this very exciting symposium!


International Stress Management Association:  This year, we will welcome members of ISMA to AAPB's meeting.  ISMA will have a series of events on stress management, and we hope that AAPB members will take advantage of them.  As soon as we can get some government paperwork out of the way, ISMA will join AAPB as a division.  We welcome ISMA to our meeting.


Mind-Body Institute:  You may have noticed a "Mind-Body Institute" workshop tucked in among the program offerings for this year and wondered what the "Mind-Body Institute" was all about.  We all know of individuals who are using biofeedback and applied psychophysiology as part of their employment within a specialized clinic or treatment program.  Some of these individuals are licensed professionals, and some are unlicensed technicians.  Some are using biofeedback effectively, and some are not.  Some of these individuals are AAPB members, and some are not. 


In an effort to improve the care that patients receive within these clinics, we've established the Mind-Body Institute.  One of the goals of the Mind-Body Institute is to identify and train individuals who already use biofeedback to treat a specific condition or who are interested in adding biofeedback to the treatments offered by the clinic.  Another goal is to focus on biofeedback and applied psychophysiology for a specific disease state, not a general training program of biofeedback for multiple disorders.  If biofeedback will be offered in a clinic, we want to have confidence that patients are receiving the most up-to-date and empirically validated techniques available for the disorder.


This year, we will have a Mind-Body Institute presentation on headaches.  The program will be offered by Frank Andrasik and Steve Baskin.  Attendees will read preparatory materials before participating in the two-day workshop.  A fairly rigorous post-training examination will conclude the workshop, and attendees who pass will receive a statement attesting to their successful completion of the training program. 


We will market the program to neurological clinics in Florida and the southeast.  If we're successful, we will market the headache program in other regions of the country and develop other, equally rigorous programs. 


Through the Mind-Body Institute, we hope to spread biofeedback's presence in treatment centers and insure that patients receive high quality care.


Definition of biofeedback:  The nomenclature task force has been hard at work crafting a definition of biofeedback that is comprehensive and consumer-friendly.  This is harder work than you might imagine.  When we have a definition that acceptable to AAPB, BCIA, and ISNR, we will be able to work more collaboratively with regulatory agencies such as the FDA to reign in abuses of some manufacturers that use "biofeedback" in a way that's confusing to the public and not at all representative of our vision.  Mark Schwartz, the chair of this task force, will present a report at the Daytona meeting.


We continue to stay alert to problems with reimbursement for biofeedback services.  From the reports we've received from members, we've learned that reimbursement patterns can often be contradictory across the U.S.  What works for one provider in one area of the country may not work for someone in a different area.  We believe these discrepancies may reflect personal relationships that our members have built with third-party payers.  We know how frustrating it can be when insurance companies appear to change their policies.  And we know that no one likes to spend time re-educating a clerk about the value of biofeedback.  On the other hand, we know that many of our members are successful in their dealings with companies.  We'd like to hear about your successes.  Please share them.


See you in Daytona!

Marketing Defined - Everything We Do
By David Stumph, CAE, Executive Director

A major shift is taking place in the focus of AAPB. In the four strategic themes that have been adopted by the Association, professional support, research, education, and technology, marketing is a primary focus that cuts across all of these themes. As this shift takes place, AAPB recognizes the need for ongoing marketing efforts throughout all that we do, ranging from how we communicate with members and potential members, produce and promote our conference/educational offerings, and how we help elevate the presence of biofeedback in the public eye.



A Tribute to John Basmajian, MD
By Steven Wolf
John V. Basmajian, O.C., Ont., MD, FRCPC, FRCPS (Glasgow), FACRM (Australia), FACA, FABMR, FASBM
June 21, 1921- March 18, 2008
John Basmajian was an extraordinary man who, despite his diminutive figure, was bigger than life. His passion for knowledge and his commitment to the training of physicians, allied health professionals, electromyographers, and movement and exercise scientists was legendary. The heart of this gentle man served to inspire those starting their clinical and research careers and to drive those already in motion to greater heights, to achieve aspirations which, without his guiding touch, might never have been reached.
See the full tribute online.

AAPB Launches New Career Center

Now available on the AAPB website is our new online job service. Through this service, members have the opportunity to post resumes at no charge, view jobs and created personalized job alerts.

Employers can post positions online for 30 days for $100, search resumes and pay only $35 for those that interest you. Use the simple online system to create an account and pay for the service you choose.
Questions? Contact AAPB


Welcome New Members!
We welcome the following individuals who have become new members of AAPB  since January 28, 2008.  We're delighted to have you join the premier international society for mind-body interactions in research, healthcare and education.  Thank you for joining the AAPB community. We hope to meet many of you at the Annual Meeting in Daytona Beach. 
  • Thomas Bell, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Edward Bloch, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Sophia Bong, Grand Blanc, Michigan
  • Thomas Brown, Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • Angel Volturno Danny, Mount Dora, Florida
  • Ivan Cox, United Kingdom
  • Christopher Fisher, Denton, Texas
  • John Finnick, MA, LEP, BCIAC, Tahoe Vista, California
  • Jason Fuller, Sunnyvale, California
  • Dawn Gilbert, RN, BSC, LPC, Savannah, Georgia
  • Leon Hruska, MS, LPC, Austin, Texas
  • Eveline Kempenaar, Netherlands
  • Julia Myers, San Diego, California
  • Victoria Nguyen, Rialto, California
  • Richard Reither, Fresno, California
  • Jeffrey Rothweiler, PhD, Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Jen Strating, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • David Ward, Burbank, California
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