President's Blog - SEPTEMBER 2019

Dear SBSM Members,

This month marks a milestone for the SBSM with the occurrence of The First Annual BSM Scientific Conference. This is a major accomplishment for our society!  The conference recognizes the importance of scientific research to guide our field in identifying underlying mechanisms of sleep problems and developing effective behavioral treatments.  Being evidence-based has already led to the recognition of CBT-I as the recommended treatment by physician and healthcare organizations worldwide.  This is a major step in our goal of improving sleep and impacting the health of individuals worldwide.

Other important accomplishments this past year include the expansion of educational opportunities for members, accreditation of BSM training programs at both the masters and PhD level and expansion of committees and their roles.  New policies and procedures have also been developed to meet the current and future needs of our society. Additionally, investments in technology and website upgrades have allowed us to do more for our members, provide more services and communicate faster and more efficiently while reducing the office burden.  Overall, it has been a very productive and great year for the society.

As my term as president comes to an end, I want to thank the board members for their support and the committee chairs and members for their dedication and hard work.  Finally, I want to thank our executive director for her selfless work on behalf of the society.   I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this wonderful society and I have great expectations for its future.

Donna Arand, PhD
SBSM President

President's Blog - AUGUST 2019

Dear SBSM Members,

An ongoing focus of the SBSM is our First Annual Scientific Conference on September 12-15 in Birmingham.   This is an important milestone in the growth of the SBSM and the program delivers outstanding content with renowned speakers and a variety of activities every day.   To help support our trainees who have posters at the conference, four Travel Awards have also been made available.    The recipients of those awards are:  Alicia Roth PhD, Allyson Gilles PhD, Alicia Chung PhD and Marissa Bowman MS.  We want to congratulate all the recipients and look forward to following their careers in behavioral sleep medicine.

Work has also continued on strengthening our infrastructure.  A procedure manual has been developed that outlines the SBSM structure and describes the roles and responsibilities of board and committee members. It has been provided to new committee members as part of an orientation package.  Also, we have begun taking a proactive approach to the annual transition of committee members with new committee members being invited to join the monthly committee meetings prior to becoming active committee members in September.   This will make for a smoother transition and help maintain the momentum of the many ongoing projects of our society.

Finally, we want to encourage all of our members to attend our First Scientific Conference and to spread the word to other colleagues.   The Early Bird rates will end on August 12h for room reservations and August 28th for meeting registration. 

Click here to view the meeting program and registration information.

Donna Arand, PhD
SBSM President

President's Blog - JUNE 2019

Dear SBSM Members,

June is associated with the annual sleep meeting and the opportunity for ongoing education.  The SBSM has also made education a major focus consistent with it being a major component in the BSM concept map.   Our committees have developed numerous educational opportunities for members with offerings throughout the year.   Upcoming activities include a data blitz covering new and varied topics at the Bootzin Awards and Recognition Reception on June 9th in San Antonio.   Then on June 17th, the SBSM's Virtual Journal Club will present its bimonthly webinar at noon EST.  The June webinar will be presented by Dr. Carmela Alacantara focusing on an article about the reproducibility of actigraphy scoring in a Hispanic/Latino population.   On July 17, there will be a Practice and Consultation webinar at noon EST presented by Dr. Ulmer.  Plans are in place to schedule another Journal Club webinar in August that focuses on actigraphy practice guidelines.   The webinars continue throughout the year.  Future webinars are listed in our newsletter, plus previous webinars are recorded and archived on our website for later access. 

Our major educational event, the First Annual SBSM Scientific Meeting will be held September 12-15, at the beautiful Renaissance Resort in Birmingham. This 3.5-day meeting will include presentations by national and international experts, symposia, workshops, special lectures and poster sessions.  In addition, there will be a BSM Board Review Course offered on September 12th prior to the start of the meeting.

Our educational initiatives also extend beyond our members.  The SBSM’s new Outreach and Public Education Committee was created as a result of our growth and it recognizes the importance of educating others about BSM.   With that objective, a letter has been sent to the APA specialty team working on guidelines for the treatment of PTSD offering the services of our members with expertise in the behavioral treatment of sleep problems associated with PTSD and trauma.  We have also sent a letter to CAQH requesting that they allow inclusion of the DBSM certification as a credential option in the profile of psychologists.

The SBSM will continue to identify and develop educational opportunities for members and the public.  The current educational programs represent a multi-focused approach to providing incredible learning opportunities for new and practicing BSM clinicians and we encourage all members to take advantage of these educational offerings.  They are included as a benefit of membership with the exception of the scientific conference that is discounted for members.   In addition, the SBSM is committed to educating the community and other organizations about BSM as well as promoting and recognizing our members’ expertise in the area.

We invite our BSM colleagues to participate in the many educational sessions sponsored by the SBSM.

Donna Arand, PhD
President, SBSM

President's Blog - JULY 2019

Dear SBSM Members,

The Bootzin Awards and Recognition Reception in San Antonio was a very successful and fun filled event.   The beautiful Marriott ballroom was filled with members who had an opportunity to socialize while enjoying delicious food.    The record number of attendees were treated to a data blitz and participated in a game of jeopardy with sleep topics.   Numerous members were also recognized for their accomplishments or service and the new board members were announced.

The prestigious Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Awards was presented to Dan Buysse, MD and the Art Spielman Early Career Distingquished Achievement Award went to Sara Nowakowski, PhD.  Certificates were also presented to 19 recent graduates of accredited BSM training programs.   Members whose terms of service are being completed in September were also presented certificates and included board members: Jason Ong, (past-president), Michael Grandner, Sara Nowakowski, Celso Teixeira and Katrina Speed (student member).  Committee members recognized for their service included: Sheila Garland, Kristi Prukisma, Justin Thomas, Haley Byers, Yelena Chernyak, Eric Zhou, Leisha Cuddihy, Melissa Milanak, Allison Wilkerson, Miriam Rubin, Jaclyn Lewis-Croswell, Don Townsend, Kelly Byars, Janice Biddle, Valerie Crabtree, Christina McCrae and Kenny Lichstein.

Results of the 2019 board elections were also announced.  Christina McCrae is the new president-elect.  New directors at large include Justin Thomas, Suzie Bertisch, Michael Nadorff and Jade Wu (student representative).  Their terms will begin in September at our Scientific Meeting.

The reception is just a token of appreciation for our members.  On behalf of the board, I want to thank all of our members for their support and especially those who have offered their talents and service to the SBSM.  As a new and growing organization, we could not have accomplished so much in such a short time without the help of so many talented individuals and we encourage everyone to continue to support this amazing organization. 

Donna Arand, PhD
SBSM President

President's Blog - MAY 2019

Dear SBSM Members,

Graduation season is here and this is a time to celebrate with those who have completed a milestone in their education. As in the past, the SBSM will also recognize and celebrate those who have completed training programs in BSM this year at our annual Bootzin Awards reception held during the SLEEP meeting. The SBSM will celebrate their achievement and recognize them as well as their program directors at the reception. These new SBSM practitioners represent the future of the field and our society. We are excited to celebrate with them and welcome them to the field. Additionally, winners of the Art Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award and the Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Award will be announced and their awards presented at the reception. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these individuals.

We will also celebrate a milestone for the SBSM this year with the First Annual BSM Scientific Program in Birmingham, AL at the Renaissance Marriott Resort and Spa. The program will include renown national and international speakers, dynamic workshops and symposia, including state of the art presentations on a range of topics. We encourage everyone to attend the conference and be part of this historic event for our society.

Donna Arand, PhD
President, SBSM

President's Blog - APRIL 2019

Dear SBSM Members,

Spring is the time for rebirth and renewal and the SBSM has been busy with our own regeneration plans. Major effort has been invested by the board and committee chairs to realign our committee infrastructure with the needs of our rapidly expanding society.   This includes proposals for new committees, updated and expanded committee mandates, increased chair responsibilities and streamlined reporting.   The goal is to strengthen our infrastructure, increase member participation and align individual talents with the increasing tasks of the society.  

Various committees are working on a number of important projects that will be completed in the next few months.  The Membership Committee is finalizing plans for the SBSM reception and awards program to be held on June 9 in San Antonio.  All award recipients will soon be notified.  The Nominating Committee is currently vetting candidates for open board positions and ballots will soon be sent to all members.  All members are urged to participate in this very important process.  Finally, the Scientific Conference planning sub-committee has posted the preliminary program for our First Annual BSM Scientific Meeting.   They are currently reviewing and selecting abstracts and proposals for the final program.  The number and quality of poster submissions, symposia and workshop proposals have exceeded our expectations and highlight the incredible scientific work being done by the BSM community nationally and internationally!

Registration is now open for the First Annual BSM Scientific Meeting on September 12-15 in Birmingham.   Early registration is encouraged and spreading the word to colleagues and trainees will make this an extremely successful event. 

Donna Arand, PhD
President, SBSM

President's Blog - March 2019

Dear SBSM Members,

Part of the SBSM’s mission is to increase awareness about the importance of sleep and help educate the public about healthy sleep habits.   To help accomplish this, the SBSM has partnered with other sleep organizations in various efforts to bring attention to these issues.  The SBSM has signed onto a letter of support with the SRS, to request that the CDC replace the sleep funding that was cut and which would include some funds for sleep surveillance at a national level. Additionally, information from the Pediatric Sleep Council about Baby Sleep Day on March 1st was sent to members to spread the word about an opportunity for families to ask questions of pediatric sleep experts from around the world on Facebook throughout the day.  Finally, the SBSM is also collaborating with the AASM and the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep to promote "Insomnia Awareness Day" on March 11 (the day after daylight savings time).   While there is still much work to be done, these partnerships bring strength in numbers that reach more people and key groups outside of our organizations to the benefit of all.

Planning for the First Annual Scientific Conference to be held on September 12-15 at the amazing Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort in Birmingham is almost complete.  A brochure of events has been posted and registration for the meeting has just opened.   Reminder:  the deadline for proposals for posters, workshops and symposia has been extended to March 28th.  We hope to see you there!

Donna Arand, PhD
President, SBSM

President's Blog - FEBRUARY 2019

Dear SBSM Members,

2019 SBSM Awards Reception for achievements in Behavioral Sleep Medicine will be presented at SLEEP 2019 in San Antonio, TX in June, 2019.  They include the Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arthur Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award and the Student Dissertation and Thesis Award. These awards recognize members at various stages in their careers, who have done outstanding scientific work in BSM.  

Nominations are still being accepted for these awards. Therefore, if you know someone who you feel is deserving of one of these awards, please consider nominating them.  Also, remember that self-nomination is also accepted. We look forward to recognizing the outstanding colleagues nominations

All nominations for president-elect and directors-at-large have been received and are currently being reviewed.  The nominees will be vetted before ballots for the board positions are sent to members for the board positions.  Applications for committee positions have also been received and are being reviewed and selected individuals will be appointed.

Interest and excitement is building for our first Annual Scientific Conference in Birmingham, AL on Sept 12-15, 2019.  This event has attracted international speakers, and represents a milestone for the field of behavioral sleep medicine. Many excellent submissions have already been received.   If you or someone you know has new research they would like to share, submissions will be accepted through March, 2019.

Donna Arand, PhD
President, SBSM

President's Blog - JANUARY 2019

Dear SBSM Members, 

New Year’s resolutions are always challenging and while most fail, the SBSM has already succeeded! All three ballot measures passed overwhelmingly (96-98%) so beginning in 2019 there will be a rolling membership year, a Fellow status and a flexible annual meeting timeframe. Also, remember that the fellow status will not be granted until 2022 but the qualifications are posted so individuals can prepare. Of particular note is the requirement of 5 years of continuous SBSM membership so any late dues payment will restart the 5-year cycle. For more information about the bylaw changes with the membership cycle, click here to read the FAQs .

This year is also notable for our First Annual SBSM Scientific Conference to be held on September 12-15, 2019. This promises to be an extraordinary event with national and international speakers presenting state of the art research in BSM. Also included is a board review session, poster session, and clinical workshops. Submission of abstracts, symposia, workshop and poster proposals are open until January 17. Make plans to attend this exciting meeting in a gorgeous venue. This is the primary meeting for our profession and society and we anticipate great support from our members, trainees and colleagues.

In the coming months, the board will work to strengthen our infrastructure and streamline the work of our committees and office. Nominations for new committee members and board members will soon be solicited, so please take this opportunity to share your talents with our society. It is a mutually rewarding experience with a wonderful chance to interact with colleagues from across the country and world.

Happy New Year,
Donna Arand, PhD

President's Blog - DECEMBER 2018

Dear SBSM Members, 

The holiday season gives us the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. We build and maintain our relationships because we are stronger together.  The same is true for organizations.  The SBSM recently attended two meetings with organizations to discuss challenges in our field and develop strategies to meet those challenges.

The SBSM represented sleep psychology at the annual APA Council of Specialties meeting in Washington DC.   Eleven other specialty areas were also represented and discussion centered on challenges we share and possible solutions.  Challenges include, increasing student awareness of specialty training, providing quality training and promoting specialty certification.  Additionally, the council is completing a taxonomy template for specialties to develop their specific education guidelines. 

The SBSM also sent representatives to the summit on sleep apnea organized by the AASM. Invited participants discussed the challenge of how to provide access to diagnosis and treatment for the millions of Americans with sleep untreated sleep apnea.  The one-day conference resulted in a number of suggestions including on-site training for providers at family practice clinics, online education and weekend CME teaching sessions for physician specialists, development of a sleep certification program for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and greater use of telemedicine.  Click here to review the full summary and press release.

While this is a busy time of year, remember to vote on the bylaws changes and to renew your SBSM membership.  Also, please submit your abstracts and proposals for symposia or workshops and make plans to attend our First BSM Scientific Meeting on September 12-15 to be held at the world-class Ross Bridge Resort.   This will be an outstanding meeting of nationally and internationally known experts in BSM presenting new research and state of the art updates in BSM.   This will all happen in a gorgeous resort with afternoons free to network and relax.

Finally, the Board of Directors wants to wish you and your families a happy and healthy new year.

Happy Holidays,
Donna Arand, PhD

President's Blog - NOVEMBER 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!  It is that time of year when everyone is encouraged to vote so that you have a voice in our future.  SBSM members will soon be asked to vote on a couple important changes to our bylaws.  The first item concerns changing the membership year from a standard calendar year to a rolling year.  Individuals becoming members during the year would pay the annual fee for a subsequent 12-month period rather than a prorated fee until the end of the year.  This will spread renewals throughout the year and it will simplify processing for the new member and the office as well. 

The second bylaw change involves the addition of a Fellow member status for the SBSM.  Fellow status will allow the SBSM to recognize outstanding achievements in BSM from our members.  If approved, awarding of Fellow status would begin in 2021.  We are a relatively young society and this delay will allow the SBSM to continue to grow, incorporate more individuals with diverse backgrounds, and establish the SBSM as a leader in science related to BSM.   Together, these will increase the number of outstanding candidates to be considered for Fellow status.  More information on Fellow status will be forthcoming.

The recommendation to establish a Fellow status also reflects a growing society and increased stature of the SBSM.  In the last year there has been unprecedented growth in our society with a 50% increase in memberships.  SBSM’s greater scope and recognition is reflected in the establishment of a BSM exam, recognition by many medical specialties of CBT-I as a first line treatment for insomnia and increased awareness of the health risks associated with poor sleep.

The SBSM will increase its national scope and further establish its role as a leader in BSM with the First Annual Scientific Conference in BSM in September of 2019.   As an evidence-based field, this important conference will bring together scientists from across the country to present the latest research in BSM.  A call for abstracts and other submissions has just been made and all individuals are encouraged to submit their research findings.    Understanding the science behind poor sleep and the use of evidence-based treatments is essential for recognition and respect as a profession and an organization.  This scientific conference is a crucial step toward developing our society and advancing the field of BSM. 

With warm regards,
Donna Arand PhD
SBSM President

President's Blog - October 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

The Fall conference was recently held in the beautiful green rolling hills of Birmingham.  Attendees heard from expert faculty on a wide range of topics and they were kept engaged with a variety of formats.  Interesting patient cases brought out the creative and experienced skills of both the audience and faculty.  Expert panelists were also challenged with cases from the audience.  In the afternoon, a lively game of Jeopardy provided both education and fun.  The day was capped off with a great dinner at a local restaurant, that provided all the attendees with the opportunity to network and unwind.  Overall, the meeting was a great success and received great reviews from the attendees, some of whom had to evacuate due to flooding in the East.

Plans are underway for the SBSM's First Annual Scientific meeting September 12 – 15, 2019 at the 4-diamond Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Birmingham.  This is shaping up to be an excellent program, which will include key note presentations, symposia, workshops, panel discussions and much more networking with your colleagues. Abstracts can now be submitted for this meeting for review by the 1st Annual Scientific Conference planning committee. 

The office has received applications from many talented and outstanding trainees interested in working on a SBSM committee, and we are in the process of matching applicant interests with committee needs.  We have also reached out to other organizations in an effort to find areas of possible collaboration to meet the educational needs of our members by providing diverse and high quality educational opportunities. 

Finally, the first exam window for the DBSM exam has just closed and we look forward to welcoming our first DBSM members.

With warm regards,
Donna Arand PhD
SBSM President

President's Blog - SEPTEMBER 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

The SBSM continues to grow in size and scope but continued growth will require a strong infrastructure as well as developing relationships with organizations that have similar interests. The SBSM has been working to strengthen our society by having discussions with committee chairs to determine areas needing more support as well as identifying potential new projects to meet our goals.  Also, the size of committees has been increased with the addition of a trainee position.   The board will be reviewing the comments and make adjustments as needed.

The SBSM is also engaging with other organizations to help disseminate our message, increase our visibility, and identify mutually beneficial opportunities for collaboration.  Currently the SBSM has representation on the APA Council of Specialties, is providing support to the BBSM and will be participating in the AASM summit.  Additionally, the 2019 BSM scientific meeting will bring together speakers, including keynote speakers, from a variety of backgrounds and organizations.  This will provide a broader perspective on topics related to our field and greater opportunity for future collaboration.  We are continuing to look for organizations that share our interests in order to find opportunities for collaboration

We encourage all members to provide input and ideas to help us meet these goals.  Ideas for new programs, opportunity for growth or ideas for the 2019 meeting can be submitted to the national office.  Also, some trainee positions on committees are still open and those who are interested may submit their letter of interest with current CV to kathryn@behavioralsleep.org.  Applications are being taken so please pass this information to trainees who may not be members of the SBSM.

With warm regards,
Donna Arand PhD
SBSM President

President's Blog - August 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

Educational opportunities in behavioral sleep medicine are a current concern of many members and it was also identified as a relatively small domain in the BSM concept map, indicating a need for more development and allocation of resources.  The SBSM is actively addressing this issue.   The BSM Fall conference in Birmingham on September 16 &17 will include a review course for those taking the DBSM exam that will be given in September and again in March.  Other tracks at the conference will provide new research and updates in the field of BSM and sleep.  The conference gives CEs that can be used for future renewal of DBSM certification as well as for those using the CBSM credential pathway for the new DBSM certification.   The SBSM is working to expand educational and CE offerings including more webinars, online modules, practice exams, courses, CE packages and meeting presentations.  Our new Science Advisory Committee is already working on the 2019 BSM program.

The education of our trainees and students is also very important for the growth of our field and the ongoing work of the SBMS.  The board is discussing ways to increase the role of trainees in our society’s activities and committees.  This will provide a great mentoring opportunity for leadership roles, networking and education. 

We are proud to announce that The Journal of Behavioral Sleep Medicine is now ranked 59/142 in the Psychiatry category and 83/197 in the Clinical Neurology category.  Its 2017 Impact Factor is up to 2.871.  Its 5-year impact Factor is 3.175.  While this number primarily reflects the number of citations to the JBSM, the results also indirectly reflect the importance of BSM in many healthcare areas as well as the quality of the published research.

The concept map addressing “What is BSM?” will be published in the JBSM.  This bird’s eye view of the many current facets of BSM will help clinicians and researchers identify strengths and weaknesses in the field, research gaps and help other healthcare provides and the public to better understand the scope of our field.  It will also help guide our strategic planning.  The board wants to thank Jason Ong for overseeing the development of the concept map and all of the BSM members who provided input.

CBSM holders expressed concern about the BBSM’s one-year timeframe for the CE credits requirement.  These concerns were communicated to the BBSM and after review, they have extended the timeframe to 2 years for the CE requirement.

The Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine is a new board that was formed to develop and oversee the new DBSM exam.  It is important for accreditation purposes that this board is independent.  The SBSM has open communication with the BBSM president, but they make all decisions related to the exam. Please contact the BBSM for all credential and exam related questions to avoid a delay in response.

With warm regards,
Donna Arand PhD
SBSM President

President's Blog - JuLY 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

I am honored to be the president of the SBSM during this exciting year that began with the recent SBSM conference in Baltimore.  Over 110 attendees had an opportunity to hear about new research and meet some of our outstanding colleagues.  Awards were presented to individuals representing a wide array of achievements and service to the society.  The Peter Hauri Distinguished Career Achievement Award was given to Michael Perlis for his long and varied research career and his dedication to promoting BSM.  Sheila Garland was the recipient of the Spielman Early Distinguished Career Award.  The Award for Student Dissertation and Thesis went to Spencer Dawson.  Jason Ong received the Presidential Service Award and recognition was given to Michael Schmitz, Richard Blackburn, and Kelly Baron for their service on the board.  Certificates of appreciation were given to the outgoing committee chairs: Suzanne Bertisch, Kristi Puiksma, Stacey Simon and Donald Townsend.  Overall, the conference and reception were a great success and received rave reviews for the science, camaraderie and outstanding food and drinks!

The next opportunity for networking and education will be at the SBSM Fall Conference in Birmingham, AL on September 15 and 16.  This conference provides CEs and is an excellent review for those preparing for the exam. 

Registration for the first BSM exam was very strong.  This new credential is a very important accomplishment for our society and ongoing support will assure its continued success.

As the SBSM moves forward, it will be important to have a strong infrastructure to support the many aspects of our society.  To that end, my goals for the coming year are to:

  • Strengthen and expand the infrastructure of our society.  Committees will be asked to identify, develop and implement a new initiative that will assist them with their primary mandate and support our strategic goals. 
  • Work with the new Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine to assure its financial viability
  • Promote science through our new Science Advisory Committee
  • Develop a strong identity
  • Explore and develop mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations

To meet these objectives, I welcome your input and support during this exciting time.

With warm regards,
Donna Arand PhD
SBSM President

President's Blog - June 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

It has been my honor to serve as your president. This is my last blog and I want to start by saying thank you. First, thank you to all of the SBSM members. We now have a membership base of nearly 300 members who are active in clinical services, education, and science. Thank you for making BSM a vibrant and growing field! Next, I want to thank the SBSM leaders, including the Board of Directors and all of the committees. Thank you for generously volunteering your time to promote key agenda items and to develop new programs that will enhance our membership and elevate our field.

This has been a very active year for the SBSM. This month, we are launching a new board certification that will provide recognition and standardization for those who deliver BSM clinical services. This is an important accomplishment, as it addresses the main priority of our society based on membership feedback and serves as a catalyst for other SBSM activities in accreditation, education, and regulation. In April, we approved the first accredited international BSM training program in Taiwan, directed by Dr. Chien-Ming Yang. This highlights the global impact of BSM and the role that the SBSM plays in the regulation and training of BSM practitioners around the world. I hope this will encourage our international colleagues to consider pursuing accreditation for their BSM training programs.  We have also formed a science advisory committee, chaired by Dr. Natasha Williams. This committee will help to elevate the science of BSM.  In addition, this committee will work with the education committee to plan the scientific sessions for the Fall conference in Alabama. Finally, we have developed a concept map that will provide guidance for SBSM leaders to formulate a strategic plan for the future.

I hope you will plan to attend the SBSM conference and Bootzin Reception on June 2 in Baltimore. It will be a great time to network with BSM colleagues, participate in the datablitz and poster session, and honor the SBSM reward recipients.  See you there!

With warm regards,
Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - May 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

Our organization is busy with projects this spring. In this month’s blog, I want to provide an update on the concept map project. As you will recall, this project is meant to get a bird’s eye view of the “State of BSM.” After receiving input from the SBSM board, committees, and past leaders, we now have a beta version that is ready to be unveiled.

Please click here to see the new BSM concept map.

I want to invite all members to submit suggestions and comments to make this concept map current and representative. Please submit your feedback through the SBSM website or send them to Kathryn Hansen at kathryn@behavioralsleep.org

We are now less than 6 weeks away from the 2018 Bootzin Reception! As a reminder, the reception will be held on June 2, 2018 at the Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor. This is a time to celebrate our accomplishments and recognize our members for their outstanding work. For those who are involved in BSM training programs, please help us recognize your graduates by sending their names to Kathryn Hansen at kathryn@behavioralsleep.org by Wednesday May 17. I hope you will make plans to attend!

With warm regards,
Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - APRIL 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

The last month has been very active for our society.  With the help of the executive committee and the Board of Directors, we have made significant progress in meeting our goal of offering the BSM certification exam this this summer. We have formed an implementation work group, led by Dr. Mike Schmitz, to oversee the process and we are planning to hold a BSM exam information session as part of the SBSM conference and reception in Baltimore. Please see the BSM Certification Update by Mike Schmitz for more details and updates.

I also want to provide an update on the BSM concept map project, which I discussed in the November Newsletter. As a reminder, the concept map is a “meta-level” depiction of the activities, services, and products which fall under BSM. Based on input from the Board and Committees, we have a draft of the BSM concept map that will soon be posted on the SBSM website. We would like all members to review and provide input so that the concept map will truly reflect the current state of BSM. We will make an announcement when this is ready, so please check it out!

With warm regards,
Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - MARCH 2018

Dear SBSM members,

We have been receiving many inquiries about the BSM exam and certification so I want to use this month’s blog to provide a status update.

There are many components to establishing a new board certification and the SBSM is working hard on all fronts.  The credentialing committee, led by Don Townsend, has developed items for the examination which is ready to be rolled out this summer.  This is the most straightforward task and the committee has done an excellent job getting the exam ready.

In addition to the exam, we also need to work with a group who can administer the exam and to establish an independent board that can review applications and oversee the certification process.  Compared to the exam development, these are more complicated matters because it involves legal issues and significant financial investments.

The SBSM Board of Directors sent out a Request for Proposals (RFP) and is currently reviewing the responses to the RFP.  We are making good progress in these areas and we are prepared to make some final decisions soon.

I know that many SBSM members and other folks in the sleep community have been waiting patiently for the exam and the new BSM certification to be available.  I want to assure all of you that this is the main priority for the SBSM Board. We are well-positioned to offer the exam in June and we expect to make announcements about specific timeframes in the next few weeks.

To facilitate communications, we will set aside a specific section of the newsletter to provide updates to the credentialing process.  We also have a dedicated section on the SBSM website, which will provide answers to FAQs and make it easier to find information about the application process. 

If you have other questions, please feel free to direct them to kathryn@behavioralsleep.org and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

With warm regards,
Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

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