Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine President's Blog

President's Blog - APRIL 2020

Greetings Colleagues,

As we enter 2020, I personally can’t remember a time of such optimism within the society.  Coming on the heels of a record setting 2019, it’s easy to feel that there are no boundaries for the organization.  This optimism is clearly shared by our committee chairs who have laid out exciting and ambitious goals for 2020.  Here is a brief overview of committee goals for the coming year:

Membership Committee has completed redesigning a new look for the SBSM newsletter.  A strong focus of the year is on retaining current members while continuing record setting pace of new member recruitment

Outreach and Public Education Committee (OPEC)  has posted their first blog ‘Mind, Body, Sleep’ on the home page of the SBSM website which has launched a focus on sharing of information about BSM with the intent to increase knowledge and influence for the BSM community and the public using social media connections.

Clinical Practice Committee has created a calendar of webinars embracing cutting edge issues relevant to our society as well as to a broader audience. They are also collaborating with the Education Committee to develop tools and valuable resources for clinicians.

Education Committee is working hard to determine what type of resources they can assemble that can be of the most help to both new and veteran BSM practitioners, and making these available to members.

Science and Research Committee is writing an article on diversity in BSM, as well as planning webinars geared toward the BSM researchers.

Accreditation Committee continues to review applications for the SBSM accreditation of their training program to insure a high level of rigor for BSM training programs both nationwide and throughout the world.

The highlight of the year, without a doubt, will be the 2nd SBSM Scientific Conference on November 4-8, 2020.  Many are enthusiastic about a trip to the Opryland in Nashville for the conference.  Dr. Eric Zhou, program chair, and the Scientific Program Committee are in the process of assembling another thought provoking and star-studded speaker panel that will generate a buzz of discussion and culminate in November.  This is the perfect segue into our Call for Abstracts.  We encourage you to submit your abstracts for review.  Information about the required content and process for submission is located at www.behavioralsleep.org.

I encourage each of you who shares my enthusiasm for the coming year to determine if there is a way that you too can get involved with a project that lines up with your interests.  Please feel to reach out to Kathryn Hansen at kathryn@behavioralsleep.org or a committee member to learn more about getting involved.

Sincerely,

Dr. Don Townsend
SBSM President

President's Blog - DecemBER 2019

Dear Colleagues,

As the year closes, I want to wish you all the best wishes for a Happy Holiday season.  As we end the year, it’s a great opportunity for me to reflect upon the successes of the past year.

Under the amazing dedication of Past President Donna Arand, committees were restructured and expanded to meet the growing needs of the society.

The Board of Behavioral Sleep Medicine was formed to oversee  the new BSM exam, and offered two testing periods while also accepting applicarion from CBSM Holders for  a new credential, Diplomate in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.

The SBSM held the first Scientific Conference and boasted the largest attendance at an event sponsored by the SBSM. 

The SBSM membership continues to grow as we have reached a record high in 2019. Thanks to all of our members who continue to support our mission and programs. The number of webinars sponsored by the Education, Clinical Practice and Science and Research Committees continue to increase offerings scheduled for 2020.

The year ends with a bang with the submission of the APA Council of Specialties application to renewal our specialty status.

I want to thank all of you for your continued hard work and time commitment that have put the SBSM on a trajectory of success. Enjoy the holidays to rest, relax, and spend time with family and friends. In January 2020, the SBSM will continue to focus on projects designed to bring value to our members, and education to our colleagues and the public.

Dr. Don Townsend
SBSM President

President's Blog - NOVEMBER 2019

My October President’s blog was infused with the contagious enthusiasm lingering from the SBSM’s 1st Scientific Conference.  You’ll be pleased to know that the Scientific Program Committee wasted no time setting in motion the apparatus for the 2nd SBSM Scientific Conference, which will be held from November 4-8, 2020 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee!  The overall theme will be innovative and edgy focusing on the role of big data in research and practice, and the speaker panel promises to be equally impressive as the one provided during our first conference. 

Many of us were still ‘riding high’ from the first SBSM Scientific Conference.  That same enthusiasm has shifted into action this month as several new volunteers have stepped forward to translate their excitement for behavioral sleep medicine into committee involvement.  So, if you are still contemplating how to make an impact in the field and for our society, please consider putting your enthusiasm into action by serving on one of the SBSM’s seven committees. 

Each of the seven SBSM committees has been diligently working on SBSM business since leaving Birmingham.  Several things that you can look forward to in the next couple months include a calendar of webinars sponsored by the Clinical Practice Committee, and Science and Advisory Committee, plus the Virtual Journal Club hosted by the Education Committee.  Join us for our next webinar on November 15th featuring our presenter Luis Buenaver, PhD, DBSM, and discussant, Michael Smith, PhD, DBSM, who will be discussing Use of Actigraphy for the Evaluation of Sleep Disorders and Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders:  An American Academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Practice Guideline.  An educational blog is part of a new venture into social media by the Outreach and Public Education Committee, and our Scientific Program Committee is identifying a list of potential speakers for the 2020 scientific conference.  Again in 2020, the Education Committee will sponsor a DBSM Board Review Course with an updated focus on key topics that correlate to the learning domains of the credentialing exam.

One big task looming in front of the society is the re-application for specialty status from the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Arand has been leading the efforts on this project with her writing and organizational abilities.  We want to thank those committee members who have volunteered to assist in numerous ways.  The deadline for submission of the completed application is December 31st and you’ll be hearing more about this in the next month.  The APA is hosting a conference on Saturday November 2, for various specialties, and I am fortunate enough to be attending, and I will look forward to reporting any news to the society in our next newsletter.

The SBSM is busy promoting BSM to our colleagues and the public as we pursue our mission and strategic focus on education and advancement of Health Psychology.

Dr. Don Townsend
SBSM President

President's Blog - OCTOBER 2019

Greetings Colleagues,

As I’m writing the Presidential Blog one week after returning from the first SBSM Scientific Conference, I’m still on a cloud from the contagious enthusiasm that permeated the meeting.  The conference was the first in a couple areas.  It likely set the record for the most persons with an interest in BSM assembled in one venue, with 184 registrants.  It also highlighted the growth to record levels of the SBSM during the past few years.  The Planning Sub-Committee (Co-Chairs Dr. Justin Thomas and Dr. Luis Buenaver) assembled the best BSM program I personally have ever seen, with a world class speaker panel from top to bottom, including Dr. Dan Buysse, Dr. Colin Espie, Dr. Ken Lichstein, Dr. Phyllis Zee, and Dr Lynn Marie Trotti.  And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the myriad of comments about the food of course.  None of this would have been possible without the guidance and oversight of our executive director Kathryn Hansen either. 

Numerous comments were overheard by me and others regarding the conference; statements such as “This is the best sleep conference I’ve ever been to.” And “The list of speakers is phenomenal.” And “I enjoyed every session that I attended.”  But also, “The hotel was very fancy compared to normal conference hotels.”; and “This was the best food I’ve had at a conference.”

The job before me during my role as President for 2019-2020, is to continue the work of my predecessors in growing the SBSM.  But growth will not just be reflected in numbers, although we anticipate the membership to continue its expansion.  We expect growth in influence that the SBSM has on the entire field of sleep medicine and psychology.  This will occur through our ongoing representation in the APA Counsel of Specialties, but also as we expand our membership through licensed clinical social works, therapists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who have a heavy influence on patient care in nearly every sleep center across the country. 

The SBSM will continue to cultivate a strong scientific base and grow relationships with the Sleep Research Society as well as granting agencies.  There is also a desire to be in the forefront on timely BSM issues and exert influence through leveraging the boundless expertise present in our organization. 

It is invigorating to know that as I assume the role of president, the SBSM is at a peak with aspirations for reaching even higher.  I look towards the coming year of my presidency with the goal of keeping this momentum going.  I encourage each of you that came away from the conference with similar enthusiasm to act on this energy and express your interests through committee involvement, society recruitment or through using the conference as a primary outlet for your research.  Please reach out to Kathryn at kathryn@behavioralsleep.org if you would like information about how to get involved during this coming year.  We will be eagerly anticipating another record-breaking conference in Nashville next year!

Dr. Don Townsend
SBSM President

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

President's Blog - FebRUARY 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

As we bear down in the middle of winter, I want to use this month’s blog to encourage members to think about summer and the upcoming SBSM meeting at SLEEP 2018 in Baltimore. We have many members who are making important contributions in the field and we want to be able to recognize you at the Bootzin reception that is part of the SBSM meeting in June.  As a reminder, there are three awards:

  • Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Arthur Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award
  • Student Dissertation and Thesis Award

Please consider submitting a nomination to recognize a colleague for their contributions to BSM.  For more information about eligibility for each award and the schedule of programs, please click https://behavioralsleep.org/index.php/2018-awards.

Nominations are due by 11:59 pm eastern time on March 4, 2018 and should be submitted to Kathryn Hansen in the SBSM Offices at kathryn@behavioralsleep.org.

Also, remember that you must be an SBSM member to be eligible to receive an award.  So if you have not renewed your member, please remember to do so soon!  Or, if you know of a colleague who you would like to nominate but is not yet an SBSM member, please encourage them to join!

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

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - JANUARY 2018

Dear SBSM Members,

Happy New Year!  As we ring in the new year, this is a good time to look forward to upcoming events in 2018.

We invite you to attend the SBSM Awards and Recognition reception at SLEEP 2018 in Baltimore on June 2, 2018. We will be expanding our educational offerings this year to include additional virtual journal club webinars, Practice and Consultation webinars, the 2018 Fall Course in Birmingham, AL, and the educational offering in Baltimore, plus we plan to offer additional CE credits this year. 

Also, please consider nominating a colleague or student for one of our awards.  We want to make sure to recognize our outstanding colleagues for their contributions to field.  Please follow this link for instructions on how to apply for an award - https://behavioralsleep.org/index.php/2018-awards.

I want to encourage our members to consider getting involved in a committee or leadership position in the SBSM.  There are many exciting developments in our society and we need your help to shape the future of the SBSM.  Please follow this link for a list of BOD positions that are open and instructions for applying -  https://behavioralsleep.org/index.php/2-sleep/141-call-for-board-of-director-nominations-2018

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

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - December 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

Holiday greetings! 2017 is winding down and it’s been a very busy year for the SBSM. The society now has over 260 members, 12 accredited BSM training programs, a practice and consultation webinar, a bi-monthly virtual journal club, and an active social media presence.  We have a monthly newsletter, The Sleep Talker, which provides announcements about SBSM events and featured members (check out this month’s featured members). Behind the scenes, work is continuing on the BSM exam and the formation of a new scientific advisory committee. Collectively, we have brought greater value to our membership.

These activities would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our committees. I want to thank each of our committee members for their service to the SBSM.  At the same time, we would not be successful without the participation of our members. I want to say a big thank you to all of our members for your engagement and involvement in SBSM activities over the past year. 

As we move into 2018, we will continue to enhance the value of being an SBSM member. The education committee is making plans to expand the educational offerings that precede the SBSM reception at SLEEP 2018 in Baltimore.  Our 2018 Fall Course will move to Birmingham, AL. 

Here are a few other highlight in the coming months:

1. The membership committee is developing a challenge for members to renew their membership and bring others on-board.  Look for details to be announced soon!

2. The credentialing committee is building a database of potential items for the new BSM exam. SBSM members who passed the previous CBSM exam should have received an email from Dr. Don Townsend, chair of the credentialing committee, inviting you to submit items. Please take the time to provide input to the exam.  This will help to ensure that the exam reflects the best practices of BSM.

3. The Board of Directors has been working on the first draft of the BSM concept map. This concept map will serve as a “State of the SBSM” which members can use to identify research gaps in BSM, to develop a description of BSM clinical services, and to recruit BSM students. In early 2018, we will be posting a draft of the concept map for SBSM members to provide their input and suggestions. Look for this to come out soon!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

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

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - November 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

I want to give you updates on two projects that the SBSM leadership is working on.  First, we are still on track to meet our goal of offering the BSM exam in 2018. The credentialing committee is working hard to construct an examination that is valid, fair, and meets the standards for practicing BSM. We are also soliciting proposals for a testing agency to oversee the examination. 

I want to assure SBSM members that The BSM exam and certification remains a top priority for the Board of Directors and the committees involved in this process. We will continue to provide updates on this process through the Sleep Talker Newsletter.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Kathryn Hansen or email me directly.      

The second update is on the BSM Concept Map, which is a project that I mentioned in the July blog.  As a reminder, the purpose of the project is to provide a “30,000 foot view” of the activities, services, and products which fall under Behavioral Sleep Medicine.  Once the BSM concept map is developed, it can then be used as a tool for the SBSM and its members for strategic planning and communications with the public. For example, SBSM leaders can use the concept map to identify particular areas that could benefit from resource allocation to stimulate activity (e.g., call for grant applications). SBSM researchers can use the concept map to identify research gaps which could be useful in grant applications. SBSM clinicians can use the concept map to develop a description of clinical services to communicate with providers who are not familiar with BSM services. SBSM educators can use the concept map to teach students or set up specific training programs. 

The Board of Directors and each of the committees are currently working on putting together a first draft of the concept map.  Once this draft is complete, we will post it on the SBSM website for members to review and provide feedback.  We will also invite key stakeholder groups to provide input. Following this period of commentary, the BOD will take the feedback and make final adjustments. The final concept map will then be posted on the SBSM website for public view.  I also plan to present this Concept Map at our annual meeting in June 2018.

Speaking of annual meetings, SLEEP 2018 will be in Baltimore, MD from June 2-6.  The call for abstracts has come out.  I encourage SBSM members to submit research abstracts, symposium proposals, and postgraduate course proposals.  For more information search http://www.sleepmeeting.org/call-for-presentations.  This month, my challenge to members is to consider this question: What topics would you like to see at SLEEP 2018?  

Instead of a survey, I would like to use social media to stimulate discussions for topic ideas and proposals. Please post your ideas and responses on the SBSM Facebook Page.  If you have not visited our Facebook Page, this would be a great time to visit and “like” our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/behavioralsleep/

I hope this open discussion of ideas will lead to more BSM-related sessions at SLEEP 2018.

With warm regards,

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - OCTOBER 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

I am pleased to report that our fall course was well-attended with 72 participants.  I would like to thank the education committee for their hard work in organizing the course and our sponsors for their support. Special thanks goes to our presenters, Drs. James Wyatt, Sarah Honaker, Valerie Crabtree, Michael Smith, Susan McCurry, and Terri Weaver, who gave excellent talks.  This year, we also organized a dinner which was a great time to interact among colleagues and the presenters. To read more about the conference click here: https://behavioralsleep.org/index.php/2017-fall-course-review.

Next year, we will be moving the course to Birmingham, Alabama on September 15-16, so get ready for some BSM in the south!

As I mentioned in last month’s blog, the SBSM is supporting National Obesity Care Week, which is October 29th – November 4th.  We hope to highlight the importance of sleep health in the management of obesity and work with other organizations to promote evidence-based care for individuals with obesity.  We will be distributing information in the coming weeks with more details about how you can support this cause.  You can also check out the website at: http://www.obesitycareweek.org/ 

I hope that supporting National Obesity Care Week is just a start for the SBSM to “get on the map” with other organizations and causes.  With this thought in mind, my challenge to members this month is to respond with your idea (or ideas) for other organizations or societies with whom we can engage.  I would encourage you to think creatively!  If you have a contact with that group, please let me know so we can reach out to them.  I look forward to your responses.

With warm regards,

 

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - SEPTEMBER 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

September is upon us and it is back-to-school time.  This is a great time to remind SBSM members and their colleague to join us at our annual BSM Course which is held in Minneapolis, MN on September 16 & 17.  This year’s theme is Caring for Patients with Complex Sleep Problems and there will be lectures and case presentations from nationally recognized experts.  This is also a great opportunity to network with other BSM colleagues and to chat informally with the course faculty.  We would like to thank our education supporters who have contributed to putting on this conference:  Allina Health (www.allinahealth.org), Fairview Health Services, (www.fairview.org), Sleep Health Partners, (www.healthpartners.com)  Click here for further details on the BSM Course, Please encourage your colleagues to attend.  I hope to see you there!

I want to provide two important updates to our members.  First, I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has recently approved the formation of the Science Advisory Committee (SAC). The mission of the SAC is to elevate the scientific profile of the SBSM, to encourage scientific activity among its membership, and to communicate scientific standards of behavioral sleep medicine to other organizations and to the public.  If you are interested in serving as a member of the SAC, please send your CV and a statement of interest to.

Second, I want to update our members on my initiative to build relationships with other organizations.  We are partnering with the Obesity Action Coalition www.obesitycareweek.org to support and promote National Obesity Care Week, which is October 29th – November 4th. Given that research has demonstrated a relationship between insufficient sleep and obesity, the SBSM can promote the importance of sleep health and sleep behaviors in weight management.  Look for more announcements and information in the weeks to come.

Last month, I issued a “challenge” to engage in a conversation about BSM and hypersomnia.  Here is how our members responded to the challenge.

Nearly 60% of members who responded are currently involved in patient care or research related to hypersomnia, the majority of which are involved in patient care.  These consist of activities such as: assessment to rule out other factors that could contribute to excessive sleepiness (e.g., comorbid psychiatric conditions), behavioral interventions to optimize daytime functioning (e.g., scheduled daytime naps) and nocturnal sleep (e.g., consolidation/regulation schedule), coping with relationship/occupational issues, and providing education about hypersomnia to patients.

Over 90% of members who responded expressed support for the SBSM to provide educational programs on hypersomnia or to engage in collaborations with other organizations that support hypersomnia.  There were many comments and suggestions with regards to what the SBSM can do. The most popular suggestion was to provide education on the delivery and implementation of specific behavioral techniques and appropriate assessment of hypersomnia.  There was also interest in learning about other non-pharmacological approaches (e.g., nutrition, recreational/vocational therapy). Members generally preferred webinars or on-line CE courses, and secondarily, lectures/workshops at conferences.  There were also suggestions for more research and funding collaborations with other organizations, such as the AASM with the possibility of developing and testing integrated clinical care models or practice guidelines.  Finally, there were several comments supporting collaborations with other patient organizations to help BSM clinicians learn directly from individuals with hypersomnia. 

I want to thank those who took the time to respond to this challenge. The results indicate that SBSM members are active in the hypersomnia “space”, a space that has traditionally been reserved for sleep physicians and pharmacological treatments.  Moreover, there was an overwhelming interest in educational programs and building connections with other organizations in this area. I will ask the Board of Directors and our committees to consider these findings as we plan for future programs.  Also, please note that we do have a lecture and case presentation on hypersomnia at this year’s BSM Course – www.behavioralsleep.org.

With warm regards,

 

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - AUGUST 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

Summer is in full swing!  Before we get to “back-to-school” mode, I would like to provide some updates on SBSM activities this summer.  Summer is in full swing!  Before we get to “back-to-school” mode, I would like to provide some updates on SBSM activities this summer.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is exploring potential opportunities to issue a call for applications focused on treating primary insomnia, which is seen as a key gap in their funding portfolio.  As part of the topic development, a teleconference workshop was recently conducted entitled, “Key Evidence Gaps in Insomnia Research: Can CER Help Answer Questions About Chronic Insomnia? A PCORI Stakeholder Workshop”.  I was invited to participate on the panel as a representative of the SBSM and we had a lively discussion on issues related to conducting comparative effectiveness research in insomnia with Drs. Dan Buysse, Charles Morin, Tom Roth, and Michael Twery.  You can view the archived webinar here: http://www.pcori.org/events/2017/key-evidence-gaps-insomnia-research-can-cer-help-answer-questions-about-chronic-insomnia.

SBSM members who are investigators might want to begin brainstorming ideas or discuss collaborations, should PCORI release a funding announcement in the near future.

The SBSM leadership continues to make progress towards the Certification in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.  We are establishing a credentialing committee to oversee the process and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors.  Dr. Don Townsend has graciously agreed to serve as Chair of this committee and Dr. Kenny Lichstein will serve as the Board Liaison to this committee.  Dr. Mike Schmitz will continue to be involved as the Executive Committee representative to maintain continuity with this process.

On occasion, I would like to use this blog to issue a “challenge” to the SBSM members.  This month, I would like to challenge SBSM members to engage in a conversation about hypersomnia.  Hypersomnia disorders, including narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia, have primarily been treated with medications by sleep specialists.  In contrast to insomnia and OSA management, this group of sleep disorders has received only limited attention from BSM clinicians and researchers - mostly, involving scheduled naps and regulating the nighttime sleep schedule.

I would like to challenge SBSM members to provide feedback on BSM and hypersomnia using the survey link below.

With warm regards,

 

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - JUly 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

I am thrilled to be writing my first President’s Blog! This is an exciting and energetic time for the society. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Schmitz, we have made great strides in revitalizing the BSM Certification and increasing educational programs. Our reception at SLEEP 2017 was a huge success with over 100 attendees, engaging programs by the education and membership committees, and some of the best food ever! I want to build on the momentum that Dr. Schmitz has created for the society. Over the next year, I will be working with the SBSM leadership on three key initiatives:

The first initiative is to establish our identity and presence. I would like to develop a concept map for BSM, which is a graphical tool used to organize and structure all things related to BSM. This includes papers, grants, training programs, and clinical services that fall under the umbrella of BSM. The concept map will provide a valuable tool that can be used by the SBSM and its members for strategic planning, communicating to the public, or as a reference for research projects. I will provide more details about this project and how members can contribute in the weeks ahead.

The second initiative is to build relationships with other societies and organizations. I believe the SBSM should be a leader in training, promoting, and disseminating CBT-I and other behavioral sleep services. I will seek out opportunities to make our presence felt in the public and look for ways to work with other professional and patient organizations who can serve as partners in carrying out this mission.

The third initiative is to increase revenue and resources so that we can fund more projects. I will be working with the Board of Directors to evaluate our needs and resources in order to devise a financial plan that can support more strategic activities. This will likely be a multi-year process but I want to take the first steps during this coming year so that the SBSM can be in position to grow and serve its members more effectively. In addition to these initiatives, we will continue to work on developing and implementing the BSM Certification.

I am pleased that Dr. Schmitz has agreed to remain actively involved with the process and I am confident that his continued leadership will lead to the availability of the new BSM Certification soon. We are part of a growing society that is ready to make an impact. As your president, my goal is to make the SBSM more relevant, more valued, and more fun! I will keep you informed of our progress on these initiatives through these monthly blogs and other communications. I look forward to serving you this coming year.

With warm regards,

 

Jason Ong, Ph.D.
SBSM President

President's Blog - JUNE 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

June is a month of transition and coming together for our Society. On June 4th we welcome new leadership including Jason Ong, incoming President, Donna Arand, President Elect, Kenny Lichstein, Director At Large, and Karlyn Vatthauer, Student Member. I wish to thank Michael Scherer, our departing Past President, for his leadership within the SBSM. I would also like to acknowledge Laura Broch and Kevin Smith for their service as they complete terms as co-chairs of the Accreditation Committee.

As our members come together in Boston for SLEEP 2017 I encourage all of you to participate in the SBSM Awards and Recognition Reception. Our gathering presents a unique opportunity to network and build connections between clinicians, researchers, educators and students.

BSM Certification planning and implementation continues with the anticipated launch of the SBSM Credentials Committee in late Summer. I am pleased to announce that the following individuals have volunteered their time and expertise to serve on the committee: Janice Biddle, Kelly Byars, Valerie Crabtree, Christina McCrae, and Don Townsend. Kenny Lichstein will also join the committee serving as board liaison.

Looking to the fall, our Education Committee has put together a great two day BSM Course to be held once again in Minneapolis on September 16-17. This year’s course Caring for Patients with Complex Sleep Problems: Advanced Topics in Behavioral Sleep promises to be another great opportunity for us to come together to learn and build our BSM professional community.

It has been a pleasure to serve as president this past year and witness the passion, creativity, and many contributions of our members. Our commitment to you is that we continue to work to earn your membership by creating an ever richer community of valued resources and relationships.

With Warm Regards,
Michael Schmitz, PsyD, CBSM
SBSM President

President's Blog - May 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

It is cliché to say that time flies, but as I complete the final month of my year in my role as president, it seems only yesterday that many of us were together at the SBSM reception at SLEEP 2016 in Denver.

Much has happened over the last year and we have a great deal to celebrate as we soon come together again in Boston on June 4th for our SBSM Program and Reception. This year our reception is held in honor of Richard Bootzin for his legendary contributions to our field and profound impact as a mentor and colleague.

I invite you to join us in celebrating all of the wonderful work and contribution of our members as leaders, practitioners, researchers and students. This was a year of rebuilding and growth for the SBSM. We have expanded our web presence, begun work on a social media strategy, expanded education opportunities to include online courses, and approved a framework for resumptions of BSM certification expanding eligibility to master’s level licensed clinicians. We have launched a monthly newsletter and work is in progress on a number of projects to bring practice resources to our members including a BSM consultation service. As we transitioned from an administrative contract with the AASM to an independent executive director contract with our capable Kathryn Hansen, we have remained financially stable, retained current members, and are growing with the addition particularly of returning, master’s level and trainee members.

The future of the SBSM is bright and comes with many opportunities and challenges. Over the next year the SBSM will continue its implementation plans for resumption of BSM certification. This will involve necessary financial and leadership investment in the formation of an independent non-profit board to manage the exam and certification process. As a young organization that continues to mature, I believe we need to continue work on developing a clearer identity and out of that shape a strategic plan for our future.

I am honored to be able to serve this coming year in the role of past-president and hope to focus particularly on supporting the BSM certification initiative. We are very fortunate to continue our journey as a Society with the exceptional leadership of our Executive Committee and Board of Directors. It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I welcome Jason Ong as our new president on June 6th.

With Best Regards,
Michael Schmitz, PsyD, CBSM
SBSM President

President’s Blog - April 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

I have the pleasure of updating you on recent board elections, naming of awards recipients, and results of a BSM certification bylaws change vote.

But before I do that, I want to take a moment to thank all of our members who are contributing time and effort as committee/task force members and chairs. Our SBSM committees have been very productive this past year working to advance training, practice and educational opportunities, lay the groundwork for resumption of BSM certification, and increase our capacity to reach out to each other and the public through enhanced web and communication strategies.

Board of Director Elections

I am pleased to inform you that Donna Arand, PhD has been elected President-Elect. Dr. Arand will complete her currently three year term as a board member and transition into that role in June.

I am also pleased to announce that Kenny Lichstein, PhD, has been elected to fill the open board of director position with Karlyn Vatthauer filling the student representative seat.

Awards Recipients

I am thrilled to announce the recipients of our 2017 achievement awards to be presented at our SBSM program and reception to be held on Sunday, June 4 during the APSS annual meeting in Boston.

This year, the SBSM will be honoring Kenny Lichstein with the Peter Hauri Career Distinguished Achievement Award for his tremendous contributions to the field of behavioral sleep medicine. Michael Nadorff, PhD has been named the recipient of the Art Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award and Jennifer Cowie, MA selected to receive the Student Dissertation and Thesis Award.

Congratulation to all awards recipients their contributions to our field!

BSM Certification Update

In more good news, SBSM members voted overwhelmingly to approve bylaws changes to support and advance the re-establishment of BSM certification.

We hope to establish the board-approved standing Credentials Committee by June to begin work on a BSM exam. The Credentials Committee will be broadly charged with making credentialing recommendations to the board of directors. Planning is underway for the formation of an independent non-profit board that will administer the multidiscipline certification process and exam. As a professional society we are also laying the groundwork to support BSM certification by developing an education strategy to support training and eligibility and promote the availability of clinical consultation for those seeking certification.

Next month I’ll have more information about our expanded programming during the APSS annual conference, our newly launched virtual journal club, and great program coming together for our annual BSM course in Minneapolis.

Best regards,
Mike

Michael Schmitz, PsyD, CBSM
SBSM President

President's Blog - March 2017

Dear SBSM Members,

I am very pleased to inform you that planning for BSM certification is well underway. The news has greeted with excitement and anticipation about next steps. As was previously announced, the SBSM Board of Directors approved recommendations from the BSM Certification Task Force to move forward with resumption of a multidiscipline BSM certification to be expanded to include master’s level licensed clinicians. The board also approved task force recommendations for eligibility requirements. These can be reviewed on our website. Because discipline and degree eligibility was expanded, greater emphasis was placed on applicants demonstrating BSM and mental health expertise. Members are invited to review the eligibility criteria and offer comments, as we move forward with the process of implementation. Updates and answers to FAQs will be posted on our website. We will also respond individually to members with questions. Because planning is in the initial states, we may not be able answer all of your questions, but we will do our best.

Part of that process involves direct action by you. I urge you to cast your vote on recent bylaws changes approved by the SBSM Board of Directors that are needed to move forward with BSM certification. Based on wide consultation with our members, leaders and other professional societies, the Board of Directors has also approved that certification be administered by an independent non-profit board. It is envisioned that a new standing Credentials Committee within the SBSM will facilitate the development of the BSM exam and coordinate with the independent non-profit board who will administer the certification process.

There is much exciting work to be done in the coming months. We’ll keep you posted on the many opportunities to join in the process of shaping and contributing to the establishment of a BSM certification.

If you haven’t had the chance to renew your membership this year I invite you to do so. We are working hard to provide increased value to you for the price of membership. Over the past year we have held a successful BSM course, made online courses available, and successfully launched a journal club and newsletter. For 2017 we are expanding our educational and professional offerings during the APSS conference and SBSM course scheduled in Minneapolis for September 16-17. As planning and implementation for BSM certification progresses, we will also be launching a BSM clinical consultation service for members.

On a final note, as one way to build upon the promise of the ACP insomnia guidelines, I will be initiating the formation of a SIG focusing on population-based management of insomnia. Look for an invitation later this Spring.

That’s it for now. It’s an early March 60 degree in Minneapolis, Minnesota...time to head to the garden store!

Michael Schmitz, PsyD, CBSM
SBSM President

President's Blog - February 2017

Insufficient Sleep in Teens

Dr. Judith OwensInsufficient sleep in teens has evolved as a global epidemic that poses multiple risks to the health, safety and well-being of adolescents, and has been recognized as a serious public health issue by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The term “deficient sleep” has been used to characterize unhealthy sleep in teens as including both daily sleep amounts insufficient to meet developmentally-appropriate sleep needs and/or sleep timing which conflicts with normal changes in adolescent circadian rhythms.

Consequences range from inattentiveness, reduction in executive functioning and poor academic performance to increased risk of obesity and cardio-metabolic dysfunction, mood disturbances which include increased suicidal ideation, a higher risk of engaging in health risk behaviors such as alcohol and substance use, and increased rates of car crashes, occupational injuries and sports-related injuries.

Early school start times for both middle and high school students have been identified as one of the most pervasive and important contributors to deficient sleep in teens. Due to circadian-based developmental changes in sleep timing, the average adolescent has difficulty falling asleep much before 11pm. Wake times required by early start times not only do not allow teens to obtain the recommended 8-10 hours of sleep “to promote optimal health” (American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2016), but also result in misalignment with circadian rhythms: imagine having to wake up and function at 3am every day! In addition, early forced wake times selectively rob teens of REM sleep, critical to memory consolidation and learning of new information. Despite this, in 2011-12, less than 1 in 5 middle and high schools in the US started at the time recommended in the 2014 AAP policy statement of 8:30am or later.

There has been a growing movement over the past decade to change this situation, often spearheaded by grassroots community advocates, parents and school administrators who recognize that the evidence supporting later school start times is extensive and compelling. Healthy start times are associated with more sleep, less daytime sleepiness, better school performance and attendance, less depression symptoms, fewer visits to school health centers and lower rates of car crashes in teens, among other benefits. While recognizing that there are many practical and logistical challenges that communities face in changing school start times (child care for younger siblings, parent work schedules, after-school employment, traffic flow, sports schedules and costs related to busing), an increasing number of schools in rural, suburban, large metropolitan and inner city areas have successfully surmounted these barriers, and almost none of the well over 1000 schools and districts that have made the change have gone back to the original bell times.

It is our responsibility as sleep medicine professionals to get involved and to encourage and assist our local school schools and school districts. Educating yourself and then your community about the consequences of deficient sleep in adolescents and the benefits of healthy school start times is the first step in moving the issue forward.

Resources:

Courtesy: 

Dr. Judith Owens

President's Blog - January 2017

SBSM Promotion of Member Professional Activities

As a part of its mission, the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine (SBSM) seeks to support the professional growth and activity of its members. To that end, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors have established the following guidelines for SBSM promotion of member professional activities and training.

Guidelines:

At the request of members, the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine will post information regarding member professional announcements, activities, and events. All requests are subject to review and approval by the SBSM Executive Committee. The following activities are eligible for submission:

1. Training, faculty and clinical positions;
2. BSM clinical supervision and consultation opportunities;
3. Educational classes, seminars and workshops offering review of research, training in evidence-based practice, and symposia, discussion groups or other activities that seek to advance the field;
4. Publication of BSM scientific or clinical books and manuals.

Activities within these categories upon review will be placed on the SBSM website, noted in the SBSM newsletter, posted on Facebook and/or announced via email to our network of communities. The SBSM typically will announce or post items with a header, brief description and a link provided by the member for more detailed information. The SBSM does not release or distribute its mailing lists to members or third parties. Members may elect to opt out the receipt of these promotions by contacting the SBSM at membership@behavioralsleep.org.

If a member wishes to have the SBSM post information about a position, professional activity or event, please contact the SBSM Executive Director, Kathryn Hansen at kathryn@behavioralsleep.org. Please provide a detailed summary of position postings or clinical/educational offering. All position postings must include an application deadline.

President's Blog - December 2016

Greetings to all SBSM members

This year has been marked by tremendous change and transition for our small young society whose great strength is its members. In nearly six months as your president I have seen among you a great passion for our field, a drive for innovation and excellence, and a strong desire for greater professional community and connection. In the coming year and beyond we will need to continue to engage that energy as we create a strategic plan to define who we are as a society chart a course with goals for the next five years.

For this year, we’ve focused on the fundamentals – ensuring financial stability as we transitioned away from our administrative relationship with the AASM, improving communication and engagement with members, and supporting our committees around efforts members have said are a value to them – certification, education, practice resources, and a website that is more useful and user-friendly.

Here’s a few exciting highlights that reflect a focus on some of these fundamentals.

  • Stable and growing membership – With one month left in 2016 we have already seen an 8% growth in membership this year over 2015 (currently 257 members)
  • High level of direct involvement - 54 of our members actively involved in our board, committees and task forces with numerous others volunteering their time in a consulting role to support the growth of our society.
  • Launch of a media strategy workgroup, facebook page, blog, and newsletter soon to come. Click here to Like us on Facebook 
  • Support for your career with online practice tools, resources and new guidelines to promote member professional activities. Click here for News and Resources
  • As we plan for an expanded BSM course in 2017, the launch of online BSM learning modules. Click here to check out courses available for purchase online
  • Lastly, the work of our BSM Certification Task Force is well underway. In a forthcoming direct communication to members I will discuss the substantial opportunities, challenges and progress surrounding this endeavor and elicit your feedback as we chart our course.

As always, please offer your feedback, comments and suggestions to membership@behavioralsleep.org or visit the suggestion box in the member's portal to submit your feedback 

Best regards,

Mike

SBSM Launches BSM Blog and Rollout of Media Strategy

I am excited to welcome you to the launch of the BSM Blog. This is one of many efforts underway and under construction for SBSM members to connect with each other and the public. I want to give a shout out to our Web and Communication Committee and our administrative team for their efforts. The blog will feature regular posts providing updates on SBSM news, events, information and BSM topics of interest to our members.

With the help of Kelly Baron and Michael Grandner, the SBSM has also begun to roll out a media strategy in the past few months, including setting up a speakers bureau, developing press releases and social media. We are pleased to announce the SBSM Facebook page is up and active. We are excited to be able to use the page to share research and clinical topics when they are hot off the press, highlight the great work of our members, and interact in real time.

Facebook - Like Us TodayHere's a few ways you can help grow our SBSM social media presence:

  • Like our Facebook page!
  • Encourage your friends and colleagues interested in sleep to like our page
  • Share our articles on your own page and comment on articles posted on our page
  • If you or a SBSM member is quoted in the press, post the article to the page and tag them 

I believe these tools are an essential part of increasing dialogue within our society. They also serve to amplifying the voice of the SBSM within sleep medicine and the general public about the value of your work.

The annual BSM course recently held in Minneapolis was a great success. We had 100 participants nearly tripling last year’s attendance. We are eager to hear from you about topics you would like the course to address in 2017.

The 2015 BSM course presentations will soon be available as webinars on our website followed shortly by 2016 course offerings.

Looking to SLEEP 2017 in Boston, planning is already underway for the SBSM reception with expanded opportunities to learn, dialogue and socialize together as colleagues.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions for the blog please let us know at membership@behavioralsleep.org

Let's stay connected!

Mike Schmitz
SBSM President