The American Board of Vestibular Rehabilitation
The American Board of Vestibular Rehabilitation® (or ABVR) is a neurological specialty certification board in the subspecialty of Vestibular Rehabilitation. The ABVR is a sub-agency of the American College of Functional Neurology® (ACFN), a non-profit certification organization dedicated to serving and protecting its stakeholders, which consist of the public and its healthcare members, by certifying excellence in practice. The ABVR administers certification examinations and maintains certification renewal processes. The ABVR issues a Certificate of Qualification and a Fellowship in Vestibular Rehabilitation.
The ABVR standards are consistent with The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA, & NCME, 1999). It accepts health care professionals that have completed an agency recognized training or residency program in Vestibular Rehabilitation. The content validity of its certification examinations is demonstrated by a comprehensive job analysis conducted and analyzed by experts, with data gathered from stakeholders in the neurological subspecialty of Vestibular Rehabilitation.
The certification program of the ABVR provides impartial, third-party validation that the meets recognized national and international credentialing industry standards for development, implementation, and maintenance of certification programs.
The ABVR embraces and emphasizes a current, comprehensive, and research-based understanding of peripheral and central vestibular pathology and rehabilitation strategies. ABVR Fellows are healthcare professionals that have trained to perform, analyze, and interpret vestibular assessments; identify functional and pathological disease processes, make appropriate patient referrals, and prescribe and perform vestibular rehabilitation protocols. They commonly act as neurological specialists, vestibular specialists, or consultants in the assessment and implementation of primary or supplemental treatment strategies. ABVR certificate of qualification holders are often educators, athletic trainers, or individuals that may act in a role to facilitate healthcare practitioners in the delivery of healthcare to individuals with the desire to improve their human potential.
ABVR Advisory Board
The ABVR Advisory board consists of 4 ACFN-nominated members that may serve unlimited, staggered, 2-year terms. Appointments are by a nomination and vote of support by two or more of the ACFN Board of Directors. The Board is governed by the executive director and expert board of the American College of Functional Neurology®. Their responsibility is to represent and protect the registry by defining, regulating, assessing, and communicating with its members and the public.
The advisory board is responsible for communicating with the sub-committees and registry and to perform numerous functions included but not limited to: regular job analysis, defining educational requirements and standards for membership, creates and approves board and certification examinations, defines and regulates acceptable usage of board credentials, defines communication with the public about board policy and positions.
- Advisory board appointed by the ACFN
- Sets educational requirements for certification
- Develops examinations
- Regulates the usage of credentials
- Performs regular job analysis
- Defines membership criteria
- Frederick R. Carrick, DC, PhD, MS-HEd
- Matthew M. Antonucci, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABCDD, FABVR, FABNN, FABBIR, FABHP, FICC
- David J. Traster, MS, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABBIR, FABVR
- (Open Seat)
FABVR®: Fellow of the American Board of Vestibular Rehabilitation. Both FABVR® and the term Fellow of the American Board of Vestibular Rehabilitation are federally protected terms to describe the highest level of certification by the ABVR. Fellows must be a licensed healthcare professional in a health care professional field (MD, DO, DC, DPT, ND, PhD, etc), that has completed a minimum of 300 credit hours of training in clinical neuroscience, and 150 hours in Vestibular Rehabilitation, in an ACFN and ABVR approved educational program. Fellows must also have completed a minimum of 2 years of clinical experience in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation and have successfully passed an approved and psychometrically-validated board examination.
The ABVR requires that throughout the initial certification and maintenance of certification processes, health care providers must have a valid, unexpired, and unencumbered license to practice a primary care discipline in their jurisdiction.
The ABVR demands a recertification process that is necessary to maintain Fellowship Status with the Registry. Fellows must re-certify by July 1 of odd number years with a demonstration of competency including a minimum of 25 hours of continuing education in a board-approved educational program; submitting an annotated bibliography of 6 peer-reviewed article that falls in the biennium period prior to the renewal period; paying recertification dues; and completing a job analysis survey. Fellows must also recertify by examination every 10 years.
Certificate of Qualification in Vestibular Rehabilitation: The Term CABVR® is a federally protected certificate. These certificate holders are health care professionals that have completed a board recognized training program in Vestibular Rehabilitation and who have passed the certification examination of the ABVR.
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