BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education.
BCIA is recognized as the certification body for the clinical practice of biofeedback by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).
Multiculturalism and Diversity
BCIA endorses the American Psychological Association “Multicultural Guidelines.” BCIA professionals recognize the importance of multiculturalism and diversity in clinical and optimal performance practice, education, and research, and treat individuals from diverse ethnic, linguistic, racial, sexual orientation, and gender identity backgrounds with appreciation and sensitivity.
Board Certification Areas
BCIA offers Biofeedback Certification, Neurofeedback Certification, and Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback Certification. Clinical and Technician certification tracks are available for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, while only the Clinical track is available for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. Read more...
BCIA has trademarked BCB, BCN, and BCB-PMD for your use where allowed. Read more…
BCIA Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback
This document is designed to be a living document that will serve to guide your decisions and is meant to serve beside the ethical principles of your profession and within the laws of your state that govern health care. Please revisit this document time to time as it may change with updated information as needed.
BCIA Webinars - Did you know we offer 2 different types of webinars? An offering from the Clinical Update Series is a 90-minute presentation that is based on traditional continuing education and offers information on an advanced topic. Mentoring webinars are for those who are seeking either certification or recertification. These webinars are 60-minute presentations and provide 1 contact hour to review 2 case conference presentations.
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Upcoming webinars include:
June 22: How to Increase the Effectiveness of Your HRV Biofeedback Practice by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB. This webinar presents the latest evidence for increasing the impact of HRV biofeedback. First, we will review a streamlined procedure for measuring your clients’ resonance frequency and discuss how to choose between competing breathing rates and inhalation-to-exhalation ratios. Second, we will describe how to structure effective HRV biofeedback training sessions, assess client progress, and assign effective home practice. Finally, we will review current evidence supporting the efficacy of HRVB applications. Register Now!
July 7: The BCIA-Mexico will be offering a webinar all in Spanish entitled "Neurofeedback benefits in Epilepsy, Beyond Seizures" presented by Dr. Diana Martinez or in Spanish it will be: "Beneficios de Neurofeedback en Epilepsia, más allá de las convulsiones". We are very excited about this collaboration. More information to come!
Topics coming up in the BCIA schedule: Pediatric Biofeedback, Vigilance and ADHD, and Treating Chronic Pain with Neurofeedback: Research and Clinical Implications. Stay tuned for more information!
2016 Meetings and Courses
June 8 - 12: The BFE European Conference on Neurotherapies will be hosted in Madrid, Spain.
Late July: The Florida Biofeedback Society will have a conference in Orlando. Stay tuned for more information.
October 20 - 23: The Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society will hold their annual conference in Boston, MA.
November 3 - 6: The Southeast Regional Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association will hold their conference in Atlanta, GA.
November 12 - 13: The Midwest Society for Behavioral Medicine & Biofeedback will host their conference "Mindfulness: Science, Technologies & Practical Applications" in Grand Rapids, MI.
Ongoing Educational Opportunities
Please check with the BCIA-accredited didactic training providers as many provide high quality educational opportunities throughout the year! Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction, and HRV.
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
The annual conference in Seattle was well attended. Make plans to attend next year's meeting in Chicago, March 15 - 18, 2017.
AAPB has recently released new publications - Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings by Moss & Shaffer; Evidence-based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback—3rd Edition by Tan, Shaffer, Lyle and Teo; The Neurofeedback Book, 2nd Edition and Functional Neuroanatomy by Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson.
Take advantage of the CE opportunities offered by AAPB webinars, both live and recorded sessions!
Make plans to attend the 24th Annual Meeting in Orlando, September 19 - 25. The BCIA exam will be on Saturday, September 24 and is open for all who have filed approved certification applications.
ISNR now offers webinars to cover the didactic requirement for neurofeedback certification through their new online ISNR University.
BCIA Exam Sites
You must first file a certification application with BCIA and pay all fees prior to selecting an exam date using our Exam Registration form.
Please note that you may also elect the special exam option that enables you to use a local proctor.
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May 2016 Update
BCIA Welcomes Lakhyung Kim, KMD, PhD from South Korea
Dr. Lakhyung Kim is a Professor at Woosuk University, Jeonju, Korea. He has worked at Woosuk University Hospital as a Korean Medicine Doctor and he uses acupuncture, herbs, and meditation with patients diagnosed with ADHD, tic disorder, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other stress disorders. Dr. Kim is very interested in learning more about biofeedback and neurofeedback to use them in clinical practice.
Sung Chul Yoon, MD from South Korea Earns His BCN
BCIA is proud to announce that Dr. Yoon is the most recent professional in South Korea to earn his BCN. Dr. Yoon is a psychiatrist in private practice at LPJ Mind Health Clinic in Seoul who has been using neurofeedback for several years with clients diagnosed with anxiety, depression, insomnia, or other stress-related disorders. He also works with ADD and ADHD. Dr. Yoon is collaborating with others to translate "Doing Neurofeedback" authored by Richard Soutar, PhD, BCN and Robert Longo. LPC, NCC, BCN. Welcome Dr. Yoon!
BCIA Announces the 2016 Francine Butler Scholarship Winners
The winners of the 2016 Francine Butler Scholarship were announced at the 47th Annual Conference in Seattle. The award provides all customary certification fees and is conferred upon students pursuing an advanced health care degree who have taken their didactic training at a regionally accredited academic institution. The winners from left to right are: Ashlie Bell and Hayuta Cohen from Saybrook University. Diego Garcia Rodriguez and Amanda Donnelly were selected for this award from the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant University.
Congratulations to this next group of biofeedback professionals!
Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in the News
If you see a good article posted in an online publication, why not write in and add your 2 cents!
March: Positive Feedback: From old-school heart monitors to realtime fMRI, biofeedback offers a range of tools of interest to psychologists, March 2016 Monitor on Psychology, APA.
February 19: Brain Hacking: The Mind's Biology by Amy Ellis Nutt.
January 18: Brain Training for Anxiety, Depression and Other Mental Conditions by Andrea Petersen as published in the Wall Street Journal
Open Access Article!
BCIA is pleased to let you know that we have a new article for you: SciForschen -Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology - Volume 1.1: Z-score LORETA Neurofeedback as a Potential Therapy for Patients with Seizures and Refractory Epilepsy, J. Lucas Koberda, Lauren C. Frey. If you would like to earn 1 hour of accredited CE, please click here to access the exam. We look forward to bringing you more articles in this easy access format!
International Educational Opportunities
November 19 - 20 - Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA) Annual Conference in Sydney - "Neuroregulation: Trauma to Triumph"
Danielle Matto and Eveline Kempenaar have launched some exciting new CE opportunities for those in the Netherlands. Please visit their website for more information.
The Biofeedback Federation of Europe will host their European Conference on Neurotherapies in Madrid, Spain, June 8 - 12. Courses are approved by BCIA to offer CE for recertification.
BCIA Affiliate Program in Mexico - BCIA-M!
This relationship is based on the guidance of their
membership organization: The Mexican Society
for Bio and Neurofeedback. There is a growing
population of clinicians, researchers, and
educators in Mexico involved in this field.
These professionals want to see educational and training requirements standardized and promoted in a way that will make sense within their health care platform. Now there will be a way for professionals to more easily earn BCIA certification with the guidance and oversight of their board. Read more...
Open Access Articles of Interest
Frontiers is a community-oriented open-access academic publisher and research network.
Their grand vision is to build an Open Science platform that empowers researchers in their daily work and where everybody has equal opportunity to seek, share and generate knowledge.
1. Differential effects of theta/beta and SMR neurofeedback in ADHD on sleep onset latency
Recent studies suggest a role for sleep and sleep problems in the etiology of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a recent model about the working mechanism of sensori-motor rhythm (SMR) neurofeedback, proposed that this intervention normalizes sleep and thus improves ADHD symptoms such as inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. Read more....
2. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) neurofeedback as a treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—a pilot study
In this pilot study near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) neurofeedback was investigated as a new method for the treatment of Attention Deficit-/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Oxygenated hemoglobin in the prefrontal cortex of children with ADHD was measured and fed back. Read more...
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