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 Foundation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR).
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-PMDB for your use where allowed. Read more…
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. Missed a BCIA webinar? Click here to purchase a recording!
May 20 - 12:00 noon mountain time: BCIA will offer a webinar, What's New in HRV Biofeedback? presented by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB. Register now!
June 12 - 12:00 noon mountain time: BCIA will offer a webinar: Neurofeedback for Developmental Trauma presented by Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN. When an attachment rupture occurs between a child and her or his primary caregiver, a tangle of complicated symptoms can set in: severe emotional dysregulation, chronic dissociation, self-destructive behaviors, social isolation, rage, and fear. Until now, few reliable therapies existed to combat developmental trauma. Register now!
July 16: BCIA will offer a webinar: Case Studies for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction by Tiffany Lee, MA, OTR, BCB-PMD.
Regional Educational Opportunities
April 18 - Biofeedback Society of California will present a one-day spring conference featuring Jay Gunkelman on Cross Frequency Coupling.
April 25: The Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine will offer its spring conference: Self-Medication vs Self-Regulation: The Neuroscience of Addiction and Meditation presented by A. Martin Wuttke.
May 1 - 3: Society for the Advancement of Brain Analysis (SABA) 2015 Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Pre-conference courses presented April 29 - May 1.
May 7, 1pm eastern time: AAPB will present a webinar Alterations in Electroencephalographic Patterns Associated with Excessive usage of I-technologies (e.g., gaming, social media, texting, etc.) by Mari K. Swingle, MA, MA, PhD, BCN.
June 26 - 27 - QEEG Neurofeedback, Loreta Workshop for Physicians in Deerfield Beach, FL, presented by Joel Lubar, PhD, BCN and Deb Simkin, MD, DFAACAP, Diplomat at ABIHM, CME provided. Information and Registration....
August 21 - 25: Adelaide, South Australia - The Applied Neuroscience Society of Australia will hold their Annual Conference.
September 4 - 5: Advanced Loreta Workshop will be offered in San Francisco, CA by Joel Lubar, PhD, BCN.
For information and registration, read more....
September 18 - 20: The Biofeedback Society of Texas will hold their 41st Annual Conference in Houston, TX. More information to come.
October 12 - 18: ISNR 23rd Annual Conference at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.
November 14: The Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society (NRBS) will present a one-day workshop on Heart Rate Variability and Capnometry at Widener University. Stay tuned for more information.
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
International Educational Opportunities
April 21 - 24 - Neurofeedback in ADHD and Insomnia offered by Martijn Arns, BCN and Vera Kruiver, BCN of BrainClinics.
September 25 - 16 - Masterclass Neuromodulation in Personalized Medicine: QEEG, ERP, rTMS, Neurofeedback, offered by Martijn Arns, BCN, Berrie Gerrits, Rik van Dinteren, and Vera Kruiver, BCN BrainClinics.
Danielle Matto and Eveline Kempenaar have launched some exciting new CE opportunities for those in the Netherlands. Please visit their website for more information.
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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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April 2015 Update -
BCIA Awards 6 Francine Butler Scholarships
BCIA is proud to announce the 2015 winners of the Francine Butler Scholarship that pays all customary certification fees to those students seeking an advanced degree-granting program from a regionally accredited academic institution that offers didactic education as part of their studies. The recipients are recommended by their professor and they also tell us in their own words what biofeedback will mean to their professional career. We are proud to introduce you to the winners. From left to right is: Andrew Roberts from CSPP/Alliant University, Tracy Brown from Brigham Young University, and Kimtrinh Nguyen-Dinh from East Carolina University. The other winners of this scholarship are Tammy Wildgoose from CSPP/Alliant University, Christina Brown-Bochicchio from East Carolina University, and Yoko Caldwell from Brigham Young University. This is a look at the future of biofeedback!
BCIA Welcomes the First BCN From Norway!
Elin Merethe Lilleng is a psychologist from Haugesund, Norway who completed degrees from the University of Copenhagen and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She had the opportunity to study in Canada while in her internship at the ADD Centre & Biofeedback Institute of Toronto working with Dr. Lynda Thompson and her staff.
BCIA is pleased to announce the BCIA-M - An Affiliate Program in Mexico!
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 who are involved in this field and want to see the educational and training requirements be 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...
BCIA Welcomes the First BCN from Spain
BCIA is proud to welcome Elimelech Duarte Hernandez, BCN, a psychologist from Madrid, Spain.
His research was in the effectiveness of neurofeedback for children with ADHD during his PhD in the neurosciences program at the Complutense University of Madrid.
The Greater Los Angeles VA Health Administration Staff Seeks BCIA Certification
Far more Veterans are at risk of developing chronic diseases than injuries in battle. Biofeedback is an excellent way to promote health and to prevent chronic diseases among Veterans. We are so pleased to have 11 staff members from the Greater Los Angeles Veteran Health Administration who recently passed their Biofeedback Board Certification exam and in process of completing Board Certification. These various staff members can now provide Biofeedback across different Veteran Clinics and multiple medical conditions including Pain, HTN, CAD, Chronic Health conditions and Mental Health issues including PTSD and Anxiety.
New Study: Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback Therapy Can Treat US Veterans with PTSD
The heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback therapy can treat US veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a study by the Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles (VOALA) has claimed.
Undertaken at Los Angeles transitional residence, the study involved 33 male combat veterans aged between 22 and 50, all of who were from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom / Operation New Dawn.
The study measured the effects of using biofeedback over an eight-week programme, divided into two phases, to help control PTSD. 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. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience is a first-tier electronic journal devoted to understanding the brain mechanisms supporting cognitive and social behavior in humans, and how these mechanisms might be altered in disease states. BCIA selected two open access, neurofeedback-based articles from this journal, both dealing with ADHD.
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...
Brain Recalls Old Memories Via New Pathways - NIH funded study
People with anxiety disorders, such as post traumatic stress disorder, often experience prolonged and exaggerated fearfulness. Now, an animal study suggests that this might involve disruption of a gradual shifting of brain circuitry for retrieving fear memories. Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered in rats that an old fear memory is recalled by a separate brain pathway from the one originally used to recall it when it was fresh. Read more.....
Frontiers in Psychology recently published the following HRV articles:
Heart rate variability biofeedback: how and why does it work? by Paul M. Lehrer, PhD, BCB and Richard Gevirtz, PhD, BCB.
A healthy heart is not a metronome: an integrative review of the heart's anatomy and heart rate variability by Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB, Rollin McCraty, PhD and Christopher L. Zerr.
Take advantage of the CE opportunities offered by AAPB webinars, both live and recorded sessions!
Mark your calendar for the 23rd Annual Conference - October 15 - 18, 2015 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, with Pre-Conference Workshops on October 12 - 14, 2015.
ISNR now offers webinars to cover the didactic requirement for neurofeedback certification through their new online ISNR University.
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