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...
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BCIA Professional Standards/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 Offers Online Payment Options
Now for your convenience, you may pay your certification or recertification fees online using this link.
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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First Quarter 2018 CE Calendar
February 28 - The 2018 Super Brain Summit - "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: Understanding Trauma”, is sponsored by Bradley University. This year's featured speakers are Dr. Daniel Amin and Dr. Bessel van de Kolk. Attendees can participate in three different ways:
*At Bradley University in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center
*Via Live WebEx streaming video from your computer
*Via recorded sessions available for viewing by the end of March, 2018.
March 24 - Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD ABPP of the Luria Institute. Executive functions represent the highest level of cognitive control and involve goal formation, planning, mental flexibility, impulse control, working memory. Executive functions are mediated by the prefrontal cortex and related structures. In this webinar we will examine their cognitive composition, neural mechanisms, changes throughout the lifespan, and gender differences. We will also examine how executive functions become impaired in a wide range of neurological, neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurogeriatric disorders.
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.
AAPB-published Digital Books Now Available!
In an effort to ensure accessibility and affordability for interested parties from around the world, AAPB's top selling texts are now available for purchase in digital form, readable on computers or other electronic devices only. You may continue to order the physical books, or just the digital version, or BOTH! The books now available in digital format are: Evidence-based Practice in Biofeedback & Neurofeedback - 3rd Edition by Gabriel Tan, PhD, BCB, BCN, Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB, Randall Lyle, PhD,BCN, and Irene Teo; Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings by Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, and Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB; and The Neurofeedback Book - 2nd Edition by Michael Thompson, MD and Lynda Thompson, PhD, BCN. Click here for more information!
AAPB is currently accepting submissions for the 49th Annual Scientific Meeting, April 11-14, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. It is never too early to make plans to present or attend! We hope to see you there.
Save the date -- The ISNR 26h Annual Conference will be October 18 - 21, 2018 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa.
ISNR launched a new social media page - Feed For Thought. This page will act as a discovery engine for all who are interested in human neuroscience, health, well-being, and personal development. Check it out!
*** Free Student Memberships - Contact ISNR now to see if you qualify - email@example.com!
The Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society
October 5 - 7 - 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia
BCIA Exam Sites
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February 2018 Update
BCIA Congratulates Miyang Chung, BCN of Korea
Mrs. Chung has began her clinical career as an occupational therapist at the National Center for Mental Health . She is currently running the Korea Child Neurodevelopment Institute treating children with ASD, ADHD, developmental coordination disorder, Tics, arousal and sleep problems, anxiety, and sensory integration dysfunction over 20 years. She believes that the combination of neurofeedback and the traditional treatments such as sensory integration, speech, and cognitive therapies, will address the problems of children with developmental disorders more effectively. She is continuously researching and learning to improve the quality of neurofeedback.
Javier Elcarte, BCN is the Most Recent Certificant from Spain
Mr. Elcarte is a psychologist, a psychotherapist, and a director and founding member of the Center for the Psychology of Health and Biofeedback VITALIZA. He is the President of the Spanish Society of Bio and Neurofeedback (SEBINE) and is also a member of ISNR. His postgraduate work was in neuropsychology and he is an expert in complex trauma and abuse. Since 1999, he has integrated neurofeedback into his therapeutic intervention where he serves as a clinician, facilitator and EMDR consultant. He has devoted a large part of his professional life to the incorporation of mindfulness or full consciousness into the therapeutic act.
BCIA Welcomes Maria Cristina Cortés-Viniegra, BCN from Spain
Ms. Cortés is a Psychologist and Child and adolescent therapist specializing in psychotraumatology and neurofunctional and sensorimotor development. She is the Director of the children's section in the Center for the Psychology of Health and Biofeedback in Vitaliza and a member of ISNR. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Spanish Society of Bio and Neurofeedback (SEBINE). EMDR has been a large part of her work and since 1999, she has integrated Neurofeedback in her practice. She collaborates as an external psychologist with Social Services foundations that work with children and adolescents.
Congratulations to Park Ji Young, BCN From Korea
Ms. Young is an Occupational Therapist who works at the Korea Child Neurodevelopmental Institute, where she treats children diagnosed with sensory Integration dysfunction, delayed development, autistic spectrum and tic disorders. She uses neurofeedback with the hope of improving the quality of the lives of her clients and their families.
BCIA Welcomes Su Jeong Cheong, BCN from Korea
Ms. Chung is a psychotherapist who has been at a center for AD/HD treating children with learning disabilities and attention disorders using neurofeedback. She a senior researcher at the Brain Science International Association (BSCIA) who has networked with QEEG certification. In the future, she will continue her efforts to learn more about child development and the treatment of disorders. She is proud of her certification and will make every effort to promote BCIA standards in Korea.
Genomary Krigbaum, MA, PsyD, BCB, LP Wins a FABBS Award
The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) awarded Dr. Krigbaum an Early Career Impact Award based on her major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. FABBS is the only coalition of scientific societies focused specifically on promoting the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior in the U.S. AAPB is a member the scientific society of FABBS, supporting advocacy and educational activities before the U.S. Congress and federal science agencies. Dr. Krigbaum works at the Bullhook Community Health Center in Havre, MT and is an affiliate faculty at Grand Canyon University.
Dr. Felipe Medina Quispe, BCN -The first from Peru!
Since 2008 I've been interested in the regulation of brain activity as a method that supports the improvement of the person. I completed Neurofeedback studies in 2015 in Mexico City with Dr. Ma. Dolores Gaxiola and then intensively applied these techniques at the Lampa Hospital I in EsSalud of Puno, the highland region of Perú and in my PsicoVida Office. I continued to apply this technique to people with different mental health problems: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD. Today, I dedicated myself to researching and applying Neurofeedback as part of the process of psychotherapeutic treatment of different mental pathologies and in the personal development of those who require a superior quality of human life.
BCIA Announces Important Changes to the Neurofeedback Certification Program
The Board of Directors consistently reviews the certification programs to ensure that they meet the highest standards in credentialing. We would like to tell you about two important changes.
1. The human anatomy requirement has been updated to Neuroanatomy. This will only impact new applications or those who have not yet taken a course to fulfill that standard. We encourage all those who carry the BCN credential to pursue updated course work in this area as part of their CE requirement for recertification. 2. Special education is no longer included as a degree for clinical certification. Those with a degree or background in special education are encouraged to apply for certification as a technician.
Nature.com Publishes a Landmark Article
A multi-modal parcellation of human cerebral cortex by Glasser et al.
Understanding the amazingly complex human cerebral cortex requires a map (or parcellation) of its major subdivisions, known as cortical areas. Making an accurate areal map has been a century-old objective in neuroscience. Click here for the full text.
Announces an International Fee Structure
This revised fee structure was designed in line with the country groupings as used by the World Psychiatric Association. All fees including certification, recertification, and even webinars offers 4 different fee levels in accordance with the financial realities in each country or region. We know that our field is coming of age worldwide and it is important to be able to offer education, training, and certification more affordably. Read more...
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