The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) was created in 1981 as the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, with the primary mission to certify individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively re-certify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. To reflect our global identity, we adopted this new name in March, 2010. BCIA is an autonomous nonprofit corporation whose policies and procedures are set by an independent board of directors, comprised of a rotating group of distinguished clinicians, researchers, and educators.
Board certification is the mark of distinction for providers of biofeedback and neurofeedback services and establishes that the individual has met entry-level education and training requirements. However, BCIA certification is not a substitute for a valid license or other credential to legally practice one's profession as regulated by health care practices in your country.
International Applicants - License Required
All international applicants for BCIA certification programs, outside of the US and Canada, must carry a valid government-issued license/credential that regulates clinical health care practice. Until such time as a country or region forms a professional organization who becomes a formal BCIA affiliate (e.g., Australia and Mexico) and takes on the task of reviewing prerequisite education and other requirements for certification, this rule will be in place.
At this time, BCIA is an “English only” organization. We currently only offer our exams and reading sources in English. However, we are exploring options for translating our exams into other languages based on demand. Should a group of applicants from another country formally express their wish to certify and can demonstrate the need for a translated exam, BCIA would work toward fulfilling this request
BCIA offers certification for both entry-level and advanced health care professionals in Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback – clinical only at this time. Until such time as a country or region forms a BCIA affiliate organization (a la Australia), then BCIA will require all applicants for certification who reside outside the US or Canada to demonstrate that they have a valid license/credential to practice in a BCIA-approved health profession in the country where they reside."
BCIA has certified providers in 32 countries – please visit Find a Practitioner to locate Board certified professionals in your area. BCIA is committed to working with biofeedback and neurofeedback organizations worldwide to be able to tailor our educational prerequisites to fit the health care realities of your region through our affiliate program.
HRV Biofeedback Certificate
BCIA launched its first ever certificate program. A certificate of completion demonstrates that an applicant has successfully completed an approved and standardized didactic workshop based on fundamental science that meets rigorous academic standards. Following a needs assessment, BCIA concluded that an HRV certificate of completion would better promote BCIA’s educational mission than a new certification. A certificate could increase the rigor of didactic programs teaching HRV biofeedback and enhance the expertise of academics, technicians, performance specialists, and licensed health care professionals who utilize HRV biofeedback. There are no educational nor professional credential pre-requisites. The HRV Certificate program is open to all who have completed the 15 hours of didactic education taken from a BCIA-accredited training program and who have documented 3 hours of ethics/professional conduct course work. Approved applicants may then take an online exam to receive their certificate. Certificate holders are not required to do further CE nor are their names listed on the Find a Practitioner search portion of our website. Please read more about it!
BCIA’s Affiliate Program was developed in recognition of the fact that cultural and regulatory differences in other countries impact the adoption of international standards for biofeedback training, continuing education, and board certification. The BCIA Board Certification program was built and anchored in the United States, and drafted in accordance with US health care standards. These standards, while fundamentally sound, may not always seamlessly fit with health care models in other countries. The affiliate program provides an opportunity for partnership between BCIA and a professional biofeedback or neurofeedback organization outside of the United States and Canada, allowing the two organizations to collaborate on the development of standards and requirements that make sense for a particular country, while upholding educational and training rigor. The affiliate organization must endorse and comply with the foundational principles of BCIA, and its training and certification program may not be specific to a particular brand of equipment or theory. Read more...
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 http://www.smbn.org.mx. 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...
This was recently published in the Neuroconnections magazine:
The Mexican Society for Bio and Neurofeedback (SMBN) second meeting was held in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)’s Cultural and Academic Center in Queretaro, last year. The Institute of Neurobiology of this recognized mexican University (one of the top 10 Latin American universities), hosted the meeting. That was a great achievement for our Society considering that it allowed to raise neurofeedback and QEEG awareness among national neuroscientists. Thanks to our international invited speakers:
Barry Sterman, Erik Peper, Lynda and Michael Thompson, Robert Thatcher, Robert Turner, Johanne Levesque, Leon Morales Quezada and Diana Martinez, and the national faculty, it truly was a memorable learning experience.
As Society we feel very grateful for ISNR and BCIA support. Mexican members obtain the benefits of becoming institutional members of ISNR. More recently, BCIA-Mexico was founded representing a joint effort that will simplify the certification process in bio and neurofeedback for mexican clinicians who meet all the requirements.
Lastly, one of our priorities is to develop a one year university postgraduate course in applied neuroscience in which, the theoretical and practical foundations of evidence based neurofeedback will be taught comprenhensively.
We are pleased to announce that The BCIA-Mexico will be offered our first ever webinar in Spanish. "Beneficios de Neurofeedback en Epilepsia, más allá de las convulsiones" presented by Diana Martinez, MD, MSc, BCN. Stay tuned for more webinars!
BCIA-A - Biofeedback Certification International Alliance – Australia!
In 2010, the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA) agreed to the development of an independent body whose role would be to develop and oversee standards for certification within Australasia. It was also agreed that this new organization would be affiliated with The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. In 2011, Biofeedback Certification International Alliance – Australia Inc (BCIA-A) was first registered in Australia and a Committee was formed. BCIA-A has an affiliate relationship with BCIA.
The Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia is holding their annual conference November 19 - 20 in Sydney. Please click here to see a copy of the ANSA Conference Newsletter.
The Canadian Psychological Association and EEG Biofeedback
Altholl Malcolm, PhD, RPsych, BCN, BCB, QEEG Diplomate
John Davis, PhD, CPsych, BCN, ABPP/CBP
Last year's Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Convention was unique in that there were presentations on EEG biofeedback (Neurofeedback) research conducted at Western University in Ontario. The presenters were psychologist Dr. Paul Frewwen and graduate student Teddy Chow. They are part of a team that includes psychiatrist Dr. Ruth Lanius. Also, Dr. Lanius's brother, Ulrich Lanius, a psychologist in Vancouver, presented on the LENS system. These presentations prompted further contact with the Canadian Psychological Association with a view to forming a new section within the CPA. We received enthusiastic support, and very quickly had the 25 CPA members required to create the section. I was greatly assisted by Dr. John Davis of Grimsby Ontario, a previous International Board Member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR). With his help, it took less than a month to get the Section up and running. Thus, the CPA now has this new Section entitled "Quantitative Electrophysiology. Read more.....
The Japan Clinical Neurofeedback Association was registered in Tokyo on September 25. The main aims of the organization are to support and promote the efficacy of neurofeedback in Japan, provide information to the public, hold seminars and case conferences for therapists, and to set guidelines of practice based on standards that would be equivalent to BCIA.
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