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 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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BCIA 2017 Webinar Schedule -
January 20 - Lessons from the Neuroscience of Addiction offered by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB. This webinar is from our Clinical Update Series and is for professionals who treat addiction and compulsive behavior. Despite different pharmacological properties, all drugs of abuse produce common acute and chronic effects on the brains of vulnerable individuals. We will examine the effects of addicting drugs on the mesolimbic dopamine pathway and highlight the different ways that they acutely increase dopamine activity, but chronically decrease responsiveness to reinforcers. Register now!
February 17 - HRV Biofeedback for Post-concussion Syndrome presented by Leah Lagos Wallach, PsyD, BCB.
March 24 - Neurofeedback Mentoring Webinar Reviewing 2 Case Conference Presentations presented by Rob Longo, LPC, BCN.
***All 3 webinars will be offered at 11am Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1pm Central and 2pm Eastern time.
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.
***This is a new way to show what accredited courses and programs may be in your area. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to list your accredited, blueprint-relevant course. Click here to view the calendar!
January highlights include:
January 23 - Stens online HRV Program.
January 27 - AAPB Webinar - Calming The Fear-Driven Brain with Sebern Fisher.
January 28 - 29 - NeuroMeditation Program in Denver, CO.
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
The 2017 AAPB 48th Annual Scientific Meeting, "The Science of Self-Regulation: Established and Emerging Evidence", will be held in Chicago, March 15 - 18 at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Keynotes include Charles Raisson, Daniel Amen, Bessel van der Kolk and many more! Registration is now open!
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!
The 25th Anniversary Conference has been planned for September 21-24, 2017 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Pre-Conference dates are September 18 - 20. Be sure your name is on their mailing list so that you can receive all of the updates!
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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January 2017 Update
Dr. Spyros Christou-Champi - the First BCN from Cyprus
Dr. Christou-Champi holds a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience from The University of Sheffield. Current and past memberships include the British Psychological Society, Division of Neuropsychology; the clinical neuroscience team of the “EROS” research group; and the Center for Applied Neuroscience at the University of Cyprus. He also tutored at the Cyprus University of Technology in Neuroanatomy/Neurophysiology. With extensive experience working with emotion deregulation, stress management, attention and impulsivity, sleep, headaches and migraines, Dr. Christou-Champi is well-positioned to act as the Executive Director of NeuroBlis, a Neurofeedback center operating in Cyprus.
BCIA Proudly Announces Mark Ryan, BCN from Sydney, Australia
Dr. Ryan's work has mostly been in general hospital psychiatry where one quickly realizes the limitations of the DSM and some of the beliefs and practices of mainstream psychiatry. An abiding interest in neuroscience eventually led him to neuromodulation and its applications in clinical practice. Dr. Ryan is now also working in the neuroCare group system with access to the full range of neuromodulation methods. The neurofeedback community in Australia is supportive and helps to facilitate the acceptance and understanding of the modality.
Helena Bester, BCN - Newest Certificant from South Africa
Helena Bester is a remedial and psychological consultant and therapist, a Certified Neurofeedback practitioner and author in private practice in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town in South Africa. Helena specializes in ADHD in both children and adults and has been working with depression, anxiety, seizure disorders, autism, TBI, CVA and many other disorders as well over the last 12 years. She believes with Teresa van Ávila, that “ It is love alone that gives worth to all things”.
BCIA and BCIA-A Welcome Glen Davey, BCN from Australia
Glen Davey is a Psychologist and a BCIA Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner working in private practice in Townsville Queensland. He works primarily with Trauma, PTSD, and Anxiety disorders with civilian, Military, and Emergency Services personnel. Glen has been working in the trauma field for 22 years and has been providing consultant services to the Mater Hospital Trauma Recovery Centre for the past 6 years. He is a current member of the Australian Psychological Society and the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia.
Jennifer Grant, BCN is our Newest Certificant From Australia
Jennifer is a Clinical Psychologist who uses neurofeedback as an adjunct to her clinical therapy services for a range of psychological difficulties as well as for performance enhancement. Jennifer works transdiagnostically and across the lifespan. Based in an integrative medical practice, Jennifer is acutely aware of the synergies between neurofeedback (for the brain), biochemistry (for the body) and good psychological therapy (for the mind). Jennifer is passionate about using these synergies to help people create a more vital, rich, full and meaningful life.
Earn CE at this Free Seminar
Bessel van der Kolk, MD will be offering a free seminar "Rewiring the Brain". Click here for more information.
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.
BCIA is a Co-Sponsor of the 19th BFE Meeting, April 24 - 29
BCIA is proud to announce the upcoming meeting in Aveiro, Portugal. The list of presenters includes Lynda and Michael Thompson, Leah Lagos, Inna Khazan, Fred Shaffer, Don Moss, David Arroyo, and so many more! There will be 3 BCIA programs including: a 5-day Neurofeedback, a 5-day Biofeedback, and a 2-day HRV. Visit this link often to see as the program continues to grow. Early registration fees are available and as well, there will be a discount for BCIA certificants!
The 2017 ANSA National Conference will be held August 24-29 in Canberra
Neurofeedback researchers and practitioners, and other professionals interested in applied neuroscience, are cordially invited to the annual workshops and conference of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia. The keynote addresses include Dirk de Ridder, Jay Gunkelman and Fred Shaffer.
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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