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!
August 28, 12: 00 noon MT: BCIA Neurofeedback Mentoring Webinar Clinical Issues Involved in Alpha-Theta Training, presented by Genie B. Davis, PhD, BCN and Richard Davis, LPC, BCN. Attendees will learn to identify key research studies on alpha-theta, describe the basic steps of the Peniston Protocol and its more recent modifications, select appropriate applications for alpha-theta training as well as possible contraindications, and describe methods for anticipating and handling emotional abreactions. Register now!
September 29, 12:00 noon MT: BCIA Mentoring Webinar Using Neurofeedback Applications With Athletes presented by Leslie Sherlin, PhD, BCB, BCN. Register now!
November 6, 12:00 noon MT: BCIA Mentoring Webinar Successful Neurofeedback Treatment of Severe and Suicidal Depression presented by Dennis Romig, PhD, BCN. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
December 3, 12:00 noon MT: BCIA Mentoring Webinar on headaches presented by Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
August 13: AAPB webinar entitled "Stress, A Modern Epidemic" presented by Patrick Steffen, PhD, BCB. Register now!
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. Treating Head Injuries and Concussions and other topics in psychotherapy ethics and social media will be featured.
September 19 - 20: The Biofeedback Society of Florida will offer their Fall program: "Exploring the Capabilities of Digital Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Instrumentation: Integrating Hardware, Software, and Clinical Skills for Improved Efficacy" in Orlando. Register here!
September 19 - 20: Applied Neuroscience, Inc. will offer Clinical Applications of the EEG: A practical and hands on approach. The workshop will be offered at North Redington Beach, Florida.
September 25: AAPB webinar "How to Increase the Impact of HRV Biofeedback Training", presented by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB. Register Now!
October 12 - 18: ISNR 23rd Annual Conference at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.
October 15 - 17: Marquette University will offer Behavioral and Rehabilitation Treatment of Bowel Disorders - An Advanced Course. A BCIA exam will follow on October 18.
November 6 - 8: The Biofeedback Society of California will present their 41st Annual Conferene in Costg Mes, CA. Read more....
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.
November 12 - 14: Marquette University will offer Sexual Health & Pelvic Pain Floor Clinicians.
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
International Educational Opportunities
August 21 - 25: Adelaide, South Australia - The Applied Neuroscience Society of Australia will hold their Annual Conference. BCIA is the Bronze sponsor!
September 25 - 26 - 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.
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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August 2015 Update
Melanie O'Neill - Winner of the 1st Celeste de Bease Scholarship
BCIA is pleased to award this scholarship to pay all
customary neurofeedback certification fees. Dr. O'Neill
completed her doctoral work and her initial
certification in biofeedback at Widener University
where she specialized in neuropsychology.
She is currently completing a post-doc fellowship at the Neuroscience & Surgery Institute of Delaware. As an active researcher of neurodegenerative disease and an advocate of biofeedback, Dr. O'Neill is dedicated to furthering clinical understanding of neurological disease management and rehabilitation. Congratulations Dr. O'Neill!
Did you know?
- BCIA has a Job Board where prospective positions are placed? Make sure you check it out!
- BCIA has added new webinar dates, speakers, and topics to our 2015 schedule? Look on the left column of this homepage under BCIA News.
- BCIA has recently updated the Professional Standards & Ethical Principles of Biofeedback and you can now earn CE credits for reading the document and completing an exam?
- AAPB recently published an article on Infection Risk Mitigation for Biofeedback Providers by Dave Hagedorn, PhD, BCN. There is an exam for CE credit associated with this article as well!
- There are now BCIA certificants in 32 countries?
BCIA and BCIA-A Welcome Dr. Phil Watts from Australia
Phil Watts, PhD, BCN is an adjunct associate
professor in clinical psychology and a forensic
psychologist in private practice in Perth, Western
Australia. He has 25 years’ experience as
a psychologist and recently has added
neurotherapy to his skill base.
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...
BCIA Awards 6 Francine Butler Scholarships
BCIA is proud to announce the 2015 winners of the Francine Butler Scholarship. 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!
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...
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!
AAPB's 47th Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Seattle, WA on March 9 - 12, 2016.
The Call for Exhibits and Conference Registration is now open for the 23rd Annual Conference - October 15 - 18, 2015 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, with Pre-Conference Workshops on October 12 - 14, 2015. The BCIA exam will be offered
ISNR now offers webinars to cover the didactic requirement for neurofeedback certification through their new online ISNR University.
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