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 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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Upcoming webinars include:
May 6: Ethics, Part 2 by Don Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN
These sessions will review legal and ethical responsibilities of biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners. Biofeedback professionals are governed in clinical practice by state regulations under the relevant licensing act, professional codes of ethics for his or her home profession, and the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback (8th rev., January 2016) of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). These workshops will provide an overview of medical ethics, a discussion of the ethical standards of the American Psychological Association, and a review of the most recent AAPB/BCIA Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback. Violation of such guidelines, even when unintended, invites the risk of lawsuit, criminal prosecution, financial penalties, loss of licensure, and expensive and stressful legal and administrative reviews. Registration for each one is separate; however, completion of both Part 1 and Part 2 will satisfy the 3 hours of ethics CE as required for recertification. Register now!
May 20: Mentoring Webinar: Successful Neurofeedback Treatment of Post Concussion Syndrome and Other Head Injuries by Dennis Romig, PhD, BCN.
Almost 90% of concussions and serious head injuries do not result in loss of consciousness. The intermediate and long term consequences of head injuries, however, are detrimental to work, family and mental performance. The results of the successful neurofeedback treatment of 30 clients of various ages with post-concussion syndrome will be presented. Practical recommendations for the assessment and treatment of head injury clients will be illustrated with two case studies. Questions will be addressed at the conclusion. Register now!
June 22: How to Increase the Effectiveness of Your HRV Biofeedback Practice by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB. More information to come....
July 7: The BCIA-Mexico will be offering a webinar all in Spanish entitled "Neurofeedback benefits in Epilepsy, Beyond Seizures" presented by Dr. Diana Martinez or in Spanish it will be: "Beneficios de Neurofeedback en Epilepsia, más allá de las convulsiones". We are very excited about this collaboration. More information to come!
2016 Meetings and Courses
May 13: How To Increase the Impact of HRV Biofeedback presented by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB, offered in Montreal, Canada.
June 8 - 12: The BFE European Conference on Neurotherapies will be hosted in Madrid, Spain.
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.
The annual conference in Seattle was well attended. Make plans to attend next year's meeting in Chicago, March 15 - 18, 2017.
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!
Make plans to attend the 24th Annual Meeting in Orlando, September 9 - 15.
ISNR now offers webinars to cover the didactic requirement for neurofeedback certification through their new online ISNR University.
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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April 2016 Update
BCIA Welcomes Eun Young Chae, BCN from South Korea
South Korea is now the largest emerging group of international BCN certificants and we are proud to welcome Eun Young Chae. She has worked predominantly using counseling and play therapy with children and young adults diagnosed with developmental and emotional problems for 15 years. Her goal is to conduct research using neurofeedback with children with emotional and behavioral problems, ADHD, and learning disabilities. We look forward to learning more about her work.
BCIA Ethics/Professional Conduct
Professional conduct is taught as part of every didactic program and is required to complete the continuing education for all recertifications. Most health care professionals take ethics course work as part of their professional development. If you have taken 3 hours of accredited ethics as offered through your professional organization during your 4-year certification cyle, you may count it toward your CE requirement. Many people recognize how important this work is to their career and the safety of their patients and clients. BCIA is offering a 2-part Ethics webinar presented by Dr. Don Moss. Part 1 will be offered on April 29 and Part 2 will be offered on May 6. Each are 1.5 hours and together will complete the recertification requirement. Read more.....
BCIA Announces the 2016 Francine Butler Scholarship Winners
The winners of the 2016 Francine Butler Scholarship were announced at the 47th Annual Conference in Seattle. The award provides all customary certification fees and is conferred upon students pursuing an advanced health care degree who have taken their didactic training at a regionally accredited academic institution. The winners from left to right are: Ashlie Bell and Hayuta Cohen from Saybrook University. Diego Garcia Rodriguez and Amanda Donnelly were selected for this award from the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant University.
Congratulations to this next group of biofeedback professionals!
BCIA Welcomes MoonSun Koo, BCN from South Korea
BCIA is proud to welcome Moon Sun Koo after her 13 year journey to learn about neurofeedback. Earlier in her career she worked in the psychiatry department of Samsung Medical Center using both biofeedback and neurofeedback. In the future, she would like to pursue research and further study in peak performance and to learn more about HRV.
BCIA is Proud to Announce Wanju Park, PhD, BCN, - the 3rd from South Korea
Professor Wanju Park, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea, is certified in neurofeedback and has a practice at the University Hospital with experience in various hospital settings. She also runs the Community Mental Health Center as a director in Korea for those suffering from PTSD, trauma, ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. Dr. Park also has a research focus on ADHD, cultural resilience, and mind-body strategies for health. Currently she is a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for research about PTSD and Neurofeedback to work with trauma.
Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in the News
If you see a good article posted in an online publication, why not write in and add your 2 cents!
March: Positive Feedback: From old-school heart monitors to realtime fMRI, biofeedback offers a range of tools of interest to psychologists, March 2016 Monitor on Psychology, APA.
February 19: Brain Hacking: The Mind's Biology by Amy Ellis Nutt.
January 18: Brain Training for Anxiety, Depression and Other Mental Conditions by Andrea Petersen as published in the Wall Street Journal
Open Access Article!
BCIA is pleased to let you know that we have a new article for you: SciForschen -Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology - Volume 1.1: Z-score LORETA Neurofeedback as a Potential Therapy for Patients with Seizures and Refractory Epilepsy, J. Lucas Koberda, Lauren C. Frey. If you would like to earn 1 hour of accredited CE, please click here to access the exam. We look forward to bringing you more articles in this easy access format!
International Educational Opportunities
November 19 - 20 - Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA) Annual Conference in Sydney - "Neuroregulation: Trauma to Triumph"
Danielle Matto and Eveline Kempenaar have launched some exciting new CE opportunities for those in the Netherlands. Please visit their website for more information.
The Biofeedback Federation of Europe will host their European Conference on Neurotherapies in Madrid, Spain,
June 8 - 12. Courses are approved by BCIA to offer CE for recertification.
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...
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...
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