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. Missed a BCIA webinar? Click here to purchase a recording!
February 18 at noon mountain time: BCIA webinar from the Clinical Update Series: Remote Training: Considerations and Caveats. In this 90-minute clinical update, Leslie Sherlin, PhD, BCB, BCN will present the background to date in the academic literature on instances of out of office neurofeedback/biofeedback training. He will elaborate on suitable client identification for remote training, considerations of monitoring and outcomes of both illustrative cases and group data analysis of his experiences of success and failure having conducted now in excess of 20,000 remote sessions. Potential risks and additional obligations of remote training will be included in the presentation. Read more...
February 26 at noon mountain time: BCIA Webinar from the Clinical Update Series: Heart Rate Variability Coherence and PTSD, will be presented by Dr. Jay Ginsberg of the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. There has been much scientific literature published in recent years on "HRV Coherence", (e.g. the 0.1 Hz peak or vagal tone). We now understand that the central mechanisms of coherence include baroreflex resonance and vagal afference. It is now known that HRV is diminished in PTSD, disrupting normal autonomic cardiac adjustments and impairing cognitive appraisal of environmental information. This webinar will present research data showing that HRV Biofeedback produces HRV Coherence and leads to improvement in self-regulation and PTSD symptom reduction. Read more....
March 23: BCIA Webinar from the Clinical Update Series: Understanding ADHD: Clinical Implications of Neurofeedback, Sleep and QEEG presented by Martijn Arns, PhD, BCN. This is our first webinar to feature an international speaker and we are delighted to have him on our schedule! Recent insights suggest an etiological contribution of sleep disorders in sub-groups of ADHD patients, specifically sleep-onset insomnia (1). Chronobiological treatments, such as melatonin and morning bright light, have demonstrated clinical effects in ADHD and we recently demonstrated an association between the worldwide prevalence of ADHD and solar intensity (2), as a further indication for the role of circadian dysregulation and sleep in the etiology of ADHD. Read more....!
Upcoming webinars include:
April 29: Ethics, Part 1 by Don Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN
May 6: Ethics, Part 2 by Don Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN
June 22: How to Increase the Effectiveness of Your HRV Biofeedback Practice by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB
2016 Meetings and Courses
February 10: AAPB webinar: Lessons from the Neuroscience of Addiction presented by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB.
February 25: AAPB Webinar: Diagnosis and Treatment of Migraine presented by Steve Baskin, PhD, MP.
March 9 - 12: AAPB 47th Annual Scientific Conference: Beyond the Self in Self-Regulation in Seattle, WA.
March 30: AAPB webinar: NeuroField pEMF Fundamentals presented by Nick Dogris, PhD, BCN.
April 16 - 17: Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine's Spring 2016 Conference at Loyola University, Columbia, MD - Developmental Trauma, Childhood Disorders, PTSD, Torture Victims, and 21st Century Tools for Successful Intervention.
April 29 - May 1: Advanced LORETA Neurofeedback Workshop with Joel Lubar, PhD, BCN and Operational Integrative and Complementary Psychiatry (Functional Psychiatry) Workshop with Deborah Simkin, MD, DFAACAP, Diplomat ABIHM, BCN.
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.
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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February 2016 Update
First BCIA Certification Exam Site in Seoul, South Korea
We are pleased to announce that there are more than 20 approved applicants who will sit for the Neurofeedback Certification Exam in Seoul, South Korea on February 14. Following the presentation of a didactic course, Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson will present to a group of psychiatrists and psychiatric residents on February 15. This is very exciting for our field.
Debbie Callif, OTR, BCB-PMD Elected to the Board of The International Pelvic Pain Society
The International Pelvic Pain Society was established in 1996 with two primary objectives: to educate health care professionals how to diagnose and manage chronic pelvic pain, thereby changing the lives of patients worldwide; and to bring hope to men and women who suffer from chronic pelvic pain by significantly raising public awareness and impacting individual lives. Debbie also serves on the BCIA Board of Directors and runs a busy practice in Mequon, WI. Congratulations Debbie!
Congratulations to Naomi Wolfman - the First BCB-PMD in Canada!
BCIA is proud to introduce Naomi Wolfman who shows a deep commitment to bettering people’s lives through a pelvic floor enhancement program. Her nurse-led private practice in Vancouver advocates the preservation of continence and management of incontinence, assisting men, women and children to prevent and decrease bladder symptoms and take back control over their pelvic floor function.
Congratulations to Paul Jakob Walstad from Norway
BCIA is proud to welcome our second certificant from Norway. Paul Jakob Walstad, PhD, BCN is a clinical neuropsychologist with experience in various hospital settings. He is currently using neurofeedback to work with traumatic brain injuries and rehabilitation. His experience is in cognitive disabilities, autism, and depression.
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!
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
April 13 - 14 - NeuroCare and the Neurofeedback and Psychology Interest Group of the Australian Psychological Society, proudly present "Introduction and New Advances in Non-Pharmacological Treatments and Personalized Medicine for ADHD and Depression - Focus on rTMS and Neurofeedbck" in Sydney presented by Prof. Paul Fitzgerald, Prof. Florian Zepf, Tilman Gaber, MSc, Dr. Donna Palmer, and Dr. Martijn Arns, BCN.
November 19 - 20 - Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA) Annual Conference in Sydney - "Neuroregulation: Trauma to Triumph"
February 10 - 14 - Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson will teach the neurofeedback didactics hosted by Watson Choi with the exam to follow on Sunday, February 14. Only pre-approved applicants who can validate a license/credential for independent practice may apply.
February 15 - Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson will be present a workshop "Why Patients Improve with Neurofeedback plus Heart Rate Variability Training" to Korean Psychiatrists and Psychiatric residents. This workshop is hosted by Dr. Seung-Hwan Lee, MD, PhD of the Inje University College of Medicine.
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 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...
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 ISNR meeting in Denver was a huge success. Make plans to join them again in Orlando in September, 2016.
ISNR now offers webinars to cover the didactic requirement for neurofeedback certification through their new online ISNR University.
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