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.
Missed a BCIA webinar? Click here to purchase a recording!
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.
Fall CE Activities
November 28 - The Luria Science Institute presents: Creativity and the Brain, presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP. For more information or to register, please enjoy this brochure.
State/Regional Biofeedback Society Meetings
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
December 8 - AAPB Webinar - Evidence for the Effectiveness of Biofeedback in Cardiovascular Disease, presented by Christine Moravec, PhD.
AAPB is currently accepting submissions for the 49th Annual Scientific Meeting, April 11-14, 2018, in Orlando, Florida. It is never too early to make plans to present or attend! We hope to see you there.
AAPB has recently released new publications in digital format!- 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!
Save the date -- The ISNR 26h Annual Conference will be October 18 - 21, 2018 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa.
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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November 2017 Update
BCIA and BCIA-Australia Welcome Nia Barnes, BCN
Nia Barnes is a psychologist working in Cairns, Far North Queensland. She has a small but busy private practice where she sees a range of clients from children with neurodevelopmental disorders to adults with complex PTSD, TBI, mood disorders, and post viral syndrome. Talk of the great results achieved through neurofeedback at Nia’s practice has resulted in an increase of referrals made by GPs and Psychiatrists and she is enjoying the complexity of the conditions that these referrals bring.
Reubén Pérez-Elvira From Spain Earns His BCN
Mr. Pérez-Elvira, of Mirabel, Extremadura (Spain), is a clinical neuropsychologist. He studied in Salamanca and Pablo de Olavide Universities. He is the CEO of NEPSA Rehabilitación Neurológica, Neuro-Rehabilitations Centers, that are specialized neurorehabilitation clinics, and a provider of QEEG-based Neurofeedback. In his clinic, they treat neurological and psychiatric patients with a wide variety of conditions. He is also the research representative of IFEN (Institut For EEG-Neurofeedback, Munich). He is one among the first three people obtaining the BCIA certification in Neurofeedback in Spain.
BCIA Welcomes Dr. Adrian Gaitan, BCN from Spain
Adrian Gaitán is the first provider of Neurofeedback in the Cádiz area (South of Spain) in his psychology practice "Clinica Gaitán". In his clinic he has been providing services for children with attention disorder and hyperactivity and learning disabilities, as well as for adults with mood and anxiety disorders or migraine. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who discovered that neurofeedback is a great addition to his clinical tools and keeps engaged in continuous learning and perfection of his knowledge and skills. Now, he is one of the few BCIA Certified Neurofeedback providers in Spain, after a long journey of study, practice and mentoring of several years.
The Genie B. Davis Scholarship Class of 2017
BCIA is proud to announce the winners of the scholarship that awards payment of all customary BCIA certification fees to students who took their neurofeedback didactics at a university and who show great promise to the field. Heather Hitsman (left) and Laurel Cook (right), are pictured with Dr. Davis. Both were recommended by Dr. Mark Jones from the University of Texas, San Antonio. The awards were presented at the recent Biofeedback Society of Texas Meeting. Winners not in attendance include: Marilyn Caylor from UTSA and Ashlie Bell, recommended by Don Moss from Saybrook University.
BCIA Announces Important Changes to the Neurofeedback Certification Program
The Board of Directors consistently reviews the certification programs to ensure that they meet the highest standards in credentialing. We would like to tell you about two important changes.
1. The human anatomy requirement has been updated to Neuroanatomy. This will only impact new applications or those who have not yet taken a course to fulfill that standard. We encourage all those who carry the BCN credential to pursue updated course work in this area as part of their CE requirement for recertification. 2. Special education is no longer included as a degree for clinical certification. Those with a degree or background in special education are encouraged to apply for certification as a technician.
State/Regional Meetings - check out the schedules!
You may be surprised to see the list of state/regional biofeedback society meetings in your area. Some of the speakers are the same as you'd expect to see at either the AAPB or ISNR annual conferences. These meetings are a great value and a wonderful way to network with other professionals and update your skills!
AAPB-published Digital Books Now Available!
In an effort to ensure accessibility and affordability for interested parties from around the world, AAPB's top selling texts are now available for purchase in digital form, readable on computers or other electronic devices only. You may continue to order the physical books, or just the digital version, or BOTH! The books now available in digital format are: Evidence-based Practice in Biofeedback & Neurofeedback - 3rd Edition by Gabriel Tan, PhD, BCB, BCN, Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB, Randall Lyle, PhD,BCN, and Irene Teo; Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings by Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, and Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB; and The Neurofeedback Book - 2nd Edition by Michael Thompson, MD and Lynda Thompson, PhD, BCN. Click here for more information!
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.
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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