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).
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!
December 3, 12:00 noon MT: BCIA Mentoring Webinar on headaches presented by Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB. This webinar will present two cases where mindfulness and acceptance skills were combined with biofeedback. First case will focus on a patient with tension headache, who initially had little benefit from biofeedback alone, but improved significantly with the addition of mindfulness and acceptance based skills. Second case will focus on a patient with migraine headache, where mindfulness and acceptance based biofeedback was utilized from the start. Register Now!
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
International Educational Opportunities
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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November 2015 Update
BCIA Announces Shanda Stevens as the 2015 Genie B Davis Scholarship Winner!
Shanda is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental
Health Counseling program at the University of
Texas at San Antonio under the supervision of
Dr. Mark Jones, DMin, LPC, LMFT, BCN.
She has completed the introductory and the advanced neurofeedback courses and was instrumental, along with Michael Russo, in starting “Students of ISNR,” believed to be the first group of its kind. Shanda works with other advanced students in providing neurofeedback treatment to members of the community through the Sarabia Family Counseling Center--an on campus training center as part of the Counseling Department.
The Field Loses a Giant - Michael McKee, PhD,
Our condolences go out to the family and friends
of Dr. Michael McKee of the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. McKee was originally certified in 1982 and enjoyed a long career in biofeedback focused on stress-related disorders and the promotion of health and performance. The internet holds many references to his work including "Heal Yourself with Generosity" and "Willpower: How to Say No to Temptation." Read more....
New 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!
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!
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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