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...
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BCIA Professional Standards/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.
March 21 - Clinical Update Series: Strategies to Increase the Effectiveness of HRV Biofeedback, presented by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB. This webinar will help you assess your clients’ HRV performance, incorporate Kubios HRV analysis software into your practice, and develop impactful exercises to reinforce training in your clinic. Register now!
May 18 - Biofeedback Mentoring Webinar - Biofeedback for Stress Management: Chronic Pain and Anxiety, presented by Saul Rosenthal, PhD, BCB. More information to come.
August 31 - Clinical Update Series: Applied HRV Data Interpretation for the Clinician, presented by Jay Ginsberg, PhD. More information to come.
September 21 - Sport Psych Meets Biofeedback: "Old School" Techniques made Better with Modern HRV, presented by Tim Herzog, MS, EdD, LCPC, CMPC, BCB.
October 5 - How do You Know if it's ADHD? presented by VInce Monastra, PhD, BCN.
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2018 CE Calendar
March 24 - Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD ABPP of the Luria Institute. Executive functions represent the highest level of cognitive control and involve goal formation, planning, mental flexibility, impulse control, working memory. Executive functions are mediated by the prefrontal cortex and related structures. In this webinar we will examine their cognitive composition, neural mechanisms, changes throughout the lifespan, and gender differences. We will also examine how executive functions become impaired in a wide range of neurological, neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurogeriatric disorders.
April 14 - Dementias presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD ABPP of the Luria Institute.
Dementias are among the most prevalent neurocognitive disorders presenting a unique set of clinical and societal challenges. In this webinar we will review several major types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia and its relationship to Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, and others. For each of these disorders we will discuss the underlying neurobiology, epidemiology, natural history, diagnosis, and cognitive characteristics. We will also discuss cognitive aging, as well as both protective and risk factors associated with it.
April 27 - Traumatic Brain Injury presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD ABPP of the Luria Institute.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a highly prevalent condition sometimes referred to as a “silent epidemic.” In this webinar we will review various types of TBI (closed, open, blast); various causes and unique characteristics of motor vehicle accidents, workplace-related, military and sports TBI; various mechanisms of TBI (diffuse axonal injury, contre-coup, neurometabolic cascade); cognitive characteristics (particularly executive and memory impairment); recovery from TBI and long-term outcomes; and forensic issues commonly associated with TBI.
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.
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!
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.
Save the date -- The ISNR 26h Annual Conference will be October 18 - 21, 2018 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa.
ISNR launched a new social media page - Feed For Thought. This page will act as a discovery engine for all who are interested in human neuroscience, health, well-being, and personal development. Check it out!
*** Free Student Memberships - Contact ISNR now to see if you qualify - email@example.com!
The Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society Spring Conference
May 5 - Loyola University Columbia, MD
The Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society
October 5 - 7 - 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia
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March 2018 Update
BCIA and BCIA-A Congratulate Kerryn Coombe, BCN from Australia
Ms. Kerryn Coombe is a Clinical Social Worker, Buddhist Psychotherapist, and Registered Nurse of over 30 years with a sound background in Mental Health. She currently works in private practice with a focus on ADHD, PTSD, anxiety and depression across all age groups. Neurofeedback has been complementary to Buddhist psychotherapy: integrating neurofeedback into therapy has resulted in a calmer and more responsive brain paving the way for mind training such as meditation, mindfulness and insight. Kerryn also has a special interest in chronic pain management and was an Australian representative on the IASP Committee for the development of the (International) Social Workers curriculum. She is currently exploring the role of neurofeedback in the management of chronic pain, specifically fibromyalgia.
Jeanine Jansen from the Netherlands Earns Her BCN
Ms. Jansen is a psychologist with ten years of experience in the field of QEEG and neurofeedback and believes strongly in the power of neuroplasticity. She is a child and youth psychologist specialized in Clinical neuropsychology and works at the Eindhovens Psychological Institute. She has been training people with mild TBI, epilepsy, ADHD, sleep problems, depression, and other issues. Ms. Jansen is a member of the Dutch Institute of Psychologists (NIP). She has years of experience in reading the raw EEG and QEEG, neurofeedback, and psychopharmacology, advising doctors and psychiatrists to support their medical treatment decisions. She has also guided new neurofeedback practices and taught them the basics of the field.
BCIA Congratulates Miyang Chung, BCN of Korea
Mrs. Chung has began her clinical career as an occupational therapist at the National Center for Mental Health . She is currently running the Korea Child Neurodevelopment Institute treating children with ASD, ADHD, developmental coordination disorder, Tics, arousal and sleep problems, anxiety, and sensory integration dysfunction over 20 years. She believes that the combination of neurofeedback and the traditional treatments such as sensory integration, speech, and cognitive therapies, will address the problems of children with developmental disorders more effectively. She is continuously researching and learning to improve the quality of neurofeedback.
Javier Elcarte, BCN is the Most Recent Certificant from Spain
Mr. Elcarte is a psychologist, a psychotherapist, and a director and founding member of the Center for the Psychology of Health and Biofeedback VITALIZA. He is the President of the Spanish Society of Bio and Neurofeedback (SEBINE) and is also a member of ISNR. His postgraduate work was in neuropsychology and he is an expert in complex trauma and abuse. Since 1999, he has integrated neurofeedback into his therapeutic intervention where he serves as a clinician, facilitator and EMDR consultant. He has devoted a large part of his professional life to the incorporation of mindfulness or full consciousness into the therapeutic act.
BCIA Welcomes Maria Cristina Cortés-Viniegra, BCN from Spain
Ms. Cortés is a Psychologist and Child and adolescent therapist specializing in psychotraumatology and neurofunctional and sensorimotor development. She is the Director of the children's section in the Center for the Psychology of Health and Biofeedback in Vitaliza and a member of ISNR. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Spanish Society of Bio and Neurofeedback (SEBINE). EMDR has been a large part of her work and since 1999, she has integrated Neurofeedback in her practice. She collaborates as an external psychologist with Social Services foundations that work with children and adolescents.
Congratulations to Park Ji Young, BCN From Korea
Ms. Young is an Occupational Therapist who works at the Korea Child Neurodevelopmental Institute, where she treats children diagnosed with sensory Integration dysfunction, delayed development, autistic spectrum and tic disorders. She uses neurofeedback with the hope of improving the quality of the lives of her clients and their families.
BCIA Welcomes Su Jeong Cheong, BCN from Korea
Ms. Chung is a psychotherapist who has been at a center for AD/HD treating children with learning disabilities and attention disorders using neurofeedback. She a senior researcher at the Brain Science International Association (BSCIA) who has networked with QEEG certification. In the future, she will continue her efforts to learn more about child development and the treatment of disorders. She is proud of her certification and will make every effort to promote BCIA standards in Korea.
Genomary Krigbaum, MA, PsyD, BCB, LP Wins a FABBS Award
The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) awarded Dr. Krigbaum an Early Career Impact Award based on her major research contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. FABBS is the only coalition of scientific societies focused specifically on promoting the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior in the U.S. AAPB is a member the scientific society of FABBS, supporting advocacy and educational activities before the U.S. Congress and federal science agencies. Dr. Krigbaum works at the Bullhook Community Health Center in Havre, MT and is an affiliate faculty at Grand Canyon 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.
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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