Mentoring for Biofeedback Certification



The process of mentoring involves a relationship between a mentor and candidate that promotes the development of skills, knowledge, responsibility, and ethical standards in the practice of biofeedback.

BCIA has adopted Mentoring Guidelines to provide a framework for this process. These guidelines include contact hours to be spent with a mentor to review personal training, case conference presentations, and patient/client sessions. Both the mentor and the BCIA biofeedback certification candidate should be familiar with these guidelines.

Mentoring involves the completion of 20 contact hours, 2 of those hours must be face-to-face, with your mentor(s) to review:

  • 10 sessions of personal biofeedback training sessions
  • 50 patient/client sessions (10 each of EMG, Thermal, and GSR = 30 sessions) with the remaining 20 sessions any combination of those skills and can include HRV and/or Neurofeedback
  • 10 case conference presentations

Locating a mentor who is a good match for your career goals is very important.  You may use more than one mentor, keeping good records to ensure that you are logging the experience accurately in terms of contact hours used to review the personal training sessions, patient/client sessions, and case conferences.    

Prior to starting clinical training, BCIA:

You and your mentor may wish to use the sample Mentor Agreement Letter, Sample Mentoring Log Book, and Practical Skills List as tools to develop a good training plan. 

Please keep good track of the time you spent with your mentor as you complete the requirements using this Mentoring Log Sheet.

Review the Mentoring FAQs for further information.

Non-BCIA Certified Mentors

To be eligible to serve as a mentor, a person must be BCIA certified and in active clinical practice a minimum of two years.  In some cases, a candidate may wish to receive clinical training for mentoring from a person who is not yet BCIA certified. A Non-Certified Mentor Application assesses the education and training of a professional’s credentials to examine if he/she qualifies as a mentor. The application must be filed with a $100 review fee.

Applicants Start Here
Biofeedback Certification
Why Choose BCIA Biofeedback Certification?
Clinical Certification
Technician Certification
Didactic Training
Mentoring
Locating a Mentor
Serving as a Mentor
Mentoring FAQs
Mentoring Guidelines
Mentor Application
Mentor Agreement Letter
Sample Mentoring Log Book
Practical Skills List
Non-Certified Mentor
Common Documents
Neurofeedback Certification
Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback Certification
HRV Certificate Program
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