Mission
BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education.

Recognition
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 Credentials
BCIA has trademarked BCB, BCN, and BCB-PMD for your use where allowed. Read more…

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 News
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. 

June 22 - Neurofeedback Mentoring Webinar - Treatment for Children and Teens with ADHD and Oppositional Characteristics, presented by Erin Conway, PsyD, CADC, BCB, BCN.

July 26 - Neurofeedback Mentoring Webinar - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Neurofeedback: An Integrative Approach to Symptom Reduction, presented by Roseann Capanna-Hodge, EdD, LPC, BCN.

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.

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.

ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.

AAPB News

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!

ISNR News
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 - office@isnr.org! 

State/Regional Societies

Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society
October 5 - 7 - 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia

Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association
November 1 - 4 - Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA
"Biofeedback and Neurofeedback for Optimal health and Peak Performance"

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.

BCIA Quick Links
These resources may be of interest to you:
Resources for Educators
Precautions When Using New Media to Market Your Practice
BCIA on Facebook
Why Choose a BCIA-Certified Professional?
Marketing Strategies
New recertification deadline
Online continuing education credits
Recertification ethics requirement
Trademarked professional designations
Watchdog Initiative

 

 

May 2018 Update

BCIA and BCIA-H Welcome Dr. David Arroyo Psic.Npf, BCB
Dr. Arroyo has more than 15 years of clinical and teaching experience in the fields of Clinical, Medical and Health Psychology and Applied Neuropsychophysiology. As a founding member of the Mexican Society of Bio and Neurofeedback, he served on its board for almost 10 years. For 9 years he was in charge of the Medical Psychology Service in one of the most important private hospitals in Mexico, where he established the first in-hospital applied psychophysiology service. He also was appointed president of the medical bioethics committee for two consecutive periods. As the CEO of the Mindful Neuroscience Centers in Monterrey and in Mexico City, he works in collaboration with national and international societies such as SMBN, BFE, AAPB, BCIA, and BCIA-H, directing his efforts towards the professional development of evidence-based Applied Neuropsychophysiology both in Spanish-speaking countries and in the rest of the world, creating and teaching academic, training, and mentoring programs.

BCIA Proudly Announces the Francine Butler Scholarship Winners

The BCIA Board of Directors developed a scholarship program to honor the accomplishments of Dr. Francine Butler and her lifetime of service to AAPB, BCIA, and to the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback.  This award pays all customary certification fees and is given to an outstanding student who has completed their didactic education at a regionally accredited academic institution and who shows great promise to our field.  This year’s winners are:  Jessica Ledwith, nominated by Chris Branciere, BCB, University of North Florida; Brian Rankin and Roya Iravani, nominated by Richard Gevirtz, PhD, BCB, of Alliant University; Cosima Hoetger, nominated by Carol Austad, PhD, BCB of Central Connecticut State University; and Candice Gonsalves, nominated by Barbara Morrell, PhD, BCB of Brigham Young University.  We are so proud of these exceptional students as they join the past winners who will be the leaders of tomorrow!  We can’t wait to see where their careers take them!

Dr. Lilian Rosenbaum Honored With a Lifetime Achievement Award

The Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society proudly announced Lilian Rosenbaum, LCSW-C, PhD, BCB as the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Dr. Rosenbaum's career spanned more than 50 years, part of which was as faculty at Georgetown Medical University.  In the early 1970s, she set up her first biofeedback clinical program and her plan was to include clinical practice, research, professional training, and have it be an elective for medical students. Biofeedback was still “bio-WHAT”.  She was  Principal Investigator for “Effects of Treatment on Drug Abuser and Family.” She spent her career teaching, writing, and making a difference to the field and to her clients.  None the least of her achievements was her wise insistence, that BCIA include social workers.  Her acceptance speech was a history lesson and gave honor to many others. 

BCIA and BCIA-H Welcome Dr. Carlos Novo-Olivas, MD, MSc, BCN

Dr. Novo-Olivas did his postgraduate work in Clinical Neuroscience at the Instituto de Neurociencias  y Psicologia Aplicada (Institute of Neurosciences and Applied Psychology).  He is a clinical neurophysiologist in Mexico and a QEEG-T, certified by the QEEG Certification Board and is the founder and president of the Asociacion de Neurociencia Integral Aplicada (Society for Integral and Applied Nueroscience).  Additionally he is the CEO of NeuroScopic Integral NeuroDiagnostic, the Medical Direcotor of NovoBrain, LLC, and the founder and current president of Sociedad Mexicana de Bio y Neurorretroalimentación). Dr. Novo-Olivas has spoken at conferences and universities in Mexico, Latin America, and internationally and has organized five international scientific events in the field of applied neuroscience.  Dr. Novo-Olilvas is widely published and is the editor and author of the first book in Spanish about qEEG and Neurofeedback.  His academic interests include serving as a professor at three universities in neuroscience, psychology, and psychophysiology.

BCIA Affiliate Expands - BCIA-H

BCIA-M has been a BCIA affiliate since 2014. Since its foundation, they have had the commitment to promote BCIA Certification among practitioners and to enhance the availability of BCIA accredited courses and mentors in Spanish.  Thanks to this effort, there is a growing number of practitioners from Mexico and other Spanish-speaking Latin American countries, who contact this affiliate to obtain guidance regarding how to meet all the requirements prior to filing their applications, review the documentation, and make appropriate exam arrangements.  Therefore, BCIA-M has been replaced by BCIA-H (Hispanoamérica) to officially expand the help provided to other Spanish-speaking Latin American countries to undergo the process that leads to certification.

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.

International News
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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