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.
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BCIA 2017 Webinar Schedule -
Thursday, May 11, noon mountain time - Dr. Richard Gevirtz, PhD, BCB will present Combining HRV Biofeedback with ACT Exposure Therapy in the Treatment of Trauma Symptoms. As more is learned about the neurophysiology of trauma, it has become clear that "talk therapies" are limited. The traumatized brain is not very good at describing expressed emotion, but may be receptive to somatically based interventions. In this Webinar, we will discuss the latest neurophysiology of trauma, the basics of HRV biofeedback, and how adding biofeedback or other somatic interventions to exposure based techniques can improve outcomes.
Registration is open!
This webinar is co-sponsored by FERB - The Foundation for Education and Research in Biofeedback and Related Sciences to benefit their scholarship program. FERB was formed in 1985 at the urging of then AAPB president, Neal Miller who felt that the organization had a mission to continue to support research and clinical applications. A key way to do that is to encourage the interest and application of work by students which will lead to further demonstration of the efficacy of Biofeedback techniques. You may help support the work of FERB by donating an additional $10 when you register for this webinar at the BCIA site or we encourage you to visit the FERB website to read more about the organization and how to be more involved, including other tax-deductible donation options.
May 18 - Active EMG Training For Chronic Pain - Part 1
May 25 - Active EMG Training For Chronic Pain - Part 2
Both webinars in this series will be resented by Randy Neblett, MA, LPC, BCB and offered at 2pm Pacific, 3pm Mountain time, 4pm Central, and 5pm Eastern time.
June 29 – Neurofeedback for Lyme and PAN/PANDAS by Rosanne Capanna-Hodge, EdD, LPC, BCN
July 21 – Integrative Management of Chronic Sensitized Pain with Autonomic Self-Regulation by Jay Ginsberg, PhD
Registration will be open later this spring. Stay tuned!
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.
***This is a new way to show what accredited courses and programs may be in your area. Please email us at email@example.com to list your accredited, blueprint-relevant course. Click here to view the calendar!
April highlights include:
April 21-22 - Integrative Psychiatry of Destin offers Advanced Loreta by Joel Lubar, PhD, BCN
April 23 - Integrative Psychiatry of Destin offers Complementary & Integrative Psychiatry (Functional Psychiatry) by Deb Simkin, MD, BCN
April 28 - AAPB Webinar - Addiction: Past, Present and Future of Neurofeedback presented by Rex Cannon, PhD, BCN.
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
AAPB has recently released new publications - 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!
The 25th Anniversary Conference has been planned for September 21-24, 2017 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Pre-Conference dates are September 18 - 20. Be sure your name is on their mailing list so that you can receive all of the updates!
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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April 2017 Update
The Francine Butler Scholarship Award Winners - Class of 2017
In the background is Tom Collura on the left, the AAPB Past Chair, and at the podium is Fred Shaffer, the BCIA Chair. The students in the front row are Tara Austin from Brigham Young University; Zach Meehan from Truman State University; Emily Reames, John Locke, and Aaron Craven from East Carolina University; and Nick Stelmach from California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant University. The others from the 2017 class are: Carolyn Trasko from Saybrook University, Kelly McCarthy from CSPP/Alliant, Mikaela Raley from the University of North Florida, and Emily Clark from Denver University.
This group of talented students represents the largest class since the inception of this scholarship in 2009. When Dr. Butler retired, BCIA decided the best way to honor her career and her many contributions was to offer a scholarship that would live on to encourage the next generation of clinicians, researchers, and academics by funding all basic certification fees. To be eligible, one must be enrolled in an advanced health care degree program at a regionally accredited academic institution that teaches the biofeedback blueprint. The students write to BCIA to describe how they plan to use biofeedback professionally in their career. Please welcome them to the field – they are the future!
BCIA Welcomes Dr. Hyungwon Kang from Seoul, South Korea
Dr. Hyungwon Kang is a Korean Medicine Neuropsychiatry professor of Wonkwang University Sanbon Hospital near Seoul. He is the chief vice chairman of the Korean Society of Oriental Neuropsychiatry, the chief vice chairman of the Korean Medicine Society of Rare Incurable and Severe Disease, the director of the Institute of Korean Arts Therapy, and the professional director of the Korean Society of Stress Medicine. Dr. Kang also is an M & L (Mindfulness & Loving presence) psychotherapy trainer, practicing mindfulness and loving presence in his clinic and trying to scientifically prove it through QEEG and HRV in clinical research. The major disorders Dr. Kang treats are PTSD, depression, Hwabyeong - a Korean somatization disorder related to anger, panic disorder, and dementia, and he uses acupuncture, herbal medicine, and psychotherapy.
Join Us in Mourning the Passing of a Legend - Elmer Green
Elmer E. Green (October 10, 1917 to March 5, 2017) devoted his life to the idea that people can develop voluntary control over internal physiologic functions that are normally involuntary, and to research and teaching about states of consciousness and spiritual development. He was one of the scientists who invented biofeedback and began research of it, working alongside his wife and colleague, Alyce.
The Greens were the first to apply biofeedback to a range of medical disorders, thus becoming the originators of clinical biofeedback. It was they who discovered that hand warming through skin temperature feedback effectively treats migraine headaches. They also developed a highly effective biofeedback protocol for hypertension. They understood biofeedback from a much wider perspective than that of physiology alone. Long before they undertook biofeedback research, they knew that voluntary control of physiology occurs through regulating the mind, and that quieting the mind opens the door to transpersonal growth.
Earn CE at this Free Seminar
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.
BCIA is a Co-Sponsor of the 19th BFE Meeting, April 24 - 29
BCIA is proud to announce the upcoming meeting in Aveiro, Portugal. The list of presenters includes Lynda and Michael Thompson, Leah Lagos, Inna Khazan, Fred Shaffer, Don Moss, David Arroyo, and so many more! There will be 3 BCIA programs including: a 5-day Neurofeedback, a 5-day Biofeedback, and a 2-day HRV. Visit this link often to see as the program continues to grow. Early registration fees are available and as well, there will be a discount for BCIA certificants!
May 13 - 17, 2017 - Marseille
Brendan Parsons, PhD student, BCN
Association Francophone Biofeedback and Neurofeedback
This will be the first BCIA accredited neurofeedback didactic course offered in France.
June 2 - 4, 2017 - Johannesburg
The Biofeedback Association of South Africa is proud to present a 3-day seminar: The Role of Bio-Neurofeedback in Self-Regulation and Neuroplasticity. An exciting list of speakers are planned including international lecturers Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB, Professor at Truman State University and BCIA Chair; Rich Sherman, PhD, BCB, Professor at Saybrook University; Les Fehmi, PhD, BCN and Susan Fehmi, BCN of the Princeton Biofeedback Centre, and Leslie Sherlin, PhD, BCB, BCN, QEEG-D, President-Elect of ISNR. South African prrsenters include Professor Peet du Toit (UP), Louise van der Westehuyzen, BCN, Dr. Lizelle Grindell, and Dr. Joachim Mureriwa, BCN. Read more.....
June 16 - 18, 2017 - BtL Workshops will host Sebern Fisher, author of the praised book “Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain”, who will introduce the Italian attendees to the practice of Neurofeedback and will add her experience in treating clients with developmental trauma. The event will also include a supervision day coordinated by the A.R.P. Milano Scientific Committee.
The 2017 ANSA National Conference will be held August 24-29 in Canberra
Neurofeedback researchers and practitioners, and other professionals interested in applied neuroscience, are cordially invited to the annual workshops and conference of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia. The keynote addresses include Dirk de Ridder, Jay Gunkelman and Fred Shaffer.
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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