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 neurofeedback.
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 candidate should be familiar with these guidelines.
Mentoring involves the completion of 25 contact hours, 2 of those hours must be face-to-face. Each session is to be a minimum of 20 minutes. The contact hours are used to review:
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. If you filed your certification application prior to the completion of the mentoring requirement, your mentor(s) may use this statement to document the work.
New in 2014! BCIA is offering mentoring webinars that, upon live participation or reviewing the recording and the completion of the evaluation and exam process, will award 1 contact hour and 2 case conference prsentations. Great way to learn from the best and expand your knowledge!
Prior to starting clinical training, BCIA:
You and your mentor may wish to use the sample Mentor Agreement Letter 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.