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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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.
October 11 and 25 - AAPB Webinar: General Introduction to Biofeedback Peripherals - a 3-part series presented by Jon Bale.
October 17 - The Luria Neuroscience Institute Webinar: Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes, presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP, a clinical neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine and Diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology.
October 20 - BCIA Webinar: Biofeedback Mentoring in Pediatrics with Ethan Benore, PhD, ABPP, BCB. The purpose of this webinar is to demonstrate biofeedback applications in pediatric/adolescent disorders. Dr. Benore will focus on pain and anxiety, but may discuss other symptoms commonly treated with biofeedback (e.g., Raynaud's). Practical issues working with children will be discussed and two cases will be presented. Register now!
October 24 - The Luria Neuroscience Institute Webinar: Executive Dysfunction in Brain Disorders, presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP, a clinical neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine and Diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology.
October 23 - 28: American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine presents their annual meeting Progress in Rehabilitation Medicine, Translation to Clinical Practice. Highlights include the October 25 course - Contemporary Applications of Biofeedback Patients: Mind-Body Approaches to Rehabilitation presented by Sonya Kim, PhD, BCB; Paul Lehrer, PhD, BCB; Frank Andrasik, PhD, FAHS, BCB; Steve Wolf, PhD, and others.
October 31 - The Luria Neuroscience Institute Webinar: Dementias, presented by Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP, Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP, a clinical neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist, Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine and Diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology.
State/Regional Biofeedback Society Meetings
- The Biofeedback Society of Texas
Annual Conference - October 21, San Antonio, TX
- Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine
Annual Conference - October 21, Loyola University, Columbia, MD
The Open Focus Brain: An Introduction with Les & Susan Fehmi
- Midwest Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback
Annual Conference - October 21 - 22, Ann Arbor, MI
- Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society
Annual Conference - November 10 - 12, Princeton, NJ
BCIA Certification Exam - November 11 for those who are pre-registered.
- Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience
Annual Conference - November 2 - 5 in the Bay Area
- Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association
Annual Conference - November 3 - 5, 2017
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
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.
AAPB has recently released new publications in digital format!- 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!
Save the date -- The ISNR 26h Annual Conference will be October 18 - 21, 2018 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa.
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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October 2017 Update
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.
State/Regional Meetings - check out the schedules!
You may be surprised to see the list of state/regional biofeedback society meetings in your area. Some of the speakers are the same as you'd expect to see at either the AAPB or ISNR annual conferences. These meetings are a great value and a wonderful way to network with other professionals and update your skills!
Dr. Daniel Lane from Australia earned his BCN
Dr. Daniel Lane, BSc DC (UK), BCN, DACNB (USA), FFAAFN, QEEGD, is an experienced chiropractor with over 20 years in private practice and has a special interest in the treatment of brain-based disorders through the activation of neuroplasticity. He is the Clinical Director of The Perth Brain Centre, multi-disciplinary clinics in Western Australia, providing services including Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, QEEG Brain Mapping, and Trans-Cranial Direct Current Stimulation. The clinics focus on helping people with ADHD and Learning Disorders, Anxiety and Depression, Chronic Pain and Migraines, and are increasingly recognized as Centres of Excellence providing student placements from local universities. Welcome Dr. Lane!
BCIA proudly welcomes Sangjin Ko, RN, BCN from South Korea
Ms. Ko is affiliated with Kyungpook National University and is interested in neuropsychology and neurophysiology for normal and pathological conditions of substance abuse disorders, especially alcohol. Additionally,her interests include the analysis of quantified EEG (qEEG) with neuropsychological tasks for the investigation of brain cognitive processes. Her goal is to pursue her doctoral degree with a concentration on neurofeedback for alcohol abuse disorders and to conduct research using neurofeedback and qEEG analysis with various clinical disorders.
Neurofeedback Certification Requirement Updated
BCIA reviews and updates our requirements so that they meet the highest standards in education and training. Previously we required a college level course in human anatomy, human physiology or human biology for certification in both biofeedback and neurofeedback. With the growth and availability of accredited educational opportunities in neuroscience, the board approved a change to reflect the need for understanding the structure and function of the brain. The new requirement for certification in neurofeedback is: Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, or Physiological Psychology. Additionally course work can only be used if it is less than 15 years old, unless one can demonstrate that they would be required to update this knowledge due their profession. If your application is already on file with the previous requirement, you will not be required to repeat or replace a course you have already taken.
BCIA welcomes Dr. Ghada El-Khouly, BCN from Egypt
Dr. El-Khouly is licensed to practice medicine in Egypt and the Arab countries and is a professor of psychiatry at Ains Shams University. In her private practice, she sees patients diagnosed with OCD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia and wishes to treat using the least psychopharmacological interventions. Dr. El-Khouly's goal is to begin mentoring, to start a professional neurofeedback practice, and to initiate a unit at her university with both clinical and research activities. Her other interests are in psychosexual medicine, mental health counseling and rehabilitation, biological psychiatry, psychophysiology and sleep medicine, and neurofeedback and biofeedback in neuropsychiatry. She is also interested in research on the heart brain connection.
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!
Bessel van der Kolk, MD will be offering a free seminar "Rewiring the Brain". Click here for more information.
Saybrook University's Applied Psychophysiology Doctoral Program Is WASC Accredited!
This is the first time a doctoral degree in this field has been approved by a regional accrediting agency. The new degree will begin being offered this coming January 2018. The Department of Psychophysiology will be part of Saybrook’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, along with current departments including Mind Body Medicine, Integrative Nutrition, and Integrative Wellness Coaching.
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.
Spain - November 8 - 12, 2017
The Spanish Society for Bio and Neurofeedback (SEBINE) and the Biofeedback Federation of Europe are proud to announce that Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson will teach the BCIA blueprint course in Madrid
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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