The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) was created in 1981 as the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, with the primary mission to certify individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively re-certify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. To reflect our global identity, we adopted this new name in March, 2010. BCIA is an autonomous nonprofit corporation whose policies and procedures are set by an independent board of directors, comprised of a rotating group of distinguished clinicians, researchers, and educators.
Board certification is the mark of distinction for providers of biofeedback and neurofeedback services and establishes that the individual has met entry-level education and training requirements. However, BCIA certification is not a substitute for a valid license or other credential to legally practice one's profession as regulated by health care practices in your country.
New in 2014
The Canadian Psychological Association and EEG Biofeedback
Altholl Malcolm, PhD, RPsych, BCN, BCB, QEEG Diplomate
John Davis, PhD, CPsych, BCN, ABPP/CBP
Last year's Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Convention was unique in that there were presentations on EEG biofeedback (Neurofeedback) research conducted at Western University in Ontario. The presenters were psychologist Dr. Paul Frewwen and graduate student Teddy Chow. They are part of a team that includes psychiatrist Dr. Ruth Lanius. Also, Dr. Lanius's brother, Ulrich Lanius, a psychologist in Vancouver, presented on the LENS system. These presentations prompted further contact with the Canadian Psychological Association with a veiw to forming a new section within the CPA. We received enthusiastic support, and very quickly had the 25 CPA members reuired to create the section. I was greatly assisted by Dr. John Davis of Grimsby Ontario, a previous International Board Member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR). With his help, it took les than a month to get the Section up and running. Thus, the CPA now has this new Section entitled "Quantitative Electrophysiology. Read more.....
The Japan Clinical Neurofeedback Association was registered in Tokyo on September 25. The main aims of the organization are to support and promote the efficacy of neurofeedback in Japan, provide information to the public, hold seminars and case conferences for therapists, and to set guidelines of practice based on standards that would be equivalent to BCIA.
**New Spring 2013: All international applicants for BCIA certification programs, outside of the US and Canada, must carry a valid government-issued license/credential that regulates clinical health care practice. Until such time as a country or region forms a professional organization who becomes a formal BCIA affiliate as Australia has and takes on the task of reviewing pre-requisite education, etc. for certification, this rule will be in place.
At this time, BCIA is an “English only” organization. We currently only offer our exams and reading sources in English. However, we are exploring options for translating our exams into other languages based on demand. Should a group of applicants from another country formally express their wish to certify and can demonstrate the need for a translated exam, BCIA would work toward fulfilling this request.
BCIA offers certification for both entry-level and advanced health care professionals in Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback – clinical only at this time. Until such time as a country or region forms a BCIA affiliate organization (a la Australia), then BCIA will require all applicants for certification who reside outside the US or Canada to demonstrate that they have a valid license/credential to practice in a BCIA-approved health profession in the country where they reside."
BCIA has certified providers in 29 countries – please visit Find a Practitioner to locate Board certified professionals in your area. BCIA is committed to working with biofeedback and neurofeedback organizations worldwide to be able to tailor our educational prerequisites to fit the health care realities of your region through our affiliate program.
BCIA’s Affiliate Program was developed in recognition of the fact that cultural and regulatory differences in other countries impact the adoption of international standards for biofeedback training, continuing education, and board certification. The BCIA Board Certification program was built and anchored in the United States, and drafted in accordance with US health care standards. These standards, while fundamentally sound, may not always seamlessly fit with health care models in other countries. The affiliate program provides an opportunity for partnership between BCIA and a professional biofeedback or neurofeedback organization outside of the United States and Canada, allowing the two organizations to collaborate on the development of standards and requirements that make sense for a particular country, while upholding educational and training rigor. The affiliate organization must endorse and comply with the foundational principles of BCIA, and its training and certification program may not be specific to a particular brand of equipment or theory. Read more...
BCIA is pleased to announce the first Affiliate program – BCIA-A, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance – Australia!
In 2010, the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA) agreed to the development of an independent body whose role would be to develop and oversee standards for certification within Australasia. It was also agreed that this new organization would be affiliated with The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. In 2011, Biofeedback Certification International Alliance – Australia Inc (BCIA-A) was first registered in Australia and a Committee was formed. BCIA-A has an affiliate relationship with BCIA.
Biofeedback Foundation of Europe will hold their 17th Annual Conference in Venice, Italy, February 11 – 15, 2014.
Dr. Paul Swingle, BCN will offer ClinicalQ and Braindriving Workshops, both fundamental and advanced, throughout the year.
Biofeedback Federation of Europe will hold their 18th Annual Conference in Rome, Italy, March 24 - 28, 2015.
The Society of Applied Neuroscience will hold their 2014 meeting in Utrecht, the Netherlands, January 30 – February 2, 2014.
Danielle Matto and Eveline Kempenaar have launched some exciting new CE opportunities for those in the Netherlands. Please visit their website for more information.
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