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 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.

Terms of Use and Privacy  Policies

BCIA works to serve the field of applied psychophysiology and biofeedback and most importantly you, our clients, who visit our website, apply for certification and recertification, enroll in continuing education activities, or have expressed interest in our programs.  We wish to fully respect and protect your privacy and security of your contact information.   Please review the following documents:  BCIA Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions of Use, and the Procedures for Requesting Removal of Infringing Material.

Board Certification Areas
BCIA offers Certification in Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback for health care professionals and a Technician Certification for those who cannot document an education that meets our stated requirements.   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.

Missed a BCIA webinar?  Click here to purchase a recording!

January 17, 2019 - Strategies to Increase the Effectiveness of HRV Biofeedback, presented by Fred Shaffer, PhD, BCB, BCB-HRV.  This webinar, the first in our 2019 schedule, will be from the Clinical Update series.  Stay tuned for more information.

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.

November 10 - December 16 - The Luria Neuroscience Institute is pleased to announce an 8-day Online Workshop:  "Brain and Cognition in Health and Disease, presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP.  Read more.....

January 24 - 27, 2019 - Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Brain and Behavior - presented by Harold Burke, PhD, BCN and sponsored by EEG Education & Research.

January 26 - 27, 2019 - The Biofeedback Society of Florida will be presenting a program "Optimizing Health & Performance with Biofeedback & Neurofeedback," by Vietta Sue Wilson, PhD, BCN.  More information to come.....

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!

Save the Date - The 50th Anniversary will be held in Denver, Colorado on March 13 - 16, 2019.

ISNR News

The ISNR 27th Annual Conference will be September 19 - 22, 2019 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.

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!

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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December 2018 Update

Colleen Bow, BCN our Newest Certificant from South Africa

Collen Bow is a Psychometrist registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa under the category of Independent Practice.  Her practice is located in Johannesburg, South Africa.  She has a special interest in neuropsychological assessment and the use of Neurofeedback Therapy as a treatment methodology with both children and adults for a wide range of applications including attention deficit disorder, learning difficulties, anxiety, Tourette's  syndrome, epilepsy, and depression among others.

BCIA Welcomes Dr. Inette Taylor, BCN from South Africa
Dr. Taylor has been practicing as a Psychologist since 1985 and became  interested in neurofeedback and neuroscience after her diagnosis of  Multiple Sclerosis in 2009.  She attended Sebern Fisher’s workshop and read her book on Neurofeedback for Developmental Trauma, and began using the modality in March of 2016.  Dr. Taylor is now gradually incorporating neurofeedback with a select few clients, collaborating with integrative medical practitioners, as she believes such collaboration with her health care colleagues adds significantly to  treatment success.

BCIA and BCIA-A Welcome Silvia Kennett, BCN from Australia
Silvia Kennett is a registered psychologist with the Australian Psychological Society.  She incorporates CBT and Interpersonal counseling techniques to manage mood and anxiety presentations for children, adolescents, and adults. Silvia focuses on the fundamental principles of Positive Psychology which foster the identification and utilization of personal strengths and abilities. She is particularly interested in the area of complex childhood trauma and utilizes Neurofeedback to  decrease the symptoms associated with PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder to improve the quality of life of clients affected by these conditions.

BCIA Proudly Announces the 2018 Fall Scholarship Winners

The BCIA Board wanted to honor a very special lady who passed away earlier this year and we could think of nothing she would have liked better than to offer a scholarship in her name that would enhance the career of a new neurofeedback clinician.  We are proud to announce the Judith Lubar Scholarship to honor a lifetime of excellence and service.  Shannon Kratky is the winner of this special scholarship, recommended by Dr. Mark Jones of the University Texas, San Antonio.  The Genie B. Davis Scholarship winner is Daniel Reed from St. Mary’s University, recommended by D. Allen Novian.  Both scholarships were awarded to those who took their didactic training at a university and who have been recommended by their professor as showing promise to the field. The awards will pay all customary BCIA certification fees.  Two of the award winners attended the Biofeedback Society of Texas and are pictured above from left to right:  Shannon Kratky, Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Allen Novian, and Daniel Reed.  This is what the future of neurofeedback can look like!

CPT Code Webinar Recording Now Available

The recent webinar was very popular and we believe it is vital for every practicing bio or neurofeedback clinician who wishes to correctly bill insurance.  You may purchase the recording and then complete the online evaluation/exam and earn 1.5 hours of accredited CE toward the 3 hours of ethics required of all BCIA certificants for their recertification!  To purchase.....

BCIA and BCIA-Australia Welcome Dr. Rachael MacDonald, BCN

Dr. Rachael MacDonald's personal practice philosophy aims to integrate cutting-edge neuroscience and psychotherapeutic techniques with traditional mindfulness-based healing traditions.  With over 25 years of experience providing comprehensive psychological assessments, she believes in a comprehensive intervention program and counselling that includes a holistic approach.  She has also been a co-researcher and co-author on numerous research projects undertaken at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and has also been involved in numerous University-based research projects.

The Fallacy of Sham-Controlled Neurofeedback Trials:  A Reply to Thibault and Colleagues (2018)
This article was written to dispel the belief that neurofeedback's beneficial effects are due to placebo and has been published in the Journal of Attention Disorders on August 6, 2018.  We are very grateful to the hard work and dedication of Dr. H. Edmund Pigott, BCN; Rex Cannon, PhD, BCN; and Mark Trullinger, BCN.  We owe them a huge thank you for their hard work and dedication to this topic.  Funding for the publication of this article was provided by The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, and BCIA.  Read more.....

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...

April 8 - 13, 2019 - The Biofeedback Federation of Europe will celebrate its 20th Meeting, in Cardiff, Wales, UK. Specially priced registration for BCIA certtificants!

August 22 - 28, 2019 - The Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA) will hold their 2019 Annual Conference in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

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