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 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 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...
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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 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.
September 21 - Sport Psych Meets Biofeedback: "Old School" Techniques made Better with Modern HRV, presented by Tim Herzog, MS, EdD, LCPC, CMPC, BCB. APA credits available for those who attend the live presentation! This will be the first APA accredited webinar. Register now!
October 5 - How do You Know if it's ADHD? presented by Vince Monastra, PhD, BCN.
Although Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is characterized by specified behavioral criteria, accurate diagnosis requires that other medical causes are considered and evaluated. Unfortunately, little guidance is provided in the DSM-V regarding the types of medical conditions that need to be considered. Register now!
October 26 - CPT Codes presented by Joy Lunt, RN, BCN. This webinar will count toward the 3 hours of ethics/professional conduct as required for BCIA certification. More information to come.
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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.
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
AAPB is launching their webinars with a new low price for members - only $50!
September 20-22 - "The Mexican Society for Bio and Neurofeedback 4th meeting will be held in the Mexican Autonomous National University (UNAM), in Juriquilla, Queretaro. The focus of the conference will be Neuropsychophysiology as a translational approach. Erik Peper, Leslie Sherlin, Inna Khazan, Eddy Davelaar, and Frank Andrasik will be featured speakers of this international meeting. Simultaneous translation into Spanish will be available. Register here!
September 28 - ISNR announces a new webinar: Adding Neurofeedback to Your Psychotherapy Practice, presented by Sylvia Costales, MFT, BCN.
September 29 - The Luria Institute and Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP present the following webinars: Executive Functions and the Frontal Lobes: A Brief Review, a webinar presented by and and Dementias: A Brief Review.
October 5 - 7 - Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society - 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Lynda Thompson, PhD, BCN and Michael Thompson, MD will be the keynote speakers and will present on these topics: Neuroanatomy and Pay Attention! How to improve Functioning from ADHD to Athletes. Other highlights of the conference include: A multi-site double-blind randomized clinical trial of neurofeedback for ADHD will be presented by Roger deBeus. The BCIA exam will be offered October 4 at 6:30PM for all pre-approved candidates.
October 13 - The Luria Institute and Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP present the following webinars: Executive Dysfunction in Brain Disorders: A Brief Review and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Brief Review.
October 26 - Seminars Without Borders will be offering: HRV - Applications to Common Medical and Emotional Disorders in Montreal, presented by Don Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN. This workshop will include 2 contact hours of mentoring and will cover 4 case studies for those looking for certification in biofeedback and HRV Biofeedback.
October 27 - 28 - The Florida Biofeedback Society will host their 40th Anniversary Meeting with a two-day workshop: Biobehavioral Considerations in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Primary Headache Disorders by Dr. Steve Baskin. Biofeedback pioneer and author of Biofeedback; A Practitioner’s Guide, Mark Schwartz, PhD, will also give a keynote address at our Saturday evening event.
November 1 - 4 - Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association
The Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA
"Biofeedback and Neurofeedback for Optimal health and Peak Performance"
November 3 - The Biofeedback Society of Texas has invited Diana Martinez Huerta, MD, BCN and Angelika Sadar, LPC, BCN to present at the upcoming fall conference. More information to come!
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!
September 28 - ISNR announces a new webinar: Adding Neurofeedback to Your Psychotherapy Practice, presented by Sylvia Costales, MFT, BCN.
Registration is Open! -- The ISNR 26th Annual Conference will be October 18 - 21, 2018 at the Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa. "Transforming the Field of Neurofeedback Through Clinical Practice, Educational Applications, and Research"
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org!
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September 2018 Update
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.
BCIA Welcomes Santiago Brand, BCN from Colombia
Santiago Brand is a psychologist with a private practice in Bogotá, Colombia. He has been working in clinical and sport psychology for the past 15 years and using biofeedback, neurofeedback, and qEEG for the past 10 years. He has worked for the Colombian Olympic Committee in the neuroscience department with Olympic athletes and he is currently a neuroscience consultant for the Guatemalan Olympic Committee. His main interests are peak performance, athletic performance, and trauma, where he combines neurofeedback and biofeedback with Brainspotting. Santiago is also an instructor and consultant for different countries in Latin America. Santiago is the only BCIA certified practitioner in Colombia.
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.....
ISNR 26th Annual Conference in Glendale, AZ
Who Should Attend?
Doctors, clinicians, educators, researchers, practitioners, and mental health care professionals interested in techniques, applications, technologies, and solutions that apply neuroscience in order to better understand and enhance brain function. Register now!
ACRM 95th Annual Conference - Dallas, TX
The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine will host their 95th Annual Conference September 20 - October 3 in Dallas. You'll be glad to see that Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Heart Rate Variability will be well represented. This is the LARGEST conference in the world for interdisciplinary rehabilitation research — bringing together rehabilitation researchers, providers, clinicians, and administrators from 65+ countries.
Helen Yau from Hong Kong Earns her BCB-PMD
BCIA is proud to welcome Helen Kit Ling Yau, RN, BCB-PMD, where she is the Nursing Officer of Caritas Medical Center in Hong Kong. Her area of interest is in Urology and she is the in-charge nurse of the Ambulatory Urology Centre where her main roles and duties are handling all types of Urology patients, i.e. LUTS (Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms), urinary retention, incontinence patients and cancer patients. She performs extensive urology management for these patients; including: bladder training, self intermittent catheterization, pelvic floor muscle exercise, biofeedback training, pre and post operation management. Her other clinic experiences are in the areas of nursing education, mentoring, primary health education and nursing administration. Helen will continue to go above and beyond in seeking the latest Urology information to serve the patients.
BCIA Welcomes M'Lani Basson, BCN from South Africa
Ms. M'Lani Basson, BCN is a registered trauma counsellor practicing in South Africa helping children and adults cope and thrive within their individual situations.
She is very interested in how ADD symptoms manifest in our community and the link to anxiety and stress. Neurofeedback has given so much hope and change to the clients she works with.
BCIA-Australia and BCIA Welcome Alikki Russell, BCN
Alikki Russell is a psychologist working in private practice in Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia. Alikki has a particular interest in working with Complex Developmental Trauma and Dissociation. She is the coordinator for the Newcastle Complex Trauma Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN), and is a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), and the Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Association of Australia (EMDRAA). Alikki uses a multi-modal approach to supporting her clients in reducing the effects of their exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s), and has found that by including neurofeedback into their treatment plans her clients have much greater capacity to regulate their arousal and increase their functioning.
BCIA-H and BCIA Announce the First BCN from Ecuador
We welcome Dr. Yovanny Jimenez, a neuropsychologist. He was professor of the Neuropsychology Postgraduate Course of the Central University of Ecuador and UNICEF Consultant for children and adolescents for 15 years. He was founder and Director of the Foundation for Children and Community and is currently Director of Higea Ecuador, a clinic focused on attention and neurofeedback, neuropsychology and psychology research in Ecuador. Dr. Jimenez has been a pioneer in promoting neurofeedback-related activities in Ecuador for 10 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Society for Bio and Neurofeedback, the South American School of Transpersonal Psychology, and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, also authoring of several psychology and neuropsychology publications in Ecuador and has been invited to international conferences and meetings.
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.
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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