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, Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback, and HRV Biofeedback for health care professionals and a Technician Certification for those working in the US and Canada who cannot document an education that meets our stated educational requirements and who are working under the legal supervision of a licensed and BCIA certified professional. 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.
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April 26, 2019 - Neurofeedback Mentoring webinar: Treating Anxiety with Neurofeedback, presented by Mark Jones, PhD, BCN. This webinar will review the symptoms of various anxiety disorders, the neurophysiological underpinnings of anxiety, and the research on treating anxiety symptoms with neurofeedback, including the presenter's published research on QEEG-guided 1 channel neurofeedback. Two case studies will be presented. Registration is closed. The recording will be available by May 2.
July 26 - BCIA webinar Biofeedback for Functional Somatic Symptoms presented by Anupama Kotay, PhD, BCB.
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.
March 30 - June 8: The Luria Institute will present an 8-Day Online Workshop: Brain and Cognition in Health and Disease by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP.
April 22 - May 2 - The Brain Change Summit featuring some of the top brain experts in the field.
May 4 - The Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society will present it's Spring Conference featuring Judith Pennington who will present on Exploring Consciousness and Mitchell and Angelika Sadar on the Ethics of Making a Successful Evidence-Based Biofeedback Practice.
May 10 - ISNR webinar featuring Stu Donaldson, PhD, BCB.
May 22 - AAPB webinar featuring Santiago Brand, BCB, BCN.
June 7 - ISNR webinar - The Wisdom of Morphology and Montages in EEG, presented by Tiffany Thompson, PhD, BCN.
June 20 - AAPB webinar featuring Erik Peper, PhD, BCB.
June 17-21 - The Mexican Society for Bio and Neurofeedback will offer the 36 hours Neurofeedback BCIA-accredited didactic training program in Spanish, in the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico. To register: email@example.com
June 21 - 23 - APEd 2019 Napa Getaway with Jay Gunkelman & Dirk DeRidder.
July 10 - AAPB webinar featuring Jinny LaRock.
August 7 - AAPB webinar featuring Michael Larson, PhD.
October 24 - 27 - The Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association (SBCNA) will hold its conference in Greenville, SC.
November 15 - 17 - The Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society Meeting: Bessel van der Kolk as the keynote speaker.
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!
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!
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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April 2019 Update
The 2019 Francine Butler Scholarship Winners at AAPB
We are proud to announce the winners of this scholarship which pays all customary certification fees. This year, Dr. Lilian Rosenbaum generously contributed to our scholarship fund and we would like to thank her for her role in this year's awards which allowed us to honor five students. Pictured above are Dr. Fred Shaffer, BCB, BCB-HRV, Kristina Johnson from California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant University (CSPP), and Dr. Francine Butler. The other winners include: Moe Fahti of CSPP; Tamazur Karim of Central Connecticut State University; and Amelia Saul and Lauren Scroggs from East Carolina University. This is a glimpse of our future!
BCIA Welcomes Monique Chasteau, BCN From New Zealand
Monique Chasteau is a registered counsellor and former visual arts educator who has been offering neurofeedback integrated with psychotherapy as well as QEEG assessments in Auckland, New Zealand since 2011. She is one of only a handful of people in the country who work with biofeedback and neurofeedback and now the second person in the country to become BCIA certified as a neurofeedback practitioner. My practice has grown steadily over the years. It attracts people of all ages with physiological and psychological trauma, as well as kids with learning and behaviour issues. Ms. Chastain believes it is great to have achieved certification and she looks forward to many years of learning and development still to come.
Belinda Davidson, RN, BCB, BCN From South Africa
Belinda Davidson is our newest certificant from Cape Town South Africa. She is BCIA certified in both biofeedback and neurofeedback which makes her only the 2nd in her country to complete both certifications. She is a registered nurse with experience in psychiatric, midwifery, and community nursing science. Additionally she is a qualified counselor with a special interest in mindfulness and meditative practice, helping people with chronic pain and developmental trauma.
BCIA is Proud to Welcome Spain As Our Third Affiliate - BCIA-S
A group of psychologists with advanced neurofeedback training and experience formed a membership organization called the Sociedad Espanola de Bio y Neurofeedback (SEBINE). The mission is to promote information, communication, and cooperation among its members and with the rest of the scientific world. SEBINE has one of the largest international memberships and offers many educational programs including a BCIA-accredited neurofeedback didactic course. BCIA-S will take on the role of translating certification materials and guiding new clinicians through the certification process until they are ready to take their exam. We look to them to advise and promote our certification programs, upholding scientific and professional rigor as it works within the current health care framework in Spain. Welcome!
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.....
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.
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!
Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson will be presenting the BCIA-accredited neurofeedback didactic course and Drs. Don Moss and Fred Shaffer will be presenting the BCIA-accredited biofeedback didactic course. There is a possibility of a BCIA exam site for all pre-approved candidates. More information to come.....
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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