The process of mentoring involves a relationship between a mentor and candidate that promotes the development of skills, knowledge, responsibility, and ethical standards in the practice of biofeedback.
Mentoring may begin when the candidate can demonstrate some basic competence with equipment and is only the time spent reviewing the actual work as outlined by BCIA. Primarily working on equipment issues or technical support is not mentoring and should not be included.
BCIA has adopted Mentoring Guidelines to provide a framework for this process. These guidelines include contact hours to be spent with a mentor to review personal training, case studies, and patient/client sessions. Both the mentor and the BCIA biofeedback certification candidate should be familiar with these guidelines.
Mentoring involves the completion of a minimum of 20 contact hours, 2 of which must be face-to-face, even if accomplished using electronic communication. The contact time with your mentor(s) is used to review:
How do I Start?
Locating a mentor who is a good match for your career goals is very important. You may use more than one mentor, keeping good records to ensure that you are logging the experience accurately in terms of contact hours and what was reviewed in that time. Your mentor(s) may use this statement to document the work.
Prior to starting clinical training, BCIA:
Remember - if you are unlicensed and have no equipment, it may actually be that you are requesting an internship which is very different than merely learning the application of practical skills inside your own work place environment.
You and your mentor may wish to use the sample Mentor Agreement Letter as a tool to develop a good training plan. Please keep track of the time spent with your mentor as you complete the requirements using this Mentoring Log Sheet if you find this helpful.
Review the Mentoring FAQs for further information.
BCIA encourages clinicians to maintain HIPPA compliant communication methods for all electronic communications. This would include communications with mentors, colleagues, other professionals and insurance companies. Such compliance would include, but not be limited to, use of coded numbers in place of names, using initials, altered birth dates, blacking out identifying information, or other means of making patient identification impossible. BCIA encourages individuals to check with their employer, risk manager, or the HIPPA regulations to make certain they are in compliance.
Non-BCIA Certified Mentors
To be eligible to serve as a mentor, a person must be BCIA certified and in active clinical practice a minimum of two years. In some cases, a candidate may wish to receive clinical training for mentoring from a person who is not yet BCIA certified. A Non-Certified Mentor Application assesses the education and training of a professional’s credentials to examine if he/she qualifies as a mentor. The application must be filed with a $100 review fee.