Mentoring for Neurofeedback Certification

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 neurofeedback. 

Mentoring can begin when the candidate can demonstrate some basic competence with equipment.   Primarily working on equipment issues or technical support is not mentoring and should not be included.  BCIA mentoring requirements include only the time spent with your mentor reviewing the actual work as outlined.

Mentoring Guidelines
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 conference presentations, and patient/client sessions. Both the mentor and the BCIA candidate should be familiar with these guidelines.

Mentoring involves the completion of 25 contact hours, 2 of those hours must be face-to-face.  Each session is to be a minimum of 20 minutes.  The contact hours are used to review:

  • 10 sessions of personal neurofeedback training
  • 100 patient/client sessions where the candidate is attaching the electrodes and running the neurofeedback session
  • 10 case study presentations - these cases may be additional clients of the candidate if they were not cases previously discussed with your mentor. These cases may be brought to you by your mentor as a specific learning experience. 
    BCIA now offers mentoring webinars that, upon live participation or reviewing the recording and the completion of the evaluation and exam process, will award 1 contact hour and 2 case study presentations. Here is a catalog.
  • Essential Skills List is to be used as a way to test your knowledge.  This document must be completed and submitted to BCIA by your mentor.

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 used and what was reviewed in that time.  Your mentor(s) may use this statement to document the work. 

Prior to starting the hands-on training or mentoring, 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 good track of the time you 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.

Client Confidentiality
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 and the approval is for only one applicant.

Applicants Start Here
Biofeedback Certification
HRV Biofeedback Certification
Neurofeedback Certification
Why Choose BCIA Neurofeedback Certification?
Technician Certification
Didactic Training
Locating a Mentor
Serving as a Mentor
Mentoring FAQs
Mentor Application
Mentor Agreement Letter
Neurofeedback Essential Skills List
Sample Mentoring Log Book
Non-Certified Mentor
Common Documents
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HRV Certificate Program
Application Status
Online Payment Options
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