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.
BCIA has adopted Mentoring Guidelines to provide a framework for this process. These guidelines include a practicum and contact hours to be spent with a mentor to review patient/client sessions and supplemental work designed specifically to meet the needs of the candidate. Both the mentor and the BCIA biofeedback certification candidate should be familiar with these guidelines.
Mentoring involves the completion of 12 contact hours, 2 of those hours must be face-to-face. The contact time with your mentor(s) is used to review 30 patient/client sessions. An additional 6 hours must be spent with your mentor to enhance the clinical skills designed as needed for each candidate.
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 to review the patient/client sessions. If you filed your certification application prior to the completion of the mentoring requirement, your mentor(s) may use this statement to document the work.
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.
New in 2014! BCIA is offering 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 conference presentations. Great way to learn from the best and expand your knowledge!
Prior to starting clinical training, BCIA:
- requires that all mentors have an approved Mentor Application on file, and
- recommends that candidates should file their Certification Application.
You and your mentor may wish to use the sample Mentor Agreement Letter, Sample Mentoring Log Book, and Practical Skills List as tools 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.
Review the Mentoring FAQs for further information.
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.