Mission
BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education.

Recognition
BCIA is recognized as the certification body for the clinical 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 Biofeedback Certification, Neurofeedback Certification, and Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback Certification.  Clinical and Technician certification tracks are available for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, while only the Clinical track is available for Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. Read more...

BCIA Credentials
BCIA has trademarked BCB, BCN, and BCB-PMD for your use where allowed. Read more…

BCIA Professional Standards and 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 News
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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BCIA 2017 Webinar Schedule -

June 29 – Neurofeedback Mentoring for Lyme and PAN/PANDAS by Rosann Capanna-Hodge, EdD, LPC, BCN
Neurofeedback/biofeedback providers are at the front line of this crisis and need a good understanding of these diseases and how to best support their patients. Treatments that help to calm the central nervous system, such as Neurofeedback and Biofeedback, aide in chronic disease states. This webinar will emphasize what is infection induced encephalopathy, Lyme Disease, and PANS/PANDAS, as well as review treatment protocols and supportive therapies. Treatment and protocol selection for two full case reviews will be presented. Register now!

July 21 – Integrative Management of Chronic Sensitized Pain with Autonomic Self-Regulation by  Jay Ginsberg, PhD.  This webinar is from the clinical update series.  Emerging data from ongoing research on Autonomic Self-Regulation (ASR), case studies, and clinical experiences will show how ASR can help manage centrally sensitized chronic pain, and how heart rate variability (HRVB) brings to patients bottom-up physiological coherence and top-down empowerment that leads to reduction in pain’s interference in daily activity, as well as reduction in stress and depression.  This webinar will delve into the basic science of HRV and its relationship to ASR, discuss HRV parameters, show how to practice of ASR, and explore how many pain chronic pain conditions such as musculoskeletal injury, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome benefit from ASR.  Register now!

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.

CE Calendar
***This is a new way to show what accredited courses and  programs may be in your area.  Please email us at info@bcia.org to list your accredited, blueprint-relevant course.  Click here to view the calendar!

June highlights include:

June 17 (Part 1) and 24 (Part 2):  Sleep-Wake Disorders Webinars presented by Harold Burke, PhD, MSCP, BCN from EEG Education & Research.  Contact Patti@eeger.com for more information and to register.
June 21:  AAPB Webinar - QEEG NFB, Report Writing and Linking Symptoms to Dysregulation by Robert Thatcher, PhD.
June 21 - 24 - Treatment of Bowel, Bladder and Pelvic Floor Disorders: Anatomical, Physiological, and Behavioral Foundations for Clinical Practice – The 14th annual offering of this flagship course.  Includes Cadavers and biofeedback labs and completes the PMDB didactics! 
June 23 - 25:  Sadar Psychological & Sports Center - topics in pIR-HEG - Jeff Carmen in Manlius, NY
June  23 – 25:  Biofeedback Resources International - Biofeedback Didactics in Hawthorne, NY   
June 22 – 24Stens - Biofeedback Didactics in Los Angeles
June 25 – 26:  Stens - Advanced BF/HRV for Pain in Los Angeles
June 27 – 30:  Stens - EEG/QEEG Neurofeedback Didactics in Los Angeles
June 29:  BCIA Webinar - Neurofeedback Mentoring for Lyme and PAN/PANDAS by Rosann Capanna-Hodge, EdD, LPC, BCN

ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.

AAPB News

July 28 - AAPB is offering a FREE webinar - no that is not a misprint!  Addiction:  Past, Present and Future of Neurofeedback as a Primary Candidate for Efficacious Treatment for Substance Use Disorders offered by Rex Cannon, PhD, BCN.

AAPB has recently released new publications - Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings by Moss & Shaffer; Evidence-based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback—3rd Edition by Tan, Shaffer, Lyle and Teo; The Neurofeedback Book, 2nd Edition and Functional Neuroanatomy by Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson.

Take advantage of the CE opportunities offered by AAPB webinars, both live and recorded sessions!

ISNR News
The 25th Anniversary Conference has been planned for September 21-24, 2017 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.  Pre-Conference dates are September 18 - 20.  Be sure your name is on their mailing list so that you can receive all of the updates!

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.

BCIA Quick Links
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New recertification deadline
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June 2017 Update

BCIA Welcomes Giuseppe Chiarenza, MD, BCN from Italy

Dr. Chiarenza's fields of interest are developmental neuropsychology and neurophysiology for normal and pathological conditions, particularly dyslexia and ADHD. Additional interests include analysis of electrical brain responses (electroencephalography (EEG), quantified EEG (qEEG), and event-related potentials (ERPs) in combination with neuropsychological tasks for the investigation of brain cognitive processes in children and adults. Dr. Chiarenza uses Neurofeedback to treat children with behavioral disorders and adults with anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.  He has numerous publications and serves as the President of the International Organization of Psychophysiology.

ISNR 25th Annual Conference Early Registration is Open!

ISNR is excited to provide you with an array of dynamic and practical conference sessions delivered by respected researchers and professionals in the field during the ISNR 25th Annual Conference scheduled September 21-24 2017 at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, CT.  Early bird registrants will also receive a 10% discount on all workshops! Registration rates will increase on 6/2/17.  The annual conference schedule (including pre-conference and conference workshops) will be published on the ISNR website by June 30, 2017.

The Francine Butler Scholarship Award Winners - Class of 2017

In the background is Tom Collura on the left, the AAPB Past Chair, and at the podium is Fred Shaffer, the BCIA Chair.  The students in the front row are Tara Austin from Brigham Young University; Zach Meehan from Truman State University; Emily Reames, John Locke, and Aaron Craven from East Carolina University; and Nick Stelmach from California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant University.  The others from the 2017 class are: Carolyn Trasko from Saybrook University, Kelly McCarthy from CSPP/Alliant, Mikaela Raley from the University of North Florida, and Emily Clark from Denver University.

This group of talented students represents the largest class since the inception of this scholarship in 2009.  When Dr. Butler retired, BCIA decided the best way to honor her career and her many contributions was to offer a scholarship that would live on to encourage the next generation of clinicians, researchers, and academics by funding all basic certification fees. To be eligible, one must be enrolled in an advanced health care degree program at a regionally accredited academic institution that teaches the biofeedback blueprint.  The students write to BCIA to describe how they plan to use biofeedback professionally in their career.  Please welcome them to the field – they are the future!

Earn CE at These Free Webinars

July 28 - AAPB is offering a FREE webinar - no that is not a misprint!  Addiction:  Past, Present and Future of Neurofeedback as a Primary Candidate for Efficacious Treatment for Substance Use Disorders offered by Rex Cannon, PhD, BCN.

Bessel van der Kolk, MD will be offering a free seminar  "Rewiring the Brain".  Click here for more information.

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.

International News

Australia
The 2017 ANSA National Conference will be held August 24-29 in Canberra
Neurofeedback researchers and practitioners, and other professionals interested in applied neuroscience, are cordially invited to the annual workshops and conference of the Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia.  The keynote addresses include Dirk de Ridder, Jay Gunkelman and Fred Shaffer.

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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