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 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 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 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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Upcoming webinars include:
October 21: Pediatric Biofeedback presented by Ethan Benore, PhD, BCB.
November: Jay Gunkelman will present - more information to come.
Stay tuned for more information on these and other topics.
2016 Meetings and Courses
September 30: Evidence-Based Biofeedback Treatment for Anxiety Disorders by Don Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN.
October 6 - FREE Webinar - Surface Electromyography (SEMG): What is it and how can it help your clients?
October 14 - 16: The Biofeedback Society of Texas will hold its annual conference in San Antonio: "Stress Management is Key."
October 15: The Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine will feature Interpersonal Biofeedback with Steve Kassel.
October 20 - 23: The Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society will hold their annual conference in Charlestown, MA which will feature Bessel van der Kolk, MD as their keynote speaker. Pre-Conference workshops will feature the 36-hour didactic training in neurofeedback with 10 hours of self-paced learning October 18 - 20.
November 3 - 6: The Southeast Regional Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association will hold their conference in Atlanta, GA.
November 4 - 6: The Western Association for Biofeedback & Neuroscience will hold its 42nd Annual Conference in Burlingame, CA.
November 11 - 13: The Midwest Society for Behavioral Medicine & Biofeedback will host their conference "Mindfulness: Science, Technologies & Practical Applications" in Grand Rapids, MI.
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.
The annual conference in Seattle was well attended. Make plans to attend next year's meeting in Chicago, March 15 - 18, 2017.
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!
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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September 2016 Update
Congratulations to Dr. Sung Soo Yoon, BCN of Seoul, South Korea
Dr. Yoon has long been practicing Korean Medicine with his Doctor's license in Korean Medicine and a Doctorate of the same field from Kyunghee University. He treats children with ADHD, Tic Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder along with adults suffering from Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, and other stress-related disorders. Seeing the improvement shown by these patients, children and adults alike, drives Dr. Yoon to learn more.
Dr. Woo Sik Park Earns his BCN Credential
BCIA is proud to announce the latest international certificant: Dr.Woo Sik Park who operates Cocobrain Clinic in Seoul, Korea. He has more than 10 years of experience in treating patients with symptoms such as Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism. He hopes biofeedback and neurofeedback can further help in the improvement of his patients.
Joel Harman from Australia is the Newest International BCN-A!
Joel is a registered psychologist with clinical experience treating a broad variety of psychological conditions in both adults and children, including depression, anxiety disorders, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Other clinical interests include improving the symptoms of "chemo brain", peak performance, and post-concussion symptoms.
BCIA Welcomes Suin Park from South Korea
Ms. Park works at the Brainleader Center in Seoul using neurofeedback with clients diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, intellectual disabilities, and Schizophrenia. She is excited about being able to offer joy and hope to clients who need new answers and she wishes to work to continue to improve lives for many years to come.
Earn CE at this Free Seminar
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.
BCIA 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...
Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in the News
If you see a good article posted in an online publication, why not write in and add your 2 cents!
March: Positive Feedback: From old-school heart monitors to realtime fMRI, biofeedback offers a range of tools of interest to psychologists, March 2016 Monitor on Psychology, APA.
February 19: Brain Hacking: The Mind's Biology by Amy Ellis Nutt.
January 18: Brain Training for Anxiety, Depression and Other Mental Conditions by Andrea Petersen as published in the Wall Street Journal
Open Access Article!
BCIA is pleased to let you know that we have a new article for you: SciForschen -Journal of Neurology and Neurobiology - Volume 1.1: Z-score LORETA Neurofeedback as a Potential Therapy for Patients with Seizures and Refractory Epilepsy, J. Lucas Koberda, Lauren C. Frey. If you would like to earn 1 hour of accredited CE, please click here to access the exam. We look forward to bringing you more articles in this easy access format!
International Educational Opportunities
November 19 - 20 - Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia (ANSA) Annual Conference in Sydney - "Neuroregulation: Trauma to Triumph"
October 26 - 30: the 19th Biennial International Pharmaco-EEG Society (IPEG) Meeting will be in Nijmegen. Topics include connectivity and netrowk analysis, advanced use of EEG in drug development and personalized medicine, ADHD, and so much more.
Danielle Matto and Eveline Kempenaar have launched some exciting new CE opportunities for those in the Netherlands. Please visit their website for more information.
BCIA Affiliate Program in Mexico - BCIA-M!
This relationship is based on the guidance of their
membership organization: The Mexican Society
for Bio and Neurofeedback. There is a growing
population of clinicians, researchers, and
educators in Mexico involved in this field.
These professionals want to see educational and training requirements standardized and promoted in a way that will make sense within their health care platform. Now there will be a way for professionals to more easily earn BCIA certification with the guidance and oversight of their board. Read more...
Open Access Articles of Interest
Frontiers is a community-oriented open-access academic publisher and research network.
Their grand vision is to build an Open Science platform that empowers researchers in their daily work and where everybody has equal opportunity to seek, share and generate knowledge.
1. Differential effects of theta/beta and SMR neurofeedback in ADHD on sleep onset latency
Recent studies suggest a role for sleep and sleep problems in the etiology of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a recent model about the working mechanism of sensori-motor rhythm (SMR) neurofeedback, proposed that this intervention normalizes sleep and thus improves ADHD symptoms such as inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. Read more....
2. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) neurofeedback as a treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—a pilot study
In this pilot study near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) neurofeedback was investigated as a new method for the treatment of Attention Deficit-/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Oxygenated hemoglobin in the prefrontal cortex of children with ADHD was measured and fed back. Read more...
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