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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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!

July 28 - Complimentary AAPB Webinar Addiction: Past, Present and Future of Neurofeedback as a primary candidate for efficacious treatment for substance use disorders
*Free to all members, $50 for non-members - earn APA credits!

State/Regional Biofeedback Society Meetings

- The Biofeedback Society of Florida
Annual Conference - August 12 - 13, Orlando, FL

- The Biofeedback Society of Texas

Annual Conference - October 21, San Antonio, TX

- Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine

- Midwest Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback
Annual Conference - October 21 - 22, Ann Arbor, MI

- Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society
Annual Conference - November 10 - 12, Princeton, NJ

- Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience
Annual Conference - November 2 - 5 in the Bay Area

- Southeast Biofeedback and Clinical Neuroscience Association

Annual Conference - November 3 - 5, 2017

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

AAPB News

AAPB is currently accepting submissions for the 49th Annual Scientific Meeting, April 11-14, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.  It is never too early to make plans to present or attend!  We hope to see you there.

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 in digital format!- 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
These resources may be of interest to you:
Resources for Educators
Precautions When Using New Media to Market Your Practice
BCIA on Facebook
Why Choose a BCIA-Certified Professional?
Marketing Strategies
New recertification deadline
Online continuing education credits
Recertification ethics requirement
Trademarked professional designations
Watchdog Initiative

 

 

July 2017 Update
Saybrook University's Applied Psychophysiology Doctoral Program Is WASC Accredited!

This is the first time a doctoral degree in this field has been approved by a regional accrediting agency.  The new degree will begin being offered this coming January 2018.  The Department of Psychophysiology will be part of Saybrook’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, along with current departments including Mind Body Medicine, Integrative Nutrition, and Integrative Wellness Coaching.

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.

The Biofeedback Society of Florida Presents a Weekend with Dr. Dick Gevirtz

Join your colleagues August 12 - 13 in Orlando for Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback:  From Basics to Clinical Applications.  In this workshop, the physiological basis for HRV will be presented so as to promote an understanding of the various measurement issues and metrics used. A clinical assessment consisting of a resting baseline, a stressor or exercise period, followed by a recovery period will be demonstrated. Using a free software package (Kubios HRV), the various measures and their norms will be described and interpreted. You may earn 12 APA Approved CE Credits for your recertification or to maintain your license. 

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!

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.

Spain - November 8 - 12, 2017
The Spanish Society for Bio and Neurofeedback (SEBINE) and the Biofeedback Federation of Europe are proud to announce that Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson will teach the BCIA blueprint course in Madrid

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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