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 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 Certification in Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback for health care professionals and a Technician Certification for those who cannot document an education that meets our stated requirements. Read more...
BCIA has trademarked BCB, BCN, and BCB-PMD for your use where allowed. Read more…
BCIA Professional Standards/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 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.
November 29 - BCIA Neurofeedback Mentoring Webinar: Integrative Approach to Trauma Treatment and Intervention, presented by Santiago Brand, BCB, BCN.
This is a unique opportunity for our audience as it will be presented on November 29 in English and again on the 30th in Spanish!
It is very likely that many or most of the conditions we treat are trauma based; therefore, it becomes relevant and important for the clinician to be trauma informed. Trauma is multi-factorial and multi-dimensional, making integrative interventions necessary, or rather compulsory. The webinar will cover the basic elements of trauma, how trauma affects the brain, body and well being of individuals and how biofeedback, neurofeedback, and other adjunct interventions can be of extreme importance when it comes to healing. Attention will be given to intervention components such as stress qEEG, stress profiles, HRV, and others. Some data will be shown in order to demonstrate the progression of sessions and clients work.
Register now for the English version on November 29!
November 30 - - Intervenciones multimodales para el tratamiento del trauma, presented by Santiago Brand, BCB, BCN
Es bastante probable que la mayoría de condiciones que tratamos sean causadas por, o estén basadas en el trauma. Por ende, se hace relevante y es de vital importancia que el profesional tratante conozca acerca del trauma y sus dinámicas. El trauma es multicausal y multifactorial lo que hace que las intervenciones multimodales seas necesarias o prácticamente obligatorias. Este webinar tratará y cubrirá las dinámicas básicas del trauma, cómo el trauma afecta el cerebro y la calidad de vida de las personas y como el neurofeedback, biofeedback y otras intervenciones adjuntas pueden ser de vital importancia cuando de sanar se trata. Se dará particular atención al mapeo cerebral, perfil de estrés, HRV y otras. Se mostrarán algunos datos a fin de mostrar el progreso de los pacientes. Registrate Ahora....
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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.
ASET – They offer BCIA accredited courses to fulfill our continuing education requirements toward recertification.
October 14 and ongoing - Developmental Trauma Webinar Series - Sebern Fisher, MA, BCN will be offering a live, 16-week weekly webinar series that will explore the use of an integrated therapeutic approach that combines neurofeedback, trauma-informed psychotherapy, and trauma-informed bodywork. Recordings are available for those segments you may have missed. For more information, please visit: www.trainingtrauma.org
November 10 - December 16 - The Luria Neuroscience Institute is pleased to announce an 8-day Online Workshop: "Brain and Cognition in Health and Disease, presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, PhD, ABPP. Read more.....
November 21 - 25 - The Sociedad Espanola bio y Neurofeedback (SEBINE) will offer a BCIA Biofeedback Didactic Workshop will be offered in Madrid, presented by Don Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN.
December 7 - AAPB Webinar - Biopsychosocial Approahces to Chronic Illness: The Pathways Model, presented by Angele McGrady, PhD, BCB and Don Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, BCB-HRV. Read more....
December 14 - ISNR Webinar: Becoming Certified in Neurofeedback by Rob Longo, MRC, LPC, NCC, BCN Fellow. Reserve your spot.
AAPB-published Digital Books Now Available!
In an effort to ensure accessibility and affordability for interested parties from around the world, AAPB's top selling texts are now available for purchase in digital form, readable on computers or other electronic devices only. You may continue to order the physical books, or just the digital version, or BOTH! The books now available in digital format are: Evidence-based Practice in Biofeedback & Neurofeedback - 3rd Edition by Gabriel Tan, PhD, BCB, BCN, Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB, Randall Lyle, PhD,BCN, and Irene Teo; Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: A Book of Readings by Donald Moss, PhD, BCB, BCN, and Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB; and The Neurofeedback Book - 2nd Edition by Michael Thompson, MD and Lynda Thompson, PhD, BCN. Click here for more information!
Save the Date - The 50th Anniversary will be held in Denver, Colorado on March 13 - 16, 2019.
The ISNR 27th Annual Conference will be September 19 - 22, 2019 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.
ISNR launched a new social media page - Feed For Thought. This page will act as a discovery engine for all who are interested in human neuroscience, health, well-being, and personal development. Check it out!*** Free Student Memberships - Contact ISNR now to see if you qualify - email@example.com!
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November 2018 Update
BCIA Proudly Announces the 2018 Fall Scholarship Winners
The BCIA Board wanted to honor a very special lady who passed away earlier this year and we could think of nothing she would have liked better than to offer a scholarship in her name that would enhance the career of a new neurofeedback clinician. We are proud to announce the Judith Lubar Scholarship to honor a lifetime of excellence and service. Shannon Kratky is the winner of this special scholarship, recommended by Dr. Mark Jones of the University Texas, San Antonio. The Genie B. Davis Scholarship winner is Daniel Reed from St. Mary’s University, recommended by D. Allen Novian. Both scholarships were awarded to those who took their didactic training at a university and who have been recommended by their professor as showing promise to the field. The awards will pay all customary BCIA certification fees. Two of the award winners attended the Biofeedback Society of Texas and are pictured above from left to right: Shannon Kratky, Dr. Mark Jones, Dr. Allen Novian, and Daniel Reed. This is what the future of neurofeedback can look like!
CPT Code Webinar Recording Now Available
The recent webinar was very popular and we believe it is vital for every practicing bio or neurofeedback clinician who wishes to correctly bill insurance. You may purchase the recording and then complete the online evaluation/exam and earn 1.5 hours of accredited CE toward the 3 hours of ethics required of all BCIA certificants for their recertification! To purchase.....
BCIA and BCIA-Australia Welcome Dr. Rachael MacDonald, BCN
Dr. Rachael MacDonald's personal practice philosophy aims to integrate cutting-edge neuroscience and psychotherapeutic techniques with traditional mindfulness-based healing traditions. With over 25 years of experience providing comprehensive psychological assessments, she believes in a comprehensive intervention program and counselling that includes a holistic approach. She has also been a co-researcher and co-author on numerous research projects undertaken at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and has also been involved in numerous University-based research projects.
BCIA Welcomes Santiago Brand, BCN from Colombia
Santiago Brand is a psychologist with a private practice in Bogotá, Colombia. He has been working in clinical and sport psychology for the past 15 years and using biofeedback, neurofeedback, and qEEG for the past 10 years. He has worked for the Colombian Olympic Committee in the neuroscience department with Olympic athletes and he is currently a neuroscience consultant for the Guatemalan Olympic Committee. His main interests are peak performance, athletic performance, and trauma, where he combines neurofeedback and biofeedback with Brainspotting. Santiago is also an instructor and consultant for different countries in Latin America. Santiago is the only BCIA certified practitioner in Colombia.
The Fallacy of Sham-Controlled Neurofeedback Trials: A Reply to Thibault and Colleagues (2018)
This article was written to dispel the belief that neurofeedback's beneficial effects are due to placebo and has been published in the Journal of Attention Disorders on August 6, 2018. We are very grateful to the hard work and dedication of Dr. H. Edmund Pigott, BCN; Rex Cannon, PhD, BCN; and Mark Trullinger, BCN. We owe them a huge thank you for their hard work and dedication to this topic. Funding for the publication of this article was provided by The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, and BCIA. Read more.....
Helen Yau from Hong Kong Earns her BCB-PMD
BCIA is proud to welcome Helen Kit Ling Yau, RN, BCB-PMD, where she is the Nursing Officer of Caritas Medical Center in Hong Kong. Her area of interest is in Urology and she is the in-charge nurse of the Ambulatory Urology Centre where her main roles and duties are handling all types of Urology patients, i.e. LUTS (Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms), urinary retention, incontinence patients and cancer patients. She performs extensive urology management for these patients; including: bladder training, self intermittent catheterization, pelvic floor muscle exercise, biofeedback training, pre and post operation management. Her other clinic experiences are in the areas of nursing education, mentoring, primary health education and nursing administration. Helen will continue to go above and beyond in seeking the latest Urology information to serve the patients.
BCIA Announces Important Changes to the Neurofeedback Certification Program
The Board of Directors consistently reviews the certification programs to ensure that they meet the highest standards in credentialing. We would like to tell you about two important changes.
1. The human anatomy requirement has been updated to Neuroanatomy. This will only impact new applications or those who have not yet taken a course to fulfill that standard. We encourage all those who carry the BCN credential to pursue updated course work in this area as part of their CE requirement for recertification. 2. Special education is no longer included as a degree for clinical certification. Those with a degree or background in special education are encouraged to apply for certification as a technician.
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.
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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