Board certification is not a requirement to practice biofeedback in many states including Indiana. The field has attracted some people with more dubious backgrounds because people can acquire equipment quite easily. Biofeedback distributors or equipment manufacturers offer workshops or short courses related to specific type of equipment or computer software and issue a certificate of attendance and training. This is not the same as board certification.
Dr. Jan Cise is board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
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Biofeedback Certification International Alliance
BCIA provides the credential of acknowledged expertise in a specialized area of biofeedback.
Certification in a therapy is awarded by an independent national or international organization and is identified as board certification. Board certification is the mark of distinction for providers of biofeedback services. Recertification at four-year intervals indicates providers have undergone continuous peer review of ethical practice and have continued to acquire knowledge of recent developments in the field.
Proper training takes months, not hours. Requirements for certification are met though a rigorous program of study which includes:
Reading from specified books and scientific publications, attendance at an approved training program, a certifying exam based on key concepts, and personal biofeedback training by a BCIA approved mentor. BCIA requires that certificants adhere to one of the strongest ethical codes in the field.
Biofeedback certification is not a license to practice. Certificants are required to hold a professional license to practice in an approved health care field: psychology, nursing (RN not LPN/LVN), physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, physician's assistant, and physicians. Biofeedback technicians with no specific health care background may be certified to work under a licensed professional who carries a current Board Certified Biofeedback (BCB) credential.
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The certifying body for all areas of biofeedback is the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). The Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (formerly the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America) was established in 1981 with the primary mission to certify individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and re-certify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education.
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