Biofeedback Professional Education
“Every mental state change causes an, either conscious or unconscious, physiological state change. And vice versa: every physiological state change causes, an either conscious or unconscious, mental state change.” Green, Green & Walters (1970).
Biofeedback is a method to visualize this mind-body interaction.
In biofeedback physiological activity, like muscle tension, heart rate, respiration, skin conductance and hand temperature, is measured. By using these signals as real-time feedback, people can learn to become aware of usually unconscious processes and learn skills to control these signals.
The direct feedback offers the client ways to learn body awareness and self-regulation skills. Combined with homework assignments the client learns to generalize these skills to daily life.
Biofeedback is an evidence-based treatment for a variety of disorders, like anxiety, headache, hypertension, insomnia, dysfunctional breathing, irritable bowel syndrome and repetitive strain injury.
The BCIA (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance) certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively recertifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. We offer BCIA accredited didactic training, practical hands-on biofeedback classes and BCIA approved mentoring.
Biofeedback didactic training course
A 42-hour BCIA approved online self-study biofeedback didactic training. Course content:
- Orientation to biofeedback
- Evidence-based practice in biofeedback
- Psychophysiological recording
- Stress, coping and illness
- Principles of biofeedback training
- Surface EMG applications
- Respiratory biofeedback applications
- Autonomic nervous system biofeedback applications
- Professional conduct
Available mid September 2020
Practical biofeedback training
2-day hands-on practical training course, covering:
- Surface EMG biofeedback
- Hand temperature biofeedback
- Skin conductance biofeedback
- Respiratory biofeedback
- BVP/ECG Heart Rate Variability (HRV) biofeedback
- Multimodal stress profiling
- 2 hours of face-to-face mentoring
Participants learn how to place electrodes, recognize artifacts, analyze data, perform assessments and guide a patient during biofeedback training. Practice in small groups of 2-3 participants on work stations equipped with multi-modal advanced biofeedback systems. Location: Herten-Roermond, The Netherlands. Teacher: Daniëlle Matto. Refer calendar for dates.
Biofeedback online mentoring
€ 90 per hour
Attending the 42-hour biofeedback didactic course is the first step in becoming a biofeedback therapist. Your journey continues when you start practicing biofeedback yourself and when you start working with patients. Mentoring helps you to improve your skills and knowledge during your learning process of becoming a biofeedback therapist.
Mentoring is possible when you have a basic level of competence with the equipment and some experience in personal biofeedback training. Mentoring involves discussion of your personal biofeedback training and your biofeedback training of others. Mentoring does not involve working on equipment issues or technical support.
Mentor: Daniëlle Matto, BCIA approved mentor for general biofeedback and Heart Rate Variability biofeedback.
To fulfill the requirements for BCIA certification 20 hours of mentoring are required.
BCIA biofeedback certification program
BCIA requirements for biofeedback certification are:
- 42 hours of didactic biofeedback education
- 20 contact hours with a BCIA approved mentor to review practical biofeedback training (10 sessions of personal biofeedback training plus 50 sessions of patient/client treatment)
- Human anatomy/physiology course
- Lisence/credential for independent practice
- Written examination
Our Biofeedback Professional online program fulfills the requirements of the BCIA 42-hours of didactic biofeedback education. The program covers all topics of the BCIA Biofeedback Blueprint of Knowledge. You are asked to submit a program evaluation within 30 days of the completion of the 42-hour course in order to get didactic credit toward certification.
In order to supply opportunities for practical biofeedback training we offer hands-on practical training classes by a BCIA approved mentor. These training classes are scheduled twice a year at the Mind Media office in Herten-Roermond, The Netherlands.
Included in the 2-day training class is 2 hours of face-to-face mentoring. For the remaining 18 mentoring hours to meet the BCIA requirements and for participants who are not able to attend the classroom courses we offer mentoring online.
More information about the certification procedure and requirements can be found in this brochure.