Professional Biofeedback certification program (BCIA didactics)

Introduction

“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, alone and in combination with other behavioral therapies, is effective in the treatment of a variety of disorders, like anxiety, headache, hypertension, insomnia, dysfunctional breathing, irritable bowel syndrome and repetitive strain injury.

 

3-day classroom Biofeedback training (24 hours)

Learn and practice!

Participants learn about basic concepts of biofeedback, it’s working mechanisms and the mind-body interaction, how to guide the patient during biofeedback training, what applications benefit from biofeedback, how to set up a biofeedback training and how to incorporate biofeedback into the clinical practice.

Hands-on practice in small groups of 2-3 participants is offered covering topics like

  • Electromyography (EMG) biofeedback
  • Hand temperature biofeedback
  • Respiratory biofeedback
  • BVP/ECG and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) biofeedback
  • Skin conductance biofeedback
  • Stress Profiling.

The work stations are equipped with the NeXus-10 multimodal biofeedback system.

June 18-19-20, 2020, Amersfoort  Register

 

Class format

 Day 1 (9 am – 6 pm)

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Introduction to biofeedback
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Hand temperature
  • Homework: hand temperature

Day 2 (9 am – 6 pm)

  • Evaluation of homework
  • Respiration
  • BVP/ECG (HR/HRV)
  • Homework: respiration

Day 3 (9 am – 6 pm)

  • Evaluation of homework
  • Skin conductance
  • Stress profiling
  • Setting up a biofeedback training
  • Case examples

Learning objectives
After completing this course, the participant will be able to provide biofeedback training with the modalities muscle tension, heart rate, respiration, skin conductance and hand temperature in his/her own health care setting with the use of multimodal biofeedback equipment.

Who is this course for?

Professionals with a BA/BS degree in a clinical health care field, like psychology or physical therapy.

Number of participants

8-15

Faculty

Mrs. Drs. D.M. (Daniëlle) Matto, psychologist, biofeedback therapist BCIA-BCB

Optional: Online Biofeedback training (18 hours)

To complete the full BCIA didactic program we offer an elaborate online biofeedback training course covering the following  topics: Orientation to biofeedback, Stress, coping and illness, Psychophysiological recording, Principles of biofeedback training, Surface EMG applications, Respiratory applications and Autonomic nervous system applications (available June 2020).

Candidates who want to apply for the BCIA Professional Biofeedback Certification must demonstrate the completion of the 42-hour Blueprint of Knowledge didactic training program, 10 hours of mentoring / practical skills training, a comprehensive course in human anatomy,  physiology or biology and a written exam.