Course Detail: BIOFB - Biofeedback 42-Hour Didactic Education Program - BCIA Approved
Stress is America's number one health problem. Research shows that between 75% and 90% of visits to primary care physicians directly result from stress-related disorders. Most people are unaware of the adverse effects of stress, and some do not recognize stress in their lives. Biofeedback allows people to "see" how stress affects their overall well-being and healthily cope with stress.
Biofeedback is a treatment technique whereby people learn to improve and maintain their health using signals from their bodies. Noninvasive sensors are placed on the body to determine physiological changes stimulated through the fight-or-flight response. These measures include heart rate variability, skin temperature, skin conductance, respiration rate, muscle function, and brain activity. Therapists, who use biofeedback as a treatment tool, train people to alter brain activity, blood pressure, heart rate, and other body functions that clients often believe to be involuntary. Eventually, the client attains improved self-regulation without the aid of these devices.
The Center for Applied Psychophysiology (CAP) at East Carolina University offers biofeedback coursework to prepare professionals for private lab and supervision training--we may be able to provide lab access and mentorship for professionals in North Carolina (see Mentorship section below). Completing the coursework meets the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) didactic education (42-hour) requirement and follows their Blueprint of Knowledge. Our goal is to offer you the knowledge and skills necessary to use biofeedback as a treatment intervention or performance enhancement technique.
Group Mentorship/Supervision and Lab Access
Mentorship/Supervision and Lab Access may be available for groups of five or more who live within 4-5 hours of Greenville, NC for an additional fee. Participants can expect to complete their practical skills training which includes 20 contact hours and 50 sessions with clients. The additional cost for this opportunity is $600 in addition to the course fee.
If you are interested in this option, complete the questions during registration for the course. Afterwards, the instructor will be in contact regarding the mentorship and lab access. Each group will be invoiced for the mentorship/supervision and lab access separate from the course fee. Payment will be due prior to the start of the course.
Who Should Take It
To enroll in this program, you must have a degree in a BCIA-approved health care field and hold a valid state license/credential. The BCIA-approved health care fields include: psychology; nursing (including 2-year registered nurses with license); physical, respiratory, occupational, and recreational therapy; social work; counseling; rehabilitation; chiropractic; dental hygiene; physician's assistant (with certification or license); exercise physiology; speech pathology; marriage family therapy; and sports medicine. The following fields require a master's degree: music therapy and counseling education (MEd in counseling). Appropriately credentialed Doctor of Medicine and Dentistry are also accepted. To read more about license/credential requirements, please review this document.
Course Format & Textbook
This course uses a non-traditional method of instruction as it is virtual through the Online Canvas Learning Management System, asynchronous, and available for 3-months to complete requirements. This program is approved through BCIA, uses the Biofeedback Tutor (BCIA-approved Textbook), quizzes to assess students' knowledge and comprehension, and provides the certificate of completion needed for BCB. It consists of four distinct modules. The modules are designed for you to complete in succession, in the order in which they appear. Within each module, there are multiple quizzes you must complete successively. To advance from one module to the next, you must score at least an 80% on each module quiz. There is no comprehensive exam for this course.
After registration, you will receive information on purchasing and accessing the e-text using specific credentials. These credentials are not the same as the ones you will use to access the course in Canvas. The text for this specific course is titled "Biofeedback Tutor" and must be purchased separately. You can purchase it by clicking here. Once you have created a login, it is recommended you save the credentials in the browser you will utilize for this course. This action will enable you to avoid logging in each time you click on the course reading link in Canvas.
Participants will receive email communications 2-3 business days prior to the start of the course with information on accessing Canvas.
Course and Additional Costs
This course will introduce you to the basics of biofeedback, its history, theories, instrumentation, and intervention techniques, including assessment, treatment, and evaluation processes. The course covers clinical (treatment of pathology) and non-clinical (human performance) applications of biofeedback. For additional costs, group mentorship/supervision and lab access may be provided.
Biofeedback 42-Hour Didactic Education Program - $600
Group Mentorship/Lab Access - additional $600 (*Optional and Requires Instructor Approval*)
BCB Professional Requirements
To complete the course, you must score an 80% or better on all quizzes and exams in the program. There is no comprehensive exam. Additionally, you must complete all items within 90-days of the program start date. Once you have successfully achieved the program requirements, we will verify that you completed the course by sending you a certificate of completion. You may then move on to complete the next steps to the Mentoring - Practicing Skills Training portion of the BCB certification process.