BIOFEEDBACK ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA

      



Training and certification in SA and Internationally


In South Africa, we align ourselves with international standards for postgraduate education in the field of biofeedback. Biofeedback is best used in the hands of qualified practitioners who are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) or their respective regulatory boards (such as allied health care, social work or nursing etc). Clinicians would then learn to incorporate this modality into an already existing practice and field of experience. 

In order to become a  recognized and qualified biofeedback practitioner locally and abroad, it is important to seek training that is BCIA (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance) accredited. BCIA certifies that an individual has met educational and practical training standards in all forms of bio and/or neurofeedback and progressively re-certifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. Further information can be obtained from the above tab ‘How do I get BCIA certified?’ or (
www.bcia.org).

   

Biofeedback is the general description of two training fields namely neurofeedback ( training the brain, also known as EEG biofeedback) and biofeedback (working with the body). A practitioner needs to understand the constant and dynamic interaction between these two systems and how trauma or illness can affect both of them as well as how biofeedback can bring about better regulation to these systems. When working with human physiology and both the central and peripheral nervous systems, the professional needs to have studied basic anatomy and physiology in a graduate course or obtain it at a post-graduate level. 

 

TRAINING IN SA:

BCIA accredited training is available in South Africa. Currently, there are three BCIA qualified professionals offering training in the fields of neurofeedback. Please visit www.bcia.org for information on training opportunities and approved courses and trainers in South Africa.

Alternatively, training opportunities are available in many countries worldwide. These include, but are not limited to, the USA, UK, Australia and Europe. Further information is available from BCIA. (www.bcia.org). Mentoring is available in South Africa.


 

Certification

 

One of the main reasons for the creation of the Biofeedback Association of South Africa is to strongly encourage professional and competent standards of practice. An integral part of this is to ensure that those practising biofeedback are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) or their own regulatory body (in the health or allied health fields). A second imperative is to ensure that practitioners are either BCIA certified (or thus Full Members of BFSA) or have committed themselves to becoming certified within a specified period (Associate Members). BCIA stands for Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.  BCIA certification involves a rigorous process that is recognised around the world as the gold standard. Full details may be obtained by downloading the BCIA blueprint here. For more details about how BCIA integrates with BFSA membership, please visit the MEMBERSHIP page.

WHAT DOES 'BCN' AND 'BOARD CERTIFIED' MEAN? 

Board Certification demonstrates professionalism and adherence to carefully developed standards as a healthcare provider. Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) procedures follow the Department of Health & Human Services Guidelines. Healthcare professionals who achieve BCIA Certification demonstrate commitment to professionalism by completing basic degree and educational requirements, endorsing a rigorous code of professional conduct, learning to apply clinical biofeedback skills during mentorship, and passing a written examination. 

               

BCIA is the only institute recognized worldwide that grants certification to biofeedback practitioners. The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE), and the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) all endorse BCIA certification. BCIA was established in 1981 to certify individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and to progressively recertify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. Currently, more than 1,500 healthcare professionals have achieved this certification in 25 countries.