Training & Certification2018-10-25T14:55:18+00:00

Training and Certification

In SA and Internationally

In South Africa, we align ourselves with international standards for postgraduate education in the field of Bio-Neurofeedback.

Bio-/Neurofeedback 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 Bio-Neurofeedback 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-/Neurofeedback and progressively re-certifies those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. Further information can be obtained from the BCIA website: www.bcia.org.

Bio-/Neurofeedback 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 Bio-/Neurofeedback 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 needs to obtain it at a post-graduate level.

Training in SA

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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.

Why Certification?

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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 certification involves a rigorous process that is recognised internationally 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.