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 BCIA website: 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.