What Is the Role of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA)?
BCIA serves as the certification body for the clinical practice of biofeedback and neurofeedback, including Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. BCIA serves as the standard bearer for the fields of biofeedback and neurofeedback. The BCIA mission statement is quite simple:
BCIA certifies individuals who meet education and training standards in
biofeedback and neurofeedback, and progressively recertifies those who
advance their knowledge through continuing education.
It is apparent from this mission statement that education and training should be the main focus for BCIA– and they are! Where does the educational process start?
It all starts with the blueprints of knowledge. BCIA’s Board of Directors has spent countless hours reviewing the science and the literature on biofeedback, neurofeedback, and self-regulation to ensure that the three blueprints carefully outline the fundamental science, history, and theory of the modalities and thus set templates for what every beginning clinician needs to know. As the science and clinical efficacy literature have evolved, we have revised the blueprints to keep pace and to truly represent current best practice.
BCIA can only add information to our blueprints when efficacy has been scientifically established. We recommend that you read LaVaque and colleagues’ (2002) informative “Template for developing guidelines for the evaluation of the clinical efficacy of psychophysiological evaluations.” Additionally, the BCIA blueprints must be free of commercial bias. Once beginners can understand the accepted fundamental science, the same science as others who are certified, they are better able to review the field and make a good decision about various theories or equipment choices.