BCIA Biofeedback Certification Program
48-Hour Didactic w/ Self-Paced Learning
Abstract: Biofeedback is an up and coming modality that utilizes operant conditioning to regulate physiological state. It is a form of applied psychophysiology – a union of psychology and physiology. There are many research publications showing efficacy with stress reduction, AD/HD, PTSD, anxiety, substance abuse to name a few. A medical and/or psychological practitioner may, under the scope of his license, practice this intervention. It is essential that the practitioner gains full knowledge of the anatomical and physiological features of the body systems being trained and understands the likely objective and subjective reactions. A medical professional would be brought to current knowledge about psychological implications and a psychologist would be brought to current understanding about the organic issues.
This didactic education program is accredited by BCIA
Introductory to Internediate level
Cynthia Kerson, PhD, QEEGD, BCN, BCB Cynthia Kerson is the founder, COO and director of education for APEd. She maintains a practice in the San Francisco area where she specializes in neurofeedback training for learning disabilities, pain, depression and anxiety. She is also currently the vice president of the Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research (FNNR) where she coordinate the grant and publishing programs.
Dr. Kerson has published several papers and articles, is a mentor for BCIA and a member of AAPB and SABA. She frequently presents at meetings on neurofeedback and the research projects of the FNNR. She served as president of the Biofeedback Scoiety of California twice, serves on the Board of the AAPB Neurofeedback Section and the Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation. In addition to her more academic pursuits, she frequently consults with the media, contributing her expertise to television, including serving as the ‘EEG expert’ for the popular program MythBusters.
Chris Gilbert, PhD, BCB is a licensed psychologist working at the Kaiser Permanente Chronic Pain clinic in San Francisco. Education includes B.A. from UCLA (anthropology) and Ph.D. from Michigan State University (psychology). He taught at Ramapo College in New Jersey and was certified in biofeedback by B.C.I.A. in 1980. He has written and presented seminars and workshops on biofeedback, headaches, breathing disorders, chronic pain, hypnosis, and the placebo response.