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Professional Education

Biofeedback and mindfulness training for health professionals

In addition to training and supervising pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students at Harvard Medical School as a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, I also offer training and workshops for healthcare and optimal performance-focused professionals and organizations.

One of the trainings I offer is the 5 day Biofeedback Training workshop for mental health and medical professionals. This 42-hour biofeedback course is accredited by Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). The workshop provides the participants with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to successfully apply biofeedback in their clinical or optimal performance practice.

The BCIA Introduction to biofeedback workshop will be offered in two parts this year. 

Part 1 is entirely virtual, consisting of 20 hours (over 5 days) of live online instruction, home-study materials distributed prior to the live workshop, and written instructions for practical lab work to be completed during the week of the workshop or after its completion. Part 1 fulfills BCIA requirements for introduction to biofeedback didactic. Part 1 will take place on Zoom, May 20-24, 2024, 12 - 4pm EDT. Tuition is $1395. 

Part 2 is optional, and consists of 14 hours (over 2 days) of in-person hands-on practical training using state-of-the-art equipment, designed to help participants be better prepared to start working with clients. Part 2 will take place in Boston on May 28-29, 2024, 9am-5pm EDT. Tuition is $395. (Please note that an Introduction to Biofeedback didactic (taken at any previous time, anywhere) is a pre-requisite to the hands-on training).

 

We offer a $100 discount for those taking both the online and the in-person workshop. Student discount is available. Please contact us to request a student discount code.

 

Please contact me with any questions about the upcoming workshop. To register, click here and fill out the registration form.

 

This and other workshops can be conducted as in-house training for your organization, at your location, with tuition negotiated separately, based on the number of attendees (minimum number applies).

Learning Objectives for Biofeedback Workshop

Specific learning objectives of this course are to:

  • Introduce the participants to the fundamentals of the psychophysiological perspective of treatment and the basics of biofeedback theory.

  • Provide the participants with an understanding of the modalities of biofeedback.

  • Give a detailed overview of conditions appropriate for biofeedback treatment and protocols for use of biofeedback in treatment.

  • Provide the participants with ample practical experience in the use of biofeedback equipment, in order to prepare them for treating patients right after completing of the course.

BCIA Certification

This workshop provides participants with the 42 didactic hours necessary for BCIA certification, corresponding to the BCIA blueprint requirements for each area of knowledge:

  • Orientation to Biofeedback (2 hours)

  • Stress, Coping & Illness (3 hours)

  • Psychophysiological Recording (8 hours)

  • Research Methodology (2 hours)

  • sEMG Applications (6 hours)

  • ANS Applications (8 hours)

  • Respiratory Applications (3 hours)

  • Adjunctive Interventions (8 hours)

  • Professional Conduct (2 hours)

Workshop Format

The workshop consists of an entirely online component and an optional in-person component. Taken together, the workshop comprises interactive PowerPoint presentation segments, live demonstrations of practical skills, plentiful opportunities to ask questions, and ample hands-on training and practice biofeedback skills using state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment. 

 

The online-only portion consists of 20 hours of live online teaching/demonstrations, a self-study component to be completed prior to the workshop, and a practical skills practice component to be completed by participants on their own during the week of the workshop or after its completion (with detailed written instructions). 

 

The in-person component focuses on hands-on skills only. Participants will break up into small groups and practice skills from every biofeedback modality covered in the online workshop (HRV, breathing, EMG, temperature, and skin conductance) using state-of-the-art Thought Technology equipment. The instructor will demonstrate some of the skills and will be supervising the small group practice. Please note that there will not be an opportunity to discuss the theory or physiology behind biofeedback in any detail. The expectation is that in-person participants will have completed a prior biofeedback didactic and are comfortable with the theoretical and physiological underpinnings of biofeedback. 

 

Included in the workshop are:

  • 42-hours of teaching (live and self-study)

  • Live and pre-recorded demonstrations performed by the instructor, with participants completing the practical skills using their own equipment, for online only participants

  • Hands-on practical training using state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment, for in-person participants

  • Workshop materials and labs

  • Official certificate of course completion

  • Help with completing BCIA application

Register for the Workshop

Next workshop is scheduled for May 20-24, 2024. It will be presented online with an optional, in-person, hands-on practical training taking place in Boston on May 28-29, 2024. To register, please fill out the registration form and feel free to contact me with any questions or for help with registration. 

 

Tuition for the online workshop is $1,395.00 per person, and $395.00 for the in-person workshop. We're offering a $100 discount if both workshops are purchased. Registrations will be processed in the order received. All home-study materials will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

 

Register early! There is a lot of interest in the workshop and space is limited. Your spot cannot be reserved until payment is received.

Cancellation Policy

All payments will be fully refunded if the cancellation is made 4 weeks prior to the workshop, with a $50 processing fee. Cancellations made less than 4 weeks, but more than 5 days before the workshop can be refunded at 50% or fully credited towards the next workshop. Cancellations made 5 days or fewer before class cannot be refunded or credited. We reserve the right to cancel. Although cancellation is extremely unlikely, should it be necessary, all payments will be refunded. We cannot be held responsible for restricted or non-refundable airfares.

Continuing Education Credits

The workshop provides 20 Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists. Please ask about continuing education credits for social workers. This workshop is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association, which maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Certificate of Completion

Upon completion of the workshop, participants receive an official certificate.

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Testimonials

Amazing! Seriously, a life-changing week. I will never be the same therapist again.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites for participation correspond to BCIA’s requirements for clinical certification, specifically minimum of a BA/BS in a BCIA-approved health care field. BCIA-approved health care fields include: psychology, nursing (including 2-year registered nurses with license; not LVNs or LPNs), physical therapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, rehabilitation, chiropractic, recreational therapy, dental hygiene, physician’s assistant (with certification or license), exercise physiology, speech pathology, sports medicine. The following fields require a master’s degree: music therapy and counseling education (MEd in counseling). Appropriately-credentialed doctors of medicine and dentistry are also accepted.

Optional Course Materials

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