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 next workshop is going to take place October 31 - November 4th 2022, virtually over Zoom, with live and self-study portions. Live portions of the workshop (20 hours) will take place over 5 days, from 12pm to 4pm EST. The rest of the hours (22) will be done as a self-study on your own prior to the live workshop with materials delivered to you ahead of time, and as practical lab work assigned to be done on your own during the week of the workshop or after its completion (with written instructions). An in-person option may be offered if it is safe to do so for a limited number of participants. In-person participants will also complete the self-study portion of the workshop and will take part in the same live portion of the workshop as online participants, but they will be physically present on-site. In-person participants will also have an opportunity to perform the practical lab work on-site November 1-4 (4 days) 9-11am, utilizing state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment. The decision on whether to run the in-person portion will be made by the end of September, 2022 and will depend on the COVID situation. Please contact me with any questions about the upcoming workshop. To register, please 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 interactive PowerPoint presentation segments, live demonstrations of practical skills, and ample hands-on training and practice of these skills using state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment. For 2021, workshop is moved to an online-only format, with 20 hours of live online teaching/demonstrations, self-study component to be completed prior to the workshop, and practical skills practice component to be completed by participants on their own during the week of the workshop. Included in the workshop are

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

  • Hands-on practical training using state-of-the-art biofeedback equipment (For 2021, live demonstrations will be performed by the instructor, with participants completing the practical skills using their own equipment).

  • Workshop materials and labs

  • Official certificate of course completion

  • Help with completing BCIA application

Register for the Workshop

Next workshop is scheduled for October 31-November 4, 2022. Please fill out the registration form and feel free to contact me with any questions or for help with registration. 

 

Tuition is $1,395.00 per person. 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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