During the past ten years new and innovative approaches to healing
have altered the face of health care in America. Patients can now actively participate in
their own treatment. Biofeedback, a powerful treatment and diagnostic tool, has
played an increasingly important role in that transforamtion as one of the most effective
adjunctive techniques currently available to health practitioners. Reimbursement
through third party insurers and workers' compensation.
intensive, 4-day training workshop, The Professional Biofeedback Certificate Program
combines a relaxed seminar learning process with hands-on instruction and clinical
practice. The program's flexible structure provides an incomparable learning
environment for the beginner and allows experienced practitioners to pursue more advanced
applications such as surface EMG in chronic pain and clinical applications in EEG.
What is the Professional Biofeedback Certificate Program?
During the past ten years new and innovative approaches to healing have
altered the face of health care in America. Patients can now actively participate in their
own treatment. Biofeedback, a powerful treatment and diagnostic tool, has played an
increasingly important role in that transformation as one of the most effective adjunctive
techniques currently available to health practitioners. Reimbursement through third party
insurers and workers compensation is available.
Takes The Training Program?
Biofeedback is currently used by psychologists and physicians, nurses,
physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers and
marriage/family counselors, dentists, chiropractors and many other allied health
professionals. Positive results have been achieved in both inpatient and outpatient
What will you learn?
The Professional Biofeedback Certificate Program will give you the
fundamental skills necessary to use self-regulation techniques that teach your patients to
listen to the language of their bodies. Most simply put, you will help them help
themselves. Our core curriculum is specifically designed to give you a clear biofeedback
model that allows immediate use with stress disorders and explores other new and
innovative directions. It is a step-by-step learning process that requires no previous
experience with either biofeedback instrumentation or computers. You will learn to conduct
clinical biofeedback sessions as well as the basics of clinical hypnosis, autogenic
training, guided imagery and other helpful techniques.
What Makes this Program Different?
Locales & Lodging
Ours is the only national biofeedback training program with more than 15
programs each year across the US and Canada, offering convenience and reduced travel
expenses. The workshops are held at comfortable hotels, providing amenities you will find
most welcome over the course of the training.
With more than 15 programs per year, you have a variety of training
choices that mean greater flexibility and ease of scheduling. The program is offered in an
intense 4-day & 1 advanced day, 50 hour schedule. Some clinicians find it difficult to be away from their
practice for nine days so we have reduced the number of days from 9 to 5 to acco. Others
want to complete the program in a single session. The choice is yours.
The level of technical support we offer is another unique feature of our
organization. On our staff are two full-time technical support specialists who have
expertise in the capabilities, installation and operation of the leading biofeedback
instruments. Before your training youll receive a questionnaire about your potential uses
for biofeedback which you complete and return to us. Well review your questionnaire, talk
with you about your needs, and ship appropriate equipment to the training program for you
to use. Youll not be restricted to one brand of instrument and you may work with several
state-of-the-art systems that are appropriate for your practice.
A Special Approach to Learning
One highly trained instructor will lead you through the first two-thirds
of the program. You will avoid many of the pitfalls inherent in training programs that
utilize too many instructors, often resulting in the students inability to understand and
integrate a coherent model of biofeedback. During the final third of the program, youll
learn from recognized experts in the field a variety of clinical perspectives and
multi-disciplinary approaches to treatment.
You will learn to operate biofeedback instruments with the aid of
well-written labs which are yours to take with you and use as a reference as you practice
biofeedback or for your certification exam.
What is the Value of Certification?
Passing the national certification examination attests to your
competency as a biofeedback practitioner and the completion of prescribed standards of
performance and conduct.
You will be listed in the Register of the Biofeedback Certification
Institute of America, a national directory available to all groups and agencies interested
in identifying qualified practitioners.
National certification procedures are consistent with the guidelines of
the Department of Health and Human Services and give you professional credibility as a
qualified health care provider. The Re-certification process ensures that you maintain
skills and continue your education.
can I learn more about biofeedback?
Biofeedback: A Practitioners Guide, edited by Mark Schwartz, provides a
comprehensive treatment of the field of biofeedback. It is highly recommended for new
biofeedback students, practitioners preparing for the certification exam, as well as
seasoned professionals. Mind Body Integration, by Erik Peper, et.al., and Biofeedback:
Principles and Practice for Clinicians, edited by John Basmajian, are two other excellent
references. These and many other books, audio and videotapes may be ordered directly from
Biofeedback Instrument Corporation by calling 212-222-5665.
How can I find out more about local biofeedback issues?
Each state or region in the US has a biofeedback society that can give
you information about local issues such as employment, salaries, insurance reimbursement,
and others. Contact the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) at
1-800-477-8892 for information about the biofeedback society in your state.
Phillip A. (Tony) Hughes, Ph.D., M.F.C.C.
Training Director, Professional Biofeedback Certificate Program, Stens
Corporation. Director of Clinical Services, The Biofeedback Center of Berkeley.
Consultant, Oakland State University. BCIA-Certified.
*Instructors vary from program to program. For information on specific
instructors and dates, please call us at 212-222-5665.
Biofeedback Training Institute and
Biofeedback Training Series
The Biofeedback Center Of Berkeley, was established in 1972 for the
treatment of stress-related disorders. Founder Stephen Stern began training seminars for
therapists in 1976, and by 1980 an intensive course, adaptable to a variety of clinical
settings, had been developed.
In 1986, under the direction of Phillip Hughes, The Professional
Biofeedback Certificate Program was created. In 1991 this program was among the first to
receive accreditation from the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America
The Stens Corporation is nationally recognized as a leading distributor
of all major lines of biofeedback instruments. Incorporated in 1979, The Stens Corporation
is based in Oakland, California. President Stephen Stern has been involved in biofeedback
training and product development since 1972.
Biofeedback Training Series
Stens Corporation offers a variety of courses which present the
theoretical basis and clinical applications of biofeedback. The following is a
listing of the courses in our Biofeedback Training Series. Those courses are:
sEMG Biofeedback & Chronic Pain
Continence Training & Biofeedback
Biofeedback and Headaches
- Course hours:
4-day courses - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm daily.
3-day courses - 8:30 am - 5 pm
(Students should arrive at 8:15 AM on
the first day.)
- Morning and afternoon breaks with an hour for lunch are provided.
- A workbook is given to each student at the beginning of each course. The
workbooks contain all course information, freeing students from taking notes.
- Dress is casual and comfortable.
Stens Program is approved for CE credits by the
APA, BCIA, CPA, California Board of Registered Nurses, The Board of Behavioral
Science of California and the National Athletic Training Association. Stens
maintains responsibility for the program.
Continuing Education Credits
All courses offered by the Stens Corporation are approved for continuing
education (CE) credit by the American Psychological Association, the California
Psychological Association, the Californica Board of Registered Nurses, The Board of
Behavioral Science of California, and the National Athletic Training Association. One hour
of training yields one hour of CE credit (the 5 day program = 80 CE credits).
Program Code numbers are availabe. Check with your state agency about reciprocal
agreements with these organizations.
Or Contact Dr. Philip Brotman:
healthcare has evolved in the past 25 years from a field with a strong emphasis
on biomedical fundamentals such as adequate nu-trition, prevention and treatment
of infectious diseases and life-threatening conditions to a newer "biopsychosocial"
framework with a focus on the "new morbidities" of childhood. The term
"new morbidities" includes mind/body disorders, children coping with
the sequellae of chronic illnesses such as asthma and cancer, and children and
adolescents with stress-related symptoms. Over 25% of visits to primary care
physicians are for psycho-social problems, and 15-20% of children are identified
with having psycho-physiologic disorders. The task of confronting these issues
has led to a rethinking of the core competencies in pediatric health care
training and health supervision.
Biofeedback is the ideal tool to prepare
pediatric health care professionals it provides a set of therapeutic
approaches to problems that contain both psychological and physiologic
components. Biofeedback identifies and makes real the mind/body link for
children, allowing them to fully participate in resolution of their symptoms and
regain optimal function.
Biofeedback with its multi-media format is
culturally syntonic with todays high-tech, computer-savvy, video-game
oriented youth. Pediatric patients love these "video games for their
body" and because of that, treatment compliance is high.
There is a growing body of scientific literature
that underscores the efficacy of biofeedback across a variety of childhood
ADHD Headaches Enuresis Encopresis Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Sleep Disorders Stress and Anxiety-related Symptoms
Introduction to Biofeedback
Respiratory System & Diaphragmatic Breathing
Temperature Biofeedback - Introduction
Temperature Biofeedback Training 1
Temperature Biofeedback Training 2
Evening Session Day 1
Circulatory System: Anatomy & Physiology (Films & CD)
Temperature Biofeedback Training 3
sEMG Biofeedback Introduction
sEMG Biofeedback Training 1
sEMG Biofeedback Training 2
Evening Session Day 2
Muscle System: Anatomy & Physiology
Human Stress Response
Biofeedback & Distress
EDA Biofeedback Introduction
EDA Biofeedback Training 1
Psychophysiological Stress Profiling
Evening Session Day 3
Autonomic Nervous System: Anatomy & Physiology
Biofeedback with Children and Adolescents
Introduction and Overview
Self-regulation skills training | Physiologic
control Literature review Issues in professional certification and practice
Mind/Body Education for Children
Stress | Somatic awareness | Relaxation
The Biofeedback/Hypnosis Interface
Altered states of awareness | Principles of
therapeutic communication | Developmental considerations in treatment planning
Progressive Muscle Relaxation with sEMG (Lab)
Teaching children breathing
Evening Session Day 4
Clinical Applications of Biofeedback to
Pediatric Psycho- Physiology Problems
Biofeedback Training with Children and Adolescents
Discern-control-generalize model | Integrating
treatment strategies Use of biofeedback games | Scheduling, follow-up,
Clinical Approaches Headaches/ Recurrent
Clinical Approaches Anxiety/Stress Related Symptoms
Evening Session Day 5
Clinical Approaches Habit Disorders
Clinical Approaches Suggestions from attendees
How to Build Your Biofeedback
This one-day workshop is designed to provide new
and experienced practitioners with practical, step-by-step practice-building
strate-gies. In todays highly challenging marketplace health professionals
can learn the techniques and strategies to survive with independence and
integrity. This workshop will help you develop a marketing plan that not only
allows you to practice more effectively, but fits with ones clinical
specialties, personality and sense of integrity.
Ira Polonsky, PhD
Dr. Polonsky is president of PHP Publications. He
is the author of the series entitled; Marketing with Integrity for Health
Practitioners. A regular contributor to the National Psychologists, he has
published over 40 articles in professional and trade journals.
Dr. Polonsky has had a successful
practice for over 25 years and has taught at the University of California,
Berkeley and the California School of Professional Psychology. He currently
consults with many private and group practice practitioners in the area of
marketing their practice. Dr. Polonsky has also lectured extensively on the
Marketing with Integrity (Solo and Small
Step-by-step direction for creating a marketing
plan | Practice Management a patient friendly approach | Marketing phobia
how to think positively about practice building, | Coping with rejection,
anxiety and discouragement
How to Increase Referrals Without Leaving
Using direct mail personal letters,
brochures, self-help blurbs, newsletters, etc. | Do-it-yourself publicity and
low-cost advertising Review of sample ads, letters | Step-by-step guidelines |
Word-of- mouth advertising how to use it
How to Increase Referrals Out of Office
Public speaking | Workshops and seminars |
How to Market Your Biofeedback Practice
Increase referrals from MDs | Increase
referrals from other health professionals and patients
Education and Training Requirements
Our program provides most of the hours required to sit for the
Biofeedback Certification Institute of Americas national examination. Only Clinical
Supervision and Direct treatment hours are not included. Refer to Clinical Biofeedback
Supervision for Certification in this brochure. Requirements are subject to change, and
the current blueprint should be confirmed. Contact BCIA at (303) 420-2902.
Minimum of bachelor degree level in a health related field or equivalent
college level education. Contact BCIA for requirements for nurses and to obtain list of
approved health care fields. (Licensed RNs may use an AA degree.)
Training & Clinical Experience
200 Hours as follows
|Health Care Degree (B.A. or B.S.)
|Introduction to Biofeedback
|Preparation for Clinical Intervention
||General 6 Hours, Specific 3 Hours
|Central Nervous System Interventions:
||General 2 Hours
|Autonomic Nervous System Interventions:
||General 7 Hours, Specific 8 Hours
|Biofeedback & Distress
|Adjunctive Techniques & Cognitive Interventions
|Clinical Biofeedback Training
|Biofeedback Case Conference
Direct Clinical Biofeedback Treatment
|Direct EMG Clinical Treatment
|Direct Thermal Clinical Treatment
|Clinical Biofeedback Supervision
Course in Human Anatomy 3 semester Hrs. or Human Physiology 4 quarter
Course in Counseling 3 semester Hrs. or 4 quarter Hrs.
Practicum (Internship in Counseling) 40 Hours
Documentation Of Your Training
Students will receive a letter after completing each part of the
training program documenting the number of hours they have satisfied from the BCIA
blueprint. Upon completion of the 5-day program, each student will receive a certificate
of completion suitable for framing which demonstrates that the student has attended a
biofeedback training program accredited by the BCIA.
Clinical Biofeedback Supervision For Certification
(30 Hours over a minimum of 10 weeks)
Individual arrangements can be made through Phillip Hughes, Training
Director, Stens Corporation, to provide up to 30 hours of BCIA Clinical Biofeedback
Supervision. Of these hours, three must be in the form of direct observation (audio tape,
video tape or in person). Small group conferencing is available at a reduced fee.
Members of the Stens Corporation Board of Advisors who are located
around the US may also act as clinical supervisors. Stens will be happy to help you
contact our Advisors to make your supervision arrangements.
Clinical Biofeedback Treatment
(90 Hours over a minimum of 10 weeks)
Trainees will acquire 90 hours of Direct Clinical Treatment with
patients over a minimum of 10 weeks. It is the responsibility of the trainee to arrange
for a field placement. Stens Corporation learns of a limited number of field placements
around the US. When they are available, Stens is happy to share them with our students.
Review Course for BCIA Certification Exam
Stens Corporation offers a three-day Review Course for the BCIA Exam
designed to help you pass the certification exam the first time. This course concentrates
on the most significant areas of examination content and maximizes limited study time,
focusing on instrumentation, clinical applications and ethics. A valuable role-play
scenario assists in preparing students for the practical examination. Any participant who
fails the exam will be allowed to repeat the review course free of charge. See our
schedule for the course date and location.
Software for Review of Biofeedback Concepts
Flash for Biofeedback is a computer-based review of pertinent
biofeedback concepts and vocabulary. Self-Assessment in Biofeedback, based on the BCIA
test blueprint, provides a multiple choice exam with answer key to help identify your
strengths and weaknesses as you prepare for the exam. They can be ordered in DOS or Apple
versions from the Biofeedback Instrument Corporation at 212-222-5665.
On-site and International Training Opportunities
In certain circumstances, it may be practical to bring our training
program to your site, especially if you are located outside of the US and have a group of
15 students or more. Contact Dr. Philip Brotman at 212-222-5665 for fees and further
Corp is offering a series of biofeedback application workshops free with the purchase of ProComp+ MultiTrace (BioGraph)or
BioIntegrator system the most widely used biofeedback systems
available today. And with your purchase of the ProComp+ system,
you will also become a member of the MultiTrace On-Line User Group
which enables you to interact with hundreds of other users
clinicians, researchers, programmers, screen designers, etc.
through our chat rooms, e-mail and bulletin board. These workshops
are offered at $695 for those not purchasing the ProComp +
MultiTrace or BioIntegrator. The fee is fully deductible if you
purchase a system within 60 days of completion of the program.
to introduce participants to various modalities of biofeedback and
its major applications. They are hands-on workshops that include
lectures, demonstrations, videos, discussions and labs.
Participants will find the mix of theory and practice conducive to
learning actual skills they can take into their practice.
Our faculty members
come from a variety of clinical backgrounds, but they have in
common an extensive knowledge, both theoretical and practical, in
biofeedback and its clinical applications. Experienced clinicians,
dedicated researchers, BCIA-certified, our faculty is above all
comprised of excellent teachers. At Stens Corp., we believe our
faculty should not only be experts in their fields, but be able to
communicate sophisticated concepts in simple, understandable ways.
Respiratory Sinus Arrythmia
RSA feedback is a
new method for cardiovascular self-regulation that uses
interaction of the heart rate and breath rhythm to balance
sym-pathetic and parasympathetic nerve traffic to the heart. RSA
is the only biofeedback modality that gives direct feedback to the
parasympathetic branch of the nervous system.
In a relaxed,
trained subject, heart rate will increase with the inhale and
decrease on the exhale, forming a rhythmic pattern in phase with
respiration. Clients can learn to self-regulate the amplitude of
the RSA, its quality, and its phase relation to the breath.
Clinical experience and controlled research show that properly
regulated RSA reduces stress on the heart in functional cardiac
disorders, improves heart rate and rhythm, reduces blood pressure
and lessens anxiety.
This workshop is
designed to introduce its participants to the field of RSA
feedback and its major applications. It is a practical workshop
that includes lectures, demonstrations and hands-on labs.
Participants will find the mix of theory and practice conducive to
learning actual skills they can take into their practice.
Ira Rosenberg did
the earliest clinical research for using the RSA as a biofeedback
modality. Since 1985 he has directed the Biofeedback Institute of
Mendocino, training clients to relieve cardiovascular and
cardiopulmonary problems with RSA and other heart rate variability
protocols. He has trained hundreds of biofeedback practitioners in
these methods and continues to advance the field as a clinician,
researcher and consultant in biofeedback system design.
of the Cardiovascular System:
of Blood Pressure
Conduction in the heart
and other Oscillatory Influences
Regulation of the Cardiovascular/Cardiopulmonary System
Basic Biofeedback Hookups and Protocols
Physiology of the RSA
Rate Variability Versus Heart Rate
and Central Influences on the RSA
and Vagal Tone
and Vasomotor Activity
Spectrum Analysis of Heart Variability
Basic RSA Biofeedback
Applications of RSA and BVP Biofeedback
and Panic Disorders
Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nerve Traffic to the
Using RSA biofeedback to integrate the oscillatory and
non-oscillatory influences on the heart
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