Training & Accreditation for Healthcare Providers

Thought Waves encourages the responsible practice of biofeedback therapy, and suggests that any person intending to use their equipment on anyone other than themselves seek the proper training and accreditation.

The use of clinical bio/neurofeedback equipment is intended for professionals registered with the Health Services Council.

In the present pioneering stage of clinical neurofeedback practice in South Africa, it is recognized that many clinicians and potential practitioners have had limited access to professional biofeedback training, and that there are currently numerous "crash courses" on offer that claim to equip the prospective clinician with all that is needed to effectively run a biofeedback practice. Thought Technology biofeedback equipment is intended for self-regulation training and not for diagnosing. Clinical training is an ongoing process of various forms of learning, along with hands-on practice. Thought Waves encourages therapists to meet BCIA requirements, the internationally accepted biofeedback accreditation. Carefully examine certifications/institutes that equipment providers have themselves created.

Thought Waves would like to stress that Biofeedback is a specialized therapy, and requires a full understanding of the hardware and software system, knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and a clear understanding of the uses and applications for the benefit of each individual client/patient. There have been no recorded negative effects from treatment in over 50 years of biofeedback. However, to be able to offer a truly effective therapy, it is highly recommended that the proper certification is sought before offering the service to the public.

Thought Waves provides initial start-up training to new owners, and comprehensive operating manuals (as well as PDF files) written by Thought Technology are provided with all hardware/software. From time to time, Thought Waves also invites international guests to hold workshops with African clinicians.

There are various avenues one can consider to receive a firm foundation in Biofeedback. Below we have briefly outlined a few of these channels.


Biofeedback Certification International Alliance

The Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA) was created in 1981 with the primary mission to certify individuals who meet education and training standards in biofeedback and progressively re-certify those who advance their knowledge through continuing education. To reflect our global identity, the new name - Biofeedback Certification International Alliance - was adopted in March, 2010.

BCIA is an autonomous nonprofit corporation. BCIA policies and procedures are set by an independent board of directors, comprised of a rotating group of distinguished biofeedback clinicians, researchers, and educators.

(BCIA) Blueprint for Certification. Internationally accepted biofeedback accreditation. Please refer to their website directly:

Website:www.bcia.org

Certification Type:

BCB: professionals certified in general biofeedback covering all modalities such as SEMG, Thermal, GSR, HRV, and an overview of neurofeedback.

BCN: professionals certified in neurofeedback or EEG Biofeedback.

BCB-PMD: professionals certified to use SEMG biofeedback to treat elimination disorders including incontinence, and pelvic pain.

Behavioral Medicine Research and Training Foundation

Website: biofeedbacksa.co.za



Website: behavmedfoundation.org

Email: rsherman@nwinet.com

  • Biofeedback/Psychophysiological Assessment and Intervention (this is the BCIA required General Biofeedback Course) 50 hrs.
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Behavioral Clinicians (meets BCIA requirements) 45 hrs.

Contact Rich Sherman by email, or download course descriptions from website.

Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)



Website: www.aapb.org

Email: aapbhomestudy@resourcenter.com

  • Introduction to Biofeedback (BCIA approved) 48hrs.

For complete information on certification requirements, visit BCIA's website at www.bcia.org

Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (BFE)

Yearly Conferences and Workshops. The BFE offers a BCIA accredited General Biofeedback course on CD.



Website: www.bfe.org

Local Training Providers

There are a growing number of local bio/neurofeedback clinicians who offer training assistance, either professionally or casually, in groups or individually. This start-up list will be continually updated, as Thought Waves consolidates standards, and is informed of other qualified trainers in South Africa.

Louise van der Westhuyzen
Occupational Therapist; BCIA-EEG
Brain Dynamics, Cape Town.
Email: louise.vdw@mweb.co.za
Website: www.thoughtwaves.co.za
Tel: 083-584-2230
Office: 021-715-1148

Dr Johan Meyer
M-tech Hom (BA). BCIA reg
Kip McGrath Education Centre, 011-917-1230,Boksburg
Email: drjohan@adhdsolutions.co.za
Cell: 083-361-1806