BCIA Neurofeedback Certification Online Program.

Affordable self-paced home-study training program with 36 hours BCIA Didactic education, 36 APA CEs, plus 10 hours live community meeting and practicum training.

Start your journey to become a

BCIA certified Neurofeedback practitioner

Upon enrollment,  you get access to the full 36 hour online didactic training course and all videos for 6 months, including live community meetings and practicums as scheduled below.  

Leaders in the field endorse this course

Prof. Juri D. Kropotov, Ph.d.
Applied Neuroscience Expert                 Institute of the Human Brain

 

We are member of the TRF Therapeuthic Alliance and have done numerous trauma-informed Neurofeedback Trainings in partership with the Trauma Research Foundation.

Diversify your practice and become a
certified neurofeedback practitioner.

Now Available! This self-paced homestudy program is an affordable, robust online course that will start you on your journey to becoming a skilled neurofeedback practitioner.

Includes regularly scheduled live learning sessions to enhance your progress.

  • 2020 accredited course is designed with the most up-to-date information
  • Designed and taught by clinical psychologists with over twenty years experience in the neurofeedback field
  • Neurophysiology, functional neuroanatomy, and psychopharmacological content taught by medical doctors
  • 36 hours BCIA Didactic education
  • 36 APA CEs
  • Learn from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace
  • Join our optional community learning space that includes live Q&A and practicums with special topics and open discussion. See schedule below
  • Become part of our neurofeedback practitioner directory
  • Course endorsed by Juri Kropotov, leading expert in basic and applied neuroscience

Meet your instructors

Angelika Y. Sadar

Angelika Y. Sadar

MA, BCN, BCB-HRV

Robert Turner

Robert Turner

MD, MSCR, QEEG, BCN

Leon Morales-Quezada

Leon Morales-Quezada

MD, Mc, PhD, MPH

Mitchell M. Sadar

Mitchell M. Sadar

PhD, BCN, BCB-HRV

Introduction to Neurofeedback: Didactic Training for Neurofeedback Certification Training

BCIA-Accredited Neurofeedback Certification Didactic Programs

 

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A.  Course Description

In addition to the  course, you will be invited to attend  live community meetings and practicum trainings as scheduled below with Angelika or Mitch.

This course is BCIA accredited, meets the requirements of the BCIA blueprint and counts towards 36 BCIA didactic hours.

Our faculty includes a medical doctor presenting neurophysiology and neuroanatomy, a neurologist presenting on psychopharmacological considerations, and two psychologists with knowledge of a variety of systems and approaches with over 20 years experience in the field. Attendees will become part of a community that meets regularly to discuss experiences and address questions. Additionally, you will be eligible for reduced fees for future courses offered by Sadar Psychological/BrainARC.

 

Language

English

Instructional Level

Beginner

Organizer

Sadar Psychological and Sports Center

B. Course Community Meetings and Practicums

With enrollment, you are invited to join ongoing community meetings as scheduled below.

SUMMER COHORT 2022 MEETINGS

All times are displayed in Eastern Time (EST).

Orientation to NF and Neurophysiology & Neuroanatomy Q&A12pm - 1pmJune 16, 2022
Instrumentation and Research Base Q&A12pm - 1pmJune 30, 2022
Practicum11am - 1pmJuly 14, 2022
Psychopharmacological Considerations and Patient/Client Assessment Q&A12pm - 1pmJuly 28, 2022
Practicum11am - 1pmAugust 11, 2022
Developing Treatment Protocols and Treatment Implementation Q&A12pm - 1pmSeptember 8, 2022
Practicum11am - 1pmSeptember 22, 2022
Current Trends and Ethics Q&A 12pm - 1pmOctober 20, 2022

WINTER COHORT 2023 MEETINGS

All times are displayed in Eastern Time (EST).

Orientation to NF and Neurophysiology & Neuroanatomy Q&A12pm - 1pmJanuary 5, 2023
Instrumentation and Research Base Q&A12pm - 1pmJanuary 19, 2023
Practicum11am - 1pmFebruary 2, 2023
Psychopharmacological Considerations and Patient/Client Assessment Q&A12pm - 1pmFebruary 23, 2023
Practicum11am - 1pmMarch 9, 2023
Developing Treatment Protocols and Treatment Implementation Q&A12pm - 1pmMarch 23, 2023
Practicum11am - 1pmApril 6, 2023
Current Trends and Ethics Q&A 12pm - 1pmApril 20, 2023

C. Recordings of Past Community Learning Sessions Included with enrollment

The following are 1 hour recordings of live training discussions with Angelika and Mitch on various topics related to neurofeedback:

  • Creating measurable goals for training
  • Referential and sequential training
  • Lifestyle considerations to facilitate training progress
  • How to motivate kids to train well
  • Understanding qEEG results
  • Managing the finances of NF practice 
  • Case Study Of ADHD
  • Traditional vs ILF Neurofeedback
  • Bring Your Problem Cases for Discussion
  • How to Use Your Neurofeedback Equipment to Support Your Arousal Assessments
  • Adjunctive Devices: Alpha Stim and the BAUD therapy device
  • Case Study of Concussions

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Information about Equipment for Neurofeedback Course

 The 36 hour BCIA Neurofeedback Certification course exposes attendees to various software applications and neurofeedback equipment to help introduce attendees to various equipment offerings. We feel this allows us to help you evaluate and select the equipment that is best for you and your patient’s needs. We have partnered with several equipment manufacturers to provide course attendees with instructional videos demonstrating different neurofeedback software programs. As part of the course you will receive detailed information about equipment packages and costs from various vendors. Sadar Psychological is not involved with selling any neurofeedback equipment and does not endorse any specific manufacturer. 

If you would like to have equipment for practice as you take the course, we will help you obtain loaner equipment from one of our vendor partners. 

Sadar Psychological has collaborated with an equipment provider so that you may be able to borrow equipment free of charge while you complete the Practicum for this course.  Loaner equipment for US and Canadian participants is available during the scheduled practicums portion of the training. (Other countries are on a case by case basis and may incur a fee for shipping and related charges.) Students must be prepared to rent or purchase equipment following the loaner period in order to continue practicing neurofeedback.  Upon registration, your information will be shared with the equipment providers who have contributed to our course to arrange for your loaner equipment.  Affordable equipment rental and purchasing options will be made available once you are enrolled in the course.

 

What happens following the course?

 

Upon finish the course, you will have completed the first step of BCIA certification. We will assist you to determine how to complete the remaining requirements to become board certified. We are committed to helping you become a qualified neurofeedback provider.

Following the course, you are invited to continue to join our bi-annual cohort series to discuss various topics and cases and to meet new colleagues. You also are granted access to video recordings of prior community meetings while you have access to the course.

Do you provide mentoring to help fulfill the BCIA requirement?

 

BCIA approved mentoring is available with Mitchell Sadar and Angelika Sadar, along with other clinicians. Course attendees are offered mentoring at reduced fees.  Course attendees are offered their first mentoring session with Angelika or Mitch as a complimentary bonus. We will also guide you to various resources for case studies (10 case studies are required for certification) and lectures on various topics.

Course Pricing

Online Course

Introduction to Neurofeedback: Didactic Training for Neurofeedback Certification Training

$1,400 $1,250
  • 36 hours BCIA accredited self-paced didactic instruction (value – $1250)
  • 5 hours of live community meetings to further skill development (value – $175)
  • 6 hours of live practicum sessions to learn equipment use (value – $200)
  • 1 complimentary mentoring session with Mitch or Angelika (value – $150)
  • Complimentary loaner equipment with computer, hardware, and software, during practicum (value – $1200)
  • Bonus video material and supplemental resources (value – $200)
  • Listing on Sadar Psychological neurofeedback provider directory (value – $50)
  • 36 APA CEs

TOTAL VALUE: $3,225

 

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What are the requirements to qualify to take the Intro to NF course? (i.e. licensing/credentials, etc.)

This certification is open to professionals who can document a minimum of a BA/BS degree in a BCIA-approved health care field completed at a regionally accredited academic institution (an Accredited Institution of Post-secondary Education as determined by the American Council on Education). **All International applicants for BCIA certification programs, outside of the US and Canada, must carry a valid government-issued license/credential that regulates clinical health care practice. For additional information, please see our International Welcome tab.**

BCIA-approved health care fields include psychology, medicine, nursing (including two-year registered nurses with license, not LVNs or LPNs), physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, marriage family therapy, rehabilitation, chiropractic, recreational therapy, physician's assistant (with certification or license), exercise physiology, speech pathology, and sports medicine. The following fields require a master’s degree: music therapy and counseling education (MEd in counseling).

Are you attending from outside the United States of America?

If you are outside the United States of America, please call/whatsapp +1-610564-1704 or email [email protected] so we can review your special circumstances. You may qualify for an international rate.

Are there any special considerations, needs, equipment, etc. that I need to be aware of in order to participate in this course?

  • Reliable Internet Access
  • Loaner equipment is offered through BeeMedic for the duration of the didactic portion of the course. (BeeMedic requires a Windows Operating System. For more details, contact BeeMedic.) BeeMedic will provide a loaner laptop if your computer is not compatible.
  • Running a NF session requires a monitor associated with the computer plus a second monitor. The second monitor is not part of the loaner program
  • Equipment is shipped to students from BeeMedic in time for the first practicum training session. BeeMedic will also provide assistance with setup.
  • Equipment is available for the US and Canada and on a case by case basis for countries elsewhere.

What is the difference between didactic training and full BCIA certification?

The Introduction to Neurofeedback Certification Course is one part of the BCIA Board Certification requirements and fulfills the didactic portion of the BCIA certification requirements

I am a university student pursuing a degree in a medical or mental health field. Can I take this course?

We are happy to have students pursuing a clinical degree interested in joining the course! Some things to be aware of:

  1. You must be licensed to purchase NF equipment.
  2. Beemedic is able to loan equipment to students for the duration of the practicum section of the course. Following the didactic portion, you will need to return the loaner equipment and consider if you want to rent or buy equipment to continue with your training.
  3. A "work around" for students who seek to purchase equipment is to have a licensed provider accept responsibility for the purchase and use of equipment. This would be coordinated with the equipment vendor
  4. BCIA ([email protected]) is a good resource for inquiring if your field of study and/or current status allows you to engage in the practice of NF clinically.
  5. There are unlicensed people who work with NF (ie. for peak performance). Still, there are regulations regarding the purchase of equipment, as the equipment is FDA cleared.

Will I be able to start practicing NF after completing this course, or are there additional requirements?

This course will provide you with basic knowledge so you can begin to “practice” neurofeedback on yourself and non - clients such as family members and friends. We strongly recommend that following the introductory course, you should pursue mentoring and further training/course work as you begin to train select clients/patients.

I want to learn more about the NF program and the BCIA Board Certification process, including what additional costs are involved.

Introduction to Neurofeedback course+ BCIA Board Certification Requirements Cost & Income Estimates:

  • Intro to NF Program: $1,450
  • Mentoring: (19 hours required beyond what if offered with the course): $2,375.00
  • BCIA application and certification fees: approx. $450
  • Equipment: $7,000.00 - $10,000.00
  • Cost for the required Neuroanatomy course varies
  • Total: (approx.) $ $11, 275 to 14,275

Income - based on charging $25 more per session than your usual fee:

  • 10 sessions/week $250.00
  • 40 weeks/year $10,000.00

Does this course meet the requirements for BCIA Board Certification in Neurofeedback?

The Introduction to Neurofeedback program includes several elements that qualify for BCIA board certification but not all. It also includes many components that are not included in other BCIA NF courses that are provided in the form of supplemental materials and videos.

The items in Bold below can be applied to BCIA Board Certification.

The items in Red below are required for BCIA Board Certification and are not included in the Introduction to Neurofeedback Course

Introduction to Neurofeedback certification course includes:

  • 36 hour professionally recorded video course - access for 6 months- this meets the requirements for the BCIA Blueprint of Knowledge.
  • 10 hours of community meetings - live via zoom
  • 6 hours of practicum training to learn how to use the equipment - live via zoom
  • Loaner equipment from BeeLab provided during the course practicum
  • Supplemental Videos in course to enhance your learning
  • 3 case studies - qualify towards BCIA Board Certification - recorded
  • 1 individual mentoring session - individually scheduled via zoom

BCIA Board Certification requirements not included in Introduction to Neurofeedback course:

  • BCIA Approved neuroanatomy course
  • 19 individual mentoring sessions
  • BCIA test
  • BCIA application

Equipment

What type of equipment is used in the course?

This course does not endorse any specific equipment manufacturer, however The Sadar Psychological Virtual BCIA course includes a loan of BeeLab from BeeMedic during the practicum sessions of the course (see website for practicum dates). However, we are happy to include practitioners who already have other equipment as the course focuses on learning how to do neurofeedback regardless of specific equipment. Once the basics of neurofeedback are learned, any FDA cleared NF equipment can be used.

How (and when) do I get signed up for loaner equipment?

After the course registration is closed, BeeMedic is provided with a list of course enrollees. BeeMedic will reach the course enrollees to offer loaner equipment, which will be shipped so that it can be installed for you before the first practicum session (see website for practicum dates). Please note that you will need a computer that supports the software (not compatible with MAC), or BeeMedic will loan you a laptop as well. The contract with BeeMedic will specify when the equipment must be returned, which will be shortly after the last practicum session. You will then need to consider whether you wish to rent or buy equipment (from BeeMedic or other manufacturers) to continue your training.

What are the equipment costs involved (during and after the course)?

This depends on the equipment you select. The basic equipment (sensors, amplifier, software, technical support) costs between $4000 and $10,000. This does not include the cost of a computer and/or monitor. When purchasing equipment, you need to consider if you just want the basics or if you want a system that offers more channels, alpha-theta training, coherence training, etc. Some manufacturers offer a basic system and others allow you to purchase a basic system that you can build on. This is discussed in the course. Please refer to the equipment manufacturers/distributors for more information.

Mentoring

How do I get set up with a mentor?

If you are pursuing BCIA board certification, you are required to complete 25 contact hours with a BCIA approved mentor.

Your course registration includes your first mentoring session with your choice of Angelika or Mitch, at no additional cost (value $150). Additional mentoring sessions with any of the Sadar Psychological mentors are available at a discounted rate of $125 for registered students.

If you are pursuing BCIA Certification we recommend:

  1. That you schedule your first mentoring with Mitch or Angelika after the first live Q&A session, as we find that lots of initial questions are addressed in this meeting. Many people like to wait until they are ready to begin training on equipment (following Section VIII) to schedule their first mentoring session.
  2. That you have more than one mentor as you complete your certification. This way you will be exposed to a variety of approaches as you develop your particular approach to doing neurofeedback. All of our mentors are BCIA approved. To schedule a mentoring session, please reach Kristin at [email protected]. She will provide you with complete details regarding mentoring with Mitch, Angelika, or any of the other Sadar Psychological mentors.

Community Meetings & Practicums

Where is the schedule for live sessions (cohorts, case studies, practicums)?

The live Cohort session schedule is located in the first section of the course (Getting Started) within the lesson titled “Zoom Link for Meetings). It is also on the website.

Where do I find the Zoom link for the live sessions?

The links are located in the first section of the course (Getting Started) within the lesson titled “Zoom Link for Meetings). You will also receive an email reminder with the links prior to scheduled live sessions.

Where do I find recordings from the live meetings?

Recordings are posted in the course below the Supplemental Documents section (titled according to type of session, i.e. Spring Cohort, Case Study, etc.). The recordings from live meetings are posted within 3-4 business days of the session

What is the process and requirements for participation in the practicums?

The practicums are included in the Intro to NF course. The schedule is posted on the website and in the “Getting Started” section of the course along with the Zoom meeting links. Live participation is strongly encouraged.

General Course Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

You have access to the online course material for 6 month from the date of purchase (or through the duration of the current cohort you enrolled in). If you need additional time to complete the course beyond that period, you have the option to extend access for three months for a $75 fee. Click here to purchase a course extension.

There is a lot of material to cover in this course. How do you recommend I pace myself throughout the course?

Ideally, at a minimum, you want to review the relevant course materials prior to scheduled community meetings. We recommend that you allot a minimum of 4 hours per week to review the core materials based on the sections being covered in the meetings. (I.e. prior to the first meeting, you should complete Section I: Orientation to Neurofeedback & Section II: Basic Neurophysiology & Neuroanatomy). As you progress further in the course, you will need to allot additional time for practice NF sessions.

Where can I get access to the Neurofeedback Log that is in the Supplemental Documents section?

When you begin mentoring, you will be provided with a personal copy of the NF log.

Where can I get access to the van Deusen, ADHD, and Amen forms?

Samples of these forms are available in the Sample Forms Manual located in the “Getting Started” section of the course, however the Amen, van Deusen and Clinical ADHD Questionnaire are electronically scored. To have them scored and analyzed to help determine brain functions that are strained (as reported by the client), you can establish an account with HBImed or Sadar and they will provide the report which includes these assessments for $50. To set up an account either way, reach [email protected]

How do I get help with problems in the course?

  1. If you have questions about technical issues or navigating the course platform, please email [email protected]
  2. If you have questions about the content, lectures, or equipment, please email [email protected]
  3. If you would like to schedule a mentoring appointment with Mitch or Angelika, please email [email protected]. Your first mentoring session is complementary and can be scheduled at any time. We recommend that you wait until you have reached the Patient/Client Assessment Section of the course before scheduling your first mentoring session, but you can schedule before that if you like.
  4. If you have questions about BCIA certification requirements, please email [email protected]

I am unable to download the PDF documents in the course. My browser states that the connection is not private.

The course platform, Thinkific, is a secure website. If you are having difficulties with downloading:

  1. Try a different browser
  2. Check the privacy settings in your browser and adjust to allow for downloads
  3. Check with your IT department as there may be firewall settings that prevent external downloads

I have some suggestions for course improvements. Where should I send them?

Please send any suggestions to [email protected]. All suggestions will be taken to our committee for consideration in future updates to the course.

Certificates and Continuing Education

How do I get my CE Certificate?

Once you have completed all ten sections of the online course, proceed to section XI for instructions on how to get your certificate that indicates completion of
the BCIA approved course and to receive APA CEs.

How do I get my BCIA certificate?

Once you have completed all ten sections of the course, proceed to Section XI under “What’s Next” for instructions on how to get your certificate.

Read what people are saying about our program

Great course; great job EVERYONE. I appreciate your passion for Neurofeedback and your encouragement to preserve the integrity of Neurofeedback practice!

Thank you! I look forward to future meetings and more learning.

– Joy Martin

I really enjoyed having the guest lecturers. They provided a great deal of information. The cases presentations were very interesting and helpful. I also appreciated the review of current research.

Very thorough training. Well presented and responsive instructors. Liked the live, remote training due to cost effectiveness and comfort during COVID.

I think this course was great. I know it was the first virtual course but I think it ran very smoothly. Questions were always answered.

It was nice to be able to use the chat feature.

This course was extremely entertaining, and provided a great deal of knowledge. My only wish was that it was in person, but due to the circumstances you did an amazing job!

Why choose Sadar Psychological and Sports Center for this course?

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For over 20 years Sadar Psychological and Sports Center has been a pioneer in neuroscience, using evidence based research to improve outcomes for our patients.

There is rapidly growing interest in the field of neurofeedback and more clinicians are bringing neurofeedback into their treatment repertoires to meet their patients’ needs. Sadar Psychological and Sports Center is at the forefront of training clinicians and connecting them with resources to bring neurofeedback into their practice. With that same commitment to providing clinicians with opportunities for professional enrichment and recognition of the growing demand for robust training programs, Sadar Psychological created a comprehensive online course to help you become a certified neurofeedback practitioner. We dedicated ourselves to developing an accessible curriculum suitable for any clinician interested in advancing their therapeutic skillset.

We invite you to join our online program to become a BCIA certified neurofeedback practitioner. Together we will grow our community and your practice – and help your patients feel better.

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Certified Neurofeedback practitioner at your own pace!

Includes bi-weekly study group led by seasoned neurofeedback practitioners

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Sadar Psychological and Sports Center. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation
This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Sadar Psychological and Sports Center. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 36.00 hours.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY MI: No CE requirements The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (outstate held), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY * OK accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities. For all ethics and/or online courses, an application is required. MA / MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review. The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY
New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)
Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 36.00 hours

In compliance with APA standards, this program ensures an environment which encourages and respects diverse and divergent viewpoints, encourages learners to share their experiences and views, even if they are not fully consistent with those of the presenter The program also seeks to create an atmosphere of inclusion and respect and facilitates interactions which reflect respect for differing viewpoints We seek to Include program material and content which emphasize and include diversity in the populations served as well as in the learning group and that ensures that the program is accessible for all participants according to ADA guidelines. Presenters facilitate experiential learning which allows learners to process information and make connections that facilitate deep learning and include a focus on different circumstances that may vary within and between geographic and ethnic groups.

There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between Sadar Psychological, the presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

The views of the presenters are theirs and do not necessarily represent a position by Sadar Psychological. Sadar Psychological is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in their continuing education activities. Sadar Psychological is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them in accordance with ADA requirements. Please address questions, concerns, and any complaints to [email protected]

It is the responsibility of every attendee to abide by the standards set forth in the APA Code of Ethics for maintaining security and confidentiality of any test materials and proprietary information presented as part of this continuing education program. Any materials used as part of this program may not be copied or otherwise distributed, and no proprietary information will be disclosed by attendees to any person not registered for this program.

The content of this presentation will include assessment measures that help assess brain function to be utilized in determining treatment interventions. When applied and used according to psychological ethics and practice guidelines, within the scope of expertise of the practicing psychologist, the methods taught do not pose any risks. The information presented reference peer reviewed research that addresses both the utility and limitations of the methods presented.