Founding members and first presidents of the society include a roster of professionals who are internationally recognized as being among the leading scholars, inventors, policy makers, and pioneers in the field of biofeedback. As the founders of this society, they have not only set a standard of competence and practice, but have actively endeavored to pass on their knowledge, commitment, and expertise to society members.
Biofeedback is a therapeutic tool that teaches people to identify and to self-regulate psychological and physiological responses to life's stresses, injuries, and illnesses. Biofeedback utilizes highly sensitive electronic equipment that both monitors and provides visual and/or auditory feedback for specific physiological processes, such as muscle tension, temperature, brain waves, respiration, and perspiration. The latest advances include specialized equipment to facilitate training of heart rate, stomach acidity, blood pressure, incontinence, bedwetting, and oxygen intake / carbon dioxide output. Biofeedback training is integrated with other therapeutic interventions to help achieve desired result.
Biofeedback training has been researched and endorsed by the National Institute of Health, as well as other governmental agencies and universities around the world. Biofeedback has been applied to a variety of conditions, including pain and stress management, anxiety and panic disorders, substance abuse, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, head injury, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disorders, PMS syndrome, and tic disorders, with new applications becoming available as research evidence accumulates. Biofeedback training is popular in "peak performance" training, used by professional athletes and artists, among others.
Biofeedback training is usually administered by licensed professionals from various health and mental health fields, such as licensed psychologists, physicians, social workers, nurses, dentists, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Additionally, biofeedback technicians possess at least a Bachelors' degree and work under the direct supervision of a licensed professional within his or her own state. In addition to a license in a health or mental health field, many biofeedback professionals have acquired certification from the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA). As there are at present no state laws regulating training requirements, BCIA certification is voluntary, and represents a tangible commitment to at least basic standards of education, experience, and professional ethics.
As there are many applications for biofeedback therapy, each clinician possesses his or her own areas of specialization, backed up by specific training and experience.
Prospective clients should ask the clinician about his or her credentials, including training and experience in biofeedback, as well as commitment to continuing education, as each year there are new advances in equipment, technique, and approaches to patient care.
State Biofeedback Societies serve the professional by providing continuing education and disseminating information on the local level. Professional biofeedback clinicians who actively support the biofeedback societies and attend conferences demonstrate a level of commitment to continuing education and professional standards over and above present state requirements, as most mental health professionals in New Jersey are not required to pursue continuing education credits.
The Biofeedback Society of New Jersey
685 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 203
Verona, NJ 07044
State Biofeedback Societies have recently acquired a new role, that of providing information about the practice biofeedback to insurance companies, state licensing agencies, and state legislators, in order to help regulate the practice of biofeedback.