PEP003: EEG Biofeedback Assessment and Intervention

(This is a BCIA-accredited Neurofeedback Certification Course)

36 CEs, Course Fee: $750

Instructed by Cynthia Kerson, 2(PhD), QEEGD, BCN, BCB Senior Fellow, BCB-HRV

Cynthia Kerson

Cynthia Kerson

MS, Ph.D., BCB, BCN (Assistant Program Director)

Course Concept and Description:

This introductory level course is the equivalent of a three-credit course and provides 36 hours of CE credit. The course is targeted to licensed / certified clinicians such as psychologists, counselors, physical therapists, social workers, nurses, and physicians as well as to graduate students. Students learn by watching audiovisual lectures housed on the course website, reading assignments both from materials provided and standard texts, and interacting with their instructor via email. They respond to review tests after each lecture. Students start the course whenever they wish to and proceed at their convenience. There is a one-year limit to complete the course.

The course provides sufficient material so clinicians will know (a) the psychophysiological bases of EEG recordings (b) what the common assessments and interventions are as well as how they work, (c) what common complementary interventions are, (d) how the recording devices work in a clinical setting, (d) how to perform an effective recording, and (e) how to perform effective psychophysiological assessments and interventions.  The course meets all of the requirements for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance’s neurofeedback certification course and is accredited by them for this purpose. Please note that clinicians interested in being certified in neurofeedback by the BCIA would have to meet additional mentoring and education requirements. 

Conflict of Interest: Neither the Behavioral Medicine Research & Training Foundation, its staff, nor the course instructor have any conflict of interest involving materials presented in this course.

Learning Objectives:

The course objective is to provide the depth of knowledge in psychophysiology, EEG biofeedback equipment and neurofeedback training techniques that clinicians require to perform EEG-based assessments and neurofeedback-based interventions. This information is crucial to effectively adding these techniques to a clinician’s practice.

This course is designed to help the student:

  1. Summarize the psychophysiological processes found in the common clinical presentations covered in the course.
  2. Use psychophysiological recording and neurofeedback devices to record and display psychophysiological information.
  3. Control the biofeedback display to optimize learning.
  4. Use psychophysiological recording equipment to assess patients with specific conditions.
  5. Use neurofeedback equipment to apply specific interventions tailored to each condition covered in the course.

DISCLAIMER: Completion of this continuing education course is strictly for educational / informational purposes and does not imply competency, proficiency, and/or experience. The course completion certificate is neither a clinical certification nor a license to practice. 


Home study supported by email discussion after each unit is completed. The lecture portion of the course is presented through a series of .PPT lectures accessed through the course website. The lectures are between 1½ and 2 ½ hours in length. Reading assignments parallel the lectures. After viewing the lecture and reading the assigned supporting files, you will answer a brief series of review questions (which are in the review questions file on the course web site). Your responses are then emailed to the instructor. You and the instructor will discuss each unit via email chat after your answers are assessed. It is expected that the student answer all review questions correctly and completely. Any questions answered incorrectly or incompletely must be discussed and/or corrected. All reading and listening assignments are in the review questions file.

Accessing course materials:

You will receive a link to a DropBox folder within a day.

Prerequisites & professional training requirements:

You should have had undergraduate courses in general biology and general psychology prior to taking this course. If you haven’t had them, contact us before registering. While not a prerequisite, you may do much better in the course if you have already taken our “Anatomy and Physiology for Behavioral Clinicians” courses.

This course is intended for licensed / certified clinicians, educators, and coaches. None of the instructional material offered will provide you with the clinical skills needed to apply the psychoneurophysiological assessment and interventional techniques you will learn in the clinical environment, unless you are already a trained clinician or educator and have had sufficient clinical supervision.


Recommended Texts:

    1. Biofeedback: A Practitioner’s guide. Edited by Mark Schwartz and Frank Andrasik. Guilford Press of New York, 2003.  Discounted purchase available through AAPB’s bookstore (800 477-8892).  Note: the new 4thedition is due very soon so look for it.
    2. The Neurofeedback Book by Michael and Lynda Thompson. 2003. This book is recommended for anyone planning to take the BCIA EEG exam. This book is more complex, and will be best to read after having some basic knowledge.
    3. The Art of Artifacting by Corydon Hammond and Jay Gunkelman. 2001.  Available through the International Society for Neurotherapy and Research. This book is recommended for anyone wanting to record and/or edit QEEGs.
    4. Getting Started with Neurofeedback by John N. Demos. WW Norton & Company, NY, 2005.  Discounted purchase available through AAPB’s bookstore (800 477-8892).
      1. You can access the most current list of BCIA required reading at www.bcia.org
    5. Doing Neurofeedback: An Introduction by Richard Soutar and Robert Longo. ISNR Research Foundation: San Rafael, CA. It can be purchased at www.BMEDPress.com


(1)       Introduction to and history of EEG biofeedback (concepts, learning    theory, brief overview of techniques, etc.)

(2)        EEG and Neuroimaging

(3)        Neuroanatomy and Physiology

(4)        Electronics

(5)        EEG Protocols

(6)      Observation (remote or in-person) of a NFB practitioner

(7)        Assessment

(8)        Research

(9)        Psychopharmacology (effects of substances on the EEG and clinical considerations

(10)       Professional Conduct

When all requirements have been successfully completed, your course completion certificate will be e-mailed to you and BCIA will be informed that you completed the course.


There is one year to complete the course. Just contact us at admin@behavmedfoundation.org or 800 530 6658 to get started.

Duration of course validity:

There is one year to complete the course. Courses not completed by that time are void and must be repurchased if still available. No refunds are provided for courses not completed within one year of purchase.

CE Credit:

These are continuing education, not university accredited, courses. The Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course is accepted by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance for recertification continuing education.

Payment, Refund, Scholarship, and cancellation policies:  

Full payment for each course is required before access to the course is provided. Payment is by credit card though our web site’s secure ordering section or by check in US dollars made out to the Foundation and sent to the address below. Full refund will be made until students are given access to the course materials. After getting access to the course materials there is no refund at all as the Foundation has committed its resources to you and you have access to all of the course materials. A course would only be cancelled due to an extreme emergency on the part of the course instructor or the Foundation. In the highly unlikely event a course is cancelled, you would receive a full refund.


The Foundation gives scholarships consisting of 25% off the cost of the course(s) to (a) students and professionals (e.g. clinicians, coaches, teachers) from emerging nations and (b) full time graduate students in developed nations.

Course updates:

Updates to all courses are placed on the course web site as they are made. Students are informed when updates are available. 

Questions / further information?

Contact Dr. Richard Sherman (director of the psychophysiology CE and doctoral programs) at admin@behavmedfoundation.org or 1.800.530.6658.

Administrative Information

Conflict of Interest: Neither the Behavioral Medicine Research & Training Foundation, its staff, nor the course instructor have any conflict of interest involving materials presented in this course.

Student comments about the courses and instructors:

Students who wish to comment about the courses and instructors other than through the “end of course” evaluations may wish to use the Foundation’s account at the anonymous comment submission site Incogneato (www.incognea.to). When a student submits a comment to our account (https://ansr.me/VWv70on the site, there is no way for us to know who sent the comment unless the student provides an email. Students are always welcome to submit comments to this site. We take them very seriously.

Students who wish to make a formal complaint about a course or instructor can do so by following the Foundation’s grievance process which is detailed in the document by that name. Students can request the document from the program’s administrator by emailing admin@behavmedfourndation.org.