Formal Training Needed to Perform Biofeedback Effectively

You can not do biofeedback effectively just by purchasing a machine and attaching patients to it. Biofeedback isn’t a form of magic performed on a black box body and mind. Rather, you need to know how to integrate psychophysiological assessments and biofeedback interventions into a wide body of clinical skills and knowledge bases.

At the very least, you need a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology / human behavioral biology, a basic course in biofeedback – and then perhaps a specialized one depending on what you want to do, know how the machines actually work to record and feedback signals (instrumentation), and the principles of research design and the placebo effect so you don’t think you are helping people when you aren’t and so you can tell which treatments are worth trying.

The following four talks are only ten minutes or so long and will guide you through each of the above requirements.

This series of talks are slideshow presentations. They require PowerPoint or the PowerPoint viewer. You can download the viewer for free here.

If you have high speed internet and want to hear the presenter talking as well as see the slides, click on any of the first set of talks.

If you have a slower internet connection or just want to see the slides (same information either way), click on any of the second set of talks.





Text 1. Why do you need an anatomy and physiology course?

Text 2. Why do you need a basic and then an advanced biofeedback course?

Text 3. Why do you need to know the principles of research and the placebo effect?

Text 4. Why do you need to know the details of how biofeedback devices work?