Professional Ethics and Standards for Neurofeedback: An Overview


This session will review legal and ethical responsibilities of biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners. Biofeedback professionals are governed in clinical practice by state regulations under the relevant licensing act, professional codes of ethics for his or her home profession, and the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback (5th rev.) of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). The neurofeedback professional is guided in addition by the 2012 updated Standards of Practice for Neurofeedback and Neurotherapy, endorsed by the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research. Violation of such guidelines, even when unintended, invites the risk of lawsuit, criminal prosecution, financial penalties, loss of licensure, and expensive and stressful legal and administrative reviews. The presenter will discuss relevant guidelines governing: entry level competence; scope of practice; the delivery of experimental or non-documented therapies; the informed consent process; principles of privacy, confidentiality, and privileged communication; guidelines on dual/multiple relationships; and questions of touch, privacy, and respect. The presenter will place emphasis on the imperative to maintain a positive treatment relationship, eliciting rapport and trust. The therapeutic relationship, along with knowledge of current standards of practice and adherence to professional guidelines, minimize the risk of misunderstanding and litigation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will become familiar with the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback, published by BCIA, and their interpretation for decisions in biofeedback practice.
  2. Attendees will become familiar with the Standards of Practice for Neurofeedback and Neurotherapy (2012), endorsed by ISNR, and their application for everyday decisions in conducting neurofeedback.
  3. Attendees will understand how to navigate the conflicting jurisdictions of state laws and regulations, professional codes of conduct, BCIA guidelines, and federal regulations.
  4. Attendees will review and discuss practice standards governing entry level competence, continuing education requirements, and scope of practice.
  5. Attendees will be informed about guidelines for advertising, marketing, and public statements about Neurofeedback.
  6. Attendees will recognize current principles governing the delivery of remote training, and the requirements for safe and responsible patient-directed and family-directed training.

Biographical Sketch of Instructor

Donald Moss, Ph.D., is Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine, at Saybrook University. He is co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (Greenwood, 1998), chief editor of Biofeedback: A Clinical Journal, and consulting editor for other journals. He has published over 60 articles and book chapters on psychophysiology, spirituality, health, and integrative medicine. His most recent chapter is titled The Use of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Pediatric Care, in a new volume on Functional Disorders in Pediatrics (Springer, 2014).

Dr. Moss is past-president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, past-president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, treasurer for the Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, a delegate to the International Society for Hypnosis, a Board member of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, and on the advisory board for the International Network for Integrative Mental Health. He is also BCIA certified in general biofeedback and neurofeedback, and an ASCH approved training consultant in clinical hypnosis.


Ethical and Professional Conduct:  Implications for the Neurofeedback Professional - 2hrs BCIA
Webinar April 2014
(member pricing)

Ethical and Professional Conduct:  Implications for the Neurofeedback Professional - 2
hrs BCIA
Webinar April 2014
(non-member pricing)