Welcome to the Biofeedback Society of California
Thank you for making our 40th conference a success! This video is the aftermath of a fundraiser for the BSC's student scholarship fund: the shaving of out going president Jay Gunkelman's beard! A fun time was had by all.
We're especially grateful to the students, who were fundamental in making the conference possible. You are the glue! The BSC has made strides in our efforts to support student involvement in our society. The students of today are the Biofeedback professionals of tomorrow. The future of the BSC relies on our ability to connect studentsto the professionals of our society and to cultivate their clinical and research ambitions. Help Students
The Biofeedback Society of California was founded in 1974 and is the oldest and largest state biofeedback society.
It is a multi-professional association of clinicians, researchers and educators who share an interest in the use of biofeedback techniques in pursuing health and human potential. The society is concerned with competency and the quest for knowledge regarding treatment procedures which maximize physiological self-regulation. It is an open forum for the exchange of ideas, methods, clinical experience, and results of biofeedback and applied psychophysiology and related disciplines. Members are committed to maintaining high standards of professionalism and to educating both the general public and other health care professionals about biofeedback.
The Society was the first biofeedback organization to offer professional certification.
The emphasis of the Society is on clinical application and scientific research and provides local networking, educational meetings and referral services. Specifically the main objectives are to:
- advance biofeedback and applied psychophysiology in educational, scientific, clinical and personal growth areas of development
- educate professionals and the public
- develop and maintain practice standards and ethics
- provide criteria concerning who may apply biofeedback and under what circumstances
- provide peer review
- provide standards for the evaluation and certification of individuals engaged in the application of biofeedback
What is Applied Psychophysiology (Biofeedback)?
Biofeedback has evolved from a fascination in the 1960s and 70s to a mainstream methodology today for treating certain medical conditions and improving human performance. This evolution has been driven by years of scientific research demonstrating that the mind and body are connected, and that people can be taught to harness the power of this connection to change physical activity and improve health and function. Public interest in biofeedback is growing, and with it the need for a clear answer to the question, “what is biofeedback?” The leading professional organizations representing the field have answered with the following standard definition:
Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately "feed back" information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument.
Approved May 18, 2008 by:
Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)
Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA)
International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR)