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BCIA Professional Standards

Updated: Apr 8

Professional, ethical standards help educators, researchers, and practitioners anticipate and identify ethical dilemmas, make choices that maintain professional integrity, and protect our clients and profession (Striefel, 2003).

BCIA has accredited this post for three ethics continuing education hours for recertification. You can earn ethics credit in three easy steps: (1) purchase our $50 PSEP certificate of completion, (2) read this post, and (3) score at least 70% on a single exam on ClassMarker. When you pass the exam, ClassMarker will issue a downloadable certificate.

Donald Moss, PhD, contributed extensively to chapter content from his AAPB webinar, Professional Ethics and Practice Standards in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback.

Dr. Donald Moss

AAPB Book Recommendation

The text is partly adapted from Moss and Shaffer's (2022) A Primer of Biofeedback, which you

can purchase from AAPB in its member or non-member stores. The authors have donated their royalties to AAPB.

A Primer of Biofeedback

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The Purpose of Ethics

Ethical standards are intended to protect the public, biofeedback, the professions that deliver biofeedback services, and the providers themselves.

Ethical Standards and the Reputation of the Profession of Biofeedback

Biofeedback providers recognize that their effectiveness and success as professionals, and the credibility of the biofeedback field, depend on their professional conduct.
Each time a biofeedback or behavioral health professional is charged with serious violations of ethical behavior, the field is also tarnished, and potential patients and their family members lose their readiness to trust in professional care (Moss, 2020).

Ethical codes express our stakeholders' core values. Listen to a mini-lecture on Core Values © BioSource Software LLC. Graphic © New Africa/