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  Apr 25, 2024
2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2023-2024 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum

Biofeedback Certificate

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Overview of Program

​​The Biofeedback Certificate provides an alternative for the individual who wishes to obtain a comprehensive introduction to biofeedback, without undertaking an academic degree program. All training and didactic education is designed to follow the knowledge blueprint of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Students pursuing the certificate must document access to biofeedback instrumentation including at least three modalities. The certificate is a 9-credit program, three academic courses, and two Virtual or Residential Learn Experiences. The Biofeedback Certificate program offers one enrollment period in the fall semester.  The first course begins in Fall and continues through the end of the summer semester. ​ 

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. ​​Proficiency in Biofeedback Technologies: Students will demonstrate proficiency in working with a variety of biofeedback technologies and equipment. They will develop the skills necessary to set up and calibrate biofeedback devices, accurately collect physiological data from clients, and interpret the feedback provided by the instruments.  
  2. Assessment and Intervention Strategies: Students will learn to assess client needs and develop appropriate biofeedback interventions based on individual goals and conditions. They will acquire knowledge of at least 3 different biofeedback modalities and understand their applications in addressing specific physiological and psychological concerns. Students will develop skills in designing and implementing biofeedback-based interventions to promote self-regulation and enhance well-being. 
  3. Ethical and Professional Practice: Students will understand and adhere to ethical guidelines and professional standards when practicing biofeedback. They will demonstrate knowledge of the ethical considerations specific to biofeedback, such as informed consent, confidentiality, and client autonomy. Students will also develop skills in establishing a therapeutic relationship, effectively communicating with clients, and maintaining professional boundaries in biofeedback sessions.​ 

Career Opportunities

​​Biofeedback skills can lead to career opportunities within both clinical and optimal performance settings including military, sports and mental health programs.  ​ 

Program Requirements

Admissions Requirements

​​The Biofeedback Certificate is open to all current Saybrook students and to others with a minimum of a Master’s degree from an accredited University. Master’s level students from other accredited programs are also welcome to enroll in this certificate program.  ​ 

University Learning Experience

Virtual Learning Experience (VLE) - Required, Community Learning Experience (CLE) - Required

All new students begin their studies with a Welcome Week. Welcome Week activities, including a degree program orientation, are held online during the week ahead of the start of the fall and spring semesters. Participation is strongly encouraged.

Students enrolled in the biofeedback certificate program must attend any residential, university, or virtual learning experience as required for the courses in which they choose to enroll. Refer to the course descriptions for requirements.

Program Specific Requirements

Students are asked to purchase their own biofeedback equipment to complete these courses.  A limited number of biofeedback instruments are available for loan or rent.  Please contact the APH Department Chair for further information. 


​​9 Credits including three 3 credit courses.​ 

Mode of delivery

​​Courses are presented as a combination of reading assignments, videos, live videoconferences, asynchronous class discussions and written assignments. Each class format may vary based on content and instructor preference and students are encouraged to review the course syllabus and Canvas course shell prior to the start of each term to assess the requirements of each course.​ 

Length of program

​​This is a 9-credit Certificate that is completed in 1 year involving 3 consecutive terms. ​ 

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