Biofeedback therapy has been shown to be useful in the treatment of such a wide variety of conditions and disorders that therapists can be found in a number of background specialties, from medicine and psychology to occupational therapy and dentistry. This means that biofeedback therapists are employed by many different types of institutions. They often have private practices as well. If you can envision ways in which biofeedback can assist people in whatever career field you might find yourself, chances are you can build a practice around it, either alone, or working with a group or for an institutional employer. Medical centers are the most common place of employment for biofeedback therapists, but more and more corporations are finding applications for biofeedback in the workplace.
Most biofeedback therapists come to the discipline with established practices in other fields. Once you have received the minimum of a bachelor's degree in your primary field, you can begin to think about specific training in biofeedback therapy. (A master's or sometimes even a doctorate is preferred to a bachelor's, depending on your areas of study.)
Obtaining certification from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) may be the most appropriate first goal for beginning therapists as it will lend credibility to your training and help you build your practice. Therapist candidates can earn BCIA certification concurrently with training, and BCIA offers the option of taking courses on a part-time basis.
Advancement opportunities are dependent on the main specialty a therapist has chosen and the environment in which he or she is working. Continuing education is important to any health care professional, so biofeedback therapists advance within their practices by developing their skills and learning about new methods of treatment. In some cases, such as academic medical centers, the addition of biofeedback therapy to a practice may assist the therapist in reaching promotion goals.
Tips for Entry
Visit https://aapb-jobs.careerwebsite.com for job listings.
Read publications such as Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and Biofeedback to learn more about the field.
Join the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback to access training and networking opportunities, continuing education classes, and other resources.