Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience

The mission of the Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience is to foster the advancement of the field of biofeedback, applied psychophysiology, and related disciplines.

As a professional guild, we advocate for greater awareness of our field and serve as a forum for the exchange of relevant information derived from clinical and research experiences. Our members aspire to embrace the highest ethical standards and we respect and protect the welfare of others, especially the most vulnerable among us. Compassion, tolerance, and inclusion are core values we nurture within ourselves and those with whom we work.

The Western Association of Biofeedback and Neuroscience (formerly called the Biofeedback Society of California) was founded in 1974 and is the oldest and largest state neurofeedback 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 neurofeedback and 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, neurofeedback 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 and neurofeedback

What is Applied Psychophysiology (Biofeedback)?

Biofeedback and neurofeedback have 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 and Neurotherapy are 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)