As a result of taking this course, students will:
- Have knowledge of each topic required to earn the BCIA Certificate in Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback
- Understand how basic cardiac anatomy and physiology (A&P) relate to HRV
- Be able to determine your own resonance frequency and calculate it for others
- Have sufficient knowledge of respiratory A&P to relate it to HEV
- Understand how the autonomic nervous system’s A&P cause changes in organ system functioning
- Be able to use standard biofeedback instruments to measure, assess, and feedback HRV
Students learn by watching audiovisual lectures provided in the course, reading assignments both from materials provided on the course website, watching a movie, and interacting extensively with the instructor via e-mail and, if they wish, by phone. Students will answer short essay questions rather than taking exams.
To take this course, students must have access to a biofeedback system capable of providing heart rate variability biofeedback—including a computer display of HRV—preferably with a spectral analysis. Acceptable systems include those manufactured by HeartMath, J&J Engineering, Thought Technology, Nexus, and Biocomp. If you have a different system, contact the instructor prior to purchasing the course. This course is accredited and blueprint-relevant continuing education for certificants of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.
Continuing Education credits: 30
Instructor: Richard A. Sherman, Ph.D.