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  • Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center

    • 1730 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
    • Chester, PA 19013
    • tel: 610-499-4514
    • fax: 610-499-1215
  • Pamela Calvert-Hirt, PsyD, MBA, BCB

FAQs, Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener.

If you have additional questions, please contact us by phone or e-mail (see contact information on left). 

What is biofeedback?

Biofeedback is a safe, noninvasive technique that teaches people how to monitor and control various body functions such as heart rate, muscle tension, blood pressure, and skin temperature.

How can biofeedback help me?

Research has shown that biofeedback is a clinically effective tool for children, adolescents, and adults who experience a variety of conditions, including stress, pain, headaches and migraines, panic and anxiety disorders, sleep difficulties, TMJ and teeth grinding.

How does biofeedback work?

Biofeedback functions as a tool to assess and monitor dynamic physiological processes within the body. Electronic sensors are applied to specific areas of the body that correlate with stress responses such as muscle tension and skin temperature. This information is relayed to the therapist through auditory and visual cues. Ultimately, with help from the therapist, patients learn how to successfully detect and control the actions of the nervous system during and after periods of stress.

How much does treatment cost?

An assessment session costs $80 and treatment/training sessions are $50 for the general public. Student sessions are $25. A sliding fee scale is available. The clinic does not take insurance; however, you will receive a receipt to submit to your insurance carrier for possible out-of-network reimbursement.

How long is treatment?

After the initial three-session assessment, many people find ten (10) sessions very helpful in significantly reducing or eliminating their symptoms. Of course, this will depend on the length and severity of the symptoms, as well as, the frequency of home practice.

What are the clinic hours?

The Biofeedback Clinic and Certification Center is open by appointment on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Phone calls will be returned by the next business day.

Do I have to be a Widener University student to take the certification course?

No. Student status is not required. While you will not receive any academic credit for this course, it is the same course that Widener students take (with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance exam as their final exam), and it meets the didactic requirement for certification in general biofeedback through BCIA.

How much does the certification cost?

The certification course costs $575. The course consists of 10 self-paced PowerPoint lectures with audio on a CD, with a syllabus for additional readings and quizzes to be completed after each lecture. The one-on-one mentoring fee is $100/hour and the group fee is $55/hour (more than one). The certification exam costs $425 for professionals and $325 for students with an acceptable undergraduate degree and enrolled in an advanced degree-granting program in a BCIA-approved health area field at a regionally accredited university. Group exam preparation fee is $55/hour per person or $100/hour one-on-one.

How long does it take to complete the certification?

Graduate students complete all of the requirements in one academic year. For professionals, it is self-paced and may take up to two years to complete. BCIA does not care the order in which the requirements are completed. However, we recommend that people complete a large portion of the didactic training before beginning the skills training.

When can I start the course?

Widener University students start the course in the fall semester. Professionals can start at any time during the year since it is self-paced. Professionals may order the course on the Bio Neurofeedback Treatment and Training Center website. It is not Mac/Apple computer compatible at this time.