Certificate in Professional Psychophysiology CP001

(This the BCIA General Biofeedback Course)

– $7,500 for 5 CE courses and a capstone paper

Certificate Coordinator: Richard A. Sherman

Certificate Faculty: Cynthia Kerson, Ph.D., Tim Herzog, Ph.D., Paul Lehrer, Ph.D.

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Richard A. Sherman

Richard A. Sherman

M.S., Ph.D. (Program Director)

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Cynthia Kerson

Cynthia Kerson

PhD, QEEGD, BCB, BCN (Assistant Program Director)

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Tim Herzog

Tim Herzog

MS, EdD, LCPC, CC-AASP

Tim Herzog is the Sport Psychology Education Specialist for the Human Performance Resource Center. He enjoys delving into research on optimal performance from psychophysiology, cognitive-behavioral theory, and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Herzog also teaches at National University and does applied work in private practice. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Consultant of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Herzog holds master’s degrees in Counseling/Sport Psychology and Clinical Psychology, as well as a doctorate in Counseling Psychology.Dr. Herzog pulls some practical knowledge of performance from experience coaching competitive sailing and (also in sailing) as head coach at Boston College and assistant coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In addition, he has worked with elite athletes at the U.S. Naval Academy (and several other universities), an elite sports camp, and with officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Army Center for Enhanced Performance at Fort Lewis.

Paul Lehrer

Paul Lehrer

Ph.D.

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Saybrook University, in partnership with the Behavioral Medicine Foundation, offers a Certificate of Professional Studies in Psychophysiology to professionals taking five of our courses psychophysiology courses and writing a paper summarizing what they have learned. People wanting to take the certificate must be appropriately trained and credentialed clinicians, educators, or coaches.

This certificate is a valuable way to provide evidence of solid training in psychophysiological techniques and biofeedback. The certificate lists the courses taken, the number of hours of training in each, and the major topics in which training was provided. The training required for the certificate goes well beyond that required for certification in biofeedback by organizations such as the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) as it demonstrates a far greater depth of knowledge and covers a broader spectrum of behavioral interventions and knowledge than only biofeedback. This is an academic certificate of knowledge rather than a clinical practice certification such as BCIA’s biofeedback certification.

Each course  is between 36 and 50 CEs, provided by distance education, and is approved by both the State of California’s Board of Social Sciences and the APA*.  The required core CE (continuing education) courses for the certificate are (1) PH007 Biological basis of behavior (Introduction to psychophysiology), (2) PH010 General biofeedback (psychophysiological assessment and intervention), and (3) a capstone paper summarizing what has been learned while taking the certificate.

Participants who have already taken a course equivalent to either of the above may substitute any of the psychophysiology CE courses for the one already taken with concurrence of the certificate coordinator. The remaining courses are negotiated between the certificate coordinator and the student.

 Participants who wish to meet the standards for certification by BCIA must have a college level course in anatomy and physiology. Participants who do not have such a course can take our A&P CE course (PH011) as one of the certificate courses as it is designed specifically for people who need A&P to provide behavioral interventions. They may also wish to meet the mentoring requirement by taking our mentoring CE course (PH___). Different versions of the course are available depending on whether the participant is interested in certification in general biofeedback, EEG biofeedback (neurofeedback), or pelvic floor disorders biofeedback. Participants taking the mentoring course must have access to an appropriate biofeedback device and be available to work with the instructor for a minimum of one hour per week via the web based program “go to meeting”.

While participants can take any CE course offered by the Psychophysiology Specialization (with concurrence by the certificate coordinator), those most likely to be taken in addition to the core courses are:

a. EEG biofeedback / neurofeedback.

b. Advanced neurofeedback for specific disorders.

c. Psychophysiological optimal functioning in the sports, business, and educational environments.

d. Quantitative EEG assessment.

e. Genetic bases of behavior.

f.  Brain stimulation for behavioral modification.

g. Mentoring in applying psychophysiological techniques.

h. Hormonal and perceptual influences upon behavior.