NY State Mental Health License

07 December 2005
a BioFeedBack Resources International e-mail newsletter
edited by Harry L. Campbell, BCIA, NRBS Past President
technical editing and production by Edwin Johnson

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I.Health Training Seminars Presents its Winter BCIA Certification Seminars
II. ProComp Infiniti Workshops: Introduction to ProComp BioGraph Infiniti, Developer Tools Lite, and Developer Tools 2-Day Workshop
III.Kiddie QR is Back!
IV.New York State Mental Health License


  1. Health Training Seminars Presents its Winter BCIA Certification Seminars


    These are outstanding opportunities for participants to learn traditional, mainstream, clinical biofeedback applications, as well as the fast growing specialty of EEG Neurofeedback. HTS Instructors are among the most experienced and successful instructor/practitioners in biofeedback. Likewise, many of the professionals we have trained over the past thirty-four years are today among the most successful biofeedback practitioners in the world. Our hands-on seminars include lectures, demonstrations, video, dialogues and supervised training on leading instrument systems. Our unique strategies provide a systematic, guided approach to clinical and economic success in biofeedback including:

    • All of the didactic BCIA hours (48 hours General Biofeedback & 36 Hours EEG Neurofeedback).
    • Learning biofeedback protocols that can be applied immediately.
    • Integration of biofeedback into your individual therapy or educational style.
    • Identification of those biofeedback specialties that are most suited to you or your organization.
    • How to continue to increase your biofeedback expertise in the most time and cost effective ways.
    • Development of solid, leading edge, quickly applicable biofeedback business models.

    Previous experience with biofeedback or EEG instrumentation or computers is not required in order to learn how to conduct traditional, general biofeedback or EEG sessions. Our modular strategy allows practitioners the option of learning what they need in order to select the right equipment and get started in as little as three days. Participants can then return at a later date to complete the training. Of course many prefer taking all three modules at once. Training rebates on most equipment purchases can make most of the training FREE.

    Biofeedback – January 13-18 – Tarrytown, New York
    Neurofeedback – January 27-31 – Tarrytown, New York

    For more information or to register, please contact our workshop coordinator: 1-877-669-6463.

  2. ProComp Infiniti Workshops: Introduction to ProComp BioGraph Infiniti, Developer Tools Lite, and Developer Tools 2-Day Workshop


    This 1-day workshop is for researchers and health professionals that want to learn how to use the latest biofeedback technology. The morning session provides an overview of the key features of the BioGraph Infiniti software and hardware. In the afternoon, participants are shown how to use different sensors and multimedia biofeedback screens for physiological indicators including Surface Electromyography (SEMG), Respiration, Temperature, Skin Conductance, Electroencephalography (EEG), Heart Rate and Electrocardiology (EKG). This 1-day course is a basic and general introduction & software instrumentation training only.


    The Developer Tools Light workshop is a 1-day hands-on training using BioGraph Infiniti Screen Editors and Scripts. It teaches you how to make quick modifications on-the-fly to screens, and build new screens & scripts.


    Developer Tools workshop is a 2-day hands-on training using the BioGraph Infiniti Channel, Screen, and Script Editors. This workshop is targeted at power users of the BioGraph Infiniti environment. Receive an overview on the key concepts behind the Channel, Screen, and Script editors, opening the door to further learning in this exceptionally powerful development environment.


    January 2006—————————

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM, USA Introduction to BioGraph Infiniti 1-Day Workshop Friday, January 13th, 2006 Developer Tools Lite Workshop Saturday, January 14th, 2006

    FULLERTON, CA, USA Introduction to BioGraph Infiniti 1-Day Workshop Friday, January 27th, 2006 Developer Tools 2-Day Workshop Saturday, January 28th & Sunday, January 29th, 2006

    February 2006————————–

    PALM SPRINGS, CA, USA Introduction to BioGraph Infiniti 1-Day Workshop Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 Developer Tools Lite Workshop Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

    VIENNA, AUSTRIA Introduction to BioGraph Infiniti 1-Day Workshop Thursday, February 16th, 2006 Developer Tools Lite Workshop Saturday, February 18th, 2006

    WORKSHOP COST————————–
    1-Day Workshop = $100 US
    2-Day Workshop = $195 US
    3-Day Workshop = $275 US

    For more information or to register, please contact our workshop coordinator: 1-877-669-6463.

  3. Kiddie QR is Back!

    Elizabeth Stroebel, Ph.D., BCIA introduces her newly updated Stress Management Program for children. A Six-Second Technique for Coping With Stress Without Drugs. With the help of QR and the sixteen Body Friends, kids of all ages learn fun ways to prevent or manage distress and reduce pain. A program for family, classroom and clinic use. A full description of the program is available at


Julie Weiner, Alan Strohmayer and others in the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society have been working very hard with local lawmakers to get a license for biofeedback practitioners in New York State. So far we have not been able to get a specific biofeedback license. There is now however, a new Mental Health Counseling license that many biofeedback practitioners can qualify for. This license includes the use of biofeedback in practice.

There is a limited time that those in New York State can apply for the mental health counseling license under a grand fathering pathway if you meet the requirements. According to a letter from the State of New York Education Department, Office of Professions, BCIA certification will be acceptable as equivalent to Counseling or Rehabilitation Counseling certification. It will be accepted for Alternative Pathway 2 as an alternative to examination to prove entry-level competence. You should go directly to the website
to read the requirements and download the application. The application must be sent in by December 31, 2005.

The Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society continues to work on a possible biofeedback license. For the near future the new mental health counselor license is a good option for unlicensed practitioners who wish to practice biofeedback independently in New York State.

The following is an excerpt from the announcement that Julie Weiner prepared:

The Office of Professions of the New York State Education Department has recognized BCIA certification as a qualification for grandfathering into licensure as a mental health counselor for people with two years of counseling education or the equivalent who have worked in some sort of counseling or mental health capacity for seven of the past ten years. (If you have worked ten of the last fifteen, but not seven of the last ten years, you may also apply for licensure, but will need 5 rather than 3 endorsers, and BCIA certification will be irrelevant.) Even people who are not BCIA certified can qualify if they have worked for at least 3 years under the supervision of a psychologist, mental health counselor, social worker, psychiatrist or other mental health professional.

The license available is “New York State licensed mental health counselor.” The grandfathering period lasts through January 1, 2006.

Because many other states already license mental health counselors, and some have reciprocal relationships for counselor’s licenses, this may be an opportunity even for people living outside New York to become licensed in their own state based on the relative portability of this type of license. (Different states have different rules for accepting out of state mental health counseling licenses. In general, this is considered a more portable license than a psychologist’s, and indeed, I know of at least one NYS licensed psychologist who is considering applying because it would make moving to another state easier.)

The remaining window of opportunity for grandfathering is through January 1, 2006–two months remain. The application and list of required documentation of credentials is posted at:

All the forms people need to file this $345 application can be downloaded from


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