2011 AAPB Webinar 3: Professional Ethics and Standards for Biofeedback and Neurofeedback
Presented by: Donald Moss, PhD, Chair, College of Mind-Body Medicine, Saybrook University, San Francisco
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Part 1: Professional Conduct in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback, An Overview
This webinar will review legal and ethical responsibilities of biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners. The biofeedback professional is governed in clinical practice by state regulations under the relevant licensing act, professional codes of ethics for his or her home profession, and the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback (5th rev.) of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Violation of such guidelines, even when unintended, invites the risk of lawsuit, criminal prosecution, financial penalties, loss of licensure, and expensive and stressful legal and administrative reviews. The presenter will discuss relevant guidelines governing: entry level competence; scope of practice; the delivery of experimental or non-documented therapies; the informed consent process; and questions of touch, privacy, and respect. The presenter will place emphasis on the imperative to maintain a positive treatment relationship, eliciting rapport and trust. The treatment behavior, along with adherence to professional guidelines, minimizes the risk of misunderstanding and litigation.
Part 2: Ethical Standards and Ethical Perspectives in Biofeedback and Integrative Health Care
This second webinar will review several approaches to moral thinking and ethical decision making, and their relevance to making decisions in biofeedback and neurofeedback practice. The presenter will review the developmental model of Lawrence Kohlberg, and apply this model for moral thinking to several common practice situations in biofeedback. He will also review relevant principles in bio-medical ethics, the concept of aspirational ethics, and other approaches to ethical decision making in the emerging field of integrative health care. The attendees will discuss the relevance of these ethical principles, and current standards to such common problems as: breaches of confidentiality; HIPAA privacy violations; adverse treatment effects; the uses of electronic communication; and the duty to warn in instances of suicidal or homicidal risk.
Professionals who complete this webinar will be able to:
- become familiar with the Professional Standards and Ethical Principles of Biofeedback, published by BCIA, and their interpretation for decisions in biofeedback practice.
- understand how to navigate the conflicting jurisdictions of state laws and regulations, professional codes of conduct, BCIA guidelines, and federal regulations.
- review and discuss practice standards governing entry level competence and scope of practice.
- develop an approach to educate patients about treatment options, providing cautions about potential adverse effects, and guiding patients toward an informed consent for specific therapies and treatment plan.
- become aware of several philosophical, psychological, and biomedical ethical paradigms for moral thinking and moral decision making.
- become aware of the need to adapt and reconsider prevailing professional guidelines in communities with diverse cultural expectations.
- understand the current standards for using electronic communication with clinical patients.
- review the guidelines for responsible professional action when patients show signs of risk for suicidal or violent behavior.
Level: Basic to Intermediate
Donald Moss, PhD, is Chair of the Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, at Saybrook University in San Francisco. He is chief editor of the Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage Publications, 2003) and Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology: A Historical and Biographical Sourcebook (Greenwood Press, 1998), and chief editor of Biofeedback magazine. He also serves on other editorial boards in psychophysiology and phenomenological psychology and is a Board member for the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America.
His publications on biofeedback and mind-body medicine have been translated into Chinese, German, Polish, Hebrew and Spanish, and he regularly presents workshops in countries from Australia to Mexico to China. He is currently preparing (with co-authors) a new book on mind-body assessment and treatment, Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2011), and a Primer of Biofeedback for publication in Poland (2012). His special interests within the field of biofeedback include respiratory training, heart rate variability biofeedback, and the treatment of anxiety disorders and post traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Moss is the president-elect of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, a member of the executive committee of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and past-president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) and the Michigan Society for Behavioral Medicine and Biofeedback.