Why Become Certified?
There are many benefits to being certified by the NTCB:
- You may advertise your certified status to the public.
- You may seek referrals from other professionals based on your certification.
- NTCB provides members with several resources for soliciting referrals.
- NTCB provides a monthly newsletter to keep you informed about legislation, FDA changes and other happenings that affect your business.
- You may purchase malpractice insurance at a much reduced price.
The position of the NTCB is that certification, as far as the public is concerned, is a measure of competency. Certification is seen by the majority of professionals to be a necessity for receiving referrals. We base these conclusions on the results of two surveys we conducted.
During 2005, the Natural Therapies Research Board conducted a survey of 352 people chosen at random at health expositions in Seattle, Denver, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston with the following results:
- Seventy two percent (72%) of the public in our survey said they prefer to use the services of a certified biofeedback specialist over a non-certified one.
- Sixty-four percent (64%) of the public prefers to take control of the treatment of their own medical problems.
- Sixteen percent (16%) of those responding indicated they thought biofeedback might help them with their physical problems.
- Seven percent (7%) of those responding were familiar with biofeedback but only four percent (4%) had experienced it.
During 2004 NTRB contacted 100 licensed practitioners in each of the medical, chiropractic and psychotherapist professions with the following results:
- Of forty-one chiropractors (41%) who responded to our survey, thirty-seven (37% of the total asked, 90% of those who responded) indicated they prefer to refer to certified biofeedback therapists but not to non-certified biofeedback therapists. Four (4% total, 10% respondents) were certified as biofeedback therapists.
- Of thirty-seven licensed psychologists (37%) who responded to our survey, six (6% total, 16% respondents) indicated they are biofeedback therapists and nineteen (19% total, 51% respondents) indicated they prefer to refer to certified biofeedback therapists. Nine (9% total, 24% respondents) don't care if the biofeedback therapist is certified or not, and three (3% total, 8% respondents) do not refer clients to biofeedback therapists.
- Of sixteen medical doctors (16%) who responded to our survey, fifteen (15% total, 94% respondents) indicated they refer to certified biofeedback therapists but not to non-certified ones. One physician (1% total, 6% respondents) refers to a non-certified biofeedback therapist. d. Seventy-six percent (76%) of those professionals who responded prefer to refer their patients to certified biofeedback professionals.
Considering the non-respondents as negative responders, it could be said that twenty-four percent (24%) of medical, psychotherapy and chiropractic professionals prefer to refer to certified biofeedback professionals.
Admittedly these surveys were skewed and not completely random. They were also conducted at conventions and expositions where people are more prone to be interested in alternative health-care. But they can be taken as an indication that both professionals and the public appear to prefer to use the services of a certified biofeedback therapist over those offered by a non-certified therapist.
To learn more, please read our letter for unlicensed/non-certified Canadian Biofeedback Professionals and American Biofeedback Professionals and review the Laws Governing Biofeedback.