Sonoma State University
offers a unique biofeedback professional training sequence.
* Psychology 454--Biofeedback
Psych 454 is an introductory
class for biofeedback and somatics. In this class, the students receive first-hand
experience with biofeedback in SSU biofeedback labs and are exposed to biofeedback
and somatic theories and practices. This course provides a foundation for
students who wish to become proficient in the field of somatics and psychophysiology,
In Psych 566, students who have completed Psych 454 work with real clients in the biofeedback labs. Students are required to function as beginning health professionals, and as such, learn the basics of case management,instrument operation, and professional behavior. Each student typically works with four or five clients. Students receive ongoing supervision for case management and instruction in how to use biofeedback instrumentation properly. In addition, students in Psych 566 serve as mentors to students in Psych 454, and as practical models of developing professionals in the field of psychology to other students in the department.
Psych 573 is an advanced
biofeedback class in which students work in the biofeedback labs with varying
numbers of clients, from two to ten. The instructor provides professional
supervision in regards to case management and further professional development.
The students present their cases, progress, and problems to each other. Additionally,
these advanced students visit various psychology classes and demonstrate the
concepts and practices
The Professional Training
Sequence at SSU offers the following advantages:
* The biofeedback sequence offers students the opportunity to develop professional psychophysiological skills working with clients while they are establishing a sound theoretical background for future work in the field of psychology. They have the chance to use the learnings gleaned from other courses in the department in an applied setting with real clients.
* The discipline of biofeedback
represents a uniquely practical and elegant hybridization of humanism and
technology, reflecting the Psychology Department at Sonoma State's commitment
to the full human being and utilizing the latest advances to help students
gain the broadest possible understanding of what it is to be human.