Creative Interventions: Biofeedback in the Helping Professions

The Biofeedback and the Helping Professions badge will provide an introduction to biofeedback as a practice technique in human services.  The badge will overview both the autonomic nervous systems in relation to biofeedback.  The badge will also provide an overview of ethics and values in the helping professions (social work) and biofeedback practice.  Finally, biofeedback as an evidence based practice will be discussed.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the badge, students should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An understand of  the foundations of biofeedback as a practice technique.
  • The Student will be able to understand and explain the autonomic nervous system in relation to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional social work ethics in practice (or your own professional association’s) and knowledge of the Association for Aplied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback ethical principles.
  • Knowledge of Evidenced Based Practices using biofeedback techniques.


Credit Hours

Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria

Contact Hours for Professional Relicensure
Social Workers -
 This program has been pre-approved by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for continuing education for social workers. These course offerings are approved for 7.5 contact hours applicable for relicensure. (BSRB approval #05-001).


Brien Bolin, Ph.D., MSW

Brien Bolin

Dr. Bolin received his doctorate in sociology from Oklahoma State University. His dissertation research focused on quality assurance in the deinstitutionalization of individuals with developmental disabilities in Oklahoma. He received his MSW from Walla Walla College. His current research interests include the Pedagogy of Social Work Education including teaching research and professional identity in social work. Dr. Bolin teaches research and evaluation in the School of Social Work as well as courses on the Advanced Generalist Practice Model at Wichita State University.  


CRN Course # Term
16854 SWCK411 BE Fall 2019