HeartMath Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety and Emotional Regulation

For Health Professionals working with patients and clients, the self-regulation techniques, protocols and technologies taught in this program guide individuals in establishing a new physiological baseline that results in sustainable perceptual, attitudinal and behavioral changes.


For Health Professionals – Get Certified in HeartMath

Stress and anxiety have a major impact on the health and well-being of your patients. What if you could teach them simple techniques that could help them connect with their heart to manage stress and learn to regulate their emotions?

Science demonstrates that we can train our autonomic nervous system to support our well-being. Evidence-based techniques provide objective and measurable ways to see improvements in physiological and behavioral functioning.



Over six online sessions, you’ll learn:

  • Brief interventions for emotional regulation to help patients take charge of their health and well-being

  • The science of self-regulation to motivate your patients to engage in effective self-care

  • Methods to show your clients changes in their physiology and emotional states



Programme overview

  • For health professionals helping clients with stress, anxiety, self-regulation, and emotional management skills

  • Learn how to integrate HeartMath into general clinical settings

  • 6 hours of self-paced video content plus reading

  • This programme does not feature or include HeartMath biofeedback technologies – it is technique based only.

  • Instructor Tim Culbert, MD, Behavioral Health and Developmental Pediatrician

  • A course manual that includes scripts, case study examples, clinical forms, and patient handouts




After completing this course, you will receive:

Certification as a HeartMath Certified Practitioner* upon completion of an exam.
*Certification is limited to health professionals who are licensed or certified and working with clients and patients primarily on physical or mental health-related issues. Students in a formal health professional training program, and those who work under supervision are also eligible for certification.



Course Topics

  • Six HeartMath techniques for self-regulation and emotional management

  • Importance of coherence and its role in mental, emotional and physical health

  • Individual and group protocols with practical ways to increase patient engagement

  • Heart Rate Variability – clinical applications such as anxiety, pain, PTSD, sleep disorders, ADHD and more

Who Is This Program For?

This course is perfect for beginner-intermediate level health professionals of any kind, including:

  • Physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners

  • Psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors and social workers

  • Chiropractors, naturopaths, physical therapists, occupational therapists

  • Addiction counselors

  • Trauma specialists

  • Acupuncturists, health coaches, performance coaches and trainers

*Please note – after booking this programme you will receive a separate email with an access code. Your email will be sent manually within 24hrs **This programme does not include HRV biofeedback technology. Technology can be purchased separately.




Agenda and course components

The course is divided into six one-hour online units. For certification you will need to complete these units, the required reading, self-study practice and an examination. The course includes:

1. Intro and Overview

  • Stress and intelligent energy management

  • Autonomic nervous system and emotional regulation

  • Resilience building

  • Coherence Model and Heart-Brain Communication

2. Coherence and its impact on the human system

  • Heart’s own complex nervous system: the “heart brain”

  • Technique: Quick Coherence®

  • Relational Energetics and Self-Care

3. Our emotions and attitudes affect the heart’s magnetic field

  • Provider/practitioner self-care impact quality of care

  • Technique: Heart Lock-In®

4. Heart Rate Variability

  • Deepening the understanding of heart-rate variability

  • Clinical applications

  • Technology options for heart-rate variability and coherence measurements

  • Technique: Attitude Breathing™

5. Brief Intervention Protocol

  • Clinical case studies

  • Sample brief protocol

  • Technique: Freeze Frame®

  • Multi-Session Protocol and Special Populations

6. Complexity and the mind-body connection

  • Clinical applications, complex patients (ie: PTSD, depression, anxiety, children)

  • Multi-session protocol

Faculty: Timothy P. Culbert, MD, FAAP, IFMCP

Developmental Pediatrician / Pediatric Integrative Medicine
Medical Director of Integrative Medicine, PrairieCare, A University of Minnesota Medical School Affiliate


Learning Objectives

Class 1: Scientific Foundation of Self-Care Interventions (280 minutes)

  • Discuss domains of resilience and the importance of intelligent energy management for self-regulation of stress, emotions and creating resilience

  • Describe how to use the self-regulation techniques personally and with patients to improve health and well-being

Class 2: Coherence Model and Heart-Brain Communication (222 minutes)

  • Discuss the impact of increased coherence on heart rate variability, brain function and emotional well-being

  • Analyze the functions of the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system and its relationship to coherence

  • Apply emotional refocusing techniques to support a coherent state in moments where stress management and emotional regulation skills are needed

Class 3: Relational Energetics, Communication and Self-Care. (210 minutes)

  • Identify and interpret the concepts of relational and emotional energetics and its impact on patient care

  • Summarize the importance of effective communication in healthcare interactions

  • Describe how to apply an active practice of self-care and communication techniques to improve health outcomes

Class 4: Heart Rate Variability (221 minutes)

  • Review and discuss the importance of HRV analysis as related to clinical outcomes

  • Discuss and practice emotional restructuring techniques to replace incoherent HRV states with states that support healthy change

Class 5: Brief Intervention Protocol (210 minutes)

  • Discuss the defining factors which determine a client’s appropriateness for a Brief Intervention protocol

  • Identify specific treatment goals and objectives for a given patient profile

Class 6: Multi-Session Protocols and Special Populations

  • Compare and contrast the key differences between multi-session, brief intervention, group and crisis/acute care approaches using heart-rate variability tools and techniques

  • Summarize clinical symptoms/disorders related to “under-arousal” and “over-arousal” and the connection between the two condition

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