HeartMath Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety and Emotional Regulation

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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

Our course offers 20 Continuing Education (CE) credits.
(If you’re outside the U.S., please check with your licensing/certification board for CE credit eligibility.)

Course Overview

  • Six one-hour recorded classes
  • 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.
  • CE Certificate of Completion. CE credits will be available to licensed health professionals who complete the course in full, pass the post test and submit a course evaluation. If you’re outside the U.S., please check with your licensing/certification board for CE credit eligibility.

Upon certification, you may apply to be listed in the HeartMath Provider Directory. Listing is at the sole discretion of HeartMath LLC.

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

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Agenda and Course Components

The course is divided into six one-hour online units.

The course includes:

  1. Intro and Overview
    1. Stress and intelligent energy management
    2. Autonomic nervous system and emotional regulation
    3. Resilience building
  2. Coherence Model and Heart-Brain Communication
    1. Coherence and its impact on the human system
    2. Heart’s own complex nervous system: the “heart brain”
    3. Technique: Quick Coherence®
  3. Relational Energetics and Self-Care
    1. Our emotions and attitudes affect the heart’s magnetic field
    2. Provider/practitioner self-care impact quality of care
    3. Technique: Heart Lock-In®
  4. Heart Rate Variability
    1. Deepening the understanding of heart-rate variability
    2. Clinical applications
    3. Technology options for heart-rate variability and coherence measurements
    4. Technique: Attitude Breathing™
  5. Brief Intervention Protocol
    1. Clinical case studies
    2. Sample brief protocol
    3. Technique: Freeze Frame®
  6. Multi-Session Protocol and Special Populations
    1. Complexity and the mind-body connection
    2. Clinical applications, complex patients (ie: PTSD, depression, anxiety, children)
    3. Multi-session protocol

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)
At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • 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

Course References:

  • Culbert, Timothy. Perspectives on Technology-Assisted Relaxation Approaches to Support Mind-Body Skills Practice in Children and Teens: Clinical Experience and Commentary. Children: 2017. Vol 4(20).
  • Dijkstra, M; Soer, R; Bieleman, A; McCraty, R; Oosterveld, F; Gross, D; Reneman, M. Exploring a 1-Minute Paced Deep Breathing Measurement of Heart Rate Variability as Part of a Workers’ Health Assessment. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (2019) 44:83-96.
  • Elbers, Jorina MD et al. Clinical Profile Associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Advent of Nervous System Dysregulation. Children 2017, 4, 98; doi:10.3390/children4110098.
  • Lucy H. Field, L., Stephen D. Edwards, David J. Edwards, and Sarah E. Dean. Influence of HeartMath Training Programme on Physiological and Psychological Variables. Global Journal of Health Science; Vol. 10, No. 2; 2018. ISSN 1916-9736 E-ISSN 1916-9744.
  • Mather and Thayer. How Heart Rate Variability Affects Emotional Regulation Networks. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 2018. Volume 19. pp 98-104.
  • McCraty, R. Heart‑Brain Neurodynamics: The Making of Emotions. In Issues of the Heart: The Neuropsychotherapist special issue, M. Dahlitz, & Hall, G., Editor 2015, Dahlitz Media: Brisbane. p. 76-110.
  • Williams, et al. Difficulties in emotion regulation. Front Psychol, 2015. 6: p. 261

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Certificate will be generated and distributed through the learning management system and emailed to the learners upon completion of the evaluation and a test with a 75% or higher grade.

Faculty Bio

Timothy Culbert

Timothy P. Culbert, MD, FAAP, IFMCP

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


  • Medical Degree: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Residency: University of Vermont
  • Fellowship: Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota
  • Board Certification: Pediatrics, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Biofeedback and Medical Hypnosis
  • Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner


  • Dr. Culbert’s medical special interests include holistic mental health, chronic pain, self-care skills for kids, complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine, nutritional intervention and biofeedback.
  • Expertise in clinical use of HeartMath and as a HeartMath faculty instructor


  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota; adjunct professor at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.
  • Dr. Culbert’s new book for kids, “Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You,” from FreeSpirit Publishing, won first place in the Midwest Booksellers Association Awards in the children’s nonfiction category; the book reviews healthy lifestyle choices for kids in a fun and activity-oriented manner.


  • Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School


  • American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee, Section on Complementary, Holistic and Integrative Medicine


  • Holistic mental health
  • Chronic pain
  • Self-care skills for kids
  • Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine
  • Nutritional intervention
  • Biofeedback

CE Credit Information

This non-live distance learning course is approved for 20 CE hours.
This course is jointly sponsored by The Institute for Better Health (IBH) and HeartMath. IBH has been approved to offer continuing education by the following:

COUNSELORS & MFTs: IBH has been approved by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists to provide CE offerings for MFTs. Provider Number 154. Institute for Better Health (IBH) recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0063. Counselors may earn 20 CE hours. Many states have reciprocity with other national organizations listed here. Please contact your state board for further information.

EDUCATORS: The Institute for Better Health has been approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (WESPSB), a member of NASDTEC, as a Clock Hour Provider for Educators. Learners may claim one Clock Hour for each activity hour attended. Please contact your individual state boards for information regarding reciprocity and any additional requirements.

PSYCHOLOGIST: Institute for Better Health is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Institute for Better Health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

SOCIAL WORKERS: Institute for Better Health, Inc. SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0091. Social workers may earn 20 contact hours. As an approved continuing education provider for the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, IBH offers continuing education for Texas licensed social workers in compliance with the rules of the board. License No. 3876; MC 1982, PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714, (512) 719-3521.

HeartMath has been approved to offer continuing education by the following:

NURSES: HeartMath is approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP12274) for 20.0 contact hours.

NEUROFEEDBACK AND BIOFEEDBACK PRACTITIONERS: HeartMath Clinical Certification is approved by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) for seven hours of CE credit towards biofeedback and neurofeedback recertification.

The Health Coach Alliance: For Health Coaches: Heart Math Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety and Emotional Management has been approved by the Health Coach Alliance for 20 CEC’s upon successfully passing the final quiz with a mark of 80% or higher.

The Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition: For Holistic Nutritionists: The Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition recognizes the Heartmath Clinical Certification for Stress, Anxiety and Emotional Management as an approved Continuing Education Provider. Attendees are eligible for 20 CEC’s upon successful completion of the course and final exam with a mark of 80% or higher.

PLEASE NOTE: Many state boards accept offerings accredited by national or other state organizations. If your state is not listed, please check with your professional licensing board to determine whether the accreditations listed are accepted.

Please be aware that these advanced workshops include descriptions, videotapes, audiotapes, and/or reenactments of actual therapy sessions. Some of the case material may contain graphic descriptions of violence, sexual activity or other content which could be disturbing, especially for participants with similar experiences. The courses are intended for health professionals and advanced students, who participate at their own risk. If you find portions of the program upsetting, or if you need assistance for any other reason, please notify one of the trainers.

Course release date: 1/2020
Last review date: 1/2020
Course expiration date: 1/2023

In order to obtain CE credits for this course, students must fully review each module and complete the activity. Students must also complete the CE evaluation and post-test after finishing the course. A score of 75% or higher on the post-test is necessary to receive CE credits. Students will be given two attempts to answer each question on the test.

Eligibility for Certificate of Completion

Course enrollment is open to all learners. A Certificate of Completion will be issued to learners who choose to take the multiple-choice question exam and pass with >75% correct. Repeated attempts at the exam are accepted to obtain the passing mark.

Eligibility for HeartMath Certification

Additional Criteria to become a HeartMath™ Certified Practitioner:

  1. Professional Standards
    State, provincial or nationally licensed or certified professionals as listed below:
    • Licensed Mental Health Professionals
    • Licensed Medical Professionals
    • Certified Health Professionals (training must include consultation, mentoring, in-person training, or internship)
    • Students in a licensure-track medical or mental health educational program

    If you have questions about your professional eligibility for certification, please complete this Certification Eligibility Request form

  2. Educational Standards
    Applicants must achieve >75% on the course final exam.

  3. Required Documentation of Certification Eligibility
    Applicants will be required to upload a copy of their professional designation document(s) indicating proof of current licensure, certification, or student status.

Upon certification, licensed and certified health professionals in independent practice can apply to be listed in the HeartMath Directory of Certified Professionals. Listing is at the sole discretion of the HeartMath LLC.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Please check speaker/planner conflict of interest disclosures prior to registering.

The Institute for Better Health Inc. is responsible for the content, quality and scientific integrity of all CE/CME activities certified for credit. When an educational activity is offered for medical (CME), Nursing (ANCC) and/or Psychology (APA) continuing education credit, participants must be informed as to the source, amount, nature, and disposition of any funding used to support the activity, whether in the form of educational grants, cash contributions, or in-kind contributions.

Individuals in a position to influence course content must also disclose whether they have one or more relevant financial relationships with individuals and companies who have a financial interest in activity content. All those in a position to control the content of an education activity are asked to disclose any relevant financial relationships they have with any commercial interest.

There was no commercial support for this activity.

Tim Culbert, M.D., F.A.C.C. has disclosed a financial relationship with Natural Mental Health, which is s website that he owns. Tim agrees that his presentations and other contributions to program content will be completely fair and unbiased, and will mention other healing processes and products during our presentation when appropriate. If possible, he will refer to generics rather than to brand names when mentioning products, equipment, and services, and they will be selected/included on the basis of best available evidence.

The following planners are all employed by HeartMath and do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

  • Rollin McCraty, Ph.D
  • Tricia Hoffman
  • Heather Hoefs, MA, CHCP



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