Institute of HeartMath FAQs

Education FAQs

General Education

Question: How can teachers and educators integrate HeartMath tools and techniques into their classrooms?

Answer: Teachers can use HeartMath’s classroom learning programs such as TestEdge®, HeartSmarts®, Early HeartSmarts and the Inside Story Classroom Program in their classes. All of these have straightforward instructions to guide teachers in presenting the materials. Go to HeartMath Classroom Programs for details about the various programs tailored for specific age groups. Educators who wish to receive more in-depth HeartMath training can participate in the Qualified Instructor Program®. The Qualified Instructor Program® licenses teaches educators how to present the Resilient Educator® program to teachers, school counselors, psychologists and other school staff, and licenses them to deliver the program. Those who go through The Resilient Educator program learn how to use HeartMath tools, techniques and products such as the emWave® Stress Relief System in their work with students and their personal lives. Learn more here: Qualified Instructor Program.

Question: How can counselors and school psychologists integrate HeartMath tools and technology into their schools?

Answer: In addition to using HeartMath’s classroom learning programs with students, counselors and psychologists can also use the emWave technology. The emWave® technology is popular among many counselors and their students as a learning technology that offers a wide range of applications, including behavior management, test anxiety, performance enhancement, learning disabilities, ADHD, health science and physiology. We offer a special online training program in the use of the emWave and HeartMath techniques called HeartMath Interventions – Establishing a New Baseline for Sustained Behavioral Change. The program provides a set of tools, protocols, and the emWave technologies, which make it easier for students and adults to make positive emotional and attitudinal shifts that activate resilience and emotional flexibility.

Go to: http://www.emwavepc.org

Question: Do you have any literature about HeartMath for my school?

Answer: There are several options. First, you can direct your administrator to the HeartMath education Web page. Secondly, you can download the education catalog. Finally , if you have more specific requests, please e-mail us at info@heartmath.org and we will get back to you with a more customized response.

Question: Do you have any research that validates your work in schools?

Answer: Please click here to view some of HeartMath’s educational research. Recent research includes the TestEdge® National Demonstration Study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and an intervention with preschool children to guide them in emotional self-regulation.

Question: Does HeartMath have grants for schools or teachers who want to provide your programs?

Answer: The following section of our Web site covers grant applications and funding and can assist you in writing a grant request to help fund HeartMath programs: Resources and Grants.

Question: Do you have educational discounts?

Answer: Yes, we offer quantity discounts for educators, including for the TestEdge®, HeartSmarts® and Early HeartSmarts® programs. Call HeartMath toll free in the U.S. at (800) 711-6221 or e-mail us at info@heartMath.org for more information.

Question: Do you have scholarships?

Answer: The Heart-Based Education Sponsorship Fund, which is supported by donations, helps put IHM’s educational programs and unique technology in the hands of educators, teachers and students who otherwise would not have access to them. It provides funding to educational and nonprofit organizations for the purchase of HeartMath educational programs and materials. Go to Heart-Based Education Sponsorship Fund.

Question: Does HeartMath provide any assistance to Ph.D. candidates with their dissertations?

Answer: The IHM Research Division spends considerable time each year assisting graduate students with their doctoral dissertations at a number of academic institutions. Please e-mail us at info@heartmath.org for any requests.

Question: With what ages can the emWave® technology be used?

Answer: In general, the recommended age for children using either the emWave Desktop Stress Relief System (PC/Mac combined) or the handheld emWave® PSR is around 8. These technologies require at least of couple of minutes of sustained concentration, a skill that many young children have not developed but there are frequent exceptions. For complete details about the emWave, visit emWave Technology.

Question: Can the emWave Desktop Stress Relief System (PC/Mac combined) be used in schools or for education?

Answer: The emWave Desktop (PC/Mac combined) learning programs are widely used by students and educators to improve learning. behavior and performance. To learn what people are saying about the emWave, check out the following pages: emWave PC Success Stories; More Success Stories.

Question: What programs are available for school-aged children?

Answer: There are several classroom-designed curricula for preschool/kindergarten, upper elementary, middle and high school, and university students. TestEdge® has student booklets and teacher manuals for grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. TestEdge also has an Interactive CD-ROM for grades 6-8 and 9-12. Early HeartSmarts® is designed to help children, ages 3-6, gain greater emotional literacy, self-regulation, improved literacy and problem-solving. The HeartSmarts® social and emotional learning curriculum for grades 3-5 bridges academic and emotional learning, teaching students to manage stress, improve learning and strengthen relationships. The emWave® Desktop PC and emWave® PSR technologies can be used in grades 3 and above, all the way through college-level students. The Inside Story program, designed for grades 7 and above, is a booklet and teacher power point on the important role emotions play in our health and performance.

Question: How can IHM help students with test anxiety?

Answer: HeartMath has multiple solutions and products specifically developed for and proven to reduce test anxiety. This includes the TestEdge® classroom programs, two TestEdge interactive CD and the emWave® technology. Additionally, the TestEdge National Demonstration Study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is available for review. This important study documented how anxiety affects performance while showing research-based strategies that helped improve test scores. Check out these pages for help in reducing test anxiety and improving test-taking and the overall educational experience: Reducing Text Anxiety; Adult learning Programs; emWave Technology for Reducing Stress and Improving Performance and emWave Desktop.

Question: I think I might have test anxiety. What exactly is it and is it rare?

Answer: Test anxiety is very common. Typically, before and during a test, we experience nervousness or anxiety over how we’ll perform. For many of us, it’s like having our brains shut down. We can’t recall information that we know we’ve already learned, or we may doubt whether we learned it at all. IHM Director of Research Rollin McCraty explains that emotions such as anxiety, frustration and anger inhibit mental and physical performance because they cause the rhythmic activity in our nervous systems to get out of sync, in turn adversely affecting our ability to think clearly. For more analysis of how stress causes test anxiety and how HeartMath’s TestEdge® Learning Programs can help, go to Test Anxiety and TestEdge and The Science Behind TestEdge.

Question: I’ve heard people say TestEdge® can help reduce test anxiety. What evidence is there that it works?

Answer: The TestEdge methods of reducing test anxiety and improving performance have been developed from 18 years of research. Through the investigation of stress and a greater understanding of the physiology of learning, multiple pilot programs and a solid case study with Minneapolis Public Schools, this led to the larger TestEdge National Demonstration Study, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This study provided solid evidence that TestEdge could reduce test anxiety and help raise student test scores. Studies also show it helps increases overall academic performance and social success with family and friends. Learn more at Test Anxiety and TestEdge and The Science Behind TestEdge.

Question: Are TestEdge® programs only for school classrooms? Is there anything for home use?

Answer: There is a full line of TestEdge products for classroom and home use. Now adolescents through adult learners can benefit from the TestEdge Interactive CD Learning Programs using their home computers. Go to TestEdge to learn more.

Question: What options or strategies does HeartMath have for dealing with ADHD?

Answer: Parents, teachers and therapists have reported excellent success with HeartMath tools and technology for children with ADHD. This includes a United Kingdom research study, using emWave® technology and HeartMath tools with upper elementary school children diagnosed with ADHD. For further details and a very informative article on how HeartMath can help, go to Help with ADHD.

Question: Can you refer me to a HeartMath instructor?

Answer: Please visit the following page to Find Licensed Qualified Instructors. Qualified Instructors.

Question: Our teachers are hearing a lot about emotional intelligence in educational literature. Does HeartMath have a philosophical view on the subject? Will HeartMath programs help accelerate emotional intelligence?

Answer: A central focus of research and development at the Institute of HeartMath has been. the exploration of heart intelligence, which includes aspects of emotional intelligence. For children to succeed in our fast-moving, increasingly complex world, they need to learn self-regulation, getting along with others, problem-solving and communication skills. HeartMath tools are designed to help students better manage their emotions so their thinking brains can work better. This includes building healthier relationships. Research done by HeartMath has shown a direct link between a student’s ability to self-manage emotions and academic performance. Those who are more self-aware and socially and emotionally competent are more confident and energetic about their learning abilities. For an overview of HeartMath’s viewpoint on education, visit our Education Overview page.

Qualified Instructor Program

Question: What is the Qualified Instructor Program training?

Answer: The Qualified Instructor Program® is a three and a half day train-the-trainer program designed for professional trainers, educators and consultants who are experienced in training groups of adults. This program is a cost-effective means of providing HeartMath skills to teachers, administrators and other school staff. The program’s Resilient Educator® professional development program teaches educators and those in the educational sector HeartMath skills for stress reduction, improving performance and resiliency. Those who complete this program are qualified and certified to provide Institute of HeartMath workshops within educational settings. For more information, go to HeartMath Training.

Question: If I obtain a Qualified Instructor license, how long does it last? Will I need to be recertified?

Answer: Your license is good for three years. Then you must attend a modest requalification program. Learn more about the QIP License.

Question: How can I apply for the Qualified Instructor Program®?

Answer: You may complete and submit an application online: QIP Application.

Question: May I teach HeartMath tools in public classes, workshops or seminars?

Answer: Yes, but only in schools and educational settings. Learn more about the QIP License here.

Question: Can HeartMath techniques be modified?

Answer: No. IHM researchers have developed these techniques after many years of scientific investigation and research. They are easy to learn, but their effectiveness depends on practicing them as directed.

Question: Do you have financial aid, scholarship funds or grants to help people become Qualified Instructors?

Answer: The Institute of HeartMath is interested in providing assistance whenever possible to those in organizations who wish to use HeartMath in their educational setting. Toward that end, we have established the Heart-Based Education Sponsorship Fund, which is supported by contributions from members and supporters. Please visit our information page for the Heart-Based Education Sponsorship Fund to learn more. Fill out an application or e-mail your request to candidate@heartmath.org.

Question: Can I teach HeartMath techniques in my classroom?

Answer: You may use HeartMath’s supplemental learning programs such as TestEdge, HeartSmarts and the Inside Story Classroom Program in your classes. You also may become qualified to teach HeartMath techniques and provide its programs in your classroom, school or educational setting by participating in the Qualified Instructor Program and becoming a Licensed Instructor. Learn how at Teach HeartMath in the Classroom.

Question: Do you offer a telecourse an online course for the Qualified Instructor Program®?

Answer: The Qualified Instructor Program is only offered at the Institute of HeartMath’s campus in Boulder Creek, Calif. We believe it is important to have a one-on-one relationship with program participants to ensure optimal understanding and learning of HeartMath programs, tools, techniques and technology. For complete details about the program visit QIP Program.

Question: Can you refer me to a licensed HeartMath education instructor?

Answer: Here is a list of Qualified Instructors in the U.S. and Canada: Qualified Instructors.