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HeartMath® Interventions Program FAQs

Question: Do I need to take the HeartMath® Interventions Program (HMIP) in order to teach my clients or patients HeartMath tools and technology?

Answer: Many of our products are designed for self-learning and easy to use for instruction. For example our computer-based and handheld emWave® products have many features that can facilitate the instruction of HeartMath’s basic coherence-building skill, the Quick Coherence® Technique.

Many health professionals use HeartMath technology (emWave and Inner Balance Trainer technologies) to teach their patients or clients how to effectively reduce stress using the equipment and or HeartMath self-regulation techniques. However, there are numerous clinical applications that are better served through a specific teaching protocol and/or a combination of a variety of HeartMath tools.

The in-depth information and training included in HMIP is not available in any of our other programs. In addition to learning the ‘ins and outs’ of using our emWave technology in clinical settings, this program includes specific protocols for teaching 5 core HeartMath emotional refocusing and restructuring techniques. The HMIP also includes ongoing support from HeartMath faculty who will be available to answer your clinical and technical questions.

Finally, upon completion of the course, you may opt for certification. Those who do, and meet the certification requirements, receive a certificate acknowledging their status as a Certified HeartMath Practitioner.

Question: Do I have to attend any classroom sessions?

Answer: No. HMIP is a distant learning program that includes at home study, tele-sessions and on-going online support.

Question: Why do I have to agree to the terms stated in the Letter of Agreement?

Answer: By virtue of taking HMIP, you have HeartMath’s permission to use the confidential and copyrighted information, processes and materials included in the program. The Agreement is the primary way HeartMath maintains the standards and boundaries of the program. The Agreement states what we agree to do and what you agree to in regard to these materials and in order to make the claim you were trained by HeartMath in the HeartMath Interventions program.

Question: What does individual instruction mean?

Answer: HMIP protocols are designed to be used in clinical modalities and settings. Typically this means you will be seeing individual patients and clients. This program is not designed for instruction of the HeartMath System outside of the clinical setting, like public workshops, lectures, courses, etc. We have other programs each with their own unique processes and guidelines for these venues.

Because we realize that some clinical applications include group therapy, we consider these ‘groups’ an extension of individual instruction and have specific protocols for this type of context and use. Other uses of the HMIP outside of the clinical setting may be acceptable in some specific cases, but those uses have to be approved by HeartMath’s Director of Training and Licensing.

Question: How is this program different than HeartMath’s Certified Coach/Mentor Program?

Answer:  The Coach/Mentor Program is open to non-health care professionals. It does not include therapeutic applications of the HeartMath System nor does it require you hold a health professional credential. Providers typically work outside of clinical or therapeutic settings, unless they are also a health care professional. Coach/Mentors have a license which allows them to promote and ‘sell’ individual HeartMath instruction to the general public. E.g. resilience building, life coaching, professional development, stress management education, sports performance, etc.

The HeartMath Interventions Program course is significantly more academic, includes in-depth scientific information and specific assessment protocols. HMIP focuses on clinical applications of HeartMath tools and technology and offers a certification option. Click here for more details.

Question: How much is the HeartMath® Interventions Program course?

Answer: The standard fee for those professionals who see ‘fee for service’ (private) patients or clients is $1,095 for those in the U.S and Canada; $1,195 for other countries. Please note: emWave Pro is required for this course. Partial scholarships may be available to those community-based agencies and clinics and certain educational institutions that work with underserved populations. Your HeartMath representative will let you know if you qualify.

Question: How do I sign up for the course?

Answer: First fill out our online application form. Within a couple of days, HeartMath’s Director of Training and Licensing will send you an e-mail with specific instructions to arrange an admissions interview. During your interview, you will receive specific registration instructions for the series you choose. Payment in full is due upon registration and required before we ship your course materials.

Question: Can I resell HeartMath products?

Answer: You may set up a resellers account to receive discounts on products you want to make available to your clients and patients. At the end of your course, you can talk to your HeartMath representation to set up an account.

Question: Do I get a discount on HeartMath products?

Answer:  You can purchase our books, CD’s, learning programs and emWave or Inner Balance Trainers at discounted prices that range from 20% to 40% below listed prices.

Question: Do I have to pay any additional fees, like royalties?

Answer: No, there are no additional charges, fees or royalties. However, if you take the certification option, which is valid for three years, there is a small processing fee for renewal.

Question: What are the renewal requirements?

Answer: You will be notified approximately 6 months before your 3 year anniversary with specific details.

Question: Can I get CEUs?

Answer: Because HeartMath is not an academic institution we cannot issue CEUs. However, many have had success applying for CEUs through their regional, state or national licensing board. Documentation RE course content and syllabus, faculty and attendance are posted in the HMIP community Library. We will be happy to provide other documentation you may need.

Question: My patients don’t speak English. Can I translate the forms and handouts?

Answer: Yes. However, all translations are considered ‘derivative works’ as noted in the Letter of Agreement and as such must be submitted to the HMIP administrator for approval before distribution. This includes any information you wish to ‘publish’ on your Website. You are responsible for translations including all related costs.

Question: When is the next class series?

Answer: Click to view the current HeartMath Interventions Training Schedule.

Question: What is the cancellation policy if I decide to drop out of the class?

Answer: Once you are registered for a class, we are happy to refund payment in full if you cancel before we ship your class materials. We will refund payment minus a processing fee based on the following schedule:

  1. Before the Orientation session, but after materials are shipped: full payment refunded minus $50 processing fee WHEN MATERIALS are returned.
  2. After attending the Orientation session: full payment refunded minus $100 processing fee WHEN MATERIALS are returned.
  3. After attending Class #1: full payment refunded minus $150 processing fee WHEN MATERIALS are returned.
  4. No refunds after attending Class #2.

Question: What needs to be included in the Clinical Case Study requirement for certification?

Answer: Certification candidates must demonstrate competency in the HMIP information and processes by submitting an Assessment Report that includes a Clinical Case Study relevant to the candidate’s professional practice. Question: What is the Case Study Criteria? Answer: The Case Study is a descriptive report of your assessment, treatment approach or plan and work with a specific client or patient that includes:
    • A description of presenting problems or challenges including any observations that suggest the use of a HeartMath Interventions approach to treatment
    • A description of the baseline assessment
    • Your patient’s or client’s goals/objectives
    • Your rationale for choosing the specific HeartMath Interventions tools or protocols
    • A homework or plan your patient or client will follow to practice and integrate the coherence-building skills outside of the clinical setting
    • The methodology you used to observe, assess and adapt client’s progress towards established treatment goals
    • A description of how your client or patient responded holistically to the treatment plan
    • A self-evaluation report. This report should be a description or discussion about the practitioner’s process in using the HeartMath tools personally and/or professionally including insights or significant concepts learned from the HMI program.

Question: To receive more information contact:

Answer:

Christiana Bishop

  • Manager, HeartMath Certified Training Programs
  • Telephone: (800) 711-6221
  • Telephone: (831) 338-8706
  • E-mail: christiana@heartmath.org
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    Jeff Goelitz

  • Education Specialist
  • Telephone: (800) 711-6221
  • Telephone: (831) 338-8713
  • E-mail: jgoelitz@heartmath.org