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Friday & Saturday, September 7 & 8, 2018

Belmont University
Janet Ayers Academic Center

Nashville, TN 37212


The Heart Has Its Reasons:

An Introduction to HeartMath & Its Application to Spiritually Aware Psychotherapy



Friday, September 7, 2018


                4:00 – 5:15PM        TNAPT Annual Business Meeting – Open to all.

                          5:30PM         Catered Dinner (taco bar)

                          6:45PM         Welcome – Rev. Dr. Brian Hooper

                          7:00PM         Dr. Myron ThurberIntroduction of HeartMath: The Heart – Brain Connection  [1.5 CEUs]**

                8:30 – 9:00PM         Social (No alcohol per requirements of Belmont)


Saturday, September 8, 2018

                          8:30AM          Continental Breakfast

                          9:00AM          Welcome – Rev. Dr. Brian Hooper

                          9:10AM          Dr. Myron Thurber:  HeartMath and Coherence Building techniques: Supporting Behavioral Changes                                                             with an Emphasis on Addiction Treatment  [3 CEUs]***

                   10:30-10:40         Break

                   10:40-12:00         Educational Program continues

                                 (Optional lunch out together)


TNAPT Membership Dues:
$50/year (or $25 if retired, and FREE for students)

Conference Cost:
Members - $50  (with +$20 “sponsor a student” option)
Nonmembers - $60 if registered by August 31 / $75 at the door
Students - $20 optional donation to offset catering costs
Add $10 to receive documentation for 4.5 CEUs through NBCC

Friday only (includes dinner) - $30 pre-registered / $40 at the door

Saturday only (includes continental breakfast) - $40 pre-registered / $50 at the door


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**Presentation One:  Introduction of HeartMath: The Heart – Brain Connection

Presenter:  Myron R. Thurber, Ph.D., PT, LMHC, NCC, BCB, BCN                [1.5 hours CEU]


Description: In this presentation, Thurber will explore the science behind heart-rate variability training and

neuro-cardiology that are being used as adjunctive modalities for counselors and introduce the HeartMath

system to:

1) Introduce the concepts of heart-rate variability training.

2) Demonstrate Heartmath technology and a basic technique.

3) Discuss how these modalities can be used in therapeutic practices.



***Presentation Two: HeartMath and Coherence Building techniques: Supporting Behavioral Changes with an Emphasis on Addiction Treatment

Presenter:  Myron R. Thurber, Ph.D., PT, LMHC, NCC, BCB, BCN              [3 hours CEU]


In his presentation, Dr. Thurber explores how positive and negative emotions connect from the heart

through the vagus nerve and affect brain function. He will further discuss cardiovascular coherence and

how to achieve greater psychophysiological coherence which promotes self-regulation, resilience and

recovery from trauma, anxiety, depression and pain. Through applying Heartmath techniques the

counselor can facilitate a change in the stress default of the brain and reset the base line to allow for

greater self-care, self regulation and resilience. Thurber will present research that supports these ideas

and teach the audience some simply ways to apply the knowledge.


1. To understand the importance of coherence to self-regulation

2. To understand how to achieve coherence through breath and emotional management techniques.

3. Demonstrate how to apply a HeartMath technique in a therapy context.

4. Discuss the body of research as it relates to Heart-rate variability training.