PEP008: Optimal Functioning

45 CE Hours / $500

Instructors: Tim Herzog, EdD, LCPC, CC-AASP and Margaret E. Dupee, M.S., Ph.D.

Tim Herzog

Tim Herzog


Tim Herzog is the Sport Psychology Education Specialist for the Human Performance Resource Center. He enjoys delving into research on optimal performance from psychophysiology, cognitive-behavioral theory, and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Herzog also teaches at National University and does applied work in private practice. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Consultant of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Herzog holds master’s degrees in Counseling/Sport Psychology and Clinical Psychology, as well as a doctorate in Counseling Psychology.Dr. Herzog pulls some practical knowledge of performance from experience coaching competitive sailing and (also in sailing) as head coach at Boston College and assistant coach at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. In addition, he has worked with elite athletes at the U.S. Naval Academy (and several other universities), an elite sports camp, and with officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Army Center for Enhanced Performance at Fort Lewis.


Jerry Devore


Margaret E. Dupee

Margaret E. Dupee

M.S., Ph.D.

Margaret graduated from the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She has a Masters in Human Kinetics and a Diploma in Prosthetics & Orthotics. She is a Certified NCCP Level II Figure Skating Coach (not to mention an accredited yoga instructor, a certified orthotist and prosthetist, and fitness trainer) and is Board Certified in Biofeedback. She has presented and published extensively, and has received grant support in her areas of expertise.

Effectively performing under pressure in competition, on stage, in school or in various impromptu work settings is unquestionably difficulty for most individuals. Similarly, working within schools or large organizations to increase work efficiency, decrease accidents, and increase morale while decreasing stress related absences, disorders, and conflicts is a complex task being requested by more and more employers as the impact of job stress becomes more apparent. Optimal performance in these environments is difficult but achievable with appropriate training. The research supporting the efficacy of such efforts is reviewed and the typical techniques for interventions with diverse groups are illustrated.

A wide variety of behavioral interventions have been effective in enhancing and optimizing performance in challenging settings. Effects include increased endurance and accuracy under many circumstances especially within sports and the military. Specific interventions shown to be effective in these circumstances are grounded in sport psychophysiology. Effective presentation of applied psychophysiology and behavioral medicine concepts to diverse groups requires considerable training and experience. Practice with the necessary skills can be augmented by communicating with peers, health care professionals and administrators. Effective methods for presenting to each type of group may be uniquely different but there are several underlying principles that apply to all diverse populations. Typical presentation methods for workshops, lectures, and public appearances are identified which are known to optimize understanding of behavioral medicine techniques.

Learning Objectives:

Students will develop a better understanding of psychophysiology, sport psychology, and biofeedback, as these disciplines relate to optimal performance. Students will learn about applications of these concepts across different performance settings.
Required Text: Case Studies in Applied Psychophysiology: Neurofeedback and Biofeedback Treatments for Advances in Human Performance [Hardcover] by W. Alex Edmonds (Editor), Gershon Tenenbaum (Editor)Hardcover: 342 pages, Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (December 12, 2011), ISBN-10: 0470971738, ISBN-13: 978-0470971734

Optional Recommended Text:

Biofeedback & Neurofeedback Applications in Sport Psychology Paperback –by Benjamin W. Strack (Author) , PhD (Author) , BCB (Author) , Michael K. Linden (Author) , BCN (Author) , Vietta Sue Wilson (Author). Paperback: 414 pages. Publisher: Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback ,
ISBN-10: 098429791X, ISBN-13: 978-0984297917

Administrative Information


You can start the course whenever wish to within six months of the purchase date and work at your own pace as long as you complete the course within one year of purchase. Just contact us at or 800 530 6658 to get started.

Duration of course validity:

You must begin the course within six months of the purchase date and complete it within one year of the purchase date. Courses not completed by that time are void and must be repurchased if still available. No refunds are provided for courses not completed within one year of purchase.

CE Credit:

These are continuing education, not university accredited, courses. The Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course is accepted by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance for recertification.

Payment, Refund, Scholarship, and cancellation policies:  

Full payment for each course is required before access to the course web site is provided. Payment is by credit card though our web site’s secure ordering section ( or by check in US dollars made out to the Foundation and sent to the letterhead address. Full refund will be made until students are given access to the course web site. After getting access to the course web site, there is no refund at all as the Foundation have committed their resources to you and you have access to all of the course materials. A course would only be cancelled due to an extreme emergency on the part of the course instructor or the Foundation. In the highly unlikely event a course is cancelled, you would receive a full refund.


The Foundation give scholarships consisting of 25% off the cost of the course(s) to (a) students and professionals (e.g. clinicians, coaches, teachers) from emerging nations and (b) full time graduate students in developed nations.

Course updates:

Updates to all courses are placed on the course web site as they are made. Students are informed when updates are available. 

Questions / further information?

Contact Dr. Richard Sherman (director of the psychophysiology CE and doctoral programs) at or 360 452 5020.