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Emotional Assistant Checklist

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Emotional Assistant Checklist

by Carol Odsess, PhD, EFT Universe Trainer
Instructions for EFT Universe Workshop Participants Volunteering as Emotional Assistants (EAs)
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1. ALL EAs: WHEN YOU SET UP THE AGREEMENT TO BE AN EMOTIONAL ASSISTANT

Serving as an Emotional Assistant (EA for short) is a rewarding and satisfying job. You help make the workshop run smoothly, and provide a loving emotional container in which participants can have a transformative experience!

If you’d like to consider participating in a workshop as a EA, please read the instructions below so that you understand what is required. If you then decide to apply, please email the EFT Training Coordinator to find out if EA positions are available for the workshop(s) you wish to attend. Tuition is waived for EAs, though EAs are expected to cover their lodging, meals, and transportation expenses.

There are usually 2 to 5 EAs for a small workshop, more for a larger one. We aim for a ratio of 1 EA for every 10 workshop participants. If you are accepted as an EA, the EFT Training Coordinator will register you for the workshop, and put you in touch with the other EAs and the workshop trainer. Please correspond with the EFT Training Coordinator and the other EAs, using this page as a checklist. To give workshop participants the best possible experience, we want to ensure that each task has been covered by the EAs in your group. Though this check list is long, it’s easily do-able by 2 or 3 EAs.

Essentially, EAs set up the bookstore about 2 hours before the workshop starts, then set up the registration table, staff the registration table till the workshop starts, then work the bookstore during breaks. During sessions, EAs serve as emotional assistants, observing the participants and assisting any with emotional needs.

There is usually no need for an Audio/Visual (A/V) person unless the workshop leader is using a microphone and/or a PowerPoint projector. However, the EFT Training Coordinator will notify you of the needs of your particular trainer.

2. ALL EAs, DAY OF WORKSHOP:

When you start your day, meditate, and focus on every participant having a powerful healing experience. Set the intention that the event goes smoothly and safely.

  • Dress professionally.
  • Bless the room with your wonderful attitude!
  • If you’re asked a question by a participant, to which you don’t know the answer, say “I’ll find out for you” or “There’s the person you need” — never “I don’t know.”
  • Review the certification requirements on this website. Be ready to answer any questions participants might have.

3. BOOKSTORE, THREE WEEKS BEFORE WORKSHOP:

The Workshop Coordinator at Energy Psychology Press will have books shipped to the hotel in advance of the workshop. An inventory of quantities and titles will be provided with that shipment.

The “Event Kit” will be shipped from the EFT Universe office to the hotel. This will include signage, iPad for book purchases, a cash float of $200 in small denomination bills, and other bookstore items.

THE WEEK BEFORE:

Review the certification reading list so that you are familiar with which titles are required reading for certification.

Bring bed sheets from home, enough to cover three dining tables.

TWO HOURS BEFORE:

When you arrive, make sure hotel has provided three tables for you to set up as book tables, and one registration table. If not, request extra tables.

  • Set up the bookstore. This will require an hour by at least two EAs.
  • Verify that the number of books actually shipped matches the number on your inventory. Make a note of any discrepancies.
  • Display in stacks of five books horizontal, one vertical, facing out. Put titles with more than 5 copies below the table till needed.
  • Flip through and familiarize yourself with the books.
  • Display the titles required for certification together.
  • Set out price signage (all books are discounted), and the certification reading list.
  • Have a trash can hidden behind book table. Keep bookstore neat.

DURING WORKSHOP:

Keep bookstore open during breaks, at start of lunch for a few minutes, and after event for a few minutes.

Record each book sold with a check mark next to that title on the inventory list.

At the end of each day, keep the cash and credit card machine with you, and cover the books with the sheets you brought with you for this purpose.

AFTER WORKSHOP:

Write down a finishing count of each item. The finishing count should equal the starting count less the number of check marks indicating books sold.

Package up unsold bookstore stock and ship back as noted in the shipment.

Count the cash, and leave a note with the total including float. Ship back with books or leave with trainer.

4. REGISTRATION, THREE WEEKS BEFORE WORKSHOP:

Workshop Coordinator will ship the name tags, lanyards and plastic holders, signage, workbooks, and course completion certificates to the hotel.

Obtain the phone number of three licensed mental health professionals nearby (or outpatient clinics) who can be called upon in case a workshop participant has an adverse reaction. EFT is rarely known to trigger negative reactions, but it is a good ethical practice to always have a backup plan.

ONE WEEK BEFORE:

Purchase a flip chart and markers. Keep receipts for reimbursement.

THE DAY BEFORE:

  • Purchase three bunches of fresh flowers. Keep receipt for reimbursement.
  • Purchase a large bag of a healthy snacks, such as trail mix, and for Level 1 only, a bag of at least 100 Hershey’s Kisses (hold till Module 8). Keep receipt for reimbursement.
  • Receive a printed list of participants from the EFT Training Coordinator.
  • Find out if the hotel has wireless internet in the meeting room, and in hotel rooms.
  • Know and respect the hotel’s rules, but make sure they’re sensible, and work for the group.

TWO HOURS BEFORE:

  • Set up direction signs in hotel lobby and hallways if necessary, so participants can find the workshop.
  • Adjust the lighting in room if necessary. Know the location of switches and dimmers. Make sure the speaker’s face is well lit.
  • Adjust the temperature in the room if necessary.

ONE HOUR BEFORE:

  • Pens and notepaper on tables (usually provided by hotel).
  • Set up fresh flowers, and any signage and inspirational posters with which you’ve been supplied.
  • Place 3 bowls of snack food near coffee or water service.
  • Make sure the trainer has water.
  • Ask if the trainer has any needs.
  • Set up flip chart for trainer.
  • Organize badges alphabetically on registration table.
  • Keep certificates & scrap paper out of sight; registration table should look professional.
  • Smile as participants walk up.
  • Welcome them warmly and enthusiastically.

Checklist of items received from participants. Make sure every person has completed and signed:

  1. Liability release
  2. Photo release
  3. Research release & forms (if necessary)

Provide dining location suggestions (if appropriate)

After all forms have been signed, please give them a workbook

Stay at registration long enough to welcome latecomers

During breaks, there may be a need for you to make housekeeping announcements, such as when the bookstore will be open, where meals are available, etc.

DURING EVENT:

We request no wireless mobile device use during workshops but participants occasionally need a gentle reminder.

Receive signups for next workshops if necessary. Frequently, a person taking Level 1 will decide to sign up for Level 2 which might be just a day away. You either email these names to the EFT Training Coordinator who registers them manually, or they register themselves online.

  • Talk to the hotel about any needs — room temperature, noise, etc.
  • Notify hotel if group needs tea and coffee restocked, if we have a tea/coffee service.
  • Make sure room stays neat and clean. Have hotel remove debris during breaks.

AFTER EVENT:

  • Before the final break, lay out the certificates alphabetically on the registration table, and request participants to pick them up during the break.
  • Hand out evaluation forms at the very end, and collect them when complete.
  • Collect badges, lanyards, plastic holders, surplus workbooks, evaluation forms. Recycle badges. Pack plastic holders flat so they can be re-used for the next class, package up with lanyards.
  • Mail back to EFT Universe office.
  • Clean up snacks and bookstore trash.

5. PROVIDING EMOTIONAL ASSISTANCE TO PARTICIPANTS, DURING EVENT:

The trainer will announce you as an emotional assistant. Let people know they have permission to talk to you if they feel emotionally overwhelmed.

Look around the room regularly. Note if anyone seems to be getting into emotional overwhelm. Notice any person sitting alone, or not interacting with other group members.

If you need to do emotional work with a participant, the goal is to stabilize them so that they can return to the workshop and continue learning. The goal is not to provide a comprehensive session. The trainer will make this clear to participants at the beginning; however you will need to remember it when offering emotional assistance to participants.

At lunchtime, mingle, and notice if there are any participants who are having difficulty.

When you’re observing participants during training exercises, they often attempt to engage you in conversation instead of doing the exercise. Avoid the temptation to chat, since this cuts into their very limited practice time. Instead, recommend they continue as best they can, and ask questions of the trainer after the exercise.

There are usually several EAs at a workshop, enough to cover the bookstore, registration, and any emotional needs participants might have. However, if these functions come into conflict, for instance a participant needs emotional assistance while you are staffing the book table, the emotional wellbeing of the participants comes first, everything else second. Click here for additional tips on being an effective emotional assistant.

6. AUDIO/VISUAL (A/V):

Most workshops do not require A/V services, however some may. The EFT Training Coordinator will notify you if these are required.

ONE WEEK BEFORE WORKSHOP:

  • Test sound system.
  • Put fresh batteries in all microphones.
  • Have a stock of spare batteries of each size required.
  • Test PowerPoint projector, make sure there’s a spare bulb for it on hand.

TWO HOURS BEFORE:

  • Set up sound system and test in room.
  • Set volume levels and change batteries as required.
  • Set up PowerPoint projector.
  • Set up video camera.
  • Test lighting, sound, and framing of shots.

DURING EVENT

Operate video camera and audio equipment.

AFTER EVENT

Break down sound system and projector, pack and return as specified.

Emotional Assistant Tips

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Emotional Assistant Tips

by Carol Odsess, PhD, EFT Universe Trainer
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Remember you are only there to help reduce excess emotional activation if needed, not to provide a therapy session. It is usually sufficient to pull someone aside or to the back of the room if necessary. (If you take someone into another room, it can give a message that you’re planning to give them an extended amount of time.) As you ask the person what’s bothering them, start tapping the points on yourself and indicate they should tap on themselves as they talk to you, just have them talk and tap. This is often all that’s needed to help someone calm down along with respectful, caring, quality attention.

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If someone is getting too activated by talking about very disturbing material in their practice sessions, talk them through the “Tearless Trauma” technique so they can consider this option during their subsequent practice sessions. If this is the case, it also makes sense to explain it to their practice partners.

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Remind people of self help tools they can use to stay calm during the workshop and you can demonstrate and practice with them:

a. Tapping or squeezing the finger points

b. Tapping around the face and body on all the EFT acupoints

c. Identifying one point or two that seem particularly helpful for them, often collarbone or karate chop points

d. Continuous tapping in general

4.

 During practice sessions, please help add a chair to each practice group facing in the direction so the Trainer or assistant could see the rest of the room.

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When you go around to check on twos and threes during practice sessions, please position yourself so you can still see the rest of the room. (Don’t have your back to the room). Keep an eye on the other groups to see if anyone needs assistance.

Please notice if any groups of two or three during an exercise seem to be talking a lot and not tapping. Check on them and help them focus in on what to tap on so they don’t use up all their practice time talking and they get to practice the EFT protocols.

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Please make sure everyone is tapping the correct points in the correct sequence and following the protocol. The most common mistake is for people to continue to use the set-up phrase at each point instead of switching to the reminder phrase after the karate chop point.

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The other most common mistake is for people in the “coach” role to lead their “client” into positive statements prematurely, instead of continuing to mirror the client’s negative material. Gently correct for this if you see it happening.

8.

Another common mistake is for people to fail the follow the directions to pick a specific incident to tap on. While EFT can be used for absolutely anything, it can take more skill to use it for behavioral and attitudinal changes. In order to have a successful learning experience, it is most helpful to have people start with basics by learning to use EFT with a specific event from the past. Sometimes you can help the “coach” guide the “client” to a specific incident. Other times, the client has a pressing fear or worry in their current life that is too pressing to set aside for the sake of the exercise. If so, it’s fine to work on that. But steer people away from something too global like “my life is out of control” or “my low self esteem.”

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If someone isn’t feeling any benefits from the EFT process, you can have them try a few simple interventions: drink a glass of water, try the 9 gamut, switch from karate chop to sore spot, see if SUDS is staying the same while “aspects” are changing, see if you can help identify more specific elements of the issue.

10.

Whenever more help seems to be needed, please ask the Trainer!

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Jenny Johnston, EFT Universe Trainer from Australia, takes this student through a very traumatic memory using the EFT Movie Technique.

If you tap along doing EFT while watching the sessions of other people, your problems improve too! Several research studies have documented this phenomenon, called Borrowing Benefits. This series of videos shows clients working on their issues, and we invite you to Borrow Benefits with them. Instructions appear at the start of each session; you can skip through them once you’re used to the procedure.

What Is EFT Tapping?

EFT tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.

Find more videos at our EFT Tutorial Center.

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Jenny Johnston, EFT Universe Trainer from Australia, demonstrates the Gentle Techniques and what to do when a student is triggered into emotional overwhelm. Jenny also uses the physical vibration of color and smell with Color Mirrors to enhance the EFT session.

If you tap along doing EFT while watching the sessions of other people, your problems improve too! Several research studies have documented this phenomenon, called Borrowing Benefits. This series of videos shows clients working on their issues, and we invite you to Borrow Benefits with them. Instructions appear at the start of each session; you can skip through them once you’re used to the procedure. 

What Is EFT Tapping?

EFT tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.

Find more videos at our EFT Tutorial Center.

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Watch EFT Expert Dr. Dawson Church work with an EFT Tapping workshop participant on coping with anger and anger management.

If you tap along doing EFT while watching the sessions of other people, your problems improve too! Several research studies have documented this phenomenon, called Borrowing Benefits.

Why Does EFT Tapping for Anger Work?

EFT tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.

This series of videos shows clients working on their issues, and we invite you to Borrow Benefits with them. Instructions appear at the start of each session; you can skip through them once you’re used to the procedure. 

Find more videos at our EFT Tutorial Center.

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In this EFT video demo, EFT Expert Dawson Church, PhD, taps on finding a soulmate with an EFT workshop participant.

If you tap along doing EFT while watching the sessions of other people, your problems improve too! Several research studies have documented this phenomenon, called “Borrowing Benefits.” This series of videos shows clients working on their issues, and we invite you to Borrow Benefits with them. Instructions appear at the start of each session; you can skip through them once you’re used to the procedure.

What is EFT Tapping?

EFT tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.

Find more videos at our EFT Tutorial Center.

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Watch as an EFT Certified Practitioner walks a workshop participant through an EFT tapping session for challenging family relationships. If you tap along doing EFT while watching the sessions of other people, your problems improve too!

Several research studies have documented this phenomenon, called “Borrowing Benefits.” This series of videos shows clients working on their issues, and we invite you to Borrow Benefits with them. Instructions appear at the start of each session; you can skip through them once you’re used to the procedure.

About EFT Tapping

EFT tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.

This series of videos shows clients working on their issues, and we invite you to Borrow Benefits with them. Instructions appear at the start of each session; you can skip through them once you’re used to the procedure. 

Find more videos at our EFT Tutorial Center.

Free EFT Tapping Videos: Learn Emotional Freedom Techniques

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The power of EFT tapping therapy is very apparent in video demonstrations. You see the difficult emotions people experience as the talk about their problems, expressed on their faces, and evident their body language.

Then, when EFT helps release those emotions, you see the relief on their faces, and see their bodies relax.

There are several different kinds of videos on these pages.

These include brief informational videos explaining different concepts found in Clinical EFT. Others are Tap Along videos. You can think about your problem, and tap along with the client in the video session.

This is called Borrowing Benefits, and research has shown that it brings great stress relief benefits to those who are witnessing the session.

There are also videos about specific physical and emotional problems.

  • Money Videos 
  • Relationship Videos 
  • Weight Loss Videos 
  • Health Videos 
  • Spirituality Videos 
  • Brief Informational 
  • Videos on Clinical EFT

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Jenny Johnston, EFT Universe Trainer from Australia, uses the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Gentle Techniques Tearless Trauma for a 40-year-old traumatic memory.

If you tap along doing EFT while watching the sessions of other people, your problems improve too! Several research studies have documented this phenomenon, called Borrowing Benefits. This series of videos shows clients working on their issues, and we invite you to Borrow Benefits with them. Instructions appear at the start of each session; you can skip through them once you’re used to the procedure.

What Is EFT Tapping?

EFT tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.

Find more videos at our EFT Tutorial Center.

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Dawson Church, PhD walks you through an EFT tapping session for financial stress. If you tap along doing EFT while watching the sessions of other people, your problems improve too!

If you tap along doing EFT while watching the sessions of other people, your problems improve too! Several research studies have documented this phenomenon, called Borrowing Benefits

About EFT Tapping

EFT tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease.

Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 12 acupuncture points. Over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems.

This series of videos shows clients working on their issues, and we invite you to Borrow Benefits with them. Instructions appear at the start of each session; you can skip through them once you’re used to the procedure. 

Find more videos in our EFT Tutorial Center.