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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can anyone take the training or is it only for professionals?
This course is designed to train professionals to offer Clinical EFT sessions to others. If you’re looking for a training geared to your personal use of EFT, see our Introductory Experiential Workshop here.

2. Can I take the workshop online or via live streaming?
This is intended to be live experience rather than an online one. Two decades of experience has shown that online presentations can’t take the place of hands-on experience in a live workshop.

3. I work in a stressful setting and I’m close to burnout. Can you apply these methods in this type of setting and can they help me on a personal level?
Very definitely. In the workshop, you’ll learn EFT techniques you can use during your work day and to de-stress yourself after work.

4. Does this workshop count toward EFT certification?
Yes. This is the foundational live course for Clinical EFT certification. For the full certification requirements, click here.

5. After taking the course, can I offer EFT to other people?
Most professionals offer EFT to their clients after taking this course. However, we recommend you complete the full certification requirements since these include supervised practice plus additional training.

6. Do you have special discounts or scholarships available?
Because we believe these tools are so powerful and we’d like to see them in the hands of everyone, we’ve made the workshops as affordable as possible. We are not able to offer further discounts or scholarships.

7. Can children come to the trainings?
Due to the nature of emotional memories, the youngest age at which children are admitted to the trainings is 15. There are several excellent books for younger children, such as Alex Ortner’s Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs, and Brad Yates’s The Wizard’s Wish.

8. What are your terms of service and privacy policy?
You can find our full terms of service and privacy policy here.

9. Can I obtain CE / CME credit for this workshop?
Yes. This course is accredited for CE / CME for most professions, including psychotherapists and psychologists (APA), social workers (ASWB), doctors (AMA) and nurses (ANCC). Find full CE / CME information here.

10. Will there be active hands-on demonstrations and exercises?
Yes. The course includes structured exercises led by expert trainers, as well as demonstrations of Clinical EFT techniques.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can anyone take the training or is it only for professionals?
Anyone can enroll whether they are a professional or not. There are no prerequisites. EFT Universe also offers a professional training and certification program, which you can find here.

2. Can I take the workshop online or via live streaming?
This is intended to be live experience rather than an online one. Two decades of experience has shown that online presentations can’t take the place of hands-on experience in a live workshop.

3. How are the 1 day and 2 day Experiential Workshops different?
The core information in both workshops is identical, and they use the same curriculum. Both focus on providing participants with an experience of healing using EFT. The extra day in the 2 day workshop provides twice as much time for participants to tap along with the trainer on their own issues, as well as doing interactive exercises with other participants.

4. I work in a stressful setting and I’m close to burnout. Can you apply these methods in this type of setting and can they help me on a personal level?
Very definitely. In the workshop, you’ll learn EFT techniques you can use during your work day and to de-stress yourself after work.

5. Does this workshop count toward EFT certification?
No. This course is designed to give you an experience of EFT rather than for certification. To enroll for a professional training and certification course, click here.

6. After taking the course, can I offer EFT to other people?
This course is designed to give you a personal introductory experience of EFT. If you plan to offer EFT to others, please enroll in our professional training and certification program, which you can find here.

7. Do you have special discounts or scholarships available?
Because we believe these tools are so powerful and we’d like to see them in the hands of everyone, we’ve made the workshops as affordable as possible. We are not able to offer further discounts or scholarships.

8. Can children come to the trainings?
Due to the nature of emotional memories, the youngest age at which children are admitted to the trainings is 15. There are several excellent books for younger children, such as Alex Ortner’s Gorilla Thumps and Bear Hugs, and Brad Yates’s The Wizard’s Wish.

9. What are your terms of service and privacy policy?
You can find our full terms of service and privacy policy here.

10. Can I obtain CE / CME credit for this workshop?
No. CE / CME credit is available for our professional training, but not for this experiential workshop.

11. Will there be active participation demonstrations where I will see how EFT works for me?
Yes. We will take you through a series of fun EFT exercises where you will be able to measure positive results for yourself. You will then be able to practice these skills at home and see improvements in your daily life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there prerequisites for the workshops?
A: There are no Prerequisites for the 1 day Introductory Experiential Workshops.
The Prerequisite for the 4 day Professional Workshops is the Free online Seminar. Here is the TheEFTSeminar.com
The prerequisites for the 2 day Practice Intensive workshop are:
#1. The 4 day Professional workshop.
#2. Being a Practitioner Candidate by having your complete application on file with us.
#3. EFT Universe Certified Practitioners can take this workshop for Renewal or Review.

Q: What’s the difference between the 4 day Professional Workshop and the 2 day Practice Intensive Workshop?
A: The EFT Live 4 Day Professional Workshop comprises 16 learning modules that steadily build your EFT skills, as described in The EFT Manual (3rd Edition). You’ll also gain deeper explanations of the key methods of Clinical EFT. You’ll receive step-by-step instruction in the core concepts of EFT. Research shows that the modular nature of the training, with each module building on the skills learned in the previous module, results in through understanding of how to practice EFT. The classes also include exercises to build your skill and confidence. At each EFT workshop you attend, you’ll receive over 8 hours of hands-on demonstrations, supervise exercises, guidance and feedback from certified EFT Expert Trainers.

The 2 Day Practice Intensive Workshop happens after one has taken the 4 Professional workshop and after the one has become a Practitioner Candidate (by sending in their application). The candidate will have already begun working on sessions and cases that are being reviewed by the mentor. This 2 Day Practicum workshop will enhance one’s knowledge and experience of skills learned in the 4 Professional workshop. This is achieved through demonstrations, role play and drills, that focus on developing competence and confidence with important EFT techniques.

Q: Why are there some workshops listed for 5 nights and 5 days?
A: Retreat and Immersion Learning Centers like Omega in New York and 1140 Multiversity in California, have accommodations for participants to stay on their campuses. They also have supplemental programs being offered. These include yoga, meditation and massage, plus outdoor trails for leisure walking or hiking. There are more breaks throughout the day at these locations to enjoy the amenities and relax. The workshops start Sunday night for an orientation and a shared meal, plus it helps everyone be on time to the early morning workshops. The workshops end on Friday afternoon.

Q: Are you certified in EFT after you’ve taken a workshop?
A: No. Completion of the 4 Professional Workshop plus the 2 day Practice Intensive Workshop is required for certification. There are a number of other requirements which you can find here.

Q: Are CE/CME credits available to medical and mental health professionals?
A: Yes. Clinical EFT is regarded as an evidence-based practice, and CE/CME credits are available for taking these classes. CME (Continuing Medical Education) credits are available for medical professionals such as doctors (American Medical Association) and nurses (American Nurses Credentialing Commission), and CE (Continuing Education) credits for mental health professionals such as psychologists (APA), social workers (NASWB) and psychotherapists. You can find full information about credits here. https://www.eftuniverse.com/certification/accreditation-information

Q: Why are there 2 different symbols for workshops offering CE/CME credit?
A: Credits are of two types, Category A (indicated by the § symbol) and Category B (indicated by the ¶ symbol). Find details here.
https://www.eftuniverse.com/certification/accreditation-information

Q: Can taking an EFT workshop take the place of mental health care or medical care?
A: No. While workshop participants may feel a release of stress due to the benefits of EFT, these workshops are designed as learning experiences training participants to get the most out of EFT. We recommend you work on minor emotional issues during the workshops rather than major ones that can distract you from the learning process. Workshops are intended for learning EFT and are not intended as therapy or treatment or as a replacement for therapy or treatment. If you are suffering from a medical or psychological diagnosis, we recommend that you remain under the care of your primary care provider and seek their advice before attending EFT or any other personal growth workshop.

Q: I’ve watched YouTube videos and have attended the annual Tapping World Summit. Can I substitute this experience for: the 1-Day Introductory Workshop, the 4-Day Professional workshop or the 2 Day Practice Intensive, instead of meeting the prerequisites?
A: While these other sources can give you valuable experience of EFT, they are not substitute for a live workshop. You’ll find you learn EFT in a great deal more depth in the interactive immersion experience of Live workshops.

Q: A while back I took a workshop by a trainer not certified by EFT Universe. Do these workshops count toward certification?
A: No. There are hundreds of workshops offered each year by a wide variety of practitioners and trainers. They differ widely in quality and content. The EFT Universe workshops are taught by certified trainers, use a single common curriculum, and meet the high standards of Clinical EFT.

Q: What’s unique about Clinical EFT?
A: The term “Clinical EFT” refers to the “evidence-based” method that has been validated in research studies that meet the requirements of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 Task Force on Empirically Validated Treatments. One of the 7 “essential” Division 12 criteria is that the method be described in a written manual. Clinical EFT is based on the method as defined in The EFT Manual and supplementary materials. The first edition of The EFT Manual appeared online in 1995, with a print edition in 2008 and the current edition in 2013. The manual is supplemented by an extensive collection of case histories and commentary found on this site. Some 48 distinct techniques are described in this body of knowledge. Clinical EFT has been validated by numerous studies in which EFT has been delivered with fidelity to The EFT Manual.

Q: Why is the research important?
A: In the The 4 Day Professional workshop you’ll have the confidence of knowing that you’re being trained in a method backed by over 100 clinical trials. This research has demonstrated that Clinical EFT works quickly and effectively for phobias, PTSD, anxiety, depression, pain, and many other conditions. A current bibliography of this research is maintained at EFT Universe, as well as a full description of the APA standards for evidence-based methods. Training and certification offered by EFT Universe conforms to the standards of Clinical EFT.

Q: I have a question not covered above.
A: Please contact our support team

Q: Do I need to tap on the exact points?

A. No. You can tap near the points, or even far away from the points, and still get some effect. At the beginning, just tap, without worrying too much about whether or not you’re on the exact points.
Researchers have asked the question of whether using acupuncture needles on sham points that are not real acupuncture points is as effective as needling the points themselves. Their research results are ambiguous, with some studies showing equal effects from sham and real points, while others show the real points having a larger effect (Harris, Zubieta, Scott, Napadow, Gracely, & Clauw, 2009). If you can imagine a line between the full effect of stimulating the points and no effect, stimulating the wrong points may lie somewhere in the middle. It might be better than no acupuncture at all and less effective than using the precise points.

When you next have an EFT tapping point diagram available, note the location of the points and practice tapping on those exact spots. When you practice EFT using the standard instructions, you can find the exact points by looking at the diagrams and then in a mirror. Most of the points have tiny indentations in the bone and cartilage right below the skin, and you can find them with your fingertips. It’s worth doing that a few times, so that you get into the habit of tapping on the actual acupuncture points rather than nearby places on the skin.

When you need EFT in real life and don’t have a diagram available, however, just tap on the locations as you best remember them.

–from The EFT Manual, by Dawson Church

Q: Is it essential that I tap every point?

A: No. If you forget a point, skip it and tap the next point. With practice, you’ll quickly memorize all the points, and tap them all. At the beginning, it’s fine to skip a point or two. Even experienced practitioners sometimes forget to tap a point if they become completely focused on a client. You’ll be doing many rounds of EFT and you’ll catch the missing point later on.

–from The EFT Manual, by Dawson Church

Q: How do I find the right words for tapping?

Answer 1 (from The EFT Manual, by Dawson Church): One of the most common worries of newcomers to EFT is that they’ll select the wrong words for the Setup Statement. How can you be sure you’ve phrased it correctly, especially if you’re in a situation where you don’t have the instructions in front of you?

The answer to this question is to start tapping the side of the hand point and say the first thing that pops into your head. It’s more important to tap than it is to formulate the Setup Statement perfectly. You say the Setup three times, and you can change it on the second or third rounds if a more descriptive phrase occurs to you.

Keep it simple. If you’ve hurt your thumb, and you’re tapping for that, you can simply say, “My thumb hurts.” If you’ve been emotionally triggered by a bad experience, you can say, “This bad experience.” If you’re feeling annoyed, you can say, “Even though I’m feeling annoyed” while you tap. Start tapping, say any words that keep you focused on the problem, whether they’re the perfect words or not, and complete a round or two of EFT. You don’t need to go into elaborate explanations of why you feel the way you do, such as, “I’m annoyed at Sally. She told me to mind my own business, and she’s always saying things like that. She’s such a pain that I don’t know why I ever talk to her…” and so on. Just keep it simple: “I’m annoyed at Sally.”

With experience, you’ll find yourself easily selecting the words that have the most emotional impact, but at the beginning, it’s fine to use any words that come to mind. What’s important is to stay focused on the problem and tap, and avoid getting into mental considerations about the relative merits of this or that Setup Statement.

Answer 2 by Certified EFT Practitioner and Trainer Jenny Johnston: If you are tapping with clients, it’s important to use their exact words. For example, if they say “solar plexus” and you change it to “stomach” for tapping, they will not feel heard and may not fully tune in to the body part where they are feeling their emotion.

If you are tapping for yourself, I suggest that you sit in front of a mirror and imagine that you are telling your best friend all about an issue/emotion/event that’s going on for you.

Notice what you are feeling and where you are feeling it in your body until a specific event/memory comes up for you. Then tap on all of the aspects you remember, speaking out loud to yourself in the mirror. Tap on what you heard, saw, felt, smelled, and tasted and be as specific as possible as to where you feel it in your body. As long as you are saying out loud how you are feeling and where in the body you are feeling it and also putting a SUD score to it (0-10), then you will be able to see if your reactions are reducing as you tap. The more specific you are about an event and the feelings in your body and use the exact words of how you feel, the better your results will be.

Q: What if there are no words to describe what I am feeling?

A: Sometimes the emotions we feel defy description because we first felt them before we had language, for example, as an infant or toddler. Other times, we’re feeling a combination of emotions and it’s hard to sort out which is which. In both cases, you can tap using the feeling alone, noticing everything you can about it as you tap, just trying to be the observer that allows the body to feel that unnamed feeling while the tapping processes it for you. I find it helpful to ask, “How do I know I am feeling this?”

With feelings you can’t describe, it’s still helpful to get a SUD rating because that way you can track your progress and make sure you keep going when you haven’t cleared it completely, even though you feel much better than when you started. In the case of emotion that is a confusing, colliding jumble of more than one emotion, the tapping will usually have the effect of “teasing out” the separate emotions–perhaps anger, sadness, guilt, and shock. You can then take each one and work on it separately to uncover the specific events that gave birth to it.

–Naomi Janzen, Certified EFT Practitioner and Trainer

Q: Why does EFT focus on negative problems rather than positive thinking?

A: This frequently puzzles newcomers. EFT practitioners keep asking about negative life events to tap on. They ask you about problems that have occurred in your recent past, in your work, your family, your marriage, your finances, your health. They dig deep into your childhood for negative events that happened early in life.

What about the power of positive thinking? Why don’t we tap on positive affirmations as well as negative feelings and life events?

There are several good reasons that EFT takes this approach. The first one is that our culture emphasizes positive thinking and does not emphasize fully processing negative emotions. From an early age, we receive messages like “Big boys don’t cry” and “This too shall pass.” We’re encouraged to look on the bright side of life, to find the silver lining behind every cloud.

As a result, we rarely mourn our losses or grieve adequately. Children are urged to stop crying and cheer up, rather than receiving a respectful hearing as they grieve pets, relatives, and friends they’ve lost. After decades of this, most of us have a large backlog of unprocessed emotional trauma. EFT sessions are often the first real opportunity we’ve had to catch up on this backlog of grief and loss. If you go to the positive side too quickly, you short-circuit the natural process of letting go, grieving, and moving on.

As with every rule, there are exceptions, but one of the biggest mistakes novice or poorly trained practitioners make is going positive. What you’ll notice is that once you’ve really and truly processed your negative emotions, you’ll naturally move to the positive pole without any prompting or urging. If you’re working with a client, you’ll find the client will choose when the grieving process is complete and tell you when they’re ready to go positive. Leading them in a positive direction before this point actually aborts the grieving process, delaying their progress and ensuring that they have to come back to their negative feelings in the future in order to heal. You can’t easily go wrong focusing on the negative with EFT, but you can easily deprive yourself or a client of an opportunity to heal by going positive. That’s why EFT has you focus relentlessly on the negative. When it’s time to go positive, you’ll naturally shift to that perspective, with the healing process complete.

–from The EFT Manual, by Dawson Church

Q: Can EFT be effective with just the basics?

A: Basic EFT produces great results quickly, but it is essential to learn the standardized form of EFT that’s been proven in more than 100 clinical trials: Clinical EFT. This will ensure that you are using the EFT that has been validated many times over by high-quality research and is taught systematically by experts in EFT workshops. The basic Clinical EFT tapping routine (the Basic Recipe) utilizes only six of Clinical EFT’s 48 methods. You will usually get good results from the simple form and phenomenal results from the full range of techniques. To make progress with difficult issues and difficult clients requires knowledge of the 48 methods. For superficial problems, superficial knowledge of EFT is usually effective. Once you go to deeper layers of the psyche and encounter intractable problems, however, you will likely need the more advanced tools.

Q: Why is drinking water during a session helpful?

A: Your body is 70% water, and water is an electrolyte that conducts electricity. Water is essential for the biochemical processes by which your cells signal each other. Many people are dehydrated without knowing it, because we’re rarely trained to drink enough water. We’ve become accustomed to being dehydrated and may mistake our body’s signals of thirst for hunger, anxiety, or compulsive behavior. It’s a good idea to drink water before and during an EFT session, to make sure that you and your client, if you are working with someone, stay well hydrated.

During the experience of strong emotion, your sympathetic nervous system becomes active. It shifts resources toward body systems required for fight or flight, such as blood circulation and your muscles. It shifts resources away from nonessential systems like immunity and digestion. That’s why your mouth goes dry when you’re under stress. Remember that intense job interview during which your salivary glands dried up? Or when you proposed marriage to your spouse? Or when you had to make that public speech, you were very nervous, and your mouth went completely dry? Those are symptoms of the fight-or-flight response.

The simple antidote is to have water handy during each EFT session, and take frequent sips. This helps reassure your body that it’s being taken care of, even though you’re processing strong emotion.

–from The EFT Manual, by Dawson Church