Helping Communities Heal After Disaster

Suzanne Connolly, LCSW, LMFT

If you were asked what the major cause of death and disability is globally, you would probably guess heart disease — and you would be correct.  But did you know that the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that posttraumatic stress will be second only to heart disease as the cause of death and disability by the year 2020? That means that by the year 2020, approximately 780,000,000 men and women globally will be suffering from posttraumatic stress in any one year. Right now, one out of 20 men and one out of 10 women in the world is suffering from posttraumatic stress.

Posttraumatic stress not only affects individuals, it affects families and entire communities. And we are just talking about posttraumatic stress; there are so many other mental health issues that confront individuals throughout the world.  As TFT practitioners, we know from our research and experience, that there is no more efficient and effective way to tackle mental health issues than Thought Field Therapy.

But the number of Thought Field Therapy therapists throughout the world is limited; and there are only so many individuals and families that one TFT practitioner can treat.  It is imperative, that we begin an effort to teach more TFT practitioners to teach others to use our proven Thought Field Therapy Techniques, through humanitarian outreach.

The WHO met in 2009 and addressed the problem of what to do after man-made and natural disasters. They concluded that in a world of high need and few trained professionals, para-professionals need to be trained to fill the gap, referring only those who couldn’t be helped by the para-professionals to available professionals.

Your TFT Foundation is constantly making an effort to spread TFT for humanitarian purposes. Your TFT Foundation has developed a method of treating trauma after large scale disasters that has been tested and refined throughout the years in Haiti, Tanzania, Mexico, Kuwait, Japan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This method has also been researched, and three randomized control studies have been published. You can learn this method and its protocol during a one-day intensive before the 2016 International Energy Psychology Conference.

Persons receiving this one-day training will learn to train professionals and para-professionals in humanitarian outreach settings and will receive a certification to teach TFT to professionals and non-professionals for humanitarian purposes. They will not be certified to teach TFT, in any way, for fees or non-humanitarian purposes.

Please join Suzanne Connolly and many other TFT practitioners on the second of June for this important TFT activity.   To quote Helen Keller, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”  Be part of the solution and join us in Santa Clara.

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Suzanne Connolly, LCSW, LMFT, has trained over 2,000 people worldwide to use TFT and to integrate TFT in clinical settings. Her presentation venues include Rwanda, Israel and Kuwait. (www.tappingtft.com) Suzanne Connolly is a member of the TFT Foundation Board.

Would you like to get trained in helping communities heal after disaster? Would you like to learn more about using TFT in humanitarian settings? Join us for the 18th International Energy Psychology Conference in Santa Clara, CA from June 2-5. Suzanne will be offering a full-day training just before the conference where you will learn a protocol for using TFT in communities after large-scale traumatic events. Learn more.

An Inside Look at our TFT Well-Being Retreat

Since we launched our new Well-Being Retreats, many have been asking me, “What can I expect at a Well-Being retreat?”  So, at the suggestion of one of the attendees, and with the help of our recent attendees, I will share a few highlights from this recent life-changing week.

Each day contains a bit of exercise, nature, peace, good food, training and treatment with TFT and the use of the latest technologies to assess our current state of health.

We began our day with a walk through the beautiful Virginia woods, with spring all around us, flowers, deer, and birds singing.  When we arrived at the Meditation Environment we all set our personal intentions for healing and began our healing circle meditation with specific vibrational technology to facilitate our health and well-being.  Immediately following our meditation, spent a brief time, using TFT to balance our individual and group emotions and energy.  By then we all were ready for our healthy breakfast.

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Following breakfast, our mornings were spent in group training and practice sessions.  Following these educational sessions, everyone was off to their individual protocols.  These included assessments such as a healing CoRe Inergetix session or the opportunity to have a brain map.  Others received a Neurofield balancing treatment for their brain.  Crystal Light Therapy and Shiatsu massages were high on everyone’s list as well.  I think the most repeated and loved experience for all was the indescribable Awakened Heart sessions.

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Kathryn with Jim having a CoRe session |  Oana with Mona having a Neurofield

wb3The food, whether one preferred Paleo, Vegan or in-between was wonderful—-and—-healthy.

After lunch, we again had a group session then individual TFT sessions and other protocols.  Our afternoons ended with Yoga or just chilling out.

After our evening meal we had some presentations by experts in the technologies we were using or further individual work.  We ended our evenings with a meditation and another walk through the woods.

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The small group size and intimate setting allows us to focus on the needs of those attending and to customize their schedule during the week, based on their needs.

The other question I am often asked is, “What kinds of things can be helped at the retreat?”

Each retreat is customized to the needs of the individuals participating.  For example, this last retreat, we worked on grief and loss, back pain, weight loss, life overwhelm, finding and living our passion, business success, spiritual growth, releasing fear and anxiety, and healing past trauma.

It was an amazing, fun and healing week at the Synchronicity Foundation Sanctuary. We shared tears, joy and new found friendships.  Everyone left with a new perspective, more inner peace and some tools to continue their healing journey.

I believe we have found the perfect blend of technologies, environment and healing tools to support TFT in helping us to reach our optimal health and well-being.

Click here for details on how you can join us for our next one in September.

Thought Field Therapy – The Original Tapping Therapy

For the past 35 years, a simple technique called Thought Field Therapy has been rapidly healing trauma, anxiety, pain and disease for people who are desperate to regain wellness and normalcy in their lives.

What started as a simple therapeutic treatment to stimulate the body’s own healing systems through tapping on various points of the body—much the same way Chinese physicians use acupuncture to do—has become much more mainstream, launching the fields of energy psychology and energy medicine in the western world. Read more

Exploring More Worldwide Possibilities for TFT

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It seems our TFT community is making yet another connection with am NGO connected to the United Nations.  The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) includes a department that specifically engages with NGO’s that meet their criteria, and are working to make a difference in the world.  I recently blogged about Dr. Ayame Morikawa’s new appointment with an NGO, World Human Facility (WHO-eu) recognized by ECOSOC.

Just a few months ago,  Jenny Edwards, a TFT Foundation Board member and a professor at Fielding University, introduced me to women working with an NGO affiliated with Fielding; The Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE).  This group works with programs in low and middle income countries that are making a difference for children, with a special focus on young women.  This group also, is recognized by ECOSCO and has consultative status, a high status for an NGO affiliated with ECOSOC.

Not long ago, through this connection, I was asked to participate in a Skype session which included a woman in Tanzania who directs programs in several countries.  There is a thought currently, that these programs might be more efficient and more effective if they incorporated work that directly addressed –psychological issues, such as anxiety, self-esteem, and trauma.  There is preliminary consideration of the possibility of incorporating TFT into one of these programs initially and there will be more exploring of this idea in the near future.  Through this connection, I was invited to join  three other women representing WNGE at the 60th UN Commission on the Status of Women: Women’s Empowerment and Sustainable Development (CSW60), starting March 14th at the UN in New York.

This will be a new experience for me, and one that I look forward to.  I look forward especially, to be representing TFT at this meeting. I am so grateful to Jenny Edwards for opening this possibility for us.

Suzanne Connolly

The Magic of Brazil and TFT Well-Being Retreat

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We visited some of the most beautiful waterfalls and hot water pools you can imagine.  And, we did all of this in the area surrounding the heart chakra of the earth.

Everyone experienced healing and life changing transformations. They all left with the tools to continue their healing journey.  We are already planning next year’s event in this beautiful country.

The beauty, energy (a base of deep quartz crystal) and some of TFT’s newest tools created a spectacular experience for us all.  I am now getting ready for our next Well-Being retreat in another magical place, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  And, I brought back a special healing tool from Brazil.  Watch for news on this new tool to be added to our Well-Being Retreat.

If you are ready for a magical experience of healing CLICK HERE for our next event.

Joanne Callahan, MBA
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TFT Gains More Recognition Worldwide

TFT Tapping TeamTFT practitioners and trainers, Jenny Edwards and Suzanne Connolly, are busy making plans to attend the induction of their TFT colleague and friend, Ayame Morikawa, MD, as World Human Facility-EU (WHF-EU) Vice President in Charge of Psychological Health in the Philippines, where  Dr. Morikawa‘s  work,  using TFT in the Philippines, caught the attention of this human rights organization.  The ceremony will take place in Tokyo, Japan this February, and will be attended by many members of Japan Thought Field Therapy (JTFT). Jenny Edwards will be accompanied by her husband, Bo Edwards, and Suzanne Connolly will be accompanied by her husband, Bruce Connolly. 

This recognition of Dr. Morikawa‘s work coincides with Thought Field Therapy being recognized in the United States as an evidence-based practice by The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), which is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. The NREPP is a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHA) in the federal Department of Health and Human Service.

http://nrepp.samhsa.gov/01_landing.aspx

Creating Peace One Heart at a Time – Please visit the site – www.TFTFoundation.org – watch the video, share it with everyone you know and help us begin to create PEACE amidst a chaotic and traumatized world.

TFT Foundation Board Position Available

Dear TFT Community,

The TFT Foundation has had a board member position become vacant.  Mary Lou Dobbs has left the board and we thank her for all her contributions and support over the last few years.

The board has a vital need for someone with fund raising skills.  If you or someone within the TFT world have these skills or interest, and would be willing to join our board, please email me, joanne@tftrx.com

tappingwinterIf you haven’t read the most recent issue of Tapping For Humanity, please take a quick look.  I am confident anyone with humanitarian interests would be pleased to work with us.  You can download your issue here:  Click here to download your issue of Tapping For Humanity .

Thank you for your help in filling this position.

Joanne Callahan, MBA
President, Callahan Techniques, Ltd.
www.RogerCallahan.com

Creating Peace One Heart at a Time – Please visit the site – www.TFTFoundation.org  – watch the video, share it with everyone you know and help us begin to create PEACE amidst a chaotic and traumatized world.

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Dr. Ayame Morikawa appointed as Vice President of United Nations World Human Facility European Union Philippines

Dr. Ayame MorikawaDr. Ayame Morikawa, chair of the Japanese Association for Thought Field Therapy, was appointed as Vice President of United Nations World Human Facility (WHF) European Union (EU) Philippines.

It is the scientists and researchers community of the UN and EU cooperation.

They engage in coordinating projects based on scientific research to promote human rights.  http://unwhf.webs.com/

Dr. Morikawa will engage in psychological help but does not know the project in detail as yet.

We congratulate her on her appointment and are very grateful to her for all her years of dedicated work to further TFT in Japan and around the world.

High Tech Meditator’s Toolbox

 

Meditation Hi-tech

By Caroline Avant

When people first start to meditate there are 3 common initial reactions that I have heard time and time again in my role as a meditation facilitator.  In this post we will explore the first point which is:

Am I doing it right?

I hear this in the inverse too, ‘Am I doing it wrong’?  Rest assured that you cannot do it wrong!  Yes, you heard it here folks, you cannot do High Tech Meditation wrong. Read more

The Passing of a Wonderful Woman – Christine J. Trautner

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Christine (Chris) Trautner passed away on November 17, 2015.

Chris had retired last June with a diagnosis of COPD. According to her husband, Andy, Chris had lost consciousness a day before and never regained it but lapsed quietly Tuesday night.  She is survived by her husband Andy, their two beloved Aussies, Bandit and Brandie, and her sons and Rusty and Tom and daughter Angie and 7 grandchildren.

Please hold her and her family in your thoughts and blessings. She served so many of us in the TFT community for many years. We will miss her tremendously.