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TFT: Helping to overcome trauma around the world

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TFtT Tapping NewsletterLast year, 2011, was an exciting and productive year for the ATFT (now the TFT) Foundation. We saw the completion, continuance and fruition of many programs with support for our mission and goals.

This year is headed in the same fruitful direction. In our Spring Issue we share our plans, needs and hopes for this year and our long-term future.

Glimpse a bit of the past and hope for the future – I am so excited to be able to share the just completed teaser for our upcoming documentary (see below).

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One of our TFT Foundation board members, Mary Cowley, wrote a wonderful description for the documentary.

Peace IS within our grasp. It is at the tip of our fingers…literally. The upcoming documentary “From Trauma to Peace” will shock you in how quickly and easily people can be relieved of the devastating effects of trauma through the safe and effective “tapping” technique of Thought Field Therapy (TFT). AND how the impact of that emotional freedom not only brings peace of mind to the individual, but facilitates peace within and among communities.

Thought Field Therapy Rwanda

The ATFT Foundation funded 2008 PTSD study “Brief trauma intervention with Rwanda genocide survivors using Thought Field Therapy” has just come out in peer reviewed International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. The study’s two-year follow-up will be submitted for publication at a later date.

This study was the first of the ATFT Foundation’s PTSD studies, demonstrating an effective model for large-scale trauma relief. In 2009 a second study with this same model was completed and will be submitted for publication soon. It included a one-year follow-up and will also be submitted for publication.

The TFT (formerly ATFT) Foundation will be purchasing reprints. These reprints will be available from the foundation through Joanne@TFTFoundation.org .

The full citation is:

Connolly, S., & Sakai, C. (2012). Brief trauma intervention with
Rwandan genocide survivors, using Thought Field Therapy.
International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 13 (3), 161-172.

The third study, demonstrating this same model for large-scale trauma relief will be completed in Uganda in June of this year. Suzanne Connolly received a grant from ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology) as seed money for this year’s study. The remaining funding will be provided from the three organizations providing the team: TFT Foundation, (USA), ATFT Foundation UK, and the Mats Uldal Humanitarian Foundation (Norway).

Our join objectives for these studies are:

1. To continue developing and scientifically validating a model in which local community leaders can be trained to treat community members in the aftermath of large- scale disasters, especially in regions where trained professionals are scarce.

2. To relieve the distress of those suffering from trauma and promote Post Traumatic Growth (PTG).

The TFT Foundation is in need of support to continue these studies and provide much needed trauma relief. To see further details about the previous studies and projects or to contribute to our efforts, go to www.TFTFoundation.org

Left to right: Monika D'Agate, (visiting participant) Chair, Dr. Howard Robson, Ildiko Scurr, Joanne Callahan, Sec/Treasurer, Phyll Robson.

In her recent London trip, Joanne Callahan joined with the other ATFT Foundation UK board members for an important meeting and the launching of a new service for ATFT members.  She worked with other board members and a visiting guest to construct a plan for the UK ATFT Foundation to offer professional mentoring and support to UK and EU TFT practitioners.

The foundation and it’s board members have begun supporting the incorporation of TFT in health care organizations such as the National Health Service. Where possible, they are also encouraging research to provide further evidence of TFT’s efficacy in various health care environments.  This effort will provide much needed leadership, support and supervision for our TFT practitioners throughout the UK and EU.

The Board is in a position to provide support free of charge to practitioners who would like to receive help to increase their understanding and skills, particularly where this would contribute to the achievement of foundation objectives, but also to develop the skills of practitioners to improve the availability of TFT generally. We have already provided some mentoring for practitioners following training, especially within the National Health Service.

The current Foundation Chairperson is Dr Howard Robson, a retired Consultant Physician and Cardiologist, with extensive experience in teaching, training, educational supervision and mentoring. He continues to examine for the Royal Colleges of Physicians. Phyll Robson is Treasurer and is a nurse, qualified Tutor, teacher and has worked as a Freelance Consultant in change management. Both Howard and Phyll are Optimal Health TFT practitioners and have a long association with the National Health Service.

Together, they provide the ATFT Foundation UK board with an in-depth skill set and knowledge of working within the NHS and academic settings, and humanitarian deployments.  This is an invaluable service and resource for our TFT trainees, both newly trained and existing practitioners wishing to make an inroad in the national health care systems.

Initially just these two board members will be involved in providing this service. The service will begin after July 1, 2011 and you can contact them by email:  r.robson2@btinternet.com.

Haiti Earthquake trauma

While it is much too soon to begin to think about helping with the psychological traumas of the survivors in the after effect of the massive earthquake in Haiti, it is important to begin the psychological healing of the families and friends who are living elsewhere, and providing trauma relief for the rescue crews, first responders, troops going in to serve and their families. Even the press and viewers are being effected by the constant stream of heart wrenching images and reports of losses.

The ATFT Foundation has provided Thought Field Therapy® (TFT), the original meridian tapping therapy for trauma, to victims of wars, genocides and natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and the floods in Tabasco, Mexico.

TFT has been safely used to heal psychological problems for 30 years, and PTSD studies have demonstrated it to be highly effective in quickly eliminating the debilitating effects of even the worst of traumas with lasting results.

Early and regular use of these safe, self-applied protocols, can reduce or eliminate crippling grief, secondary traumatization, compassion fatigue and burn-out of our rescue workers and first responders. TFT can also reduce the stress and fears burdening the families of the rescue workers and response teams on the ground.

To this end, the ATFT Foundation’s TFT Trauma Relief Blog teaches these TFT trauma relief procedures in English, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Spanish, French and Italian. These procedures are the very same, powerful tools used successfully in Kosovo with war victims, Rwandan genocide survivors, New Orleans Hurricane Katrina victims, and other traumatized regions.

The TFT Trauma Relief blog also has 34 powerful stories about how TFT has relieved the trauma of war, suicide, genocide, kidnapping, prison, massive burns, rape, etc. Our most recent story is Juanita Van Ham’s account of how TFT transformed her experience after being severely traumatized in a bank robbery.

The tapping techniques are provided in print and video formats, to all who are in need.

Please, if you have any family or friends that have been affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti, or have loved ones deployed in the rescue efforts, take advantage of these free, powerful self-help tools.

Go to www.TFTTraumaRelief.wordpress.com .

You can also receive a Free Stress Relief Guide, at www.RogerCallahan.com.

Our prayers are with Haiti.

Creative Commons License photo credit: markyturner

Rwandese Rainbow

We have a preliminary report of the progress being made following our ATFT Trauma Relief interventions this August in Byumba, Rwanda. We are attaching the draft that we received from Brother Augustine. The report sent by Brother Augustine, summarizes the reports sent in by each of the thirty-six therapists we trained this August. The therapist’s reports had to be translated from Kinyarwanda to English by Brother Augustine, and this report, attached, contains the responses thus far translated. It is a busy season now in Rwanda and we may get a more complete summary sometime early next year.

It is good to know that the thirty- six therapist the ATFT Team trained have treated 622 people since our departure at the end of August. That is in addition to the 200 plus persons treated by the Rwandan therapists while we were there. It seems that TFT is making a big difference in the lives of the therapist’s, in the lives of those whose lives the therapists touch, and in the larger communities in which they live.

Good work ATFT members! All of you have helped in some really significant way. Thanks especially to team members, Caroline Sakai, Gordon Barrett, Carmen Carrasco, Gary and Cyndie Quinn.

Happy Holidays!

Suzanne M Connolly, LCSW
ATFT Foundation Trauma Relief Committee Chairperson. Read more

TFT timeshare for Vets

Freedom R & R’s with Timeshares for Vets

ATFTF Foundation Provides R & R Retreats with Timeshares for Vets

In late 2008, the ATFT Foundation partnered with Timeshares for Vets to provide our returning veterans and families with an opportunity to enjoy a much earned vacation and have the benefit of TFT for the stress and trauma of their service.

While the process of establishing and building the Freedom R & R’s program has been slow, the result is now something we are proud to be a part of and I believe is providing a much needed service for our returning veterans.

I wish to thank those who have dedicated many long hours of hard work. Herb Ayers and the Columbia Basin Veteran’s Resource Center have served as the base for our volunteer coaches and mentors, and a resource for our veterans. Sheila Crouser, a vet herself, and our ATFT administrator has put in many long hours working with the vets to find a resort that fits their needs. Chrissy Mayhew has worked with our volunteer web designer, Mark Perry, to design the Timeshares for Vets web site. Roger Callahan, TFT’s founder, is donating his book, Tapping the Healer Within and Bob Bray is donating his book, No Open Wounds, to the veterans. They both are also volunteering with coaching help as have many of our other practitioners.

I have been working with legal, structure, press, and organizations to bring in additional media, and funding. We will be working with BuyATimeshare.com to be able to accept full timeshares, have the donations sold and the funds given to the foundation. This will help provide much needed revenue for the travel costs for the program.

I would like to thank our generous timeshare donors: Bob MacMahon, TFT Dx, JoAnn and Alan Kilpatrick, Lei-Lynne DooHorvick, and Randy and Lanet Johnson. They have provided the resort vacations that are making this project a reality.

It was so very gratifying to hear from our timeshare recipient just returning from his week in Glacier, Washington. He went with his girlfriend and said it was so relaxing, he felt he had a total reset. In fact, they were having such a wonderful time, they got married while at their Freedom R & R.

atft foundationWe have veterans and families scheduled to go to some great locations, coming up, Las Vegas, NV, Klamath Falls, OR, Glacier, WA, South Florida and South Lake Tahoe, CA. Applications for our program are increasing all the time. We need more timeshares, so if you have or know anyone who has an unused timeshare, please let them know they can help support and thank our troops and returning veterans with the ATFT Foundation’s Freedom R & R’s program with Timeshares for Vets. We could also use help with travel for the veterans. If you have airline miles you can contribute please let us know.

For program information and veteran applications, you can go to www.ATFTFoundation.org. Timeshare donors can also go to www.TimesharesforVets.com

Click Here for more information on how you can participate with the Freedom R & R’s for our veterans.

We acquire the strength we have overcome

By Robert L. Bray, PhD, LCSW, CTS, TFT-DXDr. Robert Bray is the Secretary of the ATFT. He is a respected counselor specializing in trauma and post-traumatic stress issues. He has been deeply involved with TFT for many years and offers TFT Algorithm trainings on a regular basis. His work has been featured on television

In my experience, the most common problem with grief is people not grieving. When a client comes in looking for help with grief, the first question I ask is, “What are you doing? How are you grieving?”

The most common response is that it hurts to much and “I cry ever time I remember (he or she) is gone.”

Avoiding the memories, avoiding the parts of their current life that triggers the memories, or avoiding sharing memories with others is a common coping mechanism to manage the pain even for the toughest person.

Taking the time to be with feelings of love for the one who has died and integrating the fact that person is no longer with him or her is a necessary component in reconstructing a life.

Grieving is an active process requiring our engagement.

Time passively passed without our conscious awareness is of little help in this process. Time spent locked in overwhelming emotion that freezes our thinking and prevents us from taking action is of less help.

Making the change in our being requires living with the reality of having been given the gifts of our loved one and now being without the physical presence of his or her.

TFT provides a means to getting unstuck and using our feelings in this change process.

A woman in her late forties approached me after a presentation at a conference and asked for help dealing with the loss of her son three years
earlier. In his early twenties he had been killed in an industrial accident. She was an experienced mental health professional and was able to describe her sense of being stuck in her grief. Read more

vets TFT Post traumatic Stress

Freedom R & R’s with Timeshares for Vets

Show your appreciation for our Veterans.

Generations of men and women in our Armed Forces have sacrificed for the good of America in ways most Americans can not imagine. The time away from their families is only the beginning. Many have willingly gone into harm’s way with honor and discipline because their country asked them to. Some have paid the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives for freedom, and still others come back wounded in ways I pray we will never experience.

All of their service allows you and me the opportunity to live our lives securely and without fear. America is the greatest country in the world because we are free, free to create the lives we choose for ourselves in the freedom secured by our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guard.

Now we have the opportunity to serve those who have served us!

Timeshares for Vets Helps with Freedom R & R’s

The TFT Foundation (charitable arm for Thought Field Therapy), Callahan Techniques, Ltd. and organizations like the Columbia Basin Veterans Resource Coalition and The National Veterans Foundation, provide a free, much needed trauma stress relief retreat to our returning Veterans.

Selected veterans and their families will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy at a donated time share resort for one week. In addition to the time share, the veterans and their families will receive self-help materials for trauma, grief, anger and stress, along with access and support from a professional coach or mentor and trauma specialist who clearly understand the unique needs of Veterans. Read more