Recovery after a Natural and/or Human-Caused Disaster

When skillfully applied, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has shown to be particularly effective in relieving the emotional distress typically experienced by disaster survivors. Common emotions and physical symptoms often resulting from traumatic experiences include: shock, fear, anger, rage, overwhelm, guilt, sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, isolation, and shame as well as trembling/shaking, restlessness, sleeping difficulties, cold sweats, racing thoughts, a racing heart, lump in one’s throat, tightness in one’s stomach, etc. All of these emotions and physical symptoms can usually be rapidly reduced or cleared through proper application of specific EFT techniques. In a recent study involving 77 Haitian seminarians after the 2010 earthquake, 62% exhibited scores on the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) checklist (PCL) in the clinical range. After receiving 2 days of instruction in EFT none of the 77 participants scored in the clinical range on the PCL. Further, posttest PCL scores decreased an average of 72%, ranging between a 21% reduction to a 100% reduction in symptom severity. These results are consistent with other published reports of EFT’s efficacy in treating PTSD symptoms in traumatized populations including war veterans and genocide survivors (Gurret, Palmer-Hoffman & Church, 2012; Feinstein, 2012). Energy psychology treatments, and particularly EFT, have also been used effectively in Rwanda with child and teenage victims of the 1990’s Genocide and Rape, with Iraq Vets suffering from PTSD, with Christchurch earthquake survivors and with hurricane evacuees in Atlanta, Georgia, to name just a few (Church, 2010, Stone, Leyden & Fellows, 2009; Feinstein, 2008).

While the application of EFT following a disaster must be calibrated to the unique cultures, needs and constraints of the individuals being treated as well as appropriately timed to provide maximum assistance, if properly applied, reports from the field show a pattern of strong outcomes following the use of EFT immediately following a disaster as well as longer term in the subsequent treatment of PTSD (Feinstein, 2008). During the early stages of a disaster, EFT has been enormously helpful in rebuilding trust, hope, and connection while dramatically reducing and even completely resolving traumatic symptoms. According to Feinstein (2008), there are four tiers of energy psychology interventions 1) immediate relief/stabilization, 2) extinguishing conditioned responses, 3) overcoming complex psychological problems, and 4) promoting optimal functioning. Immediately following a disaster, application of psychological first aid such as EFT would be indicative of the first tier of intervention with the subsequent tiers being introduced over a period of time to assist as needed. EFT is also extremely scalable making it very well suited to large disaster situations, especially when being taught by experienced EFT Practitioners who can ensure the technique is being applied effectively and efficiently.

EFT Global volunteer teams led and/or supervised by EFT experts facilitate recovery of local populations from the traumatic impact of natural and/or human caused disasters through application of specific EFT techniques and by empowering them to learn and apply simple self-help EFT techniques.

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