Whether you fall once or a hundred times, it is always an emotionally painful experience. When my wife fell during a walk, we just assumed it was a misstep or maybe she lost her balance. That was nine years ago when she was 71. More and more, her legs would just go out from under her and in an instant, she would be on the floor! It was frightening!
Frightening for her; frightening for me too! When these falls continued to happen, she sought help from a neurologist but unfortunately, he failed to diagnose the problem; worse yet, we failed to get another medical opinion!
A colleague of Suzanne Connolly, Pegah Seidi in Kurdistan Iraq, is presenting TFT to a large crowd of professionals. She is spreading TFT throughout the region for trauma relief and is very excited about TFT and wants to do more research with it. Suzanne is helping her with an observational study and wants to share their enthusiasm about the results she sees using TFT.
John Freedom shared the following with us about a new study that mentions TFT.
A newly published meta-analysis by Mukdarut Bangpan, Lambert Felix, and Kelly Dickson entitled “Mental health and psychosocial support programmes for adults in humanitarian emergencies: a systematic review and meta-analysis in low and middle-income countries,” has included a TFT research study by Suzanne Connolly and Caroline Sakai in their meta-analysis of therapies for adults after traumatic events in LMICs.
Of 12593 references from their initial search, the authors included only 35 studies that met the criteria for this meta-analysis. The article was published in the journal BMJ Global Health, and the lead author is a researcher at the University College London. This is the fourth important globally based meta-analysis that has included at least one TFT study.
The authors report that “The evidence consistently shows that MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) programmes are effective in improving functioning and post-traumatic stress disorder.”
They also mention that “TFT was designed for Rwandan Genocide survivors,” and was one of the studies reported to show positive effects for PTSD. TFT was also reported to alleviate depression, as well as reductions in fear, anger and avoidance. TFT was one of four studies (of 18 analyzed) that demonstrated a reduction in anger; and was one of only four studies where the intervention was delivered just one or two sessions for an hour or less per session. The TFT study also had a relatively large effect size.
This is one more acknowledgment of the effectiveness of TFT (and by extension, of meridian tapping) by objective researchers who have no ties to Energy Psychology.
Kudos and Congratulations to Suzanne and Caroline!
Suzanne Connolly, LCSW, recently shared the summarized data from the ACE’s study with a small group of colleagues in Costa Rica. This material is so important for all of us to know and understand as we work to help trauma in the world.
“ACEs” comes from the CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a groundbreaking public health study that discovered that childhood trauma leads to the adult onset of chronic diseases, depression and other mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence, as well as financial and social problems.
The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and household challenges and later-life health and well-being.
The original ACE Study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente from 1995 to 1997 with two waves of data collection. Over 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization members from Southern California receiving physical exams completed confidential surveys regarding their childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors.
The Ceremony was held at Rwamagana Eastern Province.
The International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, marked with a commemoration to mark the 25th anniversary of the genocide.
April 7, 1994 marks the beginning of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda perpetrated by the Hutu extremist-led government. Within the following 100 days, more than 800,000 members of the Tutsi minority were systematically murdered. Moderate Hutu and others who opposed the killings were also killed during that period.
In 2003, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed 7 April the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Celestin Mitabu shares some pictures of the event below.
Please support our Thought Field Therapy (TFT) volunteers as they bring much-needed trauma relief to Rwandan prisoners, their families and staff—and make a significant contribution to the Rwandan genocide healing process.