TFT to be Used in Double-blind Randomized Controlled study with Women in camps for Internally displaced people (IDP) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
TFT practitioners have been bringing post-disaster trauma relief to places in the United States such as Charity and Oshener Hospitals after Hurricane Katrina, and training local therapists following the shootings at Columbine High School. TFT Practitioners in Japan also utilized TFT to help others in the aftermath of the Fukushima Earthquake and the resulting Tsunami. However, TFT practitioners have been especially active in low and middle-income countries such as Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Mexico, and more recently the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where researchers found that Kurdish refugees responded better to TFT than CBT. Now, Professor and researcher Pegah Seidi will be leading a double-blind randomized controlled study with Women in camps for Internally displaced people (IDP). These camps are now home to just under one million IDPs from surrounding areas including Syria.
The study will begin during the second week of June, with the training of lay people residing in the camps to deliver the TFT interventions. The participants in the study will be adult women who are suffering from trauma. One group of participants will be an active waitlist group and receive relaxation exercises and the other group will receive the TFT treatments. There will be post-testing one week after the treatments and follow-up assessments three months later. We are excited to be able to offer TFT to a group of people who have suffered through several wars and somehow survived. We will keep everyone posted as things progress and of course, donations are always welcome. This is going to be a lot of people to eventually treat!
Suzanne Connolly, LICSW, will be in charge of treatment fidelity and supervise. She will register the study and ensure it meets high standards for finding a home in a top journal. She will help write up the study. Please help us and contribute to this humanitarian and research project. DONATE
Thank you to the Japanese Association for TFT. They hired a professional company to translate it the TFT Foundation’s trauma relief tapping sequence into Turkish and we are most grateful. Please share this with all you know who are experiencing fear and trauma as a result of the many earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
TFT, bedendeki akupunktur noktalarına parmak ucuyla dokunarak kaygı, korku ve travma gibi psikolojik rahatsızlıkları çözme yöntemidir.
A group of Syrian volunteers visited a primary school in the county side which has been affected by the war and by the recent earthquakes.
Their purpose was to give hope and hope and pleasure to these young children. One of the activities provided was led by TFT practitioner and trainer Zena Hammami. She shared a song with the children, created by Abeer AlOsaimi, also a TFT trainer and practitioner. In the song she tapped with them the 6PRS to become better and to remove blocks to heal from their trauma and fears. This is the first time ever TFT in introduced in the schools in Syria. This healing event was covered by Syrian TV. Zena’s hope is to provide these healing tools to all school children in Syria.
We are excited to share with you the addition of a Ukrainian translation of the TFT Trauma Relief Protocol. After many months of searching for help, Herb Ayers put this together for those suffering trauma as a consequence of the war in the Ukraine. Please share this with all who may be able to benefit from it.
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There is growing evidence to support the effectiveness of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) as a psychological intervention.
An article entitled Mental health interventions by lay counsellors: A systematic review and meta-analysis (Connolly et al., 2021) was published in the August 2021 issue of The Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Of the 19 randomized controlled trials that met the inclusion criteria, three studies explored the use of TFT (Connolly & Sakai, 2011; Connolly et al., 2013; Robson et al., 2016). Of the three included TFT studies, two were conducted in Rwanda, and one was conducted in Uganda. Two of the included TFT studies demonstrated high effect sizes, and one TFT study demonstrated a medium effect size. The three TFT studies were found to have the fewest days of training and the least amount of treatment time. In a qualitative follow up, Edwards (2016) reported the lay counselors’ satisfaction with their continued use of the TFT intervention. Continue reading “Thirteen Evidence-Based Thought Field Therapy Studies & Nine Reviews Supporting TFT’s Effectiveness”
Suzanne Connolly, LCSW, recently completed a film that was shown online as a break-out session at The Academy of Integrative Medicine and Health Conference in October in San Diego.
The break-out session was on using TFT to help close the mental health treatment gap in low-and middle-income countries. It goes without saying it could be used in high-income countries as well.
This breakout was based on the literature review and meta-analysis she led with an international team that was published in the August 2021 issue of the World Health Organization.
Here is the link to the article published by the WHO:
Below is the video of the break-out session. It contains some footage of Rwandan lay counselors speaking of their experiences. It’s a 43 minute video.