In all new fields of endeavor ethical concerns unfortunately end up being brought to the fore after serious issues have been brought to light. This is currently happening in a system that involves tapping (not EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques) that is known by its deceptive acronym FasterEFT. There have been isolated instances in the EFT community throughout the years however none as egregious as have come to light in the last month about “Faster”. Since the early days of it’s creation EFT organizations have instituted many safe guards to ensure public safety first and foremost. Many have ethics training in place to educate trainees and future practitioners. Let’s take a look at the ones set in place by the largest EFT organization in the United States of America, EFT Universe.
Within EFT Universe trainers are vetted by the organization. Some trainers are mental health care professional and some are not but have vast experience in the field. The version of EFT being taught at EFT Universe trainings is known as Clinical EFT. Clinical EFT is based on the set of techniques that were involved in the original research studies validating EFT tapping. As such Clinical EFT trainings have been reviewed but a number of continuing education providers and has been deemed to be a valid technique to learn if you are a licensed professional in the healing arts and mental healthcare fields.
Students going through certification courses at EFT Universe attend a level 1 and 2 training followed at some point by another level 2 or Specialty Course with a different trainer. In doing so students learn from two different perspectives and sets of experiences. If and when video taping of sessions work in front of the group has occurred the attendee may decide to have that video removed from the public at any time.
Another safe guard is the testing requirements that need to be met by all certification tracks – comprehension and ethics are tested and need to be passed or a student will not be certified. Along with live trainings, students working through certification also need to work closely with a mentor. Mentors have also gone through the vetting process and their mentoring is personally reviewed by the head of EFT Universe, Dawson Church. Mentoring is critical oversight and one in which problems with ethics or skills will be seen by the mentor.
Through the mentoring process students working through certification will need to turn in 15 hours of personal work, 3 book reports on the required reading material, 47 sets of notes on sessions completed, and 3 multi-session case studies. This is another place where a mentor can spot a problem and address it with the student before the student becomes a working EFT professional.
This article has featured the various safeguards inside the EFT training organization known as EFT Universe. Future articles will include the process for other EFT organizations such as AAMET, AMT, ACHP, and ACEP.