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Two recent meta-analyses reviewing efficacious treatments for PTSD include mentions of TFT

The first, a meta-analysis and systematic review, reviewed 36 psycho-social interventions for treating disaster trauma in children and adolescents. This review included a research study by Sakai, Connolly and Oas (2010) treating PTSD in child genocide survivors in Rwanda using Thought Field Therapy. Of the different interventions, the TFT study reported the largest pre- to post-treatment effect size. It was published in Psychological Medicine.

The second meta-analysis by Morina et al, reviewed research by Connolly and Sakai (2012) with genocide survivors in Rwanda. It was published in Depression and Anxiety.

​​​​​​​Thanks to ACEP member John Freedom for sharing this!

We are sharing this on behalf of one of our newest Algorithm Practitioners in the Middle East, Zena Nabil Hammami.  It is her first case study after completing her online algorithm certification course. 

Just think what a difference it could make in the lives of children everywhere, and especially those living in the war-torn areas around our planet. 

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A friend of mine came to me to help her little son, he was 6 years and he was having a daily “Enuresis”, actually his mother used to put a baby diaper for him every night, she said that she took him to the doctor and after doing the medical tests, there seemed to be no clinical reason, his urinary system was ok!

I knew previously that the boy was having difficult times in the war here in Syria especially in his city, so I started to talk to the boy in  a lovely and kind way, I asked him about his most fears, and I understand that he was afraid to lose his mother as he lost his father (his father is a prisoner for years)  in the war, so his body is reacting in this way so he can gain more attention from his mother like a baby! So I started to begin the process with the: Algorithm of Fears “ simple phobias”.

First I told him that I’m going to play a game with you, I want you to remember the most difficult time that makes you afraid and you left your father then we are going to tap our body to free them like bubbles, he closed his eyes and said ok, then I told him how big is your fear, is it like this ( I opened my hands wide ) he said yes, then I started tapping the points of Algorithm on my face and told him to imitate me as if we are playing! (e – a – c) then next the SUD becomes lower directly (he demonstrated the level of SUD with a narrow space of hands, then I continued the sq + 9g + sq until his fears disappeared and finally we used the eye roll (floor to ceiling).

The boy showed no reversals and he responded directly. Now the most important thing is that I knew the next day from his mother that the “ Enuresis” disappeared !! J and I followed with him daily, the problem has totally resolved .. he was healed.

Jim Mc Aninch, TFT-ADV, TFT-RCT and Tom Greenhalgh made a presentation about clearing issues which troubled Veterans, Public Safety and Addicts in their struggles with recovery, entitled “They don’t Talk, Trust or Feel”. 

911 dispatchers are a unique group, for they are the first responders. They are the first ones to connect with the individuals or groups with an emergency need. They must take the information, figure out the need and then relay that information to the proper responders with the correct location in seconds.  There is no room for error for they are dealing with life and death situations. Like the military and their special operation individuals; they are a challenging group to gain entry into.

With the development of CISM procedure and CISM teams working with the various responder groups, the value of this to the members was being recognized. Unfortunately the dispatchers we’re not included in these groups because they were not at the scene of the incident and it was felt that they were not affected by the event.

A number of years ago, I was called in to help with a crisis that had occurred within the northern zone of the Pittsburgh call center. On the northern zone’s weekend off, the team’s group leader/mentor was along with his wife killed in a tragic car crash. The crew members were unaware of the incident until reporting to work. The whole crew was impacted by the event and unable to safely work on the screens. The Chief Administrative Officer for Allegheny County requested immediate help from Pittsburgh’s CISM team. I was available and I went in to assess the need and give them what I was trained in regarding crisis intervention. I was able to educate them with regard to the possible effects of a critical incident but I also became aware that more was needed, to possibly find immediate relief.  I made the choice to integrate TFT into the crisis intervention work. I was able to stabilize thirteen dispatchers through one on ones and combinations in four hours which permitted them to safely return to work supporting the city of Pittsburgh. I immediately became the Chief’s designated 911 Center CISM representative ever since.

Over the years we were seeing positive results of what was being done to help the dispatchers; the Shift Commanders and the EMS manager would call me in to help with the top critical incidents affecting the call center.   Not only was the technique I had developed effective, it was trusted by the dispatchers in the call center. I became the CISM man and was now working with Westmoreland County Call Center along with Allegheny County Call Center.  I would only go in when the call center needing help would called the Stat Command Center requesting help from the CISM team.

This past year I had been called into work with four major critical incidents the –worst of the worst–. Two calls occurring in Westmoreland County were the Line Duty Deaths of a Police officer, where the wife of one of the fallen officers worked in the call center as a dispatcher. The two calls in Allegheny County also were the– worst of the worst– with the suicide of a call center dispatcher which was heard over the 911 call, and the sudden death of a twenty year trainer who had impacted so many dispatchers in their journey.

I worked successfully with over forty seven dispatchers on a one on one basis at the scene as the event was going on, generally within an hour of the critical incident. I realized that the crisis intervention procedure that I had developed which is integrated with TFT is quick, effective and repeatable. These individuals came to see me affected by the critical incident but other things unique and unexplainable to them was coming up, they we’re not ready to talk about it, let alone ready to tap on it.

I generally saw the individual who was visibly impacted by the event first. If they we’re able to find some relief and if they were comfortable and trusted me another would come to see me. All my work is done on a voluntary basis and no one is forced to talk with me. I generally spent anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour with the individuals when I spoke with them; and I had no previous information about them prior to our meeting. I am usually located in an area where they can come in to see me with privacy. As one individual would go back to the call center another would come in to see me. With a major event I am usually there eight to sixteen hours. I will then come back in eight to twelve hours to see if I missed anyone or if they wanted to meet with me again.

How I know that this technique is working is a couple of ways. The dispatchers are seeking me out because of word of mouth from the experience of other dispatchers, they trust me. I have been having the individuals at the upper management positions acknowledging and writing about the positive effects and the effectiveness in the call centers while going through the worst crisis. A seasoned and senior Shift Commander put it this way “I am watching the dispatchers walking in to see you being very distraught and beaten but when they come back they are visibly relieved and are able to go back on the screens.”

I am currently on a state wide task force to deal with the increasing problem of suicide with public safety individuals and I am one person’s approval away from putting in a pilot program with one of the largest drug and alcohol treatment programs in the country using these techniques.

For the readers who don’t know me I am neither a public safety first responder nor am I a licensed mental health therapist. I am a veteran and a trained peer with Pittsburgh’s CISM team for over twenty years, I have close to thirty years in recovery and I am a person who cares and is willing to do the work necessary to make a difference.

Jim Mc Aninch, TFT-ADV, TFT-RCT
Crisis Wellness LLC
www.crisiswellness.com
Jim@crisiswellness.com

I have been seeing a prominent Dallas physician, Dr. K, for annual physicals most of my adult life.  The process calls for many tests, starting early morning with blood draws, finishing up with a stress EKG, a review of results, and a hands-on examination.

This particular morning, Dr. K seemed a bit stressed as we reviewed my test results.  Dr. K stated, “Bruce, I may need to reschedule your physical examination as I had an A-Fib episode this morning and I have been up since 2 a.m.  I have a Catheter Ablation scheduled for early this afternoon, and I may not be up for your physical.”

Knowing that Dr. Callahan had had considerable success treating A-Fib with TFT, I offered a treatment to Dr. K.  To my pleasant surprise, he graciously accepted!

He was an 8 in terms of his level of concern about his experience so far that day and the pending ablation treatment in the next couple of hours.  We tapped the anxiety algorithm and brought him to a more peaceful state, about a 2.  We finished with the floor to ceiling eye roll.  He commented about how peaceful he felt and stated that he thought we could finish the entire exam, which we did.

Next morning, I called his office to see how the Catheter Ablation procedure had gone.  Ms. C, his assistant said “ Bruce, you won’t believe it!  I will put you through to Dr. K to have him tell you about it!”  Dr. K gets on the line and says, “There I was all prepped and ready to go into the operating room.   The attending physician stops by and says, “Dr. K, you can get dressed and go home”.  I say to him, “but doctor, I haven’t had my procedure!”  He says, “Your heart is in perfect rhythm and there is no need for it”.  My comment was, “Dr. K, wouldn’t it be interesting if your heart stayed in rhythm and if not, you could tap it back into rhythm and you might never need an Ablation treatment again?”  He had no trouble agreeing with that possibility!

So, a couple of months later, all is good, no further episodes.  I have provided him the DVD “The Miracles of Thought Field Therapy” and he has pledged to review it.

Dr. K works and speaks all over the world so no telling where this might lead!  Thank you, Dr. Roger and Ms. Joanne Callahan for the miracle of TFT!

Listen to what the Rwandans are saying and doing to help heal their country from the devastation of genocide.  Fr. Augustin sent us this brief video.  Learn what they are doing to make sure it never happens again.  Take just a quick minute to see what they are doing and how you can help us continue this work.

We need your help to continue.  You can contribute from the foundation’s website:  www.TFTFoundation.org

Sponsored by the TFT Foundation and supported by the Nalaniikaleomana Foundation in Hawaii, Dr. Caroline Sakai and Cyndie and Gary Quinn went to Rwanda in September to help give more TFT trainings–and to support, however they could, the TFT IZERE Center, Byumba, and TFT Kigali. This included TFT trainings for the Rwandan Correctional System, part of the TFT Foundation’s new Rwandan Prison Project.

In order to expand TFT to all the prisons of Rwanda, which has been requested by the Rwandan General Commissioner of Corrections, funds are greatly needed. For more information about these efforts–and to help the foundation heal the hearts of Rwanda’s prisoners, their families, and prison staff–click on this link. Such a powerful way to contribute to World Peace.

Our prayers and love go out to all those affected by the recent tragedy in Las Vegas. Please pass along the link to this site (www.TFTtraumarelief.com) to anyone who was traumatized by this event, whether or not they live in Las Vegas. In this way we can all bring relief to those suffering.

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