Why Short, Online EFT ‘Practitioner Trainings’ Are A Bad Idea

Online courses are appearing everywhere.

They are short, convenient, inexpensive and easy to access wherever you are in the world.

What’s not to like?

If the course is offering you a ‘Practitioner Certificate’ for watching a few hours (or less) video and reading a couple of articles then there is quite a lot not to like.

In the video above I had a quick rant about why I thought short online EFT ‘Practitioner’ courses are a bad idea.

This article is an in depth look at these courses and why they are well worth avoiding if you want to become a confident, competent practitioner of EFT.

I’m going to talk about EFT because that’s where I have the most experience but what follows applies equally well for NLP, Hypnotherapy or any other ‘healing skills’ being ‘taught’ in these courses.

There are lots of different online courses available, but this article focuses on the trainings that are:

  • Low cost
  • Low effort – you only need to watch videos and read articles.
  • Short duration – anything from 39 minutes (!) to 8 hours.
  • Implying or promising that you will be able to use your new skills with other people.
  • Promise you some kind of ‘Practitioner Certificate’ of some sort when you have completed the course.
  • One way only – that is you get no observation or feedback from the trainer during the training.
  • One off – there is no continuing support after the training

All that glisters is not gold

These courses often have impressive, official sounding titles:

  • EFT / TFT Tapping Master Practitioner Certification (Expert)
  • EFT & TFT Tapping Practitioner Certification
  • Professional Accredited EFT Diploma Course

They always promise amazing results

  • Become an awesome EFT Practitioner
  • Help others to rid themselves of negative and disempowering emotions
  • Uncover the deeper levels of helping that EFT and TFT can provide

If you are thinking of taking such a course because you want to become an ‘EFT Practitioner’ please look elsewhere.

If you are emotionally distressed and thinking of taking your problems to an ‘EFT Practitioner’ who has only taken a short online course please look elsewhere.

Read moreWhy Short, Online EFT ‘Practitioner Trainings’ Are A Bad Idea

EFT Gathering 4×4 – Ilkley, 29th & 30th April 2017

Gwyneth Moss, EFT Master and organiser of the annual EFT Gathering is organising a new form of workshop for anyone who wants to develop their tapping skills.

The 4×4 event is a two day set of four workshops (followed by an optional day long workshop by Gwyneth). There are four presenters, one of whom just happens to be me!

It promises to be a rich weekend of tapping and exploration with four very different presenters. I’m presenting a brief introduction to the Identity Healing process on Sunday afternoon.

Gwyneth says:

Four of your favourite presenters teaching four advanced EFT workshops over a weekend followed by EFT Constellations all day on Monday. Read more https://www.eftgathering.com

EFT 4×4 as we are calling it is the weekend of 29/30 April and the workshops are:

SATURDAY AM – GWYNETH MOSS – SURROGATE TAPPING FOR CHILDREN
Have you tried surrogate tapping but struggled to find the words? Gwyneth developed the 3 Phase approach to teach ethical and effective surrogate tapping for all. Children love tapping but sometimes its gentler for a friend or parent to offer remote help. Teaching, demonstration, exercises and discussion

SATURDAY PM – SUSIE FOSTER – TAP AWAY SCHOOL STRESS
School stress is on the increase. Susie’s Gathering presentation was a favourite. Now she shows you how she teaches emotional literacy to 7 year olds. How she gets a whole class tapping and how everyone has lots of fun.

SUNDAY AM – ROS BARBER – TAPPING INTO INSPIRATION
Have you ever struggled to find the words to write about EFT and what you do? Do you feel it should be easier to write a letter or article? Or is there a book in you? Award winning writer Ros Barber has designed this practical workshop for you to tap through your fear, into your inspiration and express your true voice in writing.

SUNDAY PM – ANDY HUNT – THE IDENTITY HEALING EXPERIENCE
Andy Hunt combined his deep knowledge of NLP with tapping to create Identity Healing a suite of processes to gently heal the younger suffering parts of ourselves that are still struggling in our adult lives. Andy’s workshop gives you a taste of what is possible.

MONDAY – GWYNETH MOSS – EFT CONSTELLATIONS
Do we live out the stuck emotional patterns of our ancestors? What if tapping could reach into the family field and clear traumas long past? EFT Constellations group work does just that. An experiential day for experienced tappers.

Come and join us at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley. Spring is gorgeous here with bluebells and walks on the moor. https://www.eftgathering.com Book your place at https://regonline.co.uk/eft4x4

hope to see you soon
Gwyneth

eftevents@gmail.com

I’m looking forward to the event, I think it’s going to be fascinating.

Contact Gwyneth directly if you need more information.

What fake steamship stories can tell us about personal development

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
– H. L. Mencken

Steam ship
Image courtesy of Enrique L

There is an amusing and inspiring steamship story that is often told in trainings or workshops, it goes something like this.

In the days of the old steamships a passenger liner broke down just before the entrance to New York harbour.

The ship was helpless, there was nothing the ship’s engineer or crew could do. The liner lay dead in the water unable to make any headway.

The captain radioed the harbour asking them to send their most skilful engineer to solve the problem.

The engineer rode a pilot-boat to the crippled liner, where the captain showed him to the engine room.

To the captain’s surprise the engineer just wandered about. He walked around the engine room, putting his hand on the miles of piping and his ear to junctions and valves. He looked into the boilers and over the towering engine.

By now the captain was beginning to get impatient. “When is this man actually going to DO something?” he thought.

After half an hour of wandering around the engineer just scratched his chin, nodded to himself and asked for a hammer.

Read moreWhat fake steamship stories can tell us about personal development

Spring ChangeCamp 2015 – March 28th – Newcastle

Spring ChangeCamp 2015It’s nearly time for the Spring ChangeCamp 2015 on Saturday March 28th in Newcastle.

So far there are 14 presentations for you to choose from at the Spring ChangeCamp 2015 – a mixture of familiar faces and new presenters to ChangeCamp.

Clicking on the links will take you to information about the presentation and the presenters.

An Early Bird fee of £15 applies if you book online before Saturday 14th March, thereafter the full fee for the ChangeCamp event is £25.

A concessionary fee of £10 is available for students and the unwaged.

ChangeCamp has become a very popular event, there are 90 places available for this event, so book on-line to secure your place and prevent disappointment.

Online bookings close on Wednesday 23nd or when the event is fully booked.

If want to know how it all works visit information for ChangeCamp participants.

I hope to see you there.

To Heal And Be Healed For The Common Good

heal (verb) : Old English hælan “cure; save; make whole, sound and well,” from Proto-Germanic hailjan, literally “to make whole”

Healing
Image courtesy of BK

In 2005 I had an odd experience which crystallised my reasons for doing the work that I do.

It’s taken me several years to unpack that experience and I’m still figuring out the implications.

I attended a Spirituality and Therapy workshop with Bill O’Hanlon, three days’ exploration of how we might understand and use spirituality in therapeutic work.

On the last afternoon he invited members of the group to stand up and say a few words about what was important to us about what we had learned and what we would do with the understandings we’d gained.

One by one participants stood up and answered telling the rest of us what they had learned and what they wanted to do next.

In a brief pause between speakers and without any conscious thought, I found myself standing up (a large part of my mind was wondering why I was standing up and what I was going to say) and saying “I don’t really know what this means but I want to heal and be healed for the common good”. I had no idea where that thought came from and was as surprised as anyone else that I’d said it.

Read moreTo Heal And Be Healed For The Common Good

How To Boost Your Respondability

Image courtesy of Ashley Burton
Image courtesy of Ashley Burton

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

Viktor E. Frankl

Perhaps you’ve had these kinds of experience:

  • Your manager gets an expression on their face that makes you feel like a child waiting for a scolding.
  • Someone speaks to you in a particular tone of voice and before you know it you are feeling angry.
  • You hear someone’s name mentioned and your heart sinks.

These reactions are instantaneous, one moment you think or feel one way, then in the space of a few seconds you are thinking and feeling something completely different.

We all have reactions.

Some of them are pleasant, we hear a child laugh and we smile.

Some of them are not so pleasant and even less useful. With a single word, gesture or expression someone can trigger a negative and stressful experience in us.

It’s not our fault that we have these reactions. As we are growing up we spend a lot of time learning to respond to what is going on around us with our family, friends and society at large.

In the last century Pavlov performed some experiments with dogs in which they learned to associate the sound of a bell with feeding time, after a little training the dogs could be made to salivate just hearing the sound of the bell. They had an instantaneous and unconscious response to the sound of the bell.

Our mouths may not water when we hear a bell, but we have probably accumulated many conditioned responses over the course of our lives.

These reactions (conditioned responses) are a natural part of the way our nervous systems work. They are a simple learning strategy with advantages and disadvantages.

%d bloggers like this: