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C11. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Welcome video message Is tapping a viable treatment approach nurses can implement?

About The Event

Learner category:

  • Beginning Level
  • Novice Level

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to demonstrate the tapping points used with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one evidence-based rational for the use of EFT

Abstract:

Nurses have been at the forefront of patient care and healing for centuries. The substance use crisis is presented in the news in such a way that frightens most people and some healthcare workers. This perpetuates the stigma relating to persons with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Persons with SUD feels trapped that they cannot escape this hopeless condition. Treatment of SUD is patient centered and uses many therapeutic methods. The most common include medication, groups, and physical care resulting from years of self-abuse. There are other options that are shown to have remarkable success. Complementary and Alternative therapies are beginning to be use throughout all areas of medical care. One such technique EFT is being used successfully in Energy Psychology and physical medicine. This presentation will define EFT and provide scientific evidence that support its use. One does not need extensive training to use EFT. The participant will be shown the points used for tapping. They will also be introduced to set up phrases. Nurses usually only have a short period of time with patients. Teaching patients to use this method can be effective in reducing stress ultimately leading to relapse. In addition, those attending will be given resources to develop and grow in this area of caring for the SUD patient. Adding this technique to normal standard of care can be remarkably effective. EFT can also be used as part of a balanced self-care regimen.

Author(s):

Dennis Hagarty, RN, CARN-AP, LCAS, HTPA North Carolina, USA

Dennis Graduated in 1977 with a degree in BSW from Western Carolina University. He went on to receive an AD in nursing from Wake Technical CC in 1980. He received a Master’s in Nursing from UOP Online in 2008. He worked for the VA for 35 years, recently retiring. The past 15 years he worked as Buprenorphine Coordinator for two VA outpatient SUD Clinics. Dennis became a CARN in 2007 and CARN-AP in 2009. He served on the Board of Directors for IntNSA from 2011 to 2015. While working with the buprenorphine patients he began teaching Tai Chi in 2013 and taught at VA Pain Clinic and the outpatient SUD program. He is also a Level IV Healing Touch Apprentice pursuing Certification. He has used Healing Touch on veterans with opiate addiction with pain and post-surgical intervention. He is working to start a business, offering Healing Touch, Tai Chi, and other energy healing techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in his hometown of Asheville, NC.

 

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