Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Under the leadership of Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Heather Larkin, Dr. Ron Toseland, Dr. Lara Kaye and Mary Sise, the School of Social Welfare is developing trauma-focused practices surrounding the neurobiological developmental effects of trauma. The School recently received $15,000 from the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) and the Global Gateway Foundation to research PTSD treatment for older adult heart attack survivors using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

EFT is a low-risk acupressure technique that calms the limbic structures of the brain, enabling clients to regulate their over-aroused systems, and eliminating the flashbacks, nightmares and terror that plague traumatized adults and children. EFT is a trauma-focused practice that engages neuroplasticity to restore development. Grounded in neuroscience research and Eastern preventive medicine, pilot intervention studies of EFT with veterans are building an evidence base for EFT as PTSD treatment.