Pre-Symposium: EFT as an Approach for Weight-Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Pain & Wealth Creation

Peta Stapleton, PhD
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Terasen Theatre

EFT is a brief psychophysiological intervention combining elements of exposure and cognitive therapy, and somatic stimulation. This workshop will highlight 12 years of Australian clinical research trials on Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT or “Tapping”) for food cravings and weight loss in overweight/obese adults, as well as the current research outcomes for stress, depression, chronic pain and anxiety.

EFT has been shown to be comparable to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for many conditions, and in some aspects, it achieves the outcomes more quickly.  In an online format, EFT results in identical outcomes as attending in person for weight issues, and these last at 2-year follow-up. New research has examined participants’ neural changes (fMRI scanning) before and after EFT treatment, and scans will be presented during the workshop. Attendees will learn the technique in full and apply during the day.

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be better able to:

  1. Identify the locations of the acupuncture points used in EFT.
  2. Apply EFTs core technique, the “basic recipe”.
  3. Describe the meaning of “secondary gain”.
  4. Describe how to test the results of EFT.
  5. Provide examples of questions that guide a client into identifying emotional correlates of physical pain.
  6. Name the gentle technique used for clients with multiple sites of pain.
  7. Describe one indication of a client not being ready or willing to change.
  8. Understand the existing research and evidence base for EFT
Peta Stapleton, PhD

Dr Peta Stapleton has 25 years experience as a registered Clinical & Health Psychologist in the State of Queensland, Australia and has completed a Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy. Peta held academic positions at Griffith University for 14 years, teaching and coordinating psychological research trials into new therapies in the area of obesity and weight management and is now Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University.

Peta regularly contributes to the academic field with research publications. She regularly reviews for academic journals and offers supervision for new and existing professionals as well as students.

Peta is well known internationally in the area of Clinical EFT and is consulted for podcasts, radio, television and print media for her expert opinion. She has been awarded many honours is a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Timeline Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques. Peta’s most significant contribution in her research life has been to lead world-first randomized clinical trials investigating  Emotional Freedom Techniques (or ‘Tapping’).  The results have been outstanding. This treatment has now been compared to a gold standard, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and also in an online format. See Peta’s research page at Bond University for publications.

As a result of this research, she has been invited to write The Science Behind Tapping for Hay House, speak at conferences worldwide, and deliver masterclasses as webinars for international audiences.

Peta has also developed the Weight Management Psychology – Emotional Freedom Techniques for Weight Management Online Program with Glenn Mackintosh, and this is now available worldwide.

Integrative Fertility Symposium

Healthy Seminars 6th Integrative Fertility Symposium will be held exclusively online. The IFSymposium is geared towards Chinese medicine and naturopathic physicians who have an interest in treating reproductive health issues using an integrative approach. IFS 2021 date TBA

Symposium Location

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC