Emotional Freedom Techniques Professional Skills 1


This online EFT training provides 15 credits of CE for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists,  and drug counselors:  and 15 contact hours for nurses.

This training also provides 5 hours of Live  NBCC credit for Counselors

Prior to registering, please review the CE details, course objectives, agenda, and conflict-of-interest disclosures below.

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ACEP is an approved provider for:

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB): ACEP, provider #1048, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACEP maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 2/28/22 - 2/28/25. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 15 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

American Psychological Association (APA):  ACEP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ACEP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors: NAADAC, 100504

National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC):ACEP has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7336. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Association of Comprehensive  Energy Psychology is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course has NOT  been approved for home study.  However, 5 hours of CE for the live portion of this training  is available.  Please contact acepstaff@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

California: ACEP is an approved CE provider by the APA, which is recognized by the CA Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists, and by ASWB and NBCC, which are recognized by CBBS to offer CEs for CA-based MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs. ACEP is an approved provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #14626).

Florida: ACEP is an approved CE provider FL Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling, Certified Master Social Workers and FL Board of Nursing (CE Provider#50-10765).

New York:  Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, #SW-0164 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors, #MHC-0138 and marriage and family therapists, #MFT-0069.

Please note: In New York State this course is approved as 10 hours of self-study and 4 hours of live training. 

NURSES:   This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, (approval #1652), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Approved to award 15 contact hours

Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.

Acupuncturists: ACEP is an approved provider for the CA Board of Acupuncture (#888). Approval is for 10 PDA hours through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM, provider #727).

Counselors: 5 Live CE hours are avail for Counselors getting CE through NBCC.   If you are a counselor and in your state you can get credit from one of the other approved boards (e.g.  APA or ASWB then you can get all 15 hours.  You will need to check with your state board.

EFT Professional Skills 1 is an introductory course


This course introduces the basic theory and techniques psychologists and other licensed professionals must master in order to responsibly integrate Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) protocols into their clinical practices. It presents: 1) an overview of EFT consisting of its history, theory, and research; 2) the basic EFT protocols; 3) basics of how to use EFT for treating trauma and depression; 4) processes for monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions during the session and 5) ethical guidelines for practicing EFT.

Training Objectives

  • Identify the nine acupressure tapping points in the EFT Basic Recipe that clients will tap on to elicit a calming response.
  • Perform the 4 main aspects of the EFT Basic Protocol
  • Discuss at least 3 principles to use when helping clients choose appropriate language and targets for each round of treatment.
  • Demonstrate at least two methods to identify a client’s negative cognition or belief that generates anxious or depressive feelings and deconstruct it to specific negative past life events.
  • Demonstrate the three main principles of the Tell the Story Technique for a specific stressful event to titrate emotional intensity and facilitate thorough processing of the traumatic material.
  • Identify individual "aspects” or component parts of a specific traumatic event.
  • List at least three useful questions used to uncover relevant stressful events in a client's history.
  • List at least three reasons why working with specific events from the client’s past is preferable to working with here and now symptoms.
  • Describe the three steps of the EFT Basic Recipe for symptom management of intense affect.
  • Discuss at least 2 ways to assign appropriate EFT self-help strategies for clients to do at home.
  • Describe the eight steps when using EFT with deep breathing for increased self-regulation of anxiety.
  • Discuss at least three principles to use when introducing EFT to clients.
  • Describe at least three methods for using EFT within a trauma-informed model.
  • Describe at least 3 research studies that support the efficacy of EFT for treating trauma.
  • List at least 2 ethical guidelines for using EFT with clients.


Week 1: Modules 1-4 (Complete by 1st Live Session)
Module 1 - Introduction and What to Expect
Module 2 - Emotional Freedom Technique Basic Premise
Module 3 - The EFT Basic Recipe
Module 4 - The EFT Basic Recipe Part 2

Week 2: Modules 5-8 (Complete by 2nd Live Session)
Module 5 - How to Select Target Goals
Module 6 - Emotional Freedom Technique Basic Premise
Module 7 - The Structure of Consciousness
Module 8 - The Tearless Trauma Technique

Week 3: Modules 9-11 (Complete by 3rd Live Session)
Module 9 -  Tell the Story Technique
Module 10 - Demonstration of Tearless Trauma & Tell the Story with Commentary
Module 11 - Testing the Work

Week 4: Modules 12-17 (Complete by 4th Live Session)
Module 12 - The Personal Peace Procedure: Treatment Planning that Matters
Module 13 - Research on the Efficacy of EFT
Module 14 - Applying EFT to Different Types of Problems
Module 15 - Scope of Practice and Ethics
Module 16 - Frequently Asked Questions about EFT
Module 17 - Conclusion

Week 5: Complete 5th live session. Take the final exam and assessment to earn certificate of completion.

Following the Week 4 Live Session, students will be able to access the final test and evaluation.

Descriptions of Live small group trainings

Week 1  60 minutes

Facilitators Review the modules from week 1 with special attention to making sure that every one knows the proper location of the acupressure points as well as how to create set up statements.   Students also practice the constricted breathing techniques.

Learning Objectives

  1. Memorize the location of the tapping points
  2. Be able to describe at least 2 ways to create set up statements
  3. Be able to perform the constricted breathing techniques

Week 2  60 minutes

Facilitators answer questions and concerns about how to integrate EFT with trauma informed care that is described in week 2 videos.

Learning Objectives:   Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least two variables that effect the  Window of tolerance
  2. Be able to perform tearless trauma techniques

Week 3  60 minutes

In week 3 participant pairs will practice one round performing both the Tearless trauma technique  (TTT) and tell the story technique (TTST), with one participant in the role of practitioner and one participant describing a specific stressful or traumatic event that still bothers them.   The facilitator will provide specific guidance and instruction sets, provide feedback and help if needed during the practice period.  Finally, the facilitator will lead a debrief to emphasize what went well and what needed improvement in delivering both TTT and TTST.

 Learning Objectives Participants will

  1. Be able to qualify and clarify a specific stressful or traumatic event to be cleared using the Tell the story technique
  2. Be able to deliver the tell the story technique for a specific event

Week 4  60 minutes

Week 4 is a continuation of Week 3 where the participants will switch roles. The facilitator will answer questions from previous week provide additional specific guidance and instruction sets for the practice, provide feedback and help if needed during the practice period.  Finally, the facilitator will lead a debrief to emphasize what went well and what needed improvement in delivering both TTT and TTST

Learning Objectives -  Participants will

  1. Be able to qualify and clarify a specific stressful or traumatic event to be cleared using the Tell the story technique
  2. Be able to deliver the tell the story technique for a specific event

Week 5 60 minutes

This session is an overall wrap up.  Facilitators discuss using EFT with specific populations or diagnoses. Facilitators answer any questions remaining.  Facilitators discus next steps ion training

Learning Objectives Participants will

  1. Describe at least 2 methods of integrating EFT into one’s clinical practice
  2. Delineate How to Use EFT with at least 2 different populations.

Relevant Financial Disclosures

All of the Faculty and the Facilitators have stated that they have no conflict of interest.

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