The 48 Essential Core Clinical EFT Techniques in which Certified EFT Practitioners are Trained

The Emotional Freedom Techniques is not just tapping. It is a wide variety of techniques that are used along with tapping to help glean maximum results with your clients. Perhaps, we should delineate between “techniques” and “teachings.”  

When people talk about the 48 Essential Core Clinical EFT Techniques“, it is a bit of misrepresentation and can be quite confusing for people. That is because there aren’t “48 Tapping Techniques” in the true sense. While there are many core teachings, that people use to apply EFT, the list of EFT Techniques is much more limited.

Below, I have outlined what are generally considered to be “The 48 Clinical EFT Tapping Techniques” as outlined by the EFT Universe. You can see that at the Center for EFT Studies, we cover all but 2, which we have chosen not to cover because they are very rarely used and can be learned on YouTube in a few minutes for those who want to learn them.

While we do not cover these two topics, you can see that we do offer 76 additional teachings to help you learn EFT as a professional.

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The Foundational EFT Tapping Techniques

At the Center for EFT Studies, you will learn the following 17 Foundational Tapping Techniques. The techniques that contain a * are generally considered a part of the “48 Core Techniques” while the others are additional techniques taught in the Premier Online EFT Certification Program at the Center for EFT Studies.

  1. Tell the Story Technique (*included in the “48 Techniques”)
  2. Tearless Trauma Technique (*included in the “48 Techniques”)
  3. The Movie Technique (*included in the “48 Techniques”)
  4. Choices Technique
  5. Blueberry Pancakes Technique
  6. Surrogate Tapping
  7. Touch and Breathe
  8. Talk and Tap
  9. Tap and Rant
  10. Able, Willing & Worthy
  11. Chasing the Emotions
  12. Chasing the Pain
  13. Silent Tapping
  14. Imagine Tapping
  15. Box Technique
  16. Sneaking Up On the Problem (*included in the “48 Techniques”)
  17. Constricted Breathing Technique

Core "Clinical EFT Techniques", Which are More Accurately Called Core Teachings

Below is a list of the “techniques” that people are generally referring to when they ask me if we cover “all 48 techniques,” plus the actual techniques listed above.

At the Center for EFT Studies, we cover all but two (#43 & 44 listed below) because these techniques are so rarely used in professional EFT tapping. Both techniques can easily be learned on YouTube for those who want to know them. 

The other 4 foundational techniques are starred in the list above.

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The List of Clinical EFT Techniques

  1. Identifying The Problem
  2. Obtaining the SUDS (Subjective Unit of Distress Scale)
  3. Identifying Specific Events Linked to the Origin of the Distress
  4. Creating a Setup Statement
  5. Creating the Reminder Phrase
  6. Focusing on the Negative First 
  7. Key Elements of a Reminder Phrase
  8. Addressing the Apex Problem and Psychological Reversal
  9. Learn the 13 Main Tapping Points
  10. Testing the Results
  11. Learn the 9-Gamut Procedure and When To Use It
  12. Understanding and Addressing Aspects
  13. Shifting The Set-Up Statement To Address Shifting Aspects
  14. Understanding Core Issues
  15. Questions for Finding Core Issues
  16. Identifying the Writings on Your Walls
  17. Identifying Tail Enders
  18. The Characteristics of Effective Affirmations

  19. Daisy Chaining
  20. Understanding the Generalization  Effect
  21. Age-Appropriate Techniques for Using EFT With Children
  22. Daily Releasing With Children
  23. Borrowing Benefits
  24. Working With Groups
  25. EFT for Cravings and Addictions
  26. Techniques for Multiple Phobias
  27. EFT for Physical Symptoms; How the Approach Differs from Psychological Symptoms
  28. Techniques To Use When Regular EFT Does Not Produce a Reduction in SUD
  29. Reframing
  30. Preframing
  31. Techniques for Maintaining Client-Centered Focus
  32. Table Top Metaphor
  33. Techniques for Working on Your Own Issues
  34. Maintaining Focus on Self-rating versus Observer-rating
  35. Techniques for Becoming Extremely Specific
  36. Additional Testing Methods. In Vivo Testing, Confrontive Questions
  37. The Personal Peace Procedure
  38. Cognitive shifts
  39. Techniques to Apply When Self-Acceptance Is the Problem
  40. Video, Virtual, App, and Telephone Delivery of EFT (*At CEFTS, we no longer cover using EFT over the telephone)
  41. Additional Optional Tapping Points
  42. Collarbone Breathing Exercise (At CEFTS, we no longer teach Collarbone breathing exercise as it is so rarely used)
  43. How To Handle Excessive Emotional Intensity
  44. The Floor to Ceiling Eye Roll (At CEFTS, we no longer teach Floor to Ceiling Eye Role as it is so rarely used)

76 Additional Core Teachings Included in the Premier Online EFT Certification Training

Not all techniques are taught among the Clinical EFT Techniques found in other programs. Here are 76 additional techniques, many of which are not found anywhere else. 

  1. Understanding Emotions
  2. Understanding the Energy Body
  3. Relationship Between Emotions and the Energy Body
  4. New Tapping Points
  5. Reading Metaphors to Uncover Core Issues
  6. Multi-layered and Combined Set-up Statements
  7. How to Control A Session
  8. Role of Power in Illness
  9. How and When to Use Finger Points
  10. Recognizing an Integration
  11. Surrogate Tapping
  12. Ethics of Surrogate Tapping
  13. How to “Stay Out of the Muck”
  14. Letting Go and Trusting the Process
  15. The Art of Surrender
  16. Discernment vs. Judgement
  17. When to “Tap in” the Positive
  18. The Art of Listening
  19. Issue-Based vs. Life Clients
  20. What to Do When a Client Wants to Stop
  21. Building Rapport
  22. Understanding Secondary Gains
  23. Choosing the Issue
  24. Tapping Into Your Intuition
  25. Correcting Internal Conflicts
  26. Using Hyperbole and Humor
  27. Using Colorful Words to Evoke Emotion
  28. Experimenting with Timeframes
  29. What do Do if EFT Isn’t Working
  30. Blocks to Success
  31. Understanding Core Aspects and Secondary Gain
  32. Understanding Improper References
  33. The Three Core Fears
  34. Diving into the “Why”
  35. Fear of Death 
  36. Role of Thought in Trauma
  37. Two Ways to Address Physical Pain
  38. Use of Color & Texture in Pain Elimination
  39. Underlying Patterns as Core Issues to Pain
  40. Chronic Retraumatization
  41. Being the Emotional Investigator
  42. Role of Shame in Illness
  43. Using Throwaways to Find Core Issues
  44. Role of Forgiveness in Healing
  45. Tapping for Personal Performance
  46. Transmuting Negative Self-Talk
  47. Anatomy of an EFT Session
  48. Pre-session Preparation
  49. Effective Introduction Phase Practices
  50. Best Practices for Closing a Session
  51. Client Follow-up and Homework
  52. Understanding Limiting Beliefs vs. Improper References
  53. Understanding the Three Kinds of Trauma
  54. The Physiology of Trauma
  55. Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System
  56. Understanding Disassociation
  57. 8 Parts to Healing Sexual Trauma
  58. Role of Social Distortion in Sexual Trauma
  59. Being the Objective, All-Loving Observer
  60. 4 Kinds of Sexual Trauma
  61. Tapping on Incest
  62. Tapping on the Victim Mindset
  63. Working on Cravings and Addiction
  64. Addictions as a Solution to a Problem
  65. Powerlessness in Addiction
  66. Connection as a Core Issue
  67. Learn the 7 Main Chakras
  68. How Illness is Created (from an Energy Perspective)
  69. Understanding the Tapping Points
  70. How to Read Right Side/Left Side Clues to Find Core Issues
  71. Tapping for Suicidal Ideations and Death Wish
  72. Understanding the Silver Cord
  73. Muscle Testing Basics
  74. Tapping for Autoimmune Disorders
  75. Cancel/Cancel Technique
  76. Ethics in EFT
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