Delineating Between Clinical EFT Techniques and Core EFT Teachings

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Are There Really 48 Tapping Techniques?

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.

So when people talk about the 48 Essential Core Clinical EFT Techniques it can be quite confusing.

To clarify things, perhaps, we should delineate between “techniques” and “teachings.”  

That is because there aren’t “48 Tapping Techniques” in the true sense. There are, however, many important core teachings necessary for any professional EFT Tapping practitioner to know.

While there are many core teachings that people use to apply EFT, the list of actual EFT Techniques is much more limited.

What is an EFT Tapping Technique?

EFT Techniques are a specific protocol for the application of EFT Tapping. You will learn the basic techniques in any credible and accredited EFT certification program.

For example, the most widely used EFT Tapping techniques would be the Tell the Story Technique, the Movie Technique, Chasing the Pain,  the Tearless Trauma Technique, and Surrogate Tapping.

Other techniques, many of them newer techniques or techniques not created by Gary Craig himself, would include Imagine Tapping, Silent Tapping, The Blueberry Pancakes Technique,  The Box Technique, The Choices Technique, Matrix Reimprinting, Touch and Breathe, Talk and Tap, Tap and Rant, Perspective Switching, Imagine Violence, and Able, Willing, and Willing.

Clinical Eft

I-Ping Wong
EFT Master Graduate

What Are the 48 Clinical EFT Techniques?

Below, I have outlined what listed as “The 48 Clinical EFT Tapping Techniques” as designated by the EFT Universe.

It should be noted that Clinical EFT is a brand name owned by EFT Universe. At the Center for EFT Studies, we teach Classic EFT, sometimes referred to as Gold Standard EFT, as created by EFT Founder Gary Craig

Here at the Center for EFT Studies, we cover all but 3 of the 48 Clinical EFT Techniques, excluding the Floor to Ceiling Eyeroll, Collarbone Breathing, and Applying EFT over the Telephone.

We have chosen not to use time in the tapping training because they aren’t relevant to modern EFT Tapping.

While we do not cover these three topics, we do offer 75 additional teachings to help you learn EFT as a professional EFT practitioner.

The List of 48 "Clinical EFT Techniques"

  • Identifying a Source of Emotional Distress
  • Obtaining a Rating for Subjective Units of Distress (SUD)
  • Identifying Specific Events Linked to the Origin of the Distress
  • Creating a Setup Statement that Brackets the Problem with Exposure and a Neutral Cognitive Frame
  • Focusing on the Negative First (Resisting the Urge to Caretake the Client using Positives)
  • Key Elements of a Reminder Phrase
  • Correcting for Secondary Gain and Psychological Reversal with the Side of Hand Acupressure Point
  • Fingertip Tapping of 13 Acupressure Points
  • Testing the Results with a Second SUD Rating
  • The 9 Gamut Procedure, and When to Use It
  • The Movie Technique
  • The Tell the Story Technique
  •  Identifying Aspects of the Problem
  • Identifying Different Categories of Aspects (Auditory, Visual, Gustatory, Kinesthetic, Olfactory, Emotional)
  • Shifting the Setup Statement as the Client Shifts Aspects. Customized Setup Phrasing, and Flowing Setup Statements
  • Questions for Finding Core Issues
  • Identifying the Writings on Your Walls
  • The Characteristics of Effective Affirmations
  • Identifying Tail Enders
  • Daisy Chaining, and Talking and Tapping
  • The Generalization Effect: Identifying it, and Adjusting the Setup Statement as SUD Decreases
  • The Tearless Trauma Technique
  • Chasing the Pain
  • Sneaking Up on the Problem
  • Age-Appropriate Techniques for Using EFT With Children
  • Daily Releasing With Children
  • Borrowing Benefits
  • Working With Groups
  • EFT for Cravings and Addictions
  • Techniques for Multiple Phobias
  • EFT for Physical Symptoms; How the Approach Differs from Psychological Symptoms
  • Techniques To Use When Regular EFT Does Not Produce a Reduction in SUD
  • Reframing
  • Preframing
  • Techniques for Maintaining Client-Centered Focus
  • Distinguishing Table Tops (General Issues) from Legs (Specific Events) and Aspects (Parts of an Event)
  • Techniques for Working on Your Own Issues
  • Maintaining Focus on Self-rating versus Observer-rating
  • Techniques for Becoming Extremely Specific
  • Additional Testing Methods. In Vivo Testing, Confrontive Questions
  • The Personal Peace Procedure
  • Cognitive shifts and how to identify them
  • Techniques to Apply When Self-Acceptance Is the Problem
  • Video, Virtual, App, and Telephone Delivery of EFT
  • Additional Optional Tapping Points
  • Collarbone Breathing Exercise
  • How To Handle Excessive Emotional Intensity
  • The Floor to Ceiling Eye Roll

75 Additional Core Teachings Included In the Premier Online EFT Certification Training

  • Understanding Emotions
  • Understanding the Energy Body
  • Relationship Between Emotions and the Energy Body
  • New Tapping Points
  • Reading Metaphors to Uncover Core Issues
  • Multi-layered and Combined Set-up Statements
  • How to Control A Session
  • Role of Power in Illness
  • How and When to Use Finger Points
  • Recognizing an Integration
  • Surrogate Tapping
  • Ethics of Surrogate Tapping
  • How to “Stay Out of the Muck”
  • Letting Go and Trusting the Process
  • The Art of Surrender
  • Discernment vs. Judgement
  • When to “Tap in” the Positive
  • The Art of Listening
  • Issue-Based vs. Life Clients
  • What to Do When a Client Wants to Stop
  • Building Rapport
  • Understanding Secondary Gains
  • Choosing the Issue
  • Tapping Into Your Intuition
  • Correcting Internal Conflicts
  • Using Hyperbole and Humor
  • Using Colorful Words to Evoke Emotion
  • Experimenting with Timeframes
  • What do Do if EFT Isn’t Working
  • Blocks to Success
  • Understanding Core Aspects and Secondary Gain
  • Understanding Improper References
  • The Three Core Fears
  • Diving into the “Why”
  • Fear of Death 
  • Role of Thought in Trauma
  • Two Ways to Address Physical Pain
  • Use of Color & Texture in Pain Elimination
  • Underlying Patterns as Core Issues to Pain
  • Chronic Retraumatization
  • Being the Emotional Investigator
  • Role of Shame in Illness
  • Using Throwaways to Find Core Issues
  • Role of Forgiveness in Healing
  • Tapping for Personal Performance
  • Transmuting Negative Self-Talk
  • Anatomy of an EFT Session
  • Pre-session Preparation
  • Effective Introduction Phase Practices
  • Best Practices for Closing a Session
  • Client Follow-up and Homework
  • Understanding Limiting Beliefs vs. Improper References
  • Understanding the Three Kinds of Trauma
  • The Physiology of Trauma
  • Understanding the Autonomic Nervous System
  • Understanding Disassociation
  • 8 Parts to Healing Sexual Trauma
  • Role of Social Distortion in Sexual Trauma
  • Being the Objective, All-Loving Observer
  • 4 Kinds of Sexual Trauma
  • Tapping on Incest
  • Tapping on the Victim Mindset
  • Working on Cravings and Addiction
  • Powerlessness in Addiction
  • Connection as a Core Issue
  • Learn the 7 Main Chakras
  • How Illness is Created (from an Energy Perspective)
  • Understanding the Tapping Points
  • How to Read Right Side/Left Side Clues to Find Core Issues
  • Tapping for Suicidal Ideations and Death Wish
  • Muscle Testing Basics
  • Tapping for Autoimmune Disorders
  • Cancel/Cancel Technique
  • Ethics in EFT

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