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C11. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Welcome video message Is tapping a viable treatment approach nurses can implement?

C11. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): Welcome video message
Is tapping a viable treatment approach
nurses can implement?


Learner category:
  • Beginning Level
  • Novice Level

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to demonstrate the tapping
    points used with the Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Participants will be able to identify at least one
    evidence-based rational for the use of EFT

Nurses have been at the forefront of patient care and healing
for centuries. The substance use crisis is presented in the news
in such a way that frightens most people and some healthcare
workers. This perpetuates the stigma relating to persons
with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Persons with SUD feels
trapped that they cannot escape this hopeless condition.
Treatment of SUD is patient centered and uses many
therapeutic methods. The most common include medication,
groups, and physical care resulting from years of self-abuse.
There are other options that are shown to have remarkable
success. Complementary and Alternative therapies are
beginning to be use throughout all areas of medical care.
One such technique EFT is being used successfully in Energy
Psychology and physical medicine. This presentation will
define EFT and provide scientific evidence that support its
use. One does not need extensive training to use EFT. The
participant will be shown the points used for tapping. They
will also be introduced to set up phrases. Nurses usually only
have a short period of time with patients. Teaching patients to
use this method can be effective in reducing stress ultimately
leading to relapse. In addition, those attending will be given
resources to develop and grow in this area of caring for the
SUD patient. Adding this technique to normal standard of care
can be remarkably effective. EFT can also be used as part of a
balanced self-care regimen.

Dennis Hagarty, RN, CARN-AP, LCAS, HTPA North Carolina, USA

Dennis Graduated in 1977 with a degree in BSW from Western
Carolina University. He went on to receive an AD in nursing from
Wake Technical CC in 1980. He received a Master’s in Nursing
from UOP Online in 2008. He worked for the VA for 35 years,
recently retiring. The past 15 years he worked as Buprenorphine
Coordinator for two VA outpatient SUD Clinics. Dennis became
a CARN in 2007 and CARN-AP in 2009. He served on the Board
of Directors for IntNSA from 2011 to 2015. While working with the
buprenorphine patients he began teaching Tai Chi in 2013 and
taught at VA Pain Clinic and the outpatient SUD program. He is
also a Level IV Healing Touch Apprentice pursuing Certification.
He has used Healing Touch on veterans with opiate addiction
with pain and post-surgical intervention. He is working to start a
business, offering Healing Touch, Tai Chi, and other energy healing
techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in his
hometown of Asheville, NC.

Comments (9)


    Thanks Dennis
    Great Presentation! Hope you and your family are well!

    1. Dennis Hagarty

      Doing well Suzanne, Thanks for watching the presentation.

  2. Shari Harding

    Hi Dennis,
    I really enjoyed this presentation. I am starting to see a lot more interest from patients in techniques such as EFT and I agree that nurses are well placed to help implement these interventions. This is great content since there is so much crossover between addiction and related mental health sx and concerns.

    1. Dennis Hagarty

      Thanks Shari, The evidence is strong in many other areas of mental health that would indicate to me that this is an excellent intervention that nurses can use. The door is wide open and needed for research to substantiate this. Anecdotally I used this on a patient in severe pain who was asking for opioids. His pain level reduced from a 9 to a 4 and he walked out of the physicians office feeling good and able to make better decisions.

      1. Shari Harding

        That is such a great success story! I love it.

  3. Karen Graves

    Loved your presentation. Used your recording with several pt’s yesterday who would like a copy of your written phrases and areas to tap. Is there a way to get a copy of your slides?

    1. Dennis Hagarty

      Thank you Karen, I am glad it helped. What I have been doing when I view a presentation is to take a photo of the slide I want to keep. Also I sent in with the video presentation a copy of the presentation to the organizers so participants can have a copy if they like. I don’t see that as an option through this connection yet. I will see if they can add this to the site.
      How did your patients respond? Under what circumstances did you use the recording. There are several web sites that offer tapping. I believe I referred to them in the presentation. Again thank you for viewing the presentation.

  4. Rachel Shuster, BSN, RN, CARN, CAAP

    Great presentation, Dennis. I have always enjoyed your holistic approach and focus on non-traditional interventions, and because of that, I’ll always remember the first time I ever met you – at the 2018 IntNSA conference when I took the CARN review course you instructed and how you reviewed Tai Chi!
    Thank you for educating me about something I had not yet known about. I really enjoyed practicing the technique. Very cool. Thanks again!

    1. Dennis Hagarty

      You are too kind Rachel. As nurses we need to take advantage of services that will help sustain individuals to focus on well-being and health. Calming the nervous system helps individuals stay grounded and able to make better choices.

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