You probably arrived here because you Googled “EFT training” (or something to that effect). This may be the first web site you have come across or you may have already done some research. I am so glad you here because I want to help you make the right decision for you.
I would like to dispel some really important myths about learning EFT and after reading through the 13 critical factors you will have the clarity to pick the best route for you.
EFT (sometimes known as “Tapping”) is an immensely powerful technique and has the power to change your life in numerous ways.
But there is huge misinformation about it. There are so many YouTube videos featuring tap-along scripts and teleseminars about this leading-edge transformation technique, and this gives the impression that that is all there is to EFT.
But what you learn and experience in this way is barely the tip of the iceberg of what is possible with it, and how you can apply it. It is a kind of “EFT kindergarten”!
Learning EFT is an art and a science and for many reasons it is vital it is learned properly. Below are 13 critical factors you need to consider before deciding on your EFT Tapping training. The first section is for those who wish to use it for self-help or to become a practitioner, and the second for would-be-practitioners only.
1. Ensure Your Trainers are Experienced
Pick trainers who have a wealth of experience working with ideally thousands of clients with varied issues. It is only trainers with this experience who can teach you those subtleties and increase your chances of getting great results.
Going forwards, if you need support in future on your EFT journey you want trainers who will be able to offer solid practical advice in getting you past any roadblocks for yourself or potentially your clients.
Make sure your trainers still see clients. Then you can be sure they are keeping up to date with their skills and also evolving their facilitation approaches and methods.
2. Don’t be Enticed by a Short Course!
Becoming an expert in EFT is not like learning history. It is not a memory exercise! The degree of success using EFT on yourself and/or others depends on subtleties which you will only get through plenty of practical experience whilst under guidance from experts.
Also, importantly, if you don’t have a positive experience with EFT on the training and leave feeling confident it could be the last time you use it!! And that would be tragic!
If you are going to go to the bother of learning EFT, it is worth learning it well and taking home a power-tool that you can use effectively. It can improve your life immeasurably from that point forwards and you can apply it to SO many areas of your life.
It is critical you don’t cut corners and take the shortest EFT training you can.
So DON’T attend a half-day or one-day course that claims to give you the ability to be completely proficient and understand the depths of EFT in that timescale. Yes, you will be able to do lots of things with it after this time but as soon as you come unstuck you won’t know how to proceed. Many issues are highly complex with much inner resistance to resolving them. You need to know how to handle these situations. Having said that, many courses start off with the basics and you can have the choice to deepen your understanding with more advanced courses. This can be a very good way to proceed as you grow your skills and your knowledge.
3. Ensure your Trainers are Walking Their Talk
Work with trainers who use the tools they are teaching for their personal growth. This is the only way they can really understand what it is like to effectively self-treat, and also the only way you can be sure your trainers really believe in what they are teaching!
4. Make Sure You Have Ongoing Support
The end of the training is really the start of your learning as you put EFT to use. So make sure you have access to ongoing support.
We have had people coming to us from other trainings saying they were told to get together with others on the course to help each other with challenges they were having with EFT! Make sure your training provider offers ways in which you can ask questions either for using EFT for self-help or to help your clients. This is going to be vitally important to grow your knowledge and understanding and to get past road blocks on your EFT journey.
In addition to getting your questions answered you want to be able to have a vehicle through which you can arrange session swaps with others on the course, or even (for those becoming a practitioner) find people for your case studies. Ideally you want to be connected in with the EFT community cultivated through your training provider so that you can work together for support and connection.
Having access to an EFT community and ongoing EFT development workshops provides continuity of learning which makes it easier – and motivating – to keep EFT in your life.
5. Make Sure Your Training is Highly Experiential
By far the greatest learning comes from experience and in no field is this truer than in EFT. Learning EFT from a book or from videos is like saying you know and understand what it is to Scuba or Sky-Dive after taking a correspondence course! Although not life-threatening, you are not going to want to read in the manual how to open the emergency ‘shute when you are rushing to the ground at 120mph!
Pick training where at least 30% of the time is spent with practical work. You need to be able to practice within a supervised and support environment and to get help when you need it to get past the hurdles – when you are working with someone. This is BY FAR the best way to learn and remember the subtle skills.
Additionally if you are training to be a practitioner it is vital to know what it is like to be on the receiving end of an EFT treatment. Without this you can’t be a humble and understanding EFT practitioner.
6. Make Sure an All-Allowing Space is Provided
A good EFT training teaches the technical aspects but it also needs to be very experiential so you know have a good experience of it working for you. Therefore you are invited to work on specific issues you have.
We have had reports from trainees coming from other trainers that they were told to hold on to their feelings and only pick relatively superficial issues to work with at the training. There are two issues with this.
Firstly feelings naturally arise during such an experience as people listen to stories and experiences at the training. You don’t want to feel you need to stifle them as you won’t be able to concentrate. You want to be able to be yourself and know it is ok that whatever comes up is completely ok.
Secondly if you training to be a practitioner, you want to be able to see how experts deal with strong feelings coming up in people in a gentle and effective way. If the trainer was to force only superficial issues to be worked with, how are you going to feel when a client gets strong emotional reactions in a session? You are going to freak out! There is no safer place to get these experiences than in a training so make sure your trainer allows all of you to be present with all of your feelings and issues without suppression.
Having said that, if you are going through a very challenging time with lots of present issues arising you should book a few sessions with a professional EFT practitioner before attending a training course as you want to be able concentrate on learning the art of EFT without your issues distracting you!
7. Attend a Live Course Where Possible!
In order to get the most from practical experience, it is much better to do a live workshop rather than an online one. This also can give a chance to (optionally) experience being tapped on directly and tapping on someone else (although there can be legal issues with this in some countries).
8. Make Sure you Can Take Inexpensive Refreshers!
It can be enriching to repeat the training at a future date, especially if it has been a while since taking it last. You take on so much more the second or third time even. Check your training provider can offer you low cost refresher training.
For EFT Practitioners-to-Be
The section below applies to individuals considering becoming an EFT practitioner.
9. Pick a Training with a Reputable Accrediting Organisation
Most training providers are affiliated with one of the larger EFT accrediting bodies but not all. Training with one of these training providers means:
10. Make Sure You Have Support with Clients
It is imperative you have a good level of support with your clients as you do your case studies and start working with future clients. Make sure you have access to the knowledge of your trainers after the course so you can advance yourself as a practitioner and receive help with challenging client cases.
11. Make Sure Your Trainers offer Supervision (Group and/or Individual)
Becoming a practitioner is a responsibility as you are helping client with the deepest issues of their lives. Having access to professional-level supervision is important to develop as a practitioner and have expertise you can turn to when you need it.
12. Make Sure Your Trainers Offer Other Professional Courses
New ways of applying EFT tapping are arising all the time, helping it become more effective, gentle and apply in more varied conditions and situations. Although not critical, it is a good idea if your training providers offer other courses that allow you to develop your EFT skills, thereby enabling you to become a better and better practitioner and continue to grow, keeping the role ever fresh and exciting!
13. Don’t Pick A Certification Course that You Pass Automatically After the Training!!
Amazingly there are some organisations that give you a practitioner certificate after just attending the training. Although it’s nice to have a quick qualification to your name this is NOT a good idea for the following reasons:
The ultimate purpose of your training is actually not to get an EFT qualification, it is to become an excellent, confident practitioner and get fantastic results with your clients – as well as having a qualification to prove your skills.
You will have a cheap qualification that has no merit in that it says nothing about your true ability to conduct effective EFT sessions. Because of this, it is impossible to recommend someone to anyone with such a qualification as they could be a dangerous and incapable practitioner without any experience or proof that they have any ability as a practitioner.
If you believe you are a practitioner before an appropriate level of experience gained in a supervised way, you can have a false sense of security, believing you have appropriate levels of skill to help people. This can lead to upset and feelings of failure or inadequacy as you inevitably find yourself out of your depth.
It is so so important that, as part of your training you undergo case studies under the support of your trainers. The beauty of this transitory period of time is that you can learn your art in a relaxed way running sessions with those who know you are in training. In addition you get to take your challenges to your trainers who can help you learn how to best deal with hard situations – or difficult clients! Becoming a practitioner is a personal development experience. As you become aware of your own personal challenges during this process, you can arrange EFT treatments with trainers or fellow trainees to move through emotional issues arising. This process is critical so you can hold the space safely and confidently when clients are themselves going through challenging emotional experiences inside (and outside) the session space.
About Our Training
If you are looking for a good training you can check some of the above criteria for other training companies by checking their web sites. But for others you will need to dig deeper. It is suggested you get recommendations from colleagues or post messages on relevant Facebook groups to find out the finer detail.
We are pleased to say we fulfil all of the above criteria in this article. Read our workshop feedback. We endeavour to provide high quality training offered by highly skilled experts capable of teaching you the subtleties to ensure the greatest chance of success in your EFT self-healing or client work.
We teach courses accredited by AAMET International – a highly reputable professional organisation. For our US trainings we deliver the EFT Universe accreditation. We offering unlimited ongoing support through our closed facebook support group (also through email for those going through the practitioner process). For practitioner-to-be their accrediting process is thorough and ensure the creation of highly successful EFT practitioners.
The facebook support group is also used regularly for past attendees to arrange free EFT swaps with each other, so this is an invaluable resource for ongoing free sessions with other willing members!
On this group we sometimes connect those who contact us wishing to receive free or low-cost sessions and these individuals can be used as case studies or to gain EFT experience during your practitioner training.
We offer regular supervision in person or by Skype, as well as other trainings in useful adjunctive skills such as muscle testing, the application of EFT within Family Constellations, or learning emotional detective skills! We also run retreats once or twice a year which are wonderful, healing experiences.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1923 260 050.
We look forward to meeting you on our training courses.
Tamara & Peter