International honour for ‘tapping’ expert

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A Staffordshire University professor has been honoured for her research into the health benefits of ‘tapping'.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) often called ‘tapping’ is used worldwide to support people with a range of physical and psychological issues.

Dr Liz Boath, Professor of Health and Wellbeing, is an Accredited Certified Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner and leading researcher in the field of EFT.

This month, Dr Boath was presented with the Harvey Baker Award for Excellence in Research by the International Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology  (ACEP) at their annual conference in Baltimore, USA. 

The prestigious award is presented each year in memory of Dr Harvey Baker who was a leading energy psychology researcher and a member of the Board of ACEP. It recognises Dr Boath’s significant contribution to EFT research and recent book.

The award was presented by ACEP Research Director Dr John Freedom during a special ceremony at the conference which brings together hundreds of professionals from across the globe.

Dr John Freedom said: “Professor Liz Boath was honoured for her pioneering research documenting the effectiveness of EFT for relieving presentation anxiety, treating PTSD, improving communication skills, and enhancing academic performance.  She has published more than 60 articles in professional journals; and recently authored a book, ‘Making the Case for EFT and Energy Psychology: Designing, Conducting and Publishing Case Studies’.” 

Dr Boath said: “It was a completely unexpected, but a wonderful surprise to be given such a prestigious award. To be chosen from the global EFT community to receive this accolade is a huge honour.

“EFT is supported by a fast-growing body of evidence, and I am proud to be contributing to research in this area.”

Since using EFT to overcome her own fear of spiders, Professor Boath has pioneered research at Staffordshire University including using EFT to reduce academic stress in students. Along with EFT colleagues from across the globe, she has also reviewed evidence and produced guidelines on using EFT for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Dr Boath’s recent book Making the Case for EFT and Energy Psychology: Conducting, Writing and Publishing Case Studies provides a practical, step-by-step guide to help EFT and other practitioners design, conduct, write, publish and disseminate case studies.

Since its release last year, it has been translated into Dutch and French and Spanish editions will be available soon.

Dr Boath added: “I wrote the handbook to provide EFT practitioners with a clear blueprint to carry out, write and publish their own case studies, so that the fantastic work they do within their clinical practice can be shared and used by others.

“The positive response to the book has been overwhelming and shows how important it is that we continue to research how EFT can be used and share best practice.”

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