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Dr Peta Stapleton, Clinical and Health Psychologist | Adelaide | Auckland | Christchurch

June 20, 2016, 5:30 pm - June 24, 2016, 7:30 pm, Adelaide, Auckland, Christchurch,

What is Tapping (Psychological Acupuncture) and how can it be used in schools? Evidence and Clinical Applications

Academic fitness and academic survival has become a growing area of concern in pedagogy. The classroom is one of the important places students have the opportunity to learn and develop characteristics to achieve. However, the academic trajectories of students characterised by fear and failure are not positive. Chronic underachievement at school is associated with school truancy and drop out, misbehaviour, disengagement and difficulties with teachers. It is also associated with poor mental and physical health, future low salary, unemployment and affiliation with negative peers (Martin, 2010).

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) are a novel intervention combining elements of exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and somatic stimulation. It is often referred to as ‘psychological acupuncture’ (i.e. without needles). Many studies have examined the effects of EFT on test-taking anxiety and depression in students (Church, De Asis, Brooks, 2012), teacher burnout (Reynolds & Walden 2010), anxiety (Andrade & Feinstein 2004), presentation anxiety (Boath et al 2012A) and post-traumatic stress disorder (Karatzias et al 2011). The combination of a short-term intervention, easy to master technique, and immediate results contribute to the hypothesis that EFT may be an effective tool for students in classroom situations who are at risk of academic fear and failure.

This session will present the EFT tapping technique and outline the results from three clinical trials in Queensland schools during 2014-15.

ADELAIDE: 20 June 5pm – 7pm at St Peter’s Girls’ School

AUCKLAND: 23 June 5pm – 7pm at Westlake Girls High School

CHRISTCHURCH 24 June 5pm – 7pm at St Margaret’s College

About Peta Stapleton: Peta is a world leader and researcher in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and specialises in women’s health and adolescent issues. In 2014 Peta was awarded the American Harvey Baker Research Award for meticulous research in energy psychology by the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology. In 2015 Peta received the Global Weight Management Congress Industry Professional Award of Excellence, and was named the Gold Coast Women in Business – Woman for Change Winner for her school research teaching EFT to students.

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Peta Stapleton

Assistant Professor Peta Stapleton is a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist and is Program Director of the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Bond University (Queensland).
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Adelaide, Auckland, Christchurch

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