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    Neuroplasticity Challenges: Cognitive and Emotional Disuse Atrophy

    Neuroplasticity of the brain may help us to use the transducer that is our brain in an economical manner. It may, however, distort our perceptions of reality and may make it difficult for us to perceive aspects of our world that are outside our habitual frames of reference. This may help us to understand some of the reasons for the slowness of humans to respond to global warming and other threats to the survival of life on our planet as we know it today…

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    Healing in Rwanda: The Words of the Therapists

    In 2009, four therapists from the United Sates presented the basic algorithm training in Thought Field Therapy (TFT) to 36 respected community members at the Izere Center (Center for Hope) in the Northern District of Rwanda. A year later, 35 of the trained therapists reported in an interview that they had treated an average of 37.50 people each (SD = 25.37). They had met with each person an average of 3.19 sessions (SD = 1.08) to assist with various issues. They reported that they had treated from 3 (n = 1, 2.9%) to 123 (n = 1, 2.9%) people. They also shared their experiences during the year following treatment. The therapists reported that prior to the Thought Field Therapy treatments their clients had experienced anger, fear, headaches, hopelessness, anxiety, loneliness, and sadness. They reported that after the treatment, people’s lives had changed. They felt happy, their trauma was gone, [they felt better than when they had come to the therapist for help, they had regained hope, they wanted to work, and their fears were gone. The therapists reported that TFT had made a difference when their clients took it seriously and wanted help, the clients had memories of the trauma and knew what they wanted to work on, the therapists prepared the clients for TFT by explaining it, and the clients followed directions. They reported that it did not appear to help the clients when the clients went home to conditions of poverty and confused the adversities of poverty with the symptoms of genocide trauma,] the clients were not aware of the problem, the clients wanted to beg or misled the therapist, and the clients doubted that it would work. The clients were pleased with their treatments, gave testimonies about the help they had received, were grateful, returned to say, “Thank you,” and brought other clients for treatment. The therapists believed that TFT had made a difference in the community. The therapists reported that TFT is really effective, a positive aspect of TFT is that people can treat themselves, and they recommended that TFT be used throughout Rwanda.

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    Healing a Country: Rwandans Lead the Way

    This is a report on an extremely effective method for treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – a problem that is being experienced increasingly around the world. Until recently, treatments for PTSD have been disappointingly limited in their benefits. The experiences of a team of therapists practicing Thought Field Therapy (TFT) in Rwanda are shared, with exceptional results in treating victims of the 1994 genocide. The people of Rwanda had suffered their traumas for over twenty years. Despite their decades of suffering, a single session of TFT sufficed in most cases to clear many or all of the troublesome PTSD symptoms. The local Rwandan people receiving training in TFT and treated others, reported they were able to help over 20,000 people since the start of the Association for TFT (ATFT) training project. The treatment was administered by newly trained Rwandan community leaders, starting immediately after a two-day training in using TFT. Treatment times averaged 55 minutes. In two randomized controlled studies, highly significant differences (p < .001) were found between pre and posttest sores of treated and untreated (waitlisted) study participants reporting symptoms of trauma following the 1994 genocide. In a two-year follow-up study the results were maintained. The results suggest “that a one-time, community leader facilitated trauma-focused TFT intervention may be beneficial with protracted PTSD in genocide survivors. The results suggest that a one-time, community leader facilitated, trauma-focused TFT intervention may be highly beneficial for protracted PTSD in genocide survivors.

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    Treating “Frozen” Latent Fantasies in Trauma Therapy

    Trauma involves dissociation, and dissociation from the reality of the present moment can produce varieties of fantasies, such as a revenge fantasy or a fantasy that the traumatic event did not occur. These fantasies can become an integral aspect of the trauma itself, capable both of triggering posttraumatic symptoms and interfering with treatment and healing. Throughout the history of psychology, fantasy… has not been discussed as an integral element of the trauma that actively contributes to the ongoing cycle of posttraumatic symptoms. This article outlines a positive perspective on trauma-related fantasies and the importance of treating them in the therapeutic process.

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    A Multi-Dimensional View of Psyche: Psychosis or a Very Intuitive Person?

    This article reports a single-case study of a woman diagnosed with psychosis who heard voices and suffered for 25 years with heavy feelings of depression. She had been unresponsive to traditional psychiatric treatment during this entire time. With one session of energy therapy, she had a complete remission of her symptoms. Barbara Stone, PhD, used the Soul Detective™ approach she developed to find and resolve the multiple origins of the problem… Bridging shamanism and energy therapies, this approach…

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    IJHC Book Reviews January 2016

    Francesca Mason Boring. Family Systems Constellations and Other Systems Constellation Adventures: A transformational Journey

    Caroline Sakai, PhD. Overcoming Adversity: How Energy Tapping Transforms Your Life’s Worst Experiences, A Primer for Posttraumatic Growth

    Sidney Rosen, Editor and Commentator. My Voice Will Go With You: The teaching Tales of Milton H. Erickson

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