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TAT's Growing Base of Recognition

 

Tapas Fleming, a California acupuncturist, developed TAT in 1993. TAT provides emotional and stress relief through stimulating acupressure points while putting one’s attention on a series of cognitive statements.

 

TAT has a widely growing base of recognition and acceptance worldwide by many individuals, organizations, and institutions.

 

 

In Education

 

TAT has been included in courses at universities worldwide, including Salisbury University (Maryland), Boston University School of Social Work, the University of Pittsburg, and Oxford University. TATLife is a continuing education provider for acupuncturists through the California Board of Acupuncture (since 1995) and for therapists and social workers through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (since 2005).

 

TAT courses have been approved as continuing education through the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) for social workers, certified counselors, alcohol and drug counselors, nurses, and marriage and family therapists. ACEP has hosted Fleming’s TAT presentations for over a decade. ACEP provides education for licensed mental health professionals and allied energy health practitioners in over 50 countries.

 

 

In Health Care

 

TAT has been taught in hospitals including Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles and Tampa General Hospital. It’s been used in hospitals in the United States and abroad, both on a one-to-one patient basis and in staff support and education. Doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, acupuncturists, chiropractors and other health care professionals are using TAT worldwide. TAT is used as first-aid relief after earthquakes and other natural disasters, and after community-wide traumatic events. International humanitarian work using TAT is supported by ACEP.

 

 

 

In Research

 

In a pilot research program run by Kaiser Permanente and funded by the NIH, TAT proved to be the best technique studied for weight loss maintenance and was demonstrated to be a superior behavior modification technique. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2007, reported: “Overall, participants felt TAT was easy to learn, very portable and flexible, and, most importantly, that you could experience almost immediate positive benefit.” Kaiser is now directing a second NIH-funded four-year study with 500 participants on the efficacy of TAT for weight loss maintenance.

 

TAT is being researched in regards to stress among college students through a public university.

 

 

In Literature

 

TAT has been referred to in 54 books sold on Amazon’s website alone, including:

  • Church, Dawson; The Genie in Your Genes : Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention; Elite Books (April 30, 2007)
  • Gallo, Fred; Energy Psychology in Psychotherapy; W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (September 2002)
  • Gallo, Fred; Energy Psychology: Explorations at the Interface of Energy, Cognition, Behavior, and Health; CRC; 2 edition (December 28, 2004)
  • Mollon, Phil; Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy; Karnac Books (May 2008)
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TAT has also been referenced in journal articles, including:

  • Feinstein, D. (2008). Energy Psychology in Disaster Relief. Traumatology. 14(1), 124-137. An expanded version can be read here.
  • Feinstein, D. (2008). Energy Psychology: A Review of the Preliminary Evidence. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training. 45(2), 199-213. The article can be read here.
  • Elder, C., et al. (2007). Randomized Trial of Two Mind-Body Interventions for Weight-Loss Maintenance. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine [Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 67-78]. The abstract is available here.
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Used with Traumatic Stress

 

Charles Figley, Ph.D., Director of the Traumatology Institute, who developed the diagnosis of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), invited Fleming to present at his Brief Cures for PTSD Conference at Florida State University in 1996. He notes, ”Energy Psychology is rapidly proving itself to be among the most powerful psychological interventions available to disaster relief workers for helping the survivors as well as the relief workers”.

 

The international mental health community began using TAT to help clients reduce various types of traumatic stress with excellent results in private practice, group work and in the field reaching thousands after natural disasters in countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Mental health workers now regularly use TAT to reduce their own compassion fatigue (secondary stress experienced by caregivers).

 

TAT Trainers and Professionals have used TAT with individuals who have seen combat in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Iraq and Afghanistan. The results are highly successful as measured by attendance and referring other veterans and soldiers.

 

TAT is used by one of the Mental Health and Compassion Fatigue Advisors for the World Vision Crisis Intervention Team (all trained in Critical Incident Stress Management). A group protocol for crisis intervention was recently taught in Haiti to team members who then applied this protocol to 79 people.