Tapping in school staff training with Eleni Vardaki

Tapping in School Staff Training

WHAT’S UP: Introduction to the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in the school library of the 1st Vocational School of Nea Ionia – Volos (1ου ΕΠΑΛ Ν.Ιωνίας) by Ms. Eleni Vardaki, Educator and EFT certified trainer. On Tuesday December 19th 2023, interested school administrators and educators learned how to do basic clinical EFT Tapping via an Introduction to EFT Tapping workshop. This tapping in school staff training event was delivered in Greek. It was hosted and organized by Lefteris Plavos, Reflexologist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapist.



EFT Tapping – Τεχνικές Συναισθηματικής Απελευθέρωσης, επιμόρφωση των εκπαιδευτικών του 1ου ΕΠΑΛ Ν.Ιωνίας.
Στο πλαίσιο βελτίωσης της εκπαίδευσης, παρέχονται επιμορφώσεις από αρμόδιους φορείς, ενδοσχολικές επιμορφώσεις με συμμετοχή εκπαιδευτικών από και προς τους εκπαιδευτικούς του σχολείου του 1ου ΕΠΑ.Λ. Ν.Ιωνίας Βόλου. 
Πιο συγκεκριμένα, για τρίτη συνεχόμενη χρονιά πραγματοποιούνται οι συναντήσεις των εκπαιδευτικών του σχολείου με τίτλο «Τεχνικές αποφόρτισης, ενδυνάμωσης και ευεξίας». 
Στο πλαίσιο των συναντήσεων αυτών, την Τρίτη 19/12/2023, στις 14:00, προσκεκλημένη της ομάδας ήταν η κ.Ελένη Βαρδάκη, που προσέφερε μια εισαγωγή με βιωματικές ασκήσεις και μιας σύντομης επίδειξης EFT, μιας συνεδρίας EFT Tapping (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques – Τεχνικές Συναισθηματικής Απελευθέρωσης). 
Το EFT Tapping μπορεί να εφαρμοστεί ως ενίσχυση της ψυχολογίας μέσω πιέσεων σε βελονιστικά σημεία σε διάφορες περιπτώσεις (π.χ. φοβιών, κρίσεων πανικού, άγχους, αναβλητικότητας, λιγούρας για γλυκά/αλκοόλ/τσιγάρο, επίτευξης προσωπικών ή επαγγελματικών στόχων).
Δραστηριότητες σαν και αυτήν έχουν ως στόχο την έκφραση της ικανοποίησης και βελτίωσης των εργασιακών σχέσεων, με άξονα την υγεία, την ευεξία και την ασφάλεια των εκπαιδευτικών στο σχολείο, που αυτό με τη σειρά του λειτουργεί πολλαπλασιαστικά σε ένα καλύτερο εργασιακό περιβάλλον.

(ENGLISH TRANSLATION) EFT Tapping – Emotional Freedom Techniques, training teachers in the 1st Vocational School of Nea Ionia – Volos.

As part of professional development, in-school training experiences are provided by competent bodies, with the participation of teachers from and to the teachers of the 1st EPA.L School of Nea Ionia, Volos (Greece).

Specifically, for the third year in a row, meetings are held after school for interested school teachers as part of a broader training series titled “Relieving and Empowering Well-being Techniques.” 

Within the context of these meetings, on Tuesday 19/12/2023 at 14:00, the guest of the group was Mrs. Eleni Vardaki, who offered an introduction with experiential exercises and a short EFT demonstration of an EFT Tapping session (EFT: Emotional Freedom Techniques).

EFT Tapping can be applied to enhance our psychology by simulating a sequence of acupoints for a variety of situations (eg. phobias, panic attacks, anxiety, procrastination, cravings for sweets/alcohol/cigarettes, achieving personal or professional goals). 

Events such as this aim to boost satisfaction and improve working relationships by focusing on the health, well-being and safety of teachers at school. These in turn work, in multiple ways, to create a better working environment.



Want to read up on the evidence base for the effectiveness of EFT/Tapping with students? Check out this bibliography for key research papers and books.

Aremu, A. O., & Taiwo, A. K. (2014). “Reducing Mathematics Anxiety Among Students with Pseudo-Dyscalculia in Ibadan through Numerical Cognition and Emotional Freedom Techniques: Moderating Effect of Mathematics Efficacy.” African Journal for the Psychological Studies of Social Issues, 17(1), 113–129.

Gaesser, A. H., & Karan, O. C. (2017). “A Randomized Controlled Comparison of Emotional Freedom Technique and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Adolescent Anxiety: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 23(2), 102-108. Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. Doi:10.1089/acm.2015.0316 

Gaesser, A. H. (2014). “Interventions to Reduce Anxiety for Gifted Children and Adolescents.” Doctoral Dissertations, 377. Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/dissertations/377

Jain, S., & Rubino, A. (2012). “The Effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for Optimal Test Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 4(2), 13-24. Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. Doi:10.9769.EPJ. 2012.4.2.SJ 

Lambert, M. T., Smith, S. E.; Moss, S., Kirshbaum, M. N. (2022) “Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping) to Improve Wellbeing and Reduce Anxiety in Primary Classrooms”, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 7 (3). https://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/vol47/iss3/5/

Sezgin, N., & Özcan, B. (2009). “The Effect of Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Emotional Freedom Techniques on Test Anxiety in High School Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 1(1), 23-30. Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.

Sezgin, N., Ozcan, B., Church, D., (2009). “The Effect of Two Psychophysiological Techniques (Progressive Muscular Relaxation and Emotional Freedom Techniques) On Test Anxiety in High School Students: A Randomized Blind Controlled Study.” International Journal of Healing and Caring, 9(1). Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.

Stapleton, P., Mackay, E., Chatwin, H., Murphy, D., Porter, B., Thibault, S. Pidgeon, A. (2017). “Effectiveness of a School-based Emotional Freedom Techniques Intervention for Promoting Student Wellbeing.” Adolescent Psychiatry, 7(2), 112-126. Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.

Benor, D. J., Ledger, K., Toussaint, L., Hett, G., & Zaccaro, D. (2009). “Pilot study of Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Wholistic Hybrid derived from EMDR and EFT (WHEE) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for treatment of test anxiety in university students” Explore, 5(6). Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial.

Boath, E., Stewart, A., Carryer, A. (2011). “Tapping for Success: A Pilot Study to Explore if Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Can Reduce Anxiety and Enhance Academic Performance in University Students.” Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 1(3).

Boath, E. Stewart, A. Carryer, A. (2013). “Is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Generalizable? Comparing Effects in Sport Science Students Versus Complementary Therapy Students.” Energy Psychology Journal, 5(2). Doi: 10.9769.EPJ.2013.5.2.EB.AC.AS.SU

Boath E., Good R., Tsaroucha A., Stward T., Pitch Sh., & Boughey A. (2017) “Tapping Your Way to Success: Using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to Reduce Anxiety and Improve Communication Skills in Social Work Students”, Social Work Education: The International Journal, 715-730, Doi:10.1080/02615479.2017.1297394

Dincer B, Özçelik SK, Özer Z, Bahçecik N. (2022) “Breathing Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques on Public Speaking Anxiety in Turkish Nursing Students: A Randomized Controlled Study. Explore (NY). 18(2), 226-233. Doi:10.1016/j.explore.2020.11.006.

Nenden LW, Tukimin S., Dwiagung R., Agus S. (2022) “The Effectiveness of Emotional Freedom Technique on Public Speaking Anxiety in University Students: An Integrated Review”, Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences, 10(F):263-268 Doi:10.3889/oamjms.2022.7919

Patterson SL. (2016) “The Effect of Emotional Freedom Technique on Stress and Anxiety in Nursing Students: A Pilot Study”, Nurse Education Today, 40:104-10. Doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2016.02.003.

Rogers R, Sears SR. (2015) “Emotional Freedom Techniques for Stress in Students: A Randomized Controlled Dismantling Study.” Energy Psychology Theory Res Treatment, 7:26–32. Doi:10.9769/EPJ.2015.11.1.RR 

Papers listed below show EFT impacts cortisol, HRV, epigenetics & the brain (we now have 4 fMRI brain scan studies proving EFT’s effectiveness).
Anastasia, et al (2013) “Effect of the Emotional Freedom Technique on Perceived Stress, Quality of Life, and Cortisol Salivary Levels in Tension-type Headache Sufferers: A Randomized Control Trial”, Explore, Vol 9.

Bach, et al (2019), “Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health”, Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, Vol 24.

Church, et al (2012) “The Effect of Emotional Freedom Techniques on
Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol 200.

Dawson, et al (2018), “Is Tapping on Acupuncture Points an Active Ingredient in Emotional Freedom Techniques? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Comparative Studies”, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Vol 206.

Stapleton, et al (2020) “Reexamining the Effect of Emotional Freedom
Techniques on Stress Biochemistry: A Randomized Controlled Trial”, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Maharaj, M. (2016) “Differential Gene Expression after Emotional
Freedom Techniques (EFT) Treatment: A Novel Pilot Protocol for Salivary mRNA Assessment”, Energy Psychology, Vol 8.

Church, et al (2018) “Epigenetic Effects of PTSD Remediation in Veterans using Clinical Emotional Freedom Techniques: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study”, American Journal of Health Promotion, Vol 32.

Stapleton, et al (2018) “An Initial Investigation of Neural Changes in Overweight Adults with Food Cravings after Emotional Freedom Techniques”, OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine Journal, Vol 3.

Stapleton, et al (2022) “Neural changes after Emotional Freedom Techniques treatment for chronic pain sufferers”, Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol 49.

Wittfoth, et al (2022) “Bifocal Emotion Regulation Through Acupoint Tapping in Fear of Flying”, Journal of NeuroImage: Clinical, Vol 34 .

Wittfoth, et al (2020) “Emotion Regulation through Bifocal Processing of Fear Inducing and Disgust Inducing Stimuli”, BMC Neuroscience Journal, Vol 21. 

Stapleton, P. (2022) The Science Behind EFT: A Proven Stress Management Technique for Mind and Body.

Stapleton, P. (2023) Memory Improvement Through EFT Tapping: A Way to Boost Recall and Clarity. 


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Eleni Vardaki is an experienced teacher and EFT Tapping Coach who specialises in stress, anxiety, and academic success. She works with school and university level level students online who want to work with her on clearing inner blocks to achieving their personal, career-related, or academic goals. She also leads online and in-person group sessions for staff, parent, and student well-being.