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Energy Psychology Treatment for Orphan Heads of Households in Rwanda

Citation: Stone, Barbara; Leyden, Lori; Fellows, Bert. (2010). Energy Psychology Treatment for Orphan Heads of Households in Rwanda: An Observational Study. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research and Treatment, 2(2).  Click here to view Abstract http://goo.gl/wPai7r

Abstract

A team of 4 energy therapy practitioners visited Rwanda in September of 2009 to conduct trauma remediation programs with 2 groups of orphan genocide survivors with complex posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Results from interventions with the first group were reported previously (Stone, Leyden, & Fellows, 2009). This article reports results from the second group composed of orphan head of households.  The authors used a multimodal intervention with 3 energy psychology methods (Tapas Acupressure Technique, Thought Field Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Techniques), with techniques selected on the basis of participant needs. Interventions were performed on 2 consecutive workshop days and were followed by 2 days of practitioners making field visits with students. Data were collected using the Child Report of Posttraumatic Stress (CROPS) to measure pre- and post-intervention results and a time-series, repeated measures design (28 orphans with clinical PTSD scores completed a pretest; 21 completed 1-week post-tests; 18 completed 3-month posttests; and 10 completed 6-month posttests). The average overall reduction in PTSD symptoms was 37.3% (p < .009).  These results are consistent with other published reports of the efficacy of energy psychology in remediating PTSD symptoms.

Editor’s Note

This is a follow-up paper regarding the paper released below,Stone, B., Leyden, L., & Fellows, B. (2009).  One of this paper’s contributing authors is Lori Leyden, director of Create Global Healing.org and Project Light: Rwanda, working with communities to teach local individuals to work with other locals who also have suffered severe trauma, from post-genocide populations in Rwanda to post-shootings in Newton, Connecticut. Full study unavailable for review by author.