Dorothea Hover-Kramer EdD, RN, DCEP
A pioneer in the field of energy medicine, died on January 15, 2013, a month after writing this article, which was originally published in The Clinical EFT Handbook: A Definitive Resource for Practitioners, Scholars, Clinicians, and Researchers, Vol. 2 (Energy Psychology Press, 2013). Cofounder and past president of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), Hover-Kramer was also a founding elder of the Healing Touch movement and served on the leadership council of the American Holistic Nurses Association. She authored nine textbooks about energy therapies, including the award-winning ethics book Creating Healing Relationships: Professional Standards for Energy Therapy Practitioners.
This article explores the ways that ethical mindfulness can enhance EFT practice by focusing on four distinct areas for increased awareness: (a) the current context of energy therapies as a whole within the larger picture of leading national health care disciplines; (b) the exceptional aspects of a new energy therapy, such as EFT, that require practitioner awareness beyond the usual considerations needed for cognitive therapies; (c) criteria for selection of clients most appropriate for EFT interventions such as client willingness, responsiveness, and ability to give feedback; and (d) the best risk management practices to avoid pitfalls in one’s practice while enhancing safeguards and rapport.
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