Psychologists can now Earn APA approved CE Credit
for Energy Psychology Courses
On Nov 11, 2012, the American Psychological Association (APA) approved the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) to offer CE credit for psychologists for its Energy Psychology programs, including Emotional Freedom Techniques, Essentials of Comprehensive Energy Psychology and its Annual Conference.
This reverses a1999 decision by the APA prohibiting its APA approved providers from offering CE credit for Thought Field Therapy and, by extension, all courses teaching how to purportedly influence the body’s "energy fields” by stimulating acupressure points or using related techniques (these approaches are collectively known as "energy psychology”). What has changed? The data has changed - namely the emergence of significant amounts of peer-reviewed research!
Clinicians using these methods in the early nineties were enthusiastic about the rapid changes that they observed in their clients, especially with anxiety and trauma, though published research had appeared at that tiime. In 2008 ACEP applied to the APA to become a CE provider focusing solely on energy psychology. The application was denied. At that time only 12 studies on energy psychology approaches had appeared in peer-reviewed journals. Since 2008 there have been an additional 39 studies or reports published in peer reviewed journals - a 300% increase in 4 years. Furthermore, 100% of those studies reported positive findings.
Of the 51 reports, 18 presented findings from randomized controlled trials (RCTs). A critical analysis of the 18 RCTs was conducted on their methodological dimensions (Feinstein 2012). All 18 RCTs reported statistically significant positive outcomes on at least one salient clinical measure. Effect sizes were large in 15 of the 16 RCTs. 100% of the eight studies that conducted follow-up investigation reported sustained improvement over time. Furthermore, independent research teams in more than a dozen countries conducted these investigations.
So what does this mean for psychologists? Psychologists who are interested in learning these types of mind-body approaches proceed with the knowledge that their efficacy is backed by scientific evidence. In addition to getting CE credit from ACEP (http://www.energypsych.org) (e.g. at the 15th international Energy Psychology Conference May 30-June2, 2013 in Reston, VA), psychologists can expect other providers to start offering CE credit in energy psychology. For instance, the New Jersey Psychological Association is co-sponsoring CE credits for psychologists in a training on Thought Field Therapy.
So what does this mean to other APA approved providers?
It is our position and understanding that existing APA approved CE providers are also now eligible to offer CE credits for energy psychology programs in stand-alone trainings or as workshops and seminars in conferences. However, these programs still need to meet APA’s curriculum criteria for all CE courses. APA approved CE providers who have questions or concerns about this matter should contact the APA Office of CE Sponsor approval.
In order to provide on-going support for the field of Energy Psychology and to APA approved providers who wish to offer CE credits in Energy Psychology, ACEP is happy to serve as a consultant to interested APA CE approved providers.
Feinstein, D. (2012). Acupoint stimulation in treating psychological disorders: Evidence of efficacy. Review of General Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/a0028602
For more information, contact:.
Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP
Executive Director, ACEP
233 E. Lancaster Ave., Suite 104
Ardmore, PA 19003