Yancey, V. (2002). The use of Thought Field Therapy in educational settings. Dissertation Abstracts International, 63(07), 2470A. (UMI No. 3059661).
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This study explored how thought field therapy (TFT) was used in educational settings by students and adults, its effects, and possible difficulties. TFT is a self-help technique developed by Dr. Roger Callahan for the treatment of traumas, phobias, and the psychological pain caused by other upsetting experiences (Callahan & Callahan, 2000). Studies have shown that students and educators are challenged by the myriad of difficulties with which they must deal in the process of teaching and learning (Bell, 1998; Carter, 1994; Darling-Hammond, 1990).
A qualitative methodological approach that included in-depth interviews and a focus group was utilized In-depth interviews were carried out with adult participants by telephone and through the use of electronic e-mail. The adult participants were chosen because they have been trained in TFT, and because they use TFT with students. They lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico. The focus group participants were middle-school students between the ages of 11 and 14 who attended a community program in the northeastern part of the United States. The students met prior to the focus group meeting for instruction in TFT. After using TFT for a week, they met in a focus group to discuss how, when, and why they used it and their feelings about using TFT.
The findings from the student group showed that students used TFT (a) when confronted with violent situations and when they became angry, (b) when dealing with difficulties in relationships with friends and family, and (c) to help them to be better students in school. Students also reported that they liked TFT and found it easy to use. The adults indicated that they used TFT (a) with students to help them reduce stress, improve test scores, improve relationships with family and peers, reduce their feelings of violence, and improve their self-confidence; and (b) for themselves, their families, and friends to relieve stress and reduce tension.