Archives for July 2010

Skype video call with Dawson Church PhD, Jenny Johnston and Russell Cunningham.

Hi all,

Russell Cunningham, EFT Trainer and I were privileged to speak with Dawson Church PhD via video skype for an hour yesterday.

Much was discussed, including our recent contact with the Dart Centre (an organization who supports those in the media who are traumatized by what they report on), his impending visit to Australia (yet to be finalized) and about the EFT Universe Training that is about to be unfolded worldwide and brought by him to Australia next year.

The new training will be released and finalized in Oct at the EFT Masters Conference (Ann Adams and a group of Masters are completing it now) and it will be worked out as to how practicing EFT Practitioners and existing trainers are ‘tested out’ of some of the required training. Dawson will be publishing these new EFT Level 1, 2 and 3 Training Manuals soon on the EFT Universe website. Dawson will be doing a Trainer’s Training Level while in Australia also, for those who wish to be recognized as EFT Universe Certified EFT Trainers and registered on the EFT Universe website. He will also release information about those who are already Cert 1 and Cert 2 and EFT Trainers under Gary’s existing qualifications, when this is finalized.

Dawson will be visiting Australia either just before his visit to New Zealand, or just after and he should find out his New Zealand dates (currently around March) from those who want him there within a month.

He is aware of Extrav dates, March 4-7 and proposes that he can only come here when NZ dates are confirmed.

It’s most likely that he will only teach Level 1 (2 days), Level 2 (2 days) and Level 3 (2 days) and then Trainer’s Level all in one location, maybe Sydney (but not yet determined- will depend on where the highest demand is calling him to).

Level one (we understand) now includes lots of paired tapping practice and includes more scientific and research background knowledge and is 2 days instead of one.

Dawson was also happy to speak to Professor Mark Creamer, Director of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH), or anyone else who would relate to research expertise, if we are able to arrange this when he is here.

Russell and I were excited and satisfied that Dawson’s visit to Australia will only enhance our EFT Profession and training here in Australia and in no way take away from EFT Extravaganza, but only increase our enthusiasm to experience more and learn more.  

I don’t know about you but I’m really excited about early next year! Dawson and Extav!

(Recent news – Russell and I have been asked to do a half hour EFT Presentation to the Partners of Vietnam Veterans at their meeting in Sept at Frankston RSL and it is promising that we will also present at the State Meeting of the Vietnam Veterans Association in Nov and to the Welfare and Pensions Officers at Noble Park RSL in the near future).


Jenny Johnston

EFT Specialist

Occupational Therapist

Clinical Hypnotherapist


Letter sent to the diary secretary of Alan Griffin, MP, Minister of Veterans Affairs.


To Mathew Hilakari,

My name is Jenny Johnston and I am an Occupational Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Specialist.

I am writing to request an appointment with The Hon Alan Griffin MP at his Electoral Office in Victoria, together with two of my colleagues – Russell Cunningham, Director of the Australian Institute of Self Development (EFT Trainer) and John Meehan, Senior Welfare and Pensions Officer at Noble Park RSL.

Russell and I were recently granted an hour’s appointment with federal MP Bruce Billson, who as a former Veteran Affairs Minister continues to take a compassionate interest in veterans. Bruce said he was very impressed with what we presented and we believe that Alan will be too.

We would like to talk to Alan about the amazing and consistent results being achieved for returned servicemen and women, using EFT to relieve them of many of the symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Significant research on the subject was recently presented to The US Congress. Psychologist, David Feinstein, PhD, and Dawson Church, PhD tabled findings about the rapid and sustained effects of Energy Psychology – in particular EFT – for veterans suffering from PTSD. The research showed how superior such approaches are in comparison with conventional methods. Further details are here:

We would like to present testimonials from Australian Vietnam Veterans who have experienced profound and lasting peace of mind since having EFT treatment. One from John Meehan is available here

At the meeting we would also like to show Alan some clips from a newly-released DVD, “Operation Emotional Freedom – The Answer” and provide him with a complimentary copy of the documentary. Excerpts of the film can be viewed at:

In addition we’d like to provide some of the research results from the Iraq Stress Project:

The current situation

The following US statistics may well reflect the situation in Australia. Many Australian Vietnam Veterans are on TPI (Total Permanently Incapacitated) pensions for PTSD

  • There are more returned soldiers who suicide, than are killed in war duty.


  • 30% of returned soldiers develop mental health problems within 3 months of returning home


  • Over the next 3 years $6.3 Billion will be spent treating PTSD in the US for veteran service men and women.


  • In the US in 1974, after Vietnam, 43% of inmates of San Quentin Prison were Vietnam Veterans.


  • Many Vietnam Veterans, 40 years later, still have symptoms of PTSD such as hyper-vigilance, hyper-arousal, insomnia, anger, rage, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide attempts, family abuse, isolation, paranoia, medicated by psychiatrists and still seeing counsellors and psychologists.


In spite of their medication and treatment, many veterans still suffer with considerable and disabling PTSD symptoms

The predictable future

  • Young men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are likely to have the same future as Vietnam Veterans if something is not changed in the way that PTSD is treated.


  • These men and women could be expected similarly to suffer for many years. It is predicted that most will become highly medicated, many will have broken marriages, develop drug or alcohol problems and face the possibility of imprisonment. They are likely to suffer from paranoia, insomnia, intrusive war memories, anger, rage and hyper-vigilance, potentially leading to suicide.


  • Considerable costs are incurred in treating the symptoms of PTSD and its various consequences without addressing the causes or dissolving the symptoms.


The alternative

  • By introducing EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) as a primary technique to treat PTSD in war veterans, the problems can be rapidly and safely addressed, usually with outstanding results – based on research to date.


  • EFT could easily be taught to soldiers before they are deployed, so that they can use it quickly as soon as they experience a traumatic event – or alternatively be treated by a professional who has learned how to administer EFT. By using EFT to reduce stress in the field our soldiers will be able to think more clearly, improving performance, reducing the risk of poor decision making and potentially reducing casualties.


  • This effective technique can easily be taught to counselling professionals and service personnel alike for utilization on the spot or during debriefing.


  • Returning men and women able to live full, healthy lives as contributing members of their families and the community without the ongoing debilitating effects of PTSD.


An enormous amount of time, money and therapy is currently involved with PTSD. Research is showing that EFT is more effective than the present treatments, with quicker results, that are longer lasting and often permanent.

We consider that Alan Griffin is a progressive and innovative MP who is “Moving Forward”. What better way to move forward than to be up-to-date with the latest, most innovative and successful treatment available. We would like to meet with him to promote awareness of EFT to make it available to the veterans who need it most.

I look forward to hearing from you about a suitable time to meet with Alan. 


Jenny Johnston

0405 147 265

(03)9789 1365