The TFT Foundation is happy to share this new trailer for its documentary “From Trauma to Peace.” What you see here is only the “tip of the iceberg.” The stories Rwandans have shared with our documentarian Robert Stone, about how TFT has completely changed their lives in the aftermath of a horrendous genocide, are truly moving and inspiring, and give great hope that peace on this earth really is attainable.
In honor of Dr. Roger Callahan’s passing on Nov. 4, it gives me particular pleasure to announce that we’ve added two new translations of the TFT trauma relief technique: Kinyarwanda and Swedish.
Many thanks to Prosper Ishimwe for the Kinyarwanda translation, and to Ann-margret Lövling for the Swedish. Their generosity makes the profound healing and transformational discoveries of Dr. Callahan available to two more countries!
To see the new translations, go to the right column and look under “Pages–Technique Instructions.”
Regarding our last post, about the phenomenal work being done using TFT to relieve the profound suffering of children and adults at the Izere Center in Rwanda:
We have a donor, wishing to remain anonymous, that has offered matching funds to help IZERE community treatment days. They need $2200 for October’s community treatment day. The last community day, during the period of mourning, that we helped we were able to provide funding to treat 250 people and 435 came for help. Please help us keep these children and others receiving TFT relief in their lives. Help us raise the matching funds of $1100.
The following was written by Fr. Augustin Nzabonimana, director of the Izere Center, Rwanda, where TFT is used to relieve the suffering of those who have undergone horrendous trauma from the genocide, being orphaned, and other atrocities:
Discover the meaning of life using TFT!!!
TFT CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY!!!
Look how TFT Is helping the children with disabilities who live at Izere Center!
Many people we are treating at Izere Center come with depression, hopeless, angry and grief, with PTSD and extreme trauma,…! Somme time we need to lodge those who have an extreme trauma, fear and depression.
And, as Izere center is a social Center, we receive many cases to helped: Widows with low income, handicapped children, people with different incurable diseases, orphans,…
TFT is helping us to deal with all cases which need the high knowledge in psychology, sociology, theology and philosophy.
The pictures of the children who lie at Izere Center, I took them in different time after the long observation. It was no easy to see the happy and dancing. When they saw someone coming to them they went to hid themselves!
But now, when they have problem they go directly to see me, Adrienne or Betty to be treated with TFT. And I was very happy to see them treat themselves!!!
And I’m really happy to see my dear children friends dancing, singing and greeting the visitors of Izere Center. Note that many of those children are orphans and handicapped. We feed them, lodge them and bring them at school. They are my best friends children!!!
The TFT Foundation is very pleased to announce that its study on the effects of TFT on PTSD, led by TFT Foundation Trauma Relief Committee chairperson Suzanne Connolly and conducted in Rwanda in 2009, was recently published by the “African Journal of Traumatic Stress.” The study abstract is below. For the complete study, please click here.
The use of Thought Field Therapy (TFT), a brief therapy technique, is examined in a study titled, Utilizing Community Resources to Treat PTSD: A Random Controlled Study Using Thought Field Therapy, to determine if there is a significant difference in the reduction of trauma symptoms between the treated group and the untreated group post treatment.
Study participants in the waitlist group received treatment after having completing the posttest. One-hundred and sixty four adult survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide received a one-time trauma-focused TFT intervention in this randomized waitlist controlled study. Prior to the study,TFT techniques were taught to community leaders, who then provided them in their native language, Kinyarwanda, to the participants during an individual session. Pre- and post-intervention surveys of trauma symptoms included the Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI)
(Briere, 1995) and the Modified Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Scale (MPSS) (Falsetti, Resnick, Resnick, & Kilpatrick, 1993). After one week, significant differences were found in trauma symptoms and level of PTSD symptom severity and frequency between the treatment and the waitlist control groups. Participants in the waitlist group experienced significant reductions in trauma symptoms following their treatments,which took place after the first posttest. These positive outcomes suggest that a one-time, community leader facilitated trauma-focused intervention may be beneficial with protracted PTSD in genocide survivors.
In April — July 1994, extremists from the ethnic majority murdered between 800,000 and 1,000,00 persons, mostly of the ethnic minority, and displaced two million more.
Children witnessed their families killed before their eyes, people left maimed and scarred. The trauma and terror of this time left the country without peace, without trust and without hope. TFT has played a large part in mending these wounds.
Every year in April, the Rwandan people have a Remembrance Day. A period of time to re-affirm a commitment to peace, understanding, hope and to never let this happen again.
The strength of TFT has become so well-known, practitioners were invited to several of the events to treat those overcome by grief, trauma and pain when remembering those days.