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S24-700 The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Tapping and Energy Psychology (EP), Evidence-Based, Brief Therapy to Overcome a Variety of Fears, Phobias and Pain

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families
Robin Bilazarian, LCSW, DCSW, DCEP
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



Add cognitive somatic therapies to your practice. Desensitize your clients from their limiting fears, phobias or self-imposed, social anxiety jail and treat overlooked mind–body connections. Quiet emotional dysregulation and send a calming signal to the brain. Also incorporate non-medication pain management to your skill set to offset the risk of opioid addiction for patients with severe or chronic pain.   


Robin Bilazarian, LCSW, DCSW, DCEP Related Seminars and Products

Robin Bilazarian, LCSW is a 40-year seasoned therapist who has incorporated several mind–body techniques into her practice for the past 25 years. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and author of Tapping the Mighty Mind:Simple Solutions for Stress, Conflict, and Pain. She has worked extensively in mental health, including community mental health, private practice, and as an Employee Assistance Counselor for 14 years at a NJ regional trauma hospital, integrating mind–body and traditional therapies.    

Agenda & Learning Objectives


1:05 pm – 1:15 pm Log on 


1:15 pm – 3:00 pm  

  • Learn how to do the Emotional Freedom Techniques, tapping via didactic lecture, live group and individual demonstrations. Introduce 2 ways to release pain  

  • Learn about social anxiety, performance anxiety and phobias and how to desensitize these by repeated application of EFT Tapping. Note the continuous monitoring of progress by using  a SUDS intensity rating.  Add one more way to release pain.  


3:00 pm – 3:15 pm  Break 


3:15 pm – 4:15 pm  

  • Continued reinforcement of using EFT tapping to meticulously and comprehensively desensitize phobias, social anxiety issue (fear of judgement, being the focus of attention, etc.) and performance anxiety (sports performance, public speaking, art-based performance)                    

  • Semi-supervised break-out to practice skill learned 

  • Teach questions to locate those small “t” traumas and triggers 


4:15 pm – 4:30 pm  

  • Debrief from the break-out practice and Q and A.   


4:30 pm Questions and adjournment  



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate that EFT Tapping and EP are mind–body tools that desensitize the interconnection of unwanted thoughts, emotions, and the corresponding physical discomfort to eliminate the reason for the avoided behavior.   

  • Explore the increased capacity and effectiveness of these techniques by breaking down the problem into small, treatable parts.    

  • Utilize continuous numerical measurement (SUDS levels) to guide treatment interventions and monitor results.    

  • Utilize clinical strategies and evidence-based assessments to identify small “t” traumatic events and limiting perspectives that lead to dreaded and feared avoidant behaviors.   

  • Employ 3 non-medication pain reduction/release strategies.  

Bibliography & References


Bilazarian, Robin. (2018). Tapping the Mighty Mind: Simple Solutions for Stress, Conflict, and Pain. North Charleston, South Carolina: Create Space Independent Publishing, Amazon Best Seller.

Bilazarian, R, (2010). Using EFT for Social Anxiety Disorder. The Home of Gold Standard EFT™                                         (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Retrieved from

Bilazarian, R. & Hux, M.(2020), Rapid Group Treatment of Pain and Upsets with the Brief Energy Correction, International Journal of Healing and Caring,  9/20, Vol.20 (3)

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Feinstein, D. (2021).(Bilazarian,R. collaborator). Energy psychology in the treatment of substance use                         disorders. In R.Carroll, (Ed), Complementary and integrative approaches to substance use                disorders (pp. 69-106). New York: Nova Science Publishers. Retrieved 12/15/21


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Late Fees and Refunds

The base price is $70 and includes CE credit. A non-refundable late fee of $20 is added on 02/21/24

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Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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