[All NEW Online Certification Program] Register now and become a Certifed TAT Practitioner by December!

Dear TAT® Friend,

We have very exciting news to share with you!! 

We have new ways for you to provide services and make more money online, working from home, and helping other people do the same.

We have streamlined the whole Certification process and added a new level of Training:

  • Certified TAT® Practitioner  — Working with Others
  • Certified TAT® Professional — For Professional Use
  • Certified TAT® Trainer — Teaching new Students

Every level of certification can be completed online through workshops and mentoring. 

You start with becoming a Certified TAT® Practitioner. To become a Practitioner you will need to register as a Student Practitioner and complete The Basics of TAT® l – Learn the Essentials and The Basics of TAT® ll – Working with Others webinar workshops.

Register as a Student Practitioner

Complete The Basics of TAT® l – Learn the Essentials: 

November 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25th -10:00 am to 12:00 pm PST or

November 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25th -3:00 pm to 5:00 pm PST

Complete The Basics of TAT® ll – Working with Others: 

December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16th  – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PST

December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16th  – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm PST

If you would like to advance to becoming a Certified TAT® Professional you need to complete the Certified TAT® Practitioner level first. After you complete the Professional Certification you can then move on to becoming a Certified TAT® Trainer! 

This page has a complete breakdown of the new program:

I am beyond excited about this new program and am so excited to share it with you! As the only certifying body of TAT®, you’ll find all of our Certified TAT® Trainers excellent and experienced mentors.

Love and big smiles,

Tapas

Why is it so hard to change behavior?

Dear TAT® Friend,

Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to start doing something that you know is good for you? Terri Chamberlin, our TATLife Business Manager, shares her personal experience with this:

What has to happen for us to take better care of ourselves? A health scare, a physical ailment, an upcoming reunion or wedding? Why do we need “events” as motivation to start exercising, eating healthier, turning off the television and taking a walk, clearing our minds, healing our hearts or just reducing stress?

Perhaps it’s as simple as we are in a rut and we need a little help to climb out of it. We can get stuck in patterns, behaviors and thoughts that we know aren’t good for us. We know we’re not happy with how things are, but it always seems to take an event to propel us into action. (Sometimes, that’s not even enough).

It takes me back to my first TAT® session with Tapas. It was a very difficult and stressful time in my life so I was a bit nervous, not sure of what to expect and not sure if it would help me, but I decided to try. As we started I quickly realized that there was nothing to be nervous about, I felt like I was sitting with a friend, someone who showed compassion and understanding right from the start. I knew it was okay to share whatever I wanted without editing. She wasn’t going to judge me for the thoughts or feelings I had. She was simply fully present for me while I shared the things going on in my life and as she guided me through my TAT session.

It’s difficult to describe the feeling I had when we were done. I felt astronomically lighter… like I had 30 years of pain lifted off my heart and shoulders. I felt taller and stronger and HAPPY! It was something I wanted to share with all the people in my life because I want everyone to feel like that.

It’s been almost 5 years since my first TAT session and I can wholeheartedly say that TAT has changed my life in the most amazing ways. Taking the first step toward change was incredibly difficult for me, but I’m so happy that I did. Life is easier, happier, and filled with hope. 

_________ 

Warmest wishes and smiles,

Tapas

[New YouTube Video] Extreme Agitation – TAT Tip from Tapas

Dear TAT® Friend, 

Jerry, Terri’s grey and white cat, often likes to say “hello” by jumping on Terri’s desk and walking in front of the computer while I’m meeting with Terri, our business manager. First thing this morning, after Terri gently set him down several times and he persistently jumped back up, I realized he was looking for some TAT® help. I’m able to see some of what’s happening in energy fields so I took a look.

He looked like cartoons when a cat is plugged into electricity or shocked: big energetic spikes all around his whole body.  We did some quick TAT® for that. I looked again: spikes were gone and there were long what looked like metal antennas all around his body.  We did TAT® to clear that. His energy field then looked glowing with a soft and bright peaceful, steady light. He walked over to his cozy blanket– his favorite place to nap, laid down, and that was that.

My first session of the day had the very same thing going on in her energetic field (she’s not a cat!). This is the first time I’ve seen the same exact thing going on in a human and cat in one day.

We completed our session and her heart energy was bigger and brighter than I’ve ever seen in her.

Next, Terri and I met for a webinar and I saw she had the exact same thing in her energetic field. She’s usually kind, calm and grounded. But not today! She felt agitated, ungrounded, grouchy, and fussy, she said.

I worked with Terri and we made this YouTube video for you in case you’re feeling like something like this might be up for you, too.  It’s a super short form of TAT®. I wanted to offer it to you to help you today and whenever you feel especially not yourself. It may help you feel better fast. 

There’s so much going on in the world that’s shocking, frightening, and disturbing in so many ways. Just wanted you to have a simple way to connect more with your heart and love.

Warmest wishes and love,

Tapas  

Coronavirus depression does not have to be the new normal

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Dear TAT® Friend,

Keeping our mental and physical health intact during what has simply become “2020” can be more than a challenge. The level of uncertainty that has been created during this pandemic has left people constantly wondering what is going to happen next while they are still trying to figure out how to deal with what has already happened. 

There is nothing normal about this new normal. 

A lot of people are living with a new and constant level of stress, fear, and underlying anxiety that can push their physical and mental well being to the limits.

Long-term exposure to cortisol and other stress hormones can wreak havoc on almost all of our body’s processes, increasing the risk of many health issues, from heart disease and obesity to anxiety, depression and a weakened immune system.

The Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT®) is part of a larger family of mind-body healing techniques collectively known as Energy Psychology. Research suggests that TAT can be effective in treating stress, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and weight loss maintenance. Doing TAT allows you to directly affect your traits, behaviors and health at the genetic level. The process is very easy to do and, in many cases, you can feel immediate relief.

You do not need to have any prior knowledge or experience with TAT® to use any of the downloadable recordings, join a webinar, or schedule private sessions with Tapas Fleming or any of our Certified TAT® Professionals. All private sessions can be done online or on the phone.

If you’re new to TAT® or if you’ve been doing TAT® and would like to enhance what you’ve already been doing, you can save up to 65% at the TATLife Store now through August 31st!. 

Warmest wishes,

Tapas

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study — the largest, most important public health study you never heard of — began in an obesity clinic

Dr. Vincent Felitti

Mentions of the ACE Study – the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study — have shown up in the New York Times, This American Life, and Salon.com recently. In the last year, it’s become a buzzword in social services, public health, education, juvenile justice, mental health, pediatrics, criminal justice and even business. Many people say that just as everyone should be aware of her or his cholesterol score, so should everyone know her or his ACE score. But what is this study? And why is it so important to, well, almost everyone, the same way polio became important to almost everyone in the 1950s? Here’s the backstory:

The ACE Study – probably the most important public health study you never heard of – had its origins in an obesity clinic on a quiet street in San Diego.

It was 1985, and Dr. Vincent Felitti was mystified. The physician, chief of Kaiser Permanente’s revolutionary Department of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, CA, couldn’t figure out why, each year for the last five years, more than half of the people in his obesity clinic dropped out. Although people who wanted to shed as little as 30 pounds could participate, the clinic was designed for people who were 100 to 600 pounds overweight.

Felitti cut an imposing, yet dashing, figure. Tall, straight-backed, not a silver hair out of place, penetrating eyes, he was a doctor whom patients trusted implicitly, spoke of reverentially and rarely called by his first name. The preventive medicine department he created had become an international beacon for efficient and compassionate care. Every year, more than 50,000 people were screened for diseases that tests and machines could pick up before symptoms appeared. It was the largest medical evaluation site in the world. It was reducing health care costs before reducing health care costs was cool.

But the 50-percent dropout rate in the obesity clinic that Felitti started in 1980 was driving him crazy. A cursory review of all the dropouts’ records astonished him — they’d all been losing weight when they left the program, not gaining. That made no sense whatsoever. Why would people who were 300 pounds overweight lose 100 pounds, and then drop out when they were on a roll?

The situation “was ruining my attempts to build a successful program,” he recalls, and in typical Type-A fashion, he was determined to find out why.

The mystery turned into a 25-year quest involving researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and more than 17,000 members of Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego care program. It would reveal that adverse experiences in childhood were very common, even in the white middle-class, and that these experiences are linked to every major chronic illness and social problem that the United States grapples with – and spends billions of dollars on.

But in 1985, all that Felitti knew was that the obesity clinic had a serious problem. He decided to dig deep into the dropouts’ medical records. This revealed a couple of surprises: All the dropouts had been born at a normal weight. They didn’t gain weight slowly over several years.

“I had assumed that people who were 400, 500, 600 pounds would be getting heavier and heavier year after year. In 2,000 people, I did not see it once,” says Felitti. When they gained weight, it was abrupt and then they stabilized. If they lost weight, they regained all of it or more over a very short time.

But this knowledge brought him no closer to solving the mystery. So, he decided to do face-to-face interviews with a couple hundred of the dropouts. He used a standard set of questions for everyone. For weeks, nothing unusual came of the inquiries. No revelations. No clues.

The turning point in Felitti’s quest came by accident. The physician was running through yet another series of questions with yet another obesity program patient: How much did you weigh when you were born? How much did you weigh when you started first grade? How much did you weigh when you entered high school? How old were you when you became sexually active? How old were you when you married?

“I misspoke,” he recalls, probably out of discomfort in asking about when she became sexually active – although physicians are given plenty of training in examining body parts without hesitation, they’re given little support in talking about what patients do with some of those body parts. “Instead of asking, “How old were you when you were first sexually active,” I asked, “How much did you weigh when you were first sexually active?’ The patient, a woman, answered, ‘Forty pounds.’”

He didn’t understand what he was hearing. He misspoke the question again. She gave the same answer, burst into tears and added, “It was when I was four years old, with my father.”

He suddenly realized what he had asked.

“I remembered thinking, ‘This is only the second incest case I’ve had in 23 years of practice’,” Felitti recalls. “I didn’t know what to do with the information. About 10 days later, I ran into the same thing. It was very disturbing. Every other person was providing information about childhood sexual abuse. I thought, ‘This can’t be true. People would know if that were true. Someone would have told me in medical school.’ ”

Worried that he was injecting some unconscious bias into the questioning, he asked five of his colleagues to interview the next 100 patients in the weight program. “They turned up the same things,” he says.

Of the 286 people whom Felitti and his colleagues interviewed, most had been sexually abused as children. As startling as this was, it turned out to be less significant than another piece of the puzzle that dropped into place during an interview with a woman who had been raped when she was 23 years old. In the year after the attack, she told Felitti that she’d gained 105 pounds.

“As she was thanking me for asking the question,” says Felitti, “she looks down at the carpet, and mutters, ‘Overweight is overlooked, and that’s the way I need to be.’”

During that encounter, a realization struck Felitti. It’s a significant detail that many physicians, psychologists, public health experts and policymakers haven’t yet grasped: The obese people that Felitti was interviewing were 100, 200, 300, 400 overweight, but they didn’t see their weight as a problem. To them, eating was a fix, a solution. (There’s a reason an IV drug user calls a dose a “fix”.)

One way it was a solution is that it made them feel better. Eating soothed their anxiety, fear, anger or depression – it worked like alcohol or tobacco or methamphetamines. Not eating increased their anxiety, depression, and fear to levels that were intolerable.

The other way it helped was that, for many people, just being obese solved a problem. In the case of the woman who’d been raped, she felt as if she were invisible to men. In the case of a man who’d been beaten up when he was a skinny kid, being fat kept him safe, because when he gained a lot of weight, nobody bothered him. In the case of another woman — whose father told her while he was raping her when she was 7 years old that the only reason he wasn’t doing the same to her 9-year-old sister was because she was fat — being obese protected her. Losing weight increased their anxiety, depression, and fear to levels that were intolerable.

For some people, both motivations were in play.

Felitti didn’t know this at the time, but this was the more important result — the mind-shift, the new meme that would begin spreading far beyond a weight clinic in San Diego. It would provide more understanding about the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world who use biochemical coping methods – such as alcohol, marijuana, food, sex, tobacco, violence, work, methamphetamines, thrill sports – to escape intense fear, anxiety, depression, anger.

Public health experts, social service workers, educators, therapists and policy makers commonly regard addiction as a problem. Some, however, are beginning to grasp that turning to drugs is a normal response to serious childhood trauma, and that telling people who smoke or overeat or overwork that these are bad for them and that they should stop doesn’t register when those approaches provide a temporary, but gratifying solution.

Ella Herman was one of the people who participated in the obesity clinic, but had dropped out because any weight she lost, she regained. Herman owned a successful childcare center in San Diego. Herman said she was sexually abused by two uncles and a school bus driver; the first time occurred when she was four years old. She married a man who abused her repeatedly and tried to kill her. With the help of her family, she fled with her children to San Diego, where she later remarried.

“I imagine I’ve lost 100 pounds about six times,” she recalled. “And gained it back.” Every time she lost weight and a man commented on her beauty, she became terrified and began eating. But she never understood the connection until she attended a meeting at which Felitti talked about what he’d learned from patients. At this time, Herman was just over five feet tall and weighed nearly 300 pounds. “He had a room full of people,” she said. “The more he talked the more I cried, because he was touching every aspect of my life. Somebody in the world understands, I thought.”

Herman later sent a letter to Felitti. “I want to thank you for caring enough about people to read all those charts and finding out what happens to all of us who are molested, raped and abused in childhood,” she wrote. “…I suffered for years. The pain became so great I was thinking of jumping off the San Diego Bay Bridge….How many people may have taken their life because they had no program to turn to? How many lives can be saved by this program?”

What do you do when you’ve got something important to tell the world, but the world thinks it’s stupid?

So, if you were Vincent Felitti, whom would you pick as your first audience to reveal your stunning findings? A group relatively informed about obesity that would greet the new information with extreme interest, praise and applause? Natch. So, in 1990, Felitti flew to Atlanta to give a speech to the members – many of them psychologists and psychiatrists — of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. The audience listened quietly and politely. When he finished, one of the experts stood up and blasted him. “He told me I was naïve to believe my patients, that it was commonly understood by those more familiar with such matters that these patient statements were fabrications to provide a cover explanation for failed lives!”

At dinner, Dr. David Williamson, an epidemiologist from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sat next to the perplexed Felitti. Williamson was intrigued. He leaned over and “told me that people could always find fault with a study of a couple of hundred people,” says Felitti, “but not if there were thousands, and from a general population, not a subset like an obesity program. I turned to him and said, ‘That’s not a problem.’ ”

Williamson invited Felitti to meet with a small group of researchers at the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Robert Anda, a medical epidemiologist was among them. If Felitti is the model for a TV show featuring a wise and stately chief physician who sits straight, stands straight, and keeps his personal feelings in check, Anda would be the dashing, young, brilliant researcher who wears his tie askew, slumps in chairs, laughs easily, loves to joke around, and puts his heart on his sleeve for all to see.

Anda began his career as a physician, but became intrigued with epidemiology and public health. When he met Felitti, he had been studying how depression and feelings of hopelessness affect coronary heart disease. He noticed that depression and hopelessness weren’t random. “I became interested in going deeper, because I thought that there must be something beneath the behaviors that were generating them,” says Anda.

Kaiser Permanente in San Diego was a perfect place to do a mega-study. More than 50,000 members came through the department each year, for a comprehensive medical evaluation. Every person who came through the Department of Preventive Medicine filled out a detailed biopsychosocial (biomedical, psychological, social) medical questionnaire prior to undergoing a complete physical examination and extensive laboratory tests. It would be easy to add another set of questions. In two waves, Felitti and Anda asked 26,000 people who came through the department “if they would be interested in helping us understand how childhood events might affect adult health,” says Felitti. Of those, 17,421 agreed.

Before they added the new trauma-oriented questions, Anda spent a year pouring through the research literature to learn about childhood trauma, and focused on the eight major types that patients had mentioned so often in Felitti’s original study and whose individual consequences had been studied by other researchers. These eight included three types of abuse — sexual, verbal and physical. And five types of family dysfunction — a parent who’s mentally ill or alcoholic, a mother who’s a domestic violence victim, a family member who’s been incarcerated, a loss of a parent through divorce or abandonment. He later added emotional and physical neglect, for a total of 10 types of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs.

The initial surveys began in 1995 and continued through 1997, with the participants followed subsequently for more than fifteen years. “Everything we’ve published comes from that baseline survey of 17,421 people,” says Anda, as well as what was learned by following those people for so long.

When the first results of the survey were due to come in, Anda was at home in Atlanta. Late in the evening, he logged into his computer to look at the findings. He was stunned. “I wept,” he says. “I saw how much people had suffered and I wept.”

This was the first time that researchers had looked at the effects of several types of trauma, rather than the consequences of just one. What the data revealed was mind-boggling.

The first shocker: There was a direct link between childhood trauma and adult onset of chronic disease, as well as mental illness, doing time in prison, and work issues, such as absenteeism.

The second shocker: About two-thirds of the adults in the study had experienced one or more types of adverse childhood experiences. Of those, 87 percent had experienced 2 or more types. This showed that people who had an alcoholic father, for example, were likely to have also experienced physical abuse or verbal abuse. In other words, ACEs usually didn’t happen in isolation.

The third shocker: More adverse childhood experiences resulted in a higher risk of medical, mental and social problems as an adult.

To explain this, Anda and Felitti developed a scoring system for ACEs. Each type of adverse childhood experience counted as one point. If a person had none of the events in her or his background, the ACE score was zero. If someone was verbally abused thousands of times during his or her childhood, but no other types of childhood trauma occurred, this counted as one point in the ACE score. If a person experienced verbal abuse, lived with a mentally ill mother and an alcoholic father, his ACE score was three.

Things start getting serious around an ACE score of 4. Compared with people with zero ACEs, those with four categories of ACEs had a 240 percent greater risk of hepatitis, were 390 percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema or chronic bronchitis), and a 240 percent higher risk of a sexually-transmitted disease.

They were twice as likely to be smokers, 12 times more likely to have attempted suicide, seven times more likely to be alcoholic, and 10 times more likely to have injected street drugs.

People with high ACE scores are more likely to be violent, to have more marriages, more broken bones, more drug prescriptions, more depression, more auto-immune diseases, and more work absences.

“Some of the increases are enormous and are of a size that you rarely ever see in health studies or epidemiological studies. It changed my thinking dramatically,” says Anda.

Two in nine people had an ACE score of 3 or more, and one in eight had an ACE score of 4 or more. This means that every physician probably sees several high ACE score patients every day, notes Felitti. “Typically, they are the most difficult, though the underpinnings will rarely be recognized.”

The kicker was this: The ACE Study participants were average Americans. Seventy-five percent were white, 11 percent Latino, 7.5 percent Asian and Pacific Islander, and 5  percent were black. They were middle-class, middle-aged, 36 percent had attended college and 40 percent had college degrees or higher. Since they were members of Kaiser Permanente, they all had jobs and great health care. Their average age was 57.

As Anda has said: “It’s not just ‘them’. It’s us.”

Changing the landscape of understanding human development

In the last 14 years, Anda, Felitti and other CDC researchers have published more than 60 papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Other researchers have referenced their work more than 1,500 times. Anda and Felitti have flown around the U.S., Canada and Europe to give hundreds of speeches.

Their inquiry “changed the landscape,” says Dr. Frank Putnam, director of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor at the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics. “It changed the landscape because of the pervasiveness of ACEs in the huge number of public health problems, expensive public health problems — depression, substance abuse, STDs, cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes.”

The ACE Study became even more significant with the publication of parallel research that provided the link between why something that happened to you when you were a kid could land you in the hospital at age 50. The stress of severe and chronic childhood trauma – such as being regularly hit, constantly belittled and berated, watching your father often hit your mother – releases hormones that physically damage a child’s developing brain.

Flight, fight or freeze hormones work really well to help us accelerate when we’re being chased by a vicious dog with big teeth, fight when we’re cornered, or turn to stone and stop breathing to escape detection by a predator. But they become toxic when they’re turned on for too long.

This was determined by a group of neuroscientists and pediatricians, including neuroscientist Martin Teicher and pediatrician Jack Shonkoff, both at Harvard University, neuroscientist Bruce McEwen at Rockefeller University, and child psychiatrist Bruce Perry at the Child Trauma Academy.

As San Francisco pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris recently explained to host Ira Glass on the radio program, “This American Life”, if you’re in a forest and see a bear, a very efficient fight or flight system instantly floods your body with adrenaline and cortisol and shuts off the thinking portion of your brain that would stop to consider other options. This is very helpful if you’re in a forest and you need to run from a bear. “The problem is when that bear comes home from the bar every night,” she said.

If a bear threatens a child every single day, his emergency response system is activated over and over and over again. He’s always ready to fight or flee from the bear, but the part of his brain – the prefrontal cortex – that’s called upon to diagram a sentence or do math becomes stunted, because, in our brains, emergencies – such as fleeing bears – take precedence over doing math.

For Harris’ patients who had four or more categories of adverse childhood experiences “their odds of having learning or behavior problems in school were 32 times as high as kids who had no adverse childhood experiences,” she told Glass.

Together, the two discoveries – the ACE epidemiology and the brain research — reveal a story too compelling to ignore:

Children with toxic stress live much of their lives in fight, flight or fright (freeze) mode. They respond to the world as a place of constant danger. With their brains overloaded with stress hormones and unable to function appropriately, they can’t focus on learning. They fall behind in school or fail to develop healthy relationships with peers or create problems with teachers and principals because they are unable to trust adults. Some kids do all three. With despair, guilt and frustration pecking away at their psyches, they often find solace in food, alcohol, tobacco, methamphetamines, inappropriate sex, high-risk sports, and/or work and over-achievement. They don’t regard these coping methods as problems. Consciously or unconsciously, they use them as solutions to escape from depression, anxiety, anger, fear and shame.

What all this means, says Anda is that we need to prevent adverse childhood experiences and, at the same time, change our systems – educational, criminal justice, healthcare, mental health, public health, workplace – so that we don’t further traumatize someone who’s already traumatized. You can’t do one or the other and hope to make any progress.

“Dr. Putnam is right — ACEs changed the landscape,” Anda says. “Or perhaps the many publications from the ACE Study opened our eyes to see the truth of the landscape. ACEs create a “chronic public health disaster”that until recently has been hidden by our limited vision. Now we see that the biologic impacts of ACEs transcend the traditional boundaries of our siloed health and human service systems. Children affected by ACEs appear in all human service systems throughout the lifespan — childhood, adolescence, and adulthood — as clients with behavioral, learning, social, criminal, and chronic health problems.”

But our society has tended to treat the abuse, maltreatment, violence and chaotic experiences of our children as an oddity instead of commonplace, as the ACE Study revealed, notes Anda. And our society believes that these experiences are adequately dealt with by emergency response systems such as child protective services, criminal justice, foster care, and alternative schools. “These services are needed and are worthy of support — but they are a dressing on a greater wound,” he says.

“A hard look at the public health disaster calls for the both the prevention and treatment ACEs,” he continues. “This will require integration of educational, criminal justice, healthcare, mental health, public health, and corporate systems that involves sharing of knowledge and resources that will replace traditional fragmented approaches to burden of adverse childhood experiences in our society.”

As Williamson, the epidemiologist who introduced Felitti and Anda, and also worked on the ACE Study, says: “It’s not just a social worker’s problem. It’s not just a psychologist’s problem. It’s not just a pediatrician’s problem. It’s not just a juvenile court judge’s problem.” In other words, this is everybody’s problem.

According to a CDC study released earlier this year, just one year of confirmed cases of child maltreatment costs $124 billion over the lifetime of the traumatized children. The researchers based their calculations on only confirmed cases of physical, sexual and verbal abuse and neglect, which child maltreatment experts say is a small percentage of what actually occurs.

The breakdown per child is:

•   $32,648 in childhood health care costs

•   $10,530 in adult medical costs

•   $144,360 in productivity losses

•   $7,728 in child welfare costs

•   $6,747 in criminal justice costs

•   $7,999 in special education costs

You’d think the overwhelming amount of money spent on the fallout of adverse childhood experiences would have inspired the medical community, the public health community and federal, state and local governments to integrate this knowledge and fund programs that have been proven to prevent ACEs. But adoption of concepts from the ACE Study and the brain research has been remarkably slow and uneven.

On the federal level, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – probably the largest federal agency you never heard of – launched the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in 2001, and the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) in 2005. Much of the work focused on stress from individual traumatic events, or individual types of child abuse; only recently has there been a focus on dysfunctional families or changing systems that engage those families to become trauma-informed, i.e., not further traumatizing already traumatized people, as so many of our systems do.

Until the last 10 months, the medical community practically ignored the ACE Study. Just last December, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement recommended that its members look for toxic stress in their patients. Except with local exceptions, the public health community has not embraced it. In fact, the CDC — the one agency you might think would use its own research to reorganize how it approaches prevention of alcohol, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases and smoking — has whittled down funding for the ACE Study to practically nothing, and nobody’s working on it full time.

However, on a local and state level, there’s been considerably more action. Washington was the first state to embrace the ACE Study and the research on children’s developing brains, when its Family Policy Council distributed the information  through a statewide network of 42 communities. Over the last three years, 18 states have done their own ACE surveys, with results similar to the CDC study.

Some cities have set up ACE task forces. Trauma-informed practices are popping up around the U.S., Canada, and countries in Europe, Asia, and Central and South America in schools, prisons, mental clinics and hospitals, a few pediatric practices, crisis nurseries, local public health departments, homeless shelters, at least one hospital emergency room, substance-abuse clinics, child welfare services, youth services, domestic violence shelters, rehab centers for seniors, residential treatment centers for girls and boys, and courtrooms.

In these dozens of organizations, the results of the new approach are nothing less than astounding: the most hopeless of lives turned around, parents speaking “ACEs” and determined not to pass on their high ACEs to their children, and a significant reduction in costs of health care, social services and criminal justice.

Learn more about The Healing ACEs with the TAT Program

ACEs Connection – Introducing the Healing ACEs with the Tapas Acupressure Technique Program

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https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/introducing-the-healing-aces-with-the-tapas-acupressure-technique-tat-program

TERRI CHAMBERLIN 4/28/20 11:46 AM 

The Tapas Acupressure Technique combines holding acupressure points on your head and going through a series of nine statements. It can be used for trauma, abuse, anxiety, stress, weight loss, health issues and adverse childhood experiences, to name just a few. TAT incorporates the use of acupressure points, epigenetics and allows you to directly affect your traits, behaviors and health at the cellular level. The process is very easy to learn and, in many cases, you can feel immediate relief.

Over 27 years of experience with hundreds of thousands of people have demonstrated that using the simple TAT process can work for healing ACEs. Tapas Fleming, founder and creator of TAT, discovered early on in her practice that many of the issues we face as adults could be traced back to childhood abuse and trauma. Once she became familiar with ACE Study she began creating a complete guided self-healing process. That process manifested as the Healing ACEs with The TAT Program, that includes the original 10 ACEs and six of the possible outcomes of ACEs faced as an adult.

This program was launched in December of 2018 at www.tatlife.com. We waited to share it with this community until there were results and testimonials about the program.

A few of the people who have completed the program share their experience:

“As somebody who has been involved with self-help groups for 30 years, I wasn’t sure how much I still had left to heal, and whether or not I would get much from the ACE series. However, as a devotee of the TAT process, I decided to give it a try. 

“Over a year ago I signed up for the 6-month plan. This meant I would have access to a new video three times a month, plus a live webinar session each month where Tapas lead the session and answered questions.  Even if I couldn’t attend the live session, I could access the recording. I did each session as it became available, and found I couldn’t wait to get it. It was like a weekly tune-up.

“The changes were subtle, but profound!  While I had no great “ah-ha’s” while doing them, people started commenting on how different I seemed and asked what had I changed. It didn’t occur to me what they meant until my husband said, “You are really different. Things that used to bother you, aren’t any more. You are so calm.” 

“After he said that, I realized he was right. I had started living life effortlessly. I didn’t have nearly as many bad days.  A huge shift had happened inside me.  I’m seldom triggered by things that occur. If I am, I use one of the many recordings the program gives me access to. By doing the recording, I return to peace and serenity.

“This program is life altering and empowering. On top of that, it’s offered at an unbelievably low price! The fact I can continue to attend the webinar and access these recordings makes it priceless. I believe I will use it for the rest of my life.

“Thank you, Tapas, for giving us this kind of access and support.  To me, it demonstrates your desire to have everyone “rise out of their pain”.

– Jan Orin – Completed the six-month program

“Healing ACES Program using TAT is a truly effective treatment for healing adverse childhood experiences at any age. Tapas Fleming, the talented founder of TAT, has created and offers a masterful approach to healing old wounds that feel like they will forever hold us in their grip. But with this program our wounds gently release their grip and we discover that we can choose our path. 

“We happily and confidently move forward to new vistas supported in a new way by our past as we access previously hidden strengths, talents, positive qualities, etc… Our past is not erased but now serves us in remarkable ways to aid us in living fully in the here and now! Now, how exciting is that?”

 – Thalia Vitikos – 25-year Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Expressive Arts Therapist

To learn more about TAT:

Healing ACEs with The TAT Program

What is TAT

Demonstrations and Testimonials

Research

An article detailing the study using TAT for Weight Loss Maintenance conducted by Kaiser Permanente and funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine [Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 67-78].

Clearing Stress and Anxiety with the Tapas Acupressure Technique:

ACEP’s Higher Energy Podcast – Episode #: 006 — Podcast hosted by:

Paula Shaw, CADC, DCEP and Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP Executive Director, ACEP

Childhood Trauma Linked to Faster Aging

By Traci Pedersen
Associate News Editor

Last updated: 4 Aug 2020 

Individuals who experienced childhood trauma from abuse or violence show biological signs of aging faster than those who never experienced adversity, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological Bulletin.

Harvard researchers examined three different signs of biological aging — early puberty, cellular aging, and changes in brain structure — and found that trauma exposure was linked to all three.

“Exposure to adversity in childhood is a powerful predictor of health outcomes later in life — not only mental health outcomes like depression and anxiety, but also physical health outcomes like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer,” said Katie McLaughlin, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Harvard University and senior author of the study.

“Our study suggests that experiencing violence can make the body age more quickly at a biological level, which may help to explain that connection.”

Prior research showed mixed evidence on whether childhood adversity is always linked to accelerated aging. However, those studies looked at many different types of adversity — abuse, neglect, poverty and more — and at several different measures of biological aging.

To disentangle the results, the research team decided to look separately at two categories of adversity: threat-related adversity, such as abuse and violence, and deprivation-related adversity, such as physical or emotional neglect or poverty.

The team conducted an analysis of almost 80 studies, with more than 116,000 total participants. They discovered that children who experienced threat-related trauma such as violence or abuse were more likely to begin puberty early and also show signs of accelerated aging on a cellular level-including shortened telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of our strands of DNA that wear down as we age. However, children who experienced poverty or neglect did not show either of those signs of early aging.

In another analysis, the researchers looked at 25 studies with more than 3,253 participants that examined how early-life adversity affects brain development. They found that adversity was linked to reduced cortical thickness — a sign of aging because the cortex thins as people age.

However, different types of adversity were linked to cortical thinning in different parts of the brain. Trauma and violence were associated with thinning in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which is involved in social and emotional processing, while deprivation was more often associated with thinning in the frontoparietal, default mode and visual networks, which are involved in sensory and cognitive processing.

These types of accelerated aging might originally have descended from useful evolutionary adaptations, according to McLaughlin. In a violent and threat-filled environment, for example, reaching puberty earlier could make people more likely to be able to reproduce before they die.

And faster development of brain regions involved in emotion processing could help children identify and respond to threats, keeping them safer in dangerous environments. But these once-useful adaptations may have grave health and mental health consequences in adulthood.

The new findings emphasize the need for early interventions to help avoid those consequences. All of the studies looked at accelerated aging in children and adolescents under age 18.

“The fact that we see such consistent evidence for faster aging at such a young age suggests that the biological mechanisms that contribute to health disparities are set in motion very early in life. This means that efforts to prevent these health disparities must also begin during childhood,” McLaughlin said.

There are several evidence-based treatments that can improve mental health in children who have experienced trauma, McLaughlin said.

“A critical next step is determining whether these psychosocial interventions might also be able to slow down this pattern of accelerated biological aging. If this is possible, we may be able to prevent many of the long-term health consequences of early-life adversity,” she says.

Source: American Psychological Association

Learn more about the Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences with the TAT Program

[New Recording] TAT for a Traumatic Event and Post-traumatic Stress

Dear TAT® Friend,

There is so much going on that is so stressful right now. Traumas don’t have to be something that happened 10 years ago, it can be something you saw on the news yesterday that has you rattled. If something happened and you can’t shake it, that means it’s stuck.

I just created an all new expanded TAT® recording on trauma and post-traumatic stress to help you feel more peaceful and centered in the middle of so much craziness and chaos.

The heightened crazy events these days resonate with unresolved past traumas and make everything worse. This recording will help you with both.

Love and warmest wishes,

Tapas

All I felt was fear, worry, and stress…

Dear TAT® Friend,

Terri Chamberlin, our TATLife Business Manager, shares her personal experience with taking her first step out of fear, worry and stress:

“I spent most of my adult life just getting through the day. I didn’t have the time to wonder why life was so exhausting, I just knew that it was. I felt like I went from one crisis to another without much of a break in between. I was beginning to question my existence and the purpose of my life.

There is no mental clarity in constant stress, no ability to notice that it’s a pattern, no ability to feel anything except fear, worry, and stress. I was at my wit’s end, I was so tired of feeling the way I did but didn’t know what to do about it. Then, as fate would have it, my sister introduced me to TAT. I had amazing results after doing just one session. I was absolutely shocked at how fast it worked. She recommended that I schedule a session with Tapas to fully experience it with guided help. 

I was a bit nervous, not sure of what to expect or what to do and I didn’t know her. How is a TAT session with a total stranger going to help me? 

As we started I quickly realized that there was nothing to be nervous about, I felt like I was sitting with a friend, someone who showed compassion and understanding right from the start. I knew it was okay to share whatever I wanted without editing, she wasn’t going to judge me for the thoughts or feelings I had, she was simply fully present for me while I shared the things going on in my life. It’s difficult to describe the feeling I had when we were done. I felt astronomically lighter… like I had 30 years of fear, worry and stress lifted off my heart and shoulders. 

It’s been almost 5 years since my first TAT session and I can wholeheartedly say that TAT has changed my life in the most amazing ways. Taking the first step toward change was incredibly difficult for me, but I’m so happy that I did. Life is easier, happier, and filled with possibilities.”

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If you’ve been thinking about taking the step toward change, this would be a great time to start! Now through Wednesday, July 15th at 6:00 pm PST you can schedule private TAT sessions with me at 40% off the regular rate. 

You can schedule as many sessions as you want at the sale price and can even schedule them over the next 6 months. The price has been adjusted in the store to reflect the discount so no coupon code is needed.

Warmest wishes and smiles,

Tapas

Anxiety – Tip from Tapas

traumatized girl holds head

Dear TAT® Friend,

My mom used to get so anxious before a trip, even though she’d pack weeks in advance.  I’ve done a fair amount of traveling and noticed I’d get the same way.  Why?  There’s nothing going on that’s really stressful…so where did this panicky heart and anxious, tight stomach come from? 

In fact, lots of people from my genetic heritage that I’ve treated over the past 25 years have the same response in stressful times.  How come?

Over centuries, our group experienced loads of sudden attacks where people had to grab their kids and maybe a couple of belongings and run for their lives.  Is that your history, too?  And how could that relate to your anxiety right now?  

Does your anxiety drive you to overeat?  Make your stomach tight?  Do things and feel things you don’t like?

Here’s a video for you on anxiety, where I think it comes from, and how TAT® can help you relieve it.  (I travel with so much ease now — thank you TAT®.)

Love and smiles,

Tapas

Post Traumatic Stress

alcoholic man

Dear TAT® Friend,

In a traumatic experience, a part of our consciousness can become wrapped up in “solving” a problem, protecting us from danger or abuse, or just trying to find sense in a senseless situation. The beliefs that spring up can be inaccurate but there are parts of us that hold onto those beliefs and remind us of them when we are in new stressful situations — particularly situations that are like the original one. The resonance with the original situation triggers the part or parts of us that were born in the original traumatic or stressful events.

Trauma triggers an overproduction of stress hormones — namely cortisol. If you are constantly reliving a traumatic experience, stress hormones remain activated, keeping you in a state of high alert. You might experience trembling or exaggerated startle response, especially to things that remind you of the traumatic event. These are called “triggers.”

You will enter the fight, flight, or freeze mode whenever you feel triggered. You’ll feel compelled to either defend yourself against the trigger, run from it, or you could feel paralyzed. Sleep might be difficult and you may feel the need to avoid people or situations that you believe threaten your safety. 

Chronic stress following a traumatic event can have long-term health effects, including:

  • Heart and liver disease
  • Addictive behaviors like alcoholism and smoking
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Gastrointestinal illness
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Feelings of despair, guilt, and shame
  • Emotional numbness
  • Cognitive impairment such as memory lapses, difficulty making decisions, distractibility, withdrawal from your typical routine, and even a lost sense of time

These webinars are a place to get some relief from anxiety and fear brought on by posttraumatic stress. You can participate silently or may have a chance to share, depending on how many people join in. You can also be present and be totally anonymous.

TAT® for a Traumatic Event:

Monday, July 20th – 10:00 – 11:30 am PST or

Tuesday, July 21st – 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm PST

Everyone who signs up will receive a copy of the webinar recording. If you are new to TAT, what you need to know will be explained during the webinar.

If you have any suggestions on webinar topics you would like me to create please email them to me at: [email protected].

Warmest wishes,

Tapas

Why was I so hard to love?

broken heart

Dear TAT® Friend,

Here’s a wonderful story I received — I thought you would like it too.

“As a child I was taught to be good, quiet, clean, respectful, never to be a burden, never to get in the way, and to never put a foot out of place. Praise and love were only given when it was earned. Those moments that I did step out of line I was reminded that I wasn’t wanted, that me being born ruined my mother’s life and that I was a financial burden. 

This lead to a belief system in my adult life that kept me in terrible romantic and work related relationships. I felt I always had to go the extra mile, always had to be spectacular, I could never be sick or ask for help. I could never appear weak or incapable. I always gave everything I had in every area of my life and always found myself in a state of disappointment and sadness. 

Why was I so hard to love? What was wrong with me that all people did was take and rarely give anything back? I tried so hard to please and still, I was only receiving praise and scraps of love when I turned myself inside out for those people.

While doing Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with the Tapas Acupressure technique® (TAT®) program I had a revelation. Through those false beliefs created as a child I had caused most of these situations. I was the one constantly rejecting help, I took it upon myself to be superwoman and I never asked for help. I was the one who wanted to “wow” these people. Many of them were impressed with me, but I never asked for anything. Not what I needed in romantic relationships, not what I needed at work, not even what I needed from my friends. I never spoke up for myself or asked for help.

Then I realized that I had been blaming a lot of people for taking advantage of me, using me or leaving me to suffer alone. It was time to look at my actions, my behavior and my perception of the world.

I had trouble with forgiveness at first. But as I truly began to forgive those who had wronged me, those who had stood by and did nothing when they could have helped me and those who said they loved and appreciated me but were never able to show it, that’s when my life began to stabilize. 

I found forgiveness to be a relief. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my heart. Holding on to the pain they had caused just kept me in pain. Letting it all go, every single wound, was an amazing first step. But forgiving myself was when life really started getting better.

I was able to let go of the beliefs I had created out of trying to survive, trying to be good, trying to not get in the way, trying not to be a burden, trying to not be a target, trying to keep myself small and quiet.

I was finding that life was enjoyable again. 

I am so grateful that through my TAT work I had found the importance of being present and how wonderful it felt. I had finally forgiven myself and it felt amazing, but when my focus shifted to simply loving and accepting myself for who I am right now, life really began to change.

I didn’t need to “wow” anyone, I didn’t need to prove my worth, I didn’t need to go the extra mile and I didn’t need to earn love. I had survived, I am strong, intelligent, kind, beautiful and free. Free from the voices and the people and the places in my mind that always told me I wasn’t good enough.

I knew there was more TAT to do and more things to create and aspire to, but I loved me again. I am filled with a happiness I have never known and can’t wait to explore it. Where will this new love and happiness take me? I don’t know, but I’m so excited to continue the journey.  

Thank you Tapas for the amazing, life changing, gift of TAT!

  • Lynn S.

Thank you so much for sending this Lynn S. 

Love and smiles,

Tapas