Science of Energy Healing 2

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  • Drug & alcohol counselors
  • LMFTs  
  • Social workers
  • CE for other counselors is pending.   

4.5 CE credits are offered for this course for

  • Psychologists

Only certain classes are eligible for CE/ for psychologists. See Course Overview below, classes marked "for all boards." All ineligible classes are marked: NO CE for psychologists.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) is accredited by many professional organizations to offer Continuing Education credit. Many states enact licensing requirements for continuing education that override the rules of even a national accreditation organization. So, please check with your state Licensing Board or accrediting organization for the latest regulations, especially in regards to online CE. Some states have restrictions on the number of hours you may take online. As state boards meet frequently and revise and/or clarify license requirements regularly we always recommend you check with your state board for the most recent information.  

Psychologists: ACEP is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor Continuing Education for Psychologists. ACEP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Psychologists completing this program receive 4.5 Continuing Education credits.

Social Workers: ACEP, provider #1048, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ACEP maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 2/28/19 - 2/28/22. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 10 general continuing education clock hours.  

Addiction Counselors: ACEP is a nationally approved provider for the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC, 100504)

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Florida: ACEP is an approved CE provider FL Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy & Mental Health Counseling, Certified Master Social Workers and FL Board of Nursing (CE Provider #50-10765). ACEP is an approved provider for SCIENCE OF ENERGY HEALING 2 (FL CE Broker Tracking #20-739592).  

New York: The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, #SW-0164 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors, #MHC-0138 and marriage and family therapists, #MFT-0069. This course is 10 hours of home-study credit. 

New Jersey: This course does not offer CE at this time for New Jersey-based social workers. 

The Institute for Better Health (IBH) is no longer offering CME and CNE. This means that for now, we can not offer CME for physicians or CNE for nurse for this course.  
We are looking for new partners to provide this continuing education. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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Course Overview

CHAPTER 1 Bridging the Gap Between Mainstream Medicine & Energy Healing Through Science

The Science of Coherence: Heart, Brain & Earth 

Rollin McCraty, PhD 

1.5 CE credits for All Boards

Level: Beginner to Intermediate 

This presentation focuses on the individual health benefits of developing heart coherence, the importance of heart rate variability as a measure of heart coherence and physical and psychological health. Dr. McCraty describes field effects of the hearts magnetic field and how heart coherence or incoherence can be measured and transmitted at distances from the body, thereby having interpersonal effects with ramifications for relationships and therapy.  

Objectives 1) Discuss the significance of heart coherence for individual health 2) Describe heart rate variability as an objective measurement of heart coherence and health 3) Discuss the influence of the heart’s magnetic field on interpersonal coherence. 4) Describe the influences of sun activity on global heart coherence and human activity  

Rollin McCraty, PhD, is director of research at the HeartMath Institute. A psychophysiologist, he focuses on the mechanisms by which emotions influence cognitive processes, behavior, health and the global interconnectivity between people and Earth’s energetic systems. His published articles have appeared in the American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Stress Medicine and Biological Psychology

Why the Vagal System is Important for Energy Healing

Stephen Porges, PhD 

1.5 CE credits NO CE for psychologists

Level: Intermediate 

This presentation discusses the healing effects of energy psychology and energy healing from the perspective of polyvagal theory (PVT). It describes the importance of helping clients process negative or traumatic events while remaining in a physiological state that is contained and/or calm. PVT emphasizes the biological importance of interpersonal co-regulation for feeling safe, and auditory cues in a neural process known as neuroception, in which risk is evaluated without conscious awareness. Porges discusses how many aspects of energy psychology tapping approaches activate neural circuits that regulate the vagal nerve to produce an increased sense of safety. The Safe and Sound Protocol, that uses auditory signals to regulate vagal activity for children and trauma survivors is also discussed. Finally, Dr. Porges describes some of the problems and possibilities in Western culture from a polyvagal perspective.

Objectives 1) Discuss the importance of helping clients regulate their physiological states as part of therapy 2) Delineate the healing effects of energy psychology and energy healing from a polyvagal perspective. 3) Describe how aspects of tapping approaches activate neural circuits to regulate the vagal nerve. 4) Discuss the interpersonal variables of co-regulation.  

Stephen W. Porges, PhD, is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina. Stephen has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers across multiple disciplines. He is the author of The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological Foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation, and The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe. He is the creator of a music-based intervention, the Safe and Sound Protocol ™ , which currently is used by more than 1400 therapists to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve language processing, state regulation, and spontaneous social engagement.

Seeds of an “Energetic Biology”: Quantum Physics, Epigenetics and More 

Bruce Lipton, PhD 

1.5 CE credits NO CE for psychologists
Level: Beginner to Intermediate 

In this far reaching presentation, Dr. Lipton discusses how quantum physics necessitates changing how we view biology and the body from a mechanistic view to an energetic understanding. He describes the science of epigenetics, how it has radically altered the standard view of biology and genes, and its implication for energy psychology and energy healing methods. Dr. Lipton describes the science of psychoneuroimmunology and how our thoughts and perceptions influence our brains, genes and our immune system. Finally, he describes exosomes, a new frontier in biology and medicine that may revolutionize our understanding of health and disease.  

Objectives 1) Discuss at least two findings within quantum physics that influence the standard view of biology. 2) Describe how epigenetic control differs from genetic control. 3) Describe how perception influences, gene expression, brain or immune function.  

Bruce Lipton, PhD is a cell biologist, author of the best selling book, The Biology of Belief, as well as other books. His early scientific work on cells presaged the science of epigenetics. Dr. Lipton speaks around the world on the power of the mind to effect healing.  

 CHAPTER 2 Mapping the Possibilities of Energy Healing Through Science  

Exceptional Healer Pilot Study: What We Know & Aim to Learn About Energy Healing

Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR 

1.0 CE credit NO CE for psychologists
Level: Beginner to Intermediate 

Dr. Wahbeh will give a brief overview of energy healing studies through the years and what we know about how it works. She will then discuss a landmark pilot study of 17 exceptional energy healers in clients with hand and wrist pain. The study is unique in that it includes subjective measures of both the healer and the client and a third-party seer who observes the interaction. It also includes objective measures such as nerve conduction studies and electrocardiography. Dr. Wahbeh will share about the study's methods, energy healing study methods in general, and preliminary results of the study. 

Objectives 1) Describe known evidence for energy healing effects. 2) Detail issues in energy healing research studies. 3) Describe novel methods to evaluate energy healing modalities.  

Helané Wahbeh is director of research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Trained as a naturopathic physician, she also has a masters in clinical research. Helané's research on mind-body medicine, stress, and posttraumatic stress disorder and their relationships to physiology, health and healing has been widely published. 

Scientific Frontiers in Energy Healing

William F. Bengston, PhD 

1.5 CE credits NO CE for psychologists
Level: Intermediate 

Dr. Bengston is arguably the leading experimental researcher on energetic healing. His work often challenges the prevailing thinking of conventional and alternative medicine approaches. In this presentation, Dr. Bengston will summarize the research on: a) energy healing of cancer in mice, b) what appears to be a dose response to energy healing of cancer in mice, c) that healing appears to occur in a nonlinear fashion in bursts and the challenges that creates for healing in humans.  

Dr. Bengston describes fMRI and EEG research that provides evidence of the importance of resonance bonding in energy healing as well as the controversial proposition that energy healing appears to be a function of the need of the healee rather than the intention of the healer. Finally, he describes the research and challenges on how to take energetic healing and make it scalable by recording the effect.  

Objectives 1) List the research on the healing effects of energy healing on cancer in mice. 2) Describe the dose response and nonlinear aspects of energy healing in cancer. 3) Discuss the research and challenges on creating a scalable delivery method of energy healing.  

William F. Bengston, PhD, is a professor of statistics and research methods, and president of the Society for Scientific Exploration. He has researched anomalous healing for over 35 years. Author of The Energy Cure, Bill has numerous scientific publications, and has lectured internationally. 


The Science on the Efficacy of Energy Psychology & QiGong

Roger Jahnke, OMD

1.0 CE credits for All Boards
Level: Beginner to Intermediate  

Qigong and Tai Chi are among the oldest of energy healing techniques, using mind focus and intention as the primary method for regulating our physiological, psychological and energetic states. You will learn the research that demonstrates the healing benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi for a variety of conditions such as, stress, PTSD, heart disease, balance and falls. We will also explore the mechanisms through which Qigong and Tai Chi influence different aspects of the mind body system; including changes in blood pressure, lymphatic circulation, neurotransmitter productivity, HRV, gene expression, telomere health.

Objectives 1) Name the two primary physiological state changes that Qigong creates. 2) List at least two types of medical conditions that the research demonstrates is improved by Qigong. 3) Discuss at least to measures of health that research shows are positively impacted by Qigong.

Roger Jahnke, OMD has dedicated his life to sharing the healing traditions of China and led 10 research and study tours to China’s hospitals and sacred mountain temples. . Roger is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and founder/director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi. He is co-founder of the National Qigong Association (NQA) and author of The Healing Promise of Qi.  

Energy Psychology: Research Update

Peta Stapleton, PhD

1.0 CE credit for All Boards
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

There are three features that distinguish energy psychology as a 4th Wave therapy. It is a true mind-body approach in that it includes direct interventions at the level of the body; it changes brain activity very rapidly; and it has special advantages in quickly and permanently shifting outdated emotional learnings. These three qualities come together to make energy psychology unusually rapid and effective in relation to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wave therapies. The latest research and science behind the somatic components of energy psychology are presented.

Objectives 1) List at least 2 meta analyses that show energy psychology approaches are effective at treating different psychological problems 2) List at least 2 objective findings about the positive effects of energy psychology that have come out in the last two years.  

Peta Stapleton, PhD, is a psychologist and associate professor at Bond University. She specializes in eating disorders, women’s health and adolescent issues, and is a lead EFT researcher. Her most recent book is The Science Behind Tapping.

BONUS: How Can Acupoint Tapping
Change Deep Emotional Learnings?

David Feinstein, PhD

1.0 CE credit for All Boards
Level: All

What do we know about what happens in the brain when we tap on our skin while having the client state a wide range of phrasings? And what does that have to do with emotional healing and well-being? Learn the fascinating answers to these questions and more!


  • Explain how the meridians have been shown to be embedded in the body’s connective tissue.
  • Describe how stimulating specific acupuncture points may send activating or deactivating signals to specific brain regions.

David Feinstein, PhD, a clinical psychologist, has received nine national awards for his books on consciousness and healing. He has served as faculty at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and, with his wife Donna Eden, has built the world’s largest organization teaching energy medicine.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships 

ACEP. is responsible for the content, quality and scientific integrity of all CE activities certified for credit. When an educational activity is offered for Psychology (APA) continuing education credit, participants must be informed as to the source, amount, nature, and disposition of any funding used to support the activity, whether in the form of educational grants, cash contributions, or in-kind contributions. Individuals in a position to influence course content must also disclose whether they have one or more relevant financial relationships with individuals and companies who have a financial interest in activity content. All those in a position to control the content of an education activity are asked to disclose any relevant financial relationships they have with any commercial interest. 

The following presenters and planners have no relevant financial relationships:

William Bengston, PhD

Roger Jahnke, OMD

Bruce Lipton, PhD

Rollin McCraty, PhD 

Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR

The following speakers/planners have disclosed relevant financial relationships that create a possible conflict of interest. The speakers/planners have agreed to give their presentations in an unbiased manner, and have further agreed to resolve the potential conflicts as described below:  

Peta Stapleton, PhD, has disclosed a relevant financial relationship as they are self-employed as a speaker and contracted as a researcher at Bond University. Peta agrees that their presentations and other contributions to program content will be completely fair and unbiased and will mention other healing processes and products during their presentation when appropriate. If possible, they will refer to generics rather than to brand names when mentioning products, equipment, and services, and they will be selected/included on the basis of best available evidence.