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15
Feb
0

Expanding Healing Touch into the Academic World

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By Jean S. Pruett, D.Min., LPC, NCC, HTCP/I

In 2016, Nancy Green, MHA, OTR/L, and Associate Professor and Program Chair of the Occupational Assistance Department’s 2-year Associate Degree at Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, began planning how to incorporate Healing Touch (HT) classes into the Department’s course offerings, and possibly into the nursing curriculum at the college. Cabarrus College is located just north of Charlotte in Concord, NC.

Nancy has taken HT Level 4 and knows how effective this work can be. She also was trained by one of Barbara Brennan’s protégés in Denver, Colorado during the late 1980’s. Nancy wanted to see more healthcare professionals have an opportunity to participate in the Healing Touch Program (HTP) training, especially as part of their career development and college work, so they would be able to incorporate HT into their healthcare practices and ongoing personal and self-care routines.  

HTP’s professional accreditations and endorsements gave Nancy a great head start on approaching her administrative leadership with her ideas to offer the first three levels of HT for college credit. Because Susan Thomasson, Med, MT(ASCP)SH, LMBT, HTP-A, Director of Continuing Education, began offering HT classes several years ago as continuing education classes at a sister college, Carolinas College of Health Sciences, Healing Touch was not a strange concept to Nancy’s administration.

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16
Nov
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Sharp HospiceCare Services Include "Caring for the Caregiver"

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By: Lisa Goodman, HTCP/I, Sharp HospiceCare Integrative Therapies Coordinator
 
Sharp HospiceCare in San Diego, CA, expanded its services to include Caring for the Caregiver, and it is the focus of the Integrative Therapies (IT) volunteer program. Our journey began in 2005, when we implemented integrative therapies (such as Healing Touch, Reiki, comfort massage for hands and feet, imagery and aromatherapy) into the plan of care to better serve our patients at end of life.

In 2014, I approached leadership with a need to better assist our patient's primary caregiver. As most of us probably know, caregiving can be strenuous, especially as it relates to losing a loved one. Our IT volunteer program was implemented in April 2014, to assist the primary caregiver of a hospice patient by providing a one-hour relaxation session each week for the duration of service.

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14
Nov
0

10 Reasons why you should consider Healing Touch

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By: Flor Taboada, HTCP

This article was originally posted on Flor's blog. It is a great way to introduce Healing Touch to others.

Healing Touch is a gentle complementary therapy that uses light touch to balance and restore energy that has been depleted due to mental or emotional stress, trauma, illness or medical procedures. Healing Touch uses very gentle touch. It is not massage and it is given with the client fully clothed.

Here are 10 reasons why you should consider Healing Touch as part of your wellness routine.

Healing Touch can:

1. Promote wellness and healing at all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

2. Relieve stress, tension and anxiety. Healing Touch is very effective in relieving stress because of its capacity to "turn on" the relaxation response. This is a deep state of relaxation of body and mind where neither of them is over-active.

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14
Nov
0

The Energy of Symbolism in Our Lives and its Healing Abilities

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By: Stacy Cruikshank, RN, BSN, MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, Reiki Master and Healing Touch Practitioner

What do certain symbols mean when they present themselves to us?

I recently attended my Level 5 Healing Touch retreat in Pennsylvania. Two weeks prior, and during my time at the retreat, snakes presented themselves to me multiple times in life, dreams and during a Healing Touch session. Snakes had presented themselves to me two years ago in life, in shoes, and in dreams during a time of transformation (which snakes are known to symbolize).

 

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22
Apr
1

Journaling Your Path to Certification Renewal – Will You Be Ready?

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By Betty Feldman, HTCP

Journaling is an excellent way to ready yourself for submitting your Certification Renewal papers. Maybe you have just become a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner. First you will be busy updating forms and your resume to reflect your new status and goals. Your Personal Profile Notebook should become a useful tool for you, a place to add your new certificate, and a yearly update of your HTPA Membership and Liability Insurance Certificate. Then study the Certification Renewal Requirements, and bookmark this page in your computer. Five years seems like a long way into the future, but as this time approaches, you will be asked to reflect on yourself and professional growth, and on the growth of your Healing Touch practice, however your practice may be defined by you.

 

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22
Apr
0

Healing Touch California 10th Annual Anniversary Symposium

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Sharing Janet’s Vision & Spreading the light!

By Donna Cahill, MSN, RN-BC, CNS, CHTP/I, Vice President Healing Touch California

Healing Touch California held their 10th Annual Anniversary Symposium on April 9th & 10th at the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City, California. Once a year, the four Healing Touch organizations in California (Healing Touch for Spiritual Ministry, Healing Touch Program, Healing Beyond Borders, and Healing Touch for Animals) gather together to share in the vision of our founder, Janet Mentgen.

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24
Mar
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Articles Wanted for Community Newsletter

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The Featured Articles section of the monthly Community Newlsletter contains articles of interest or learning for students and practitioners of Healing Touch. Please email Sue Walker to submit an article.

Share your knowledge and experience with others!

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Mar
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Archived Community Newsletters

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Community Newsletter Archive

Use this link to read past issues of the HTP Community Newsletter.

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25
Feb
0

Dr. Jean Watson takes Healing Touch Level 1

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Cynthia Hutchison, HTP Educational Program Director

On January 9th-10th, I taught a Healing Touch Level 1 class in Boulder, Colorado, my home town. Each year I offer two rounds of Level 1, 2 and 3, one early in each year and another in the autumn. My most recent Level 1 was very special for two reasons. The first is that I had five amazing instructors in training who were there for a Teaching Assistant experience.

The second reason this class was special was that we were honored to have the presence of Dr. Jean Watson, who is one of the most honored and esteemed holistic nurses on the planet! In the 1970s, when Jean was the Dean of Nursing at the University of Colorado in Denver, she was a primary founder of caring science and caring theory, which she has made her life's work. She has become a world-renowned and deeply beloved nursing consultant and nursing theorist in many countries around the world and is highly regarded for her helping to bring Caritas (caring) back to hospitals, health care facilities and other health related organizations. Many hospitals have earned Magnet status because of incorporating her caring science and theory into their organizations. Jean was friends with our founder, Janet Mentgen, and they lived fairly near each other in Colorado. Jean has been a keynote speaker at HTP conferences twice and endorses HTP. Jean has received Healing Touch a number of times and recently decided to take the Level 1 course with me.

 

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25
Feb
3

My Fabulous Fear of Firsts ~ Creating HT Community

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Walle Adams-Gerdts, RN, BA, CHt, HTCP/I

I live in the first town in the first state in our country: Lewes, Deleware. It is a sleepy little beach community that was settled back in the 1600's by the Danish. Reminders of this are everywhere, as one walks past the museum, shops, boats, and noted historically honored homes. Lewes is unique in that it is also quite a progressive small town with a variety of people and interests. As with any community, there is "push-pull" with development and infrastructure governmental concerns. It is pet and people friendly, and has been a place of respite off and on for several years for our family.

Never would I have imagined that this town would pull me through a summer and fall of firsts that I never saw coming: the first time in 36 years that I have not worked in a full time job; the first time that I am single after a relationship of 32 years ended amicably and lovingly; the first time that I am living by myself; the first time in 32 years that I do not have a pet intersecting with my energy field; and the first time that I have fully recognized the fears that can easily attach to incredible change, almost paralyzing one from forward momentum and growth. What's a Healer to do?

 Ahh...therein lies the answer: Heal. And so, in order to accomplish this in my newly found home community, I knew that the "first" thing to do was to introduce Healing Touch to the people of Lewes. In July of 2015, one of my fabulous mentees (Catherine Pando) contacted me to inquire about offering an Introduction to Healing Touch event at their new wellness medical center in Lewes for patients/friends. Furthermore, she wondered if we could have a small local "panel" of HTCPs and HTP-As who would briefly share their individual stories and then field any questions. Information would include the date and time for a local community Healing Touch Day of Caring that would allow attendees to experience Healing Touch "first"hand (had to put that in there!) and share the information with others.

The presentation date was selected and in late July a curious group of over 25 adults showed up on a Friday afternoon to hear about Healing Touch. The two-hour event was a huge success and several signed up on an "Interested in further information" form.

The date for the first free HT community clinic event was scheduled for August and those on the list were called. The location was in the new movement studio in the Pando's Wellness Center. It was an open and sacred space, conducive for healing to happen. There was space for seven treatment tables, and as I am the Qualified Mentor for several in the area, we were able to have mentees participate and work on documentation towards their Level 5 requirements. Sessions were 30-40 minutes in length and a light chime was offered when there was 5 minutes remaining, which served to keep the group in sync and on schedule. The three-hour offering was a first for this community and like the snow geese that land in the field behind my house at this time of year, the people "flocked" to this event. We determined that a monthly clinic would benefit and serve the people of Lewes and so we set this intention in motion and never glanced back.

As 2016 has arrived, the HT community clinics continue on the second Friday of every month from 2-5pm. Sessions are 30 minutes in length and appointment sheets feature seven spaces for each thirty- minute offering, representing the number of tables and practitioners present to offer the therapy.

The response has been "first" rate and has again reminded this Healer that is in giving to others that we abundantly receive. Lewes (the first town) in Delaware (the first state) has provided a loving place for my fears to diminish, for hearts to open, and for the Healing Touch community to grow! Fabulous!

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