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15
Feb
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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
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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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