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.