Featured Healing Touch Certified Practitioner

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue Featured Healing Touch Certified Practitionerby Barb Dahl, BSN, RN, HTCP/I

What brought you to Healing Touch? We listen to the stories at every workshop and marvel at the variety of paths that have led us to “the work.” When the workshops come to an end with Level 5 we “lose touch” with many of our classmates and the rest of their stories – and especially lose touch with what follows after certification. Certifi cation, of course, is only the beginning. Healing Touch changes our lives and together we are changing the world. This column will present profiles of these agents of change. KIA ABILAY, HTCP b2ap3_thumbnail_Kia_Featured_HTCP.jpg


How did a Hawaiian “hotel queen” find herself giving Healing Touch treatments while living in a tent for a year on the 200 acre Omega Institute of Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York? Kia Abilay knows well how HT changes your life.


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The San Diego Stand Down

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue  The San Diego Stand Down by Carole Sarian, LMT, HTCP Patricia Fredericks Donna Magden Cathyrose Johnson, Minister, HTPA Marilyn Duba, Level 1 Student; Barbara Lester Victoria Lea Shirley Smalley Suzanne Weeks, HTP; Linda Huckabee

b2ap3_thumbnail_Stand_Down_Image.jpgStand Downs are one to three day events offered - throughout the year in cities all across the country – to provide services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.

The first Stand Down was organized in San Diego in 1988. Eight years ago, Healing Touch was brought to the San Diego Stand Down by Joan Tweed, a pioneering woman who brought with her a small tent, a couple of tables and a big heart. Since that time, San Diego has consistently risen to the occasion providing an ever-increasing number of volunteers from a range of healing modalities resulting in the Alternative and Integrative Medicine tent being the largest tent at the Stand Down – surpassing the Medical Tent.

Based on this, I am optimistic that the presence of Healing Touch at every Stand Down throughout the country will be a reality. It is my hope that Alternative and Integrative Medicine tents will be available at every Stand Down and that Healing Touch will be a major contributor.


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Healing Touch in Canada

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue Healing Touch in Canada by Kathy Moreland Layte RN, BScN, MScN, CS, HTCP/I Don Watt, HTCP; Betty Petersen, RN, BSCN, HTCP/I ; Cathy Landry, HTCP, Judi Urquhart, HTCP; Brenda Anderson, BSN, CHTP/I

I am so pleased that you have this opportunity to read this article authored by several HTP instructors and practitioners in the various provinces of Canada. Last November, I had the privilege of teaching a large Advanced Practice 1 and 2 weekend in Calgary. In 2008-2009, I will have the honor of being in Canada four times for classes, including instructor training andb2ap3_thumbnail_HT_In_Canada_Flag.jpg the Canadian Conference/HTP Instructor meeting in April (see the ad!). Janet Mentgen brought HTP classes to Canada in her first year of inaugurating the official curriculum in the United States,so Canada is also helping us celebrate HTP's 20th Anniversary year of Janet's original curriculum on the entire North American continent! Cynthia Hutchison, Healing Touch Program Director

Healing Touch Snapshots from Canada Healing Touch is alive and well and growing like a prairie fire across Canada. It continues to be a life-giving and life-changing experience for those who enroll in HT courses and for those who experience it "on the table" (or in a chair, or in bed, or at the scene of an accident). In this article several people from central and western Canada offer snapshots of what is happening as they "do the work" of Healing Touch in their communities and regions.


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Using Healing Touch with Trauma

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February 2009.  Greetings from Cynthia Hutchison Healing Touch Program Director

Janet Mentgen introduced the Trauma Release Technique to the Healing Touch Program in 1996. This technique was a radical departure from traditional cognitive, behavioral and emotional cathartic therapies and — it worked. Janet didn’t know how it worked. All she knew was that it eliminated long-term symptoms of traumatic stress in over 100 people who had suffered from traumatic injuries. She would tell us to just do the work and that the science behind it would follow. She was right. Discoveries in neurophysiology research have recently validated this powerful technique.

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Ecology of Mind

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue  Ecology of Mind by Corinne Crockett, RN, Grad.Diploma Nursing, CHTP, RSI Interim Practitioner

“My Dad died of high blood pressure at 50, I know I am next.” How many times have you heard someone tell you that the health concerns of their elders would surely be visited
upon them? It may come as a relief and asurprise to know that the relatively new science
of epigenetics reveals that belief systems have more to do with our health than does our genetics.


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"Welcome Home" Community Project for Veterans

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue  “Welcome Home” Healing Community Project for Veterans by Heidi Katchia Van Vliet, MSSW, HTCP


In August of 2005, I organized my first volunteer project on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon for my Healing Touch Program Level 5 homework. I had planned on doing HT with the elders in the assisted living program while a friend of mine, Larson, (from the reservation), played the Native American flute. When I asked Larson about playing the flute, he wanted to know about Healing Touch. I met him at the longhouse (a Native American lodge) and gave him a treatment. He felt relief from his pain from shrapnel injuries he sustained in combat. Immediately, he felt that we should bring Healing Touch treatments
to the veterans.


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Elder Wisdom

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue  Elder Wisdom By Sharon Scandrett-Hibdon, RN, Ph.D., HTCP/I


Since this is the first attempt for us oldsters to communicate about our journey and long history, I hope to make this fun as well as informative. Let me briefly introduce myself: I am Sharon Scandrett-Hibdon and although I am at retirement age, there is still much that I want to do. I was an Associate Professor and psychiatric-mental health certifi ed specialist when I met Janet Mentgen in 1988 in Estes Park, Colorado when both of us were invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Nurses’ Association (AHNA). It was also the year that Janet was named the Holistic Nurse of the Year by AHNA based on her work in private practice and her years of teaching Therapeutic Touch at Red Rock Community College.


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Six Pillars of Enery Medicine

Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program February Issue  Six Pillars of Energy Medicine by Donna Eden and David Feinstein, Ph.D.

In the ten years since the publication of our first book together, Energy Medicine, we have seen the world begin to re-embrace the ancient art of energy healing. More than three hundred practitioners have completed our two-year Certification Program in the past three years and tens of thousands of individuals have taken classes from us this past decade. What was seen as strange and woo-woo is becoming the respected cutting edge of health care — and for good reason.

Energy Medicine (EM) is accurate, efficient, and cost-effective. It is based on a different model than conventional medicine, which focuses on the biochemistry of cells, tissue, and organs.

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Energetic Patterns Found in Persons in Recovery from Alcoholism


Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program Issue October 2008

Alcoholism, a life-threatening disease is no respecter of race, sex, religion, professional or financial status. Persons suffering from alcoholism are in need of compassion and caring in their search for self-healing and wholeness in mind, body and spirit. b2ap3_thumbnail_Energy_Patterns_Oct_2008.jpg

 My past experience as a counseling intern in an out-patient treatment center and, presently, in my community based Healing Touch practice confirms the reality that persons suffering from addictions are indeed searching for wholeness. Statements shared by clients post Healing Touch treatment help to validate the reality of their search:

“I always feel stress and I need to learn how to relax.”

“I feel like a butterfly coming out of a cocoon”

“I only want peace in my life.”

“I can see my self back with my family.”

“I want to feel better about myself and find out who I am.”

Relative to persons suffering from drug and alcohol addictions, Caroline Myss notes that, “the human experience, except for occasional pockets of enlightenment, is diminished in dignity. People in countless numbers are lost in the very fabric of their lives.” (Shealy N. & Myss, C., 1988). The results of a published research study revealed that HT significantly reduced pain and emotional distress and led to patients feeling happier, more satisfied and less tense. (DuBrey, R., 2006)




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A Healing Touch Prayer

Originally published in Energy Magazine:  The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program  April  issue.  A Healing Touch Prayer  Dianne Smith, April 2008   A Healing Touch Prayer In honor of the Divine, both without and within, We open our souls to the healing power of the Universe. We allow...
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