Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue. Creating a Healing Practice By Janet Mentgen, BSN, RN, HNC, HTCP/I, Founder of Healing Touch
Creating a Healing Practice
There are many things to consider when creating a healing practice. The practice needs to fit with your personality, your lifestyle, your values. Rushing into a practice is often costly and unsuccessful. Spend the necessary time imaging how your practice is to look. Work your plan on paper many times before making any financial investment. Set your goals and plans with an orientation to the future. Think about the practice in terms of the first year and years to come.
Definition of practice
A descriptive definition of the practice is a first step. Some types of practice include:
• private practice
• practice within a work setting – hospital, clinic
• practice with family or friends
• volunteer practice – hospice, cancer, A.I.D.S.
• church or ministry practice – parish nurse
• educational practice – teaching
Develop a vision of your practice
Being able to image your practice is helpful. Let it develop like a dream or visualization. Examine all aspects of the image and see yourself practicing successfully in the space.
Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue. What my Clients Taught Me by Wanda Buckner, Ed.D., HTCP
What my Clients Taught Me
In my previous profession— proposal development and writing—evaluation was a necessary part of every grant and every program. Evaluation told us what worked and what didn’t and how we could improve. I wanted this same information from the 100 sessions I documented in preparation for Level 5. So I developed a brief evaluation form to elicit input from clients who saw me for three to five sessions. I offered five free sessions in exchange for completing the evaluation. When clients completed treatment they were asked to rate and comment on their results. Did they get the outcomes they wanted? Were there unexpected benefits? Was the setting conducive to treatment? (I have a home/office and dogs.) Did I talk too much? Were the suggestions for self-care helpful? I learned a lot during those one hundred sessions and I’m still learning! The highlights are below.
Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program April issue. Healing Touch Program Level 4 and 5 Curriculum:
Learn about what HTP offers at the Level 4 and 5 classes…
Overview: Healing Touch Program’s standardized curriculum has been enhanced on all five levels of the core curriculum over the last several years, particularly with the final two courses, Levels 4 and 5. With our twenty-one year American Holistic Nurses’ Association endorsement status and many years of providing continuing education contact hours for nurses and massage therapists, HTP is moving toward adding national accreditation as the next “gold standard” for validating the professionalism of our adult education program.
These meditation CDs were created for use with HT students, clients, practitioners and instructors of HT. They can also be used by anyone who is open to exploring a meditative /healing path in life and therefore can be used outside of Healing Touch. Each meditation was worded with care to ensure inclusiveness for people on various spiritual paths. The second CD assumes some basic knowledge on the part of the listener.
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece is a site to behold. Five thousand years old! When one stands on this hallowed ground, you cannot believe you are walking in the steps of Socrates, Aristotle and Saint Paul.
Marble is the stone from which the Parthenon is constructed. As time, weather, and millions of visitors have worn down the marble, it is very slippery from dust and sand covering the stone. Signs alert visitors, “Slippery rock; watch your step.
While on the grounds of the Parthenon, I was walking and taking in the site. I stepped over a very low pile of rocks. The bottom of my sneaker slid right down the side of the rock. My feet and legs rose up in the air, and I came right down onto my coccyx on top of stone. I checked my spine, legs and arms before I got up. No damage. I was so thankful as people surrounded me to help me up.
Because my time in nature is such an important part of my daily life and spiritual practice, I feel a natural synchronization between what is happening in nature and how it reflects into my personal and vocational life. Healing Touch is obviously a large part of this chapter of my life’s work in the world. After experiencing the death of our dear founder, Janet Mentgen, almost five years ago, HTP for a few months initially experienced a sort of organizational winter…a stillness… a time of inner reflection….a pause of growth…a time of waiting…. the necessity of going within, like sitting in front of a candle on a winter’s night and contemplating “What is the quality of the light within us and how can we express it?”
Originally published in Energy Magazine: The official Publication of the Healing Touch Program December 09′/January 10′ Issue. The Global Coherence Initiative By Annette Deyhle, PhD and Rollin McCraty, PhD
As many people are saying, humanity has reached a critical juncture in the early years of the 21st century and we are on the threshold of enormous social, spiritual and cultural changes. Our material-driven world has resulted in great discord, economic instability, war, violence, crime, overpopulation, food and water shortages, and environmental pollution and destruction.
For the past two decades we have been transitioning out of nationally-based industrial societies and cultures into an interconnected, information-based global economy and to some extent a global society in which cultures with long-held values and customs often collide.
Evidence suggests this transition will continue to be difficult. The global financial crisis that began in 2008 and is still being felt — sent shock waves around the world. It is clear that much of the human race remains stuck in a cycle of social and economic oppression, warfare, cultural intolerance and disregard for the environment.
Breaking this cycle is the greatest challenge our species has ever faced and requires a shift in human consciousness. The Global Coherence Initiative (GCI) founded in the summer of 2008 by the nonprofit Institute of HeartMath,www.heartmath.org, has brought together noted scientists, researchers and leaders in many fields, and is working with and alongside people from every corner of the world to help facilitate this shift. The Global Coherence Initiative is a science-based initiative to unite millions of people in heart-focused care and intention to shift global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace.
December 2009 marks the close of our 20th Anniversary year. We are now beginning our 21st year, a new decade of organizational maturity. Healing Touch has received worldwide professional recognition for its contributions to body-mind-spirit health and well being accomplished through the heart-centered practices of thousands of HT practitioners, students and instructors. Consumers are asking for it; health care facilities are realizing how HT and related holistic-integrative practices enhance the health and happiness of clients, patients and staff; and practitioners of HT testify to the benefits of practice in terms of personal and professional inner development and fulfillment. Scientists who research HT, energy medicine and consciousness/intentionality are validating the reality and benefits of energy medicine practices. We are living in exciting times!
In honor of bringing HTP’s 20th anniversary celebration to a close, we would like to share with you a list of an overview of some of the accomplishments achieved over the years…
Welcome to the November issue of Energy Magazine! Healing Touch Program is wrapping up the last two months of 2009 with more exciting news! As you know, this year is HTP’s 20th Anniversary celebration year. We committed to making it a memorable year and it has been. I am happy to announce that the new Healing Touch Guidebook: Practicing the Art and Science of Human Caring is completed and available for purchase (see the ad on page 16). We have received numerous endorsements for the book, including the following leaders in holistic
health, nursing and energy medicine: Jean Watson, Barbara Dossey, Janet Quinn, Lucia Thornton, Bob Nunley, Robert Scaer, Rob Ivker, Barbara Stone, Gregory Nicosia and Larry Stoler. We expect this book, whose author is Dorothea Hover-Kramer, a founding elder of Healing Touch, to be a wonderful ambassador for Healing Touch around the world. Other authors include James Oschman, Sharon Scandrett-Hibdon, Kathy Layte, Sister Rita Jean Dubrey and me. This text was a labor of love and celebration and is a very current, reader friendly comprehensive overview of Healing Touch.