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.