ANCC Endorsement


Healing Touch Program is very excited to announce that we are now accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

ANCC is the largest and most prominent nurse credentialing organization in the United States. Healing Touch Program is the first Energy Medicine education provider to achieve this status. We acknowledge the instructors and practitioners that make our program outstanding and thank you for all that you do.

Healing Touch Guidebook

HT GuidebookThe "Healing Touch Guidebook, Practicing the Art and Science of Human Caring", by Dorothea Hover-Kramer, has just been released.

This book is the newest and most complete text about Healing Touch and is part of the celebration of the twenty-year anniversary since the founding of Healing Touch in 1989. The Healing Touch Guidebook may be an opening, a beginning, for interested readers from all walks of life. It is intended to help expand and deepen understanding of the healing process in both newcomers and seasoned practitioners. No matter where you are in your own journey of discovery, this work is an invitation to widen your exploration of the many facets of Healing Touch and its conceptual framework with focus on theory, science, research, and actual practice. Purchase through the Healing Touch Store.

Contributing authors include some of the most stellar theorists in the Healing Touch Program:

  • Cynthia Hutchison, DNSc., RN, HTCP/I, HTP Program Director
  • Kathy Moreland Layte, MS, RN, HTCP/I, chairperson of HTP Research Advisory Committee
  • Sharon Scandrett-Hibdon, Ph.D., RN, HTCP/I, Founding Elder and chair of HTP certification
  • James Oschman, Ph.D., Leading authority in the science of energy medicine and author of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis
  • Sister Rita Jean DuBrey, CSJ, MSN, RN, HTCP/I, director of the Center for Complementary Therapies, St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam, NY

This book is completely new with hundreds of current references. While based on the original methods described and taught by Janet Mentgen, it contains all of the most recent updates and organizational developments within the Healing Touch Program. In addition, it delineates the many new applications and worldwide impact of the Program.

Features Include:

  • Explorations of the underlying philosophy of energy-oriented healing
  • Explanations of the most current science and research related to energy healing including the best recent studies of Healing Touch
  • Descriptions and summaries of the ten-step HT sequence and methods as developed from Janet Mentgen’s original work
  • Discussion of ways HT models and participates in the practice of integrative medicine in health care systems
  • Numerous vignettes and stories from current HT practitioners and specialists around the world demonstrating the significant impact of its person-centered caring
  • Applications of HT to all aspects of the human life cycle

Dorothea Hover-Kramer, Ed.D., RN, D.CEP, author, nurse and psychotherapist, is a Founding Elder of the Healing Touch Program. She is the cofounder of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology and author of six other books about energy therapies including her most recent, Second Chance at Your Dream.


Endorsements for the new 2009 Healing Touch Guidebook

Healing Touch Guidebook provides Janet Mentgen’s vision for a healing modality that is now part of the recognized field of Energy Medicine. Dorothea is a master communicator as well as a wise, founding elder in the practice of energy therapies. The work is written from a comprehensive body-mind-spirit perspective that expands the existing science and art of Healing Touch. It offers new insights for practice, education, and research with guidelines to bring the modality to the forefront of healthcare.”

—Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, Author, Holistic Nursing: A handbook for practice (5th ed) and Florence Nightingale: Mystic vi-sionary, healer.

“The new Healing Touch Guidebook, written with a deep spirit of love and service that sings from each page, provides a clear and up-to-date overview of the Healing Touch Program and its many applications in creating a true, healing healthcare system.”

—Janet F. Quinn, PhD, RN, FAAN, author of I Am a Woman Finding My Voice

“Much more than a comprehensive how-to book, the new Healing Touch Guidebook gives insight into the science and nature of the human biofield. Healing Touch is brought to life in vivid real-life cases exemplifying the principles and practices in the stage-wise progression towards mastery that culminates in the self-care and spiritual development of the HT practitioner. This is a true sourcebook and sets the standard in the field.”

—Gregory Nicosia, MS, PhD, D.CEP (Diplomate, Comprehensive Energy Psychology), President, Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology

“An inspiring and comprehensive vision of the role of Healing Touch both for personal well-being and in the expanding role of energy healing in integrative health care.”

—Barbara Stone, PhD, LISW, D.CEP, Author of Invisible Roots: How healing past life trauma can liberate your present

“Dorothea has put together the most comprehensive and authoritative book available to date about the first twenty years of Healing Touch (HT). It is a fascinating read for all interested in energy medicine as part of the study of spirituality and health. After a foreword by distinguished professor Jean Watson, Dorothea presents an amazing portrait of HT, divided into four sections and fifteen chapters. All that is followed by an excellent bibliography and appendices and a useful index. “We would all be well-served if other complementary and alternative modalities would provide equally well-developed coverage of their experiences during the beginnings of the twenty-first century.”

—Bob Nunley, Ph.D., Professor and Dean of Faculty, Holos University

“This special collection brings together the latest in developments of the Healing Touch Program, worldwide leaders in energy medicine. The text is a comprehensive overview of theory and practice of energy medicine and Healing Touch written by a collection of author experts in the field, including practical applications in a user-friendly guide for multiple audiences. What I have been teaching, researching and writing about for thirty plus years is what HT practitioners put into practice every day.”

—Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Murchinson-Scoville Endowed Chair in Caring Science, University of Colorado Denver, Founder Watson Caring Science Institute

“Dr. Hover-Kramer’s Healing Touch Guidebook celebrates the twentieth anniversary of this effective, non-invasive, and holistic healing art has flowered into a powerful force in the healthcare arena. This book provides a thorough overview of the many branches of the growing Healing Touch tree, including its foundation in the ethics of caring and its scientific roots. She reviews the many HT applications and celebrates the manner in which HT is being used to address problems occurring across the life span and adapted by practitioners across the planet. The Healing Touch movement has also inspired other energy-based healing practices, such as energy psychology. Like HT, energy psychology works with the human energetic matrix. Together HT and energy psychology offer new and realistic hope for change and transform-tion...from debilitating trauma to living normal lives again. “In this book, Dr. Hover-Kramer rightly emphasizes the central role of practitioner self-care. Certainly, after twenty years of transforming people’s lives and hearts, HT has earned the right to be included in any serious discussion about the future of healthcare. Congratulations to the Healing Touch Program community for reaching this milestone!”

—Larry Stoler, PhD, D.CEP, Psychologist, WholeHealth Chicago, Past President, The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, Certfied LifeForce Tao of Medical Qigong practitioner

“The new 2009 Healing Touch Guidebook by Dorothea Hover-Kramer provides a concise, easy-to-read, but comprehensive review of the history, background, science, methodology, healthcare application and future of Healing Touch. The complexity of this task, all delivered within parameters for easy access for the reader, would appear to be daunting, but in fact the material is delivered in such an accessible fashion that one comes away from the book feeling that they really know the subject. I’ve lectured at the Healing Touch Program’s organization’s annual meeting, written an article for their online magazine and experienced the technique from a number of practitioners. Now, however, I feel that I really have a grasp of all the nuances of this wonderful therapeutic technique.”

—Robert Scaer, MD, Author of The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, dis-sociation and disease, and The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden wounds and hu-man resiliency

“The Healing Touch Guidebook is an extraordinary resource for healers, healthcare professionals and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the dynamics involved in Healing Touch. This book is a must-read for those interested in the research, conceptual underpinnings, and practical application of Healing Touch. It is certain to become one of the seminal, foundational books that address subtle, energy healing.”

—Lucia Thornton, RN, MSN, AHN-BC Past-President American Holis-tic Nurses Association

“This book is the definitive guide to the Healing Touch Program (HTP). It will soon become the standard text for the first accredited modality in the field of Energy Medicine (EM) -- a key component of the new specialty of Integrative Holistic Medicine (IHM). Dorothea, an extraordinary energy healer herself, has woven together a beautiful tapestry of science, technique, application, and ethics, along with the expertise of HTP and EM pioneers, and infused it with the inspired vision of HTP founder, Janet Mentgen. It is both a practical and comprehensive guide to healing with love, as well as a wonderful gift for healthcare practitioners including anyone interested in self-care.”

—Rob Ivker, DO, ABIHM, HTCP, Co-founder and Past-President, American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine; Past-President, American Holistic Medical Association; Former Assistant Clinical Professor, University of CO School of Medicine; Author of best-selling, Sinus Survival.

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Healing Touch Integrative Care Program Manual

Healing Touch Integrative Care Program: Integrating Healing Touch in the Clinical Setting
hospital manualis a comprehensive manual that provides the structure and necessary tools needed to implement Healing Touch in a clinical setting. It was developed in collaboration between Lourdes Lorenz, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, AHNA-BC, HTP-A, and Healing Touch Program (HTP).

As Director of Integrative Health at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, Ms. Lorenz developed, implemented and coordinates a very successful and sustainable integrative healthcare program that includes Healing Touch and several other modalities. As a long standing endorsed and accredited leader in nursing continuing education, HTP provides the standardized curriculum and professional support that makes Healing Touch an evidence-based modality that is used in healthcare facilities throughout the U.S. The many credentialed Healing Touch Program practitioners and instructors are recognized professionals in healthcare today.

This manual offers a step-by-step process that begins with investigation and culminates in creating a sustainable integrative care program that supports providing Healing Touch to patients throughout the healthcare facility. The outlined process is flexible and can easily be adapted for use in facilities that range from small clinic settings through large hospitals of more than 400 beds.

The manual appendix includes dozens of tools that will be used in all facets of the implementation. It includes MS Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations on a flash drive that can be customized and tailored for the specific healthcare setting.

The HTICP manual is ideal for an individual who wants to approach a healthcare facility about implementing Healing Touch as a new integrative modality, or as an add-on to an existing program. It is also excellent for Administrators, or someone who already works in the clinical setting that wants to begin an integrative care department with Healing Touch as the foundational modality, or wants to bring Healing Touch into an existing program. HTP Instructors and Practitioners who want to bring Healing Touch to a facility will find the HTICP manual an invaluable resource.

The HTICP manual includes:

  • Information on Healing Touch, Healing Touch Program, complementary and alternative medicine, integrative medicine, holistic nursing, current healthcare trends, available research,  and much more.
  • Setting the vision and intention for the Healing Touch program.
  • Guidance on gathering pertinent information on the facility and community that will establish the foundation for a successful implementation; tools for organizing and storing information; and templates for letters, scripts, presentations.
  • Strategies for:
    • Developing a strategic plan, business plan, and support for implementation
    • Planning and organizing communications
    • Engaging stakeholders
    • Establishing the necessary teams to implement Healing Touch as a pilot program in a strategically chosen department
  • Direction on gathering data that will show the benefits achieved from providing Healing Touch to patients that supports expansion into additional departments throughout the facility.

The package includes:
• 350 page color manual
• USB flash drive (containing docx, pptx, xlsx files)
• Booklet - Healing Touch Scope and Standards of Practice
• Brochures: Practitioner Brochure, Healing Touch Program Brochure, Introduction Booklet - What is Healing Touch?

As patient demand and healthcare mandates call for patient-centered care, the Healing Touch Integrative Program manual is the comprehensive tool that provides the process to answer the need.

To order visit the Healing Touch Store:

The Healing Touch Integrative Care Program: Integrating Healing Touch in the Clinical Setting is the most important and comprehensive document ever written about the translational, step-by-step, Healing Touch implementation process. It provides all the evidence and tools needed to begin a successful Healing Touch Integrative Care Program (HTICP) pilot program that can naturally flow to other departments. The many tools and guidelines can be customized to each hospital and organization leading to successful outcomes. This manual is also an important social contribution, because no society can flourish without the essential contributions of nurses. The HTICP can help nurses find their voice and step into their healing power in these chaotic times in healthcare.

Barbara Montgomery Dossey, PhD, RN, AHNC-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC
Author: Holistic Nursing: A Handbook for Practice (6th ed), The Art and Science of Nurse Coaching: A Provider's Guide to Coaching Scope and Competencies, and Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer

Healing touch and this new Manual is a blueprint for Caring Science and Human Caring Theory-guided practices. Healing Touch is a living example of energetic healing as a caring –healing modality consistent with philosophy and ethic of caring. This manual offers the process and the tools necessary to fully incorporate Healing Touch within the clinical setting. As nurses and other practitioners can be guided through this work to advance their healing gifts of touch by advancing caring-healing practices as the antidote for technology and dispirited providers and patients alike.

I highly recommend this comprehensive manual Healing Touch Integrative Care Program: Integrating Healing Touch in the Clinical Setting as a vital resource for staff and systems alike, longing for a balancing of high technology with healing touch and compassionate caring.

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN_BC, FAAN
Founder/Director Watson Caring Science Institute
Distinguished Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing

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