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Healing Touch Guidebook, Practicing the Art and Science of Human Caring Paperback – December 15, 2009
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About the Author
Dorothea Hover-Kramer, Ed.D., RN, D.CEP is a founding elder of HT, cofounder and past president of ACEP, a counselor in private practice and author of seven books about energy therapies including her most recent, Second Chance at Your Dream: Engaging your body s energy resources for optimal aging, creativity and health and Healing Touch Guidebook: Practicing the art and science of human caring.
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Healing Touch split into 2 organizations, Healing Touch International (non profit) and Healing Touch Program (for profit). The Hover-Kramer books are under Healing Touch Program. As of the writing of this review, International does not have a similar comprehensive book and the practice is the same no matter which organization you learned from so this book is a great resource for the Healing Touch practitioner no matter the organization. I reviewed the previous version and the guide was aimed at health care professionals and was a bit too clinical for the layman Healing Touch: A Guide Book for Practitioners, 2nd Edition (Healer Series). This newer guide strikes a better balance between appealing to the health care professional and the layman. It seems the split in organization and changing times has fueled a new direction and the desire to appeal to a wider audience by both organizations.
Healing Touch is a composite of different energy work modalties and resources such as Therapeutic Touch, Joy's Way, Barbara Brennan's Hands of Light, etc. so if your familiar with these sources you may not find much new in terms of practice. It seems to me they mostly looked for resources from people with M.D., PH.D, or R.N. after their name. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I just want you to get an idea of the organizational mindset. So far the courses I have taken have been taught by a R.N. There are no attunements, symbols, special prayers, etc. required to do Healing Touch. My understanding is that it is also approved by the Catholic church for those with such concerns. If you prefer something that's not as new age as some of the other books or modalities out there this may be what you are looking for and the way things are put forth in the book may be useful if you are working with health care professionals.
Both Healing Touch organizations encourage people to start practices and obtain the certification. Personally I find I use a lot of the techniques from Level 1 so if you're not interested in a practice or certification Level 1 is sufficient. Not everyone is meant to run a practice or will make money at it. I have also taken Reiki and Quantum Touch and continue to explore more about energy work/spirituality as do most of the other energy work practitioners I know. In practice Reiki is simpler. Healing Touch also doesn't really cover distance healing at this point so Reiki and Quantum Touch helped me to be comfortable with distance healing (we presently use this for patients in isolation. I do volunteer energy work at local hospitals and a hospice). I also feel the attunements can help clear some of energetic blockages and improve wellness so Reiki provides a more consistent avenue for channeling energy if you've got an issue there, but I don't care for the use of the symbols and some won't want Reiki used on them. Plus, at this point there are so many types of Reiki out there it's a bit of a wild west show and hard to keep up on them all and what they all do or require. I learned the Western style Reiki from William Lee Rand's branch of Reiki. Quantum Touch is also an easy to use and complements both Reiki and Healing Touch modalities. Quantum Touch adds the use of breathing/pranayama to the healing modality. I have not found any healing modality to be the "it" and being able to offer a choice to the recipient is an advantage as some have a preference.
If you are interested in getting certified in an energy work modality, certification in Healing Touch requires more than just taking the courses. You'll be documenting things, putting in hours of practice, writing book evaluations, hooking up with a mentor, etc. The courses between Program and International will not be accepted by the other organization so once you start off with one of the organizations you will have to stick to that organization. You can go the websites for Healing Touch Program and Healing Touch International for information on classes, what's taught in the different levels, etc. I believe both organizations also offer a free newsletter so you can also acquaint yourself with some energy work topics and the Healing Touch organizations through this avenue. International has issues of the newsletter at their website. Sorry, but because of restrictions for the Amazon reviews I cannot leave the links of the websites here. There may also be some YouTube videos on Healing Touch you can watch.
For those that are interested there is also a book available for introducing energy work to children My Helpful Healing Touch, A Guide for Empowering Children