Healing Touch Disaster Response
Grantee: Kathy Allan RN, HN-BC, HTCP/I, SEP,NARM
Country: U.S.A.
Date: January 2016
Amount: $590

The purpose of the grant was to attend the Foundations of Disaster Response, May 2016, in San Diego CA to acquire training regarding the preparation and role of Healing Touch practitioners in disaster response efforts.

Foundations of Disaster Response for Healthcare Professionals Workshop

Los Angeles, CA
May 14-15, 2016

The workshop was an extremely valuable in identifying the absolute necessity to have proper training and sponsorship in order to be allowed to offer services. The government’s response to disasters is highly sophisticated and efficient with a clear command structure. Each position carries with it specific responsibilities, allowing those in charge to act effectively in meeting the demands of the situation. Without such a structure, there would be chaos.

All disasters go through specific phases and they each have common responses. Warning Phase – Ranges from no advance notice to days or weeks’ notice. Impact Phase – Actual onset of disaster. – varies Heroic Phase – People watch out for, protect, even risk own safety to save strangers. Honeymoon Phase – People initially pitch in and collaborate for the collective good. Inventory Phase – External resources begin to be distributed. Disillusionment Phase – Resource allocation is often seen as too little, too late, poorly distributed. Reconstruction Phase – People move beyond self-interest and start to rebuild.

The workshop made it clear that a training program would need to be developed for Healing Touch practitioners who want to work in disaster situations. Students need to learn the Incident Command Structure, the disaster response culture, and the dynamics of disaster situations. Healing Touch also needs to have an officially sponsored by an officially recognized organization such as Red Cross, Salvation Army, faith based organizations, and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

 

 

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Healing Touch Clinics
Instructor: Tim McConville
Country: Nepal
Date: April 2015
Amount: Combined with Teaching Level 4 Class

tim mcconville education grantMajor advancements toward spreading Healing Touch in Nepal were made in the spring 2015 by Tim and Pam McConville. In their partnership with Aparna Bhatta, HTCP/I, and accompanied by Ingrida Kancans-McLaughlin, HTCP, the team traveled throughout scenic Nepal offering their own time, talent and the treasure of their personal resources.

A variety of Healing Touch events, including both planned and spontaneous outreach activities were held. Three separate Introduction to Healing Touch sessions in Pokara and Katmandu where the total number of attendees surpassed one hundred people! Healing Touch sessions were offered to people in need as well as instructing and educating local health care and political communities on its benefits. A sixty minute session was given to the Deputy Prime Minister and another session was filmed for television viewing on Nepalese channels out of London. Opportunity abounded on this trip!

 

Healing Touch Clinics
Instructor: Tim McConville
Country: Nepal
Date: April 2012
Amount: Combined with Teaching Instructor Training Level 2, Level 2 and Level 3 Classes

Tim and Pam McConville in partnership with Aparna Bhatta, HTCP/I traveled throughout Nepal offering their own time, talent and their personal resources. A variety of Healing Touch events, including both planned and spontaneous outreach activities were held in conjunction with teaching Healing touch classes.

Healing for Fukushima, Help Enrich Lives by Creating Healing Touch Support in Community
Grantee: Hashiba Institute
Coordinator: Rumi Hashimoto
Date: September 2012
Amount: $3,000

With support from Fukushima University School of Nursing, Hashiba Institute staff, and volunteers provided a Healing Touch (HT) Level 1 class and Healing Touch clinic. Forty five residents of Fukushima participated in the HT Level 1 class taught in Japanese by Rumi Hashimoto MSN, RN, HTCP/I. In collaboration with the Fukushima Medical University school of Nursing, the Hashiba Institute also provided a free Healing Touch clinic to over 35 hospital staff, the first ever Healing Touch clinic in Japan. This work not only provided comfort, care, and healing to victims of the March 2011 tsunami, but also to the medical and healthcare staff who worked tirelessly caring for tsunami victims.

HT workshop attendees: 48

HT clinic attendees: 75

Staff Training for Hospice Healing Touch: A Pilot Program for Masonic Villages, Elizabethtown PA
Principal Investigator: Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
Coordinator: Donna Gobbo, RN
Date: September 2012
Amount: $3,000

The purpose of this project is to develop a Healing Touch (HT) pilot program that integrates HT as part of the routine care given to hospice inpatients. The training of 24 nursing staff and volunteers were trained in HT Level 1. These students provided 260 Healing Touch sessions in the Masonic Health Care Center. The sessions lasted from 15-30 minutes conducted on massage tables, wheelchairs or Baroda chairs. In surveys conducted following the sessions, 40-50% of recipients indicated that the Healing Touch session exceeded their expectations. Healing Touch educational displays were also attended by over 250 village residents.

  • To Empower People to Heal Themselves and Others through Healing Touch Sessions, Healing Touch Classes
    Grantee: Swan Center of the Association of the Whole Person
    Country: India and Sri Lanka
    Date: 2008
    Amount: $2,095 
  • To Recruit, Train, and Mobilize Volunteers to Serve in the AIDS Orphan Crisis in South Africa
    Grantee: The Light Center, Baldwin, KA
    Date: 2008
    Amount: $5,000
  • To support Healing Touch Outreach
    Grantee: Mary Frost
    Location: Tibet, China
    Date: 2007
    Amount: $2,000  

To provide Healing Touch Intervention for Cancer Patients
Principal Investigator: LifeSpark Cancer Resources
Co-Investigator: Sandy Priester
Date: 2006
Amount: $5,000

To provide Healing Touch with individuals with cancer. To coordinate 50 providers in the program, to attract new cancer patients to the program, and to screen, train and match new providers.

Healing Buddies matches Healing touch providers with cancer patients
Grantee: QuaLife Wellness Community
Coordinator: Sandy Priester
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 2004
Amount: $8,100

Healing Buddies matches Healing Touch and Reiki providers with cancer patients and other life-challenging illnesses. Sessions are provided for six months with an option to extension of another six months.

Healing Buddies matches Healing touch providers with cancer patients
Grantee: QuaLife Wellness Community
Coordinator: Sandy Priester
Location: Denver, CO
Date: 2002
Amount: $6,420

Healing Buddies matches Healing Touch and Reiki providers with cancer patients and other life-challenging illnesses. Sessions are provided for six months with an option to extension of another six months. Funding helped implement this program, funds were used for training of sixteen Buddies.