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These three posters about Healing Touch with veterans have been presented at Healing Touch Program conferences and are available to download. Click on the poster to download it.


Seeding Healing Touch in VISN 12

a1sx2_Thumbnail1_visn12_poster.jpgOverview: The VA Great Lakes Health Care System (VISN 12), a group of seven VA medical centers and over thirty VA clinics, is dedicated to providing a comprehensive health care package to America’s veterans.  VA Great Lakes serves veterans who reside in northwestern Indiana, northern Illinois, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Three medical centers in VISN 12 have been actively seeding Healing Touch (HT): Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. In 2011 the first Healing Touch classes were taught at Hines VA Hospital and three Hines employees have completed Level 4 and are working on Level 5. As of 2014 17 HT classes have been taught at Hines, 5 HT classes have been taught at Zablocki and 12 at Jesse Brown. Students who have taken these classes are actively offering Healing Touch to Veterans through pain clinics, fairs, Stand Downs and in a variety of other ways.

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This poster was presented at the 2014 Healing Touch Program Worldwide Conference in Chicago, IL. Created by Walle Adams-Gerdts, RN, BA, HTCP/I and Paula Kanter Goldman, RN, BSN, HTP, it documents the referral process used at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hosptial for Children, Wilmington, DE.


In September 2012 a study published in Military Medicine compared the impact of Healing Touch and Guided Imagery plus treatment as usual in the study group (HT + GI + TAU) to treatment as usual only (TAU) in the control group on PTS symptoms, depression, quality of life and hostility in active duty military personnel. The group of 123 participants were randomly assigned to receive either 6 sessions of HT + GI + TAU over 3 weeks vs. TAU over 3 weeks. Statistical analyses (repeated measures analysis of covariance with intent-to-treat) revealed statistically and clinically significant reduction in PTSD symptoms (p < 0.0005, Cohen’s d = 0.85) as well as depression (p < 0.0005, Cohen’s d = 0.70) for the group receiving HT+GI vs. TAU. This same group also showed significant improvements in mental quality of life (p = 0.002, Cohen’s d = 0.58) and reduced cynicism (p = 0.001, Cohen’s d =0.49) vs. TAU group.

This well conducted study supports the use of Healing Touch in the care of military personnel with PTS. Further study is warranted.

Healing Touch with guided imagery for PTSD in returning active duty military: A randomized controlled trial. Military Medicine, 177 (9), 1015-1021, T Jain, S., McMahon, G.F. , Hasen, P., Kozub, M.P., Porter, V., King, R. & Guarneri, E.M. (2012).

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When implementing Healing Touch to use for patient care, the facility will want to establish policy and procedure guidelines. This sample Policy and Procedure document was taken from the Healing Touch Integrative Care Program: Integrating Healing Touch in the Clinic Setting manual.

Sample Healing Touch Policy and Procedure


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The Healing Touch Integrative Care Program: Integrating Healing Touch in the Clinical Setting manual provides the structure for implementing Healing Touch that includes useful tools to assist with each step in the process.

Co-authored by Dr. Lourdes Lorenz, DHA-abd, MSN-IH, RN, AHN-BC, NEA-BC, and Healing Touch Program, this comprehensive guide provides structure, process and digital tools for implementing an integrative care program in your facility.

The complete package includes:

  • Manual: 350 pages
  • USB flash drive wiht 100 digital tools that can be customized (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx files)
  • Healing Touch Scope and Standards of Practice booklet
  • Brochures: Practitioner Brochure, Healing Touch Program Brochure, Introduction Booklet - What is Healing Touch?

Download the datasheet for more information. HTICP Manual DataSheet.pdf

The manual is available on the Healing Touch Store website at http://www.healingtouchprogram.com/store/healing-touch-tools/healing-touch-integrative-care-program/.