Healing Touch Principles & Practice Relate To Caritas Processes

By Good Sams own Healing Touch Practitioner, Nicole Kasemir, RN, HN, HTCP

“Healing Touch is an example of an intentional caring-healing modality grounded in ethics, philosophy, values and consciousness consistent with my original Theory of Human Caring and Transpersonal Caring. Thus, there is a convergence between my…work in Caritas Nursing and Healing Touch – they both work from an energetic framework of Universal Love as the basis for all healing and all caring-healing relationships”.
Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Founder, Watson Caring Science Institute.

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Jean Watson, Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado, can be viewed as the modern Florence Nightingale. Both of them developed a philosophy and a science of caring for the patients as whole people with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs, to support them on their healing journey. This perspective on caring, once adopted and practiced by the nurses, doctors and all caregivers, makes the patients feel respected, listened to and nurtured. This Caritas service behavior mentality eventually permeates into the caregivers’ behavior toward everyone they interact with, including their own awareness for their self-care needs.

Jean Watson was grateful to recognize in Healing Touch – its teaching, values and practice, the “embodiment” of her Caring Theory. Following is the parallel for each Caritas process found in Healing Touch Program, at all the levels of its curriculum. (Please refer to the poster above for the corresponding numbers.)

Healing Touch Principles

1 –  Practice with Heart Centered Consciousness in Self Care and Care Others
2 –  Establish Positive Framework – Faith and Hope
3-   Practice Self-care as a Means of Developing Sensitivity to Self and Others
4 –  Develop trusting and empowering relationships
5 –  Use nonjudgmental attitude to promote the expression of positive and negative emotions
6 –  Follow and trust the energy for creative problem solving
7 –  Follow the energy to promote awareness of the teaching moment
8 –  Hold the vision of wholeness and dignity for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual
9 –  Provide and promote care for the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well being of others
10 –  Allow for divine unfolding

Jean Watson Caritas Nursing Caring Theory and Healing Touch are being implemented at Good Samaritan Medical Center, as well as in many hospitals nationally and internationally and by other Healing Arts modalities.

For information on Healing Touch Therapy, Acupuncture, Massage, Nutrition Counseling and a myriad of classes, contact the Center for Integrative Medicine at (303) 673-1615 Nicole Kasemir, RN, HN, HTCP/I Nicole.Kasemir@SCLHS.net

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