goals of The Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario are to:
- Connect individuals
- Promote educational
opportunities in Therapeutic Touch
- Encourage research
- Foster consensus
on professional guidelines for practice and conduct
Goals of TTNO will be accomplished by:
- Maintaining a computerized
list of Practitioners who will give sessions in Therapeutic Touch
- Providing information
on approved Therapeutic Touch™ workshops
- Encouraging Practitioners
to regularly upgrade and update their skills
- Providing for Teachers
of Therapeutic Touch; a forum to exchange ideas and enhance their teaching
skills, assistance with course curriculum, and teaching aids and materials.
- Publishing a newsletter
for members and interested parties.
Evelyn Smith MacKay,
Alison Cooke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Keith, email@example.com
Practice Group Liaison: Shirley Allsworth, firstname.lastname@example.org
Crystal Hawk, email@example.com
Karen Hobden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brenda McNee, email@example.com
Mei-Fei Elrick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: 416-231-3520; email@example.com
THE PRACTICE OF THERAPEUTIC TOUCH BY HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS
The practice of Therapeutic
Touch is not limited to health care providers and has moved into the community.
Practitioners include all generations in all walks of life. Practitioners
who fulfill specific requirements to become Recognized Practitioners of
the TTNO can be licensed by Municipal By-Laws and can be covered by errors
and omissions insurance.
PRACTICE OF TT BY NURSES
In Ontario Therapeutic
Touch can be administered under clause 7.1 of the Standards of Nursing
Practice which states "
promotes comfort-by using touch, massage
and stress reduction techniques". The College of Nurses maintains
that "The decision as to whether TT is an acceptable treatment modality
is the responsibility of the nursing, and administrative authority of
the agency/institution. Once this decision has been reached, Therapeutic
Touch can become a part of the recognized plan of care". Hospitals,
nursing agencies and visiting nurses are now accepting TT as a nursing
procedure. GUIDELINES FOR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR INSTITUTIONS are
available from TTNO.
Therapeutic Touch is a natural human potential which can be actualized through the intent
to help or enhance the recipients own ability to support themselves towards
wholeness. It is a skill that requires sensitivity and needs to be initially
practised with supervision and feedback. The basic course in Therapeutic
Touch™ consists of 3 days (24 hours) of instruction addressing the cognitive
and experiential aspects.
EFFECTS OF THERAPEUTIC TOUCH™
doctoral & post doctoral dissertations as well as master thesis have been
done on Therapeutic Touch. In early 1994, Therapeutic Touch was the recipient
of a research grant awarded to alternative therapies by the United States
National Institute of Health, Washington, D.C. Research and clinical experience
have shown its effectiveness in:
promotion of relaxation
and eliciting the Relaxation Response
reduction of anxiety
changing the patient's
perception of pain;
facilitating the body's
natural restorative processes.
Touch is a process that is always individualized and usually does not
exceed 20 minutes. The recipient remains fully clothed.
Click here for a list
of published papers and research from those used in
a recent meta-analysis of Therapeutic Touch Research. For further information
about this Meta-Analysis contact Patricia Winstead-Fry, PhD, RR #1, Box
2690, Pawlet, Vermont 05761; healer