Reiki and the Healing of Sexual Trauma
Kate Lampe, L.P.C. and Mary Benner, M.A.
The Veterans Health Administration has sounded the call for patient-centered care, making a commitment to transforming health care for this country’s veterans. This significant development indicates that the VA system is “prepared to move beyond the primarily ‘find it, fix it’ model of disease care to a personalized, proactive approach to health creation driven by the individual needs of the veteran, addressing the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences” (Dr. Tracy Gaudet, Director of VA Office of patient-Centered Care and Cultural Transformation).
In keeping with this new initiative, a VA Hospital in Massachusetts has made a first step to train nurses in Reiki practice in order to provide veteran-centered care to improve and optimize the health and well being of its patients. Elise Brenner will discuss the creation of a pilot program for Reiki Training of nurses at this hospital, including how she created assessments for nurses to measure outcomes of their Reiki treatments with their veterans, and the need for built-in follow-up so that Reiki practice can become part of the culture at this hospital.
Elise Brenner shares her experiences in order to guide others who may wish to be part of this radical shift in approach to health and wellness in the Veterans Health Administration system.
Elise M. Brenner Ph.D. has been a Reiki volunteer in hospice care, at Brigham and Women's Hospital, at Veterans Wellness Clinics, for Boston Marathon First Responders, and in Reiki Fundraisers for Rosie’s Place in Boston, ALS Compassionate Care, and The Alzheimer’s Association.
Her practice, Brenner Reiki Healing, located in Newton, Massachusetts, provides private Reiki sessions; a monthly low-cost Reiki Clinic open to the public; all levels of Reiki Training; Continuing Education Workshops for Reiki practitioners and teachers; and a monthly Reiki share for Reiki practitioners and students of all levels and lineages.
Veteran-Centered Care through Reiki Training of VA Hospital Nurses
Elise M. Brenner, PhD.
Congratulations! Reiki is becoming mainstream! In our talk, we will discuss both the challenges and opportunities for Reiki practitioners as you take your place as professionals in the health-care arena. Our discussion will include what you need to know in this new transformational phase -- legally and ethically. Natural Healing Alliance www.naturalhealingalliance.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Lieberman is the co-founder of the Natural Healing Alliance and the Elila Center for Natural Healing. She has a B.S.N. in Nursing, MBA in Healthcare Administration, and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has been a Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) practitioner for 15 years and is on the national faculty of the JSJ Certification Program. She is also a Reiki practitioner, is a certified Medical Qi Gong Therapist and teaches Medical Qi Gong to healthcare professionals in hospitals. Her private practice is in Berkeley Heights, NJ.
Andrea Grace is the co-founder of the Natural Healing Alliance and the Elila Center for Natural Healing. She has been practicing natural healing arts for over 10 years. She is a certified Qi Healer, an experienced Reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and Reiki Master Teacher, a facilitator of Byron Katie’s “The Work,” and is a Certified Hypnotist, specializing in Dolores Cannon’s method of Quantum Healing Hypnosis. Andrea works with individuals and families in private sessions. She also designs and facilitates meditation, natural healing and spiritual development programs in the US, Australia and Europe.
Elise M. Brenner, Ph.D.
What Every Reiki Practitioner Needs to Know: Practical and Legal Tips
Susan Lieberman, MBA,BN,LMT and Andrea Grace, MA, RMT, Cht
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Kate Lampe, L.P.C
Mary Benner, M.A.
Sisters Kate Lampe and Mary Benner, together with their sister Liz Jordan, co-facilitate “Days of Healing,” a healing series to restore the delicate balance of the body mind and spirit after sexual trauma. The workshop utilizes trauma sensitive yoga, energy medicine, Reiki, psychodramas and Heart Rhythm Meditation. The “Days of Healing Workshop” site is Kate and Mary share personal stories in recovery, what works and what makes healing a little harder. They describe how the facilitator’s nervous system affects the client and how the client’s nervous system affects the healer. They address what happens to the client when trauma is locked in the body and how Reiki helps to heal the condition.
Kate Lampe, L.P.C. is a licensed professional counselor and experienced presenter with decades of experience working with trauma. Her practice in Emmaus can be located at www.katelampe.com.
Mary Benner, M.A. originally trained as a registered nurse, has an MA in Theology and Pastoral Ministry, is an Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner, and a Reiki Master/Teacher. She is newly relocated from Toms River, NJ to the Lehigh Valley. Reach Mary at www.clearpathenergy.com.
Lu Whitaker delves into her thousands of Reiki sessions with active duty army personnel to bring the reality of treating PTSD soldiers with Reiki to us in a compelling narrative. She offers insight and depth as she details the situations soldiers face in their recovery. She was privileged to serve at Ft. Hood, Texas in the Reset Program with a cadre of complementary therapists in one of the most successful programs ever to be developed for soldiers. She will describe the program, which was a five-year contract.
For the past five years, Lu Whitaker has been the lead Reiki Practitioner for the Warrior Combat Stress Reset Program at Fort Hood, Texas. She has been part of a team organized to provide an innovative treatment approach to active duty soldiers with PTSD. This holistic approach used counseling, massage, acupuncture, reflexology, and Reiki to provide help to soldiers with war trauma. In this capacity, Lu has done over 6,000 Reiki sessions with active duty soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lu Whitaker has 25 years experience as a Reiki Master. She has trained hundreds of other Reiki Practitioners and Reiki Masters during her classes in Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities. She began training in 1990 with Usui Shiki Ryoho and since then has been certified in Quan Yin Joray and Karuna Reiki. In 1999, she studied Japanese Reiki Techniques in Dallas studying with Frank Arjava Petter and is now certified as a Jikiden Reiki® Shoden & Okuden Practitioner. She is certified to teach Jikiden Reiki® Shoden level courses through the Jikiden Reiki Institute in Kyoto, Japan.
Healing Stories: Using Reiki with PTSD Soldiers