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Nursing Brings Healing Touch to UST

Healing hands perform energy work on a patient.The Psi Iota Nursing Honor Society will partner with the Healing Touch Program and Healing Touch-Certified Instructor Dr. Connie Silva to bring a series of the program’s workshops to the University of St. Thomas.


Introduction to Healing Touch: Feb. 9 and July 6

Noon - 6 p.m.

Healing Touch Level 1: Feb. 23-24, March 16-17 (Spanish) and Aug. 3-4

8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Healing Touch Level 2: April 6-7 and Sept. 28-29

8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Healing Touch Level 3: June 1-2 and Nov. 2-3

8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Peavy School of Nursing

Registration fee for the introductory workshop is a donation of $35 for regular participants and $15 for students of any discipline (with student ID). Regular HTP tuition fee is $497 per workshop. However, those making a commitment to take all three foundation workshops through the Peavy School of Nursing receive a package discount. In addition, this will be the first year that courses are offered in Spanish.

About the Courses

The Healing Touch Program, developed in 1989 by Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN, is open to people from all health disciplines and all walks of life and incorporates a balance of energy within a patient. For this reason, energy therapy is often a part of a holistic approach to nursing.

Introduction to Healing Touch provides an opportunity for participants to experience the effects of energy-based techniques that promote relaxation, stress reduction and mental peace in addition to calmness and pain management.

Additionally, participants can take foundation courses that cover techniques for the management of specific health issues, Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice and Self-Care.

“Its main purpose is to develop awareness of energy work by experiencing the effects of simple techniques,” Silva said.

The purpose of Healing Touch is to clear, balance and harmonize disruptive energies in a person’s system, whether this be physically or mentally manifested. For instance, the practice is called the “laying of the hands" within the Bible.

“It is quoted over and over again when Jesus Christ reached out to people in distress to soothe, comfort and heal,” Silva said. “Where was that intention and energy coming from? It is a glowing light that emanates and expands from His heart center to His head and shoulders, and His entire Being, an energy light that extends beyond the level of the skin. That’s what you see in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.”

Contact Dr. Silva at subtle.energy2@yahoo.com with questions or registrations.

Story by Katie Fleming