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About Us

Healing Touch Program leads the world in training energy practitioners. 

The Healing Touch Program is an international, multi-level educational program in energy based medicine therapy. The Healing Touch Program curriculum, progresses from beginning to advanced practice. As a professionally accredited program, the curriculum encompasses increasing levels of practice and techniques, standards of care, code of ethics and scope of practice.

"Inspiring and empowering humanity to achieve holistic health, healing and well-being"

Our Vision Statement:

To represent the Healing Touch Program and be recognised as the major energy medicine specialist organisation in Australia for the holistic health, healing and well-being of the Australian community.

Our Mission Statement:

The Association Inc. will promote the Healing Touch Program and offer and coordinate Healing Touch classes in Australia. Additionally, the Association Inc will provide support for Healing Touch students, practitioners and instructors of the Healing Touch Program curriculum to enhance the learning experience and create a strong professional environment for those involved in Healing Touch.

Our Objectives:

As the peak Healing Touch organisation in Australia, the Association Inc. will:

  • promote the provision of Healing Touch (HT) as an energy therapy under the Healing Touch Program (HTP) Scope of Practice and Code of Ethics for the benefit, health and well-being of Australian community;

  • establish and expand the HTP in Australia under the auspices of HTP in the United States of America (USA)

  • support and encourage the preparation and ongoing education and training of all HTP students, apprentices, practitioners, certified practitioners and instructors, and qualified mentors using the approved HTP curriculum and educational opportunities;

  • promote and publicise HTP by organising and coordinating relevant events such as classes, workshops, meetings, events and seminars;

  • liaise and communicate with the HTP CEO and Education Program Director in the USA in relation to the development and expansion of HTP in Australia;

  • provide a vehicle for linking Chapters of Healing Touch Professional Association (HTPA) together as one organisation

  • linked to Healing Touch Professional Association in the USA.

For more information on the Healing Touch Program in the United States of America, click here.

Janet Mentgen and the Healing Touch Story

Janet Mentgen, RN, BSN was an energetically sensitive nurse. Her drive was to deepen and expand the connection between nurses and their patients. She saw the positive effect of touch while using various energy techniques and modalities. Janet began using her energy based healing skills in 1980.

Janet was a practicing nurse for 43 years. Her early work was with the U.S. Navy, then as an emergency room nurse, and then home health care nurse. Her real love of patients and the nurse connection began emerging as she developed her "healing touch" methods. She shared her methods by teaching continuing education classes for nurses at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado. Her research, with the application within her private practice, and her teaching of energy medicine earned her the Holistic Nurse of the Year Award from the American Holistic Nurses Association in 1988.

The Janet Mentgen Story

In 1989, Janet formally created Healing Touch as an energy medicine program. It began in 1990 as the Healing Touch certificate program sponsored through the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) which coincided with the provider-ship of continuing education for nurses by the Colorado Nurses Association.  In 1993, certification of Healing Touch Practitioners began and was administered by AHNA. That same year, Janet formed The Colorado Centre for Healing Touch dedicated to bringing Healing Touch to millions of people throughout the world. 

 In 2008 the certification process was moved to the Healing Touch Certification Board.  Its purpose is to administer the Healing Touch certification process for Practitioners and Instructors.

In 1997, the Healing Touch Worldwide Foundation, Inc., was founded by Janet as a non-profit charitable organisation. Janet's intent for Healing Touch Worldwide Foundation was to receive and distribute funds to assist, encourage and advance the philosophy, objectives and techniques of Healing Touch therapy. This was primarily accomplished through funding of grants for research and humanitarian projects around the world.

Within these few short years, Janet Mentgen revolutionised the medical model to include a clinical approach to energy based therapy. Her legacy lives on through the Certified Instructors and Certified Practitioners and thousands of students who are bringing a holistic approach to healing. Healing Touch emphasizes compassionate, heart-centred care in which the provider and client are equal partners in facilitating wholeness. Healing Touch restores harmony, energy and balance within the human energy system and supports the self-healing process of becoming whole in body, mind, emotion and spirit. Healing Touch complements conventional health care and is used in collaboration with other approaches to health and healing.

Due to the extraordinary success of the program, the company began using its other legal name, Healing Touch Program™, in June of 2005. This change recognized the global expansion of Healing Touch in hospitals, communities, hospices, clinics, schools of nursing, and the long term care centers throughout North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and New Zealand.

To ensure the continued growth of the Healing Touch Program™, Janet transferred the ownership of the Healing Touch Program™ to her children; Bill, Lynn and Lisa in May of 2005. On September 10, at the 2005 annual International Healing Touch Conference held in Breckenridge, Colorado, Janet announced her retirement and the transfer of leadership to her children in the midst of 600 conference attendees. In terms of clinical and professional direction, Janet mentored Cynthia Hutchison, RN, DNSc, HTCP/I as her chosen Program Director from 2003 through to her death. She then passed on the directorship role to Cynthia in May of 2005 in sacred ceremony with HT instructors at Shadowcliff Retreat Center, the location where she birthed the idea of Healing Touch.

Securing her legacy, Janet died on September 15, 2005.

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