Background Information about Healing Touch Program and Healing Touch International
The purpose of this page is to make you aware of important distinctions about Healing Touch Program (HTP) and Healing Touch International education programs. We realize that you might not be aware that there is only one original twenty-one year old standardized program now owned and offered by Janet Mentgen's family. (Janet Mentgen is the founder of Healing Touch who developed the standardized curriculum in 1989) HTP's present CEO and Program Director were personally put in place by Janet Mentgen. Unfortunately, after Janet's passing a break-off group, Healing Touch International (HTI) that was originally part of Janet's organization began representing themselves as an educational "program" of HT when in fact they are supporting independent instructors who have developed individual UN-standardized courses that do not meet the standards or approval of Janet Mentgen's original Healing Touch Program.
Below is more explination so that you have a better understanding of this important distinction. The following points highlight why you should affiliate with HTP for your Healing Touch training.
The other faction, Healing Touch International (HTI), was established by Ms. Mentgen seven years after she created her curricular program through her business (HTP) in 1996. As the second certifying body for HT practitioners and instructors, its job was to maintain HT certification creditability and address the issue of certifying the growing number of non-nurses interested in HT certification. Janet also gave HTI the duty to serve as the professional membership organization for HT Program. Following Janet's death, with HTI having failed at buying HTP from Janet before she died, a few members of the HTI board of directors decided they wanted HTI to be the provider of Healing Touch instruction rather than just continuing in the role of certification and professional membership. In disregard of copyright and intellectual property laws, HTI now claims to be the "Original Healing Touch Certificate Program" encouraging people to think that "program" means curriculum and not its original intent of being a program that bestowed certificates to graduates of the HTP curricular program who met certification criteria.
HTI does not have a standardized curriculum and encourages instructors to put together their own collection of materials for each class taught. In addition to a myriad of ethical and legal breaches, HTI leaders are encouraging their instructors to use an outdated text, The Healing Touch Resource Guide by Delmar Press as the course manual, without having received permission from its author, Dr. Dorothea Hover-Kramer. Healing Touch Program has recently published a new guidebook Healing Touch Guidebook: Practicing the Art and Science of Human Caring by Dorothea Hover-Kramer, who also helped Janet Mentgen create the original course objectives 21 years ago. HTI has plans to create a curriculum; however, it would seem an impossible task to create curriculum materials that match the original program training without simultaneously creating ethical or legal issues related to intellectual property. The combination of no standardized curriculum and potential ethical issues related to copyright infringement should highlight a significant integrity concern for any groups, associated with the HTI offered classes.
Based on the limited information I have shared with you in this letter, we assure you that choosing to associate with Healing Touch Program is the best choice for a high quality, professional and consistent Healing Touch education. It is the only choice in terms of ethical and legal integrity.
If you are interested, Lisa Mentgen Gordon, CEO and owner of Healing Touch Program or Cynthia Hutchison, Healing Touch Program Director would be happy to provide more historical and legal detail to substantiate this letter.
For a more in-depth explanation about the split between these two organizations and to see the letter sent to the HT community on Nov 9, 2009 go here: The History and Relationship of Healing Touch Program and Healing Touch International: A document written in letter format to the Worldwide Healing Touch Community
Students wishing to transfer to HTP after taking a HTI class
For more information on the background of Healing Touch Program click here.
To read more about the history of the program go to: Healing Touch Program Timeline.