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Nurse asks about training for holistic modalities..

29 Nov
A nurse working full time asks about where she can find certification and training in various holistic modalities - imagery, massage, aroma therapy and energy healing - while continuing to work in her "day job"
Hello. I work in healing as an RN. I have been in all different roles and settings. My heart has always been geared to be a catalyst for peace, joy and love. I would like to continue as an RN while further expanding my practice to include guided imagery, massage, aroma therapy and energy healing. Do you know of any programs that would certify an RN to practice these? Thank you,


Dear Katherine,
One of the best, all-round, holistic training programs is run by Jim Gordon’s Center for Mind-Body Medicine. Click on to learn more about times and places. Sometimes the focus is on cancer, sometimes on trauma and sometimes general, mind-body-spirit healing, but either way, the content is cutting edge, wide-ranging and relevant. This would be the best "one stop shopping" for all the things you mention, and there are intensive learning programs that last for several days located at various sites around the U.S.

For more specific focus on guided imagery, there is a wonderful program called Beyond Ordinary Nursing, designed specifically for nurses, which you can find at It’s run by two nurses, Terry Reed and Susan Ezra, and people just rave about it. These certificate trainings are also designed for working people, and use a handy format of several days intensive training sessions at a time, with supervised practicum and homework assignments.

In addition, The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) has an outstanding conference each December in Hilton Head, where several certificate programs are offered in pre-conference and post conference institutes. They have high standards, and you are assured of getting high quality training on a host of areas. You can find them at - this year’s conference is coming up soon - December 6-12.

Each of these top-notch learning venues provide an added benefit of allowing you to network with like-minded people who have similar dedication and interest to yours.

I hope this is a help. It’s certainly a place to start. Good luck!

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award