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Social worker asks about doing research with Health Journeys audio

20 Jun
A dedicated young social worker at a dialysis center in Northern California wants to know our policy re: helping out with research projects testing the efficacy of guided imagery for her patients..
Question: Hi Belleruth, I have purchased A Meditation to Help with Dialysis and am so excited to have this as a resource to our patients. I am one of three MSW''s working at a Dialysis center in northern California which serves over 325 patients a week in a culturally diversified community.

I am hoping you can assist in providing a sample of your products that target kidney dialysis patients, as well as your Spanish version of General Wellness, Bienestar Global. I am piloting a study of its effectiveness with a sample of patients with hopes of getting a grant to do something on a much larger scale, as we have 17+ dialysis units, for both at home and for in-center treatment.

I would appreciate your consideration in this request. With much gratitude for the work you do, Joan R, MSW, Nephrology Social Worker.

Dear Joan,
We are always delighted to aid and abet any serious research efforts that study the efficacy of guided imagery. I’ll even personally help with refining the design, if that is needed - I’ve been involved in several studies by now, and pretty much know some winning designs that pass muster. If you have grant money, we like to get paid for our audio programs, but when necessary, we’ve provided the "intervention" either at cost, free of charge or as a download.

What we need from you is your proposal, ensuring that this is indeed a serious research effort and not just a round-about request for freebies. (Whenever we can, we do give out freebies to selected agencies that serve impoverished populations, but we’d go broke if we responded to everyone, so we need to be selective with this.) So just send us your proposal and research design, and let us look it over and get back to you.

And thank you for doing the work that you do. Having hung out in several dialysis centers while creating the imagery for this procedure, I have an appreciation for its complexity and difficulty. Hat’s off to you!
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