"Many nurses know the terminology that accompanies holistic
nursing, but to my knowledge, few have the excellent experiential
base that Shirley has in this work. My students consistently
rate her teaching as excellent. She is indeed a gifted
educator and practitioner."
- Joyce Larson-Presswalla, PhD, RN, Assistant
USF College of Nursing, Tampa, FL
Programs leading to National Credentials are available through IHCS.
The Certificate Program in Holistic
The Therapeutic Touch Mentorship Program
Various levels of development within each program are offered and include:
- Basic courses to become a Qualified Practitioner
- Courses leading to Certification, Credentialing and Re-Certification
- Courses leading to credential to become a Qualified
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN HOLISTIC NURSING
The Mentorship Program
"Preparing for the New Healthcare - Integrative Medicine!"
with Shirley Spear Begley
and an Internationally-Recognized Faculty:
Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN
Dr. Elizabeth M. Barrett, PhD, RN
Dr. Dorothy Woods Smith, PhD, RN
Dr. Joel Levey, PhD and Michelle Levey, MA
Nonie I. Muller, MSN, RN
and other experts in the field
IHCS is available
to provide On-Site Education Courses. Please call for further details
The Certificate Program in Holistic Nursing
and Healthcare is 2 consecutive
courses plus a Mentorship Program for integration of concepts into clinical
practice. Participants may take from one to five
Programs. This Program is based on the Core
Curriculum designed to meet the guidelines for Board Certification in
Holistic Nursing as set by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing
Corporation, these programs provide the required minimum 48 Contact Hours in
Holistic Nursing necessary to sit for the national examination.
Program I - The Healing Art of Caring (24 CE's) Core
Curriculum at Introductory Level
Program II - Mentorship Program - Please
see description below
Program III - Toward An Integrated Approach (24 CE's)
Intermediate Core Curriculum
Program IV - Review Course - (8 CE's) Approximately 6 weeks
before the twice yearly American Holistic Nurses National Certification
Examination, which is offered annually in March and October, a one day
refresher course will be provided in support of those nurses preparing to
sit for the examination.
Program V - Re-Certification Course - Advances in Holistic
Nursing - Provides continuing education credits necessary to renew Board
Certification in Holistic Nursing
Certificate Program is open to
not only nurses, but other healthcare professionals wishing to obtain an
in-depth understanding of integrative healthcare, holism, mind-body and
complementary therapies and their integration into conventional medicine and
nursing. The body of language and knowledge relating to holistic nursing
concepts and philosophies will provide the foundation for this program, yet
content is understandable and applicable for all interested professionals.
For those wishing to obtain the Certificate in Holistic Nursing and
Healthcare, The Mentorship Program must be completed. A Practicum
Project is selected by each participant, and will provide an on-going
connection and integration of the material into one's personal and
professional life between sessions. Projects relating to personal or
professional interests in holism will be selected and are to be completed
outside of classes. Reading materials will be provided and students will work
with a mentor.
Although Programs I & III meet the 48 hour continuing education requirement
necessary to apply for the national examination, further education through
the Mentorship Program is recommended to students, whether interested in
Board Certification or not. This
additional component provides for individual mentoring in holistic nursing
with an experienced holistic nurse mentor.
A Certificate in Holistic Nursing or Holistic Health will be awarded
to all participants completing ProgramsII & III, which
includes The Mentorship Program.
Additionally, 48 Continuing Education Credits for nurses, social workers,
mental health counselors & licensed massage therapists may be awarded for
the combination of Programs I & III. The Mentorship
Program is generally 16 contact hours over a 4
month time frame. Other customized programs are available to meet individual
students or organization’s needs.
This Program prepares nurses to sit for the National Certification Exam
in Holistic Nursing.
Those completing 48 contact hours and the
qualitative examination, after one year of holistic nursing practice will be
take the national Board Certification examination in Holistic Nursing and
passing score will be awarded board-certification (HN-BC) by the American
Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation. Holistic Nursing
Certification Examination offered by the American Holistic Nurses
Certification Corporation in March & October of each year in a location near
These Programs are:
1. Open to all healthcare professionals. The Program provides training for
those wishing to learn the foundations of holism and provides an in-depth
knowledge base. Certificates and continuing education credits recognized by
all states will be awarded to participants who complete the course.
2. The series of 2 Programs prepare nurses to meet the continuing education
requirements to sit for the National Certification Examination in Holistic
Nursing as awarded by the American Holistic Nurses Certification
3. Program time frames allow for incorporation of Holistic Nursing and
Integrative Healthcare Principles into one's personal and professional life.
4. Mentorship Program - Out of classroom learning enhanced with individually
designed Special Projects and mentoring in person when possible, and by
internet and phone for those not located in the Tampa Bay Area.
5. Early Registration
Discounts. Payment Plans Available. Pre-Registration Required.
6. Customized Programs
are designed to meet the needs of both individuals and institutions.
Please call Integrated Health Care
Systems, Inc and ask for Shirley Spear Begley at (727) 867-2666 Ext 1 or
CREDENTIALING PROGRAMS IN THERAPEUTIC TOUCH
A Mentorship Program in Therapeutic Touch
Credentialing Programs are available:
Touch Practitioner (QTTP)
Qualified Therapeutic Touch Teacher (QTTT)
Mentorships are available for those outside the
West Coast Florida area. Please contact
Shirley for further details that will meet your specific needs.
Qualified Therapeutic Touch
Become a Nationally Credentialed Qualified Therapeutic Touch Practitioner!
Nurse Healers-Professional Associates International, Inc. (NH-PAI), the
official organization of Therapeutic Touch
now provides national credentialing in TT. As integrative and complementary
healthcare becomes more respected, credentialing in these fields
become more desired as a means of validating the learning of a
practitioner of these methods. Medical Centers and
other institutions are looking for credentials in various modalities before
allowing their staff members to practice these methods within their clinical
settings. Further insurance companies are also looking for credentialed
practitioners before providing third party reimbursement. Most importantly,
the integrity of Therapeutic Touch will be maintained when practiced by
experienced practitioners mentored by those advanced in the
field and taught by qualified TT educators.
Many lay people (versus healthcare providers) take Therapeutic Touch and
utilize these methods with family and friends.
A Layperson is able to go through the credentialing process also, although
before "hanging out a shingle to practice Therapeutic Touch" one must check
with State Laws to know what licenses allow one "to use methods that include
touch" in your state. Please contact Shirley for guidance and further
information regarding your unique circumstances.
Shirley Spear Begley is a national presenter on Therapeutic Touch (TT) and
has taught thousands this method over the years.
She is recognized by Therapeutic Touch International Association/Nurse Healers-Professional Associates International as an Qualified Therapeutic Touch practitioner,
teacher and mentor (QTTT). She
sits on the Education Committee of the organization, lending her expertise
to the development of policies and procedures regarding the
inclusion of Therapeutic Touch in integrative healthcare.
Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN, Professor Emerita, New York University, and co-creator of Therapeutic Touch, initiated the Therapeutic Touch Invitational Mentorship Program at Pumpkin Hollow and Indralaya Retreat Centers. Shirley was selected by Dr. Krieger first as Mentor, then Coordinator and worked with her for many years in the development of the Therapeutic Touch Invitational Mentorship Program. In 2009, Dr. Krieger selected Shirley as the Program’s Director. This program is now offered in Florida annually in March.
Preliminary Requirement: 16 Hour Basic Therapeutic
Course (See Basic Therapeutic Touch I & II)
To apply for National Credential, completion of the
following will be necessary:
1. Basic TT Course
2. Year long Practicum and Therapeutic Touch Mentorship
3. Intermediate TT
Please contact Shirley for more
information and to see how you might begin
Qualified Therapeutic Touch Teacher
For those who have practiced Therapeutic Touch consistently over a number
of years, there is a
Mentorship Program created by Nurse Healers-Professional Associates
International and taught by
Shirley Spear Begley that is available to guide a student through the
process of becoming a Qualified
Teacher at the International level. As students often live in various states, a program that meets your needs
can be individually arranged.
Please contact Shirley for further
discussion and information.