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Foundations of Therapeutic Touch (Basic TT)
March 23 - 25, 2018

TT Practicum and Healing Retreat 
 March 26 - 28, 2018 

DaySpring Conference Center - Parrish, FL

Shirley Spear Begley, RN, BFA, HNB-BC, NCTMB, QTTT
and experienced faculty


Spiral Fractal*

Foundations of Therapeutic Touch, Practicum and Healing Retreat


What is Therapeutic Touch (TT)?*
 ... One of three most requested forms of complementary methods offered in hospital settings according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. 
... First taught in 1972 at New York University, now in hundreds of universities, medical centers, and private practices in 104 countries. 
... Seminars for health professionals with State Approved CEs.   Laypeople welcome!! 
* TT: the FIRST HEALING METHOD taught in a Western university setting, with research validating its effectiveness. 
* TT Research shows: TT promotes relaxation in 2-4 minutes, relieves: pain, stress, side effects of chemo & radiation, burns, wounds, childbirth, promotes healing & comfort, sleep, among many other benefits.
* Personal Benefits: You can work on yourself ~ TT promotes Self-Healing & Self-Care.
* This program has 16-30 State Approved Continuing Education Credits for Nurses, Licensed Massage Therapist, Social workers, Mental health counselors, Marriage & family therapists and Others.
* All inclusive Conference facility rates, room, meals, activities, sports! Contact us to share a room for greater savings.  


* Therapeutic Touch® is a holistic, evidence-based therapy that incorporates the intentional and compassionate use of universal energy to promote balance and well-being.

Introduction to Therapeutic Touch

Therapeutic Touch (TT) is a scientific intervention, first taught at New York University in 1972 by Dolores Krieger, PhD, RN.  It was co-created by Dr. Krieger and Dora Kunz, a natural healer. It was the first form of energetic healing taught in a Western university setting. TT has been found to be beneficial in a wide variety of health challenges. It can be used for personal health and healing and applied to benefit oneself. Therapeutic Touch is an intentional & consciously directed process of energy exchange practiced by many healthcare professionals and lay people. It is utilized in hundreds of medical centers in the US and has been taught in over 105 countries abroad. Currently over 50 doctoral dissertations have been accepted at various universities with nearly 30 post-doctoral researches on the TT process.


 Shirley Spear Begley, RN, BFA, HNB-BC, NCTMB, CCHT, QTTT and our experienced faculty members have taught TT since the 1980s and are highly experienced teachers and practitioners selected directly by Dolores Krieger as teachers and mentors. Shirley taught with and was selected by Dr. Krieger as the Coordinator, then as Director of the East Coast Therapeutic Touch Invitational Mentorship Program. Shirley is an internationally qualified TT teacher credentialed by Therapeutic Touch International Association.

Bev Zabler, PhD, RN, FNP has been practicing and teaching TT for many years. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. A long time practitioner and proponent of integrative healthcare, she was selected originally as a mentor by Dolores Krieger, the co-creator of TT. Bev served as a mentor for both the East Coast Mentorship Program in 2000 and 2008. She now mentors annually for the Therapeutic Touch Invitational Mentorship Programs in Florida and sits on the Integrated Health Care Systems’ Board of Advisors where she is highly valued for her assistance with programs and policies for the organization.   
Our faculty have practiced TT extensively and together they have taught TT to thousands of practitioners. They are known for their practical ability to translate challenging concepts and make them comprehensible. Student evaluations rate them very highly for their compassion and presence. Their collaborative style and belief that learning should be fun, make them wonderfully approachable and dynamic TT teachers.  Link to Bios

Additional Faculty are selected annually as teachers and mentors. 2018 – TBA.

Learning Objectives
The Basic Therapeutic Touch Seminar is the first course in Therapeutic Touch education. In a small group setting, the following objectives will be taught:

  • Learn Therapeutic Touch (TT) & apply the phases of the Therapeutic Touch process during supervised practice sessions.
  • Discover how to access your inner healer for personal growth and well-being.
  • Utilize TT for personal health and self-healing.
  • Identify basic scientific assumptions & theoretical frameworks central to TT, its international code of ethics and acceptance in conventional healthcare.
  • Learn how to incorporate TT into clinical practice and/or family life through a Practicum and Mentorship Program that nurtures your ability and development.
  • Discuss research of 40 years validating the effectiveness of TT in pain, immunity, stress, wound, fracture healing, burns, bereavement, childbirth & to diminish the side effects of chemo & radiation & more.

TT Practicum and Healing Retreat at DaySpring Conference Center 
Following the Basic TT Seminar is an optional 3 Day Supervised Practicum and Self-Healing Retreat.  
If you choose to join us, you won’t be sorry you stayed! Under the supervision of highly qualified teachers, you will be guided to learn and deepen your skills in energetic healing work, gaining greater confidence and competence in yourself and the TT process. Applications for personal use and working with your families, as well as in clinical practice settings will be covered. The TT Practicum will be based on the needs and interests of all participants. Reflective time is carved out during the TT Practicum to allow you quiet time and time in nature. Gentle, skillful guidance is provided to enhance your experience within the Healing Retreat.

A Natural Setting on the Manatee River 
 Amidst a beautiful natural setting on the Manatee River, reflective time is incorporated with rest and relaxation as a self-healing modality. Ceremonies, discussions, exercises, time for questions and answers as well as giving and receiving Therapeutic Touch with guidance are all part of this Practicum. An ecologically “green space,” there is a swimming pool, labyrinth, canoes, trails, oak canopy walk, tiki by the river, and more to give us the “down-time” we need to heal. Time to mingle with people of like-mind adds richness to the Program. For those who stay for the TT Practicum, free time in nature is scheduled as part of the Healing Retreat Time.
Kum Nye, Guided Imagery and Meditations, and Breathing for Stress Management are included in the uniqueness of this Program’s experience!  These methods add to your ability to more readily perceive energy during the TT process.

Where Can You Beat This? 
Discounted Early Bird Registration Rates!

OVERVIEW - For detailed information, see below.
Foundations of Therapeutic Touch
The Early Bird Registration ~ $195 ~ Postmarked by November 1, 2017! ($100 off the Full Registration) 
The Practicum and Healing Retreat ~ $195 Postmarked by November 1, 2017  

$385 for both Foundations of TT, Practicum and Healing Retreat (5 days) ~ The “Early Bird” Postmarked by November 1, 2017!!
Conference Center fees are in addition to TT Program Registration Fees and covers room, all meals, activities, and Conference Center amenities.

Commuter Rates ~ For those who prefer to travel to DaySpring each day, commuter rates have been arranged. These rates allow you to use the Conference Center amenities as arranged by Integrated Health Care Systems during Foundations of TT, Practicum and Retreat Time. As a commuter, $100 for 5 days is added to your Conference facility fees and 3 meals are $33/day. For more information please see meal breakout below & contact Shirley if you plan to commute.  727-337-4420

Prerequisites ~ None for Foundations of Therapeutic Touch Seminar
For TT Practicum & Healing Retreat: A Previous 12-16 Hour TT Seminar or the
Foundations of TT Seminar being offered March 23 – 25, 2018

Continuing Education Credits 
Foundations of TT Seminar offered March 23 – 25, 2018 = 16 CEs (+ $25)
TT Practicum & Healing Retreat offered March 26, - 28, 2018 = 14 CEs  (+$25)
Total 30 CEs 
30 CEs: State of Florida Approved CEs provided for 
Registered and Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurses
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists 
Licensed Massage Therapists 
Licensed Social Workers
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists 
Licensed Mental Health Counselors 
Other Professionals ~ CEs Available ~ Contact Us for Details
Most States offer reciprocity of continuing education courses approved by Florida’s State Boards. It is recommended that you Check with your State Boardto be sure.
Laypersons Welcome! Please Come!
When Should I Take the Therapeutic Touch Invitational Mentorship Program?
If you have had Basic TT before, call us to see if you qualify for the TT Invitational Mentorship Program at DaySpring that runs concurrently with the Foundations of TT, TT Practicum and Healing Retreat.
On the Foundations of TT Seminar
"I enjoyed the honest down-to-earth way Bev presented the material and explained the processes."
"Shirley is a dynamic teacher. She set in motion a beautiful natural flow... engaging, informative, inviting, encouraging."
"Hearing the TT research has shown me its' valuable benefit & outcomes."
"Bev was terrific. She created an intimate space for learning and sharing. There was full acceptance of my learning process."
"I've learned many healing techniques yet TT is so effective in a clear and simple way!  
It emphasizes compassion & presence. Shirley embodies these qualities & is the teacher I've been looking for." 
"THIS Foundations of TT (Basic TT) course was equivalent in value to 2 years of reading I'd done on my own. The seminar left me with a new energy and direction in my life!"

On The TT Practicum
"The TT Practicum was fantastic, & practicing with your continued guidance helped me better integrate the knowledge from the Basic TT seminar." 
"Returning to this program after some years, I was able to 'fill in the gaps' in my learning & practice. My effectiveness has grown enormously." 
"The TT Practicum was fantastic, & practicing with your continued guidance helped me better integrate the knowledge from the Foundations of TT seminar."
"Without a doubt, this Mentorship and Practicum has been a deeply propelling force in my TT journey. I am practicing now with confidence."
“I've learned many healing techniques, yet TT is so effective in a clear and simple way!  It emphasizes compassion and presence. Shirley embodies these qualities & is the teacher I've been looking for."

**Foundations of TT, Practicum and Healing Retreat**
                        Registration Fees and Conference Center Information 

Early Registration Discounts and Payment Plans Available!!
Registration Must Be Postmarked or in PayPal by the Dates Listed Below
PayPal Online Payments ~ add a $12 transaction fee to the cost of Registration.

Conference Center Fees (all inclusive) are in addition to TT Program Fees
Please see below for both Fees and Due Dates.

Need a roommate? Let us know!

Commuter Rates:
(If You Do Not Plan to Stay at DaySpring) 
(ADD $100 for resort use to the 5 day TT Program registration fees plus Breakfast $8, Lunch $10, Dinner $15 for each day you plan to eat meals at DaySpring. All 3 Meals are $33/day.) Meals must be arranged in advance.
TT Program Rates: 
Foundations of TT (Basic TT) ~ March 23 – 25, 2018 only
$195 ~ The “Early Bird” Special Registration ($100 Discount off Full Registration) Postmarked and Paid in Full by November 1, 2017 (For 16 CEs, add $25) 
$295 Full Registration ~ Postmarked & Paid in Full after November 1, 2017 (For 16 CEs, add $25)
Late Registration ~ Call for Availability
TT Practicum and Healing Retreat ~ March 26 - 28, 2018 
$195 ~ The Early Bird Registration Fee ~ Postmarked & Paid in Full by November 1, 2017 (For 14 CEs add $25)
$260 Full Registration Fee ~ Postmarked & Paid in Full after November 1, 2017 (For 14 CEs add $25)
Late Registration ~ Call for Availability. 

Payment Plans Available – Call 727-337-4420 or email Shirley
Course Registration Fee and CEs
The CE fees listed above are for one discipline only, i.e. RN or LMT or LCSW, etc. If multiple CE's are desired for additional disciplines (RN and LMT, etc,) add $35 per additional discipline.
Program Cancellation Policy  
Due to IHCS financial commitments to DaySpring, cancellations must be received in writing and postmarked by January 1, 2018) to Shirley at Integrated Health Care Systems at the address listed below, to receive program registration refund minus a 15% processing fee. After this date, registration balance may be transferred within the same year and applied as credit toward the cost of another IHCS Program.
Program Changes
IHCS reserves the right to make program changes as necessary, and the right to cancel a program if minimum enrollment has not been reached or events occur beyond reasonable control.


CONFERENCE CENTER FACILITY RATES – These are in addition to Therapeutic Touch Program Registration Fees.  
Conference Center fees include your room, bath, linens, 3 meals per day and use of all amenities and activities during your stay.  If staying in dorm, please see below.
Private Rooms:  $130 per person per night or $650 for 5 nights with private bath and linens.
Shared Rooms: $94 per person per night or $470 for 5 nights. (2 persons per room). Linens Provided. Some rooms share bath with another room’s occupants.  Roommate Service provided. To share a room with another course participant, please contact Shirley when you register for the Program.
Dormitory: $70/day or $350 for 5 nights – Bottom bunks only. Includes bed with common bath in dormitory. Pillow and blanket provided. You may bring your own linens or pay $7.00 for one set of linens (sheets, cases and towels)
Getting Here 

Tampa International Airport services the area. DaySpring is 1 hour south of Tampa International Airport by car.  Rental cars and Hired Cars are available to get you from the airport to DaySpring.
We will Match Travelers to help with Shared Transportation Costs. To do so, you must arrive by 2:00 PM to the Tampa International Airport. If coming from the West Coast or Europe or are unable to arrive by 2:00 PM, please contact Shirley prior to making your reservation. Contact us early for more information. 
Start Time
The Program starts promptly on Friday, March 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM.  We will meet in the Lounge at 5:00 PM for a Social Gathering. Please plan to arrive at DaySpring between 2:00 and 3:00 PM.
Check in is 3:00 PM. Check out is 10:00 AM.

Link to Photos
Link to Room Accommodations
Link to Faculty Bios

For More Information Please Contact 
Shirley Spear Begley
TT Mentorship Program Director
Founding Director 

Integrated Health Care Systems , LLC
3945 49th Avenue South 
St Petersburg, FL 33711 
Phone: (727) 337-4420 
Fax (727) 867-8580 


*NOTE: On Spiral Fractals: The above spiral design is a fractal also sometimes called a cosmic recursive. From our research we learned that during World War I, a French mathematician named Gaston Julia was probably the first to draw a fractal. Benoit Mandelbrot is normally seen as the father of fractals. He played a pivotal role in the development of the branch of mathematics called "chaos theory," the study of very complex dynamical systems. Fractals are used to model the behavior of complex and almost unpredictable systems. The above design is by an artist unknown to us. We are grateful to share this image with you. If the artist becomes known, credit will be provided.

© Shirley Spear Begley, 2018