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Scope of Practice

HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program
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This Scope of Practice statement defines four Courses of Healing Touch Practice.


I. Student of Healing Touch International has at the minimum completed a Course 1 course taught by a Certified Healing Touch Instructor and is actively participating in the Healing Touch educational program.

II. Healing Touch International Practitioner (HTI-P) has completed the 100 contact hour preparation coursework within Courses 1 through 5 and has received a Certificate of Completion issued by Healing Touch International.

III. HTI Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP) is a Healing Touch Practitioner who, in addition to completing the program, met the certification criteria and was approved by the Healing Touch International Inc. Certification Board.

IV. HTI Healing Touch Course 1 Instructor-in-Training has completed the HTI Course 1 Instructor Training and is working on the continuing coursework required by the HTI Healing Touch Instructor Certification Application.

V. HTI Certified Healing Touch Instructor (CHTI) is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner who in addition has completed the HTI Course 1 Instructor Training and has met the certification criteria by the HTI Certification Board.

VI. HTI Healing Touch Course 2, 3, 4, or 5 Instructor-in-Training is an HTI Certified Healing Touch Instructor (CHTI) who has completed the HTI Instructor Training for the advanced class Course and is working on the continuing coursework required to be approved as an instructor for the corresponding class Course.

VII. HTI Healing Touch Course 2, 3, 4, or 5 Instructor is an HTI Certified Healing Touch Instructor (CHTI) Course 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 has completed the coursework for the corresponding class instructor Course and is approved by the HTI Instructor Advancement Committee to teach the corresponding class Course.

The Healing Touch curriculum is designed as a multi-Course continuing education program. As a continuing education model, it builds upon an individual's previous foundational health care professional preparation.

Each Course includes both didactic and experiential learning in which participants use specific healing interventions. The program of study is carefully sequenced in five Courses of instruction: Courses 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Certificates of attendance with approved continuing education credits are issued at the completion of each Course.

The Healing Touch student undergoes a rigorous and comprehensive program that includes 100 hours of standardized curriculum with Certified Healing Touch Instructors. After completion of Course 4, the student begins a minimum one-year mentorship with a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and documents a minimum of 100 Healing Touch sessions. The Healing Touch Certificate Program places emphasis on self-care and development of the student. In addition, the student participates in an extensive reading program as well as a wide variety of complementary therapies.

Prior to 1996, certification was provided by the American Holistic Nurses' Association. Healing Touch International Inc.'s Certification Board has provided certification since 1996.

Healing Touch International is a non-profit educational corporation established in March 1996. It provides the following programs and services:

  • Certification as a Healing Touch Practitioner
  • Certification as a Healing Touch Instructor
  • International Directory of Certified Practitioners and Instructors
  • International Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice for Healing Touch Practitioners
  • International Scope of Practice Statement
  • Ethics Committee
  • Healing Touch Research
  • Integrative Health Care Nurse Consultant Program
  • Annual International Conference
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Continuing Education
  • HTI Healing Touch Certificate Program
  • Professional Development
  • Leadership and Support for countries developing Healing Touch programs

The legal basis for Healing Touch practice is the same as for manual and biofield interventions. The legal basis for practice is inherent under the auspices of the professional preparation of the practitioner who adds Healing Touch to his/her foundational discipline. The individual's professional discipline, educational preparation, and credentials provide the legal parameters for the practice of Healing Touch. This holds true for any manual and biofield therapy.


Approved: 1/18/2000
Updated: 11/25/2005, 2/20/2009, 3/05/2010, 3/2014, 5/9/2017
HTI Board of Directors

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