The objective of this page is to give
some helpful guidance about recognised qualifications to energy healers who
might like to work for an employer in the healthcare sector.
In the UK
there has been some recognition in recent years of the role that
complementary therapies can play in healthcare on the peripheries of the
National Health Service and other public sector and charitable organisations.
Such organisations have a
public duty to ensure that they recruit adequately qualified and experienced
therapists. One of the ways in which
they do this is to recruit staff with accredited qualifications. This situation will have relevance also for
private sector healthcare organisations in the years ahead.
There are a number of accreditation or awarding
bodies in the English education sector. They assess on behalf of the
Government the quality and grading of courses offered by training
organisations and educational institutions. A course which has been
accredited by one of these bodies effectively has a Government quality
control stamp on it which will be recognised by employers and institutions in
the healthcare sector. The
accreditation system is a way of ensuring that quality control can be
exercised over private sector training and educational organisations as well
as those in the public sector. You can
read more about this system of accreditation and NVQ National Vocational
Qualifications by clicking here to go to another page on this website.
At the time of posting this page, the
general picture for energy healers is that there are a number of training
courses available in energy healing that are accredited by or are recognised
as meeting required training levels by trade associations within the
complementary therapies sector such as the Complementary Medical Association
and the British Complementary Medical Association. However, the accreditation
offered by such trade associations does not fall within the Government system
of accreditation and might not be recognised by potential employers. It is most important to understand that the courses
offered by these trade associations have not been assessed within the
Government accreditation system.
At the date of posting this page, I
can find only one energy healing course in the UK
that is accredited within the Government Accreditation and Awarding system.
This Reiki course is accredited by ITEC to NVQ Level 3. A prerequisite is an
NVQ Qualification to Level 3 in Anatomy and Physiology.
Interested readers can find out more
about this course and the syllabus by visiting the ITEC website. The home
page is at http://www.itecworld.co.uk
and the ITEC webpage giving details of the ITEC Diploma Reiki course is at http://www.itecworld.co.uk/students/Diplomas.aspx?k=108.
At present, the ITEC website is
indicating that there seem to be only three organisations accredited to offer
the Reiki diploma course in the UK. These are in Willenhall, Hartlepool
and Tadley. Their contact details are given below.
When I visited their websites, two made no mention of the ITEC Reiki Diploma
and it is possible that they are not currently offering the ITEC Reiki Diploma
Apart from the above, there are no
other Reiki training courses or courses for any other healing energies that are accredited within the Government
Accreditation and Awarding scheme.
One of the possible routes open to an
energy healer to improve the chances of gaining employment as a therapist in
the healthcare sector is to study for qualifications in related health areas
such as anatomy or counselling which are recognised within the Government accreditation
system. I give some examples of the
kinds of such accredited training courses which might be of interest to
energy healers in the External Training section of the Information Centre on
If you are thinking of taking a course because you need it for future
employment such as working in the National Health Service, it is a good idea
to check out with potential employers first what sort of accreditation they
will accept and what level of qualification they will be looking for. Some of
the introductory courses will not be at the level needed for employment
If you might just be looking for a basic introduction to a particular skills
area, consider taking a course which is accredited anyway as it might help
you to take a higher level accredited course some years in the future, even
if you might not be thinking of this at present.
Whilst not the main focus for this page, the issue of accreditation for
energy healing courses is relevant also in the context of self regulation
within the Complimentary and Alternative Medicine sector for those energy
healers who might be working for themselves.
The Information Centre of this website gives further information about
Original; date of posting : 14th
Date of last update : 14th November 2013