Overview of The Healing Power of Reiki and Occupational Therapy
Reiki, an energy healing complementary health modality facilitates stress reduction, relaxation, reduces pain and aids self-healing. Reiki combined with OT can improve a client’s occupational performance. Common diagnoses and settings for Reiki to be provided with OT are analyzed.
AOTA has supported the use of complementary modalities within the OT profession since 2005. Attunement to Reiki energy, hand positions, extensive experiential practice with a variety of partners will occur. Individual and group reflection is provided throughout the course. Documentation, billing, marketing and dozens of OT resources will be provided. Recent research supporting the use of Reiki are described. Sound healing meditations with crystal singing bowls and vibrational instruments occur throughout the course.
A Reiki and OT - Level I certificate will be presented at the completion of this 6.0 hour workshop. Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA has presented Reiki and OT Level I and then Level II certificate courses at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference and state OT associations since 2015. Becky is a 20-year experienced Reiki Master Instructor, a Fellow of AOTA since 1992, and large private practice founder servicing over 100,000 clients.
II. Reiki and OT - Level I Workshop Objectives:
OT practitioners will be able to:
1. Provide Reiki to clients and oneself, to help improve occupational performance.
2. Explain how Reiki enhances client-centered empowerment, facilitates stress reduction, self-healing and reduces pain.
3. Actively involve the client, using ethical, confidential, pragmatic and culturally sensitive behaviors, to determine if Reiki is the appropriate modality to use, before providing Reiki.
4. Understand how to document, bill, market and use Reiki and OT resources and networking avenues.
III. Author Bio:
Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA is past President of the Delaware OT Association, past Vice President of all OT State Presidents, and prior Joint Commission Home Health representative for 6 national associations including AOTA, APTA, AHSA and 3 therapeutic representative organizations. She was the sole practice representative at the initial AOTA and APTA meeting to develop a white paper on the roles and scope of OT and PT. Becky has been secretary of the Pennsylvania OT Educational and Licensure Board and served on numerous POTA and AOTA marketing and recruitment committees along with being an initial founder of the AOTA Private Practice special interest group. She is founder of a 30+ year private practice with a staff of over 375 therapists. Becky currently serves on Advisory Boards at numerous universities. Her current emphasis involves training OT students and practitioners on complementary health modalities, specifically Reiki, an energy healing modality. She has written 11 publications and her current book, Change Maker, How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life is an INDIE Foreword Reviews Book of the Year finalist in the Body, Mind and Spirit category.