All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
Indigenous cultures have utilized energy work, often referred to as Shamanic Healing, for centuries with great success. But in Western cultures, this type of healing has traditionally been discounted as a non-serious approach to wellness. Healers often worked in the shadows, which prohibited widespread knowledge, use, and ultimately research of these practices. In the past 30 years, different modalities of energy healing have become more mainstream in the Western world, and at Q&A Associates, it is offered to the young adult clients participating in each of the three programs (Applewood Transitions for Women, The Journey Transitions for Young Men, and Cabin Mountain Living Center).
Energy healing can be achieved through various modalities, including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, massage, acupuncture, Reiki and Shamanic Healing, among others. At Q&A, clients have access to Reiki, Shamanic Healing, meditation, and mindfulness. Clients can also make appointments with Allegheny Holistic Healthcare, located in the community, to experience acupuncture, yoga and massage.
Energy healing is achieved through ceremony combined with meditative breathing. Issues are transformed on an energetic level, which means that the client may or may not be aware of the shift as it is occurring. This is especially useful for clients with significant trauma as the traumatic event(s) may have created a recurring pattern that is unhealthy; that pattern can be transformed without the client having to relive the trauma(s). At Q&A, Angie Shockley, Shaman, works in cooperation with Jennifer Randall Reyes, PhD, NCC, LPC, ALPS, of Natural Resilience, providing opportunities for young adults to engage in evidence-based trauma treatment EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), in addition to Shamanic Healing. Randall Reyes summed up the collaborative approach: “Traumatic experiences stay with us; sometimes as intrusive memories or flashbacks and sometimes as physiological reminders that the body has been traumatized. Energy work has been an excellent addition to the trauma work I do with clients.”
Clients of Cabin Mountain, living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), can also benefit from energy healing modalities. Learning mindfulness techniques provides them with coping skills for self-awareness and emotional regulation. While Shockley meets with all clients face-to-face for an intake session, she can also provide distance work for clients who may have attention challenges which would mean the young adult would not have to be present for the session which can take an hour or more. Many young adults with ASD are unable to maintain self-regulation for that length of time. The distance session can be just as effective, especially when the staff is well-informed and trained to provide the supports needed following the distance session.
All humans have an energetic field that can be affected when a traumatic event occurs. The energetic field can hold onto a traumatic impression for years, beyond traditional treatment. These impressions or tears in the energetic field can lead to recurring negative behavior patterns. Young adults in transitional living programs have often attended several treatment programs through their adolescence and continue to have recurring negative patterns of behavior with seemingly no explanation. Shockley and Randall Reyes are utilizing this unique approach for clients who have had short lived successes in the past but then experience significant regression which negatively impacts their ability to find effective and meaningful independence. It is important to address the whole person, including the energetic field, in order to facilitate opportunities for complete healing. These clients are demonstrating significant growth and development as a result of this approach.
Shockley and Randall Reyes are currently experimenting with assessment tools which will provide valid measurements of this type of collaboration.
About Q&A Family of Programs Q&A Family of Programs works with young adults ages 18 and up, providing opportunities for each of them to develop independent, functional, and happy lives with a high level of quality. Our clients have struggled to reach independence for a variety of reasons such as the inability to develop and/or implement the life skills needed to be successful, or struggling to obtain consistent employment. Our goal is to help these individuals find meaning and an authentic purpose for their lives and a practical path to achieve their goals.