Future Job Postings: Reiki Practitioners and Teachers

bbafc6f9c92238db1161b3ac766dcb61Imagine in the not-to-distant future when you will scroll job postings and find multiple listings for the following:

Hospital Job Listing:  Compassionate, skilled and grounded Reiki practitioners to offer pre- and post-operative treatments.  Data collection skills required for conducting follow-up research of patient healing. 40 hours/week. $35-50/hr depending on experience. CPR and Reiki state certification required.  Please send resume and references.

Vocational School Job Listing:  Engaging and knowledgeable Reiki teacher with 5+ years’ experience to develop curriculum and teach Reiki levels to adult students.  Comfortable and able to work with class size range of 10-40 students including veterans, elderly and disabled.  Position requires active publication of articles and research related to Reiki profession.  Supervision of instructor trainees also.  40 hours/week.  $50-75/hr depending on experience. CPR and Reiki state certification required.  Please send resume and references.

What it will take to get to this future will be a change in the structure of how Reiki is currently taught.

There is no universal standard or consensus for Reiki education.  It is a vast and broad range.  Some books and websites claim you can ‘be a Reiki master’ after reading their material.    No internship is required for this ‘instant’ training.  Then there are actual training programs that teach Reiki from other world-views mixing Shamanism, Native American, Egyptian and newly invented traditions.  What ‘Reiki’ is gets confused with other points of view.

Finding one standard is probably going to be impossible within the self-empowered, autonomous and non-regulated Reiki profession.

However, I propose to work with existing models that have proven effective:  training programs that provide continued mentorship to students through practice circles and community outreach, waiting periods between levels of training, emphasis on student’s self-growth, ethics, boundaries and case study discussion to further prepare the students for real-life clients and an extensive internship for teachers-in-training to feel competent in order to facilitate classes of any size and demographic.

Once the bar for Reiki training is elevated and a standard agreed upon, individual training programs that exist can modify their existing content and submit to a state-authorized program for approval.  In WA state that is the Workforce Training Board.

Training programs would fall under the vocational school requirements and be subject to license and application fees, subject to audits and required to collect student data to guarantee the legitimacy of their existence.

Massage schools follow these same requirements.  Having this structure has allowed for the advancement of massage in both salary, authenticity and insurance reimbursement.

I feel it’s time for Reiki practitioners and instructors serious about their profession to step up to the plate and defend their years of study, practice and service as a rightful vocation.  I know this will cause controversy.  But I think we need to continue talking about this.

Currently, I am engaged in a conversation about this on Linked In with other like-minded Reiki instructors.  I encourage you to join the dialogue and contribute your own thoughts.

I would like to see those job postings I started this article with in my life time.  I feel this is an attainable goal.  Are you with me?

Copyright 2013 Eileen Dey Wurst

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