Introductory Articles on Certification & Licensing
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This page was carefully created and curated by members of the CHI Licensing and Certification Working Group, which was created via the CHI Healing Practitioner’s Council. These articles were reviewed and approved by the entire Healing Practitioners Council prior to publication.
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Articles on Certification & Licensing
Policy Forum, Licensure of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners
by Michael H. Cohen, JD, MBA, MFA, and Harry Nelson, JD
Attorneys Michael H. Cohen and Harry Nelson, approach licensure for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners from a legal perspective with historical context, terminology definitions, and key considerations on this topic. (Article originally published in Virtual Mentor, American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, June 2011, Volume 13, Number 6: 374-378)
Can States Require Energy Healing Practitioners to be Licensed?
by Midge Murphy, JD, Ph.D. (www.midgemurphy.com)
Midge Murphy, a professional liability consultant on ethics and legal principles in energy healing methods, discusses licensing energy healing practitioners from a legal and regulatory perspective, including how licensing statutes have been interpreted through the last 100 years, and how energy healing practitioners must operate under the current regulatory framework. This article also touches on the connection of sex trafficking to energy healing regulation.
This article lays out an alternative method to licensure, regulation, and certification of unlicensed healthcare practitioners in the U.S. The National Health Freedom Coalition (NHFC). It defines “Safe Harbor” practitioner exemption laws with examples from multiple states and highlights their practical and safe use. Practitioner Safe Harbor laws have been successfully adopted in eleven states so far. Additional information can be found here.
Establishing a National Certification Program
by Rev. David R. Comings
Rev. David R. Comings, Ph.D., BCPP, Chair of the Certification Governing Council of the American Polarity Therapy Association, defines the issues around national certification for organizations. He offers the most-recognized national and international organizations tasked with governing certifications, and the responsibility of being recognized through such organizations.
Native American Healing: A License to Practice?
by Kenneth Cohen, M.A. (www.honoringthemedicine.com)
Kenneth Cohen lays out an argument against regulation for Native American healing traditions and the issues that arise from this notion. He also touches on qigong licensure and the Healer’s Law in Hawaii. (Article originally published as a Guest Editorial in Explore, July/August 2013, Vol, 9, No. 4, 203-205)
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