Dr. Cane will lead Module 4 March 4 & 5 to the Wellness Education for Children Project in Tucson, Arizona sponsored by Catalina Rotary Club and Rotary District 5500. A year ago 40 professionals from about 15 locations were introduced to wellness education and encouraged to weave the practices into their particular therapy. Nurses, nurse practitioners, speech pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, counselors, massage therapists, teachers, play therapists, lactation consultant and recreational therapists began applying Capacitar protocols to themselves and their pediatric patients.
A community partner University of Arizona College of Nursing piloted Integrative Nursing graduate level training in 2016.. A Capacitar practitioner was added to teach first semester nursing students (NURS 356) Capacitar protocols. Students are weaving wellness techniques into their nursing care plans.
Currently, Capacitar practices are being applied systemically at Diamond Children’s Medical Center by Integrative Touch for Kids. Patients from toddlers to early 20’s are helped by various wellness techniques. Open Hearts Family Wellness uses Capacitar for Wellness Wednesdays as staff professional development. Techniques are being applied to patients and families. Wings on Words, a preschool for children with speech and language delays, starts each morning with tai chi. Teachers have customized the words for finger holds “thumbkin needs a blanket”. Four year olds are learning about their rainbow bodies and can point to the chakra color locations. Arts for All works with people with various disabilities, ranging from cognitive delays, to ambulatory or mobility restrictions. Staff is finding ways to weave Capacitar into therapy. Integrated Therapy Services apply Capacitar to children in various levels of the autistic spectrum.
Other professionals work in mental health clinics, offer classes by El Rio Health Services, teach ALS caregivers, provide insight at Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson and customize protocols at Jewish Family/Children Services. Enthusiasm prevails as participants expand services to include family and staff members and form study groups to share ideas and stories into the future.