Step into your true calling with confidence

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and step into the role of professional Reiki Treatment Practitioner. You’re excited about moving beyond personal practice and you feel called to offer Reiki beyond family and friends. You’re taking it to the next level!

Your family and friends have all reported that they ‘can definitely feel something’ when you provide Reiki and you know that energy flows right? You know the power of Reiki because you’ve experienced it for yourself. What an amazing service to be able to offer others.

Except when we move beyond our comfort zone and embrace the ‘business’ of Reiki the dream of taking our spiritual and healing practice to the masses suddenly looks a little shaky.

Now instead of the encouraging noises from friends, complete strangers are asking pointed questions. But how does it work? What does Reiki actually do? Where’s the evidence? How do you pronounce Reiki? Do I have to take my clothes off? Who ‘invented it’? Will you be able to cure my irritable bowel syndrome? Do you share my notes with anyone? What happens if I injure myself at your clinic? What are your qualifications?

Whoa … you can see how it can all get a little overwhelming very quickly. I have had all of these questions at one time or another over the years and believe me if you’re not prepared with the answers it can shake your confidence! This in itself would be a crying shame because each and every one of us know Reiki works and we know how beneficial – and well – just amazing it can be when applied to our daily lives.

In order to feel confident in your abilities, and present a professional ‘shop front’, it’s vital to invest a little bit of time and energy into bringing your ‘business’ brain up to speed. 

By business brain, I’m talking about balancing your ‘positioning’ with your ‘responsibilities’ as a ‘professional’ service offering to the public.

In terms of ‘positioning’, the number one challenge Practitioners report is that they worry about a lack of ‘credibility’. Those Reiki Practitioners who step up to the plate in a professional scenario have a real desire to be seen as a trusted, credible practitioner – whether in their own clinic or in a medical environment.

Regardless of where you physically ‘practice’, you have specific responsibilities to your clients. These responsibilities cover everything from creating a safe, clean and hygienic space for a Reiki session to take place, to secure record keeping, insurance and even first aid.  

This can all seem a little daunting when you consider you simply want to help people – but if you truly feel called to help the public it’s important to put appropriate building blocks in place.

Here at Reiki Australia we understand the old dichotomy between ‘business/money’ and a ‘spiritual practice’, but the reality is you need to have some awareness of your responsibilities to be in a position to promote the benefits of Reiki in a professional capacity.

We realised support was needed in this area so we created a certificate course in professional development for Reiki Treatment Practitioners.  The course covers six key areas – you could say – the six building blocks to a successful, ethical spiritual and healing business.

The great thing about this particular course is that it’s been developed by qualified educators and Reiki professionals – exclusively for our community.

The depth of insights, first-hand experience and the knowledge-share across all six units provides a real business advantage to Reiki Treatment Practitioners in the professional setting.

Instead of worrying about a lack of credibility, imagine ‘knowing’ with certainty you are equipped and qualified to build a thriving Reiki Treatment Practice?  Imagine knowing you are supported and backed by Australia’s leading Reiki organisation. By doing the groundwork, having a sound knowledge base and systems in place, you will feel empowered on a business and professional level, giving you the confidence to step into your true calling on your spiritual and healing path.

Want to know more about Reiki Australia’s a certificate course in professional development for Reiki Treatment Practitioners? Visit Take your Reiki Practice to the next level’ for more information.

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Reiki Precepts and the New National Code of Conduct

From 1st October 2015, the National Code of Conduct for Healthcare Workers will apply to health workers in Queensland. They will join their fellow in NSW and South Australia where the Code has already been implemented. Other states and territories will follow as the Code is rolled out nationally.

Be kind to others. Show gratitude

The Reiki Precepts don’t usually spring to mind when we think about regulation, but conducting your professional practice, in accordance with the National Code, is very much aligned with Reiki values of care and compassion.

Be diligent in work.  Earn your living honestly

The National Code is designed to ensure clients are respectfully cared for in the broadest sense, including their physical, financial, moral and psychological safety. We work diligently and honestly when we abide the laws that apply to us.

Who is to Comply?

The Queensland Code sets minimum standards of conduct for healthcare workers who are:

• not required to be registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.
• registered health practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and who provide health services that are unrelated to their registration

How does this affect me?

Reiki Practitioners who provide treatments to the public in Queensland must now ensure they comply with the National Code. We recommend that you self-assess your practice against the requirements detailed in each of the Clauses below. Some Reiki practitioners may have to obtain appropriate insurance, undertake First Aid training, learn how to implement Infection Control, or Informed Consent, or how to make referrals, and more. It may also impact how you advertise your services.

If you are a Registered Health Practitioner who also provides Reiki treatments to clients, you must abide the Code in your provision of Reiki.

Do Reiki Masters have to comply?

The teaching practice of Reiki masters is not subject to this regulation. Reiki Australia and other Reiki associations agree that Reiki masters provide training in a spiritual personal practice and healing art.  However, Reiki masters who provide treatments to the public are required to comply. And Reiki masters, whose students may provide treatments to the public, will want to be informed enough to offer basic guidance to such students. Reiki Australia has the knowledge and resources to support your students.

Does this mean Reiki is being regulated?

No. In fact, the National Codes are likely to be helpful in advancing Reiki as a safe, non-invasive, effective treatment option, by ensuring high standards of client safety and giving credibility to Reiki practitioners.  Plus, the strengthened mechanisms for handling complaints will mean unscrupulous practitioners can more easily be identified and prohibited from practicing.

Where can I get help to ensure I comply?

If you are unconfident to interpret and apply the new Code; if you feel unsure about your responsibilities, or you would like guidance in becoming compliant, we recommend that you consider membership of Reiki Australia. Since 2002 we have actively participated, at state and national level, in the development of the National Code, so you can be assured that you’ll get great support from a knowledgeable team.

As a member you’ll also save on insurance, and get your professional profile displayed in our modern, high-powered online directory, as part of your membership benefits.

Reiki Insurance

Clause 16 of the National Code requires all practitioners covered by this Code, to hold appropriate insurance.  Reiki Australia has negotiated insurance at a great discount rate for Reiki master and practitioner members, including those who practice other modalities.

Recognition

In 2010 Reiki Australia created a specific category, Accredited Reiki Treatment Practitioner, to accredit members whose practice complied with NSW Code of Conduct that formed the foundation of the National Code.

Reiki Australia has developed a comprehensive ”Grandparenting” process that enables Reiki practitioners to be acknowledged for their experience, competency and compliance.

Once you have joined as a Reiki Practitioner member, you’ll have access to the Grandparenting process to become an Accredited Reiki Treatment Practitioner member while ever this option remains available.

What does the Code include?

The Queensland Code includes the following main clauses (further detail is set out in sub-clauses):

Clause 1: Healthcare workers to provide services in a safe and ethical manner

Clause 2: Healthcare workers to obtain consent

Clause 3: Appropriate conduct in relation to treatment advice

Clause 4: Healthcare workers to report concerns about treatment or care provided by other health care workers

Clause 5: Healthcare workers to take appropriate action in response to adverse events

Clause 6: Healthcare workers to adopt standard precautions for infection control

Clause 7: Healthcare workers diagnosed with infectious medical conditions

Clause 8: Healthcare workers not to make claims to cure certain serious illnesses

Clause 9: Healthcare workers not to misinform their clients

Clause 10: Healthcare workers not to practice under the influence of alcohol or drugs

Clause 11: Healthcare workers with certain mental or physical impairment

Clause 12: Healthcare workers not to financially exploit clients

Clause 13: Healthcare workers not to engage in sexual misconduct

Clause 14: Healthcare workers to comply with relevant privacy laws

Clause 15: Healthcare workers to keep appropriate records

Clause 16: Healthcare workers to be covered by appropriate insurance

Clause 17: Healthcare workers to display code and other information

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