More About Alison
As a member of the Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario (TTNO), Alison has been practicing and teaching Therapeutic Touch® (TT) for more than 25 years. Alison received the 2014 TTNO Founders Award for her work as both Recognized Teacher for the TTNO and their webmaster. She is passionate about helping others to learn TT. Alison teaches all levels of TT as well as Therapeutic Touch for Self-Care workshops, bringing with her, over 20 years of experience teaching in both high school and elementary public school systems. She regularly provides introductory talks about Therapeutic Touch to hospice volunteers and other organizations.
Alison has been providing Therapeutic Touch to the residents of the Stirling Manor Nursing Home for the same number of years. An added approach to the home’s wellness philosophy: “embracing the mind, the body, and the spirit of each and every individual”, TT has been incorporated into both Nursing and Life Enrichment Policies and Procedures.
She also provides Therapeutic Touch in her Pastoral Care work for Eastminster United Church. ln this role she supports church members as they journey through illness and grief. In the past, she worked for more than ten years providing TT to adults with multiple disabilities in Plainfield Home facilities.
Alison is a member of the Kingston Hospice Programs and Services Advisory Council and will be providing Therapeutic Touch training for their volunteers as they move toward the construction and opening of their residential facility.
She travels to Montana each year to take part in the Montana Dialogues. At these meetings she takes part in dialogue that takes the group deeper into their Therapeutic Touch experience and practice. She returns each year to share her learning with other TT practitioners in Ontario.
Alison is inspired to broaden the public awareness of this compassionate and effective modality. In 2017 Crystal Hawk and Alison began writing the book, Be Your Own Healer: Self-Care with Therapeutic Touch. It is based on the “Self-Care with Therapeutic Touch” program, developed by Crystal, for the members of Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto called. Their hope is that, through their book, more people can enjoy the profound experience of learning Therapeutic Touch and thereby bring the benefits of it to themselves and others in their communities around the world.