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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reiki as a Strategy for Reducing Burnout in Community Mental Health Clinicians
by Rosado, Renee, Psy.D., Union Institute and University, 2015, 67; 3681812
Abstract (Summary)

Clinicians working in community mental health clinics are at high risk for burnout. Burnout is a problem involving emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment. Reiki is a holistic biofield energy therapy beneficial for reducing stress. The purpose of this study was to determine if 30-minutes of healing touch could reduce burnout in community mental health clinicians. This quantitative study utilized a cross-over design to explore the efficacy of Reiki versus sham-Reiki, a pseudo treatment designed to mimic true Reiki, as a means to reduce symptoms of burnout in community mental health clinicians. The Maslach Burnout Inventory - Human Services Survey and several other measures were administered before and after the intervention phases throughout the study. The results suggest that hands-on interventions are beneficial in reducing stress for community mental health clinicians and that Reiki has a positive effect greater than relaxing touch alone. The findings show that Reiki reduces burnout in community mental health clinicians.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mehl-Madrona, Lewis
Commitee: Lax, William, Rubik, Beverly
School: Union Institute and University
Department: Psychology Progam: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 76/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Medicine, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Burnout, Community mental health, Reiki, Touch
Publication Number: 3681812
ISBN: 978-1-321-54789-4
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