Reiki Program for Veterans with PTSD Receives State Funding

A Seattle-based reiki program received funds from Washington state’s Department of Veterans Affairs to provide veterans with free reiki training and treatments. The 9–12 month program teaches veterans how to soothe themselves using the harmonizing power of energy work, as well as strategies for turning the skill into a vocation through which they can help others and their communities.

Founded in 2003 by Eileen Dey Wurst, MA, LMHC, the Reiki Training Program is the only state-licensed vocational school of reiki. According to Wurst, the new partnership with Washington’s Department of Veterans Affairs will enable veterans “to receive assistance from certified educational providers in ways to cope with problems such as posttraumatic stress disorder.

“Veterans who have taken the training have come back to say how helpful this simple yet profound modality has been in assisting healing, centering, and focusing,” Wurst says.

Wurst’s program has taught more than 1,000 students from over 20 countries, and launched the Reiki Fellowship alumni organization to support the efforts of other masters and practitioners.

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