Title page for ETD etd-11042011-130137

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Novoa, Martha P
Author's Email Address chrge1@aol.com
URN etd-11042011-130137
Title The Effects of Reiki Treatment on Mental Health Professionals Who Are at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Social Work
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Cain, Daphne Committee Chair
Barthelemy, Juan Committee Member
Livermore, Michelle Committee Member
Page, Timothy Committee Member
Advokat, Claire Dean's Representative
  • Reiki
  • energy modalities
  • secondary traumatic stress
  • energy medicine
  • vicarious trauma
  • integrative medicine
  • healing
  • healers
  • STS
  • energy therapies
  • complementary and alternative therapy
  • CAM
Date of Defense 2011-10-24
Availability unrestricted
The purpose of this cross-sectional experimental study was to examine the effects of Reiki on risk level for secondary traumatic stress (STS) among mental health professionals, such as, social workers and licensed professional counselor (LPCs). The sample (N=67) was mostly composed of master social work students (MSW) (61%) from the School of Social Work at Louisiana State University (LSU), professionals social workers (34%), and LPCs (5%). Study participants were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups: Reiki, placebo or control group. Dependent variables measured at pretest and posttest were: risk level for STS, anxiety, depression, somatic symptoms, anger and hopelessness. Multivariate analysis of variance was conducted to determine if there was a difference between treatment groups. No significant difference was found between the Reiki, placebo or control groups on any of the variables measured. Implications for the social work profession are discussed.
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