The demand for practitioners of alternative medicine is increasing, as more and more hospitals are working together with CAM therapists, and the general public are becoming more aware of CAM. However, it can be difficult for therapists to identify and find the right opportunities to further their careers. Since CAM therapists would like to work and support patients relieving their pain with healing, it is necessary for therapists to know how to find or create the right opportunities to practice their skills.
Be visible online and through professional networks
It's important, especially for new CAM therapists, to be visible on platforms that allow for professional CV searches and employment opportunities. Places like JobVenture offer a way for CAM therapists to show their training and experience to potential employers, whether in the public or private sector. This can be especially useful for those who are looking to work at hospitals or established therapy centers, and not go the private therapy route.
Many hospitals are now looking to offer CAM therapies to patients, and will use such platforms to find potential candidates. Creating a profile here can improve your chances for securing one of these kinds of jobs.
For those who are looking to join private practices, local healing centers, and other smaller collectives, professional networks can still be a good place to find the right opportunity. As we live in an increasingly digital time, it is good for therapists seeking employment to have a presence online.
For therapists who wish to have their own business, it can be good to build up a list of clients, and establish a reputation. Look to the professional CAM networks to increase visibility within the community, partner with other therapists or other therapy centers, and seek out ways to garner referrals.
Make new opportunities
Many organizations are still not aware that CAM is important. It can be your role as well to show them what healing therapy is, what a healing therapist does, and potentially create some pressure to create such jobs within their organizations.
If you find that there is an organization, such as a charity, outreach program, or community group, that would benefit from having a healing therapist on staff, educating them on the importance of CAM may be your way in. Look for ways that an organization has been involved with encouraging these kinds of programs before, or discuss how healing therapy can be a part of an overall strategy for improving wellbeing for employees, customers, or clients.
Many larger corporations these days are also deploying new and exciting ways for improving company culture, and ensuring staff are at peak performance and productivity. Introducing healing therapy (like energy healing) in these environments can also work to enhance the overall perception of employees, and also actually improve their peace of mind, body, and spirit.
It is an exciting time for healing therapists and complimentary and alternative medicine, as it is being seen as an increasingly legitimate form of medicine and lifestyle. Because of this, there are more opportunities than ever for therapists to develop their careers, work with prestigious institutions, and reach more clients than ever.
Healing therapy should be accessible to whomever should want or need it, and by increasing the way we find employment, and the types of opportunities that are available, we may better be able to achieve this goal.
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH) - USA
- Complementary and alternative medicine (NHS) - UK
- Complementary medicines (NHMRC) - AUS
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