A few years ago, the state of Minnesota took the lead with a daring set of statutes as regards the Complementary and Alternative Healing Arts. Recognizing that many have benefited from their experiences outside of the traditional medicine establishment, and at the same time realizing that these alternatives are far too numerous to license in the traditional manner, Minnesota created guidelines that allow the continued practice of unlicensed healing arts while at the same time putting in place requirements to protect and educate the public.
More recently, California passed a similar statute known as the Health Freedom Act. While not as comprehensive as the Minnesota law, the result is the same – to provide the general public with information and access to the field of the integrative healing arts in a responsible fashion.
The North Bay Center of BioEnergetic Health wholeheartedly supports this type of statute. While many states continue to battle over how to regulate these practices, usually in ways that would be harmful to the practices themselves and make it more difficult for the general public to benefit from them while at the same time lining the pockets of the states themselves, California created a way for all to get the most of what the Complementary and Alternative Healing Arts has to offer.
As part of this initiative, it is required by practitioners to provide their clients with a Bill of Rights before they begin their healing arts relationship. This document requires that certain information about the practitioner and the client's rights be presented to the client and signed. Adam began doing this when the Minnesota law passed, before such a thing existed in California. As a result, the Bill of Rights offered by the Center goes beyond the California requirements, and fulfills the more stringent standards of Minnesota. It is presented here for your benefit.
For those of you scheduling your first appointment, please download this document, print it, read it and sign it. Then bring it with you to the office. Others may simply choose to view it for their own understanding and education. Please also look at Adam's resumé, as being informed of his educational background is part of the statute.
If you are a practitioner, we support the use of a client bill of rights, and encourage you to adopt one for yourself as well. For this reason, there is a link below for a Client Bill of Rights template. You are welcome to download it and adapt it for your own professional use by filling in the blanks and changing the couple of places where information may or may not be relevant specifically to you. Most of it is taken directly from the Minnesota guidelines for what is required in such a document, so it is suggested that you do not over-edit it.
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When you click on the link below, if you have the Acrobat plug-in installed in your browser, it will load and the document will open in your browser window. You may then save it to your hard disk from the Acrobat plug-in menu. To download it without viewing it in your browser, select the link and right click (PC) or click and hold (Mac), and choose Download this link to disk (or equivalent language). A window asking you where you wish to save the document will appear. Navigate to where you wish to save, and save. Remember where you chose to save the document so you can find it when the download is complete!
If you don't have the Acrobat plug-in installed in your browser, you may simply click on the link to download it. You may then open it with the Acrobat Reader once the download is complete. You can then print it and use it from there.
Thanks for supporting the Integrative Healing Arts.