Case Write Up: A Tool for Professional DevelopmentIn the field of Homeopathy there are a number of professional journals that I have subscribed to or reviewed in the past twenty years. Some are international, others are products of US organizations or associations, while still others are produced by different schools of Homeopathy. One of the main features in the Homeopathic journals is case write-ups. In my consideration of writing a case for the BBSH newsletter, I decided to first write this article to encourage myself and others to produce case write-ups.
A major benefit of case write-ups is educating the reader, whether a colleague, a practitioner of a different medical modality or the general public. Cases written by practitioners serve the profession in a number of ways:
All of these can help us to become better practitioners.
Writing up cases has the potential of drawing new clients. When someone reads a case that tells a story similar to their own, they may feel confident in using the author as a healer. It may be that a practitioner of another healing modality reads a case that addresses the needs of a client they are having trouble with and decides to refer them to the author of the case. People who read journals with cases are interested in healing - they are looking for alternatives and may follow through with a referral.
We learn more about ourselves as practitioners when we write cases for public consumption. In reviewing a case, we refresh our memory about the history of the client and may get a new perspective on the client. Writing affords us the opportunity to see how we have matured as healers. It is another form of witnessing ourselves! The publication of cases can bring a sense of validity to professional healing: to the healer, the profession and to the public.
One of the major assets of a collection of case write ups over time, is the longitudinal accumulation of literature about Brennan Healing Science. A thorough review of literature is always one of the first steps whenever research is done. If someone is researching an aspect of energy healing, they could read about the efficacy, the styles and the diversity of treatments of Healing Science.This promotes healing, it makes Brennan Healing Science an even more viable modality in the world. A collection of cases written by a variety of professional practitioners will eventually form a body of literature that brings substance to our work in the world and invites academic investigation.
Cases written for publication can be very simple or quite complex. It is important that the information is accurate, that the case is easy to read and that there is some intention in the writing that is clearly conveyed. What is it that you want the reader to get from the case? Writing is another aspect of healing as an artistic expression. Use your creativity to write a case that is entertaining, educational, intriguing or even confusing. Most often, cases that are considered successful are presented for public perusal. However, presenting a complicated case, a case that doesn't seem to be moving, or a particularly challenging case can be highly educational. It may draw response from other healers, and dialogs can be forthcoming. Write about a case that you are passionate about and you can't go wrong!!
Ethical respect is of utmost importance in writing about another person's healing journey. Permission from the client is, of course, essential. Consider getting a waiver signed with each new client, then verify the permission if you choose to publish the case. Names can be changed in the write up, or initials can be used to protect the privacy of the client. Personal details are not as important as presencing the client, describing some aspect of the healing and discussing the results. Remember that the staff of the professional journal has the option to accept, reject, edit and critique all submissions.
I encourage professional healers to consider writing a case for publication at least once a year. Remember (how could you forget!) that everyone who has graduated from BBSH has already written one case! Challenge yourself to add to the body of knowledge about healing. It is a way to contribute to the profession, to develop your professional reputation, to give yourself a sense of accomplishment and to bring recognition to the work you are doing in the world.
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