Course Description

This session was recorded at NHPCO’s Volunteer Leadership Virtual Conference (VLVC) July 30 2012

Complementary Therapies have taken their place as valuable resources that enhance the hospice experience, providing symptom control, support and emotional comfort at the end of life. Today it is widely recognized that complementary modalities ease the nervous system’s response to fear, nurture and provide expressive outlets for those we care for in all stages of the dying process.  Many hospice organizations would like to see complementary therapy use expand into mainstream practices with regular access to massage, music, art, pet therapies and others.  One way to increase access to complementary care is to focus the vision and grow a formal Complementary Therapy Volunteer Program.  In this presentation, you will learn about sustainable program models and identify the steps needed to both develop and integrate them into your hospice services.

CE/CME Offered
No CE/CME Credit Available

1.0 hours


  • Identify complementary therapy program models that utilize volunteers
  • Discuss considerations in leading, training and oversight of the Complementary Therapy Volunteer Program
  • Discuss successful models to ensure funding of a Complementary Therapy Volunteer Program
  • Describe documentation and competency requirements

Subject Matter Expert

Valerie Hartman, RN, CHPN, CTRN

Valerie Hartman, RN, CHPN, CTRN is the Allied Therapies Section Leader of the National Hospice and Palliative Professionals. She has practiced hospice nursing since 1986 and is certified in massage therapy, advanced reflexology and advanced massage. She has completed Levels 1 and 2 in Healing Touch. Valerie developed The Complementary Therapy Program for Holy Redeemer Hospice in Philadelphia, PA and New Jersey offices, providing oversight of professional integration of complementary therapy certified interdisciplinary team members specializing in massage and bodywork therapy, using an integrative model.

Becky Lundsford, Covenant Hospice, Pensacola, FL

Clara Brosnaham Reeves, LMT, CRT, Covenant Hospice, Pensacola, FL

Clara Brosnaham Reeves is the owner and therapist of Brosnaham Massage and Wellness, LLC since 2002 and her goal is to bring her skills, heart and abilities of leadership, integrity and organization to individuals, groups and companies to enhance, strengthen & better all that they are and that she is. Prior to this role, she worked as a Teacher/Instructor-NMT Therapies at Florida’s Therapeutic Massage School in 2004.She also worked as a Pensacourt Health and Fitness Director from 1997-2003.She recently achieved the award of Heart of Hospice Volunteer of The Year at Covenant Hospice EscaRosa

Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT, and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Faculty: Valerie Hartman, RN, Becky Lundsford and Clara Brosnaham Reeves, LMT have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


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Release Date
February 4, 2014

Review Date
February 4 2017

Expiration Date
February 4 2020