2020 - 2021
Our History, Philosophy, Mission & Values
In 1995, the Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA) began from a desire in the community for an alternative organization to address the needs of individuals seeking a state-approved 1,000-hour diploma for Licensure in Massage Therapy. Under the direction of Paulette Genthon, the group forming the school blended together their professional teaching expertise and skills to create a program that expressed the following philosophy, mission, and values.
The overall purpose of the Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA) is to pass on the ancient art and science to:
Individuals who wish to develop their natural healing abilities.
Individuals in transition who wish to create or expand their own healing arts business.
Health care professionals who want to add Bodywork Therapies to their practice.
Key aspects or objectives that make UCHA distinct:
Provide a small, nurturing, learning environment. Through small classes, students reap the benefits of a mentoring, or apprenticeship-style, learning.
Employ experienced and professional instructors. Students receive a strong foundation for beginning their careers.
Include the rich educational resources in the community. A community-based approach to education includes introducing students to expert guest instructors, visiting various settings, which incorporate Bodywork Therapies.
Practice progressive teaching methods, which respect the various learning styles of adult students. The school employs professional educators who have the expertise to meet the various needs of students.
Promote high ethical standards and professional conduct required of a health care profession.
Emphasize the importance of community service. The school is dedicated to community education and promoting the professional standing of Massage Therapy and Hellerwork Structural Integration as a health care modality that collaborates with other professionals. Apply all profits to continuously improving the program as conceptualized when the school began as a non-profit corporation.
Emphasize the importance of transformational learning and personal wellness.
Deconstruct teacher authority and have students become the authority of their own knowledge.
Provide alternative instructional delivery systems using blended options.
Provide respectful and welcoming individualized programs allowing Bodywork professionals relocating from other states to meet the requirements for licensure in Nebraska.
You may feel at home at UCHA if you believe in the following core values and agree with the following Statements:
UCHA maintains an open mind toward exploring all modalities and methods, which further healing. We believe in a holistic approach to wellness and we possess an open mind toward exploring all dimensions of life and the healing arts (i.e., the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual). We possess an openness to progressive teaching methods, meditation, and new experiences.
Justice, Balance & Respect
UCHA provides an atmosphere, which welcomes a diversity of cultures and backgrounds. UCHA works to restore a balance of wellness within our communities, our world, and ourselves. We recognize the need to restore a respected place in society for all people. We are able to create a welcoming environment (through our attitudes and actions) for people of all races, nationalities, sexes, religions, and sexual orientations. Our beliefs affirm the self-respect, dignity, and self- esteem of all people.
UCHA is made up of adults who are responsible for the community and responsible for their own goals and actions. Since each individual knows best how he/she needs to learn, that individual is responsible for their own learning and for communicating their needs, desires, and questions. We will each actively communicate with others toward creating a healthy learning environment. We will communicate directly and honestly with one another.