Course Descriptions

Homeopathic History  When one considers the essentially materialistic scientific paradigm of the modern world, it seems almost a miracle that the science of homeopathy ever developed in Western culture.  The evolution and survival of homeopathy over the last 200 years is a monument to human dedication.  The course takes a fascinating view into the lives of past homeopathic masters while highlighting the history of thought which developed the vitalistic paradigm.  Students will acquire an appreciation for the history of homeopathy as well as a clearer perspective on modern Western culture.  Classroom hours: 10.

Homeopathic Philosophy  The philosophy of homeopathy is a deep subject: the level of mastery determines the ultimate quality of a homeopath.  The primary focus of study is on the work of Samuel Hahnemann. This course begins with discussing the ideal practitioner, health and disease from a vitalistic viewpoint. To best understand the human being, instruction begins at the center of the individual and progresses outward, imparting homeopathic perspective to physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health.  This course involves in-depth reading and discussion of the Organon. Added insights from other homeopathic masters and the faculty provide a well-rounded learning experience. In year 2, philosophy discussion continues with focus on theory related to case analysis and management.  Classroom hours: 105

Ethics  In any healing profession there must be a clear comprehension of ethical principles and the ability to appropriately respond to challenging situations. Discussions will focus on practitioner ethical concerns such as practitioner relationships with homeopathic clients, other homeopathic practitioners, members of the medical community, and client-practitioner confidentiality. Classroom hours: 30

Materia Medica   The Materia Medica is a vast treasury of information in the study of over 3,500 homeopathic remedies.  The more commonly known foundational homeopathic remedies are called polycrests.  In the first year, the study of the polycrests assists students in understanding a full remedy picture and how to perceive that remedy picture clinically. Students become thoroughly familiar with the use of Materia Medica via homework assignments and case analysis.  In year 2, the course takes the student into the study of lesser-known and more complex remedies in the mineral, plant and animal families.  New remedy pictures and provings will be presented from instructor clinical experiences. Classroom hours: 225

Repertory  The homeopathic Materia Medica contains far more information than any one person can memorize. The homeopathic Repertory is the best tool for accessing this information for the use in homeopathic case analysis.  The course covers the history and general structure of the repertory, using the repertory in case analysis, and training in the computer repertories.  Students will learn how to use each section of the Synthesis, an important modern repertory and desk reference valued by every homeopathic practitioner. Classroom hours: 55

Case Taking  Case taking is a multi-faceted social art, which is a central part of the curriculum.  The importance of case taking was well articulated by the late master of homeopathy, Constantine Hering, who said, “A case well taken is a case half cured”.  The student begins with observations of case taking, focusing on key topics such as observations, bonding, listening, recording and the art of questioning. The next step is taking the case of live clients while observing the faculty in the case taking process. Case taking is continued in the Clinical Training component of the program.  Classroom hours: 39

Case Analysis  Case analysis is the process a homeopathic practitioner uses to choose the appropriate remedy for a given case.  Although case analysis follows set principles, the process is individualized to each particular case. Proficiency in case analysis requires a thorough knowledge of philosophy and extensive clinical experience.  Beginning in the second semester, students analyze hundreds of cases throughout the four years of this course, including live cases and paper cases. Analysis methods and theory are covered, and tools introduced in the Repertory and Materia Medica courses are put into practice. Classroom hours: 100

Case Management   The homeopathic process begins, rather than ends, with the selection of the appropriate homeopathic remedy.  For this reason, considerable time is spent training the student in the many subtleties involved in the art of successful case management. Building and maintaining practitioner-client relationships is the single most important factor in case management.  A variety of methods are used to fine tune the student’s interpersonal skills to ensure productive case management. This is also addressed in the Self Discovery component. The following case management topics are covered in the course: choosing potency, dosing, homeopathic remedies and allopathic medicines, medical condition considerations, assessment of the case and next steps,  and management of both acute and chronic cases.  The course begins with classroom discussion and then moves into the practical use of case management skills with live and paper cases. Classroom hours: 55

Science

All required science coursework is taught as part of the Professional Training Program to provide a knowledge base demanded of modern homeopathic practitioners.  Human sciences are a basic study in what is needed to understand western medicine, make referrals and communicate effectively with clients and medical professionals alike.  Human sciences are taught in a manner congruent with the needs and viewpoint of the homeopathic student.

Human Science 

Medical Terminology  This self-study course is designed to provide the student with an introductory knowledge of the terminology needed to understand the human/medical sciences. Students memorize and learn how to combine root words, prefixes and suffixes in a systematic manner. This course complements all other human science courses. Students must pass a short exam at the end of the course.  Classroom hours: 0

Anatomy and Physiology  This self-study course is comprised of six units covering all body systems. Created by Alternative Training and designed for homeopaths, students can begin this course at any time during their training as long as it is completed by the start of Year 3. Assignments are turned in for grading and students take an exam at the end of the course. Classroom hours: 0

Abnormal Psychology   Students gain a working knowledge of the history and theory of western psychological thought in this course. Psychopathology and the diagnostic criteria of severe mental illness and character disorders, as outlined in DSM IV, is presented to prepare students to homeopathic practice.  The class also reviews the prevailing psychopharmacological agents used in the treatment of mental disorders.

Human Pathology   This course was developed to provide sound understanding of conventional medical science to prepare the student to make appropriate clinical judgements. Topics covered include clinical symptom pictures, possible medical diagnoses, diagnostic techniques, and medical treatments.  The student gains a clear understanding about the scope of homeopathy, learning when to make an immediate referral if medical care is required.

Pharmacology   This course introduces the student to the basic classes of pharmacological agents, their primary uses and important side effects of these drugs.  The Physician’s Desk Reference and other relevant literature are used to understand the effects of these agents in more detail.

Total Classroom Hours in Human Sciences: 60

Homeopathic Research and Provings  8 hours

 

Clinical Training

Live Cases  A live case gives students front row seats at an actual homeopathic consultation.  Live cases involve real people with real concerns hoping to receive help through homeopathy.  The instructor conducts the case taking while the class observes, but all students analyze each case.  The instructor makes the final choice of remedy and explains the reasoning behind the choice.  As the course continues, students follow the progress of the live case clients. Each student has the opportunity to be a case manager to a client, acting as an intermediary between the client and instructor.  This valuable experience teaches case analysis and case management skills to prepare the student for future participation in Student Clinic. This course provides a safe situation in which to integrate didactic knowledge into a clinical setting.  Classroom hours: 96

Student Clinic  The student clinic is the most advanced homeopathic training clinic in the country. This intensive clinical training experience provides all the elements needed for a successful homeopathic practice. Students work together in clinic teams and handle all aspects of practice management including scheduling, fielding questions and concerns, fee collection, compliance, case taking, case analysis and remedy recommendation, all while under the supervision of the instructors. Each new client is assigned a student case manager who takes the case while other members of the clinic team observe the process. The instructor and a graduate level supervisor observes all cases and oversees the subsequent analysis of each case, so that the client is given the best care possible. During Advanced Clinic in year 4, extended client appointments are scheduled to allow time for the instructor to give in-depth and specific guidance to the student as a client case progresses. With this training method, students learn to modify their case-taking technique and then immediately experience improvements in the interaction.  As students progress in this course, instructor oversight decreases thus enabling the development of students into independently functioning practitioners. Hours: 525

Advanced Seminars  During Years 3 and 4, several seminars will be offered to students. Example topics include business and management, starting a practice, and other holistic modalities, participation in a homeopathic trituration, and advanced materia medica. At the end of the 4th year, there is an extensive review of the program as a preparation for the final exam. Classroom hours: 77

Supervision/Mentorship   Supervision is a component of the NAH program designed to individually support the further development of the student’s clinical experience and skills. In Years 3 and 4, students are paired with a working practitioner in the community and together they engage in discussing a minimum of seven new cases, each with two follow-up appointments. Hours: 70