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Student Mentorship: Herbal Medicine Student Training Clinic
Apprenticeship training in herbal medicine has traditionally occurred where herbalists worked alongside their peers; sharing their accumulated knowledge and wisdom and learning from each other. While Mentorship is not intended to replace academic training; apprenticeship is a valuable experiential form of education, keeping alive the oral tradition of learning and providing a bridge for students completing their formal training and preparing to merge into a professional practice. Many students of herbal medicine seek the guidance of an experienced clinical herbalist to act as a mentor in a clinic environment while offering support, guidance and critical feedback; providing an unique opportunity for students to become confident, skilled clinical herbalists.
Katolen has been accepting student apprentices already attending structured herbal medicine education since 2002. Since 2012 Katolen Yardley’s clinic has been approved as an official Dominion Herbal College Student Training Clinic, where students of herbal medicine programs have the opportunity to obtain clinical training hours under the supervision of a qualified Medical Herbalist.
Apprenticeship training assists in preparing students to become herbalists at the professional level through observation and hands-on practice in a clinic setting. Days in the herbal mentorship student training clinic vary depending upon the weekly tasks required- some days will be busy with the running of the herbal business and office tasks, other days will be directed towards self research, hands on experience, dispensary and medicine making and of course time for case history taking while interviewing clients in a clinic environment. Students will build competence in performing examination techniques while learning consultation skills and clinic assessments.
For professional membership in various Herbal Medicine organizations such as the AHG and CHA of BC and OHG; clinical experience is an essential component of the professional training. Most governing bodies require 400-500 hours of supervised clinical practice to qualify for the designation of professional Registered Herbal Therapist.
Depending on your past training, interest and current goals and the time of year attending; this Mentorship may cover some or all of the following:
- Philosophy and Foundations of Western Herbal Medicine
- Medicinal Actions of Herbs in the Western Tradition
- Intake Process: review of client consultations, skills involved in case history taking, record keeping and follow up consultations.
- Health Assessments and long term health program strategies medicine making, remedy formulation and dispensing are also important components of mastering herbal medicine skills
- Development of your Clinical Skills: physical examinations, urine analysis and blood pressure taking
- Herbal Protocol Development for Common Health Ailments
- Formulation Techniques
- Herbal Medicine Dispensing
- Understanding dosage for individuals
- Setting up your business: stocking your dispensary, tips for running a clinic, inventory taking and systemization in the office for growing your clientele
- Observation of day to day activities and contribution to the running of an herbal business
- Medicine Making Techniques: tea blends, tinctures, tincture formulations, salves, oils, compresses, vinegars, creams etc. * Note: students may be responsible for purchasing some materials for this component- shopping list to be sent out in advance
- Incorporating Herbs into your existing Holistic Practice: for practitioners of various healing paradigms
- Application of Essential Oils, Flower Essences
- Plant Identification and herb walks may be incorporated at certain times during the year
- Making Herbarium Collections
- Creating case studies for publications and journals
- Resource Lists for Books, Schools, Programs, etc. for Herbalists
For select students of herbal medicine completing their formal training there is limited opportunity to obtain clinic training and apprenticeship hours at pre-set dates throughout the year. For more information on requirements, cost and the application process, send us an email:
- Introducing yourself and
- Outlining your herbal studies, education, and current level of knowledge
- Sharing your interest in and goals with pursuing the mentorship program
- Communicating dreams and intentions for furthering your education in Herbal Medicine