Homeopathy Tips for 8/23/16 Standards for Homeopathy in North America

It seems there is great debate these days around standards for the homeopathic profession. As the struggle for legitimacy for professional homeopaths continues, there is a great amount of discrepancy between different organizations struggling to credential the new homeopath.

There are as many ways to be a homeopath as there are people. There are so many  schools of thought that finding common ground really happens around the name “homeopathy” and not the medicinal art that Hahnemann so eloquently described in his Organon of Medicine.

It should be easy if we are using his guide; then everyone would possible come closer to agreement. But the way homeopathy has evolved over the years is convoluted at best. Many call themselves homeopaths and do complex homeopathic remedies or prescribe homeopathic remedies in an allopathic fashion. Many new students of homeopathy are also looking to the fastest way to become credentialed. Usually these students are less concerned with becoming a great homeopath with true integrity for the healing art, than getting the letters behind their name.

It is my belief that the best way to become a great homeopath is to learn by doing live cases with a competent master of homeopathy. The academic part of homeopathy is learned side by side with understanding the client. If we do not know what is asking to be healed in our client we will be doomed to failure. This is an acquired art that can not be learned through didactic academic studies.

I train my students to be homeopaths with experience and not test takers. I see many great homeopaths who would likely fail some of the standards set by some for homeopathy. This is because the creative thinking that comes with being a practitioner of the art is lost to yes and no or multiple choice  answers on a timed test. It is not enough to learn the keynotes to a remedy. If all cases are paper cases, for the benefit of learning to be a homeopath, the new homeopath will be lost when stepping into their profession. They might have received some letters by their name but will not have the experience necessary to really help others.

As standards for the profession become the latest struggle for homeopathy, I see that we are losing the real focus of what it is to be a homeopath. As homeopaths, we are the tool. The development of the person to be a homeopath is the real challenge for homeopathy. Book learning comes naturally for the inspired homeopath. It is not about learning to pass the test. It is about learning to understand your client and what is asking to be healed. It is about understanding remedies and being able to prescribe them accurately, without prejudice, even if you have never prescribed that remedy before. This is a skill that can not be learned in a book.

At Resonance School of Homeopathy our students are all student/practitioners who are managing cases under supervision. In the four year online program there are over 200 new cases to work on. If the student comes to the live classes also, there are another 200 cases. That’s over 400 new cases that the student/practitioner has received in a 4 year time. This is unprecedented in homeopathic education. They are listening and talking with these clients and making decisions that add to their experience. This is the only way to become a great homeopath that has the confidence to really help people.

As the dialog continues about professional standards, who would you rather have treat you with homeopathy? A person with the letters behind their name who has maybe seen a few live cases but never prescribed for them themselves, let alone manage a case, or a new homeopath who has years of experience and has already worked with hundreds of people? I will let you decide.

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