Homeopathic Medical Training

Where can homeopaths find training opportunities?

Successful homeopaths prove competency by completing formal education and training programs in homeopathy. Medical colleges, career development schools, institutes of higher education, degree programs, professional associations, distance learning programs, and online homeopathy courses are all great education and training providers for aspiring homeopaths. Some of the most trusted resources for information on homeopathic education and training include the National Center for Homeopathy (NCO), the Council on Homeopathic Education (CHE), and the North American Network of Homeopathic Educators (NANHE).

Not only do these organizations provide directories of homeopathic education and training programs and courses across the country, they also announce current conferences, seminars, study groups, discussion forums, and continuing education activities. Some of these organizations also offer provide educational materials like books, audio tapes, software, professional kits, products, research information, and videos pertaining to homeopathy.

In what areas are homeopaths typically trained?

The North American Network of Homeopathic Educators suggests that all homeopaths acquire training in three major aspects: health sciences, homeopathy, and practitioner development. In terms of health sciences, homeopaths are encouraged to complete studies in common medical treatments and side effects, anatomy, signs and symptoms of disease, pathology, and physiology.

Next, homeopaths should participate in homeopathic training in non conventional facets like materia medica, philosophy, and analysis and therapeutics along with practical homeopathic training in clinical case work and management.

Finally, homeopaths need to become acquainted with occupational expectations through practitioner development training. Through practitioner development training, homeopaths should learn about the importance of listening and perception skills, effective client assessment and interaction, legal and ethical aspects of homeopathy, professional roles and boundaries, client and business management techniques, and new developments in research.

What is the Council for Homeopathic Education?

The Council for Homeopathic Education (CHE) was established in 1982 in an effort to create educational standards for professionals practicing homeopathy throughout North America and to accredit homeopathy schools that instruct in homeopathy. According to the CHE, homeopathy training should consist of a combination of self-study, formal education, and clinical supervision. In an attempt to set forth education guidelines for homeopaths, the CHE developed a list of competencies believed necessary to accurately prescribe homeopathic remedies and evaluate the consequent reactions of those remedies. All homeopathic professionals should be knowledgeable in the following areas of homeopathy: history of healing, homeopathic philosophy, principals of homeopathy, homeopathic solution provings, material medica, repertory, case taking, case analysis, and case management.

Are homeopaths held to training and education standards?

As of yet, the field of homeopathy is not held to federal licensing standards, this is partially because most homeopathic remedies contain little to no active ingredients. If a remedy does contain an active ingredient, this ingredient is always a natural ingredient that is considered safe in small amounts. The only states that currently offer professional licenses for homeopathic physicians are Nevada, Arizona, and Connecticut. These states only allow medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy to obtain licenses as homeopathic physicians. Admittedly, most homeopathic practitioners are also licensed medical professionals (nurses, therapists, physicians), but they don't necessarily have to be. It is the responsibility of consumers, patients, and clients of homeopaths to conduct individual research regarding a homeopath's education and level of training.

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