The Comprehensive Program is the cornerstone of the Seattle School of Homeopathy. This course sequence, intended for licensed and unlicensed students alike, consists of The Foundation Year, The Materia Medica ("Intermediate") Year, and is rounded out by the Acute Care Homeopathy course and supervised clinical training weekends. Comprehensive Program students not holding medical or nursing licenses will also be required to complete Pathophysiology for Homeopaths, a 78-hour course.
The "Foundation Year" of the Comprehensive Program lays a strong pragmatic and theoretical basis in classical homeopathy. Topics covered include philosophy, history, pharmacy, potency selection, proving and research, materia medica, repertory use, case taking, first aid and acute care, chronic disease and miasms, case analysis, clinical homeopathy and case management. Students may take the Foundation Year alone, or as part of the Comprehensive Program sequence. Approximate tuition has been $4100-$5000, and total hours between 150-200, depending on the number of supervised independent modules and quizzes the student elects to complete in addition to 150 hours of classroom time. Instructors from 2007-2012 have included Lucy Vaughters PA-C,CCH, Karen Allen CCH, Maryann Ivons ND, Melanie Grimes CCH, Heidi Schor CCH, and Julian Jonas LAc, CCH. Click here to link to the 2010 Foundation year schedule.
The Materia Medica ("Intermediate") Year, reinforces and expands on all topics from Year 1, presenting the materia medica of a vast number of remedies via a highly efficient thematic organization. Costs and total credit hours for Year 2 are similar to those for Foundation Year. Instructors for Year 2 have included Doug Brown FNP, CCH (core instructor), Theodore Matheny MD, Krista Heron ND, DHANP, and Lucy Vaughters PA-C, CCH. Click here to link to the 2011 Year 2 syllabus.
This thirteen-module sequence (three hours per module) is also available (with successful completion of quizzes ) as a 50-hour certificate course. Course is required of Comprehensive Program students, and is also open to the general public. With an acute care kit, a few well-selected books, and the right training, you can reduce suffering, save money, and safely and gently curtail acute illness. Instructors in past years have included Lucy Vaughters PA-C, CCH; Maryann Ivons ND; and Lauri Grossman, DC, CCH. Click here for complete curriculum from Homeopathic Acute Care course.
Seattle Homeopathy Clinic (SHC) is a low-cost outpatient homeopathy clinic, which serves as the clinical training arm of the Seattle School of Homeopathy. It is staffed by highly qualified licensed healthcare practitioners/homeopaths, who closely supervise each student's work.
SHC provides outstanding clinical training to qualified students who have completed 300 + didactic hours at SSH. Qualified students who have received 300+ hours training at other programs may apply, as may students who are in the process of completing their second year at SSH; preference is given to qualified SSH students.
The Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) requires 250+ hours of supervised clinical training, as well as the completion of 10 supervised clinical case write-ups. Each 6-weekend session of SHC training provides 75 live clinic hours, as well as the opportunity (at an additional cost) to complete the CHC requirement of 10 supervised cases and/or receive up to 50 additional clinical hours.
Unlike most other programs, in which students watch a patient's case being taken "theater-style", the Seattle Homeopathy Clinic training features closed-circuit technology, so that the volunteer patient can have her case taken with the feeling of privacy—as in actual practice. Clinic enrollment is limited to eight students, to maximize individual attention and patient safety.
Our clinic supervisors, Nancy J. Mercer, ND and Lucy Vaughters , PA-C, CCH, are very experienced and qualified homeopaths and teachers. Dr. Mercer has been the core homeopathy clinical instructor at Bastyr Center for Natural healing for nearly a decade, and Lucy Vaughters (founder of Seattle School of Homeopathy) has been in clinical practice of medicine since 1984, specializing in homeopathy since 1991. Lucy is a licensed, board-certified Physician Assistant, who is also board certified in homeopathy, and Nancy is a licensed and board-certified Naturopathic Physician.
All clinical sessions take place at the Evergreen Center for Homeopathic Medicine in Edmonds.
Clinic runs from 9-5 daily, one weekend per month, from January to June yearly.
Clinic dates fall usually on the first weekend of the month.
Consult SSH website for clinic dates from January-June in 2011 and 2012.
Cost of 6-weekend series: $1700 plus $100 deposit= $1800.
Cost of single weekend (on space available basis)= $325.
Through our contract with Homeopathic Symposium and/or or Homeopathic Virtual CLinics, SSH students will have the opportunity to view, study, and solve clinical cases on their own. Completed cases will earn credit towards CHC prerequisites. Visit our website in 2011 for more details.
Course Director: Maryann Ivons ND
Instructors: Maryann Ivons ND, RN, Herb Joiner-Bey, ND, Lucy Vaughters, PA-C, MA-T, CCH, and Theodore Matheny, MD
Objectives: Course is designed to give homeopaths-in-training student sufficient introduction to pathophysiology and anatomy /physiology that s/he can assess what needs to be cured in a given homeopathic case; can distinguish common symptoms of disease from individualizing symptoms (that are more valuable in homeopathic analysis); and , most importantly, can make timely decisions of when to refer a patient for to the ER or other health care professionals evaluation, if necessary.
Class meeting times for 2010-12: Class meets from 9-4:30 daily during three weekends per academic year, with one module each morning and one each afternoon. There is a 1 hr. 15 minute break for lunch each day.
Class Location: Class will meet at The Evergreen Center for Homeopathic Medicine in Edmonds.
Admission and Suitability: Admission is on space-available basis, and preference (as well as tuition incentives) are given to students who take the entire sequence of modules. Course is suitable for students wishing to prepare for CHC exam, and meets CHC patho-physiology class requirements. Class is also an excellent refresher course for students who are in need of a review, for instance, for the CHC exam.
Credit Hours: A total of 39 hours per year, or 78 hours per two-year program, is possible, broken down as follows:
Tuition costs: Cost is $800 per year (12 modules) or $1500 for the two-year program. Cost per individual module is $80 per three-hour module (on space-available basis). There is a 25% discount for returning students.
Recommended (not required) for Pathophysiology:
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Homework: Students will study the anatomical system being covered in next class in their texts and online resources. Students will also study the physiological functioning of each organ system.
Lectures and A/V presentations: Anatomy and physiology of a particular anatomical system will be presented (for instance,” “the cardio-vascular system.”). Instructor(s) will reinforce and supplement homework readings via class lectures, graphic displays, actor re-enactments, and/or powerpoint presentations reviewing key features of anatomical system under study, its normal physiology, and pathologies potentially affecting that system and how they manifest clinically. Resources used include anatomical charts, texts, anatomical models, power point presentations by instructors, on-line resources, and/or short videos.
Case-work: After students have thoroughly reviewed a particular anatomical system and its physiological functioning, they will be posed with written, acted and/or videotaped cases of the sorts of presenting problems they may encounter in actual homeopathic practice. These “patient problems” will serve as the basis for teacher-directed large group question-answer and discussion; small group or paired problem-solving and discussion; individual or small group research (using required texts and/or anatomical charts/models); and completion of short answers for future study guide use.
Quizzes: Short monthly self-assessment quizzes will round out teaching methods, assisting students in pacing their studies, and recognizing areas needing remediation.
Exams: One final exam will be given at the conclusion of each 12-unit sequence. The exam will be take-home, electronic, and students will be required to sign an honor code. The last classroom module of each academic year will be an intensive review session.
The Foundation Year curriculum at Seattle School of Homeopathy offers breadth, depth, and flexibility for students who are seeking a comprehensive introduction to this complex and deeply gratifying system of healing. Exposure to a rich variety of theoretical positions and treatment approaches is enhanced by interactive engagement with experienced, clinically active faculty.
– William Rogers II, MD, MPH