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Curriculum

The Seattle School of Homeopathy offers

The Comprehensive Program

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.

Foundation Year

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

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.

Homeopathic Acute Care and First Aid

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.

Clinical Training

What is The Seattle Homeopathy Clinic?

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.

Who may apply?

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.

What Type of Clinical Credit does SHC provide?

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.

What makes training at the SHC unique?

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.

Who are the instructors?

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.

Location and times:

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.

Tuition and credit hours

Cost of 6-weekend series: $1700 plus $100 deposit= $1800.
Cost of single weekend (on space available basis)= $325.

Virtual Clinical Training

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.

Pathophysiology

Course description: Pathophysiology for Homeopaths

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.

Format:

  • Course consists of 24 three-hour modules, spread over three weekends per year for two consecutive years.
  • Modules may be taken individually (space available basis; preference given to registrants for entire sequence) , or as a sequence.
  • Instructional methods used are primarily lecture, discussion, individual and small-group case-solving—supplemented with slides and acted cases.
  • Students will be expected to do a considerable amount of reading between classes, and sometimes to answer homework questions.
  • Classroom lecture and discussions are complemented by electronic take-home quizzes, and an electronic final exam.

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:

  • Credit is granted hour-per-hour of classroom attendance ( i.e, 3 hours credit for each 3-hour module attended)= 36 hours possible per year
  • Three hours are granted for completion (with passing score) of each final exam.
  • Total credit hours possible: 39 hours per year, or 78 hours for complete sequence. (CHC requirement for anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology is currently 72 hours).

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.

Background Sources

Required Texts:

  • The Nature of Disease: Pathophysiology for Health Care Professionals, by Thomas McConnell
  • Anatomy and Physiology Made Incredibly Easy (Lippincott)
  • Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy (Lippincott)
  • Medical Dictionary ( any is fine; we recommend Dorland’s or Stedman’s)

Recommended (not required) for Pathophysiology:

  • Ball, John, Understanding Disease
  • Gascoigne, S, The Clinical Medicine Guide: A Holistic Perspective
  • Roberts, E., Warning Signs and Similar Symptoms for Alternative and Complementary Practitioners
  • O’Connell and Zarbock, A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Exams for Physician Assistants

Recommended anatomy websites:

Course competencies: The successful student will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • S/he will have a basic understanding of patho-physiological processes, and the anatomy of organs and other structures involved
  • Student will be able to ascertain what further information must be obtained from the patient to make an appropriate assessment, based on the patient’s presenting signs and symptoms
  • Student will be able to ascertain what physiological processes and anatomical systems might possibly be involved in each patient’s presentation of signs and symptoms;
  • Based on assessment, s/he will distinguish potentially serious or life-threatening pathology from routine or non-urgent problems, and
  • s/he will make timely and appropriate decisions based on this assessment, and refer to the appropriate referral source (medical, naturopathic, psychological or other specialist; emergency medical facility; general practitioner; etc.) if indicated.
  • S/he will also be able to distinguish common presenting disease signs and symptoms from unusual ones—a distinction which is essential knowledge for competent homeopathic case analysis
  • S/he will be able to distinguish the mental/ emotional presentations of healthy individuals (for instance, normal grief in response to a loss; normal fear in response to a fearful situation) from psychopathology; and s/he will know how and when to make timely and appropriate referrals in the event of psycho-spiritual crises
  • S/he will be able to recognize potential “obstacles to cure” in the patient’s case posed by longstanding dietary errors or inadequacies, and recommend, or refer for, appropriate dietary intervention if necessary
  • S/he will be familiar with common natural adjunctive therapies which are readily available and which can enhance patient’s well-being without interfering with homeopathic treatment
  • S/he will be able to recognize the need for common disease –prevention and disease-reduction behavioral strategies as appropriate, including smoking cessation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and/or eating and dietary related therapies, and refer to an appropriate practitioner or facility
  • S/he will be familiar with the major classes of commonly used allopathic medications, so as to distinguish possible medication effects from the patient’ own symptoms inherent in the disease-picture.

Teaching/ Learning Methods Employed:

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.

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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