In the second year, students begin their formal clinical training. Initially, students observe consultations with patients and participate in the case analysis and discussion. To become a Practical Homeopath, the College believes that students should start working with patients as soon as possible. It is only through the experience of taking cases and with patients that students become competent and confident practitioners.
An important aspect of the professional course is the clinical training our students receive. This is where you integrate the theory learnt at the college weekends with the practical application of seeing real patients. Students have to start attending clinics from the beginning of their second year; however, from the moment a student joins the professional course they are welcome to attend our student clinics held one Saturday a month at the Ananda Clinic, Tonbridge. We find that most students choose to begin attending clinics early in their first year.
The clinic is supervised by an experienced qualified homeopath, with each patient being seen by their designated student practitioner and observer before the case is discussed with the supervisor and the other students attending clinic. Students new to the clinic participate in the group discussions around case analysis and prescribing then as they gain experience progress to being an observer and when ready they will have their own clinic patients.
It is the combination of theory learnt at college weekends and through completing your homework with the experience gained at clinic that builds your skills as a competent homeopath. By seeing real patients whilst under supervision you develop your ability in case taking, case management and dealing with complex/difficult cases. Essential personal skills are developed through your participation at the clinic as you will need to listen objectively to patients and fellow student practitioners; to communicate with clarity; to support people on their healing journey; to be aware of issues of confidentiality and ethics. We find that students progress quickly by studying in this way so that by the time they graduate they are confident, professional practitioners.
Throughout the three/four years you will need to complete a minimum 150 clinic hours, of which a 120 hours will be internal clinic hours, 20 hours need to be external sitting-in with homeopaths, the extra 10 hours will ideally be made up of external sitting in but may be internal clinics. You can not graduate until these hours are complete.