We are delighted to offer the Clinical Herbalist Training Program (CHTP), a rigorous 200 hour course designed for students interested in practicing herbalism, and treating friends and family. The skills taught in the CHTP create a solid foundation for aspiring herbalists to establish a practice.
Students will learn:
- How to conduct consultations
- How to create holistic herbal treatments for acute and chronic health conditions
- Receive samples of intake forms and waivers
- Establish boundaries and practice self-care
- Review numerous case studies, practice creating botanical protocols, and receive feedback
- How to create personalized formulas with respect to the client's constitution.
Students will learn physiology, pathophysiology (physiology and symptoms of abnormal states), and therapeutic treatment of the following:
- Physiologic effects adrenal cortical and adrenal medulla hormones
- Stages and treatment of General Adaptation Syndrome (adrenal distress and burn-out)
- Symptoms of adrenal diseases; learn when to refer to a medical professional
Metabolic (blood sugar) disorders
- Physiologic effects of insulin and glucagon
- Pathophysiology of hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, syndrome X, and diabetes type I and II
- Therapeutic protocols for regulating blood sugar (herbs, diet, and nutrition)
- Physiologic effects of thyroid hormones
- Pathophysiology of hypothyroid and hyperthyroid
- Therapeutic protocols
Diagnostic Skills for the Herbalist
- Understanding constitutional patterns with tongue, pulse, skin, and physical diagnosis.
Establish a Practice Step-by-step
- Basic business skills for the herbalist
- How to determine your rates
- Establishing and sustaining a practice and pharmacy
- Pharmacy management
- In depth study of medicinal and clinical therapeutic uses of herbs
- Emphasis placed on adaptogens, immune-modulators, anti-infectives, Chinese tonics, and Western herbs.
- Preparations and dosages
- Botanical and common names
The Art of Formulation and Compounding
- Learn how to create personalized herbal tea and extracts
- Learn strategies to determine proportions and dosages
Herbal Pharmacy and Medicine Making
- Hands-on formulating of herbal teas and compounds
- Experiment with single herbs and compounds
First Aid Kits
- Create and present first aid kits
Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break. The program runs from Tuesday, September 18 through Thursday, December 13, 2018. Additionally, a weekend pulse diagnosis class with nationally reknowned pulse expert Dr. William Morris, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30. There is a one week break (no classes on November 20 and 22). In the unfortunate event a class is cancelled, make-up classes will be held on December 18 and 20; please reserve those dates.
The tuition for the program is $2,800. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due by Friday, August 24; the remainder of the balance is due on or before September 14, 2018. We are offering an early bird discount of $2,600 - if the class is paid in full, by Friday, August 24 (no exceptions). Credit card payments are accepted; however, there is an additional 4% processing fee. Note: A 10 student minimum is required in order to hold the program.
All classes are held at the Northwest School for Botanical Studies in Fieldbrook, California. Directions will be sent following the student's acceptance into the program.
Students are required to volunteer a minimum of two to four hours weekly to assist with set-up and clean-up before and after class, and assist in maintaining the garden and pharmacy.
Students are responsible for purchasing the following books and materials:
- Its imperative that students have a functioning printer and weekly internet access
- Students are responsible for printing copies of the Powerpoint presentations, materia medica sheets, and other lengthy therapeutics handouts.
- Materials for preparing a first-aid kit and medicines prepared outside of class.
- "Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine" by Michael Murray, N.D., and Joseph Pissorno, N.D.
- Pruning sheers, a digging implement, gardening gloves, and gardening pad (optional, but recommended)
Disclaimer: The class material and dates described above are subject to alteration.