Clinical Mentorship Program
October 19th 2020 – February 24th 2021
Location: Online on Zoom
212 hour program
Application deadline is August 10th, 2020
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Are you a herbalist looking for a way to begin or strengthen your clinical practice? This clinical mentorship program is for herbalists looking to develop and deepen clinical skills, and gain supervised clinical practicum experience. This program will weave throughout the curriculum and discussions a clinical approach that is client-centred, harm reduction focused, anti-racist, trans-positive, and trauma-informed. Challenging systems of oppression is necessary for the transformation of ourselves and our practices to embody liberation and empowerment for all peoples.
This program aims to present information for a variety of learning styles – visual, audible, academic and hands-on. The classroom space is collaborative, where the wisdom and knowledge that students bring is welcomed and all questions are welcome. The small class size is designed for an intimate and individualized experience, where each student can overcome challenges and grow capacities. In order to take into account the diverse student backgrounds, the program can be taken as a whole or in part. The clinic module will be limited to 9 students, the class modules will be limited to 20 students. With a full class, a portion of the tuition will subsidize herbs and consultations for clients of the supervised clinic, as well as contribute towards BIPOC-led herbal projects. Reduced tuition is available and prioritized for BIPOC students.
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1. Program content
1. Program Content
This program can be taken in full or each module can be taken separately, taking into account each student’s unique knowledge and experience.
CLASSES: 50 class hours live / 43 homework hours expected
CLINIC PRACTICUM: 72 class hours live / 58 homework hours expected
Total hours: 122 live / 101 homework = 223 total
MODULE ONE: HOLISTIC PROTOCOL DEVELOPMENT (26 class hours live / 22 homework hours / 48 hours total)
~ Making accurate assessments using Western energetic concepts
~ Tongue and physical assessments
~ Advanced materia medica differentiation
~ Formulation and protocol building
MODULE TWO: SAFETY AND HDI (12 class hours live / 10 homework hours / 22 hours total)
~ Safety considerations for kids, elders
~ Specific contra-indications based on condition/herb
~ Herb-drug interactions: assessing risk
~ Types of herb-drug interactions
~ Research skills
MODULE THREE: ETHICS AND CLINICAL PRACTICE (12 class hours live / 10 homework hours / 22 hours total)
~ Scope of practice, referring out, working with other practitioners
~ Client access and barriers, money
~ Herb sustainability+sourcing
~ Healthy boundaries, challenging clients
~ Client-centred care
~ Running a practice: scheduling, follow-ups, apothecary/dispensary
MODULE FOUR: CLINICAL PRACTICUM (64 class hours live / 58 homework hours / 122 hours total)
~ Clinical skills
~ Clinic observation with classmates and experienced practitioners
~ Round table
~ Supervised clinical experience
Location is online on Zoom with possible in-person participation based on necessary covid safety practices.
Clinic: Mondays 1-3 and 4-6 (there will be some clinic observation times outside of this)
Classes: Wednesdays 2-5
All times in Atlantic Time (UTC-3) online
16 week program
Start date: Monday October 19th
Break: December 17th-Jan 3
Last day: Wednesday February 17th
- Completion of a clinical herbalist program
- OR 2-3 years of formal study, at least partially at a herb school
- OR 5+ years self-study with some kind of apprenticeship
- education should include:
- minimum 700 hours of study
- anatomy & physiology
- western herbal materia medica
- herbal therapeutics
- basic plant chemistry/pharmacology
Entire program: $1750 CAD
If taking separately:
Module 1 $440
Module 2 $210
Module 3 $210
Module 4 Clinical $1140
There are a limited number of reduced-rate spots that will be prioritized for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, up to 50% reduced tuition cost. Students can request the reduced rate on the application.
Download the application by clicking the link below. Email completed application to email@example.com. Application deadline is August 10th, 2020
Ember Peters (www.wildcurrentherbalism.com): Ember Peters has over 3000 hours of clinical experience since 2014, focusing on providing accessible sliding-scale herbal care to people with complex chronic illness. They recognize community based holistic health as a tangible step towards collective and individual liberation and resilience. Guided by nature, their practice integrates scientific knowledge with energetic systems including Western herbalism traditions, Classical Chinese Medicine assessment tools, the latest scientific research, phytochemistry, physiology, flower essence therapy and holistic nutrition. Ember is a Registered Herbal Practitioner with the Herbalist Association of Nova Scotia (HANS). She has taught widely about herbalism at conferences and schools including faculty at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, the American Herbalists Guild Symposium, the Dandelion Seed Conference, The Wild Seed School of Herbal Studies and the Elderberry Academy. Trans-inclusivity and anti-racism/dismantling white supremacy are cornerstones of Ember’s practice, a part of their life-long commitment to fighting for liberation for all peoples. Ember is a gender non-conforming settler of Ashkenazi Jewish and Greek ancestry, and uses she or they pronouns.
Stascha Stahl (www.bayherbalist.com): Stascha is a community centered clinical herbalist, medicine maker, apothecarist, and educator practicing in the Chochenyo Ohlone Territory so-called Oakland, California. Stascha has been studying herbal medicine since 2006 and seeing clients in free or sliding scale clinics for the last 12 years. She prioritizes harm reduction and focuses on complex chronic conditions.
Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich (https://www.wildcherries.org): Vilde Chaya Fenster-Ehrlich came to herbal medicine with the desire to bring effective tools for self-care to her life and her community. She found the rich world of plant medicine to be completely thrilling — meeting the vibrant flowers and herbs and trees in their various habitats; learning about the traditions and the science of the medicine; and understanding how our bodies work and how plants can work with them! She has been practicing herbalism and teaching workshops since 2007, with the intention of making herbal medicine accessible, to connect people to the plant world, and help empower people to be in charge of their own healing process. To this end, she has helped start and support free clinics in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Arizona. She is preoccupied with creating sweet, accessible and nurturing health care for queer and trans people and communities and dismantling the pernicious gender binary in the way we think about biology, health and society. She believes in our capacity for healing and wholeness and a little bit of joy, and knows that we are better off facing our life struggles with plants as our partners.
Still have questions? email Ember at firstname.lastname@example.org