School of Homeopathy
School of Homeopathy
Phone-Number: UK Freephone: 0800 0439 349
or +44 (0)1453 765 956
Mani Norland – Principal
Amanda Norland – Course Manager
Member of the HCPF
Type of Course:
Course title: Advanced Diploma and Professional Licentiate in Homeopathic Medicine (Part-time).
Study via: Attendance, Correspondence or E-learning.
We also offer a shorter Taster Courses, 1 Year Foundation Course and First Aid Courses.
Read more at: www.homeopathyschool.com/Courses
Approximately £2,500 per year. Please contact us for a detailed fee sheet.
What other expenses are to be expected?
Additional study books and individual contracting with a supervisor in years 3 and 4. Our fee sheet shows all course fees and any possible additional fees.
Our courses are open to you if you have a sincere interest in the study of homeopathy and time enough for reading and research. You will need to be fluent in English. There are no high level academic entry requirements for joining our courses, rather we ask that you to come with vocational aptitude and an open mind and heart.
Time commitment for each of the following: (contact time, study time and clinical training)
Students need a minimum of 14-16 hours a week to complete the study.
Attendance: one weekend a month, ten months a year. Clinical training is via a Friday clinic before each teaching weekend in years 3 and 4. The School is the only residential homeopathy School in the UK and all four years are onsite at once creating a vibrant homeopathic community of students and teachers.
E-learning or correspondence: start anytime, work at your own pace. Clinical training is via 7 day summer schools.
The School places a high degree of importance on clinical training. Experience shows that the higher the level of clinical training the greater the confidence of the graduating homeopath.
Clinical cases: Students complete assessed video cases throughout the course.
Clinical observation: A minimum of 100 clinical observation hours are required.
Clinical supervision: Students complete a minimum of 18 months and 30 cases in supervision.
What facilities does your college offer:
The attendance course is run from a 19th Century country house is set in 42 acres of beautiful gardens, woods and fields, and is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The School’s admin office is based in Stroud and is open five days a week. We have a dedicated team happy to answer questions and help in whatever way possible. The School is one of the few to have a dedicated clinic.
There is a full homeopathic library at the School and the clinic.
We offer a homeopathic pharmacy for use by students at the clinic.
The School also has a sophisticated e-learning system to support students learning with video and audio lectures, downloadable hand outs, community tools and much more.
How can prospective students find out more about your course before committing to study with you?:
Please either contact us for a free copy of our prospectus or visit our website for more information: www.homeopathyschool.com
What are your term dates/college weekends:
Attendance dates can be viewed online at: www.homeopathyschool.com/events
What do you consider to be the main strengths of your course?
The School of Homeopathy was established in 1981 by its Founder and current course leader, Misha Norland. We are the longest running homeopathy school in the UK and for many years have been recognised for clarity of vision, for precision in homeopathic prescribing, and for professionalism.
You will be awarded the School of Homeopathy’s prestigious Advanced Diploma in Homeopathy, highly regarded by the homeopathic community in the UK and internationally and fully recognised by the Society of Homeopaths.
We are the longest running homeopathic School in the UK, founded in 1981 by current main teacher Misha Norland and now run by Mani Norland.
3. Celebrating the Individual
Our course blends many models and approaches and actively encourages each student to find their own self expression through their work – their own unique style in the practice of homeopathy.
4. World Class Curriculum
You will leave with a whole range of skills and methods and hopefully a highly tuned sense of self awareness to take you through many years of practice.
5. Clinical Training
Superb clinical training lead by the School’s most experienced practitioners and provided on-site through our low cost community clinic and via intensive 7 day summer schools and seminars.
6. Clinical Supervision
The School of Homeopathy helped pioneer clinical supervision in homeopathy and has an incredible well developed program with over 60 trained supervisors on its network. Through Clinical Supervision you set up in practice ensuring sound business skills, enabling you to succeed in homeopathic practice.
7. Classical and Contemporary Teaching
The attendance course is a forerunner in bringing old and new worlds together, bringing you the old masters Hahnemann, Kent, Vithoulkas etc – as well as new approaches by Sankaran, Vermeulen, Scholten, Sherr, et al.
8. The Best Teachers
The highest teaching quality delivered through fifteen permanent teachers, plus a wider flexible network, with many teachers lecturing on the international circuit.
9. Student Support & Nurture
Our office is open all week (Monday-Friday 9.30-5.30), for pastoral care and practical support. You will receive ongoing and individual care and feedback through our network of mentors, tutors and teachers with full written feedback for every piece of your work.
10. We Create Healers, Not Just Practitioners
The School’s course is well known for taking its students on a journey of discovery into self-awareness and self-reflection, using various teaching methods to bring this to life in class and at home. We aim to unravel the mysteries of life and health and help to integrate this into a wealth of homeopathic knowledge and practical skills. Our ‘home’ has always been a real retreat, a safe place to escape the outside world and learn about homeopathy.
What different learning styles are offered and how are they supported?
There are three easy ways to take our courses; attendance, correspondence and e-learning. The benefits of each are outlined below.Attendance
Run from Hawkwood College in Stroud, Gloucestershire, students attend classes one weekend a month for ten months of the year.Benefits:
• Course runs in the UK
• Develop a sense of community with your fellow learners
• Small classes to attend to an individual learning style
• Mentor assessed, no grades or exams
• Beautiful setting in the heart of the Cotswolds
• Residential – students can stay overnight
• 42 acres of gardens and woods to explore
• Support network of trust and cooperation
• Watch live cases through a video linkCorrespondence
You receive everything by post included a data disc with all movie and audio tracks. Work is sent to and from the tutor via post or email. Our home study programmes combine some of our finest teaching and resources collected across the years. Work from home, start whenever you like and study at your own pace.Benefits:
• Available to anyone anywhere in the world
• Study at your own pace
• Fit your work into your lifestyle
• Continual assessment, there are no exams
• Personal tutor to give ongoing feedback
• Recordings of actual cases to analyse
• Check your own progress with self-assessment questions
• Meet other students in our forum and chat roomsE-learning
You sign-in to the online e-learning system and receive the course material via the internet. You are sent a hard copy of the course manual but all movie and audio tracks are accessed online. You also use the assignment area to upload work and read tutor feedback. The online blended learning system brings together all your course study notes with a vast range of online resources to complement your study.Benefits:
• Available to anyone anywhere in the world
• Instant access to course information
• Stream audio and audio visual recordings online
• Access at any time, day or night
• Hand in assignments online, no postal fees
• Feedback from tutors received quickly
• Instant chat to talk to fellow students
Keep track of your progress online
How is clinical training delivered and when do students start to see patients?
Clinical Training is an integral part of our practitioner programme. It is a vital part in a student’s journey towards becoming a homeopath. Any student of the School (beginner, practitioner, postgrad or CPD) is welcome to join in on Clinical Training events.Student gain clinical hours in three different ways:
Clinical video – In-course video cases
Clinical observation – face-to-face clinical observation hours
Clinical Supervision – 18 months, 30 cases presented in a clinical portfolio
Each year of the Practitioner Course comes with video cases. Students gain over 250 hours of clinical observation through the video cases that are integrated into the course as assignments or example cases. Homeopaths that did not train with the School can also complete these video cases through out clinical observation CPD modules.
A minimum of 100 hours is needed on clinical observation. This includes either watching live cases via a video link on the attendance course, or working at 7-day summer schools and workshops if a correspondence or e-learning student.
This is an exciting time in your study, when you can begin to take actual cases yourself using all the knowledge you have gained through the course. You will be working with a supervisor who is there to help you develop as a practitioner and guide you through the process.
The School has a clinic in the heart of Stroud. The clinic is for use by students, graduates and homeopaths. Students use the space for clinical training, pharmacy and cases. Graduates and homeopaths can hire the Clinic practice room to see their patients.
How are students supported during their training and beyond?
Attendance students are supported by year head, tutors & course manager
Home study students are supported by personal tutor & course managerOn the attendance course students have one year head for the duration of the course, they see the year head each School weekend and can contact them outside of attendance weekends. Marking is done by a variety of tutors.On the home study programme students are giving one personal tutor who works with them for the duration of their study. The tutor gives them encouragement, helps them with questions and marks their work. Tutors are available for student support outside of marking assignments. As home study students are working at distance it is important that they have one consistent person they get to know and communicate with while on the course – this is quite different from home study.The course manager, admin staff and the Principal and also always available should they be needed.The School prides itself on high levels of student support and care regardless of the study option. Our office is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm for student calls or meetings.
How do students develop the skills to balance and maintain their own health and wellbeing, whilst functioning as an effective practitioner?
We see the route to ‘becoming’ a homeopath as a journey of discovery, from both a personal and professional perspective. You will be encouraged to be reflective and aware of your developing skills as a healer, as well as building a base of homeopathic knowledge for your practice.Becoming more self-aware is a vital part of becoming a homeopath, and the journey through the course is more than picking up a set of new skills, as it will hopefully also be a journey of self-discovery. So, rather than assessing using the ‘2-dimensional’ method of examinations, we prefer to use continual assessment and self-reflection to deepen the process. The art of self reflection will really come into its own when you start to see patients under supervision, as you will write up each case to include an account of your own experience: of being with that patient, observing their state, what is your immediate response, what do you recognize as your own ‘prejudice/stuff’ and so on…you will be gently introduced to all aspects of training as you progress through the programme and this will be just one of them!
How is progress assessed?
There are no formal examinations and assessment is continuous, initially through regular assignment projects. You will be assisted by supportive and thought provoking comments from your tutor and later by your clinical supervisor. Your abilities in case analysis and management during clinics are noted. Tutors play a key role in listening to you and providing a meta-view of your progress. Any perceived weakness in your understanding will be discussed with you, whilst you will be aware of any missing assignments yourself. We may re-contract with you, for instance, in agreeing to extend the time frame of your studies or your case supervision. We find our students benefit most when encouraged to self-assess and self-reflect so we do not use a marking grade or percentage system.Annual reviews are carried out by our academic board. Our external examiner also attends academic board meetings. In the event of it ever being required we do have a structured complaints procedure, but experience suggests a dynamic strength is derived from listening and learning about all issues as they arise.
Correspondence and e-learning students progress through the study units on completion of each set of assignments. They are supervised through the course by the home study course manager, Amanda Norland, who is available for queries or pastoral care.
Attendance students must come to at least 80% of the weekends plus clinic days. We give you latitude in handing in late assessment projects and in completing your supervised case portfolio.
How are your teachers supported and enabled to teach well?
A major strength of the School is the diversity and experience of its faculty. Many of the most knowledgeable homeopaths in the UK teach at the School. Their wide-ranging skills combine to provide you with the highest standards of teaching, assessment and support. They are all active homeopaths who continue to increase their already considerable expertise through many channels of Continued Professional Development as well as their everyday practice.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Becoming a homeopath
We hope that the following questions may guide and help you in making your first choices and please do call us if you would like to chat about your options:
What makes me want to be a homeopath? Many people spend time creating a career and family, and then come to a place of unanswered questions about their life. Maybe you are at a ‘crossroads’ and fancy a change of direction? Maybe you want to find more balance in life and want to work for yourself? Many people are drawn to studying homeopathy through positive personal experiences, and just know that it makes sense. Whatever your reason for taking our course, our aim is to listen to you and to provide you with sound information. This will enable you to make a well-informed and good decision about your future.
Do I know what I’m getting into? We highly recommend that you have received homeopathic treatment from a professional homeopath, so that you understand this system of medicine from personal experience. This will give you an insight into the role of a practitioner as well as gaining empathy from the patient’s perspective. It might also be helpful to read a good introductory book to homeopathy, such as the one we suggest as a starter book.
Do I have the required skills? You don’t need to have any specific prior experience or training to enrol with us. You do need to be willing to study and if you like researching and pulling together ideas, then this should be right up your street! Being self-motivated and organised is also pretty vital. But most important of all are general ‘life skills’ as a level of maturity is needed, and this is rarely an appropriate training for anyone who has just left school.
Have I got the time and commitment? To become a fully qualified professional homeopath takes four years. Having said this, you can simply take it as far as you wish. Some people just want to prescribe for family and friends, in which case you can go as far as Year One or Two. You will receive a lot of input from teachers and tutors, and you must be prepared to devote time to studying and, in later stages of the course, to seeing patients. Study time varies from individual to individual, but as a guide, the requirement is roughly equivalent to that of an Open University course, at about 15 hours per week.
What will it cost? Each course provider sets their own fees. We always ensure that our courses are competitively and fairly priced. In the first stages, you should allow for course fees and books, and later on, clinical supervision and perhaps also the cost of buying remedies.
Have I got the support of friends and/or family? As we mentioned earlier, the study of homeopathy can be quite far-reaching and it is a really good idea to find someone who can be called upon for support. Ideally, your partner or family will be supportive, and in addition you may have friends and your own homeopath. Once you are up and running, you will also enjoy the friendship and connections that can be made with other students and you may find local study groups a real boost to your study.
Do I want to be self-employed? During the advanced stages of the course, you will be building your practice under the care of supervision. This will ease you into entering the marketplace as a professional homeopath upon graduation. Many homeopaths are self-employed and, whilst this can be a big plus for many, it is important to take into account that this may also involve a more unpredictable income and the need to be adaptable. Other aspects that you will consider at some stage will be marketing and maintaining accounts etc. It also means you need to set realistic charges and make sure you get paid!