The College of Practical Homeopathy
The College of Practical Homeopathy
The Healthy Living Centre,
282-284 St Pauls Road,
Phone-Number: 020 8986 8249
Principal: Ellen Kramer
Tel: 020 8986 8249 or 020 7774 6900
Member of the HCPF
Type of Course:
Online Distance and Blended Learning.
3 months to 4 years, depending on course.
A) The Health Factor course is a low-cost introduction to health and healing for you and your family and could lead to a new career in the complementary health sector (3 modules at £225).
B) The Professional Training for Homeopaths – 3 levels
Level 1: The Certificate in Homeopathy.
Level 2: The Diploma in Homeopathy.
Level 3: The Licentiate in Homeopathy.
£2,950 – £3,200 per level, depending on payment method.
C) The Postgraduate Licentiate in Homeopathy for qualified Medical Personnel and CAM Health Practitioners is the most cost- and time- effective way of adding homeopathy to your existing skills (and counts towards your CPD requirements and is a tax deductible expense).
£2,400 – £2,700 per level depending on payment method.
What other expenses are to be expected?
There are no extra charges from CPH but you should budget for non-CPH clinic days or for any external extra supervision and/or ‘sitting-in’ time. These are part of the requirement for students to develop their own local networks (in the UK external tutorials are offered by a number of independent homeopaths and students are encouraged to utilise these. These tutorials vary in cost from free to £20). Overall ancillary costs to CPH students would mainly be for books (which is kept to a minimum as our written material is excellent and most texts are available on the web), student insurance, external clinical hours, simple diagnostic instruments and remedies.
Life experience is more important than academic qualifications. The course is offered at NQF levels 4 – 6 so applicants are expected to have a good understanding of written and spoken English as all course materials are in English. (We can, however, provide a range of tutors who are fluent in Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian). You will require a pc with broadband internet access and Skype as the course is presented through this medium (it is not a correspondence course).
Time commitment for each of the following: (contact time, study time and clinical training)
As online e-learning is not tied to a lecture programme, students may work at whatever pace is suitable for them and set their own targets. However, we encourage students to make contact and produce assignments on a monthly basis (unless otherwise agreed with the tutor). We expect the minimum amount of time taken to complete a module will be between 6 -20 hours depending on the course level and the student’s ability and commitment. Your personal tutor will assist you in achieving whatever goals you set. You can start at any time of the year.
What facilities does your college offer:
• Flexible learning: Online e-learning with your own personal online tutor gives time to ask questions and get to know other students and tutors. CPH can create a programme to suit your needs. For students who like interaction with other students they may attend a recognised CPH hub which includes clinics and tutorial base sessions.
• Accreditation: CPH is the only college to be independently accredited by the BAC (British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education) and HCPF (The Homeopathic Course Providers Forum Quality Assurance Scheme).
• Vocational emphasis: CPH teaches from a practical perspective in order to support you in being ready to practice confidently and competently.
• Integrated teaching programme: CPH has a fully integrated programme which combines theory and practice from early on.
• High quality course notes: You will leave with a comprehensive set of notes which will suit your learning needs and act as a source of reference for the rest of your career. This is invaluable information which has been developed from clinical experience and cannot be found in most books or at any other college.
• Tutors: A good tutor should make you think, not tell you what to think! All our tutors have active practices and teach both from the heart and from experience.
• Reputation and recommendation: Take the time to talk to students and graduates to see what they think of CPH.
• Cost: The fees at CPH are very competitive and there are savings in travel costs and time which is very important for many students. When comparing costs of courses you should look at the overall cost, including the number of years and all extras to get a true comparison.
How can prospective students find out more about your course before committing to study with you?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0208 445 6123 to discuss the options available.
What are your term dates/college weekends:
Online courses may be started at any time. Clinic dates can be obtained by telephoning 020 8986 8249.
What do you consider to be the main strengths of your course?
CPH is a vocational college (although our academic standards are second to none) and we place the most emphasis on practical application as the base to any learning. Our courses are carefully structured so each module builds upon the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as professional homeopaths.Uniquely our courses require students to begin to see patients early on in their training. Students are strongly encouraged to develop their own unique style of consultation and practise, throughout the training. Our training equips graduates to build highly successful practices.
Our online e-learning courses (based on our unrivalled 30 years of attendance courses) bring homeopathic education into the 21st Century. We attract a wide range of students from all walks of life and different backgrounds, cultures and nationalities. It meets the needs of those who live too far to travel to London, those who live outside the UK, those who lead busy lives but want something more out of life, and those who wish to study but need the flexibility to study at their own pace. Students may continue their studies regardless of changes of address within a country or between countries.
What different learning styles are offered and how are they supported?
Each programme is divided into integrated modules, consisting of a study manual which includes lessons, handouts, web references, assignments and assessment programmes. Every level reflects the approach adopted at CPH which allows the rapid development of practical skills alongside the theoretical approaches taught – the only real way to learn. The Professional Training modules are based on a unique developmental approach which integrates different disciplines – for example, Anatomy and Physiology are taught alongside clinical practice and therapeutics, as appropriate (so, if you are looking at clients with respiratory problems you will be covering the lungs and related anatomy in A&P and the appropriate remedies in therapeutics).
How is clinical training delivered and when do students start to see patients?
Homeopathy is best learnt ‘hands on’. You will start seeing patients in clinic as early as possible and assignments are based around your own patients. Our aim is to develop in each student their own unique skill and talent, their insight and understanding, and their courage and passion for a career in a healing profession to enable them to become competent homeopathic practitioners. It is the experience of CPH that confidence grows naturally when clinical ability is matched with clinical understanding and so clinical training is considered to be the primary qualifying component of the CPH course. It is the way we provide this which makes our online e-learning course totally unique.
How are students supported during their training and beyond?
Alongside the Clinical Education program there is further emphasis on Practitioner Development so that graduates are ready to practice, have skills required for life-long learning and a commitment to Continuing Professional Development.
How do students develop the skills to balance and maintain their own health and wellbeing, whilst functioning as an effective practitioner?
An understanding of health and sickness and time to reflect on personal diets, nutrition and lifestyle is a crucial element of all our courses. To be successful you need to have a range of personal skills, drive, personality, an understanding of your own boundaries, as well as business skills above and beyond homeopathy (planning, marketing and financial management skills). CPH makes sure this is built into our professional courses.The CPH Professional Training and the Post graduate training brings together naturopathic principles, nutrition, herbs and flower essences as part of the essential tool kit a modern practitioner should have.
How is progress assessed?
Our assessment tasks are designed, not only to demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge or skills, but also to promote learning and to produce material (written or otherwise) which will be of practical value during the early stages of the graduate’s career. Workbook Assessments are designed to help the students organise their information with a view to reviewing and remembering the content. Assessment is ongoing and we do not require essays or the sitting of exams. The college operates an adult student-centred approach as far as possible, and will promote ongoing self-assessment as the key assessment tool. This will be supported by tutor, peer and external assessments (of cases). Each student must pass each level in order to enter into the following level.
Students are assessed through:
• Coursework: Exercises and assignments, homework, and reflective practice interviews.
• Clinical assessment – students will demonstrate the ability to:
– present/analyse/understand/make a prognosis /justify the appropriate method and strategy/evidence/justify remedies chosen and evaluate possible remedy reaction/demonstrate understanding of pathology and body systems/access other resources and show how they have they have adapted their strategy to meet their client’s changing needs;
– identify ethical considerations throughout the case;
– provide a reflective discourse regarding what they have learned from the case.
• Case studies: We believe that homeopaths learn best by being homeopaths. Therefore we feel it is much more useful for them to take their own cases and to have methods paper case assignments. In this way we can assess their understanding of the principles of homeopathy.
• Study assignments are designed to help students to take learned skills into the real world and to help them develop their organisational skills.
The course material is presented in a user-friendly format and is downloaded to your own pc. Students are guided through each module by their tutor and can check their progress and reinforce their learning through self-assessment questions. At the end of each module, you send written assignments electronically to your tutor for feedback and assessment. We expect student to commit to completing a minimum of 10 modules a year as this keeps you energised and enhances your learning potential. All of this can be done at your own rate and in your own time.
How are your teachers supported and enabled to teach well?
We consider the quality and experience of the people who teach our students to be more important than any other factor. The enthusiastic tutor can make even ‘colourless’ things bright with excitement, purpose and value. We have gathered a mix of new and experienced tutors bringing together the many different worlds of homeopathy. We also have a support team of markers, and supervisors.
Our staff meet regularly in various ways, both formally and informally to discuss many things including:
• the progress of students on both an individual and group basis;
• course content and delivery;
• the general and specific education policy;
• student-originated problems;
• staff-originated problems;
• development and improvement in any and all areas.
We encourage a wide representation of interests in all College matters, and the input of those outside the day-to-day team is actively sought when specific needs arise.
CPH is setting new standards in the teaching of homeopathy and is actively building a dedicated team of tutors. We provide support and training across the board, encourage our tutors to share skills and try out new areas, and to continually push their own limits. We provide the best written material already but want tutors to be able to ‘work’ the material, not just present it.
CPH has been very fortunate in attracting and keeping
Is there anything else you would like to add?
There is usually an assumption that all homeopathic trainings are the same. But this couldn’t be further from the truth as in reality each course provider is different in its approach, philosophy, teaching standards and resources. Just as in homeopathy we give an individual prescription to match each patient’s needs, so in pursuing your homeopathic education you should find a course that meets your needs. CPH courses are unique in the way we integrate nutrition and herbs which equips graduates to deal with the lack of resources that today’s patients suffer from, which interferes with the ability to benefit from homeopathic remedies. We teach our students how to deal with drug and environmental toxicity, malabsorption, poor nutrition etc. and do not just focus on rote learning homeopathic remedies.
Prospective students are often told is that ‘classical homeopathy’ is ‘Homeopathy’ but in reality all this means is that you will be learning a 19th Century method of applying homeopathy. It is just one of the many ways of prescribing homeopathy, and once you understand the principles of healing you will understand there are many ways to apply homeopathy depending on the needs of your patient. Practical homeopathy is the art and science of using homeopathy in a practical way which also incorporates the ‘classical method’.
Everything is carefully structured so each study module builds upon the previous one, allowing students to develop their confidence and skills, and reach their full potential as professional homeopaths. CPH combines a strong vocational training with an excellent theoretical (academic) foundation that leads to professional qualifications in homeopathy and naturopathy for people with a desire to become successful practitioners in the alternative and complementary health sector. CPH provides a genuine alternative approach to the study of health and healing – combining an understanding of what works for modern patients, making use of the allopathic model as appropriate and additionally providing a clear and proven alternative approach, suitable to the needs of the modern patient.
CPH is unique as it:
• Prepares students for practice. We don’t teach students 19th century homeopathy or fear based homeopathy and then expect them to deal with 21st Century problems in practice.
• Is patient orientated as we understand it is the patient who is the healer and the remedies are the tools which should be applied in the right way to facilitate healing.
• Combines the Philosophy of Homeopathy with the Principles of Healing and covers the range of prescribing methods necessary for the competent prescriber (and not just one method)
• Integrates homeopathy, herbs, nutrition and flower essence as important and validated healthcare tools that can heighten the healing opportunities for their patients.
Encourages participation as part of the concerned community whose overall aim is to strengthen and support the prescribing and availability of natural medicines.
• We encourage our graduates to be creative thinkers as this is important for any profession if it is to evolve and adapt to the needs of modern patients.
The best way is to know if a course is really practical is to:
(i) How soon you can be seeing patients?
(ii) When can you start prescribing under supervision? NOTE: Some colleges do not allow this until quite late in the course. The earlier you can start the more sense the course material makes and the quicker you learn!
b) Sit in on student clinics at different colleges and see the difference. Ask how many ‘methods of prescribing’ you will learn because some colleges only teach a single method (a bit like learning only lead piping at a plumbing school)!