Clinical Programs: Advanced Clinical Skills and Supervised Clinical Mentorship

October 2021-March 2022 (Online)

Are you a herbalist looking to build skills and confidence in your clinical practice? The Advanced Clinical Skills and Supervised Clinical Mentorship are for herbalists looking to develop and deepen skills applicable to clinical herbal practice, and gain supervised clinical practicum experience. Join a community of peers and mentors for a collaborative learning experience! This program will weave throughout the curriculum and discussions a clinical approach that is client-centred, trans and gender affirming, and trauma-informed.

Testimonials

Download application form *Due July 25th

Overview

We dream of herbal medicine being accessible to everyone, where empowering, holistic, integrative community healthcare is the norm, and where part of being a health care provider means being committed to actually addressing the root causes of illness and disease. We see herbal medicine as being a crucial part of resilient communities, of mutual aid and webs of care. In collaborating on our clinical work together, we dream, learn and catch glimpses of the world we want to see. A world where rivers are free, where lands are stewarded in sacred relationships, where people learn to live in harmony with each other and this earth, where everyone can access a dignified life, where systems of power and oppression are collectively dismantled and replaced by community-led initiatives.

The live online classroom space is collaborative, where the wisdom and knowledge that students bring is welcomed and questions are encouraged. The small class size is designed for an intimate and individualized experience, where each student can overcome challenges and grow capacities. 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.

Let’s contribute towards living on an Earth that is more vibrant, abundant, resilient and free from domination.

Outline

  1. Advanced Clinical Skills
  2. Supervised Clinical Mentorship
  3. Prerequisites
  4. Tuition
  5. Schedule
  6. Teachers
  7. Application

Advanced Clinical Skills

This program is designed for advanced herbalism students and clinical herbalists who have completed other advanced training and are looking to enhance their clinic specific training. 

Course modules include:

  1. Holistic Protocol Development Topics: western energetic and physiologic assessment skills, tongue assessment, advanced materia medica, interpreting tests, formulation, case studies. 27 live hours plus 8-12 homework hours.
  2. Clinical Skills and Observation Topics: intake process and practice, professional skills, trauma-informed care, boundaries and rapport building, client management, apothecary management, clinic observation and practicum. 28 live hours plus 6-10 homework hours.
  3. Safety and Herb-drug Interactions Topics: types of safety considerations, assessing risks, specific safety concerns for specific populations, herb-drug interactions, case studies. 12 live hours plus 4-6 homework hours.
  4. Ethics and Values Topics: anti-oppression, anti-racism, cultural appropriation, harm reduction, accessibility and barriers to care; trans-inclusive, body-positive and client-centred care; class connection time. 12 live hours plus 3-5 homework hours.

Hours: 79 live / 106 with homework

Supervised Clinical Mentorship

Limited to 10 students

This program is designed for clinical herbalists looking to gain support in their direct work with clients. The collaborative space allows for everyone to benefit from learning from each other’s cases. Participants will each do one intake in class with mentor and classmate observers, and bring four cases to roundtable from their clinical practice. Participants must already have an active clinical practice.

Content includes:

  1. Clinical roundtable: 27.5 live hours
  2. Intake observation: 5 live hours
  3. Mentor roundtable: 4 live hours
  4. One-on-one clinical mentorship sessions: 2 live hours
  5. Intakes and client work: 40 homework hours
  6. Discussion and connection time: 11.5

Hours: 50 live / 90 with homework

Participants in the Supervised Clinical Mentorship must also be enrolled in the Advanced Clinical Skills Program. In the application and interview process, it is possible to request exemption from some parts of the Advanced Clinical Skills Program.

Prerequisites

  • Completion of a clinical herbalist program OR 2+ years of formal study, at least partially at a herb school OR 5+ years self-study with apprenticeship or mentorship

Education should include:

  • 1000+ hours of study (including self-study)
  • anatomy & physiology
  • pathophysiology
  • western herbal materia medica
  • basic understanding of herbal therapeutics for chronic conditions
  • basic plant chemistry/pharmacology

Supervised Clinical Mentorship Only:

  • an active clinical practice

Tuition

Advanced Clinical Skills:  $1500 CAD+hst / $1250 USD*

Supervised Clinical Practicum: $900 CAD+hst / $720 USD*

A portion of the tuition will subsidize herbs and consultations for clients, as well as contribute towards BIPOC-led herbal projects. 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.

\USD tuition cost subject to change based on exchange rate at the start of the program.*

Schedule

Advanced Clinical Skills: 

23 weeks total - Mondays at 2-5pm AT/1-4pm EST/10am-1pm PST live on Zoom

Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Dec 6, 13, BREAK, Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21 \Please note: some classes may occur on holidays*

Supervised Clinical Practicum:

16 weeks total - Tuesdays 2-5pm AT/1-4pm EST/ 10am-1pm PST live on Zoom

Nov 23, 30; Dec 7, 14, BREAK, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22

Applying

Download the application by clicking the link at the top or bottom of this page. Application deadline extended to July 25th 2021.

Email completed application as a .docx, .doc, .pdf or .odt with your name in the file name to: e.peters.herbalist@gmail.com.

Teachers

Ember Peters (www.wildcurrentherbalism.com) 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 (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 e.peters.herbalist@gmail.com

Download application form *Due July 25th