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  • This Acute role play course was such a great learning experience and also a lot of fun! The actors were playing their patient roles so well.  And the learning experience is not over for me because I took a lot of notes for every case and after submitting my own...
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  • I  am a distance student from Texas. I  really enjoyed  Lisa’s presentation on “Womens Issues.” She always does a stellar job of presentation of material.  I also enjoy her approach on teaching on the tapes within my lessons. She makes it very easy to understand and see the remedies true...
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  • Hi Kim, my name is Martina and I was one of the post grad students you had this weekend for CCHM. Thank you!! Your teachings in the webinar were fascinating, invaluable, insightful and humbling. I have so much to learn!  --Martina M.

  • It's a privilege to be part of CCHM and study the amazing program you offer. I have received a great benefit from my studies, from the comfort of my own home, at my own pace. I have nothing but great things to say about your school and all your staff.

  • Since the first time I took extra credits in homeopathy, I noticed that the learning I had from CCHM was complete.  I had the basics, the knowledge, the know how that other homeopaths in my class were struggling with. I am grateful for the thorough homeopathic training I got at...
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  • Hi Kim, I want to thank you again for an amazing weekend!  I learned so much & really appreciate your straight forward teaching style. --Gwen K. Post Grad participant 2020-2021

  • I am a current 2nd year student and in October I attended Study Week for the college. My week can be described as it being profound, as well as surprising. First of all, I had the pleasure of meeting fellow distant education students like myself and I finally had a...
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  • I am writing to express my gratitude for being able to attend and take part in your wonderful in class program at CCHM.  The whole process from beginning to end what a long one for me, but the last 3 years of class have flown by. Before choosing a school...
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  • This is my testimony about the live classes at CCHM. Date: 8-15-19 My first experience with homeopathy was the immediate eradication of mastitis. Then I took our 5 kids. I felt called to homeopathy to share healing that I had experienced and tell my fellow man, woman and child about...
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  • Having returned in April from a trip to Taiwan and the Phillipines, I would like to tell you how homeopathy ‘saved the day’ as per usual!  Since I never travel anywhere without my kit, I was especially glad to have brought it on this trip.  Personally, I used remedies for...
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2012 HomeoNet Research Forum Highlights Part 4: Lisa Decandia’s Experience

Promoting healthy therapeutic relationships and conducting effective consultations with child patients: Results of a Delphi study seeking the opinion of experts in the homeopathic treatment of children.

 

by Lisa Decandia, DSHM, RHom, MSc

 

 

I had the exciting opportunity to present my recent research at the 4th Canadian HomeoNet Research Forum. It was wonderful to speak to so many homeopaths with an interest in research.  This field in homeopathy is growing and as it grows so will our knowledge of this wonderful art and science!

Homeopathic case taking is the process of eliciting symptoms from a patient whereby the practitioner perceives what needs to be cured. Much has been written about how to develop a therapeutic relationship and conduct an effective homeopathic consultation with adults, but literature on how to ensure the same in children is sparse.

The aim of this qualitative research study was to investigate the experience and opinion of experts regarding their approaches to homeopathic children’s case taking, to explore their possible commonalities and differences, and to identify best practices. Within this aim, I wanted to explore a ‘collective’ or consensus of opinion from the experts.

The experts that participated in the study were all experienced homeopaths with particular knowledge and skills in children’s case taking and treatment. They were a diverse group from around the globe.

Emerging themes from the study were explored, in the light of current thinking on pediatric care from diverse range of disciplines. I briefly presented on the following consensus themes for best practices in homeopathic children’s case taking: The experts agreed that Using Observation was significant to collect data that may not be gained from questioning; most of the experts thought that building a therapeutic relationship by engaging the child was helpful to understand the child’s perspective; the experts stressed that obtaining information from both parent(s) (caregiver) and child was useful; and finally, the experts considered that causation of illness (etiology) was helpful to understand the child’s current state.

These themes are a good start to building guiding principles in homeopathic child’s case taking. Many of these best practices are transferable and may benefit other CAM practitioners who work with children and wish to conduct effective consultations and promote healthy therapeutic relationships.

It was an enjoyable experience to present this research topic as it has been a ‘labour of love’ over the past year. I would like to acknowledge the kind and generous help of those experts who participated in this research study.

 

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