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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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  • You are so fortunate to have  Dr. Kellerstein as faculty; CCHM is a place for quality study of homeopathic medicine and I refer my chiropractic students to your college for advanced study in homeopathy. I am always so excited when I can touch a student in the chiropractic program to look...
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  • Thank you for this most exceptional experience (as I wipe my tears..). I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for this privilege to study with such exceptional teachers, students and administration. What a gift and a blessing. As Voltaire said “with great privilege comes great responsibility”. I...
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  • 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.

  • 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 wanted to email you to let you know that i am FINALLY a registered homeopath! It took awhile, but I finally made it. I just wanted to thank you so much for all your support, encouragement and kindness. The constant support you gave me through the years I was...
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  • “This year was not only a challenge, but had unexpected obstacles. The faculty really pulled through with providing us with what we needed to keep things going. And here we are!  I think I speak for all the students when I say thank you to the CCHM team for helping us pull through...
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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.

  • I am practicing in the suburban Chicago area, working out of a holistic MD pediatricians office. (A connection I made thru my local health food store where I've been going for years)  The doctor trained thru CEDH USA and stocks and sells Boiron low potencies and uses homeopathy for acutes. www.wholehealthmamapediatrics.com .  It’s instant...
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  • I loved Sunday with Dr Saunders. He has so much insight and his lectures are so interesting.  I love how he presents his own case, then talks about physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medical terms, peppered with the materia medica and nutrition, and a bit of posology and philosophy. He is such...
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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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