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Guidelines for Clinical Training

DHHP/DAHH Diploma Program

Clinical training consists of various stages

  1. General: Discussion of cases and practice case-taking in the regular study modules, usually during the study of Materia Medica.
  2. Tutorials: Specific tutorials to discuss clinical cases and clinical-related issues.
  3. Internship: Case-taking, analysis and management of ten (10) chronic cases, each case being followed for at least six (6) months. This includes one initial consultation and five regular follow-ups, usually once a month.

For the Clinical Internship, which involves 10 new human cases for the DHHP and 10 animals cases for the DAHH, each student is expected to find the necessary persons who will agree to be treated (or to have their pets treated). These clients would then normally continue treatment with you the student on graduation.

The clinical internship is led and supervised by a qualified practitioner, but the consultations are conducted by the student. In each new case, the initial consultation is done and the report and analysis, along with suggested remedies, is sent to the clinical supervisor for comment and approval. A similar process takes place at and after each follow-up consultation. At the end, a final report on the case is prepared and sent in. The clinical supervisor undertakes an on-going and then final assessment of each student’s work and participation. Students are responsible to provide the remedies to their clinical patients.

Requirements for Pre-Clinical Participation (Modules 20-21)

Students must have completed all assignments and Final Assessments (other than for Modules 20-21 themselves and possibly Module 25 – Dynamic Business), prior to commencing these modules. Such completion is critical to attaining full benefits from these Modules, which in turn is crucial to the successful completion of the most important aspect of the program – the Clinical Internship.

Requirements for Clinical Internship Participation

Students wishing to take their in-class Clinical Internship in any given year that it is offered must have completed all their Modules and corresponding (or due) study exercises and Final Assessments at least by the end of the June prior to the next September/October commencement of clinical. Each student must also have completed their own treatment to the level required.

Any request for departure from the above will only be considered in extreme situations, must be made to the Registrar well in advance and approved by the Deans.

Clinical Assessment

Each student will be assessed on their:

  1. over-all approach to each consultation
  2. case-taking approach based on what they have learned
  3. written evaluations and recommendations for each case in the light of their studies

Where as student does not meet the requirements for successful completion of the Clinical Internship, he or she will be asked to complete one or more additional cases on their own under supervision to demonstrate the requisite competence of a Heilkunstler. The extra cost for this must be borne by the student.

Treatment Requirement

Each student must have completed their timeline and have at least completed the first round of the miasms before the Clinical Internship begins. Students must also have commenced and/or committed to starting the second round of miasmatic treatment during their Clinical Internship as well as completing this if not completed prior to the end of the Clinical Externship. Treatment must be done under the supervision of a qualified HCH practitioner holding either a DHHP or FHCH diploma who is also a practitioner member of the Canadian/International Heilkunst Association in good standing.

Duration

Each Clinical Internship will normally last from 6-12 months depending on whether all ten cases are started together or staggered over time. Follow up consultations are spaced roughly five weeks apart. Clinical attendance is the most critical aspect of your training and provides the basis for our assessment of your ability to be a successful practitioner of Heilkunst.

For students of the comprehensive DHHP/DVVH diploma program (as of February 2005), each weekend will consist of three full days – one additional for animal cases.