The classroom training we offer at CSCH begins with the 370-hour Fundamentals of Medical Herbalism program where we learn the tools, terms, and concepts necessary for a solid foundation in Vitalist Western herbalism. The centerpiece of Fundamentals is a 144-hour class integrating physiology, pathology, herbal actions, and Materia Medica. Beginning with the basics of the Vitalist paradigm of healing, we move through the various tissues and organ systems of the body, and the herbs and foods that influence them. Also included are classes in holistic nutrition, field botany, plant identification, herbal medicine-making, flower essences, and herbs of commerce.
Our classroom studies continue with the 540-hour Advanced Herbalism program. In Advanced, we learn to apply the tools and concepts from Fundamentals, and engage in deeper study of the roots of chronic disease and the influence of Vitalist nutrition and lifestyle practices. We study pharmacology, phytochemistry, toxicology, and safety (side effects and contraindications). Units include Detoxification, Insulin Resistance, and Chronic Inflammation. We also practice advanced herbal pharmacy and formulation, and we begin to develop the clinical skills necessary to meet with clients. The Advanced Program prepares the student for the professional practice of Vitalist herbalism and clinical nutrition.
The 8-month, 385-hour Clinical Herbalism Program, where the emphasis is on case-based learning in an actual clinical setting, completes our classroom training. You and your fellow clinicians will see paying clients in our sliding-scale public clinic. All cases are supervised by senior faculty (including Paul Berger, Tania Neubauer, ND, and Mary Barnes, Clinic Director); researched, written up and studied in detail; and analyzed at a weekly Round Table to maximize learning opportunities. Student clinicians also engage in practice-management and client-education classes and write a clinical thesis / capstone project.
The Nutrition certificate focuses on the use of whole foods and medicinal foods to correct the sources of chronic disease. In a series of 8 weekend seminars, we cover topics including Food Intolerances and Chronic Inflammation, Food and Mood, the Biochemistry of Nutrition, Sports and Exercise, Obesity and Insulin Resistance, and Eating Disorders. Students practice nutritional education with their clients, and write a clinical thesis / capstone project.
The Flower Essences Certificate completes the student’s training in the vibrational / emotional healing powers of flower essences. With weekly Materia Medica projects, FE client visits and cases, and a monthly FE Round Table, students will gain hands-on experience in using the essences to help clients evolve through their healing process.
Students may take Fundamentals alone, Fundamentals followed by Advanced, or Fundamentals through Clinic. During Clinic, students may also complete their Nutrition and/or Flower Essence certificate programs.
See our CATALOG for more details of the programs and courses.