Pre-Symposium Intensives

In addition to the three day symposium, we are also offering pre-symposium intensive sessions that give you the opportunity to get in-depth information from Chanchal Cabrera, Camille Freeman, Phyllis Light, James Snow, Rebecca Snow, Kevin Spelman, and David Winston on a range of complex clinical topics on Thursday, November 6.

Biophilia and the Healing Power of Being in Nature
(Afternoon)

An immersive afternoon of experiential and contemplative plant study drawing upon the right side of the brain. Understand how the Fibonacci series and the Golden ratio can be used to explain how plants work as medicines. Learn about Goethe's seven stage process for understanding plants and the natural world. Spend time being with the plants of the gardens and woods, feeling them, becoming one with them and integrating this knowledge into clinical practice. Chanchal Cabrera is certified in herbal medicine, organic gardening, horticulture therapy, and has recently completed specialty training at Kew Botanic Garden in London in how to use gardens and the natural world as a classroom. Her clinical specialty is cancer care, managing complex cases, but her work is often done outdoors and she considers the gardens to be an extension of the clinic.

Registration Fee: $50

How to Create a Virtual Clinical Practice
(Morning)

Have you been thinking about seeing clients from a distance? A virtual practice is more accessible than ever, and there are some important considerations that are commonly overlooked. In this class, Freeman will share her top tips for practicing virtually after several years of working with clients exclusively via phone or Skype. Everything from technology & tools to privacy considerations to the challenges of proper assessment when the client isn’t sitting in front of you will be discussed. This intensive will also cover strategies for marketing your virtual practice, including free/inexpensive ways to build a professional website and how to reach clients in a way that honors the work that you do and draws in clients who are a good fit for your practice. Experienced virtual practitioners are invited to come and share ideas and resources as well.

Registration Fee: $50

Plant Traditions of the Southeast
(Morning)

Join Phyllis and David in a plant walk based upon their combined knowledge of the medicinal plants of the Southeast. The walk will include gleanings based upon Southern Folk Medicine, Native American traditions, and the Eclectic medical system. This will be a unique plant walk based upon the healing traditions that have made the South one of the last vestiges of traditional folk medicine in the United States. Students who attend this workshop will be able to: identify selected medicinal plants of the Southeast; describe certain Southern folk uses of local plants; and explain the folk preparation of selected medicinal plants.

Registration Fee: $50

Using Medical Databases to Help Answer Clinical Questions in Herbalism
(All Day)

Contemporary Clinical Herbalism remains rooted in traditional practices but increasingly incorporates modern research perspectives. While modern research studies have much to offer the clinical herbalist, finding and interpreting the research literature is an acquired skill. Part one of this intensive will train you to effectively formulate clinical questions, convert those questions into focused database searches, and harvest relevant studies from search results. Various databases will be reviewed and you will leave with practical skills in navigating PubMed to answer questions for yourself, your clients, and other medical professionals. Accurate interpretation of the scientific literature is an essential skill since the mainstream press, natural products companies, and even researchers themselves can misrepresent research results. In part two of this intensive, the instructors will take an example of a clinical question and demonstrate a systematic approach to interpretation of relevant scientific studies. Participants will then have the opportunity to practice interpreting studies in a supervised small group format. You will leave the intensive empowered with practical skills for appraising the validity, results, and applicability of herbal research studies.

Registration Fee: $100

Assisting Weight Loss with Herbal and Dietary Supplements
(Afternoon)

Fundamental interventions for weight loss include dietary changes, physical activity and psychosocial shifts that facilitate a changing relationship to food. However, there are clinical cases where diet and activity are not sufficient, where physiological imbalances impede successful weight loss. Participants will learn to apply an assessment tool for identifying key weight-related physiological imbalances and strategies for addressing these imbalances with herbs and supplements.

Registration Fee: $50

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