Student Case Studies

Four Homeopathy students share their study stories..

 

Homeopathy Student David Feakes

Homeopathy Student David Feakes

The course has made a HUGE difference in my life! I never looked back and 4 years later I had my practitioner’s diploma and now I work in a clinic part time. I love it all so much that I spend a lot of my free time writing about homeopathy whenever I can.

David Feakes on the Homeopathy Course

I took an interesting route into homeopathy - although I was already a nurse and now work in adult and child protection. I was working full time and decided to do a Master’s degree in health and social care and then I got a place at the Interfaith Seminary for the 2 year course. At that point I met someone who said they thought I should be a homeopath and so I looked into it carefully and also had homeopathic treatment myself which made me feel well for the first time since I had chemotherapy as a child of 4 years old. I discovered your home-study course which suited me really well as it is flexible. Also, because of the nature of the learning and philosophy in the course, it allowed me to develop as a person. Because I travel a lot with my work I didn’t want to spend time travelling to-and-fro a college at weekends, so the home study course suited me perfectly. And so I never looked back and 4 years later I had my practitioner’s diploma and now I work in a clinic part time. I love it all so much that I spend a lot of my free time writing about homeopathy whenever I can. I absolutely loved every moment of the course and I knew I was in it long term. I attended 2 international summer schools which were wonderful and I did lots of CPD and sitting-in to get the best possible experience. A true test of homeopathy occurred a couple of years ago when I came home early and discovered my partner had all the signs of a heart attack. I managed to give him Carbo veg - the corpse reviver - and got him to hospital. Later we discovered that one of the coronary arteries was 99% occluded. I believe the intervention with Carbo veg saved his life so that he could be operated on and have a stent inserted. We always take that remedy with us on holiday now!

I enjoyed everything about the course content but especially the in-depth case analysis using the Four Elements. For me the real light bulb moment was doing the ‘Pathology & Disease course for Homeopaths’ which tied all the homeopathy learning together and allowed me to switch from being in the mind-set of a nurse to being a homeopath. I had an external supervisor for my own cases and that was also a wonderful experience and I expanded my knowledge enormously with practice.

The course has made a huge difference in my life! Yes. Big Time! I also find now that it is very useful in my day job with some patients who use homeopathy and visit with the list of remedies they have been prescribed by their homeopath. Another important thing I learned from experiencing homeopathy was that it is OK to cry! When I had Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 4 years old we were told not to cry but to wave to our parents and smile when we said goodbye to them after visiting hours at the children's hospital and now I know the enormous importance of being able to release true emotions and feelings.

I loved holding the course file with its School logo and its little ribbon tie as well as having all the text books. They are somehow something wonderful to hold and keep - and be able to refer to when I need to. I always had very useful and supportive interaction with my tutors and I really felt that my tutor brought out my creative side. Historically I have had a very academic approach to learning and to be able to submit answers in more creative ways such as poetry was wonderful.

So if you are thinking of doing this course I would definitely encourage you to set off on your own self-learning journey - especially if you are sceptical about homeopathy or doing allopathic work. You will be encouraged to be the best homeopath you can and get great support from the tutors and supervisors!    

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Homeopathy Student Dotty Forest

Homeopathy Student Dotty Forest

To anyone wondering about doing the course I would say: ‘Be prepared to be challenged - but in a good way’. You won’t look at yourself, your fellow humans or the world in the same way ever again. To quote Obi Wan Kenobi from Star Wars “You’ve taken your first step into a larger world” – that’s what it feels like to me anyway!

Dotty Forest on the Homeopathy  Foundation Course

I was very lucky to be gifted some money and it seemed a unique opportunity to take a course in homeopathy. My family and I had used homeopathy with wonderful results so I had an early exposure to alternative ways of approaching life and health.

As a teacher in performing arts my life was already very busy with all the extra engagements that that entails and so the Foundation course suited me very well because there were no crazy deadlines and I could work at my own pace. My homeopath had recommended the course. As a trained musician and secondary school teacher I had a strong academic background but what was so interesting and liberating was being able to present the work assignments in completely different ways like painting or writing poetry. What I really loved about the course was the flexibility which fitted perfectly around working full-time. I used to listen to the philosophy lectures while travelling to work and I thoroughly enjoyed doing all the assignments. I had very supportive, helpful, honest and detailed feedback from my Homeopathy tutor and the School of Health couldn’t have been more supportive either. I always felt truly motivated.

The course content was very inspiring and I found all aspects fascinating. That is the appeal of homeopathy for me. You are challenged in how you view the world, health, and people in general, and it makes you appreciate the absolute connectivity of our existence. Personally, I find myself approaching things more thoughtfully. I also have a much greater respect and appreciation of how the body works to overcome stress and illness. We have a great capacity to be well and homeopathy gives us permission to let the body do what it was designed to do. So I think about health and illness differently now - I’m not so quick to run for the painkillers for example! I look at all sorts of things around me and wonder what they would be like as homeopathic medicines.  I look at things through a whole new pair of eyes. Calendula has become much more than just a plant, and it’s the same for insects, plants, minerals and animals. The world becomes this space where everything, even inanimate objects, takes on new significance or fascination. Consequently the course has made an enormous difference in my life.

When I had completed year 1 of the foundation in homeopathy course I started the second year as home study. But then I had my kids and found myself without the necessary extra time or energy to continue. So I took the time out and I have now slotted into the second year of the attendance course. Being able to make that transition has given me exactly the focus and motivation I need to move forward with the course. I have been 100% supported by the School of Health in this and I think this is the real strength of what they offer. So my intention now is to complete the course and set up my own practice- eventually full-time. In the long run I would love to be in a position to offer lower-rate clinics for those who might otherwise not be able to access homeopathy due to financial constraints

To anyone wondering about doing the course I would say: ‘Be prepared to be challenged- but in a good way’. It is hard work- there is no shying away from having to be motivated and ordered in your time management- but it is worth it! You won’t look at yourself, your fellow humans or the world in the same way ever again. To quote Obi Wan Kenobi from Star Wars “You’ve taken your first step into a larger world” –that’s what it feels like to me anyway!

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Homeopathy Course Student Catherine Smith

Homeopathy Course Student Catherine Smith

To anybody considering this course I would say ‘don't spend time thinking about it, just jump in and do it!’ Now of course I am dreaming of doing the full practitioner training- it is good to have dreams!

Catherine Smith on the Homeopathy First Aid Course

I have always been passionate about natural health, for me it isn't "alternative" or "complementary" but essential! My mother and grandmother used homeopathic and herbal/flower remedies for minor ailments when I was a child and I have used homeopathy as my 'go-to' solution for health issues since I can remember. When I became a mother myself it was homeopathy that I turned to. I wanted to know more about homeopathy and how it works so that I could make more informed choices when treating my family at home.

I saw an advert for the First Aid course in a Juno parenting magazine and my homeopath, who had herself trained with The School of Health, recommended the School to me. I was given some birthday money and decided that instead of buying a 'thing' I would invest in a skill and knowledge that would be useful in the future. The course suited me as it is a correspondence course which I could fit around my busy life, home-educating my three daughters.

It felt very important to me to carve out a little bit of 'me' time from the rigours of family life so it has been wonderful returning to study.  The course has given me so much more confidence in prescribing remedies for my family, in recognising and responding sensitively to symptoms as and when they occur, and also in realising my limits and when to call in a professional! This has saved us much time and agony.

I thought that the course material was beautifully packaged and presented which made sitting down to do some study a very pleasant experience! In terms of the content, progression and layout of the course, it was very logical and I enjoyed cross-referencing the information in the folder with the reading in the books provided and further reading of my own. I appreciated the different elements included in the study such as the history of homeopathy, preparation of remedies and remedy profiles, and case-taking. The sections are organised in bite-sized chunks so each part feels achievable and you never feel overwhelmed. The information is presented in a very 'personal' way and regular mini-assignments mean that you can check your knowledge and understanding. It has meant that I feel that I have come away with a solid foundation of understanding about homeopathy – a splendid springboard from which I can continue to further study.

I simply loved the movie lectures! They were a real highlight for me! I loved snuggling up on the sofa to watch through the lectures, taking notes as I went along. Misha has such a friendly, approachable way of delivering information – it felt like a cosy chat with a good friend! Quite often he just made me chuckle! And the anecdotes and descriptions that were included really helped in understanding the remedies better. For me, the correspondence/online element of the course was key in providing the necessary motivation to enable me to complete it and I found I could fit the course in easily around my children and our busy family life. Contact with The School of Homeopathy was always pleasant, helpful and encouraging. What more could you want?

To anybody considering this course I would say ‘don't spend time thinking about it, just jump in and do it!’ Now of course I am dreaming of doing the full practitioner training- it is good to have dreams!

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Homeopathy Course Student Helen Best

Homeopathy Course Student Helen Best

“If someone asked me about taking the course I would whole heartily encourage them! I really enjoyed doing the self-assessment cases with clues helpfully placed along the way so that I gained in confidence. The whole idea behind the course, that you have a go at prescribing for your family, is so useful.”

Helen Best on the Homeopathy First Aid Course

My closet reading of materia medica in the bath was getting out of hand! Being a homeopathy patient for 15 years had changed my life and I thought I better take a course. So the natural starting point was the School’s Homeopathy First Aid Course recommended by my homeopath. My dad was a pharmacist and botanist and so I grew up with a fascination for plants. My first homeopathic thought was when someone was poisoned by eating Datura stramonium and my dad looked it up in a book of poisonous plants. I thought ‘I get symptoms like that sometimes’ and I wondered why that was and it sparked my curiosity. I thought there must be something in it! I was always going to do something different from what he did and now I am a fully-trained homeopath. The School’s Homeopathy First Aid Course got the ball rolling and led me to enrolling on a full time course to become a Homeopathic Practitioner and I went on to graduate four years later!  So, doing the First Aid Course made a massive difference to my life. Prior to all that I was just thinking it would be something I might do some day!

I still have the sturdy card board box that the course came in with the lovely books and the first aid remedy kit from Helios. I especially loved the ‘Get Well Soon’ book and it is still my ‘go to’ book if someone is ill in my house. I really enjoyed doing the self-assessment cases with clues helpfully placed along the way so that I gained in confidence. The whole idea behind the course, that you have a go at prescribing for your family, is so useful. Before doing the course I was hesitant about treating people, even when I was pretty sure which remedy they needed, but the talks on the DVD with the homeopathy teacher Misha Norland are very reassuring and memorable. I recall one movie lecture telling you not to be afraid and reassuring you that if the person doesn’t get better you will try again until something amazing happens I saw it happen many times! I would sit for ages and listen to the movie lectures of Misha Norland with his calm voice and face beaming at the camera. His enthusiasm and ‘you can do it too’ attitude is very infectious!

I loved the materia medica movie lectures and even this morning when I had a first aid situation with an insect bite I watched the section on Apis again and could apply the ‘pitting under pressure’ information which is so useful to know. I liked the way the course was broken down into bite-sized pieces and I particularly like visual information so the mix suited me really well.

If someone asked me about taking the course I would whole heartily encourage them not to waste 15 years thinking about it! It was a really friendly introduction to homeopathy and now I have a dream of practising somewhere very beautiful in the mountains, co-creating miracles and walking alongside patients on their journey of transformation. I want to pass on to others what has been so generously given to me.

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The course has made a HUGE difference in my life! I never looked back and 4 years later I had my practitioner’s diploma and now I work in a clinic part time. I love it all so much that I spend a lot of my free time writing about homeopathy whenever I can.

David Feaks
To anyone wondering about doing the course I would say:'Be prepared to be challenged - but in a good way'. You won't look at yourself, your fellow humans or the world in the same way ever again. To quote Obi Wan Kenobi from Star Wars 'You've taken your first step into a larger world' - that's what it feels like to me anyway!

Dotty Forest
To anybody considering this course I would say 'don't spend time thinking about it, just jump in and do it!' Now of course I am dreaming of doing the full practitioner training- it is good to have dreams!

Catherine Smith