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  • Lisa is a wonderful presenter and a fabulous teacher! Always a joy to attend anything she teaches about Homeopathy! Thank you, Virginia

  • 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 am loving this program! I've always dreamed of being a Homeopath and CCHM is making my dream come true. I have enjoyed every module so far and working with my mentor, Jude, has been such a delight. Every time I call the office for help, there is always somebody there...
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  • What makes CCHM so special is that, firstly, it has no upper age limit criterion for admission. Secondly, it allows students to pursue the course even while they  are employed full-time in any other organization. Thirdly, CCHM is the topmost homeopathic college in the whole of North America and offers...
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  • Hello, I wanted to say how much I loved Joan Weirs class. After spending the day with her my perspective was changed for the better. We need more Joan Weir through out our 3 year course, especially when trying to keep yourself together during 2nd and 3rd year. Also, today's...
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  • 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 absolutely loved my time there studying, some of the most enjoyable time of my life. The kindness and generosity extended to everyone has always stuck with me”

  • I  am a distance student from Texas. I  really enjoyed  Lisa’s presentation on “Womens Issues.” She always does a stellar job of presentation of material.  I also enjoy her approach on teaching on the tapes within my lessons. She makes it very easy to understand and see the remedies true...
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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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  • This is my testimony about the live classes at CCHM. Date: 8-15-19 My first experience with homeopathy was the immediate eradication of mastitis. Then I took our 5 kids. I felt called to homeopathy to share healing that I had experienced and tell my fellow man, woman and child about...
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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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