Frequently Asked Questions
What is Homeopathy?
Homeopathic medicine has been practised worldwide for over 200 years and plays a significant role in the healthcare systems of many countries today. This effective and scientific system of medicine assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. It recognizes that all symptoms of ill health are expressions of disharmony within the whole person, and that it is the patient who needs treatment, not the disease.
In 1796 a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, discovered a different approach to the cure of the sick which he called homeopathy (from the Greek words homoios + pathos meaning 'similar suffering' or ‘the cure is like the disease’). Like Hippocrates 2,000 years earlier he realized that there were two ways of treating ill health, the way of opposites and the way of similars.
Take, for example, a case of insomnia. The way of opposites is to treat this by giving a drug to bring on an artificial sleep. This frequently involves the use of large or regular doses of drugs which can sometimes cause side-effects or addiction.
The way of similars - the homeopathic way - is to give the patient a minute dose of a substance which in large doses caused sleeplessness in a healthy person. Surprisingly this will enable the patient to sleep naturally. Because of the minute dosage no side-effects or addiction will result.
Accreditation can be so unclear. Let us break it down for you.
What is the process and purpose of accreditation?
Accreditation is a process that assures the educational community and the general public that an institution or a program has clearly defined and appropriate objectives and maintains conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected. It encourages improvement through continuous self-study and review. It fosters excellence in post-secondary education through the development of principles and guidelines for assessing educational effectiveness.
Why is accreditation important?
It reflects the quality by which an educational institution or a program conducts its business. It speaks to a sense of public trust, as well as to professional quality.
As a student: Accreditation provides assurance that the program in which you are enrolled or are considering enrolling is engaged in continuous review and improvement of its quality, that it meets nationally endorsed standards in the profession, and that it is accountable for achieving what it sets out to do.
As a faculty member: Accreditation provides a formal process for ongoing evaluation and improvement of your program and faculty development outcomes, a process by which faculty, students, and administration can work together in advancing the educational institution's mission.
As a member of the public: Accreditation ensures public accountability of a program or an institution -- that it has the means and demonstrates the outcomes for its educational process that are consistent with its goals and objectives; in other words, that there is 'truth in advertising.'
CCHM is accredited
CCHM is accredited by a private third-party agency, Accreditation Commission For Homeopathic Education In North America (www.ACHENA.org), the gold-standard for homeopathic accreditation in North America. The purpose of a third party professional independent agencies is to help establish standards of excellence for specific professions or private institutions. Often they ensure that the institution meets their standards through self-study analysis, on-site evaluation, monitoring and regular re-evaluation.
The Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA) is the only accrediting body for homeopathic education and was founded in 1982 as an independent agency to assess homeopathic training programs in the United States and Canada. ACHENA is comprised of professional homeopathic practitioners, educators, representatives from accredited schools, representatives from national organizations supporting homeopathy and public members. ACHENA was formerly known as the Council on Homeopathic Education.
Homeopaths work with the individual to restore a state of health. They do not diagnose or treat a disease, unlike practitioners of mainstream medicine, they recognize and treat the unique state of each individual's vital energy as expressed in mental, emotional, and physical symptoms and characteristics. The homeopath seeks to remove the ailment by using remedies that stimulate the individual's own inherent ability to heal and thus encourage the body to cure, instead of simply suppressing symptoms.
The classical homeopath selects the single most appropriate remedy in a potency that most closely matches the energy of the illness by investigating the individual’s state of health in a thorough case-taking. They analyze the case by using the symptoms and characteristics that show the uniqueness of the individual with special emphasis placed on a known cause of the sickness or any striking symptoms or themes. After taking the case, a selection of the most similar remedy is determined through differentiation. The medicine that most closely matches the symptoms and the individual is prescribed in a single and minute dose. Only one remedy is ever prescribed at one time.
The patient`s case is followed carefully and any changes that have occurred since taking the prescribed remedy are analyzed. The remedy and its action will be evaluated so that the course of healing can continue until complete healing is achieved.
Beyond this distinction, the classical Hahnemannian homeopath also practices in a coherent way according to the principles of homeopathy as explained in Hahnemann’s Organon of Medicine. At CCHM, all aspects of the training are consistent with these principles, those principles which provide a sound methodology and background to achieve effective results in treating the sick. Results will always be reproducible when you use these principles. This science, practiced as Hahnemann described, has great potential to relieve suffering and create a harmonious life.
Naturopathy basically refers to any method of treatment that depends on lifestyle and diet modifications to tackle a particular disease or disorder. Naturopaths study a variety of alternative healing methods, including homeopathy, but receive what amounts to a basic training in these modalities. Homeopaths specialize in homeopathic medicine, which is a complete medical system in its own right. A Homeopath will prescribe a similar medicine to treat the root of the disease and ultimately cure the ailment naturally from within outward. Both Homeopathy and Naturopathy are regulated health professions in the province of Ontario.
The Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine offers a part-time professional program and this means that classes take place on weekends, both Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. Classes begin in September and January of each year and go into the following May or July. You will attend your classes either at our Yonge and Davisville classroom adjoining the schools administrative offices, near the Davisville subway station, or at Northrop Frye Hall at The University of Toronto located at 73 Queens Park Crescent East. This scenic location is conveniently located near the Museum Subway Station. Our first year program commences in September and then a second and separate session begins in January. These two classes are amalgamated the following September for your second year. In year one each student is required to complete 50 clinical observation hours at CCHM's internship clinic, BLUEPRINT. In year two and three, you will be attending your student clinic internship on selected Fridays from 10am to 7pm. As well, in these years you are required to take on your own clinical externship patients under supervision, outside of the classroom.
Lecture attendance requirement is 80% to be eligible for a pass mark. If you need to miss a class, then you can make arrangements with a classmate to share notes and pick up any handouts for you. Please contact us for more information on this option.
How many hours on top of the hours in-class is expected to spend on studying?
You will likely spend from home an equivalent of about 150% of the hours you are in class or clinic on assignments and studying.
CCHM is the longest running homeopathic college in Canada and has trained more homeopaths than any other Canadian college. Our teaching is based on the fundamentals of Hahnemannian homeopathy and emphasize the importance of staying true to the guiding principles of Homeopathy.
We are the only independently accredited school in Ontario – accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America. All our lecturers of homeopathy have 10+ years of experience and some even have 30+ years. The medical sciences taught at CCHM are of the same standard as the Humber College Nursing program.
We pride ourselves on presenting a solid foundation steeped in the tradition of the old masters of homeopathy. It is important to us that our students learn and fully understand the fundamentals as specified in the Organon of Medicine so that what they see and hear in the classroom is fully supported in the classic literature and is consistently reproducible in the clinic. We offer a comprehensive three-year program that has produced hundreds of graduates in our history as Canada’s longest-running homeopathic medical school, established in 1994. Our longevity speaks to our success in providing the most thorough, relevant and enjoyable training.
To enrol at CCHM you must fill out our application form and enclose a $85 application fee, along with 2 letters of reference; one personal and one professional. Include a personal life sketch (expanded resume) and an essay on “why I want to be a homeopath.” We also need your most recent transcripts from post-secondary educational institutions that you have attended. Once this is all received an interview with our Director of Admissions or Registrar will be set up in person or by phone. Upon satisfactory completion of your application and interview, an acceptance letter will be mailed to you.
Graduates of the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine are awarded a diploma in Classical Hahnemannian Principles of Homeopathic Therapeutics and Health Sciences and are entitled to use the credentials ‘DCHM’ which signifies a Diploma from the College of Homeopathic Medicine.
The use of the ‘homeopathic doctor’ title and the ‘HD’ credential are not provided for in the new legislation (Homeopathy Act) in Ontario only. Therefore it is illegal and inappropriate to use it in Ontario only. In Ontario, the protected title is ‘homeopath’.
As mentioned, CCHM's classical homeopathy program offers classes on weekends as well as certain weekdays for clinic. This schedule allows the flexibility for our students to continue their full time employment during their training.
Yes, almost all of our students work full time and at least half of them have families.
You can have a wonderful, fulfilling career as a homeopath. Whether it is a clinical practice, teaching or research that attracts you, the avenues are endless. Many homeopaths open their own general practice after graduation. Some work with other alternative practitioners in a complementary clinic.
Part of completing the Diploma Program requires you to observe a master homeopath taking the initial consultation of a patient and their follow ups. Your clinical mentor will be conducting all consultations in the student clinic. These mentors are your teachers and each is a practicing classical homeopath with more than 10 years of clinical experience.
Yes, and plenty of it. In your second and third year in the program you will be required to take on patients on your own time. You will be supervised by a professional homeopath and be required to take each patient's initial case and follow up consultations.
Exemptions can be granted by the Registrar during your enrolment process. Requests for exemptions will be considered by the Registrar after receipt of all your enrolment papers and your interview has been completed. Further, you may be exempt from some or all of the health sciences depending on your educational background.
Governmental financial assistance (e.g. Ontario Student Assistance Plan, OSAP) for students of homeopathy is not available. As we are in the process of regulation right now, this may change in the years to come.
In the absence of governmental financial assistance, CCHM offers installment plans to ease the financial burden for students. Some students have obtained loans from their personal financial institutions. Students typically work to support themselves and this is the reason for part-time weekend classes.
Any student who wishes to withdraw from these courses must submit a written request to the Registrar specifying reasons for their decision. This request must be received at the College Office, to the attention of the Registrar, by the official deadline period for a refund to be considered. Tuition fees are refunded as follows: • 100% refund of total payable tuition fees (minus the $500.00 deposit) upon receipt of a written request for withdrawal up to one week after commencement of the course. • 50% refund of total payable tuition fees (minus the $500.00 deposit) upon receipt of a written request for withdrawal up to four weeks after commencement of the course. There is no refund for withdrawal from the course after the official deadline period. Students paying in instalments who withdraw after the official deadline period must complete their instalment payments. Before a refund is authorized, any outstanding fees must be paid.
You are part of an alumni that is bound by a wealth of support from your first day at CCHM. During your education and after graduation you will stay connected with our Facebook Group discussion forum. The opportunity is there for you to continue your homeopathic studies in our Post-Graduate Program, where you will better develop your case analysis skills as Hahnemann intended. You may bring your own complex cases into the classroom for assistance and you will continue networking with your peers. Upon successful completion of your Post-Graduate studies, you will be granted the additional title of Fellow of the College of Homeopathic Medicine (FCHM).