White Pine Healing Arts Graduate Mentorship Program 2018
with Sharon Weizenbaum
- There are eight 3-day weekends over the two years of the program. Each weekend is filmed: the video and audio are placed online for viewing for registered students who either miss the live classes or want to review.
- Many students attend live or stream live. Many students have completed this course from across the globe through distance learning.
- Students who have completed the program have the option of retaking it for about ¼ the regular fee. Some practitioners have participated in the program three times already as it gives them a chance to go deeper with the material.
- All material is available for participants for 2 years after the program ends.
- Approved for 18 CEU/weekend by NCCAOM, IL, CA and ABORM. This Program can be attended live, streamed live or watched at your convenience. Students can combine methods of attendance as well.
PURPOSE OF THIS COURSE
White Pine Healing Arts is offering a two-year graduate mentorship program, taught by Sharon Weizenbaum, for those students and practitioners who have completed or are soon to complete a foundational Chinese herbal training. During the program, students become involved in a community of practitioners and receive steady contact and in-depth involvement with the material and resources over two years.
The foundation of the program is diagnosis. The reason for this is that most of the skills we learn in school involves learning techniques, herbs and formulas while not emphasizing our ability to see and synthesize the principal diagnosis that can unlock the knots of disharmony. We learn to gather information from our patients through a variety of methods – touching, asking, seeing and hearing. But how do we process this information, so it leads us to very precise and effective treatments? When our diagnosis is clear and well articulated, determining the correct treatment follows rather seamlessly. Proper diagnosis is also our best way to ensure safety in our work. When we are confident that our diagnosis is correct, we can easily stand behind stronger and more focused methods, herbs and formulas. It is for this reason that, during the first weekends of the Graduate Mentorship Program, the focus is on diagnostic skills.
To diagnose with confidence, one must begin with a proper understanding of physiology. In the Graduate Mentorship Program what we learn is based on the physiology described by the organization of the Shang Han Lun. This physiology is not merely of the human body; it is the physiology of life itself. It resonates with students because it echos our intuitive sense that this is how the body, the universe and life itself works. Because it makes sense, it is easy to learn and forms a firm foundation for conducting a meaningful intake.
The intake is the time in which we gather the information we need. When we have a good understanding of physiology, our intake is aimed at seeing clearly and with certainty, where the physiological function has become pathological. In the Graduate Mentorship Program, we will learn and practice the art of the intake, asking questions in ways you have not asked before to get to the correct diagnosis.
The diagnostic skills we learn involve first grounding ourselves in what we know with certainty from our intake. While relaxing our habitual impulses to figure everything out, we experience the wonderful feeling of having the diagnosis reveal itself to us. We learn to identify and avoid common habits that throw us off track. Often we use our minds to create a convincing story about the diagnosis, and yet it is entirely wrong. How do we know when we are off track? This is what we will learn and practice. We will also learn a systematic method for integrating abdominal diagnosis, pulse, body type and presentation. Articulating a diagnosis, whether in terms of Zang Fu and disease factors (such as Yin deficiency, Qi stagnation, etc) or, in terms of Shang Han Lun key symptom presentations, it is essential to match the diagnosis to an appropriate herbal formula. In addition to articulating the diagnosis, we will learn to “see” the pattern and the key aspect to address in order to find the best matching formula. We want to feel the accuracy of our diagnosis in our gut as well as to be able to explain easily what it is and how we came to it.
After developing the skills and beginning to work these skills into our clinical practices during the first three weekends, we bring these skills to a variety of areas of medicine. Our focus will be the application of classic formulas from the Shang Han Lun and Jin Gui Yao Lüe. This text and the formulas within it describe the complete cycle of Yang dynamics – which is the dynamic movement of the life force itself. Understanding the structure of this text is essential for a Chinese herbalist as this structure is a map of the physiology of human beings as well as the cosmos at large. Once this is grasped, the formulas make sense on an entirely different and much more functional level. So much of Chinese medicine falls into place once these dynamics are understood.
From here we go on: After deepening our understanding of the spirit and emotional disorders, we move into and study women’s health. This section is particularly in depth covering menstrual illnesses of all kinds, vaginal and breast issues and fertility. From fertility, we move to pregnancy, labor, and postpartum issues.
Other areas we bring our new found diagnostic expertise to are colds, flues and respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, pain disorders, metabolic, autoimmune issues, and cancer support. You will become very skilled at treating these issues.
All students are invited to have individual mentoring sessions, one each year of the program, with Sharon over Skype.
- The live classes take place on four 3-day weekends each year (2 in the fall and 2 in the spring) for two years.
- Live classes can be attended or streamed live from anywhere in the world. You simply need a good internet connection and a computer
- Classes are recorded with audio and video available for studying in-between classes.
- Studying in-between classes occurs in a structured way. Students receive weekly assignments that include listening to parts of the previous lecture, doing exercises in your clinical practices, working with downloadable flash cards and completing short writing assignments. Weekly assignments are NOT overwhelming and will involve 1-2 hours a week of work. These are designed to keep you involved with the material, me and the other students in a structured way.
- Optional articles are given to students before each class to prepare students for the upcoming class.
- Handouts are available for each class,
- Tuition for the Graduate Mentorship Program includes access to the White Pine Institute student library. This library is rich with resources such as first rate Chinese medicine journals and back issues, subscriptions to other member-only sites such as Classical Chinese Medicine, Hun Yuan Research Institute and World Acupuncture.
- A discussion forum is set up that is exclusively for students of the 2016 Graduate Mentorship Program. It is here that we will discuss cases and answer questions.
- Each student has the option to receive one private mentorship session each year with Sharon. These sessions have been helpful to students in removing obstacles to studying and effective practice.
OBJECTIVES OF THIS TRAINING
- To give students solid confidence in intake and diagnostic skills as they relate to Chinese herbal medicine.
- To help students become fluent in the Chinese materia medica and formulary as well as in resource material.
- To aid students in re-discovering enthusiasm, confidence and joy in their studies and practice of Chinese medicine.
- To have students be skillful and developing clear, insightful and grounded treatment plans and case management skills.
- To teach advanced studies in clinical pathology, not available in ground level programs. There is an in-depth study in gynecology, including fertility, pregnancy, labor and postpartum health, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, oncology, psychology, and rheumatology.
- To create a community of high-level herbal practitioners who continue to be resources for each other beyond the time frame of the course through online communication and sharing.
WE WILL MEET THESE OBJECTIVES IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS
- Receiving well-organized and systematic materials to download to study in preparation for each class including step by step exercises for skill development.
- Receiving handouts for each class that will become a valuable clinical manual.
- Attending or viewing the lectures on topics in pathology based on the instructors clinical experience
- Participating in online discussion forums and sharing resources
- Utilizing the Student Alumni Library (4-year membership included in tuition)
- Participating in private mentorship sessions with Sharon.
Download the syllabus from the Graduate Mentorship Program 2016.