being heard

As I wrote in my last post, this week I formally withdrew from my naturopathy course. In response to my withdrawal the head of the college in Perth called me to discuss my reasons. She listened to my complaints about doing units I don’t believe in, and about the miscommunication that meant I did 3 units last semester that I was eligible for recognition of prior learning on – a total waste of money, time and energy.

She also listened to me tell her I didn’t want to be a naturopath, that I’d orginally asked to do a herbal medicine (including aromatherapy) and nutritional medicine double degree, but had been convinced to go for naturopathy which covers both herbal medicine and nutritional medicine in much less detail than the specialised degrees with the addition of a couple of units of homoeopathy and the use of homoeopathy in other units. She then offered to take a look at my previous academic records and reassess my eligibility for recognition of prior learning against the course framework for the Bachelors of Health Science in Western Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Medicine. My previous recognition of prior learning assessment had been against the naturopathy framework.

The head of the college is visiting my campus in a couple of weeks where she’ll sit down with me and listen to what I want, see how we can make it work, and whether I want to make it work.

At the very least I’d like to further my Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine to become a Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine) with some further study, because the reality is that the natural therapies industry is changing and pretty soon an Advanced Diploma may not be enough, the standard is changing to be a degree. Down the track it’d be nice to have the degree to fall back on, should the need arise.

I still doubt I’d pursue a career as a clinic based natural therapist, but that’s just one of several ways to use a natural therapies qualification professionally, though I am interested in writing articles for industry journals and perhaps furthering my training that little bit more to enable me to lecture at natural therapy colleges or supervise student clinics in future.

Anyhow, continuing my studies is back on the table, provided it can be arranged that I can pursue the nutritional and herbal streams while leaving behind the homoeopathy. Time to get negotiating. I’m so glad I got a second opinion on the whole thing, instead of believing that naturopathy is the only option for me…

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