CSCH Offers To The Public A Supervised Student Clinic
The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism offers a supervised student clinic, open to the public. This year, 16 of our amazing clinical students are seeing clients. People in the Lafayette area are getting to know us after our move into the neighborhood, and we’ve been spreading the word about the sliding scale services we provide.
With that in mind, we’re republishing a wonderful piece written by Sheila Luna, our previous clinic manager, on what we do here in the CSCH Clinic. If you know of anyone in your community who could benefit from a visit, please pass this on!
The CSCH Clinic offers a safe, non-judgmental space. For your first visit, up to two hours are set aside to discuss your history, diet, lifestyle, health issues, and goals. We don’t diagnose or treat diseases. We look for health patterns in each individual person and offer education, support, and guidance for making positive changes. We recognize that everybody is unique and has different goals and needs. People visit us for a myriad of reasons, including nutritional guidance, support for addressing food intolerances, respiratory health, immune support, reproductive health, and metabolic balancing. For diagnosed conditions, our clinicians are trained to work with other healthcare professionals as part of a team.
We sit with you. We listen to you and gather information on your health history and habits: diet, sleep, exercise, etc. After the first session, your clinician researches and writes up your case (removing all your personal information so that it’s anonymous) and presents it to their clinical colleagues and supervising faculty. At Round Table, other students and faculty ask questions, give suggestions, and provide additional viewpoints. Based on information from the session, research, and feedback, your clinician creates individualized support and educational materials for you. This may include information on nutrition and dietary adjustments, supplements, sleep hygiene, stress-reduction exercises, herbal support, flower essences, and more. It may also include a referral to another healthcare provider if we believe this would benefit the client or if any ‘red flags’ indicate that medical attention is advisable.
Some people only visit us for two sessions; they have the information they need to make progress with their health. Others continue to see a clinician for regular follow-up appointments, usually every 2-4 weeks or so. This provides accountability and allows us to fine-tune our guidance as our clients move toward greater health and vitality, step-by-step.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with faculty or past graduates, give us a call at 720-406-8609.
We frequently see people at our clinic here in Lafayette, but many clinicians are also willing to do phone or Skype sessions. We welcome clients of all ages (except kids under 2), orientations, backgrounds, and socioeconomic status. Our regular fee is $75 per hour, but we have a sliding-scale available upon request.
| By Sheila Luna, CCH