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Increasing public awareness about homeopathy usually involves personal
contact. This can take the form of an informal conversation, an
encounter at an information booth, an introductory lecture, etc.
For many, becoming aware leads to a desire to understand more about
homeopathy. This usually starts with questions:
How does homeopathy work? Is it safe? How is it different from
naturopathy and herbology? Can it be effective with specific
conditions? Our professional members look forward to discussing
these and other questions as they arise.
Once people have reached a basic understanding of homeopathy, they are
able to decide whether it is a treatment option that they wish to
explore. Many turn directly to a consultation with a qualified
homeopath. Others want to first learn how to use homeopathy in order to
treat minor conditions with their family, friends, and pets.
Public education provides an introduction for many to learn of the basic features
of homeopathy and how it can be used effectively at home.
CSH is committed to assisting our members at all levels for introducing
homeopathy to the public: awareness, understanding, and education.
Homeopathy Awareness Week was initiated across Canada in 2004
by West Coast Homeopathic Society. In 2006, the Canadian Society of
Homeopaths took over co-ordinating Homeopathy Awareness Week, which
resulted in recognition and an award from the
Awareness Organization for "the greatest contribution to homeopathic
By 2009, CSH had officially expanded awareness celebrations to the full
month of April, creating Homeopathy Awareness Month across
Canada. We also included World Homeopathy Day on April 10
to recognize the birthday of Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of
homeopathy. More recently, we have extended the annual awareness
theme to fill the entire year, although our emphasis remains on the month of April.
Each year in April our professional members present
opportunities for the public to learn more about homeopathy. Some
lectures, information booths, meet & greets, open houses, displays,
etc. Others offer discount coupons for products and services
booked during April or draws for free homeopathic books and consultations. Check for next
year's Homeopathy Awareness Month announcement for details of future
events and opportunities.
INTRODUCTORY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Several CSH members present introductory lectures,
courses, and workshops on homeopathy throughout the year. These
are available both in-person and through virtual gatherings adn webinars.
Every homeopath has the potential for teaching homeopathy to people in
their own communities. Often the teaching can be with patients
through the consultation process.
However, many homeopaths overlook a great opportunity to introduce
others to the basics of homeopathy, either through individual lectures
or a series of introductory study sessions. For some, the idea of playing
"teacher" after years of study can seem intimidating or the
amount of preparatory work involved can be overwhelming. The
Public Awareness and Education committee aims to alleviate those
concerns and make it possible for many homeopaths to express their
passion for homeopathy through educating others.
Several years ago, WCSH developed a step-by-step manual for an
introductory lecture on homeopathy, including tips on promoting the
event, a suggested outline, and numerous resource materials. Registered
members can purchase an updated version of this manual through CSH for
$10.00 (plus $5.00 postage/handling charges).
CSH is now preparing a complementary manual for a 12-part series of
introductory study group sessions. Each 2-hour session covers
an aspect of history, philosophy, practical uses, materia medica, and
differentiation of remedies. By the end of the study series,
participants will be familiar with a dozen remedies and will know when
and how to use them at home for their family, friends, and pets.
Updates on the progress of this project will be posted on this page as
they become available.
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