- NUPATH certifies practioners against high professional standards.
- The public is increasingly demanding higher professional standards.
- The future of homeopathy in Canada depends on organization.
- We need a strong organization that reflects national concerns, but which can also act at the provincial level.
- Homeopaths need to be united and not divided. NUPATH represents the full spectrum of homeopathic practice.
- Homeopaths need to have a professional body that can speak for them and advance public access to quality homeopathic care.
What does NUPATH stand for?
- Involvement in any federal and provincial government initiatives involving homeopathy.
- High standards of education, ethics and clinical experience.
- Promotion and defense of professional interests.
- Promotion of homeopathy in Canada, including a member directory.
- Cooperation with other health-care professions.
- Establishment of links with other homeopathic organizations.
- Promotion of scientific research and inquiry into homeopathy.
For the Application for Membership Form and Fee information please visit the 'Join NUPATH' page for more details.
NUPATH Active/Practitioner Membership Details Listed Below
- Hours of training/study (see below)
- We recommend you have a current certification in CPR and First Aid
- NUPATH accepts that distance education is a valid alternative to in-class work provided it is done carefully and involves a clinical component
Homeopathic Training requirements for active members — (total of 3,500 hours):
- history of homeopathy
- philosophy and principles
- materia medica
- human sciences
- clinical (a minimum of 10 actual cases with at least six months of follow-up each)
Measurement/Assessment of Study Time
It is recognized that students today, given the growth of adult education, innovative learning methods and new technologies, may study completely in-class, completely through distance learning or a combination of class hours and self-study. NUPATH accepts the validity of all such methods provided the curriculum in each case follows the framework established in Annex A.
The proportion of student contact time to home study depends upon the subject taught and the methods used for teaching. For more theoretical subjects fewer contact hours and more home study hours may be more appropriate. This model also applies for the medical sciences, which require a great deal of external study; and clinical training as the bulk of the analytical work done by the student is completed after the consultation is over.
Some topics in the curriculum, including human sciences, will be woven throughout the program as well as possibly being addressed separately, depending on the approaches used and the inclinations of the teachers.
It is, thus, recognized that it is difficult to adopt any one method of measuring study time that will be equally applicable and fair to all schools given the diversity of approaches to learning and the nature of the curriculum, which is wholistic and not simply informational and linear in nature.
Thus, NUPATH has established only approximate ratio of hours of study for each main area of study:
Philosophy and Principles (approx. 20% of the time)
Materia Medica (approx. 20% of the time)
Therapeutics and Clinical (approx. 20% of the time)
Human Sciences (approx. 20% of the time)
Other areas (approx. 20% of the time)
Where a school has in-class or student contact hours, including both seminars and tutorials, as well as clinical sessions, these can be taken to constitute a measure of study time on the following basis: one hour of contact time = ~ 4-6 hours of study time depending on how much emphasis is placed on contact versus self-study.
Distance Learning Approaches
Where a school has only or primarily distance learning approaches to learning, this will require a general assessment of the curriculum to determine to what extent it meets the intent and spirit of the educational standards set by NUPATH.
Educational Committee Assessment
In all cases, the assessment will require consideration by members of the Educational Standards Committee of the published material of the school, possible interview with officials, faculty and students to assess the degree to which the school holds to and promotes a professional level of education and training for practitioners consistent with NUPATH's standards.
NUPATH accredits schools who meet the training requirements. Applicants from schools not accredited by NUPATH can apply for membership provided they meet the stated requirements.
All active members must fulfill annual continuing education requirements in order to maintain their membership status. Continuing education is a critical means of ensuring that the public has access to high quality homeopathic practitioners. Non-homeopathic continuing education training (i.e. nutrition and other complementary healing modalities) can be submitted as CEU credits. The NUPATH Board reserves the right to require a member to submit a report outlining the course content and how it relates to their practice.
All active members must sign a form with their annual renewal application indicating what they have undertaken to complete the requirements for continuing education.
Continuing education requirements, 25 hours (related to homeopathic medicine), such as:
|Attendance at annual conference||15 hours|
|Attendance at AGM||3 hours|
|Publication of book review (minimum of 500 words)||5 hours|
|Publication of clinical case study (min. 500 words)||5 hours|
|Publication of article on philosophy and principles||5 hours|
|Presentation at a conference (min. 30 minutes)||3 hours|
|Presentation to community groups, etc.||3 hours|
|Volunteer work on behalf of NUPATH (maximum 5 hours)||(as determined)|