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Understanding Totality as the Key to Better Clinical Outcomes

Understanding Totality as the Key to Better Clinical Outcomes
Speaker: Denise Straiges CCH RSHom(NA)

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 1:30 AM - 3:30 PM

 Credits: TBD
Recorded Session

Session Description:

Accurate prescribing is not about learning more and more materia medica. It’s not about choosing the “right” rubrics or even the “right” potency. Accurate prescribing hinges on one critical and often misunderstood factor: recognizing the appropriate totality of symptoms to be treated.

All too often, a well-taken case gets a good remedy, for the wrong totality, leading the practitioner to wonder why the case isn’t improving, or the remedy isn’t working. This can result in a wild goose chase searching after a more clever or obscure remedy and ultimately throwing remedy after remedy at the case until it becomes completely disorganized. We’ve all been there.

Recognizing the totality is about understanding the energy of the case. It’s about being able to differentiate what actually constitutes the aberration in the vital force; clearly defining what is pathological from what is situational. Further, practitioners must learn to follow the expansion and contraction of the presenting totality, and like a tai chi master, respond with simple, yet calculated restraint.

This presentation is the culmination of more than a decade of experience in busy clinical practice, case supervision, teaching and running an integrated teaching clinic.

Grounded in the Organon, and enlivened with dozens of real-practice examples, a variety of interactive techniques and cases will be reviewed alongside practical, tactical strategies for clarity in prescribing, including:

  • Visual/thematic case mapping
  • Multiple views of integrated repertorization strategies
  • Comparative materia medica via: polycrests/small remedies and remedy families and isopathic prescriptions.
  • An elegant spiral model that thoroughly explores the range of expressions of totality. From condition-specific/therapeutic situations, acute exacerbations of chronic disease, miasmatic influences, on through to palliative and end-of-life care, the spiral spins inward until it reaches the place where the therapeutic relationship anchors the long-term case management journey.

About the Speaker:

Denise Straiges is the Executive Director and Head of Clinical Affairs for the Centre for Homeopathic Education, NYC. She is a core faculty member of CHE NYC, a lecturer at CHE London, and has taught for numerous schools of holistic wellness in the US and abroad.

Denise has developed and implemented a fully integrated homeopathic clinical training model designed to address the full landscape of clinical education and practice. The program encompasses: case taking/observation, in-depth case analysis with comparative materia medica and posology, peer review and mentorship, as well as practitioner development, practice management, strategic business planning and research/practice auditing.

In addition to an extensive private practice, Denise mentors homeopathic students, leads retreats and workshops and writes/lectures on sustainable healthcare. Her main offices are in NYC, Los Angeles and Philadelphia; she works with adults, teens and children throughout the world.

With national certification in Classical Homeopathy by the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CCH), Denise is also a registered member of the North American Society of Homeopaths (NASH) and served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Homeopathic Association.

Denise’s homeopathic training includes foundation studies at The School of Homeopathy New York and Devon, England, graduation from the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Dynamis School of Graduate Studies in Homeopathy. Her insatiable appetite for learning has led to study with some of Homeopathy’s most prominent contemporary teachers and researchers from the US, UK, Europe and India.

Whether working one-on-one with clients, supervising professional students, or speaking to groups large and small, Denise’s passionate and multi-dimensional perspectives captivate and motivate people toward positive change.