July 2016 Newsletter
With September rapidly approaching, PRC is preparing to welcome more than 100 new students from around the world who will join hundreds of current diploma students. In addition, we will also say congratulations and goodbye to more than a hundred graduates. Todd N. Howard
To accommodate our largest Fall semester enrolment to date, we are again expanding our campus. When renovations are completed in August on our third Student Clinic, PRC's campus will cover more than 15,000 square feet.
If you are considering a career in natural health, peruse our website and visit our beautiful Victoria-based campus to learn about our programs in Holistic Nutrition, Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine, and Doula training. A few enrolment spaces still remain for select Fall semester programs and applications are being accepted for 2017.
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School of Holistic Nutrition receives recognition
The School of Holistic Nutrition at PRC is now approved by the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition. CAIN is a professional Association based in Vancouver, BC, founded on the principle that the Nutrition and Wellness Industry needs a unified voice. PRC Diploma of Holistic Nutrition graduates are eligible to use the title of Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN).
Additionally, the Canadian Health Coach Alliance also has approved the School of Holistic Nutrition. CHC Alliance is committed to providing support, accreditation, and valuable business resources to Canadas booming industry of Health Coaches. Graduates of PRCs Diploma of Holistic Nutrition are eligible to apply for membership to become a Registered Health Coach (RHC) and a Registered Health & Nutrition Coach (RNC-II).
2016 Graduation Ceremony
On September 10, we will recognize the accomplishments of more than 100 alumni in our 2016 graduation ceremony at our Market Square campus. Many graduates have completed programs requiring 3 to 5 years of study, and all are poised to be industry leaders. Pacific Rim College alumni enjoy the benefits of being part of our college community. Alumni services include career guidance, premier listing in our online Practitioner Directory, continuing education discounts, employment opportunities with the college, internationally-recognized credentials and more.
PRC is Hiring
Assistant Dean, School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Pacific Rim College is looking for an Assistant Dean to help lead the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The candidate must have a diploma or degree in the field of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and also have a minimum of 3 years clinical practice and ideally 3 years of teaching experience at the post-secondary level. The successful candidate will have leadership experience and skills, and excellent English verbal and written communication skills. This position will begin as soon as possible.
Pacific Rim College is looking for an Administrative Assistant to join the reception team. The successful candidate will have administrative experience and skills, industry knowledge, attention to detail, and excellent English verbal and written communication skills. This is a part-time position requiring 20-25 hours per week and is based on-site at our Victoria campus.
Upcoming Natural Health Workshops
Dr. Michael T. Greenwood, September 6-November 29
This 14-hour course is an experiential and cognitive exploration of Dynamic Interactive Acu-Bodywork (DIA), developed over a 20-year period at the Victoria Pain Clinic by author, physician and acupuncturist Dr. Michael Greenwood. Through a combination of cognitive and practical coursework, participants acquire and learn the basic philosophy and techniques of DIA, including meditative techniques, breathwork, acupuncture/acupressure protocols and the importance of intention and context. A primary goal of this course is to inspire students to think of acupuncture as a tool for transformation through an exploration of 5-elements, psychology, French Energetics and Dynamic Interactive Acupuncture. The healing techniques applied in this course can lead participants to have profound and potentially challenging healing experiences. Dr Greenwood is the author of Braving the Void, Paradox and Healing and The Unbroken Field.
Dynamic Interactive Acupuncture
Katolen Yardley, September 17
This one-day workshop explores the impact that long term stress has on the body, including the HPA Axis, and some theories behind PTSD and related mental health issues (anxiety and depression). Participants will investigate the connection between systemic inflammation and optimal digestive function and dis-ease, including the role a healthy microbiome plays in mental health. Additionally, participants will learn about holistic treatment protocols including nutrition and plant medicine in the route back to optimal health.
A Holistic Approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (and associated mental health issues including Depression and Anxiety)
Katolen Yardley, September 18
This one-day workshop by Katolen Yardley provides essential tips for practitioners looking to establish or expand their natural healthcare business. Topics for the day include tips and tools for opening a private practice, building good habits for success, capturing your niche market, determining product and service pricing, accounting tips and much more. Katolen is a Medical Herbalist and owner of Alchemy & Elixir Health Group. Katolen appears monthly on Global Television Morning News, where she offers herbal information to the public, has been a guest on the Discovery Channels Healthy Home Show, and has been published in numerous magazines and health journals.
Building Your Natural Health Business
Orsha Magyar and Dr. Matt Hill, September 24-25
This component digs into the biological and neurological mechanisms and subsequent manifestations of stress, blending leading science and holistic principles to reveal the power of food in overcoming the destructive impacts of stress. Orsha Magyar, MSc, CHN & Founder of NeuroTrition Inc., is an integrative nutritionist, pairing her passions in neuroscience and holistic nutrition for a complementary approach to counsel and care. Specializing in mental health, addictions and emotional and disordered eating, she is a sought-after consultant to biomedical researchers, healthcare practitioners, corporations and the public across Canada.
Emotional Eating: an Exploration of Stress, Addictions, and Eating Disorders
Dr. Bruce Ferguson, October 1-2
Dr Richard Tans Balance Method, or Dr Robert Doanes Distal Needle Acupuncture (DNA), or what Dr. Ferguson calls Topographic Acupuncture, is the application of minimal, distal needles to tissues in order to adjust the Qi in more proximal areas of the body. It is commonly applied unilaterally and asymmetrically. Topographic needling implies that the placement of the needles is based upon the 3-dimensional configuration of the patients body, and not merely placing needles by replicating acupuncture formula found in a plethora of textbooks. In fact, one of Dr. Fergusons brilliant mentors of human acupuncture, Dr. Dzung Tran Viet, says that merely placing needles according to textbook point location descriptions is a novices error.
Introduction to Topographic Acupuncture
Jason Robertson, October 22-23
Channel examination is a classical diagnostic approach not often taught in modern acupuncture schools in the west. Emphasized in the earliest acupuncture texts (Nei Jing/Nan Jing), examination of the channels is extremely helpful for confirming diagnosis and refining point selection. This 2-day class will focus on learning the basics of channel examination with a specific focus on palpation through interactive lectures and hands-on practice of technique. In addition, an exploration of channel-based physiology will be presented from the text Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine written by the course instructor.
Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An Exploration of Classical Acupuncture Technique
Robert Rogers, October 29-30
In this weekend course, students will explore the world of medicinal mushrooms and lichens, how to prepare tinctures, and examine the top 20 mushrooms and their use in a clinical setting, including contraindications and positive drug interactions. The course will be presented from the perspective of a registered herbalist with 19 years of clinical practice, and include case studies involving chronic disease, including auto-immune conditions.
Medicinal Mushrooms of Western Canada
Sabine Wilms, November 5-6
Supporting womens health has been a key focus of Chinese Medicine for more than a thousand years, and its sophistication in terms of both diagnosis and treatment is difficult to match. In this 2-day workshop, author and authority Sabine Wilms will share her understanding of the classical Chinese medical approach to the female body. She will explore how the Chinese medical classics from the Han to the Tang dynasties approached womens health, including the physical body, the heart/mind, and the spirit, with a short excursion into full-fledged gynecology in the first millennium CE.
Womens Health from the Perspective of Classical Chinese Medicine
Sajah Popham, November 19-20
In this 2-day workshop, participants will learn the fundamental principles of western alchemy and medical astrology, including how to prepare spagyric medicines, determine astrological correspondences in plants, and cultivate a truly holistic philosophy and practice of herbalism that unites the above and below, the spirit and the body of both people and plants. This model gets far beyond the use-this-herb-for-that-symptom model of allopathic herbalism and into a holistic approach that allows you to find the specific remedy that matches the specific constitution and temperament of the people you serve.
Medical Alchemy, Spagyrics and Astrology for the Practicing Herbalist
Paul Bergner, November 26-27
Insulin resistance, or the metabolic syndrome, is the root pathology not only of Type II diabetes, but also of heart disease, stroke, obesity, hypertension, several common cancers, and other conditions ranging from polycystic ovarian disease to acne to brittle bones and depression. It is a pathology fundamental to the diseases of civilization. Although the cell level pathology is complex, the roots of this condition are simple. Malnutrition of the basic nutrients that regulate insulin contributes to this pathology, as does a bulk of untrained muscle mass, and imbalances in the carbohydrate content of the diet. Correcting these 3 roots of insulin resistance, along with the use of herbal allies to support balance, can allow some chronic diseases to resolve in a matter of weeks to months.
Insulin Resistance: Pathophysiology and Natural Therapeutics with Diet and Herbs
Margi Flint, January 28-29, 2017
Learn to read the face, nails, tongue and body to understand indications of lines, blemishes, marks and colours. Understanding the cues of the organ/body correspondences is a precious gift (and a curse). Indications of hot, cold, damp dry and wind conditions can easily be read once you train your eyes to see. Margi Flint shares the knowledge learned from her teachers and clients over the past 3 decades.
Reading the Body: Traditional Western Herbal Medicine Diagnosis
Jason Robertson, March 4-5, 2017
The clinical class will be both a continuation of the Introductory Channel Palpation class (Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An exploration of classical acupuncture technique) and an opportunity to see channel palpation and diagnosis with real patients. The format for the 2-day class will involve both lectures on new material and extensive clinical demonstration on live patients. Participating students will have further opportunity to develop palpation skills in this class. In addition, students will engage in advanced point location practice and needle technique practice.
Applied Channel Theory Clinicals
International Tuition Payment Option
International students at PRC can now pay tuition using Flywire, the #1 way foreign students pay for studies at 800 educational institutions across 6 continents. Via bank transfers, online banking, and credit/debit cards, transacting on with Flywire is convenient, fast, and secure at exchange rates that can offer significant savings when compared to rates offered by international banks.
Student Clinic Expands
We are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of a third Student Clinic in our Market Square campus. Opening September 1, this new clinic will increase PRC's therapeutic space to a total capacity of 21 treatment rooms in nearly 5,000 square feet. Via the Student Clinic, students provide more than 7500 treatments a year in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Holistic Nutrition, approximately half of which are completely free. Visit our Student Clinic webpage to learn more about services and hours.
Free Holistic Nutrition Consultations
The Student Clinic at Pacific Rim College offers free holistic nutrition consultations. Holistic nutrition is not calorie-counting, measuring grams of fats and carbohydrates, or applying concepts of the food pyramid. It involves deeply exploring the health of an individual and using wholesome foods to maintain or improve health. Patients undergo a thorough health assessment and are provided nutritional guidance. Patients may be given food suggestions, recommended dietary changes and/or be given complete meal plans. Initial sessions generally take about 90 minutes. The Student Clinic, offering services in acupuncture, herbal medicine and holistic nutrition, is open Monday to Friday from 8:15am-6:30pm.
Natural Health Job Database
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Fall Continuing Education
Course registration is now open for PRC's Fall semester Continuing Education courses in areas such as herbal medicine, Chinese therapeutics, nutrition, Ayurveda, public speaking and more. If you are interested in learning more about courses, please visit our Continuing Education page.
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