Certification Courses (click here to access current offerings)
Instructor: Pamela A. Popper, Ph.D., N.D.
Classroom time: 24 hours - two interactive teleconference per month, 2 hours each
In addition to topics outlined below, class participants can submit questions, topics, and disease conditions for class discussion.
Section I Setting Up Your Practice Defining scope of practice, legal issues; Development of services directory and pricing; Insurance issues – malpractice and reimbursement; General business details including business models, location, budgeting, and business planning; Time management; Compliance with HIPAA laws
Section II Marketing and Sales Framing your marketing message, low-cost and effective strategies for attracting clients/patients, selling and communication skills, developing printed pieces, newsletters and periodicals, referrals.
Section III Curricula and Workshop Development, Teaching and Presentation Skills
Developing organized and effective curricula for teaching any topic; Teaching skills – using prescriptive communication to incentivize patients and clients to take action; How to develop effective promotional workshops; Presentation skills; Converting questions into sales of services
Clinical Skill Development
Part II Clinical In addition to the curricula described below, each class will include practical experience in the form of patient/client analysis, review, and development of intervention/action plan. Class participants can submit their own patients/clients and samples will also be provided by the instructor.
Introduction to Clinical Skills How to organize your schedule; Dealing with family and friends; Intro to patient and client analysis; Learning to make constructive and targeted recommendations; Motivational interviewing – the most important questions to ask; Mutual goal setting with patients and clients; How to collaborate with patients/clients and conduct informed discussions; How to develop realistic plans for health improvement; Reviewing food journals and offering actionable suggestions; Follow-up schedules and health maintenance; Consistency in practice – remaining detached from outcomes, promoting personal responsibility.
Clinical Skills II Criteria for evaluating medical studies as applied to outcomes-based patient care and application of criteria in evaluating and advising patients; How to do your own research, where to look, reliable sources of information; How disease mongering has changed diagnostic criteria – implications for diagnosis and goal-setting for patients/clients; How to assess risk and judge benefit of a medical intervention; How health messages can interfere with helping patients and clients; A careful examination of population screening for conditions ranging from vitamin deficiency to cancer
Clinical Skills III Facilitating informed discussions between your patients/clients and their prescribers; Informed decision making for cancer patients; Constructive and responsible use of dietary and herbal supplements and other adjuvants; The Gut Microbiome; Prebiotics and Probiotics; Collaboration with other health professionals, assembling a team; Myths – soy, grains, gluten, low-carb and other dietary theories.
Clinical Skills IV Psychological disorders, advising patients, psychiatric drug withdrawal; The non-compliant patient/client; Thyroid disease; Headaches; Advising and assisting the overweight and obese population; Allergies and asthma; Sleep issues; Acne
Clinical Skills V Benign prostate hyperplasia; Anemia; Aspirin and NSAIDS; Acid/alkaline balance; Lyme disease; Children’s health; Hair and nail health; Kidney diseases; Sun exposure.
Investment: $200 per month for six months
This is an opportunity to sharpen your skills, increase your confidence, and build a stronger business/practice!