Shadowing a DoctorJuly 4, 2014
Curing other people from illnesses and being instrumental in another person’s recovery can be a very rewarding and fruitful experience. Not all of us have the skills or inclination to go through medical school and become a qualified doctor. However, if you still want to get into this profession by specialising in alternative medicine, naturopathy is a very good stream to consider.
Do You Want to Become a Naturopath?
Those who want to get into naturopathy usually believe in three things. First of all, they want to develop skills that will help to heal others. Secondly, they believe in the form of alternate remedy. This means that they want to heal people through natural processes which do not involve mainstream medication and surgeries. Thirdly, they believe that an illness can be caused by various external and internal factors and a person can be cured by balancing all these factors.
If you want to become a naturopath, you will need to go through a recognised organisation and complete a diploma in this field. This can usually take three years of studying before you are allowed to practice on your own. You can also register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and then work toward becoming a qualified naturopath by satisfying all their entry level requirements. Even though there are many distance learning programmes which give you a degree in naturopathy, the Council prefers a full time course on the subject. In order to get into a good course you will need a minimum of three GSCEs and three A-levels. At least two of these should be in a science stream.
Even after you finish your diploma, it is essential that you stay up-to-date with new remedies and skill requirements. This can be done by becoming a member of a professional body.
What Skills Will You Require As A Naturopath?
Most people who get into alternate forms of healing think that all they need to do is get a qualification and then they’re good to go. However, this field mainly consists of individuals who run their own private practices. This mean that you cannot simply join a hospital and have someone else handle all the paperwork while you just diagnose and treat patients. In most cases, you will have to work on your own. This means that you will need to develop a number of secondary skills in order to make your practice successful.
Good communication skills are essential for people running their own practice. You will have to be a good listener and motivator so that you can understand their problems, advise them on lifestyle changes and diagnose their problems. You need to treat your patients with respect and be friendly with them so that they trust you and like you. This is the only way to keep them coming back to you for treatment. You also need to develop business management skills in order to be able to handle any staff which you may require at your clinic. A good financial knowledge is also an added bonus so that you can keep track of your income and payments.