Links to Academic and Anthroposophic Institutions
The programme is part of Emerson College.
The training is working in cooperative partnership with the University of Witten Herdecke, Department of Medical Theory, Integrative Medicine and Anthroposophic Medicine. Prof David Martin a member of our Faculty holds the Chair of this department.
The training is in an active partnership with and supported by, the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. Its Leader Dr Matthias Girke is also part of the Training’s Faculty. The Training is formally validated by the Medical Section and able to issue Internationally recognised Certificates as an Anthroposophic Physician.
Aims of the Training
To begin work with patients with this wider framework of understanding and practice, the training in anthroposophic medicine aims to engender an understanding and an enthusiasm for this extended paradigm and a sufficiently strong relationship to therapeutic elements operating within the four levels.
In anthroposophic medicine the doctor is recognised as a potential facilitator of change. The doctor’s own self-knowledge and development can enhance this ability. Not only is an empathic relationship to the patient important but also an “empathic” experiential relationship to the medicinal substances and therapies. The training provides the opportunity to explore these themes.
Training in anthroposophic medicine may be pursued alongside conventional medical training or may follow it. The practice of anthroposophic medicine is restricted to fully registered medical practitioners.
Certification as an Anthroposophic Physician
This training aims to prepare participants for Certification as an Anthroposophic Physician according to Internationally agreed Training Standards (2017). This includes two years practical experience in an anthroposophic clinic or the participant’s own practice, working with a mentor, personal experiences of Art Therapy and Eurythmy Therapy and the submission of three case histories demonstrating the ability to understand the patients’ constitution and illness in anthroposophic terms and an appropriate use of medicines and therapies. A one hour oral examination is involved.
Diploma in Anthroposophic Medicine
This is available for participants completing all the course requirements but does not include the mentored medical practice and the submission of three case histories. This is designed to acknowledge the achievement of participants who are not physicians or physicians who are not able to practice anthroposophic medicine.
Elements of the Course:
- A phenomenological Study of Nature and the Human Body
- Illness and Therapy
- Inner Development
- Artistic Experience
- Patient presentations
- Personal Experience of Art Therapy and Eurythmy Therapy