Name: Lindsay Hounslow
Program Graduated: Diploma of Phytotherapy
Location: Fernwood Village, Victoria
Question – What do you value most from your education experience at Pacific Rim College?
On campus learning that offers direct mentorship with teachers and learning alongside other students. The chance to engage and ask questions and the chance to witness the experiences of other people taking herbs both in class and in the clinic. The clinical training is vital to establishing competence as a practitioner and the time spent trying herbs in the classroom and using herbs in the dispensary is really incredible. I also valued the chance to learn alongside student practitioners from other modalities as this broadened my understanding of holistic medicine and my ability to work with other types of professionals.
Question – How much has the schooling you received from Pacific Rim College helped you in your career?
Immensely, it has helped my confidence to start my own practice and made me feel like a competent practitioner with knowledge as well as resources to keep learning.
Question – How did your clinical training help prepare you for career entry?
Clinical practice during schooling is so important and it seems to be a component missing in many programs. The way it is approached at PRC works very well. The system there allows you to have the chance to observe different practitioners and then practice and receive guidance and feedback. I can’t imagine starting in my own clinic without that experience.
Question – How easy was it to find work after graduating from Pacific Rim College?
It is challenging to become a fully practicing herbalist, but I think with a solid educational background it is possible to build a solid practice. I have been working at the college in the dispensary for 3 years now and during that time I have also established my own clinical practice and started to teach. There are various other opportunities in the health industry that I have considered, but ultimately I wanted to focus on clinical practice and teaching. For clinical practice I think it is important to have the drive to create your own business and if you want to do that then the type of education that PRC offers is exactly the kind of foundation needed.
Question – Where are you currently working?
Question – What do you think potential students should know before applying to Pacific Rim College?
I think it is worthwhile to compare programs. It is clear that PRC’s programs are well rounded and thorough. The Phytotherapy Diploma program is a big commitment and will be very fruitful for those who approach it with energy, passion, and maturity. I also think that the Community Herbalist Program is a great option if a person is unsure about their choice of careers – it offers the chance to start learning and discover if it is the right path to take. Lastly, coming to visit the campus and sitting in on a class or two is very worthwhile.