Adventures in the Hidden Dimensions of Healing

with Peter Conway, September 27-28, 2014

Course Information

Over the course of 2 intensive days Peter Conway will explore the ways in which practitioners can exert therapeutic effects beyond their primary tools of practice. Peter argues that all practitioners can positively and significantly influence patient outcomes by attending to the interpersonal factors that occur in the consultation. Awareness and manipulation of these normally concealed aspects of healing allows for enhanced benefits to patients and increased satisfaction for practitioners.

In a wide-ranging, profound, radical yet entertaining set of presentations and exercises Peter will touch on the fields of history, philosophy, science, physiology, esotericism, clinical practice and more…

Day 1: “You Are A Medicine”
This day will begin with a study of complexity theory since Peter believes this can offer a means of illuminating and connecting traditional and modern perspectives on integrative health – to the benefit of both. The focus will then move to examining how practitioners heal and will take in psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology; the placebo/nocebo response reconsidered as the meaning response; the archetypes of the practitioner; relationship models and more. Theory and research will be combined with practical sessions on how to build therapeutic relationships in practice.

Day 2: “Treating Complex Conditions”
Building on the insights gained from the previous day this session will provide a perspective and outline strategies that will help you to engage with some of the most complex patient pictures. You will learn about mystery in medicine, how to navigate uncertainty, patient typology, narrative-based medicine (the power of stories) and how to work with the concept of “terrain”. Reference will be made to such predicaments as chronic Lyme disease, cancer and “stress”.

Attendance of this course will deepen your effectiveness and enjoyment as a practitioner. Peter’s teaching style is shaped by his interest in complexity theory, he abhors the linearity of reading from PowerPoint slides and relishes the “emergent properties” that arise when ideas interact with people. Come along to experience what this feels like! And expect to be surprised, challenged and inspired.

Course Instructor

Peter is a medical herbalist committed to radical education. He believes that there is an urgent need for practical instruction in natural health care to be underpinned by rigorous criticality and opened out by daring connectivity. His teaching style has elements of art performance and philosophical high-wire act as well as down-to-earth grounding in research and clinical experience. Peter relishes putting so-called “conventional” and “alternative” perspectives up against each other to see what emerges as the two interact. An advocate of applying complexity theory in the practice of medicine Peter also teaches from this perspective – he intends to facilitate encounters where new properties can emerge and says: “I teach in order to learn”.

Peter is a Visiting Professor at Pacific Rim College and practices at his clinic in Tunbridge Wells, England, where he specializes in supporting people with chronic and complex conditions. He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and a Fellow and former President of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. He was a Director of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association and his political work includes being involved in drafting the National Professional Standards in Herbal Medicine and sitting on the UK Department of Health Steering Group on the regulation of herbal medicine and acupuncture. His teaching experience at colleges of herbal and traditional medicine is extensive and his latest book was published in 2011 – The Consultation in Phytotherapy.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, 2014, 9:00am-5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until July 15)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until July 15)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until July 15)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 WHS academic credit for this workshop.

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.