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Clinical Skills I:

Interview Skills in the Vitalist Tradition



In our clinical skills sequence (Clinical Skills I, II, III and IV) we begin with a description of the psycho-spiritual challenges of the healer's path, then move through the technical aspects of the interview process, recognition of lifestyle, humoral and energetic patterns in the case, recognition of common nutrient deficiencies, case analysis to come up with the treatment plan, and finally example outcomes of these methods with details of 28 case studies.

In this first course in the sequence, we first describe the personal challenges of the healing path, and then give the skill set to get accurate and complete information from your patient. If you don't get the story right, then all your knowledge of plants and nutrition will be wasted. You will develop a treatment plan based on inaccurate or partial information, and clinical failure will be the result.

This course has four sections:

  • Healing as a Spiritual Path

  • Interview skills in the Vitalist tradition

  • Getting the Story Right

  • The Art of the Follow-up.



With this course you receive 7 hours of audio files for the four sections, 38 pages of notes and slides, 9 different intake forms or assessment questionnaires, and supplemental notes on red-flag symptoms, sleep debt, and assessment of energetics, and three reference textbooks from the Physiomedical tradition of herbal energetics..  The course comes with a Study Guide and Continuing Education questions. Students enrolled in our courses are also eligible for a 10% discount on purchases at Mountain Rose Herbs.


Enrollment for Credit 


To enroll in the course, receive a faculty mentor, and to earn the Continuing Education certificate, follow these steps:

  1. Purchase the course materials in our online store. The materials may be purchased for self-study without further enrollment in the course or tuition. 

  2. When you receive materials, print out the application form or scan it to email. Send it in with the $145 tuition, or make the payment at the school store. 

  3. This entitles you to assignment of a faculty mentor for 12 weeks after we notify you that your enrollment is accepted. You may also request and extension. 

  4. Read the instructions for obtaining CE credit in the read-me-first file with the notes.

  5. Look over the CE questions and review them before listening to the audio. 

  6. Complete any assignments or readings and answer the CE questions for each lesson.

  7. You will receive a certificate reflecting 18 hours of CE credit.


The recorded lectures were delivered by NAIMH Director Paul Bergner in classroom settings, edited and supplemented with studio portions. If you enroll, you will also be assigned a faculty mentor. All our faculty are fully qualified clinical nutritionists as well as medical herbalists. Click here to see Faculty biographies. 

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About This Course
    18 CEU

Term:      12 weeks
Materials:     $89
Tuition:    $145 (optional)

This course may be taken stand-alone, or as a  course in the Advanced Clinical Skills Certificate

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