Provings: Ethics, Process and Experience

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Date(s) - 26/06/2015
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The University of Westminster


Dr Izel Botha Dr Jean DuckworthThis day offers an opportunity to explore homeopathic provings, with a particular focus on the central role of the prover.

We are all aware of how Hahnemann proved some of our most frequently used remedies but how does this relate to contemporary provings and our modern-day understanding of materia medica, and especially, what is acceptable for a prover to experience? The prover’s experience and the essential role the prover plays in informing homeopaths’ clinical work has arguably been under-appreciated.

This event should be of interest to all homeopaths but particularly for those who want to deepen their understanding of provings, and who want a fresh look at remedy pictures. Participants will:

  • Consider the ethical aspects of organising, supervising and participating in a proving.
  • Be encouraged to reflect on the duty of care we have as a profession to all past, present and future provers.
  • Be challenged to re-assess their assumptions about the reliability of the provings process.

We are fortunate to have two speakers who have been seriously engaged with the ethics and practicalities of performing provings:

Dr Izel Botha conducted a proving of the same substance (Protea cynaroides) using three different proving methodologies for her PhD in South Africa. She has given presentations at several international conferences and published articles in Homeopathy and Homeopathic Links.

Dr Jean Duckworth (PhD), lecturer at UCLan, has been concerned with the ethics of provings for many years and has published articles, given lectures and will be presenting a paper at the HRI conference in Rome on this topic.

During the day there will be time for discussion – participants are encouraged to share their own experiences of supervising or participating in provings. This day promises to be both challenging and enlightening.

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Non member £45.00
Current society member £35.00
Current society student member £30.00
Newly registered member £30.00