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A message from the York School of Complementary Medicine's principal, Philippa James

Welcome to the York School of Complementary Medicine.

The past few years has seen an increase in public interest in more natural forms of healing. Many G.P's are more open to Complementary Medicine, and some have trained in natural therapies themselves. Complementary practitioners are now to be found in surgeries, hospitals, cancer care units residential homes, as well as sports centres, health spas and private clinics. As a result of this growing interest there is now an increasing demand for fully trained practitioners.

At the York School we offer high standards of vocational training. Our objective is to help the student attain a high level of proficiency in order to become a professional practitioner. Business studies are also included within the curriculum, and speakers from the business community are invited to give advice to the students on setting up in practice. Class sizes are small so that every student receives maximum attention.

Our teaching approach is especially beneficial for the more mature student who may be apprehensive about returning to learning. Students who are worried about their ability to study are helped by the small class sizes and relaxed style of learning. They are assured of receiving the extra support and encouragement they may need to help them succeed.

After the course has finished, the support does not stop. New practitioners need support just as much after they have graduated as during their studies at the school. That is why the course tutor is only a phone call away for help and advice in those early days if there are any
problems. There are also post graduate courses held throughout the year where students can meet old friends and fellow practitioners whilst widening their knowledge in the field of complementary medicine.

Choosing a career in complementary medicine is very rewarding. You will learn how to encourage the body to heal through natural methods. Knowing you can make a difference and help people is very satisfying. As well as helping others you may also find personal benefits, as you too will be experiencing the therapies. This is a career that can take you on a journey of self discovery. One where you will learn a lot about yourself as well as other people.

I hope you enjoy reading the course syllabus and look forward to meeting you in the near future.

With my best wishes.

Philippa James

About the Principal

Philippa James is a professional practitioner with many years of clinical experience.

She trained in Massage Aromatherapy and Diet & Nutrition with The Sylvia Brearley School of Therapy in Harrogate. This was followed by Clinical Reflexology with The Crane School of Reflexology, one of the premier schools in the country. She later trained at Harrogate District Hospital as an Infant Massage Instructor, and teaches this beneficial therapy at Post Natal Groups throughout the region.

Philippa is a qualified teacher, who has spoken at numerous seminars, exhibitions and on television. She has run workshops in hospitals and health clinics, and has been teaching in Adult education for over 5 years.

Philippa is committed to helping Complementary Medicine achieve its rightful place in the 21st Century, alongside orthodox medicine.

The Examining Body

You can apply to join the Complementary Therapists Assoiation CThA

Do I need any Qualifications to Attend the Course?

ITEC courses require a lot of written work, so you do need to be educated to GCSE or equivalent standard. This can be wavered if evidence can be produced that you have reached the educational standards required. Life experiences are also taken into consideration, and age is considered an advantage.

But the main pre-requisites you need are a willingness to learn, an open mind and a love of people.

Are there Any Grants Available?

Some grants may be available towards the courses. Please ask the tutor for details when you book.

How to Apply

 If you would like to apply for a place on the course, the first step is to register your interest by emailing the school, you will then be contacted by a course tutor

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Philippa James
Newton on Ouse
York YO30 2BU
01347 844088


Philippa James