5-Year Professional Certification Program
This program has the purpose of collecting and sharing ethnomedical information and experiences, promoting the cultural sustainability and health sovereignty of Latin America and decolonizing the field of alternative medicine.
This professional training is divided into three levels. The introductory course is a week-long immersion, offered yearly in February/March.
Students will then define their specialty and choose their course of further study, which will determine the educational activities in Level Two of the training.
Each student must choose three willing educational advisors who specialize in their designated area of Traditional Latino Medicine, at least two of whom must be Latino/a. These advisors will provide and/or suggest educational activities, courses and research resources, as well as helping to student to determine how to document and share their independent study. Advisors will write a final recommendation for the student to pass on to the next level when determined course load has been completed.
The third level is the practicum, during which students must work with a minimum of 20 clients and submit session notes for annual peer review. Students will then teach a class on their specialization in a Traditional Latino Medicine Level One immersion at Hidden Garden. The student will then receive their certification at a closing/graduation ceremony to be held at the end of the Level One Immersion once a year.
*Substitutions for suggested requirements must be requested in writing and must be pertaining to Latin American culture and traditions. Practicum sessions submissible only if they include specialty tools acquired in Level Two Training.
- Traditional Latino Medicine Level One
- Traditional Latino Medicine Level Two
- Choose Specialization (See below)
- Anatomy Workshop
- Arvigo Self-Care Training (May be taken anywhere it is offered. Seewww.arvigotherapy.com for more a schedule of trainings.)
- Contribute to Hidden Garden Online Resource Library pertaining to your course of study (Subject to Review)
- Choose 3 Advisors in field of study
- Project Summaries & Analysis for each project
- Letters of Recommendation from each advisor
- Participate at least one Spiritual Immersion such as Moon Dance, Vision Quest or similar
- Contribute to Hidden Garden’s ongoing research and documentation of Traditional Latino Medicine, herbalism and cultural practices for the duration of your study.
- Minimum 3 months apprenticeship at Hidden Garden (alternate locations accepted pending approval)
- Practicum – 20 sessions, to be completed after Level 2 Training
- Final Project
- Teach a two hour introductory workshop in your specialty to Level One students
- Body Work
- Visual Arts
- Music & Dance
- Spiritual Health
- Mental Health
- Food Medicine
- Healing the Feminine – women only please
- Healing the Masculine – men only please
- Community Building
Scholarships are available to those of Latin American descent. For more information, contact us.