Being "Present" for your client -Part 1
My learning as a clinical supervisor.
My supervision at the student clinic has been a great learning curve in my own growth as a homeopath. This break I was reflecting on the experiences and insights I gathered when I last supervised a student clinic a few years back.
To start with it humbled me as I appreciated and acknowledged that part of me when I was a still a student myself, with all my excitement, curiosity, insecurities and doubts!
But for the first time probably I discovered how insightful it was to observe a case taken through a student's perspective. How a whole new dimension about a case can open up simply from not having my own prejudices at play.
Suddenly I found hidden links that I would have missed had I been taking the same case myself.When we explored them later they opened up a wealth of information.
Remedies became clearer from a different angle. It was fascinating to experience patients through a fresh set of eyes, ears and mind!
This is the same experience I have everytime I look at a case in my mentoring program as I offer that third perspective and dimension through these cases.
So in a way the student clinic gave me many Aha's.
It got me in touch with the sheer joy of teaching and sharing that still continues.
It stimulated me to constantly think outside my own frame of reference and look at higher prespectives in a case analysis process.
It helped me express a clear template for casetaking and analysis that can work like a GPS through the landscape of homeopathy that in turn inspired me to write my first ebook - The Quest for Simillimum.
Today this stages template remains an invaluable part of my practice having been fine tuned through hundreds of cases in my mentoring program subsequently.
How do you find hidden links in a case?
Have you ever wondered as a homoeopathic practitioner how do you determine when your case taking notes are complete? What hidden doors were ready to be explored that may have opened had you simply touched upon them.
The key to actually take a complete case is to select an approach to suit your client's stage and then be completely "present" during the process to ensure you do not miss any hidden links at that stage. This is different than stretching the client to a higher stage.
Unfortunately finding hidden links can be difficult due to our own background noise, prejudices and thoughts that run during a casetaking process.
The most common mistake that I have made in my practice is to assume a client to be at a stage lower than they are at and simply ignore any hidden doors that may explore a whole new part of that client simply because of my own prejudices.
As we gain experience we learn to become more and more "present" to where the client is at however to my surprise I found this process was much easier in two situations, one as a supervisor in a student clinic or looking at a mentoring case in client's verbatim and secondly as an assistant to many wonderful homeopaths while observing and watching a casetaking process.
Probably because I was in that space of being a "passive observer", in a completely neutral unbiased position where I do not need to "do" anything but simply "be". It was easier to let go and absorb every bit of that information as it flowed.
This made me aware of how vital that component was for my own cases when I was actually taking the case and what changes neeed to happen so I could be "present" then.
However today let me give you a case example from my student clinic to help you understand where I am coming from. This is a case taken by the student. It is a wonderful casetaking but do you find any hidden links here.
Let me know your thoughts.
I will provide you my insights in the next blog.
Until next time,