WCHS Annual Conference, April 30 - May 1, 2011
The theme of our 2011 Conference was Developing Solid Foundations for Successful Homeopathic Practice, which was reflected in the weekend's various presentations. These started on Saturday morning with featured speakers, business and marketing coach Juliet Austin and Classical homeopath, Sonya McLeod.
Juliet, who specializes in working with alternative health professionals, emphasized the importance of taking a business approach to running a successful homeopathic practice in her talk on Basic Business Skills for Your Private Practice. In particular, she discussed several strategies for getting the word out about your practice, concluding with current trends in marketing including blogging and other forms of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, & LinkedIn.
Sonya's presentation, Not Too Hot to Handle: Homeopathic remedies for radiation exposure, provided valuable information on remedies to consider for a range of radiation-related conditions. Whether the source is a dental X-ray, radiation therapy, or fallout from a nuclear disaster (to name a few), the homeopaths present went away with historical references and remedy suggestions to help provide more effective treatment.
Another highlight of the day was the launch of the new WCHS website by website designer (and Classical homeopath), Tami dos Santos. Although there still is work to be done on it, everyone agreed that the new user-friendly format was an impressive improvement over the version in use since 2002, providing more colour, more interesting features, and a more professional image for homeopathy and the Society.
Keynote speaker on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday was Peter Fraser, who presented cases illustrating valuable insights gleaned from provings, many of which he participated in. We all benefitted from Peter's experiences with proving remedies, which form the basis of our understanding of materia medica and enhance our ability to practice effectively.
Later in the afternoon, WCHS presented our Annual General Meeting with reports, opportunities to answer questions, and the election of new officers. This was followed by our AGM raffle – always a fun event – which raised important funds to help support the weekend's events.
Shortly afterwards, we drifted into an informal reception in the exhibiting area prior to a special Conference Dinner held in honour of Murray Feldman. After a delicious meal and an hilarious rendition of "Homeo-Pie", the Board and our members were pleased to acknowledge Murray with messages from colleagues around the world, speeches and recollections, and presentation of the Hahnemann Award in recognition of his extensive achievements in homeopathy. This was a treasured opportunity for many of us to express gratitude and respect to Murray for his impact on individual lives and for his contributions towards creating and nurturing the homeopathic community in BC. It was a moving and much-deserved tribute that none present will forget!