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Discussion in 'New Forum Members' started by busy lizzy, Apr 27, 2012.
Anyone out there know anything about this school ?
Hi Busy Lizzy and welcome to Healthypages,
At first I thought you were referring to Natural Healing which is a system by Randall J Frank (https://www.nhseminars.com/) and one that I know a couple of people who've studied it and found it really good.
However, I see your referring instead to a holistic therapy school that offers many different teachings...
The School of Natural Health Sciences
I don't know them, though they look like they have a lot courses to offer so I imagine they are taught by different tutors, but it's not clear whether the qualification (a "diploma" certificate that allows you to use the initials S.N.H.S Dip. after your name) is something that is acceptable by any of the relevant associations for the individual therapy you choose.
Just picking out a few courses (and this is my personal opinion)....
Homoeopathy is being taught in 12 lessons, and you have the option to do it as a self study course for £95. This seems very cheap and a very short course. I know a professional homoeopath who studied for 4 years to learn all the necessary stuff to become qualified and it involved a lot of in-person tutoring as well as case studies and practice and home study. Not sure how 12 self study lessons could really qualify anybody sufficiently, especially as it doesn't mention case studies etc. as part of the requirement to become qualified.
Then on the other end of the scale if we look at the Reiki course, it correctly talks about Reiki being purely Japanese though others have incorporated their western or new-age ideas into it. However this course is a 10 lesson theory only course (at least it's in person), and then at the end you are sent information about how to attune yourself, which is not how it was done in the Japanese tradition, and seems very odd considering the course is being given in person. To be honest I've never come across an in-person Reiki course where the attunements are not given directly by the teacher but are instead left up to the student to self-administer. Most bizarre.
Some of the other courses such as Philosophy, Meditation and CBT seem a little better (though there's some things in the meditation that seem a bit like new age add ons), however the course outlines are quite brief.
I think I would say, (and the same with other tutors/schools) approach with caution, and research your chosen area of study first, perhaps asking specific questions (here on HP if you like) about that field to get feedback from those who practice in that area, about what qualifications you need to practice professionally, what organisations/associations are available (and what their entry requirements are; do they recognize this schools qualifications) and what the content and expected study length should be for that field (i.e. 12 lessons for homoeopathy seems very short)
All Love and Reiki Hugs
If you do a search on here, you will find lots of negative things being said.
I have some of their 'learning materials', and they are basically A4 printed (looks copied) sheets, stapled into a booklet, some of the lessons are 6 pages (double spaced) long. Save your money and buy a good text book in the subject you are thinking about studying with them.
Thank you to both of you who took a lot of time to reply to my question.
To be honest...I paid for 2 courses (apparantly a BOGOF offer) ...a few months ago with the SNHS.
I have always been interested in Colour and decided to go for the colour therapy course.
As I have a few books on this subject already I used them for reference and quickly became aware that a LOT of the info. in the lessons I was sent, was copied word for word from some of the books I had.
As I taught for many years, I can see when there is no continuity of text and overall standard..and these lessons were obviously written by quite a few different people as well as being copied from exisiting books.
Having paid, I decided to finish the Colour Therapy course (despite the ridiculously easy questions and also the bizarre questions) ..ie "How do crystals heal ?" ...(to be answered in 75 words or less) ...I have numerous books on this subject and found it very hard to imagine how that question could possibly be answered in so few words !
"What colour would you decorate an old peoples home ?" was another one !
I completed this course and got the certificate from them with letters that I now realise are really not worth the paper they are written on .The person who wrote on a previous thread "Get a good text book" was correct...as I can honestly say that I did not learn anything new.I do not understand either...why there was so much time given to working out "Life Songs"... (don't ask !!!)
The reason that I came on to this ite was purely by accident as when Googling an incredibly sill question that I could not find the answer to ...it led me to your site whereby someone else was having the same problem with the question ! So its NOT me !
The Aromatherapy course is NOT what one might imagine as the first 3 lessons are all about anatomy ...and to be honest this is NOT my thing. I thought the essences and oils would be taught and having a little knowledge already I felt this would be interesting as I really didnt think that they were going to try and teach EVERYTHING to do with massage the body and the treatments in 9/10 lessons.
However I did the first 3 (with a lot of help from the internet) and was sent the next 3 lessons.
My mind was made up not to continue when one of the questions read ..(remember...in 75 words!) .."Why should a masseur have short clean fingernails ? "
No...this really is NOT a good course I am only sorry that I have wasted my money ....and I am anxious for others to know this before they make the same mistake as I have .
This looks a really good honest site and I will continue to use it and read the input on it.
I only wish I had found you before I parted with my money.::
I know this conversation is old, but in case anyone else is looking for info on SNHS, I thought I'd add a little about my experience as a student there.
Everything said here about the questionable quality of the classes, I don't find surprising and/or I have seen it myself. I ordered 6 classes (through their 8 for the price of 2 deal) and within the first week of access I noticed that substantial amounts of the course material was plagiarized from other published sources. I even contacted a publisher of some of the copied text to make sure SNHS didn't have permission to use it, and now that publisher Is taking legal action. After verifying some information with a UK lawyer, I approached SNHS with the evidence of plagiarism and asked to terminate the contract, they broke their own Terms and Conditions, and UK law, by disenrolling me without my permission or knowledge and refusing to refund the $75 USD "administration fee". They now refuse to respond to my communications. I would stay far far away from this "school". And who knows what the accrediting institutions might do if/when then find out.
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Since the SNHS website dominates search results, I recommend searching "review of school of natural health sciences wordpress" for more accurate information, like that which is discussed above.