The world of holistic health in Canada is complex and can be confusing. Holistic health practitioners work in private practise, health food stores, or in shared space with a variety of other health professionals. Any of these options could be right, but how does one narrow down the choices?
First, it is important to understand that for the most part, natural health-care practitioners in Canada are not regulated by any government. Our country is large and health care is managed provincially, so standards and practises do vary across the country and credentials are not standardized. Diplomas are granted to graduating students by the private educational institution they choose to attend. Ideally, these institutions should be accredited by the provincial government in the relevant jurisdiction as well as by a professional body such as the IONC. Individuals who are consulting and advising the public should be upgrading their skills annually, and should belong to self-regulated professional associations which then confirm that minimum standards of professional development, education and experience are met. [Read more…]