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Clinical Supervision Program


The Clinical Supervision Program is an essential step to refining the practice of Ayurveda wellness counseling. Learn from those with years of experience, as well as from your peers. Clinical supervision offers valuable insights into your work as a counselor, helping you to improve your capacity to assess Ayurveda doshic patterns and to offer the most effective treatment strategies to support your clients. Training includes the clinical supervision needed to complete 50 Patient Encounters (PE) as part of the educational requirements for AWC practice competency. Trainings also offer profound opportunities to deepen the clinical growth process and prepare students for clinical practice and professional certification exams.

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See Clients at Sevanti Online Clinic

Students will practice as student Clinic Interns at the Student Clinic hosted at Sevanti Online Clinic (SOC). Clinic Interns will see private clients on Zoom and receive supervision from supervisors.

Individual and Group Supervision

This program is offered via live supervision meetings on Zoom. Individual supervision is held directly with clinic supervisors in 30-minute segments. Supervision provides feedback on diagnostics and client recommendations.

Develop Competent Clinical Skills

The purpose of the clinical program is to develop the clinical skills to manage clients in future practice. In clinical practice, all of the foundation knowledge acquired in earlier programs come together in real practice.

What You Will Learn

The Clinical Supervision Program aims to provide the clinical education, supervision, and practice competency needed for students seeking to become certified as Ayurvedic Wellness Counselors (AWC). At this level of training, students become Clinic Interns and learn from the experience of working with actual clients. All that you’ve learned in the earlier programs are now put into practice and come alive in real cases with real people. The client becomes the teacher as much as the supervisor. Sevanti Institute adheres to the educational guidelines of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association (NAMA) for the AHC scope of practice. 

A few of the topics you will learn during your Level 3 studies include:
  • Client case management at SOC
  • The flow of an initial and follow-up counseling session
  • How to conduct a traditional Ayurvedic consultation
  • The role of personal health history: How much information do we need?
  • Differential diagnostics skills needed to distinguish varying complex conditions
  • Vikriti questions: turn over every stone, follow every lead, take detailed notes
  • Three pillars: diet, sleep, moderation (and exercise) in clinical practice
  • The tatwas and clinical patterns of dosha dushti
  • Dhatu, upadhatu & mala in clinical practice
  • Treatment plans: setting realistic treatment goals
  • Aligning the diagnostic axis: vikriti-diagnostics-tx plan-recommendations
  • Counseling chikitsa strategies
  • Herbal strategies: single herbs vs formulas, dosage, etc
  • How to create an effective consultation assessment report for your clients
  • Swasthavritta: teaching your clients self-care

Course Modules

Orientation Weekend | 30 hrs

We will start the Clinical Supervision Program with an orientation weekend. During the orientation students will take on a new status as Clinic Interns and learn the ropes of clinical practice at Sevanti Online Clinic (SOC), the host platform for the this program. Interns will learn what is expected of them and begin the journey of clinical practice. We will introduce the methodologies used in providing Ayurveda counseling to our clients, including diagnostic intake methods, educating our clients, client rapport, clinical treatment strategies, nutritional and herbal medicine strategies, when to utilize physical versus subtle therapies, distinguishing physical from mental nidan and strategies for each, to cleanse or not to cleanse, when less is more, using western nutritional tests, interpreting medical lab testing, and many helpful tips. The goal of this course is to offer the students the ability to see into their clients with clarity and authenticity, to trust that they can guide the client through to balance, and to gain the trust of your clients so you can help them make the most important changes that make the greatest impact. The difference between a successful and unsuccessful Ayurveda practice is not our knowledge of VPK, but our understanding of people and our capacity to connect with them.

AWC 24: Individual and Group Supervision | 50 Patient Encounters (PE)

Module AWC 24 is the largest and primary supervision and clinical feedback module needed to acquire the 50 Patient Encounter credits as stipulated by National Ayurvedic Medicine Association (NAMA). According to NAMA guidelines, AHC-seeking students are required to conduct 50 patient encounters (PE), of which 25 must be “one-on-one” encounters. See the definition of “one-on-one” and more about Patient Encounter requirements below. AWC 24 includes online one-on-one individual supervision, group counseling practicums, student case report presentations, and peer review. Students may also seek supervision from faculty instructors who taught Level 2 specialty subjects, such as pulse reading, herbology, nutrition, etc with questions related to their area of specialty. All supervision will be offered via Zoom video conferencing through the Sevanti Online Clinic platform.

AWC 25: Faculty Practicum Series | 30 hrs

The AWC 25 Faculty Practicum Series is an invaluable opportunity to watch, experience and participate with our team of faculty practitioners as they conduct live assessments on volunteer clients. A similar opportunity is offered in the Level 1 AWC 4 module, however, by the time a student reaches Level 3 training, the knowledge base of the student has deepened significantly, allowing the student to be a more informed and active participant in real time assessments. The AWC 25 is a ecclectic practicum series that encourages all of our faculty instructors to participate. Experiencing a variety of faculty members conduct real time counseling sessions offers the students an exposure and appreciation for more diverse counseling practice styles.

AWC 26 National Exam Prep Course | 30 hr | Elective Course | Available Via Video Streaming Only | Additional Purchase Required

The AWC 26 National Exam Prep Course: This course is an elective program available via pre-recorded video. Level 3 interns and drop-in students may purchase the recording for $400 and stream independently. There are several professional certification options available, some requiring a national exam for recognition as a professional counselor. This course is an essential opportunity to review and prepare for certification exams before taking them. These exams will cover an enormous amount of material, some of which may have been learned months prior to taking the exam. Gather with faculty and other students to review, rehash, and learn new ways to comprehend, integrate, and memorize the test material. We will review Ayurveda Sanskrit terminology, the core principles, anatomy & physiology, herbs, formulas, nutrition, pathology, counseling methods and more over this invaluable training session. Learn test prep methods, create new study groups, and take mock exams to prepare for the national exam. We will also have a good time doing it.

AWC 27: Final Exam: Case Report and Supervision | 30 hrs

Module AWC 27 is a mandatory 25-30 page report final exam that will demonstrate all that you have learned throughout your education in the AWCP. There are three types of reports accepted for credit: 1. Client Case Report; 2. Pathology Report; 3. Ayurveda Education Report
1. Client Case Report: The case report will be based on one client assessment intake with a client of your choice and follow-up sessions with the same client if available. The report will demonstrate the student's mastery of the counseling process, health data intake, doshic constitution and conditions (prakriti and vikriti), the samprapti involved, an analysis of the pathology and symptoms, pulse diagnosis (if possible), tongue diagnosis, tissue assessment, and a thorough representation of the suggested remedies offered to the client including dietary changes, herbology, lifestyle recommendations, home cleansing, etc. At least one follow-up session will be conducted and any changes in treatment strategies noted as well as changes in all clinical metrics, symptoms, and improvements established by treatment. Past case report samples are available to guide the writing process.
2. Pathology Report: The pathology report is a deep dive into the samprapti of a particular pathology or disease of your choosing. This is an opportunity to become a specialist in a particular disease or population. We would recommend that you be specific in your choice of disease. For example, an Ayurveda study of mental health, in general, may to too broad, while a study of ADHD in children offers more practical insights and solutions for others to benefit from. Write the paper broadly enough to benefit everyone with that condition, and try not to tailor it to one person in mind. Other examples include osteoarthritis, menopause, hypercholesterolemia, adolescent acne, thyroid disease, obesity, migraines, etc. Include a brief western description of the disease, including an overview, symptoms, and common treatments. Elaborate in much more detail on the Ayurvedic perspective on the pathology. Include any connections to agni, PTO, the doshas (differential diagnostics of the different doshic types), dhatus, ama, mala, etc. Describe common nidan and rogakaraana. Include counseling-level treatments (chikitsa) such as nutrition, lifestyle, herbology, cleansing, subtle therapies, yoga therapies, etc. Describe the Ayurvedic samprapti in detail.
3. Ayurveda Education Report: The Ayurveda education report is an opportunity to explore how Ayurveda education can be better offered to new communities, cultures, and environments. How can we better educate children and young people? How can we better educate the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities? In addition to offering scholarships, Sevanti Institute is looking for progressive ideas on how to make our Ayurveda education platform more inclusive. To do that, we not only need more students and faculty from those communities, but we also need your voice to help guide us. This report option is a platform for you to speak to the current standards. How was it for you as a member of that community? If you were to teach our curriculum to your community, how would you change it? How would you adjust the teaching methods and language of Ayurveda to meet the people of your community?

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