Course – Exploring the Healing Potential of Medicinal Mushrooms

Welcome to the information page about the online course ecosystem
Exploring the Healing Potential of Medicinal Mushrooms.

This 3 stage course programme is offered in partnership with the
UK & Ireland Mycotherapy Practitioners Register.
For enquiries and enrolment, please contact registrar@ukimpr.ie

Whether you are looking to use medicinal mushrooms, are in the business of retailing them, or wish to offer their special therapeutic value to your patients or clients, within our unique course ecosystem we have something for you. Our full practitioner course route for existing healthcare practitioners is the gateway for entry to the UK & Ireland Mycotherapy Practitioners Register, and our shorter courses are ideal for interested beginners, home users, and for those who work within the wholefood and supplements retail trade. Teaching takes place over the internet, via the platforms of Google Classroom and Zoom. One to one contact with your tutor takes place by regular email.

Qualified and eligible healthcare practitioners who complete the full practitioner course (all 3 stages) can apply for membership of the recently formed
UK & Ireland Mycotherapy Practitioners Register (UKIMPR); bringing medicinal mushrooms literate practitioners and practices to the public, all in one place on the web, as well as providing professional updating and subsidised access to the UK & Ireland Medicinal Mushrooms Conference for its members.

Originally born out of a collaboration between the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, and The Wild Side of Life, in 2020, our training course has proven to be very popular, with the first cohort of practitioner students due to graduate and enrol as members of UKIMPR in the spring of 2021. Our track record of delivering Medicinal Mushrooms training to herb schools and naturopathic schools goes back 7 years to 2015, and we have delivered shorter programs and short courses throughout many of the herb schools in the UK & Ireland since that time, made presentations at their annual conferences and had articles about Medicinal Mushrooms published in their journals.

Left to right – reishi, Ganoderma lucidum, turkey tail, Trametes versicolor, wood ear, Auricularia auricula-judae

The course ecosystem is divided into 3 stages, each of which builds on to the previous one. It is possible to take just Stage 1 as a standalone knowledge base, take Stages 1 & 2 together to incorporate a practical medicine making option, or take all 3 stages leading to a higher level practitioner CPD qualification, either by purchasing and completing them separately, or by enrolling onto the entire course as one complete package.

Course costs:

  • Stage 1: £130.00
  • Stage 2: £130.00
  • Stage 3: £420.00
  • Practitioner course (All 3 stages): £640.00
  • Each stage builds on the previous one and is a pre-requisite for the next

For qualified health care practitioners, providing evidence of professional status after successful completion of all 3 stages of the course will enable entry into the
UKI Mycotherapy Practitioners Register, although non-healthcare practitioners can also benefit from taking the whole course if they wish; and if you are a student in an eligible healthcare discipline then you may gain entry to the register once you have qualified as a practitioner in your own right. Each of the stages of the course is a pre-requisite for taking the next stage. They cannot be taken in reverse order and the only stage that can be taken as a standalone course is Stage 1.

Course Outline

Stage 1)An Introduction to Medicinal Mushrooms in 5 Webinars. Cost £130.00
Level: Suitable for all levels from beginner to professional, and a prerequisite if you are planning to go on to the next stage(s).
Time commitment – Approximately 15 hours of live / video content and reading.

This provides a thorough overview of the background knowledge to the subject via a series of 5, 2.5 hour webinars (approximately 12.5 hours in total), and extensive notes that are provided at the end of each webinar for your personal study. The fully referenced course materials provided are a great resource for study in their own right.

  • Webinar 1: The World of the Fungi & Fungal Biochemistry: Thursday 24th February, 7:00PM – 2 hours plus questions
  • Webinar 2: The Microbiome & The Mycobiome: Thursday 3rd March, 7:00 PM – 2 hours plus questions
  • Webinar 3: Host Fungi Interactions – How the Fungi Communicate with Us: Thursday 10th March, 7:00 PM – 2 hours plus questions
  • Webinar 4: Quality Control & Methods of Utilisation of Medicinal Mushrooms: Thursday 24th March, 7:00 PM – 2 hours plus questions
  • Webinar 5: Materia Medica – Part 1 (an in depth look at the properties of 12 commonly used medicinal mushrooms): Thursday 7th April, 7:00 PM – 2 hours plus questions

 All of the delivery and discussion takes place at a ‘popular science’ level, so if you are able to read articles in the science press and prepared to do a little independent research into areas where there are gaps in your understanding, you will be just fine.

Stage 2)The Practical One Day Medicinal Mushroom Workshop (online via Zoom). Cost: £130.00
Level: Intermediate / professional; but still suitable for those who wish to prepare mushroom extracts at home. Stage 2 is also a pre-requisite for progression to Stage 3.
Time Commitment: Approximately 7.5 hours with video content, live Q&A, background reading, assessment and marking. 

Suitable for those who have completed Stage 1 and who either wish to formulate their own medicinal extracts, or in a retail setting; to advise others on how to extract and use medicinal mushroom raw materials, such as commercial dried mushroom powders and whole dried mushrooms, at home. This stage of the course is taught through a series of detailed online interactive video sessions where your tutor will take you through manufacturing processes that can be accomplished at home, step by step. Your tutor Fred Gillam will be present in between the Zoom video sessions to answer all of your questions, and there will be a relatively straightforward assessed component to take away and complete at the end of the day. This workshop is very useful for those who intend to formulate their own medicines and need guidance on how to do it sustainably and effectively, as well as for those in the wholefoods / supplements industry, who sell mushroom related raw materials to the general public and wish to be able to give out more detailed information about how they can be used at home.

Stage 2 skills involve assimilating information and knowledge about a set of predetermined mushroom preparation techniques and associated health, safety and sustainability issues, learning to formulate and manufacture the mushroom medicines by following each of the video demonstrations, and then calculating strength / dose related information. 

Please note: Stage 1 is an absolute pre-requisite before taking Stage 2, because Stage 2 builds on and applies the knowledge gained in Stage 1. It cannot be taken separately.

Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric mushroom

Stage 3)Mycotherapy Practitioner Level Training – Online Modules. Cost: £420.
Level: Advanced / professional.
Time commitment: Approximately 62 hours, with video seminars and instructional videos, study guides, core reading, assessments (submitted via Google Classroom), one to one tutorial support as required by email, and time to write the final assignment. 

This stage involves revisiting some of the earlier topics at a higher level as well as the introduction of a range of field-mycology (fungal ID) and basic lab-mycology (microscopy) skills, the development and delivery of mycotherapy practice within a patient-centred approach, and the introduction of Materia Medica – Part 2, which doubles the number of medicinal fungi covered in Stage 1 of the course. The fully referenced course materials provided are a great resource for study in their own right and will be useful for years to come.

Stage 3 raises the bar by requiring the application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of knowledge gained from all 3 stages of the course ecosystem, within a health care practitioner context. It is assessed using multiple choice and short answer question papers, real-life problems, case studies and a final assignment. In Stage 3 there are 3 assessed online modules (assessed by 6 assignments) and a final written assignment paper which is in essay format.

Stage 3 definitely requires more commitment than Stages 1 & 2, not just in terms of hours spent studying the course materials but also the time that will be spent doing independent research, considering its implications and completing assignments. You will be supported along the way as necessary by your tutor; mycologist, herbalist and author Fred Gillam. Fred holds a Specialism in Integrative Healthcare & Medicine and is a fully qualified lecturer and Member of the Society for Education & Training (MSET).

Completion, Certification & Accreditation

Successful completion (a pass mark of 80% or above in all of the course assignments covering all 3 Stages of the course) will result in the award of the
Practitioner Certificate in Mycotherapy, or
Certificate in Mycotherapy Studies,
depending on the individual student’s practitioner status at the time of completion. (The certificate can be upgraded at a later date to reflect practitioner status).

If you have any questions about the course content, delivery or payment options for the course modules, or you would simply like to go ahead and enrol in the 2022-23 cohort, (starting in the second half of February 2022), then please email registrar@ukimpr.ie

 

*Additional notes on course design (the bit written in teacher-speak… don’t worry if this doesn’t all make sense to you!)

  • Stage 1 course delivery is designed around levels 1 & 2 in Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Behaviours in the cognitive domain, with corresponding learning objectives.
  • Stage 2 corresponds with all 3 of the lower levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Behaviours in the cognitive domain, with corresponding learning objectives and assessment methodology.
  • Stage 3 corresponds to the higher levels within the framework of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Behaviours in the cognitive domain, and also incorporates the framework of the affective domain into module 3 and the final assignment, with learning objectives and assessment opportunities accordingly matched to develop and assess the student’s ability across both of these 2 domains.

The 3 Stages of our course ecosystem have been modelled on the cognitive domain of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Behaviours, and as one progresses through the 3 stages of our course ecosystem, the difficulty level should also be expected to increase, requiring more application of higher order thinking skills such as analysis and evaluation, in addition to the learning and application of knowledge, and demonstration of a receptive approach within a patient led, patient centred model.

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