Herb Mentoring Program with Thomas Easley

If you’re interested in becoming a professional member of the American Herbalist’s Guild (AHG), you not only need to get training in herbs and herbalism, you also need clinical experience. The AHG requires 400 hours of supervised clinical practice, totaling 100 new clients in at least 2 years of practice to qualify for the designation of Registered Herbalist.

There are a plethora of wonderful distance learning programs that teach about herbs and herbalism, including our own Certified Herbal Consultant and Advanced Herbal Training programs.  Getting the supervised clinical experience, however, can be an obstacle.  Few herbal programs have supervised clinics for students to learn assessment skills and master putting together effective treatment programs.

Fortunately, the AHG accepts mentorship under a qualified herbalist as a way to gain this needed experience.  According to the AHG, “Mentorship, much like apprenticeship or the journeyman experience, is one of society's oldest forms of education. In many cultures, herbal training occurs almost exclusively through apprenticeship.”

Mentorship is traditionally done weekly via phone or skype on a one-on- one basis. While this avenue is great for some students with a busy practice, many beginning Herbalist don’t see enough clients to fulfill this route. At an average of $75 an hour one-on-one mentoring is also quite expensive.

In response to requests from students taking our Advanced Herbal Training courses, I have developed a more affordable way to get the mentoring hours needed to fulfill this requirement. Starting in August we will begin an online mentoring program, done via webinars, which will cost only $120 a month.

In this program, we’ll have a group of five students meet weekly via webinar for one hour.  Each week we will cover one or two case histories.  Each student will be expected to provide at least one case history for the group to review each month. In addition to reviewing assessment, differential diagnosis and therapeutic plans for the case histories presented, there will be a monthly homework assignment pertinent to the assessment techniques or materia medica presented in the case histories. Students will also be expected to write up S.O.A.P. notes on all case histories discussed.

 In addition to reviewing case histories we will also spend time talking about questions that arise in your practice or in the group. We’ll also talk about how to start a practice and keep you accountable for coursework goals in the Advanced Herbal Training Program.

As part of their homework, students will spend 2-4 hours on each case history presented. By meeting nearly every week for two years (a total of 100 sessions), students will be able to complete the required 400 hours for AHG professional membership.


Students are expected to know and understand the six tissue state approach as taught by Matthew Wood, Steven Horne and myself. Students are expected to know traditional western assessment techniques including tongue analysis and basic physical assessment as found in Tree of Light’s Practical Tools for Health Assessment course. The ability to interpret blood work is a bonus, but is not required. Students should have a basic understanding of physiology and pathology. We’ll be offering courses for this in our Advanced Herbal Training program in 2013. Students should also have an in depth knowledge of at least 40 herbs (primarily western herbs).

Am I the Right Mentor for You?

I work primarily as a Traditional Western Herbalist. While I love bioregional herbalism I use herbs from all over the world, including Ayuveda and TCM. However I apply them in the Western tradition. You won’t hear me talk much about Chi, or Prana, or even Dosha’s. I respect other cultures systems of medicine, but I choose to focus on the deep and rich tradition of Western Herbalism. Keeping with that approach you will hear me talk about humoral imbalances and constitution, Eclectic and Physiomedical approaches to disease, modern Naturopathic therapies, functional blood work ranges and even the occasional reference to Sheldon’s Somatotypes. I also emphasize using foods as medicine and use intensive diets as well as stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements and exercise to help my clients achieve their health goals. In addition to herbs, diet, supplements and lifestyle approaches I also frequently use drop doses of botanicals with the occasional homeopathic or flower essence thrown in. If my approach sounds like it would complement your knowledge base please contact me for an application.

To find out more about my mentoring program call 334.804.6830 or email me at thomaseasley@hotmail.com. To participate in this program you need to contact me directly.  Do not contact the School of Modern Herbal Medicine to register.