The Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP) is a specialty organization within the naturopathic medical profession affiliated with the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). The HANP is a nonprofit organization with no owners or stockholders and relies on the volunteer work of the HANP Board, student representatives, and focus group volunteers.
We connect naturopaths who use homeopathy in their practices.
We guide, teach, and support them in pursuit of greater knowledge of homeopathy in their practice.
And we lead them to excellence and expertise to use homeopathy as a core therapeutic modality within their profession.
We are a community of naturopathic physicians who practice homeopathy and we welcome those with a curiosity about homeopathy to dig deeper, learn more, and hone their skills.
Our mission is to promote excellence in the practice of homeopathy among naturopathic physicians.
We establish and uphold specialist standards, provide education and mentorship, and are committed to protecting and preserving homeopathy as a core therapeutic modality within the naturopathic profession.
HANP Activities Include:
- Encouraging the development and improvement of the homeopathic curriculum at naturopathic colleges.
- Offering homeopathic continuing education.
- Working with other homeopathic organizations toward the advancement of the homeopathic profession.
- Distributing our published Simillimum~ a peer-reviewed annual journal of homeopathic practice.
- Providing board certification in classical homeopathy to naturopathic physicians.
The Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP) is a community centered around specificity and the mastery of our craft. It is both exclusive and inclusive.
We meet minds where they are, educating and mentoring for greater understanding within the homeopathic discipline.
The History of HANP
“The HANP was originally started in 1982 by several naturopaths who felt the need for a specialty organization in homeopathy.”
~ President Durr Elmore, ND
Once the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) was formed in 1985, the HANP became one of their first affiliates, which positioned us as a specialty organization within the naturopathic profession.
The first annual HANP case conference was held in Portland, Oregon, USA in April 1987. During that conference, the HANP’s Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation were adopted and a Board of Directors was elected. Doctors Elmore, Traub, Albin, Messer, and Herscu were the first board members and Paul Herscu, ND, as Vice President, was the first editor of Transactions, the publication that later evolved into Simillimum. Dr. Paul Mittman became editor of Simillimum, and Dr. Durr Elmore followed him in July 1989.
One of the objectives of the HANP was to certify licensed naturopaths in the use of classical homeopathy. The Homeopathic Board Certification Exam (HBCE) that the HANP administered was created by a committee made up of Doctors’ Lamb, Messer, and Traub. Forty-six naturopathic doctors took the test in September 1988, and twenty-seven of them passed to become board-certified Diplomates of the HANP (DHANP).
In the early to mid-1990s, Christa Louise became the first official Executive Director. Then in the mid-1990s, under the leadership of Executive Director Susan Wolfer and Presidents, Doctors Steve Messer and Bruce Dickson, the HANP reached its zenith with around 1100 Simillimum subscribers and case conference attendees. Dr. Brent Mathieu was recruited, circa 1998, to prepare and administer the HBCE and joined the board in 1999. Dr. Mathieu became President in the early 2000s, then later turned Executive Director.
As more homeopathic continuing education venues became available and travel expenses increased after the tragedies of September 2001, HANP case conference attendance declined and resulted in the HANP’s last case conference in Vancouver, British Columbia in October 2003 when Dr. Neil Tessler was President. Around this time, prominent DHANPs began their own programs, conferences, and journals and by the mid-2000s, new approaches to homeopathy started to be studied and taught. This caused discord within the homeopathic community as DHANPs and other homeopaths divided in their definition of classical homeopathy—something still present in the homeopathic profession to this very day.
Healing this divide has become a goal of the HANP as we move forward with the trends of the time. The HANP has adapted to evolutionary changes and despite these shifts, a basic question and principle still guides us:
How do we continue vitalistic medicine within both naturopathy and homeopathy? In other words: How do we act in harmony with the healing power of Nature and help to restore holism and vitality to our patients?
Today, the HANP is a community organization made up of motivated individuals within the homeopathic profession who want to shape our profession in positive ways while supporting and connecting the existing infrastructure. The HANP provides a forum for practitioners to communicate, learn, and influence the field of homeopathy.
“What is vitally important is our continual learning-studying-communicating, sharing our knowledge, and becoming better homeopaths. This is the purpose of the HANP.”
~ Durr Elmore, Simillimum, October 1989.
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