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Placebo Effects and the Therapeutic Relationship Masterclass


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Full course description

Program Title: Placebo Effects and the Therapeutic Relationship 

Format:  On-Demand Webinar, Self-Paced Course

Presenter: James Snow, MA

Category: Professional and Continuing Education - Lecture Series

Location: Online

Estimated Effort:  1.5 hours to complete (presentation, quiz)

Credential: Certificate of Completion


*Various professional organizations and boards may accept this offering for continuing education requirements. Please verify with your respective relevant professional organization and email with questions.

Master Class Description:

Placebo-like effects are an integral part of clinical care. This course explores placebos, placebo effects, and placebo-like effects, along with their underlying mechanisms and their relation to clinical care, including treatments, client-practitioner interactions, and the physical healthcare environment. In clinical practice, these effects can be optimized to enhance clinical outcomes. 

Join us for this informative Master Class lecture to explore how placebo effects and their underlying mechanisms impact clinical care, client-practitioner interactions, and the physical healthcare environment.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to: 

  • Define placebo, placebo effects, and placebo-like effects
  • Identify mechanisms underlying these effects
  • Recognize placebo-like effects associated with: 
    • treatments (herbal preparations)
    • client-practitioner interactions
    • the physical healthcare environment
  • Recognize the implications of placebo-like effects in clinical practice

Who should participate:

Complementary and integrative health practitioners or any health clinician or researcher interested in exploring the impact of the placebo effect on client-practitioner relationships and clinical outcomes.

Pre-requisites:  None

Level:  Basic

Registration Fee(s): $49

What you will get:

  •  60-minute instructional video lecture
  • Presentation PowerPoint PDF
  • Presentation transcripts
  • Lifetime access to the course content for use in practice
  • Certificate of Completion (upon successful achievement of program assessments)


*CEUs should be verified with the individual professional organization(s) for which you are seeking continuing education credit.

Presenter Bio:

James Snow

James Snow is the Assistant Provost for Academic Research and Academic Director of the Integrative Health Sciences Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has more than 25 years of experience merging modern scientific perspectives with traditional explanatory models of healing.

Mr. Snow has worked as a clinician and educator in the field of Western herbal medicine and served as director of MUIH’s (then Tai Sophia Institute) herbal medicine program. He has conducted and published research on the cognitive effects of rosemary and the development of a questionnaire to measure wellness. Mr. Snow is a contributing author to the Gastrointestinal Nutrition Desk Reference, sits on the editorial committee for the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, and serves as a reviewer for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.

Mr. Snow’s current research projects include investigation of attitudes and use of evidence-informed practice among Western herbal practitioners; the role of context effects in the effectiveness of Western herbal medicine; and exploring the construct of healing presence. At MUIH, his work also focuses on enhancing research literacy and capacity among complementary and integrative health faculty.

Mr. Snow holds a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from MUIH, and completed the herbal residency program at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is also a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.

Offering Details:

*This offering is eligible for the PCE MUIH Community Benefit program. To redeem the benefit:

·        MUIH Employees and Current MUIH Students, retrieve promo codes for use upon enrollment through MyMUIH at MUIH PCE Benefits

·        MUIH Alumni, email with your name and course/program of interest to request a promo code upon verification of alumni status.

*Note: Only one promo code may be used at a time.

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Refund Policy:  This self-based program is non-refundable upon purchase.