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Client Observation & Collaboration Group

Looking to build your experience as a clinical herbalist?

Client Observation & Collaboration Group sessions are designed for advanced herbal students, herbally-minded nutrition students, and practicing herbalists/nutritionists who want to learn through observation; practice assessment, planning and formulation; and participate in a collaborative client-care model.

The Client Observation & Collaboration Group may be for you if:

  • You are a student herbalist looking for observation hours

  • You are a practicing herbalist looking to earn hours toward your RH credential

  • It would help to build confidence and your skills to watch more experienced practitioners in action

  • You want to continue your education and collaborate in the care of a client

I am Jillian Bar-av and I have been working with clients for over 15 years. I am a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, Licensed Nutritionist in the state of Maryland, and Clinical Faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health.


When I was a student, I learned a tremendous amount by observing other practitioners with their clients, but I know that finding this type of opportunity can be difficult.


This program is set up to give you that observation experience. Not only will you get to observe the consultation in real time, you will also be part of a collaborative team coming up with recommendations after the intake. 

When you finish you will have:

  • An example of the flow and practicalities involved in a virtual intake

  • An example online intake form

  • The chance to participate in a collaborative planning session after the intake, where the group will work together to develop recommendations for the client.

  • 2 + hours of clinical experience documented on a certificate of participation

What's included?


You will be invited to observe me working with a client during a 1-hour intake. The intake will take place via the HIPAA-secure version of Zoom. A copy of the client's intake form will be shared (with permission) with the group via Practice Better in advance of the consultation if available.


After the intake, you will have 1-3 days to come up with an assessment, a list of short- and long-term goals, one or two herbal formulas for the client, and one or two lifestyle or other recommendations. You are encouraged to ask questions and securely share your assessment/plan with the group via Practice Better.


We will meet as a group via Zoom 1-3 days after the intake (without the client present) to collectively discuss our findings and recommendations about the client. We will work together to come up with a set of recommendations for the client, which I’ll send along when we’re done (I’ll also share a copy with you). This is often a powerful experience. Things emerge when many minds and hearts are working together for the sake of a client that you’d never notice on your own


If the client chooses to return for one or two follow-up visits, you will be invited to attend these at no extra charge. Each follow-up visit is 30 minutes, and we'll collaborate immediately after the meeting to discuss next steps. The revised protocol will be posted in the group chat area.

Client Observation &
Collaboration Group Price:


Your payment covers the cost of up to 3 visits for the client, providing access to herbal care for those who may not otherwise be able to afford it.


Upcoming Sessions

Stay tuned for new dates

Live Client Observation:

Group Collaboration Session:
Please note the sessions are not recorded.
You must be available to attend both sessions at the times they are scheduled.



  • You are an advanced herbal student, practicing herbalist, or herbally-minded nutritionist

  • You have training in clinical ethics, client privacy, and confidentiality

  • You will attend the intake and collaboration sessions in a private place where others will not be able to see or hear the conversation.

  • You agree to maintain confidentiality at all times 

  • You agree to treat the client with unconditional positive regard and compassion.

  • You agree to treat others in the group with kindness and compassion; you bring an open heart and an open mind to our work.


If you meet these requirements and  would like to join our next session, I'd love to have you join us!

If you can't join this one but would like to be informed about future opportunities, please join my Observation & Collaboration Group mailing list.

Have questions? Reach out anytime.

If you can't join this time, but would like to be informed about future opportunities, please join my Observation & Collaboration Group mailing list.

Know someone who might benefit from being a client of the free clinic? Send them here!


You will be directed to Practice Better, my client management system.


You will be able to pay with a credit card.


You will receive emails from Practice Better confirming your sessions and asking you to create an account.


Please do create an account in Practice Better so that I can share the intake form and other details with you securely. This will also give you access to secure group messaging to discuss the case. Please do not download or store any information about the client on your personal device unless you are sure it is secure. 


*Important note: If you already have a practitioner account in Practice Better, please use a different email address to sign up for this program. You cannot be a client and a practitioner using the same account.


You will receive an email from Practice Better with information about how to join the intake and the collaboration sessions. You’ll also get a reminder before the meetings are scheduled. 

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