You Inspire Us!
AWB Member News - June 2013
AWB Member Nelly Yefet treating a local villager from Samar, Mustang, Nepal- May 2013 AWB World Healing Exchange trip
Photo Credit: Randi Savage
hope the beginning of summer finds you healthy and energetic! AWB is
renewing its quarterly member newsletters and hopes that you will find
them helpful as you work with patients, colleagues, and acupuncture
service projects in your communities. If you are not yet a member of
AWB we invite you to join and hope that you will enjoy this copy of the
AWB Member News.
would like to extend our deep gratitude to all current AWB members.
Your member dues, donations, and service make it possible for AWB to
provide direct services and train acupuncturists throughout the U.S.
and globally, to reduce trauma among people who experience natural
disaster, poverty, violence and war. Thank you!
inspire us! You make the difference in your community. AWB would like
to support your service work, whether it's disaster response work,
creation of a community service or veteran's clinic, or other
trauma-reduction projects. Please don't hesitate to call or write if
you need assistance. If you would like to include stories of your
inspirational work in future newsletters, please let us know!
In Gratitude for Your Service!
Carla Cassler, DAOM, LAc
Director of Development and U.S. Programs
OKLAHOMA CITY RESPONSE UPDATE
Curbside Ear Acupuncture - Moore, Oklahoma
Kelley Wyskiel, an AWB-trained acupuncturist, has organized an acupuncture response to
the devastating tornados that tore through Oklahoma City suburbs last
month. The tornados caused 44 deaths, damaged or destroyed 13,000 homes
and affected 33,000 people. Total property damage is estimated at $2
billion. Kelly and her amazing team have provided treatments non-stop
since May 27th. Here is an update from Kelly as of June 3rd:
been an emotionally moving weekend seeing the relief wash over the
faces of our Moore Oklahoma community. SO MANY CHILDREN! Parents bring
them, they bring back parents, they come in scared and walk away with a
smile, then come back later for another treatment. We even treated
dogs. It will be so very bittersweet leaving the community after Wednesday.
I feel so connected to everyone. Exhausted, we're running 13 hours
straight and have hit storms, wind, cold and sun burning afternoons.
And we are doing this with a team of 2 or 3 volunteers. The volunteer
teams that have been with us are so appreciated and made a bigger
impact than they realize..."
from the neighborhoods that walk in to our area are from the
neighborhoods where they were first treated in a pile of debris by our
teams that walked through to offer treatments. We are so very grateful
for the selfless time and emotional strength they gave to everyone.
led us with outpouring donations for supplies and advice and people,
and wow, I'm so glad I invested myself to train for trauma recovery
AWB Member Profile: Celia Hildebrand
Hildebrand, M.Ac., a long-time AWB member, trainer and volunteer, lives
and works in Tucson, Arizona. She has worked in the fields of health
care delivery, strategic planning, community development, and health
project financing with Native American tribes of the Southwest for more
than 25 years. She maintains a small clinical practice in Tucson as
well as an active consulting business, and will graduate in August 2013
with a Doctorate of Asian and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College
of Oriental Medicine.
April 2013, Celia organized and inaugurated the newest of AWB's
community clinics in a pilot project with the International Rescue
Committee (IRC), an international non-profit devoted to the
resettlement of refugees. The IRC works with refugee communities that
have experienced trauma from political conflict, natural disaster,
torture, and war. It offers individual, family and group counseling,
yoga, gardening, and expressive arts as ways to reduce stress and
trauma. The IRC welcomes acupuncture as a powerful tool that can reinforce the recovery and resilience of trauma survivors.
and her team now provide trauma-reduction treatments to refugees from
Syria, Iran, and Somalia every week at the IRC office in Tucson. This
pilot program utilizes AWB's Military Stress Recovery Project clinic
model for a different type of trauma-impacted community with its own
special needs. The AWB/IRC program is an example of the Community
Service Clinic Program that AWB hopes to develop across the U.S. - a
program that will help reduce trauma and empower diverse groups
including refugees, domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors, and economically underserved communities. Here are excerpts from Celia's reports on the AWB/IRC project:
project is going well. We have two AWB-trained acupuncturists who are
also on faculty at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental
Medicine working with me: Susan Wagner and Jennifer Sandoval. Our clinic runs approximately 1.5 hours eachFriday...
One of the challenges we immediately faced was how to work with Muslim
women wearing head scarves who were unwilling to take them off or
expose their ears in front of men (for religious and modesty purposes).
This was quickly solved by using a mobile white board to separate the
have been through so much, the acupuncture is giving them time to
gather as women to rest, and get hands-on treatment. Most of them are
not interested in seeing the western medical doctors...These folk are
victims of torture and abuse and in some cases it is almost impossible
(for them) to sit comfortably for more than 20 - 30 minutes. Backs and
necks are their worse problems.We are eager to expand to
Phoenix as soon as we can line up two or more volunteers. The Phoenix
Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture has expressed interest in
helping us further
Women clients of the AWB/IRC trauma treatment program
photo by: Celia Hildebrand
this clinic. And we expect that in the coming months IRC staff and AWB
volunteers will develop cultural competency training for other
volunteers across the country, as other clinics will be built upon our
Arizona pilot projects."
extends deep thanks to Celia for her vision, leadership and commitment
to service, and will support this and other projects like it in the
| MORE AWB PROGRAM NEWS!|
- JUST BACK FROM NEPAL: AWB
recently completed a World Healing Exchange trip to the Mustang Kingdom
in Nepal, training dozens of health workers to provide treatments at
health camps and for women and children survivors of sex-trafficking.
- HAITI UPDATE: In
February, AWB provided advanced trauma treatment training (and hundreds
of treatments) in Haiti, where poverty and devastation from the 2010
earthquake continue to deeply affect the lives of its people. AWB
trained 35 health workers who will provide ongoing treatments in urban
and rural Haitian communities in collaboration with local health
- ON THE WAY TO MONGOLIA: In
mid-June, three AWB volunteers will travel to Ulan-Bataar to provide
follow-up training to the 2010 World Healing Exchange Mongolia trip.
They will be training approximately 80 doctors and acupuncturists
in Mongolia's National Centre for Mental Health. Training will focus on
how to use acupuncture in community clinics for treatment of alcoholism
and stress, a huge public health problem affecting up to 60 percent of
the adult Mongolian population.
- THE MILITARY STRESS RECOVERY PROJECT-COMMUNITY SERVICE CLINIC PROGRAM: New
clinics offering acupuncture to diverse groups including veterans,
elders and economically challenged communities have recently opened in
Asheville, NC; Oakland, CA, and New York City. (See AWB website: http://acuwithoutborders.org/veteransprogram.php).
Two MSRP prototype clinics started in Albuquerque this year,
coordinated by Terrie Harris, DOM: A "mobile" clinic at Kirtland Air
force Base that provides treatments to active military personnel, and
The Albuquerque Female Veterans Clinic which offers treatments to women
veterans who experience PTSD related to combat and military sexual
trauma. New clinics are in the process of opening in Chino CA; Los
Angeles, CA: Anchorage, Alaska; and Chicago, Illinois. See the article
on AWB's MSRP clinic program in Acupuncture Today:http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=32693.
Inspiration in the Field: THE MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS (MRC)
By Renee Barsa, LAc
I prayed for guidance for direction on my path in life. Working in
private practice in southern California as a licensed acupuncturist, I
felt there was more I needed to be doing in the world. Four and a half
years ago, the answer to my prayers came in the form of a wildfire that
destroyed everything I owned and trapped me within an inch of my life.
The acute trauma I experienced in the days and weeks that followed
allowed me to experience firsthand the tremendous healing power of the
NADA protocol, and truly understand the devastating impact of PTSD.
Diana Fried of AWB made it possible for me attend the Level 1 training
within a month of the fire, planting the seed for the work that I was
meant for. Through my healing process, it became clear that I needed to
be part of the healing solution to the ever-increasing number of
disasters our world is facing.
response to the need for an organized acupuncture disaster response
team in my community, a small group of colleagues forged a partnership
with our local county Medical Reserve Corps. We joined MRC as official
volunteers, and drafted a Scope of Practice for acupuncturists to be
part of this group of volunteer doctors, nurses, EMT's, etc., who would
be officially deployed in the event of a disaster. In this mutually
beneficial relationship, acupuncturists are trained and vetted by the
MRC, and have immediate access to treat in a disaster. The MRC gains a
modality to help a large number of people very rapidly in a way that no
other practitioners can.
the help of AWB, I am now working to replicate this successful model on
a national level. I make contact with the local MRC Program Coordinator
for every county that AWB hosts training in, and ask them to come speak
to students about how we can partner together. It is a very exciting
time for integrating acupuncture into standard medical care! We can
each be part of that evolution. It is my goal for survivors of every
disaster across the country to have rapid access to ear acupuncture
UPDATE FROM RENEE ON MAY 6, 2013: "I
just got back in cell range from spending the last 3 days at the
mountain ranch for Ventura County's massive Austere Medicine training,
where I got to have my own acupuncture tent again. It went amazingly,
and we got to treat about half the participants, including the Feds and
State VIP's who attended. They loved it, were so grateful for what we
do, and we have their full support."
ESCAPE FIRE SCREENINGS: COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU...
A SPECIAL AWB PROJECT
IN HONOR OF AOM DAY
On October 24th,
AWB is sponsoring a special program to celebrate Acupuncture and
Oriental Medicine Day, and the work that AWB affiliated clinics offer
to veterans, active duty soldiers, and their families. We are inviting
MSRP clinics and other interested AWB volunteers to organize community
screenings of the new documentary ESCAPE FIRE. This riveting
film, produced by Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman, explores critical
issues facing the U.S. health system, and highlights the healing
journey of a soldier struggling with severe PTSD who stops using drugs
and pursues acupuncture treatment with considerable success.
hopes that the screenings will provide an educational and inspiring way
for people in your community to learn more about the use of acupuncture
for trauma. Screenings, which can be followed by panel
discussions, will also be an opportunity to raise money for an MSRP or
Community Service Clinic in your area, and support AWB's trauma
reduction work in the U.S. and globally. The
ESCAPE FIRE producers are making it fun and easy to organize community
screenings and AWB can help you do it! Please consider bringing ESCAPE
FIRE to your community in a theater near you!
For more information, contact Nicole Anderson at email@example.com.
Level II Retreat and Workshop this Summer!
|Level II Participants in 2011|
How to be a Global Healer
August 24 - 29, 2013
Vallecitos Mountain Ranch, New Mexico
THIS TRAINING WILL COVER:
- How to lead a training onsite in a disaster, or in a community setting, in the U.S. or abroad
- Advanced teachings on how to set up a community service clinic
- Five Element approaches to leadership
- Using NADA 5NP with "intention" as developed by Brigid Ting
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- Radix workshops to explore our inner blocks, strengths, and challenges
- Morning group practice of qigong, meditation or yoga
"percept" language to delve into our projections, explore where we
become reactive, and learn how to use this as a golden practice for
evolving as a leader
- Discussions on what it means to be a leader and what is service to the global community
- Other Activities Include: hiking, swimming, rest & relaxation
$395 for AWB Members
$495 for Non AWB Members
*Does not include food, lodging and transport
Please click HERE for more information about Level II.
Haven't had a Level I Training yet? Click HERE for the Level I training schedule.
- Diana Fried, M.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Executive Director, AWB
- Melanie Rubin, M.Ed., Acudetox Specialist
- Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac.
- Michael Schvarczkopf, Radix Therapist, CRP
- Anne Dellenbaugh, Yoga Teacher and Spiritual Leader
- Brigid Ting, Acupuncturist and NADA leader in Canada
AWB members receive numerous supply discounts including:
- 10% first time discount with Lhasa OMS, and 5% ongoing discount.
- 10% discounts on AcuMed magnets, 25% of which is donated back to AWB. Click HERE for details!
- 5% discount on orders from Blue Poppy Enterprises, Inc.
- $40 off Miridia Auriculo 3D Software and auriculotherapy posters, 30% of which is donated back to AWB.
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bring acupuncture relief to communities in need. We cannot do
this work without you. YOU INSPIRE US!
In the spirit of service,
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