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Acupuncturists Without Borders

Trauma-informed trainings


Below you will find a list of all of our trainings currently available. Course links will will take you to a registration page on TalentLMS, the software we use to host our online courses. You will create an account and pay on that platform. Feel free to contact trainings@acuwithoutborder.org with any questions.

Note regarding live webinars: All of our webinars are recorded and made available to watch for 2 weeks afterward. However, due to NCCAOM and state board rules, we are only able to award credits to those that attend the live event. Thanks for your understanding.

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Live TRAININGS

HEALING COMMUNITY TRAUMA: How to Use Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine to Support Communities Affected by Acute, Chronic, and intergenerational Trauma

JUNE 3-5, 2022: BERLIN, GERMANY

Live & Online Attendance Available

Credits: 22.5 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM – In person only)
Instructors:
Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac., Meg McDowell, L.Ac., Julia C. Raneri, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Cost:
430 Euros (Standard), 350 Euros (Students), 200 Euros (Online Attendance)

This course prepares acupuncturists and other health care practitioners to provide trauma-informed care in their private clinics and local communities.

Participants will learn to use auricular acupuncture (if they are licensed to do so), as well as non-invasive ear seeds on ear points that help reduce stress, pain and trauma patterns. The course exploration of trauma, how it works in the body, how to work with trauma survivors, and how to take care of yourself as a provider,  is applicable to all health care practitioners.

HEALING COMMUNITY TRAUMA: How to do Acupuncture in the Field & Create Community Service Clinics after Traumatic Events

DECEMBER 3-4, 2022: AUSTIN, TEXAS

Credits: 15 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM, FL, CA, TX)
Instructors:
Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac., Ravyn Stanfield, LAc. DOM, M.Ac, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.AC
Cost:
$399, $359 for AWB Members & Students ($20 Early Bird Discount before November 3, 2022)

Healing Community Trauma strengthens the clinical, organizing and leadership skills that acupuncturists and other professionals need to establish disaster relief efforts and community service clinics for people affected by trauma.

Participants learn how to establish mobile clinics onsite after disasters and community service clinics for veterans, active military and their families, as well as other local populations. It also prepares participants to develop and work in international community service clinics that are part of World Healing Exchange trips and other AWB-affiliated international programs.

Certificate program

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Repairing the Shattered Heart

Trauma Informed Care Certificate

FIVE MODULES | 75 CEU/PDAs (NCCAOM, CA, TX, FL)
COST: $1600

Join Acupuncturists Without Borders for a journey into developing the vital tools for providing trauma-informed care to your patients and service to a world in desperate need. This comprehensive program covers:

  • Five elements perspective on trauma
  • The latest developments in trauma recovery
  • The neuroscience and physiology behind trauma and post traumatic stress
  • Advanced trauma acupuncture protocols
  • Botanical protocols for trauma treatment
  • Clinical tools for your practice
  • Community organizing for creating service projects and programs
  • Trauma-informed facilitation skills
  • Council practice
  • Leadership skills for working with community and other professionals
  • And more!

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Live webinars

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Robert J. Woodbine, N.D., M.Ac.O.M, L.Ac.
CREDITS: 2 CEU/PDAs per webinar (pending NCCAOM, FL, TX, CA)
COST: $39 per webinar

The Four Seasons Medical Qigong webinar series is a year-long real time sequential exploration and learning experience in how each set of the practice affects the associated Yin organ(s) seasonally. In addition to the specific seasonal routine, participants will learn the All Seasons/Triple Warmer set that can be practiced during any season. This set will be introduced in the Spring Set. After this year-long study, students can experience and enjoy the encyclical benefits of maintaining the harmony of the energy of the organs seasonally.

Friday June 3rd, 10 AM Pacific Time

INSTRUCTORS: Yamin Chehin L.Ac., Dipl O.M., Council Trainer and Itaf Awad, M.A, Council Trainer
CREDITS: 2 CEU/PDAs (pending NCCAOM, FL, TX, CA)
COST: $39

This is a two hour immersion workshop in which participants will learn and experience the medicine of speaking and listening from the Heart and how to carry the healing potential to the work they do in the field. The instructors will offer ideas about how Council work can be introduced before, during and after the Acupuncture Circle.

DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES: 15-30 CEU/PDAS

REPAIRING THE SHATTERED HEART: Why we Need Trauma Informed Care Now

Module 1 of our Repairing the Shattered Heart trauma-informed certificate program

Credits: 15 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM, FL, CA, TX)
NCCAOM PDAs – 3 AOM-OM, 1.5 AOM-AC, 7 AOM-BIO, 1.5 Ethics, 2 PE-CW
Instructors:
Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac., Ravyn Stanfield, LAc. DOM, M.Ac, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.AC
Guest Instructors:
Alaine Duncan, L.Ac., Dr. Tenisha Dandridge, L.Ac.
Cost:
$350, $330 for AWB Members & Students

TRAUMA PREVENTION & RECOVERY PROTOCOLS: Clinical Toolkit for Use in Community and Private Practice

Module 2 of our Repairing the Shattered Heart trauma-informed certificate program

Credits: 15 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM, FL, CA, TX)
NCCAOM PDAs – 15 AOM-OM
Instructors:
Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac., Ravyn Stanfield, LAc. DOM, M.Ac, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.AC
Cost: $350, $330 for AWB Members & Students

To date, Acupuncturists Without Borders has trained practitioners to primarily utilize ear acupuncture when addressing trauma-related patterns. This course will introduce the participant to a much more expansive clinical tool kit to provide more effective trauma-informed care.

Topics covered include, trauma and trauma informed care, somatic therapy, biomedical treatments, ear, scalp & body acupuncture protocols, herbal medicine & aromatherapy, energetic exercises, touch techniques & case studies.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FOR TRAUMA RECOVERY: How to Be Effective, Ethical, and Inclusive

Module 3 of our Repairing the Shattered Heart trauma-informed certificate program. 

Credits: 15 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM, CA, FL, TX) 
NCCAOM PDAs – 4 Ethics, 3 AOM-BIO, 1 Safety, 7 Professional Enhancement
Instructors:
Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac., Ravyn Stanfield, LAc. DOM, M.Ac, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.AC
Cost: $350, $330 for AWB Members & Students

This course will train practitioners to provide effective, safe, and inclusive acupuncture services in diverse communities around the world. The focus is on how to deliver community-based care in group settings and how to establish community-based projects that address the health needs of traumatized, under-served populations.

THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP TO CHANGE THE WORLD: Trauma-Informed Skills for Life, Work, Community

Module 4 our Repairing the Shattered Heart trauma-informed certificate program. 

Credits: 15 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM, CA, FL, pending TX)
NCCAOM PDAs – 7 AOM-BIO, 6 AOM-OM, 2 Ethics
Instructors:
Diana Fried, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Ac., Acudetox Specialist, Ravyn Stanfield, LAc. DOM, M.Ac, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.AC
Cost: $350, $330 for AWB Members & Students

The focus of this course is on how to create trauma-informed leadership and healthy teams who can deliver community-based care in group settings. This course discusses ways that the neurobiology of trauma, Polyvagal theory, and Chinese Medicine can cultivate leadership in practitioners to help address the health needs of traumatized, under-served populations. This class offers facilitation, leadership, and conflict resolution skills that will move Qi.

TRAUMA-INFORMED SELF-CARE & RECOVERY: Cultivate and Protect Your Own Qi While Doing Deep Work in Private Practice and Field

Module 5 our Repairing the Shattered Heart trauma-informed certificate program. 

Credits: 15 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM, CA, FL, pending TX)
NCCAOM PDAs – 12 AOM-BIO, 3 PE-CW
Instructors:
Diana Fried, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Ac., Acudetox Specialist, Carla Cassler, Co-Executive Director, DAOM, L.Ac., Dr. Robert J. Woodbine, N.D., M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac.
Cost: $350, $330 for AWB Members & Students

Having an understanding, and a toolkit, of self care practices readily available is critical for field work doing acupuncture & Chinese medicine. Having these practices on hand, along with an understanding of why they are so important, is essential for providing excellent field services and for protecting practitioners and clients alike. In this class you will learn why self care is so important along with a series of deep, easy to use, and important self care practices based on principles of Chinese medicine, to help you in the field, your life and your private practice as well. You will learn ancient Taoist- based practices, Qigong practices, and practices from ancient indigenous traditions around the world on connecting with plants. You will also be introduced to the energetics of the five elements, including meditations based on the elements, as a way to bathe in the beauty of nature as part of self-care practices.

HEALING COMMUNITY TRAUMA IN TIMES OF CRISIS

Credits: 30 PDA/CEUs Total | 15 PDA/CEUs per Module (NCCAOM, FL, TX, CA)
NCCAOM PDAs – 22 AOM-BIO, 4 Ethics, 4 Safety (Full Program)
Instructors:
Diana Fried, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Ac., Acudetox Specialist, Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac., Ravyn Stanfield, LAc. DOM, M.Ac, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.AC
Cost: $249 per Module, $399 for both Modules

In the aftermath of Covid-19, the ongoing fight against racial injustice as well as natural & manmade disasters, acupuncturists will be called upon to address enormous amounts of trauma and the tools for trauma informed care will be more essential than ever. This course draws on AWB’s 15 years of responding to trauma around the world, to provide inspiration, practical case studies, and all the clinical and organizational tools you need to start this community rebuilding. This two-part course prepares acupuncturists to provide community-style acupuncture to people impacted by natural disasters and human conflict. The focus is on how to provide trauma prevention and recovery care to impacted communities in times of crisis.

DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES: 2-5 CEU/PDAS

RESTORING RELATIONSHIPS

Credits: 4 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM, CA, FL, TX)
Instructor:
Alaine Duncan, L.Ac., Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Cost: $60

This program teaches us how to understand the three neurological platforms of the human nervous system, and how they function together. Humans have a five-phase “Self Protection Response” that allows them to identify and respond appropriately to possible danger, and each of these phases corresponds to the five element model of Chinese Medicine. Within this context, it is possible to identify five different types of traumatic stress response which can occur when the Self Protection Response gets thwarted in a particular phase.  This understanding allows for more precise and effective treatment of traumatic stress. 

HOW TO SET UP SAFE MOBILE CLINICS DURING A PANDEMIC/EPIDEMIC VIA CLEAN NEEDLE TECHNIQUE, UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS, AND PPE

Credits: 4 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM, CA, FL AND TX)
NCCAOM PDAs – 4 Safety
Instructor:
Carla Cassler, LAc, DAOM
Cost:
$60

CoVid 19 has presented unique challenges for the safe practice of acupuncture in community settings. In addition to already existant requirements for safe clinical field practice, including clean needle technique, professional clinical protocols, environmental concerns, and working safely on a service team, CoVid-safe clinics require particular safety practices. This course outlines the extra safety concerns and techniques for safe CoVid-era community mobile clinics to ensure safety of patients and practitioners.

SAFETY FOR DISASTER RELIEF WORK

Credits: 4 PDA/CEUs (NCCAOM, CA, FL AND TX, 2 CPE Points Australia)
NCCAOM PDAs – 4 Safety
Instructor:
Deb Boehme, Ph.D., LPCC, DOM, Dipl. AC
Cost:
$60

This program provides the fundamentals of how practitioners of Asian medicine can maintain safety for themselves, their patients, and their teams during a disaster relief effort.

ETHICS IN THE TREATMENT OF TRAUMA SURVIVORS

Credits: 5 PDA/CEUs ( NCCAOM, CA, FL AND TX)
NCCAOM PDAs – 5 Ethics
Instructor:
Alaine Duncan, L.Ac., Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Cost:
$75

The program explores the ethical principles that are important to consider when working with trauma survivors.

12 POINTS FOR RESTORATION & BALANCE APPROACH TO TRAUMA TREATMENT

Credits: 4 PDA/CEU Points (NCCAOM, CA, FL AND TX, 2 CPE Points Australia)
Instructor:
Alaine Duncan, L.Ac., Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Cost:
$60

This program teaches acupuncturists a 12-point auricular approach to trauma treatment, and then provides step-by-step instructions, with demonstration, for executing this approach. 

AROMATHERAPY FOR TRAUMA HEALING

Credits: 4 PDA/CEU Points (NCCAOM, CA, FL AND TX, 2 CPE Points Australia)
Instructor: 
Carla Cassler, DAOM, LAc, AWB Associate Director
Cost:
$60

Learn about how essential oils can be used safely and effectively for the treatment of pain and trauma in individual and community acupuncture treatment settings.