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Acupuncturists Without Borders

Trauma-informed trainings

Below you will find a list of all of our trainings that are currently being offered. Note: links for distance learning courses 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.

Live webinars

April 21, 2021 | 12-2 PM PST

INSTRUCTOR: Benjamin Zappin, LAc, Co-founder of Five Flavors Herbs
CREDITS: 2 CEU/PDAs  (FL, pending NCCAOM, CA, TX)
COST: $35

T.C.M. practitioners are trained to compose and deliver sophisticated herbal formulas that intersect traditional theory, modern medicine, and individual patients unique characteristics. While this represents many ideals, it can present many barriers to access and fulfillment of therapeutic treatment plans due to cost, availability, time spent in preparation, or familiarity. Most individuals have access to and are familiar with a modest repertoire of culinary herbs for flavoring their food. This class aims to support the T.C.M. practitioner in having a thorough Materia medica of fresh and dried culinary herbs from around the world to be able to recommend to patients for use in common health conditions.

May 5, 2021 | 12-2 PM PST

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Tenisha Dandridge, LAc
CREDITS: 2 CEU/PDAs  (NCCAOM, CA, FL, pending TX)
COST: $35

In light of the recent social political events, acupuncturists have found themselves in need of a more complete history of acupuncture in the United States. This class will cover the history of African American Activists that helped to popularize Acupuncture in the 1970s, how this became the foundation for POCA, and why the subsequent erasure of that history has contributed to the racial health disparities gap instead of closing it as was intended. This class will also cover historical concepts as social determinants of health so that participants will have a better understanding of how racial battle fatigue presents today and how TCM can help address this ongoing public health crisis.

May 19, 2021 | 12-2 PM PST

INSTRUCTOR: Benjamin Zappin, LAc, Co-founder of Five Flavors Herbs
CREDITS: 2 CEU/PDAs  (FL, pending NCCAOM, CA, TX)
COST: $35

In this class Benjamin Zappin, L.Ac. shares his experience as an herbalist, cook, and practitioner in a diverse array of clinical environments to offer useful and practical tools for flexibly wielding culinary and other accessible herbs to meet patients where they’re at geographically, financially, and culturally. The course will draw from research from the disciplines of public health research, medical anthropology, phytomedicine research, and traditional herbal practice.

The 8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong: Standing and Sitting Variations

June 9, 2021 | 12-2 PM PST

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Robert J. Woodbine, N.D., M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac.
CREDITS: 2 CEU/PDAs  (pending NCCAOM, CA, TX, FL)
COST: $35

The Eight Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin) is an effective and easy to learn Qigong sequence. This is an external elixir style of Qigong that benefits the internal organs as well as the extremities. While the Standing version is more popular and works with all of the body’s meridians, the Sitting option focuses on the meridians of the arms and is suitable for individuals who have difficulty standing or are convalescing.

DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES: 15-30 CEU/PDAS

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.