Repairing the Shattered Heart

Trauma-Informed Healing for Yourself, Your Patients & Your Community

A 5-part trauma informed care certificate program for acupuncturists

75 CEU/PDAs full program  | 15 CEU/PDAs per individual module 


** SCHEDULE UPDATE: Due to Covid-19, we have changed the schedule and format of our certificate program. We were able to offer the first module live before lockdown. The 2nd part is now an online course. An online/webinar version of part 3 will be released in October 2020. Tentative live dates for Part 4-5 are listed below. These are subject to change based on public health recommendations.

The next year-long cycle (with in-person classes) will be announced when we can safely gather again. 


75 CEU/PDAs for full program | 15 CEU/PDAs per individual course

Join Acupuncturists Without Borders for a year-long journey into developing the vital tools for providing trauma-informed care to your patients and service to a world in desperate need. 

In these times when hurricanes, opiate crisis, and pain at the borders dominate the news cycle, it can feel confusing and hopeless to know what to do. How can Oriental Medicine and other traditional medicine systems help, in the face of such large problems?
With an increase in disasters, shootings, and displacement everywhere, collaboration, trauma-informed care, and service projects are more important than ever. Acupuncturists Without Borders has been providing trauma relief acupuncture to communities around the world affected by disaster, human conflict, environmental devastation, and social injustice since its inception after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


FULL 5-WEEK PROGRAM: (Registration closed until 2021 Schedule is Announced)


Live: $450

Online: $350

Hybrid: $400

$20 discount AWB Members & Students. Early Bird discounts for live classes paid 6 weeks in advance. 

*3% processing fee for credit card payment

This certificate includes a valuable map to trauma informed care, including:

  • 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 (an amazing communication tool for all relationships)
  • Healing community trauma
  • How integrating your own trauma history enhances effective trauma-informed work with patients and the community
  • Leadership skills for working with community and other professionals

Five Courses on the Keys to Success and Happiness for Service, Work, Life

Each of these courses stands alone. You can take all of them or any individual course in any order you wish. Due to Covid-19, the format of each course (live or online) varies. 

The Tao of Trauma – Integrating Five Element Theory, Biomedicine, and Trauma Treatment

Format: Live – 2021 Date/City TBD

Trauma Prevention and Recovery Techniques/Clinical Toolkit, for use in community and private practice

Format: Online Course
(2021 Live Date TBD)

Community Organizing for Trauma Recovery – How to be Effective, Ethical & Inclusive

Format: Part Online Course/Part Webinar on October 17-28, 2020
(2021 Live Date TBD)

Trauma-Informed Leadership Skills for Facilitation, Conflict Resolution, and Interface with other Professionals

Format: Live (This may change based on public health recommendations)
Dates: January 9-10, 2021
Location: Mayway Corporation, Oakland, CA

Trauma-informed Self Care and Recovery – Cultivate and protect your own qi while doing deep work in private practice and field

Format: Live (This may change based on public health recommendations)
Dates: March 20-21, 2021
Location: Mayway Corporation, Oakland, CA


* Registration for the full 5-Module certificate program will be available once we are able to schedule the 2021 courses. This will depend on national and local public health guidelines around Covid-19.

If you prefer to pay by check,  mail your check to:

Acupuncturists Without Borders
3439 NE Sandy Blvd #304
Portland, OR 97232

Please include: Your Name, Email Address, Phone Number, License State & Number, Which module/modules you are paying for


AWB will grant refunds for cancellations as follows:

  • 75% refunded if cancelled more than 2 months prior to the first day of the full program.
  • 25% refunded if registration is cancelled up to 1 month prior to the first day of the program.
  • NO refunds will be made for cancellation less than one month prior to the first day of the program, although there will be credit granted for a future training.

*NCCAOM, TX, FL & CA Board approvals will be per individual module. Approval may be pending at the time of registration but will be complete before the course dates.


Diana Fried, Founder & Co-Executive Director, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM, Dipl. Ac., Acudetox Specialist

Diana launched Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, along with a team of people from the acupuncture community. She has worked in disasters and underserved communities doing community acupuncture healing all over the U.S., Haiti, Nepal, Mongolia, Ecuador, Mexico among other locations. Diana developed AWB’s Healing Community Trauma training program which has now provided training for over 6000 acupuncturists in the United States, and hundreds in other countries, on how to do mobile community service field work with acupuncture. Diana envisioned and fostered AWB’s Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) to help heal the wounds of war and heal intergenerational trauma, establishing free community clinics around the U.S. to serve active duty military, veterans and their families. Diana initiated AWB’s World Healing Exchange program with the first trip to Nepal in 2009. 

Diana Fried has many years of experience and training in emotional/trauma healing work, along with years of work in international grassroots community development (Oxfam America, Grassroots International), including travel and work in Mexico, Central America, Asia, and Africa. She graduated from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture with an M.Ac. (1999), is a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist trained by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), and a certified Qigong Instructor.

Diana is trained in the Council practice through the Upaya Zen Center and the Center for Council. She sees this practice as the perfect complement to acupuncture, where the group process becomes the needle that allows for energetic transformation for the group and the individuals in the group. Diana is a graduate of the Upaya Zen Center Buddhist Chaplaincy program, and has studied Vipassana and other forms of Buddhist practice since the 1980’s. 

Carla Cassler, Co-Executive Director, DAOM, L.Ac.

Carla Cassler has practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over 30 years, specializing in women’s health, pediatric, orthopedic and trauma treatment. Her interest in trauma treatment began in l992 when she practiced acupuncture on an Israeli kibbutz, where many of her patients suffered from physical and mental health problems related to multiple wars and the Holocaust. For the past six years she has worked with Acupuncturists Without Borders, teaching Healing Community Trauma and as Associate Director. She developed AWB’s Israel-West Bank program and the AWB Refugee Support Program. In 2010 she co-founded the Bay Area Veteran’s Acupuncture Clinic (BAYVAC) which provides free weekly acupuncture treatment to veterans, military personnel and their families for pain and PTSD. She completed a clinical doctoral degree (DAOM) at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Doctor Cassler’s DAOM dissertation proposed a clinical model for integration of acupuncture into the VA Medical Care System. Her private practice is in the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her husband and children.

G. Ravyn Stanfield, Director of Education and Community Engagement, LAc, DOM, M.Ac, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.

Ravyn is the author of Revolution of the Spirit: Awaken the Healer, a guide to liberate the healing super powers within each of us. She is the Executive Director of Acupuncturists Without Borders, an NGO that provides trauma relief treatments to communities hit by natural disasters and human conflict. She has worked for AWB since 2014 teaching Healing Community Trauma and coordinating the Nepal program. She practices acupuncture in Portland, Oregon with a focus on chronic pain and traumatic injury. She graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine with a Masters in Oriental Medicine in 2002.

Ravyn is a cultural alchemist, writing to transform the heartbreak of our times and reveal the gold in what seems worthless. She designs trainings for emerging leaders and healers in the US, Canada, Europe, Nepal, and Australia. She teaches at conferences and festivals worldwide, including Symbiosis, Spiritweavers, Bioneers, Lightning in a Bottle, and many more. Her fiction and essays have been published in The Rumpus, Guernica Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Manifest Station, Elephant Journal, and Wake Up World among others. She creates modern ritual art, combining music, poetry, and performance to make contemporary offerings of the human imagination. She uses her background in traditional medicines, medical social work, trauma recovery, writing, neurobiology, and theatre to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization. www.gerriravynstanfield.com


Alaine Duncan, LAc

Guest Instructor for The Tao of Trauma – Integrating Five Element Theory, Biomedicine, and Trauma Treatment

Alaine Duncan is a Licensed Acupuncturist and certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly TAI Sophia Institute) with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture in 1990 and completed Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training in 2007.  She completed certification in the use of touch to build capacity for self-regulation in trauma survivors in 2012; and Somatic Resilience and Regulation Training in body-centered approaches to ameliorate the impact of pre-and peri-natal trauma in 2015.

Her research background includes serving on studies assessing the impact of integrative medicine on compassion fatigue in military caregivers; the use of acupuncture for the treatment of combat-related traumatic stress, the treatment of chronic headaches in current conflict Veterans with traumatic brain injuries and for Gulf War Veterans Illness.

Alaine was a Founding Director of Crossings Healing & Wellness in Silver Spring, MD and is also a charter member of the Integrative Health & Wellness program at the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center, serving as a contractor there since 2007.

Alaine founded Integrative Healing, LLC in 2012 with a goal to integrate the wisdom of Chinese Medicine with the study of neurobiology and traumatic stress in both the classroom and the treatment room.

She is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health and teach continuing education classes for acupuncturists on best practices for the treatment of traumatic stress.