Available courses

    More POCA members are interested in changing state laws to allow for non-acupuncturists to practice the NADA 5NP as Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists (ADSs). Laws vary from state to state. In this class, you will compare and contrast different ADS laws to understand what makes good law. You also will learn about what goes into getting a law passed.

    By the end of the course, you should understand that ADS laws need to be flexible to be effective.  Which means that ADS laws need to allow:

    • Lay practitioners and Licensed professionals to be able to practice NADA
    • Treatments to occur in any location, not just in and in conjunction with programs or agencies
    • Minimal, to no, supervision
    • NADA to be used for behavioral health, not only for the treatment of addictions.
    • For the language “NADA or equivalent certification” to be included. This allows for other ADS certifications, besides NADA to legally exist.

    Some say that legislative work is boring. Far from it. Legislative work is thrilling, important, and necessary. We need to pass good flexible laws if we are going to reduce and remove barriers that prevent people from practicing and receiving acupuncture.

    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me, Elizabeth Ropp, at arunaeiki@gmail.com.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 5AOM-AC $50
    California 5Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 5 General

    Anxiety, depression, and insomnia are common reasons why people seek out acupuncture. They are also common reasons why doctors prescribe benzodiazepines to their patients. Benzos are addictive.  Misuse of benzodiazepines is increasing. Patients feel side-effects of benzodiazepines even after they taper off.  In this class, you will read a paper by acu-punk, Lori Tusa, that includes a case study of a patient who has discontinued taking benzodiazepines.

     The objectives of this course are to learn:

    ·         Harm reduction related to drug use

    ·         Principles of harm reduction

    ·         Benzodiazepines and the intended purpose.

    ·         Measures to prevent overdose and dependency

    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me, Elizabeth Ropp, at arunaeiki@gmail.com.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 3AOM-BIO $30
    California 3Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 3 Biomedical Sciences

    This course will cover the nuts and bolts of setting up an auricular acupuncture clinic using the 5 Needle Protocol (5NP) in a variety of settings, including in a suboxone clinic, grassroots community settings, disaster recovery, and a public health, safety net clinic.  Participants will learn about logistics, challenges, and lessons learned in implementing regular ear acupuncture clinics for trauma, addiction, stress, and chronic pain.

    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me at carolineavivapicker@gmail.com.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1.5AOM-AC $15
    California 1.5Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 1.5 General

    This course is an in-depth exploration of trauma-informed auricular acupuncture. Participants will learn the history, theory and practice of auricular acupuncture with a focus on the 5 Needle Protocol, the neuroscience of trauma and addiction, ACEs, the social and structural determinants of health/addiction, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care. The history of auricular acupuncture, point locations, implementation, safety procedures, and issues surrounding legislation will be discussed.

     Goals & Objectives:

     ●        To describe the anatomy of the auricular surface and the location of 5 Needle Protocol points.

    ●        To describe physical and social safety practices specific to ear acupuncture and group treatment settings.

    ●        To describe the common effects and applications of the 5 Needle Protocol.

    ●        To understand the principles of Trauma-Informed Care, neuroscience of addiction and trauma, and the social and structural determinants of addiction.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 7
    7
    14 Total
    AOM-AC
    PE-CW
    $75
    California 14Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 14 General
    To access this course you'll need to get an enrollment key.

    This course is an introduction to POCA’s Adverse Events Reporting Database. It addresses how collecting data on acupuncture adverse events can encourage the development of a culture of safety for acupuncturists.

    Goals & Objectives:

    - describe the relationship between acupuncture adverse events reporting and successful pain management

    - describe the relationship between acupuncture adverse events reporting and providing trauma informed care

    - help students understand how adverse events reporting encourages the development of a culture of safety for acupuncture


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 3
    AOM-SA
    Free !!
    California 3Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 3 General

    This course will provide punks with a foundational understanding of the ethics related to practicing trauma-informed care with transgender and gender-nonconforming patients in the clinic and why it is important. Specifically, this course prepares us to practice trauma-informed care by laying the groundwork for developing trans-friendly language in the clinic, outlining common triggers for trans people in healthcare settings, offering a list of common health concerns, and encouraging us to examine ideas, beliefs and opinions about gender and trans people. This course addresses the NCCAOM Code of Ethics commitment to: “Respect rights, privacy, and dignity of patients... (and) accept and treat those seeking my services in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner.”

    Goals and Objectives

    • Understand why trauma informed care is important for transgender and gender-nonconforming patients in a community acupuncture clinic
    • Describe strategies for diminishing the possibility of gender-related trauma and triggers in a community acupuncture clinic
    • Describe common concerns of gender transitioning patients

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2 Ethics$20
    California2 Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 2 General

    In this ethics class, we will explore what not to do in clinical practice. We will learn from some real-life examples by industry professionals. Spoiler: this class showcases some epic fails. This class will discuss rape culture. If we understand what it is, we can work to dismantle it. If you can avoid behaviors featured by acupuncturists in this class, then you are succeeding at meeting minimum ethical and common decency standards.


    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me, Elizabeth Ropp, at arunareiki@gmail.com.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1.5AOM-ET $15
    California 1.5Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 1.5 General

    This course expands the praxis of Liberation Acupuncture to look at what community

    acupuncturists can do to become “agents of liberation”. It’s based on the work of a POCA

    Tech student, Sarah Pines, for her Capstone project, and draws on references from a

    variety of sources.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 4 Ethics $40
    California4 Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 4 General

    Community acupuncture is built on mutuality in relationships. The movement itself started as a way to treat our community, our friends, and family; overlapping relationships are built into its very fabric.

    Through readings and case studies, this course will help POCA acupunks maintain meaningful, rewarding, and ethical relationships with the people they treat. In addition, this course will provide clinic owners with practical assistance in setting clear standards of conduct for all employees (punks, receptionists, etc.) and how they relate with the people who come into the clinic for treatment.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2 Ethics $20
    California 2 Category 1

    Can acupuncture help with weight loss?” is a question that comes up frequently in community acupuncture clinics but is potentially difficult to answer fully and ethically. This class addresses the foundational topic of medical fatphobia and its relationship to other social justice issues. Research from the University of Minnesota’s eating lab clarifies the biomedical perspective on weight, willpower, and people’s relationship to food.

    This class relates to the portion of the NCCAOM Code of Ethics that states, “Accept and treat those seeking my services in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner.”  Reading material comes from blog posts and articles which require 3 hours to review.

    Course goals and objectives

    • Understand the impacts that fatphobia has on people’s mental, emotional and physical health

    • Understand the science behind why most diets do not work

    • Be able to answer the question “Can acupuncture help me to lose weight?” ethically and confidently

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 3 AOM-ET $30
    California 3 Cat 2

    Many acupuncturists and many acupuncture patients have conflicted feelings about psychiatric medications. How to communicate with a patient who is contemplating getting off of psychiatric medications raises issues of professional ethics. This class addresses a harm reduction approach to the topic, along with the NCCAOM Code of Ethics commitment to “Treat within my lawful scope of my practice and training and only if I am able to safely, competently and effectively do so.”

    Course Goals and Objectives

    - To understand that “a ‘harm reduction’ approach means not being pro- or anti- medication, but supporting people where they are at to make their own decisions, balancing the risks and benefits involved.”

    - Be familiar with peer-support resources for people who feel conflicted about taking psychiatric medications.

    - Understand how psychiatric drugs are stigmatized in a context of able-ism and how this might affect patients’ feelings about utilizing them.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 3 Ethics $30
    California 3 Cat 2

    Your goal is to make acupuncture affordable for all those who will benefit from it, and you may run into some ethical dilemmas and legal requirements. In this course, you will learn the principles behind POCA’s “you-decide-what-to-pay” sliding scale, along with several variations on that system that fulfill legal and ethical constraints. You will also find examples of insurance fraud that can become an issue in community acupuncture practices and how to easily avoid them.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1 Ethics $10
    California 1 Category 2

    The purpose of this course is to connect Liberation Acupuncture with work along the US/Mexico border and to understand how to contribute to a larger conversation about doing this in solidarity with others.

    The objectives of this course are to understand:

    • What is Border Work?

    • Current context of border work

    • How community acupuncture provides effective action


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2Practice Enhancement $20
    California 2Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 2 General

    Trauma informed care is a hot topic these days, both within the POCA coop and in the larger world of healthcare. The good punks of Milwaukie Community Acupuncture organized workshop about trauma informed care with a trainer who specializes in veteran culture and working with veterans, and then they were kind enough to film the workshop and share the video and the course materials with the rest of us. We hope you enjoy this valuable presentation and that it helps you serve the veterans in your community.

    This course includes handouts and the video presentation by Patricia Clason of Healing Warrior Hearts


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 3 Practice Enhancement $30
    California 3 Category 1

    This course is inspired by Greg Jones’s popular zine: "A Radical History of Acupuncture in America".  Course participants will read many of the same articles that inspired Jones’s zine that has been handed out at Community Acupuncture Clinics around the country.  It’s a deeper look at the vision of acupuncture practice ethics based on social justice. 

    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me at arunareiki@gmail.com

    In this class you will read and watch videos about: 

    • How acupuncture and Chinese medicine have been utilized in different communities in America over the last 150 years.

    • To show examples of how communities self-organized to address dire health epidemics with little to no support from local authorities.

    • About the similarities in the struggles between Chinese immigrant communities in the early 1900’s compares to the struggles of African American and Latino Communities in New York in the 1970’s.

    • How acupuncture was first used for recovery from substance abuse (hint: it wasn’t by acupuncturists)

    • About the challenges around making acupuncture more accessible all over this country, and who is making it more challenging. 

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 6
    AOM-Bio $60
    California6 Category 1

    Veteran community organizers and healing justice practitioners Francisca Porchas and Mark-Anthony Johnson present about the relationship between organizing and health work; the connections between white supremacy, criminalization, and trauma; and ways that we can support resilience building; health as a strategy for real public safety; and align ourselves with movements led by directly impacted people against incarceration and deportation.  

    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me at lisar@pocatech.org


    The objectives of this course are to understand:

     - Relationship between organizing and health work

     - Connections between white supremacy, criminalization, and trauma.

     - Ways to support resilience building.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM1 Practice Enhancement $10
    California 1 Category 1

    An overview of the basic concepts of Liberation Acupuncture with regards to both theory and clinical practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    • to articulate the foundational principles of Liberation Acupuncture as a particular and distinct school of thought
    • to discuss Liberation Acupuncture’s relationship to textual sources and diagnostic methods
    • to define the meaning of the phrase, “the root treatment is the room
    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 4 Practice Enhancement $40
    California 4 Category 1

    An introduction and overview of the basic concepts of Trauma-Informed Care as applied to the practice of community acupuncture.

    Learning Objectives:

    • to define the basic principles of trauma-informed care
    • to examine the perspectives of people with trauma histories on giving and receiving acupuncture
    • to reflect on real-world applications of trauma-informed care principles to the clinical practice of community acupuncture
    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 4 AOM and Bio-medicine $40
    California 4 Category 1

    This course will focus on the POCA Safety, Quality Control and Best Practices Manual For Settings in Which Community Acupuncture is Practiced, prepared for POCA by a board-certified MD who is familiar with community acupuncture. Topics include safety, infection control, needlestick potential, emergency procedures, and clinic accessibility.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2 Safety $20
    California 2 Cat 1

    The praxis of community acupuncture is multi-faceted, subtle, and very demanding. It draws on all your personal resources: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. this book represents an effort to lay out at least some of the facets of punking in the hopes that clarifying the demands makes them a little easier to meet.

    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me at lisar@pocatech.org


    The objectives of this course are to understand:

     - How community acupuncture draws on your personal resources.

     - Effectively meeting the demands of punking

     - Understand the barriers people have to getting acupuncture.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 7 Practice Enhancement $70
    California 7 Category 2

    This course is about the skills, attitudes, and capacities related to creating and maintaining a social container for community acupuncture. A large part of being an acupuncturist is developing the skills to manage your energy, intention, and attention with respect to the clinic’s relationships, boundaries, resources, and systems. This course is based a workbook, Punking Part 2: Praxis and the Social Container, by Lisa Rohleder, LAc.

     

    Goals and Objectives

    • To describe the hierarchy of needs for acupuncture
    • To describe the skills, attitudes, and capacities related to creating and/or maintaining a social container for community acupuncture
    • To evaluate your personal relationship to entrepreneurship and risk-taking

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 4PE-CW $40
    California 4Category 1

    Fractal: about Community Acupuncture, is the overview and history of the community acupuncture movement and its cooperative, the People's Organization of Community Acupuncture. Why is community acupuncture a Thing, and why should you care? This book will answer those questions.

    Completion of this course requires separate purchase of Fractal: About Community Acupuncture. It is available in paperback, as an ebook for Kindle, or as an ePub for other e-readers.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1.5 Practice Enhancement $15
    California 1.5 Cat 1

    What this book is what I would have liked to read when I was starting out (as a social entrepreneur) was a confession of an intimate, messy, evolving relationship with capitalism, from someone who started their own business not because they wanted to but because they had to. Someone who wasn’t an economist or a banker, someone unqualified to be an entrepreneur by anything but desperation. I would’ve liked to read something ragged and personal by somebody who had no idea what they were doing but was driven to do it anyway.

    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me at lisar@pocatech.org

    The objectives of this course are to understand:

    • The various aspects which contribute to entrepreneurship.

    • The history of community-style acupuncture in the united states.

    • The history of people's organization of community acupuncture.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 10 Practice Enhancement $100
    California 10 Category 2

    Acupuncture Is Like Noodles is a comprehensive overview of the philosophy and the clinical strategies that inform the community acupuncture movement. Topics include the influence of class values on acupuncture service delivery, clinical approaches for low-cost, high-volume clinics, and useful protocols to successfully treat common complaints.

    Completion of this course requires separate purchase of Acupuncture Is Like Noodles, which is available in paperback.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 3 Practice Enhancement $30
    California 3 Cat 1

    Participants will become more valuable healthcare providers to a diverse patient base by understanding issues related to sex, Gender identity, and sexual orientation. Key topics include: special health concerns of this population, healthcare access issues, language awareness, and how to create a welcoming environment.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1 Practice Enhancement $10
    California 1 Cat 1

    The world of Commercial Real estate is tricky, learn the ins and outs of finding a good space at the right price.  This class will provide practical assistance to the acupuncture practitioners who want to find and secure suitable office space for a community acupuncture clinic. It will offer the participants helpful information about the good location and desirable office space qualities as well as the process of renting the space. The subject will be explored by using the discussions on the POCA practitioner forums.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2.5 Practice Enhancement $25
    California 2.5 Cat 2

    This course will provide practical assistance to the acupuncture practitioners who want to set up a low-cost, high-volume community acupuncture practice as outlined by POCA co-op. Specifically, it will help the prospective community acupuncturists learn about the various important features of a community clinic space, and how the physical set up of the clinic can be conducive to building a community-focused social enterprise. Participants will view video tours of various community acupuncture clinic spaces, and some of those clinics will be shown in various stages of evolution. The clinics’ owners will provide useful commentary and practical advice about setting up a successful and efficient community acupuncture clinic space.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2 Practice Enhancement $20
    California 2 Category 2

    This course will provide an overview of how the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program might provide access to acupuncturists with large amounts of student debt via converting their POCA-qualified clinic into a 501c3 nonprofit. Students will review a description and a discussion of how one POCA clinic owner successfully obtained 501c3 status for her clinic. Participants will have access to a POCA forum thread which includes copies of the 1023 application and the bylaws for the IRS-approved clinic.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2 Practice Enhancement $20
    California 2 Category 2

    Welcome to the most boring CEU ever offered by POCA. Yes! You are going to learn how OSHA applies to your clinic and how to properly comply with OSHA standards in your community acupuncture clinic. But wait! We already did all of the truly mind numbing work for you! This course will help you formulate your own OSHA manual and compliance plan. In all seriousness, this is a crucial tool for your clinic to not only comply with the required laws, but will make sure that you and your workers are safe. So, let's make safety fun together!

    Learning Objectives:

    • To better understand the role of OSHA in a community clinic.
    • To increase understanding of and compliance with OSHA standards for community clinics.
    • To demonstrate familiarity with the concepts of Bloodborne Pathogens, Exposure Control Plans, and the need for proper documentation.
    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 4 Safety $40
    California 4 Category 1

    You don't have to be an expert in social media in order to use it to increase community connections, expand the reach of your clinic's messaging, and build your clinic's stability. In this 90-minute session we'll explore the do's and don'ts of social media usage, show you how to get started with and integrate platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and newsletter generators, and discuss how to keep things consistent across all these different touchpoints. 

    CEU TypeCEU's Earned:CategoryPrice:
    NCCAOM 1 Practice Enhancement $10
    California 1 Cat 2

    This course will provide students with tools they can begin using immediately to become participatory members in the political/regulatory/and professional institutions that determine the future of acupuncture practice in the U.S.  A background into the hows and whys of acupuncture practice will enable them to work effectively to protect and promote their practices and the profession to increase the public’s access to qualified practitioners.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2.5 Practice Enhancement $25
    California 2.5 Category 2

    This class will offer a brief overview of the history and development of radical movements in acupuncture profession in the United States. It will provide background for a vision of acupuncture practice ethics based on social justice. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • To help community acupuncture practitioners understand revolutionary roots of acupuncture in USA.
    • To show examples of how acupuncture has been historically used as an anti-oppression tool and as “people’s medicine”.
    • To help community acupuncturists evaluate their ethics around their work in the context of using their acupuncture praxis to create social change
    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1 Practice Enhancement $10
    California 1 Category 2

    Through the use of detailed video demonstrations, this course will focus on aspects of “situational punking”  in a Community Acupuncture practice. Demonstrations from 4 experienced CA practitioners will cover such issues as 1) responding to patients’ concerns when acupuncture does not seem to be helping, 2) responding to patients’ concerns when they feel worse after treatment, 3) responding to patients’ concerns when results have plateau’ed, 4) how to work with patients who are trying acupuncture under pressure from family members, 5) how to work with overly talkative patients, and 6) how to work with patients seeking help with stop smoking, weight loss, and other situations that might seem to elicit lifestyle advice. The practitioners will provide commentary and immediately useful skills for building rapport with patients, reinforcing treatment plans, and communicating with efficiency, ease, and confidence in these potentially difficult situations.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2 AOM-BIO $20
    California 2 Cat 1

    David Lesseps & Demetra Delia Markis

    This class will cover the skills needed to effectively diagnose 6-10 patients per hour. Topics include prioritizing treatment goals, incorporating various treatment methods into one treatment, verbal and non-verbal communication with patient, order of operations for caring for multiple patients at one time, and case study discussion.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1 Practice Enhancement $10
    California 1 Cat 1

    Busy CA clinics don’t just happen, punks that want to be busy get busy. Come hear how two seasoned punks think about a busy shift, a busy week, a busy clinic and how to get there and stay there. Learn strategies and tools to help you maintain your speed and endurance. Two superpunks, Demetra Delia Markis and Justine Myers, share their secrets. Do you need to be more efficient as a punk?

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1 Practice Enhancement $10
    California 1 Cat 1

    Intakes! New POCA punks sometimes find them the most daunting part of their jobs. Learn the basics of doing intakes in a Community Acupuncture clinic.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1 Practice Enhancement $10
    California 1 Cat 1

    There are lots of CEU classes for acupuncture about pain -- but learning a new point combination for back pain was not really what the Medical Board had in mind when they created this requirement for health professionals. Pain, especially chronic pain, can have profound and far-reaching effects on patients’ lives. New research in pain management suggests that pain is not just a signal that something is wrong in the body, but that pain can be a disease process in and of itself. Acute pain and chronic pain are not the same thing at all, and understanding the difference allows acupuncturists to help their patients even more.

    The first part of this course draws on the expertise of one of the leaders of pain management in Oregon: Teresa Keane, psychiatric health nurse practitioner and member of the Oregon Pain Management Commission. Teresa is a terrific presenter who is passionate about caring for pain patients; she is also an enthusiastic advocate of acupuncture, and should you have the chance to hear her speak, we encourage you to jump at that chance. She has kindly lent her slides from her most recent presentation in Portland, OR for us to learn from so that we could take her this Pain Management course online.

    The second part of the course will cover the role acupuncture, and specifically community acupuncture, serves in helping patients manage acute and chronic pain. Videos feature community acupuncturists Whitsitt Goodson, Cortney Hartman, Lindsey Dority, and Lisa Rohleder. Effective treatment planning and patient empowerment toward their own pain management goals are the focus of this portion.

    You will learn:

    • the different categories of pain
    • components of effective pain management
    • mental health diagnoses and pain
    • communicating with patients about chronic pain

    and more.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 6.5 AOM and Bio-medicine $65
    California 6.5 Category 1

    This course will provide practical assistance to the acupuncture practitioners who want to practice in a low-cost, high-volume community acupuncture clinic as outlined by POCA co-op. Specifically, it will instruct prospective community acupuncturists about treatment methods and approaches suitable for high-paced community practice, techniques for good clear communication and smooth patient flow in the group treatment space, and tips for achieving good results. Participants will view video tutorials presented by experienced community acupuncturists, and read forum and wiki topics, as well as handouts pertaining to the subject of the class.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 6.5 Practice Enhancement $65
    California 6.5 Category 1

    This course will assist acupuncture practitioners gain confidence and ease with their needling while working in a low-cost, high-volume community acupuncture practice as outlined by POCA co-op. Specifically, the course will guide practitioners on how to come up with effective treatments quickly and competently, help them to provide a comfortable needling experience for their patients, and offer tips on efficient body mechanics while needling in a high volume practice. Participants will view video tutorials presented by experienced community acupuncturists, and read forum and wiki topics pertaining to the topic of the class.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2 AOM and Bio-medicine $20
    California 2 Category 1

    This class provides the foundations of communicating in Spanish during a community acupuncture treatment.

    Learning Objectives:

    • to prepare English-speaking acupuncturists to communicate effectively with Spanish speaking patients in the clinic setting
    • to perform basic conversations around clinic functions in Spanish
    • to collect a set of simple Spanish phrases for interchangeable use in appropriate situations
    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2 Practice Enhancement $20
    California 2 Category 2

    This course will use written handouts and illustrations/photos to introduce the basic theory of Master Tung acupuncture, and to go over the locations, needling technique, and indications of some of the most commonly used points in the Tung acupuncture system. The last part of the class will provide simple treatment protocols for common conditions utilizing Tung points. The points and protocols selected in this class are specifically suitable for treating in a community acupuncture setting.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 6 AOM & Bio-Medicine $60
    California 6 Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 6 General

    In this class we will discuss distal point combinations with approaches from TCM, auricular, balance method and Master Tung for a variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain and internal health conditions. Learn simple strategies and get new ideas to bring back to your practice. We will have time to do some “thinking on your feet” practice time as well as time for those with experience to share their approaches. Knowledge of balance method and Master Tung points is NOT a requirement for participation in this class.

    This course will provide practical assistance to the acupuncture practitioners who want to practice in a low-cost, high-volume community acupuncture clinic as outlined by POCA co-op. Specifically, it will instruct prospective community acupuncturists about the use of distal point prescriptions for conditions commonly seen in the community clinic. Participants will a) watch a video of a presentation by Justine Myers of Acupuncture Together focused on distal point combinations; b) review the handout which accompanies the video and c) review discussions on the POCA forums about distal point treatments for such conditions as low back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, etc.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 5 AOM & Bio-Medicine $50
    California 5 Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 5 General
    Integrating Japanese Classical Styles into a Community Acupuncture practice
    (as originally taught by Robert Hayden, AP, MSOM at POCAFest Nashville - March 2016)
    The transition from a private-room model to community acupuncture involves not just learning new techniques and systems, but a re-evaluation of one's whole repertoire of treatment methods. This breakout session by a practitioner of twenty years experience with a background of specialization in Japanese styles will examine the process of re-invention of a practice style based on palpation and minimally-invasive techniques to suit a busy chair-based community acupuncture clinic. Included in the presentation will be patterns, protocols and needling methods based on the work of the various Meridian Therapy schools as well as those of well-known Japanese practitioners such as Sawada, Manaka and others.
    Course Goals and Objectives:
     - Differentiate key aspects of Japanese acupuncture.
     - Identify signs and symptoms for the classic 4 Sho of Japanese Meridian Therapy.
     - Determine appropriate point selection for the classic 4 Sho of Japanese Meridian Therapy.
     - Modify diagnostic procedure, treatment
    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 3.5 AOM-BIO $35
    California 3.5 Cat 1

    A clear and accessible review of the basic concepts of Chinese medicine by John Pirog; suitable for both beginning students and working acupuncturists.

    Learning Objectives:

    • to cultivate a deeper understanding of the metaphorical nature of Chinese medicine
    • to share an appreciation of life and the universe held by the authors of the Chinese medical classics
    • to review basic concepts such as qi, yin/yang, and the five phases
    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 5 AOM-BIO $50
    California 5 Category 1

    John Pirog's The Dark Warrior Volume 2 - Basic Concepts of Pathology guides the reader through Chinese medical concepts of illness.  This course will demand the identification and broad understanding of the various bedrock theories and diagnostic skills commonly put into practice by community acupuncturists in order to decide on the direction for a course of treatment. 

    Course Goals and Objectives:

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the methods of examination employed in Chinese medicine

    • Identify causes of disease as identified within Chinese medicine

    • Differentiate between common Pattern Diagnoses

    • Understand the 8 Principles

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 3 AOM-BIO $30
    California 3 Cat 2

    Scalp acupuncture can be effective for a wide range of medical problems, but many acupuncturists shy away from scalp acupuncture because they think it will take too long. In this workshop, we will give you an overview of scalp anatomy and very practical tips on using scalp points/lines and areas for best effect for neurological problems like stroke and traumatic brain injury, balance problems, and more. You’ll be ready to do scalp needles on every patient by the next day.

    Course Goals and Objectives:
    At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
    Identify conditions that would be suitable for scalp acupuncture treatment.
    Be able to choose the appropriate scalp acupuncture line for a given condition.
    Be able to locate the scalp lines and identify which section of each line is indicated.
    Understand the cautions and contraindications of scalp acupuncture.
    Know the proper needling techniques for scalp treatment.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1.5 AOM-BIO $15
    California 1.5 Cat 1

    This course is an introduction to the treatment of stroke with acupuncture. It’s based on the work of a POCA Tech student, Beth Ott, for her Capstone: an overview of how community acupuncturists can approach treating patients who have experienced cerebral vascular accidents, including a review of some relevant research.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1 AOM-BIO $10
    California 1 Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 1 General

    In the early days of community acupuncture, POCA punks were derided for “only treating stress”. As research into the neurobiology of stress is revealing, that derision shows some fundamental ignorance: toxic stress is one of the epidemics of our time, and it’s strongly linked both to socioeconomic inequality and to serious physical and mental health problems. Punks should be proud to be providing treatment for stress to the people who most need it! It’s a major contribution to our communities. 

    This class, based on the Capstone projects of two POCA Tech students, Joseph Ibrahim and Joanne Orengo addresses how community acupuncture treats toxic stress: both at a neurobiological level and through the lens of Miriam Lee’s Great 10 treatment, a popular strategy among POCA punks. 

    Goals & Objectives 

    1) Describe basic principles of the physiology and neurobiology of toxic stress.

    2) Describe the interaction of social stress, coping, and community acupuncture clinics.

    3) Describe the specific usefulness of Miriam Lee’s 10 point protocol for addressing toxic stress in TCM terms.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 4AOM-BIO $40
    California 4Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 4 Biomedical Sciences

    This course is intended to help punks better understand historic trauma from a neurobiological perspective while learning experientially to reestablish their personal experience of Somatic Safety.

    Goals and Objectives:

    • Practice creating Somatic Safety in our body-minds. This supports greater resiliency and fuller integration of our experience in the midst of intensity.

    • Understand and use implicit and explicit memory (two primary memory systems our brains and bodies use) to help identify and transform traumatic patterns we may have inherited— this is “horizontal integration.”

    • Understand how patterns of Autonomic Nervous System activation play a role in Historic Trauma, and how “vertical integration” supports healing.

    • Understand the basics of Polyvagal Theory

    • Understand that the path to healing trauma goes through social engagement and that there’s no social engagement without somatic safety.

    • Understand that titration is the best practice in healing trauma and developing personal and collective resiliency.

    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me, Lisa Rohleder at lisar@pocatech.org.


    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 2AOM-BIO $20
    California 2Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 2 General

    This class will help employers navigate the wild world of human resource management. We outline the basics of employment systems and regulations to help make this aspect of running a clinic easier and smoother. We will also discuss how to avoid troubling or costly mistakes.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1 Practice Enhancement $10
    California 1 Cat 2

    This course will provide philosophical support and theoretical context to the acupuncture practitioners who want to practice in a low-cost, high-volume community acupuncture clinic as outlined by POCA co-op. Specifically it will instruct prospective community acupuncturists about the social justice background for the community acupuncture movement, including perspectives on capitalism, racism, and oppression, as well as the history of the Lincoln Detox Center and the Black Panther Party’s free medical clinics. Participants will access the readings from the syllabus for the Social Justice class of the POCA Technical Institute.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 6 AOM & Bio-Medicine $60
    California 6 Category 2

    Conflict is a part of life, and it’s bound to arise in a CA setting where lots of people come together with different needs and interests. Conflict can be difficult and emotionally draining, but it’s also an opportunity to learn and grow. In this course we’ll discuss simple and effective tools for managing conflict, and how to apply them to specific scenarios that come up in a CA setting. Clinic owners Nora Madden of Detroit Community Acupuncture and Alexa Hulsey of East Nashville Community Acupuncture will share plenty of examples of how they haven’t handled conflict well in the past, and how some basic skills could have made life easier for everyone.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1.5 Practice Enhancement $15
    California 1.5 Category 2

    Lisa Rohleder talks about the prevalent class issues that exist in today's health care system and how the community acupuncture model is designed to provide access to acupuncture.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1 Practice Enhancement $10
    California 1 Cat 1

    This course will provide assistance to the acupuncture practitioners who want to avoid pitfalls that beseeched their POCA predecessors. This honest discussion includes topics ranging from financial management, hiring and employee management to holding healthy personal and clinic boundaries to creating treatment plans.

    ATTENTION! This course REQUIRES a POCA Membership to view the reading material.
    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 1.5 Professional Enhancement $15
    California 1.5 Category 2

    This course is a discussion of understanding Oppression and Regulations affecting the Acupuncture profession.

    If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me at lisar@pocatech.org


    ATTENTION! This course REQUIRES a POCA Membership to view the reading and video material.

    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 3PE-CW $30
    California 3Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 3 General

    This course will present three different breakout sessions from POCA Fest Milwaukee:

    • How to treat common mental and physical health conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, and chronic pain
    • Commonly used muscle motor points that can be easily used in a community acupuncture setting.  We will discuss needle technique, depth, and location. 
    • Shonishin Pediatric Acupuncture

    These breakouts are taught by a number of presenters. If you are a POCA member and you have any questions about this class or the material, please start a thread on the forums so that we can have a discussion. Alternately, please feel free to private message me on the POCA forums or email me at gururaskaur.khalsa@gmail.com.



    Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
    NCCAOM 5AOM-AC $50
    California 5Category 1
    Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 5 General