POCA Tv videos tagged acupuncture education


Beth Ott - Learning by Receiving

POCA Tech student Beth Ott talks about her experience as a patient in the student clinic and compares the different treatment modalities.

This presentation is the third of six from a POCA Tech student-organized show & tell event that occurred on March 10, 2017 at the POCA Tech Student

Joe Ibrahim - Learning to Like Korean 4-Needle

POCA Tech student Joe Ibrahim talks about his experience receiving a Korean 4-point acupuncture treatment and how it changed his opinion of the modality.

This presentation is the fourth of six from a POCA Tech student-organized show & tell event that occurred on March 10, 2017 at the POCA

Jen Mylo - Luo Treatment Experiments

POCA Tech student Jen Mylo talks about experimenting with treatments based on the luo-connecting channels.

This presentation is the fifth of six from a POCA Tech student-organized show & tell event that occurred on March 10, 2017 at the POCA Tech Student Clinic at Working Class Acupuncture Rockwood. Video

How to login use POCA's new online CEU service for POCA Punk and Clinic Members.

If you are a POCA punk or clinic member we have created an account for you in our new online CEU system.  This video will show you how to login for the first time and change your temporary password.

Cris and Skip Interview (1): Acupuncture Education

Cris and Skip interview each other about their acupuncture education and how it prepared them for practice in the real world. Keywords: puppy mill.

Cris and Skip Interview (2): First Year of Practice

Cris and Skip interview each other about what they learned in their first year of practice. Keywords: marry a millionaire.

Cris and Skip Interview (3): Deprogramming

Cris and Skip interview each other about deprogramming themselves from their acu-school brainwashing. Keywords: ironic; wait, what?

Prick Prod & Provoke blog entries tagged acupuncture education


Come to Marin POCAfest September 27-29!

If you think of POCA as the online organization that is dedicated to helping us Community Acupuncturists, POCAfest is that online presence manifesting in the real world where we can actually be part of our community. Being alone, making hard decisions in one;’s clinic can be really

Cohort 3 Graduation Speech by Jess Long

Welcome everyone and thank you for coming to celebrate with us on this beautiful summer morning. As many of you know, we are Cohort 3 -- the third class in POCA Tech history to graduate and move forward to expand this radical movement that our school is founded on, by

Acupuncturists As Endangered Species

Thanks to our intrepid comrades Tyler Phan and Elaine Wolf Komarow, we have news from May's CCAOM meeting. And the news is...fascinating. Or possibly apocalyptic, depending on your perspective.

Being the data geek that I am, the big moment that I was really sorry to

The Vows of Hua Tuo and Sun Si Miao..Actually Carried Out

Ok folks, bear with me-I’m gunna get a little idealistic and woo-y- BUT it’s grounded in reality-I promise.

Vow of Hua Tuo:

Treat people equally irrespective of their high or low status, of their poverty or wealth, of their distinction or

Don't Stop Believing: Why CAP Supports POCA's Membership Drive

At the Community Acupuncture Project in West Seattle, we can’t, don’t and won’t  stop believing in POCA! Since our inception in 2009, we’ve been a part of the Community Acupuncture Network (CAN) which grew into our national coop, the People&rsquo

Part 2 in the Saga of WJIP/CA...

Guest Post from Michael Kalebich:

Part 2- 

Hello again, everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

This time I ABSOLUTELY promise to give you much more of the details you have been EVER so patient for! We're going to start at the

The Acupuncture Profession has 99 problems, but NADA ain’t one of them.

The most common question I get when promoting New Hampshire’s new ADS law is: “does acupuncture only treat addiction..”


Last year, I advocated for a law.  It became the biggest acupuncture media campaign in New Hampshire’s

Thank You Again, from POCA Tech to FSPA

On August 8 to 11, ACAOM had their summer meeting; on their long to-do list was POCA Tech’s application for initial accreditation. We don’t know their decision yet -- we expect to hear within a couple of weeks -- but one thing we do know right now

POCA Tech's Cohort 2 Has Graduated!

Text from Skip & Lisa speech at graduation:

Congratulations, Cohort 2, you made it.

Last year when we were making speeches at POCA Tech’s first graduation, we were so amazed to be there -- to realize we had actually gotten one cohort all the

Utah Update

Let’s start with the good news: the rule change amendment proposed by the Acupuncture Advisory Board of Utah, which would require new applicants for acupuncture licenses in Utah to have the NCCAOM certification in Chinese Herbology, is NOT moving forward.

This means that POCA Tech

Some Relevant Facts about Acupuncture & Herbs

Last week, some of our comrades in Utah received this letter from the Utah Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, courtesy of the NCCAOM:

Dear Utah Licensed Practitioner,

Recently the Utah Acupuncture Licensing Board voted on a rule proposal that would clarify existing statute, and

Position Paper Part 3: Retaliation

Last week on January 4th, the Utah Acupuncture Licensing Board posted its agenda for an electronic meeting on the following Tuesday, January 9th. There were two discussion items on the agenda, described only as 1) Letter of Concern, and 2) Rule Change Amendment.  There was no indication why any member

Position Paper Responses Part 2

Without going into lots of detail about the emails we’ve gotten, let’s talk about competencies. Our position paper originally included a request for ACAOM to review and revise their competencies as outlined in their Program Standards. The thing is, though...they already had. We just

Position Paper Responses Part 1

We’re delighted that our position paper has sparked discussion. We’ll be responding to emails we’ve received. Here’s part 1.

1. How can you justify lowering the educational standards this profession worked so hard for? This proposal would weaken the acupuncture profession.<

Follow Up to POCA's Job Task Analysis

Our goal with the JTA was not just to accumulate, crunch, and share data -- though we love doing those things -- it was to look at how the data we gathered could contribute to positive change. Please see below an excerpt from a position paper that we hope

Here's Some Back-to-School Math

Hi comrades,

we're back to school at POCA Tech so this seems like a good opportunity to share some numbers!

ACAOM kindly posted some data about acupuncture school enrollment, here.

There's lots to be said about these numbers and I'm

Student Circle at POCA Tech -- Guest Post by Shelby and Sonya

Recently POCA Tech has been tasked with a Self Study for ACAOM, where we analyze the effectiveness of our school. Student circle was asked to contribute a paragraph or two on how we “see student organizing efforts benefiting [us] as individuals, as cohorts, and also the school itself.

It's a Wonderful (Co-op) Life

You know the movie It’s a Wonderful Life? The one where Jimmy Stuart’s guardian angel shows him what the world would be like if he’d never been born?

I had a POCA version of that recently.


POCA Tech's First Show & Tell

A couple of months ago, I was talking with a patient in the POCA Tech student clinic at WCA Rockwood, and she told me about how she'd been tracking her symptoms since starting acupuncture and had used the data as a basis for a statistics lesson for her

Falling in Love

This is a guest post from Shelby in POCA Tech's Cohort 3.

Falling in love

You know that feeling when you just feel excited and happy and light? When you’re sitting on the bus staring out the window and just smiling at nothing?

What Do Acupuncturists Earn?

That's the eternal question, right? And the answer is terrible, horrible, no good...oh, never mind. I can't even. This time, it's epically awful.

Last Monday, the Department of Education released its gainful employment statistics. In the mix was a spreadsheet "for informational purposes

What I'm Learning in Acupuncture School: Liberation Acupuncture

Since the early days of starting up POCA Tech, Skip has been periodically reminding me of a quote, “In any classroom, the teacher always learns more than the students.” I’ve never been able to successfully track down the source, but at this point I know

Registration for POCAfest 8 in Marin Headlands is now Open! Sign up here!

POCA Fest Fall 2016 – Marin Headlands
 September 23-25, 2016

Join us for the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture Fall 2016 conference. This fall’s POCA Fest is for punks, receptors, patient/community members, POCA supporters, students, friends and family. Last time we were at Marin we

What Would POCA Tech Do without POCA? No, Seriously

The occasion for this blog post is yet another donation from POCA to POCA Tech of $10,000. And in addition to thanking all of our members, and particularly those who participated in the May Membership Drive (thank you! thank you! thank you!) I wanted to expand this post into a

New POCA Tech FAQs

You can find them on the POCA Tech site also.

I don’t understand the requirement to work in or start up a POCA clinic after graduation. Can you explain that more?

We suggest that all prospective students do some market research on acupuncture

Thank You, POCA

Dear POCA,

thank you for the $10,000 donation -- your second one this year. That’s $20,000 total in 2015 you’ve given to our school.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the October Membership Drive: all the volunteers, all the new and renewing POCA

POCA Tech Accreditation is Sexy

Dear POCA comrades,

If you need a reminder of why Community Acupuncture is important, please check out this article from Reuters titled “Arthritis may boost the risk of poverty, generally for women.”

“Women who developed arthritis were 51 percent more likely to fall

NCCAOM's Ethics, Structural Violence, and Our Petition

When I first heard that the NCCAOM had put out a call for public comment on their code of ethics, I thought, I should write something. I tried but almost immediately gave up. I thought, where do I even start??? But it kept nagging at me. And so I

Mid-Membership Drive Special Edition

Sharon is the fiance of a long-time friend of mine, Bill. During their visit to New Hampshire a few months ago, Sharon mentioned in passing her experience with Flor Espinosa, a village acupuncturist in rural Nicaragua. It was like she dropped a precious gift on my messy dining table.

We Are So Lucky, Post #3

You have been hearing a lot from me lately about POCA Tech’s Sustainers, in part because POCA Tech needs to raise money and so we need to keep talking about it, but also because I just think the whole thing is so cool. The more I learn