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Megan Jones - Has Acupuncture Helped Me?

Megan Jones, a patient at the POCA Tech student clinic, does a statistical analysis of whether or not acupuncture has helped her with her migraines, circulation, and arthritis after several months of treatments.

This presentation is the first of six from a POCA Tech student-organized show &

James Shelton - Tao and Liberation

POCA Tech student James Shelton discusses his independent study into the tao and liberation, meditation, and gives an example of qi gong practice.

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

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

Moses Cooper - Connecting with Patients

Moses Cooper, WCA superpunk and POCA Tech clinical supervisor talks about connecting with patients and holding space in the clinic.

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

POCA Tech Preview!

3 future POCA Tech instructors talk about needling.  With a demo! If you're thinking about POCA Tech, you should watch this video. Ask yourself: is this really what I want to learn? And do I want to learn it from these acupunks? We're into transparency around here

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Shift Happens

I was once lucky enough to live for a short time on a bluff, in a rusty trailer parked on cinder blocks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was a temporary abode at a teaching farm where I worked for a year just after college. It was an

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

Toward a Culture of Safety, Part 1

Since we launched our Adverse Events Reporting Database a little over a year ago, we’ve learned a lot, including some interesting things about how acupuncturists react to the idea of an Adverse Events Reporting Database. This is the first of a series of blog posts about the

Stone Soup and Social Containers

The posts about social containers and the hierarchy of needs are beginning drafts for a workbook for future POCA Tech students, kind of like Praxis, except that Praxis is mostly a workbook for clinic and this will be a workbook for, well, everything else. We realized that we needed

Hierarchy of Needs: Too Sexy for This Work?

Got your attention? I hope so. This post in the Hierarchy of Needs series is about things it’s hard for people to pay attention to, so if it helps to play the Right Said Fred song in the background, please do! (Can you tell I’ve

POCA Tech Is Accredited***

I’m not sure a blog post is adequate for this particular event*** but it’s what we’ve got, so here goes.


Huge thanks to

POCA Tech’s Sustainers, for sending monthly donations which literally sustain

Boots on the Ground: We Have a POCA Tech Grad at Our Clinic!

by Chris Rogers of Wasatch Community Acupuncture

I know it’s been said before many, many times in the POCAverse and on the forums, but it’s worth pointing out again: not every acupuncturist can be a good punk, no matter how good their intentions

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

thanks, POCA! love, POCA Tech

Once again, the POCA Cooperative has made a generous $10,000 donation to POCA Tech after the successful May Membership Drive.

Even though this has been happening after every Membership Drive for awhile now, it’s still a huge deal for POCA Tech, every time. The support of

Guest Post: Student Uprising, POCA Tech Style

a guest post by Janis Hill and Rachel Lutz of POCA Tech's Cohort 3

Thank you to everyone who has signed THIS petition to the NCCAOM! We are about 200 signatures shy of reaching 5,000. After we reach the 5K milestone, we are formally sending it to the President

Seeking Risk Takers for POCA Tech

Back in 2015, a POCA Tech student named Laura, in Cohort 2, launched a project to make it possible for students like her to be able to do their clinical internships in their home clinics.  Laura’s home clinic was in Utah, Wasatch Community Acupuncture, where she had been

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

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.

Ancestors of Liberation Acupuncture! In Postcards!

This is a guest post by James Shelton of POCA Tech's Cohort 1.

For my capstone project at POCA Tech, Cohort 2 student Kate Kampmann and I created a series of images honoring 7 people whose life's work contributed greatly to what we now term Liberation Acupuncture. These

2 Speeches from POCA Tech's First Graduation

It was a big day! There were more speeches, but here's a sampling of 2:

John Vella, Faculty and BOD:

When I had graduated from acupuncture school 11 years ago, I had never expected that I would be speaking to a class of graduating students whose

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.


Thank You, Yes, and Thank You

This post has two parts.

First, prayers answered.

Back in 2012, something I wondered every other day or so, was, how on earth is POCA Tech going to come up with the fees we need to get through the accreditation process? In 2014 we applied for our

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

Entrepreneurship! also, New Book!

When I wrote my last blog post about gainful employment regulations and what acupuncturists earn, and I said,

I hope somebody does something --

12 acupuncture schools suing the Department of Education to challenge their failing debt-to-income scores was not what I had in mind.

The Electron Cloud of POCA

We’ve had some great classes recently on how to attract patients. We weren’t told we needed to buy a new car or play golf. We weren’t told that we should dress professionally. It wasn’t even suggested that we make

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 We're Built to Do

No organization can do everything. Every organization can do something, and each organization is charged with the social responsibility to do that which it can, it is built to do.  A. Philip Randolph

Since I’ve realized how important self-organizing is to POCA Tech, I

Trade-offs and Truth

I haven’t been writing much, on the blog or on FB, for awhile in part because I felt like I couldn’t do any of that and also do my POCA Tech job. During the Candidacy site visit in the spring, one of the site visitors

POCA as a Knowledge Commons: POCAfest Keynote

I'd like to acknowledge that we're on the traditional territory of the Miwok people, and I'd like to acknowledge and thank everyone who made it possible for us to be here, including the people who built these buildings and who clean them and care for them

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

Random Fun Facts

I think we could all use more random facts in our lives! Like these:

bananas are slightly radioactive;

the main exporter of Brazil nuts is not Brazil, it’s Bolivia; and

certain states in New England will not allow you to announce

Thank You, FSPA

So it’s 8 days and counting to POCA Tech’s Candidacy site visit. If I told you how much paperwork we’ve generated for the site visitors to look at, you probably wouldn’t believe me; a year ago, I wouldn’t have believed

Dear Prospective Punk (from a Recent Grad and New Punk), or Why We Need POCA Tech

A guest post from Caroline Picker of Providence Community Acupuncture

Dear Prospective Acupuncture Student--

So you want to be a community acupuncturist.  That's great!  In this time of mounting violence, destruction of any minimal social safety net that previously existed, and ongoing

Liberation Acupuncture FAQs

How is POCA Tech's Liberation Acupuncture program different than a TCM program or a 5 Element program?

The Liberation Acupuncture program is focused on training people who will serve marginalized people by making acupuncture available to them on their own terms. The focus is on praxis, on