POCA Tv videos tagged punk skills


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

Community Acupuncture at WCA Lents

Watch a shift unfold at Working Class Acupuncture - Lents.

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.

Skip and Lisa on the Punk Job Description

A big part of the Big Damn Clinic workshop is talking about job descriptions. What job description do all clinics need, no matter their size? The punk job description! This video lists the seven parts of the punk job description and begins the process of describing them.

Punk Job Description Part 2: Diagnosing & Orienting

More on the punk job description: diagnosing and orienting patients in a community acupuncture clinic, with a short rant about stagnation.

Punk Job Description Part 3

More on what punks do, especially connecting with patients energetically and emotionally.

Punk Job Description Part 4

Still more on what a punk does: creating treatment plans, managing the treatment room, and charting. Also, a short rant about the 10 questions and other acupuncture disappointments.

About Painless Needling, by Whitsitt

How one punk went from being known for being heavy-handed to having a reputation for being a painless needler! (Hint: patients prefer the latter.) A demonstration of how to get qi without getting pain.

Interview with Ashley and Nicole of Beach Community Acupuncture

Clinic numbers, retention rates, and the challenge of hiring punks -- speaking of that, Beach Community Acupuncture is hiring!

What Makes a Good Punk?

Mary of Beach Community Acupuncture in San Diego  -- a superpunk -- talks about what makes a good employee punk, from personal experience.

Weight Loss, Stop Smoking, & Lifestyle Advice

At last, a video that answers the question, "Is there some contradictory-ass shit in the body of knowledge that is Traditional Chinese Medicine?" We know you were wondering. Also, cameo appearances by Hattie McHatterson.

Superpunks on Weight Loss and Stop Smoking

What do you say when a patient asks you if acupuncture can help them lose weight? Quit smoking?

Situational Punking #3

What do you say when a new patient tells you that they don't really want to be there, but their significant other is *making* them try acupuncture?

Situational Punking #1

Our brilliant comrade Andy Wegman designed what he calls "situational punking" exercises to train new staff. This video is the first in a series.

You roll up on a particular patient in tx room for the first time. You quickly introduce yourself. They tell you they've

Situational Punking #2

What do you say when a patient tells you that they felt WORSE after your last acupuncture treatment? Or that they feel like they've hit a plateau? Here's what we say at WCA. (And how we say it, which is just as important.)

Situational Punking Bonus

One of the things that new punks fear most is the patient who won't stop talking. Here are some pro tips for dealing with that situation. POCA Tv is proud to introduce our newest star, Hattie McHatterson, who will talk your ears off (both of them) if you

Situational Punking Bonus #2

Another demonstration of how to work with a talkative new patient, with another star turn by Hattie McHatterson.

Order of Operations

One of the biggest differences between an ordinary acupuncturist and a superpunk is that a superpunk knows how to take care of a whole room full of people at once. Key to taking care of the room is understanding the order of operations. What does that mean? We'll

Wade on Needling

Wade shares his thoughts on needling, what to do when patients ask for specific points -- and gives an up-close, detailed demo about how punks can hold their needles for fast, high-volume needling.

John on Needling

John talks about needling, developing a personal style, and confidence when you're a new punk.

Skip on Needling

Skip talks about his thoughts on needling, and also the "hooey" you learn in acupuncture school.

Two Halves of Carmen: about Needling

For the greater good of the POCA Cooperative, Carmen agrees to be needled half-and-half by Skip and Cortney. They talk about it, and then she talks about it too.

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

Superpunk 2, Intensity and Obsession

Every clinic needs at least one superpunk. What makes a superpunk? Skip and Lisa think about this ALL THE TIME.

Superpunk 1, Urgency

There are punks, and then there are superpunks. Skip and Lisa on their favorite subject, how to make a superpunk.

Prick Prod & Provoke blog entries tagged punk skills


POCA is Closed

"POCA is closed."

There was a momentary silence after James Lorr aka “Jimmy Jabs” spoke those three words during a Zoom meet-up on Monday, March 16.  Justine Meyers organized the on-line hangout.  Many of us gathered together to check in, to share information and

POCAfest Marin Keynote: Chronic Pain and Endurance, by Jeff Levin of SOAP

Welcome to POCAfest. My name is Jeff and I’m a proud punk and the co-owner of Sacramento Oakland Acupuncture Project, affectionately known as SOAP. We keep it clean.

We’ve all come an impressively long way doing community acupuncture. I’ve heard that

Fatphobia Part 3: Some Thoughts about Diet Culture and Talking to Patients

Guest post by Ellen Vincent

I need to preface Part 3 of this series by saying that I had read the Fatphobia blog posts (Part 1 and Part 2) before, I had read Lindy West and Roxane Gay and completed the POCA Dept. of Education Fatphobia CEU, and more, but

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

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

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

Too Much All The Time: Ask Uncle Andy

Thanks to all who wrote with great hiring questions, to share difficult circumstances (not fit for this blog, unfortunately) and to ask for a bit of clinic space-searching advice.  I loved hearing from you all.

This question is submitted by a reader

If Dear Abby & Reddit's AMA had a love-child: POCA's Ask Uncle Andy

If you're like me, working as an acu-punk brings opportunity to answer many and various questions - from folks visiting clinic, from one's own co-workers and colleagues and of course from the generally acu-curious. 

So many questions in fact, I wrote a little book

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

POCA Tech Update

Dear comrades,

This seems like a good time to give you all an update on how POCA Tech is going. It’s amazing to me that so much has happened in just four modules. We are all learning an enormous amount -- and not just the

CANference Workshop: Trigger Points in Recliners

LarryG is my new hero.  He led a fantastic workshop on trigger points yesterday.  AND his handouts were fantastic.  I'm guessing he will post them.  If not, I'm sure he'll be good natured about taking your harrassing comments and emails.  :)

Practice, Practice, Practice…

Throughout my childhood I found myself observing or participating in art classes on a regular basis. For over twenty years my father taught drawing, painting, and color theory at the local art college and in private classes. Many of these classes were held in the evenings and