Continuing Education: Healing Community Trauma: How to Do Acupuncture in the Field After Traumatic Events

Acupuncturists without Borders provides disaster relief, recovery and support for building resiliency in communities affected by disasters, human conflict, environmental devastation, poverty and social injustice.  Unresolved trauma affects not only the health of individuals, but the well-being of families, communities and entire nations.  Trauma often has repercussions for generations, preventing cooperation, co-existence and peace among the world’s people.

AWB’s mission is to interrupt the devastating effects of trauma by reducing suffering and helping individuals and communities find greater balance and resiliency.  They use community-style ear acupuncture as a powerful, simple, safe way of helping people “reset” their nervous systems to a greater state of calm, quiet and clarity. When a group experiences this relief from chaos; hope, determination and resiliency can begin to be restored which allows communities to move forward.

2018-2019 Level 1 Trainings

15 PDA/CEU training (CA* Category 1, FL, TX, NCCAOM) (4.5 PDAs/CEUs in Safety and Ethics plus 10.5 PDAs/CEUs AOM/Bio FL, TX, CA, NCCAOM) *AWB’s California acupuncture education number is 0619

This entertaining and highly experiential 2-day training prepares acupuncturists to provide trauma relief and recovery programs in their own communities as well as abroad. Students and non-acupuncturist health professionals are also invited to attend. “Healing Community Trauma” strengthens the clinical, organizing and leadership skills that acupuncturists and other professionals need to establish disaster relief efforts and community service clinics for people affected by trauma.


Upcoming Trainings:  

September 8-9, 2018 – Silver Spring, MD | REGISTER NOW

October 20-21, 2018 – Bloomfield, NJ | REGISTER NOW

November 10-11, 2018 – Las Angeles, CA | REGISTER NOW

December 1-2, 2018 – Austin, TX | REGISTER NOW

January 26-27, 2019 – Las Vegas, NV | REGISTER NOW

February 9-10, 2019 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL | REGISTER NOW

March 9-10, 2019 – Portland, OR | REGISTER NOW

June 8-9, 2019 – Berkeley, CA | REGISTER NOW


More Information About these Trainings

  • Progress on adoption of acupuncture in the VA, including a new 12-point protocol for trauma recovery
  • Updates on Battlefield Acupuncture use in the military
  • Recent case studies about acupuncturists working with the Medical Reserve Corps and other relief organizations to gain access during relief efforts
  • Most recent research studies about the efficacy of acupuncture for trauma recovery
  • Discussion of other acupuncture protocols effective for trauma

Also Includes:

  • Clinic Practicum based on an actual disaster scenario
  • How to set up a mobile field clinic in response to a disaster
  • How to establish a community service clinic for ongoing trauma relief
  • How to build strong, collaborative teams that work well together
  • How to work with the unique clinical needs of traumatized communities and individuals
  • How to recognize and manage acute traumatic stress
  • Understanding the neuro-biology of trauma
  • Understanding how acupuncture prevents/reduces the effects of trauma
  • HeartMath® techniques to help you stay calm even in the midst of chaos, and give your patients tools to support their healing proces
  • Ethics and safety issues in disaster relief and community service
  • Qi gong instruction and practice for reducing stress






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