Sharpen your Acupunking skills with these courses.

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.

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 2 AOM-BIO $20

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.

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 1 PE-CW $10

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 super-punks, Demetra Delia Markis and Justine Myers, share their secrets. Do you need to be more efficient as a punk?

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 1 PPE-CW $10

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.

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 1 PE-CW $10

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 things 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, a 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.
If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 6.5 AOM-BIO $65

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 have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free email me, Elizabeth Ropp, at arunaeiki@gmail.com.


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NCCAOM 3 AOM-BIO $30
Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 3 Biomedical Sciences

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 the POCA cooperative. 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.


If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.


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NCCAOM 6.5 PE-CW $65

This course will assist acupuncture practitioners to gain confidence and ease with their needling while working in a low-cost, high-volume community acupuncture practice as outlined by the 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.

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 2 AOM-BIO $20

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
If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 2 PE-CW $20
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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.

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 6 AOM-BIO $60
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.

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 5 AOM-BIO $50
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
If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 3.5 AOM-BIO $35

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
If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 5 AOM-BIO $50

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

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 3 AOM-BIO $30

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

  • 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.
If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 1.5 AOM-BIO $15

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.

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.

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NCCAOM 1 AOM-BIO $10
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.

If you have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.


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NCCAOM 4 AOM-BIO $40
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 have any questions about this class or the material, please feel free to email me, Lisa Rohleder. You can leave a message with Gail at ceu@pocatech.org.


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NCCAOM 2 AOM-BIO $20
Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 2 General