This course will provide punks with a foundational understanding of the ethics related to practicing trauma-informed care with transgender and gender-nonconforming patients in the clinic and why it is important. Specifically, this course prepares us to practice trauma-informed care by laying the groundwork for developing trans-friendly language in the clinic, outlining common triggers for trans people in healthcare settings, offering a list of common health concerns, and encouraging us to examine ideas, beliefs, and opinions about gender and trans people. This course addresses the NCCAOM Code of Ethics commitment to: “Respect rights, privacy, and dignity of patients... (and) accept and treat those seeking my services in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner.”

Goals and Objectives

  • Understand why trauma-informed care is important for transgender and gender-nonconforming patients in a community acupuncture clinic
  • Describe strategies for diminishing the possibility of gender-related trauma and triggers in a community acupuncture clinic
  • Describe common concerns of gender transitioning patients

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.


Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
NCCAOM 2 Ethics$20
California2 Category 1
Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 2 General

This course expands the praxis of Liberation Acupuncture to look at what community
acupuncturists can do to become “agents of liberation”. It’s based on the work of a POCA
Tech student, Sarah Pines, for her Capstone project, draws on references from a
variety of sources.

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 Ethics $40
Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 4 General

Can acupuncture help with weight loss?” is a question that comes up frequently in community acupuncture clinics but is potentially difficult to answer fully and ethically. This class addresses the foundational topic of medical fatphobia and its relationship to other social justice issues. Research from the University of Minnesota’s eating lab clarifies the biomedical perspective on weight, willpower, and people’s relationship to food.

This class relates to the portion of the NCCAOM Code of Ethics that states, “Accept and treat those seeking my services in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner.”  Reading material comes from blog posts and articles which require 3 hours to review.

Course goals and objectives

  • Understand the impacts that fatphobia has on people’s mental, emotional and physical health

  • Understand the science behind why most diets do not work

  • Be able to answer the question “Can acupuncture help me to lose weight?” ethically and confidently

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-ET $30

In this ethics class, we will explore what not to do in clinical practice. We will learn from some real-life examples by industry professionals. Spoiler: this class showcases some epic fails. This class will discuss rape culture. If we understand what it is, we can work to dismantle it. If you can avoid behaviors featured by acupuncturists in this class, then you are succeeding at meeting minimum ethical and common decency standards.


If you have any questions about this class or the material, please email me, Elizabeth Ropp, at arunareiki@gmail.com.


Approved CEU CEU's Category Price
NCCAOM 1.5 AOM-ET $15
Florida CEU automatically reported to CE Broker 1.5 General

Community acupuncture is built on mutuality in relationships. The movement itself started as a way to treat our community, our friends, and family; overlapping relationships are built into its very fabric.

Through readings and case studies, this course will help POCA acupunks maintain meaningful, rewarding, and ethical relationships with the people they treat. In addition, this course will provide clinic owners with practical assistance in setting clear standards of conduct for all employees (punks, receptionists, etc.) and how they relate with the people who come into the clinic for 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 2 Ethics $20

Many acupuncturists and many acupuncture patients have conflicted feelings about psychiatric medications. How to communicate with a patient who is contemplating getting off of psychiatric medications raises issues of professional ethics. This class addresses a harm reduction approach to the topic, along with the NCCAOM Code of Ethics commitment to “Treat within the lawful scope of my practice and training and only if I am able to safely, competently and effectively do so.”

Course Goals and Objectives

- To understand that “a ‘harm reduction’ approach means not being pro- or anti-medication, but supporting people where they are at to make their own decisions, balancing the risks and benefits involved.”

- Be familiar with peer-support resources for people who feel conflicted about taking psychiatric medications.

- Understand how psychiatric drugs are stigmatized in the context of able-ism and how this might affect patients’ feelings about utilizing them.

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 Ethics $30

Your goal is to make acupuncture affordable for all those who will benefit from it, and you may run into some ethical dilemmas and legal requirements. In this course, you will learn the principles behind POCA’s “you-decide-what-to-pay” sliding scale, along with several variations on that system that fulfill legal and ethical constraints. You will also find examples of insurance fraud that can become an issue in community acupuncture practices and how to easily avoid them.


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


Approved CEUCEU'sCategoryPrice
NCCAOM 1 Ethics $10