Applied Channel Theory Clinicals: Diagnosis and Treatment

with Jason D. Robertson, March 4-5, 2017

Course Information

This clinical class will be both a continuation of the Introductory Channel Palpation class (Channel Examination and Diagnosis: An exploration of classical acupuncture technique) and an opportunity to see channel palpation and diagnosis with real patients. The format for the 2-day class will involve both lectures on new material and extensive clinical demonstration on live patients. Participating students will have further opportunity to develop palpation skills in this class. In addition, students will engage in advanced point location practice and needle technique practice.

Attending local practitioners will provide complex patients who will consent to be treated by Mr. Robertson, and palpated by the class.

Each hour of the class will entail a hands-on learning experience with a focus on channel palpation, differential diagnosis, and treatment. In the course of treating patients, Mr. Robertson will talk about what he feels while palpating the channels, how he arrives at his diagnosis, and how he would choose a treatment plan for each patient in front of him. A treatment plan will involve discussion of point prescriptions for the current and future treatments as well as an estimate of how many treatments each patient might need.

The class will be open to both new attendees (please see Course Prerequisites below) and students who attended the first channel palpation class indicated above.

Please click here for a detailed course outline.

Course Instructor

Jason D. Robertson is the co-author of Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008) with his teacher Professor Wang Ju-yi (王居易). Mr. Robertson has studied Chinese language for 20 years and has studied Chinese medicine in Chengdu and Beijing. He currently maintains a private practice in Seattle, WA, and is a full-time faculty member at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine and a visiting faculty member at Pacific Rim College. Mr. Robertson has taught courses on channel theory and diagnosis around the world.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, 2017, 9:00am-5:30pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until January 2)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until January 2)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until January 2)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 ACU academic credit for this workshop.

Course Prerequisites

Either successful completion of an introductory channel palpation course offered by Jason Robertson,


the following without exception:

  • Strong familiarity with the instructor’s book, Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008)
  • Applied Channel Theory text assignment: As a means of preparing new students for the clinical class, shortly after registering for the workshop, the instructor will assign the registrant a reading from the Applied Channel Theory text. New students will then submit 2-3 questions from the reading to Mr. Robertson. Questions will be chosen for discussion on the first day of the seminar. The goal of this assignment is to attempt to get all new students up to speed and to answer common questions regarding channel palpation. Workshop space will not be reserved until this requirement has been fully completed.

Course Registration

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.