Community Acupuncture 101

with Michael Lium-Hall, February 1-2, 2020

Course Information

In 2007 when Michael first opened his clinic, it was the first community acupuncture clinic in Canada affiliated with POCA (Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture), and the 18th such clinic in North America. Thirteen years later, there are now more than two hundred and fifty such clinics located throughout North America offering a combined total of nearly a million treatments a year. This clinic model offers tremendous value to the acupuncture profession as a whole and to our communities in terms of meeting valuable health care needs. This 2-day workshop will give you the opportunity to explore and understand the history and background of community acupuncture, why it’s such an effective service delivery model, and how to go about working within or starting your own community acupuncture clinic.  We will also examine the unique clinical aspects of this model in terms of patient care, assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Day One: Fundamentals and Systems
Day one will be a combination of lecture and Q&A that focuses on:

  • History and Philosophy of Community Acupuncture
  • CA Business Plans and Marketing
  • Basic systems of Community Acupuncture (accessible, affordable, effective)

Day Two: Clinical Practice
Day two will be a combination of lecture, demonstration, and practice that will focus on:

  • Client centered acupuncture
  • Effective and efficient intake
  • Review of Channel Based Acupuncture
  • Holding space, safety, patience confidentiality
  • Developing effective treatment strategies

Course Instructor

Michael has accumulated more than 20 years of study and practice in the fields of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga Therapy, and Addictions, all of which inform his practice. He studied Acupuncture in San Francisco and Victoria and has been licensed to practice in B.C. since 2004. Michael has served on the faculty of both the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Pacific Rim College. He also served on the board of the Community Acupuncture Network (now POCA), and currently serves as a Western Canada representative for POCA, providing education and support for people interested in establishing Community Acupuncture clinics in their communities.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, February 1-2, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm (Feb.1 ) and 9:00am-4:00pm (Feb. 2)

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until January 10)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until January 10)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until January 10)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 ACU academic credit for this workshop.

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.

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