Ethics in the Treatment of Trauma with Acupuncture

with Alaine Duncan, L.Ac., Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

2 PDA Points/CEUs
Cost: $40


(NOTE: Register for BOTH safety and ethics for $70, saving $10 off the cost of separate purchase.)

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Please Note: AWB’s online classes are not yet set up on an automated system. If you register for an online class Monday through Thursday, our administrator will email you the materials and links you need within 24 hours. If you register on a Friday afternoon or over the weekend, we will send the materials to you the following week.


  • This course will allow you to learn important, compelling information related to ethical considerations in working with trauma survivors, from the comfort of your own home, while earning PDAs and CEUs affordably.
  • The program is approved by the NCCAOM for PDAs and offer CEUs in your local state as well.
  • To take this class all you need is a computer and internet access. We will provide links to download any free software you might need to complete and send back the required documents.

This course includes:

  • Access to the video (approximately 3 hours) of a highly interactive, classroom presentation which covers the material.
  • Editable pdf files of the workbook, test, and evaluation you need to complete and send back to AWB to finish the course.

Once we receive your completed documents, we will send you both an AWB and an NCCAOM certificate for the course.

Course Description:
The program explores the ethical principles that are important to consider when working with trauma survivors. It presents a foundation for understanding the:

  • physiological,
  • psycho-emotional and
  • energetic dynamics of trauma

from the perspective of neuro-biology and Five-Element Chinese medicine

This foundation serves as a departure point for exploring the critical choices a practitioner must make in order to provide ethical treatment for trauma survivors. With this awareness, practitioners can make situationally appropriate choices with respect to: patient consent, respecting rights and dignity, clinical transparency, cultural competency, non-discrimination, patient privacy, appropriate boundaries, scope of practice and other areas.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Understand the questions and issues to consider when offering trauma survivors truly informed consent.
  • Have an awareness of the breadth of what it means to respect the rights and dignity of trauma survivors, and understand how to do this practically in a clinical setting.
  • Have specific steps you can take as a practitioner to maintain clinical transparency when treating trauma survivors.
  • Understand what cultural competency means, how to be culturally competent, and why this is important to ethical treatment of trauma survivors.
  • Be aware of special considerations with respect to scope of practice that are relevant when treating trauma survivors.

Be aware of languaging approaches that are effective in working with trauma survivors in treatment situations.