How to do Acupuncture in the Field and Create Community Service Clinics After Traumatic Events


15 PDA/CEU training

(CA* Category 1, FL, TX, NCCAOM) (4.5 PDAs/CEUs in Safety and Ethics plus 10.5 PDAs/CEUs AOM/Bio FL, TX, CA, NCCAOM)

*AWB’s California acupuncture education number is 0619

This entertaining and highly experiential 2-day training prepares acupuncturists to provide trauma relief and recovery programs in their own communities as well as abroad.

Students and non-acupuncturist health professionals are also invited to attend. Healing Community Trauma strengthens the clinical, organizing and leadership skills that acupuncturists and other professionals need to establish disaster relief efforts and community service clinics for people affected by trauma.

Our class teaches participants how to establish mobile clinics onsite after disasters and  community service clinics for veterans, active military and their families, as well as other local populations. It also prepares participants to develop and work in international community service clinics that are part of World Healing Exchange trips and other AWB-affiliated international programs.

Also Includes:

Clinic Practicum based on an actual disaster scenario

How to build strong, collaborative teams that work well together

How to work with the unique clinical needs of traumatized communities and individuals

How to recognize and manage acute traumatic stress

Understanding the neurobiology of trauma

Understanding how acupuncture prevents/reduces the effects of trauma

Techniques to help you stay calm even in the midst of chaos, and give your patients tools to support their healing process

Ethics and safety issues in disaster relief and community service

Qi gong instruction and practice for reducing stress

This training also offers information on the following latest developments:

Progress on adoption of acupuncture in the VA, including a new 12-point protocol for trauma recovery

Updates on Battlefield Acupuncture use in the military

Case studies about acupuncturists working with the Medical Reserve Corps and other organizations to gain access during relief efforts

Most recent research studies about the efficacy of acupuncture for trauma recovery

Discussion of other acupuncture protocols effective for trauma


$349 – Early Bird (payment received over 1 month before start of training)

$329 – Discounted Early Bird (AWB Members, students, volunteers with “AWB-Supported Disaster Relief Efforts” over 1 month before before start of training)

$379 – Regular Registration (payment received less than one month before start of training)

$359 – Discounted Regular Registration (AWB Members, students, volunteers with “AWB-Supported Disaster Relief Efforts” less than one month before start of training)

Other Discounts:

Half price offered to those who have attended previous AWB trainings and World Healing Exchange trips. Please call to register with this option so we can confirm past attendance.


Participants will receive a printed copy of the AWB Training Participant Manual with comprehensive notes, as well as digital copies of the AWB Community Service Clinic Field Manual and AWB Supplementary Training Materials. Together these three documents represent more than 200 pages of information that is invaluable for implementing mobile field clinics and ongoing community service clinics for trauma reduction.


AWB gratefully uses the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol for treatment when working with groups in the immediate aftermath of disasters. At this training we will review the NADA protocol, which most acupuncturists learn in school and can use wherever they are licensed to treat. However, only NADA can provide NADA certification specifically. You do not need to be NADA certified to volunteer with AWB as long as you are facile with the protocol.


Melanie Rubin, M.Ed., Acudetox Specialist, Certified Coach

Carla Cassler, AWB Associate Director, DAOM, L.Ac.

Diana Fried, AWB Founder and Board President, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Acl, Acudetox Specialist

Stacey MacFarlane, M.Ac., L.Ac., Division Chair, Maryland University of Integrative Health

Gerri Ravyn Stanfield, LAc., M.A., Author of Revolution of the Spirit: Awaken the Healer, NCCAOM Dipl

Jorge Mejia, AP, DOM, LAc

Register for Upcoming Trainings

If you would prefer to register over the phone, please call (505) 266-3878.

Trainings take place Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM each day.

June 8-9, 2019 - Berkeley, CA

Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College

July 13-14, 2019 - Boulder, CO

Southwest Acupuncture College

September 14-15, 2019 - Pittsboro, NC

Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center

This event is being organized by the North Carolina Society for Acupuncture and Asian Medicine (NCSAAM). Please register on their website at the link below.

September 28-29, 2019 - New York, NY

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

If you would like to print out the registration form and mail with you payment, click the link below to download.

NOTE: If you are affiliated with a group or school that would like to host a training for 40 or more people, please email us at [email protected]

Level I trainings can also be scheduled for private groups, and internationally. If you would like to schedule a special Level I training within the U.S., please contact the Level I Training Program Director, Carrie Jones, at [email protected]

With special thanks to our training program sponsor!

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