Military Auricular Acupuncture Course

Auricular Acupuncture Training - April 2016

Auricular Acupuncture Application Form

The National Capital Region Pain Initiative (NCRPI) and Acus Foundation are pleased to present a one-day clinical training program in auricular acupuncture.  This program has been a regular feature at the NCRPI Pain Care Skills meetings since 2012 and overlaps with the annual Acus/HMI Military Medical Acupuncture Refresher in 2016.

Date:  1 April 2016  (Friday 0830 – 1630) 

Venue:  Camp Pendleton, California

Program Overview

1)  Auricular acupuncture is a nonpharmaceutical approach that can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with conventional management.  This training was created by Acus/HMI for medical providers caring for military patients dealing with pain and stress issues.  The program delivers a comprehensive presentation of auricular acupuncture, taught in a format that encourages you to deliver a treatment specific for the patient in front of you.

2)  The program is a blend of didactic, demonstration, and hands-on teaching.  It is an ideal opportunity to learn a useful acupuncture technique, and an excellent follow-up if you already have BFA skills.  The agenda includes a review of the anatomy of the ear and its somatotopic representation areas, inspection of the ear and examination using a point finder, scanning for new and old problems, needling techniques, and hands-on work with three commonly-used treatment protocols.  All academic material is reinforced with printed handouts and manuals.  A supply of needles will be provided so you can use this new skill immediately upon finishing the course.

3)  The course is open to active duty, GS, and contract physicians and midlevel providers working with this population.  Class size is limited to 50 students.  Early application is advised.  Tuition and supplies for this program are funded through NCRPI.  You are responsible for your own travel and billeting expenses.


Dr. Joe Helms and senior Helms Medical Institute clinical preceptors will work with you in lecture / demonstration format and in small groups.

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Application deadline is 1 March 2016 unless the class has filled before that date.

When you submit your application, include a statement describing your military work environment and your clinical responsibilities, and if you will be able to use this new skill immediately in your clinical work.

Contact the HMI office with questions:, or call 510.649.8488.

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