Integrative Acupuncture: Advanced Practice Certificate

Program Overview

An East-West approach to acupuncture for practitioners who aspire to advance their practice with the best of both worlds.

Integrate and apply the most practical biomedical and classical acupuncture skills including advanced trigger point needling and electro-neuro-modulation techniques for the peripheral and central nervous system.

 

The Integrative Acupuncture: Advanced Practice Certificate program balances Eastern and Western medicine through an integrated approach to acupuncture.

Most “integrated” acupuncture programs teach Eastern and Western acupuncture side by side without demonstrating how to incorporate the skills and knowledge from both approaches into practice. This one-of-a-kind program teaches how to treat pain and neurological dysfunction informed by a neuro-anatomical understanding of the body while adhering to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories to provide patient-centred care.

How You Will Benefit

  • Elevate your practice with intensive training in three core skill sets: (1) Trigger point & motor points needling, (2) Peripheral nerve palpation and electro-modulation (3) Central nervous system stimulation
  • 6 hours of cadaver practical lab to visualize acupuncture anatomy
  • Hands-on clinical skills practicum through supervised group practices
  • Analyze passages from TCM classics relevant to pain, channel theory, and needle technique
  • All techniques taught are evidence-based and proven to effectively treat pain and neurological conditions

Learning Outcomes

  • Refine muscle, tendon, trigger point, and neuro-palpation skills
  • Hone advanced needling skills: elicit local twitch response, de-irritate cutaneous nerves, de-inhibit motor nerve trunks, predict and confirm the correct DeQi sensation for individual acupoints
  • Communicate the inter-relationship between the channel system and neurovascular system
  • Explain the cause-and-effect between trigger points, nerve entrapment, and channel pathways
  • Learn to design patient-centred prescriptions using the S.M.A.R.T guideline to address sensory, motor, autonomic, radicular, and trigger points
  • Obtain consistent clinical results using our protocols for orthopedic and neurological conditions

Who Should Take this Course?

  • Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac)
  • Registered health professionals with at least 200 hours of prior training in acupuncture (per WHO guideline)

If you want to take the class but are unsure if you meet the prerequistes, contact us for more information 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or hlln@yorku.ca.

Testimonials

 

This program surpassed my expectations. The material and skills taught are dense and highly in depth, while bridging the gap between Classical Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. This Dr. Chang deepened my understanding of human anatomy, neurological function, and classical point location. The teachings although in-depth are easily applicable to clinical use and understanding. The in-depth cadaver experience was extraordinary. I highly recommend this program to any Acupuncturist!
- Autum Kirgan, L.Ac, Clinic Owner of All Seasons Acupuncture

Accreditation

Accreditation

You will need to complete all modules to receive a certificate of completion from York University. However, you may receive a certificate for NCCAOM PDA points for each individual module.

Note: Participants are responsible for assessing their continuing education or membership requirements and submitting their hours for credit.

Example of the awarded certificate

The program is:

  • Approved for 78 Category A Core Activity continuing education credits from the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).
  • Approved by the Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Approved for 78 Professional Development Activity (PDA) points from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The program meets the criteria for:

  • Up to 15 hours of self-directed Professional Development Activities required annually for the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
  • Up to 50 Category A continuing education units (CEU) required for the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

        

Program Details

Program Content

This 78-hour program includes contact practical training, demonstrations, a clinical skills practicum, and 6 hours of cadaver-based anatomy lab.

Update your skills and learn how to diagnose, assess, and treat pain using novel integrated techniques. This advanced program for practitioners adheres to traditional acupuncture theory while focusing on neuro-myofascial approaches to acupuncture in modern clinical practice.

This program is designed to be practical and applicable to your acupuncture practice. You will have the opportunity to observe clinical treatments and participate in hands-on practicum. The program will also incorporate use of acupuncture technologies for integrative acupuncture methods.

Program Topics

This unique training program integrates the following traditional and biomedical acupuncture paradigms and methodologies:

  • Channel Plucking/Neuro-Palpation
  • Modern Point Drifting: Re-anchored Classical Locations
  • Channel Sinew Neuromyofascial Anatomy
  • Acupoint Neuroanatomy
  • ​Ashi/Trigger Point & Motor Point
  • Electro-Neuromodulation
  • Segmental Acupuncture
  • Battlefield Acupuncture (with permission from founder Dr. Niemtzow)
  • Auricular Acupuncture for ANS & CNS Stimulation
  • Scalp Acupuncture (Jiao Style)

Clinical Skills Practicum:

  • Clinical Skills Demonstration
  • Hands-on Supervised Group Practice

Program Schedule

The Integrative Acupuncture: Advanced Practice Certificate program will be conveniently delivered in three (3) modules. Each module is held over four (4) consecutive days (Friday to Monday).

Module 1

Day 1: 9am-5pm
Introduction to Integrative Acupuncture
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi Sensation for Upper Extremity Part 1-2
Neurological Mechanism of Acupuncture

Day 2: 9am-5pm
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Upper Extremity Part 3-5
Upper Extremity Treatment Protocol Demonstration: De Quervain tenosynovitis, Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis, Tricep Tendinosis, Bicepital Tendinitis, Rotator Cuff Syndrome, Frozen Shoulder

Day 3: 9am-5pm
SMART Guideline: East & West Integration
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Neck & Head Part 1
Applied Acupuncture Anatomy Cadaver Lab: Head, Neck & Upper Extremity

Day 4: 9am-5pm

Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Neck & Head Part 2
Battlefield Acupuncture (permission from founder Dr. Niemtzow)
Neck & Head Treatment Protocol Demonstration: Tension Headache, Migraine Headache, Cluster Headache, Neuropathic Headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Facial Nerve (Bell's) Palsy, Cervicalgia

Module 2

Day 5: 9am-5pm
Ling Shu Chapter 13: Channel Sinew & Cadaver Research
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Lower Extremity Part 1-3

Day 6: 9am-5pm
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Lower Extremity Part 4-5
Lower Extremity Treatment Protocol Instructor Ryan Tze-Wai Longenecker teaches participants on lower extremity conditionsDemonstration: Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinosis, Anterior/Posterior Shin Splint, Pes Anserine Tendinosis, Popliteal Tendinosis, Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome, Patellofemoral Joint Syndrome, Ischial Tuberosity Bursitis, Inversion Ankle Sprain.

Day 7: 9am-5pm
Entriggerment. Trigger Point & Nerve Entrapment
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Torso Part 1-2
Applied Acupuncture Anatomy Cadaver Lab: Torso & Lower Extremity

Day 8: 9am-5pm
Neuro-stimulation & De Qi sensation for Torso Part 3-4
Torso Treatment Protocol Demonstration: Lumbabo, Sciatica, Thoracolumbar Junction Syndrome, Anterior Cutaneous Nerve Entrapment Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Upper & Lower Cross Syndrome.

Module 3

Day 9: 9am-5pm
Introduction & Overview of 16 Peripheral Nerve Entrapment SyndromesExample of notes in colour with a model of a skull in the top left corner
Differential diagnosis & protocols for Upper Extremity Entrapments: 1. Scalene Entrapment; 2. Radial Tunnel; 3. Posterior Interosseus Nerve; 4. Wartenburg Syndrome; 5. Pronator Teres; 6. Anterior Interosseous Nerve; 7.Carpal Tunnel; 8. Cubital Tunnel; 9. Guyon's Canal

Day 10: 9am-5pm
Differential diagnosis & protocols for Lower Extremity Entrapments: 10. Psoas Entrapment; 11. Meralgia Parathetica; 12. Piriformis Syndrome; 13. Adductor Tunnel; 14. Peroneal Tunnel; 15. Anterior Tarsal Tunnel; 16. Medial Tarsal Tunnel

Day 11: 9am-5pm
Acupuncture research for Central Neurological Conditions
TCM perspective on Neurological Disorders: Wind, Wei Syndrome, Du-Mai Pathology
Awaken the Brain Open the Orifice /XinNaoKaiQiao (Dr. Shi Xue Ming Style)
Neuro-anatomical Scalp Acupuncture (Dr. Jiao’s Style)

Day 12: 9am-5pm
Yin-Yang Balancing Acupoint-to-Acupoint Penetrative Needling (AAPN) for Spastic Paralysis
Electrically Evoked Sensory Volley
Proprioceptive Articular Sensory Nerve Needle Technique
Auricular Acupuncture for Neurological dysfunction.
Central & Peripheral Protocols for Stroke, MS, Parkinson, Motor Neuron Disease

Faculty

Faculty

Poney Chiang - PhD, MSTOM, R.Ac, R.TCMP

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health-York University 

Portrait photo of Poney Chiang in circle frame

Poney Chiang received a PhD in biomedical research from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, followed by a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York. He is an adjunct professor and founder of the Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program for the Faculty of Health at York University (Toronto). Poney is also a professor at the American Neuro-Acupuncture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He is a leading expert in peripheral neuro-anatomy of acupoints and their associated neuro-modulation needle techniques. Poney has been invited to lecture at various international TCM and biomedical acupuncture symposiums and to conduct workshops in North/South America, Europe, and Australia. His current research interest involves an MRI-based study of the neuro-anatomy of acupoints on the scalp and their relationships to cortical functional regions.

Poney is the primary author revising Fundamentals of Chinese Acupuncture, (Ellis & Wiseman, Paradigm Publication) which is to feature original dissection and illustrations for more than 400 distinct acupoints.  Under his supervision, his students have published research in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Chinese Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. Former students have become sought-after anatomy instructors and consultants to develop dissection curriculum for Chinese medicine institutions.

Poney was appointed by the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist of Ontario as a license examination writer, and as members of the Disciplinary and Complaint committees where he volunteers his service to protect the public and ensure high professional standards for the Chinese medicine profession. He is also called upon to serve as expert witness at professional hearings.

Photo of class of Fall 2018 holding certificates with Poney Chiang

“I must first make mention that the fact we had such an enthusiastic and skilled teacher made all the difference. Dr. Poney Chiang has a genuine love for what he does and it shows. The skills I learned has given me a great sense of confidence, and I know that it will raise the caliber of my work as an acupuncturist. Many of these techniques have already been good use to me in my practice. Thank you Poney for all the amazing information that you shared with us. I always will look forward to join your classes. " - Zohreh Fadavi, R.Ac

"Studying from Poney Chiang has been a rewarding investment for my personal knowledge as well as the growth of my clinical practice. Poney is a great teacher who is obviously very passionate about sharing his knowledge. My confidence in treating pain cases has really grown and I am already starting to get referrals from my colleagues!" - Jordan Sokoloski, ND

Melissa Lee - BSc, ND, R.Ac

Melissa Lee Melissa Lee - Portrait Photo in Circle Frameis a dedicated Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist who is passionate about health. She focuses on understanding people, illness patterns, and disease which allows her and her patients to identify areas of the body that need support. By actively listening and individualizing treatments, she helps people understand their health while addressing the root cause of a condition. As an Acupuncturist, Melissa combines her classical acupuncture training with a neuroanatomical approach. Melissa has also co-authored peer reviewed articles in Eastern and Western acupuncture journals. Her clinical focuses include Women’s health/fertility, pain management, autoimmune conditions and digestion. 

When Melissa’s not seeing patients, she is enjoying her time with her family, baking or biking around the city.

Dr. Lee is a Member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO), The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).

Daniel Oritz - MSTOM, L.Ac, LMT, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)Daniel Oritz - Portrait Photo in Circle Frame

Daniel Oritz is a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of New York. He graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine (Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine) and Massage Therapy in 2013.

Daniel specializes in the integration of Acupuncture and Massage Therapy for Orthopedic Disorders and Pain Management. He integrates Zheng Gu Tui Na (Advanced Chinese Medical Massage) and Therapeutic Thai Massage, joint mobilization, and stretching techniques to complement his approach to acupuncture treatments.

Previously, he did a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto in Mayaguez, and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Materials Science Program from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His interest in research led him to study Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture with Dr. Poney Chiang. After studying with him for several years, they have co-authored in peer-reviewed journals together (Medical Acupuncture). Daniel is proficient in Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture. He has been called upon to teach at the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has offered training to physiotherapists in Barcelona, Spain.

Daniel currently works as staff acupuncturist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where he treats patients and collaborates with other major health professionals in research and development in Integrated Medicine.

Samuel Lo - R.Ac, R.TCMP, DOMP, RMT

Samuel Lo - Portrait Photo in a Circle FrameSamuel Lo has been practicing Acupuncture, Osteopathy, and Massage Therapy for 20+ years and specializes in pain management. Samuel first graduated from massage therapy, then continued to study Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Science. Samuel graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science in Complementary medicine, and an Honours Diploma in Health Science in Acupuncture. Samuel gained in-field experience in Chinese medicine through a series of internships in hospitals while doing his residency in China from 2004-2007. When he returned to Toronto, he started his education in Osteopathy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and graduated in 2014. Samuel has since been in private practice in Toronto, Ontario. His unique experience in both ‘East meets West’ complementary forms of medicine enables him to help patients with diverse and multi-faceted aspects of pain management.

Samuel has been working in conjunction with Poney Chiang to develop his Neuro-Meridian acupuncture curriculum since 2014 and is an instructor for York University’s Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program.  In order to make dissection-based anatomical learning available to acupuncture and other CAM practitioners, Samuel founded and directs a dissection training intensive course (www.iDissect.ca), offered at Humber College in Toronto.

RYAN TZE-WAI LONGENECKER - BSc, R.Ac, R.TCMP

Ryan Longenecker - Portrait Photo in a Circle FrameRyan Tze-Wai Longenecker is a graduate of the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practicing Acupuncture and TCM since 2008. With a longstanding goal of integrating Eastern and Western medicine, Ryan always felt that there simply has to be a biomechanical explanation for much of the phenomena seen through acupuncture. After taking many courses and learning from many teachers, it wasn't until taking Poney Chiang's course did all of the lightbulbs go off. He has taken Poney’s Neuro-Meridian course for several years in a row and now collaborates with Poney on various projects to advance the TCM profession.

Ryan is one of the few Canadian practitioners who focuses primarily on degenerative eye diseases. This includes Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Optic Atrophy, and Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Juny Wu - BSc (Kinesiology), MSc, PTJuny Wu - Portrait Photo in a Circle Frame

Juny Wu began her journey at McMaster University by completing a Kinesiology degree (2009) followed by a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Western University (2011). She has been an executive of the Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association since 2015.

Juny’s passion to harmoniously blend Eastern philosophy and techniques with Western evidenced-based approach in the treatment of acute and chronic pain led her to study under Poney Chiang on several occasions (Integrative Acupuncture: Advanced Practice Certification and Neuro-meridian Integrative Acupuncture). Inspired yet recognizing gaps in her knowledge, Juny immediately set forth to study Chinese medicine, and will complete the Herbal and Acupuncture program at Canadian College of Traditional Chinese medicine by 2021. She currently practises in Oakville where she integrates her evolving knowledge of acupuncture, manual therapy, and exercise.

Funding Sources

Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.


The Allied Health Professional Development Fund

Allied Health professionals taking this Workshop may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForce Ontario. Please visit the HealthForce Ontario website for more details http://www.ahpdf.ca/

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.
You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees
If you are an employee or employer and would like more information visit: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/index.html

Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.

Second Career

The Second Career program through Employment Ontario provides financial support for skills training needed for jobs in demand. You can apply for up to $28,000 for costs including tuition, books, transportation, basic living expenses and child care.
You qualify for Second Career when:
• you have been laid off and have not been working
• you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs
• you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply

To apply to Second Career, you have to work with an employment services agency. Training occupations must demonstrate evidence of good employment prospects in your local labour market. For more information, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/second-career

Accommodation

Schulich Executive Hotel on Campus

The Executive Learning Centre features:
• 60 executive style guest rooms on 12 floors each with a queen size bed
• Complimentary high speed internet access
• In room coffee/tea maker
• Wheelchair accessible

Call reservations at (416)-650-8300, book on-line: www.elc.schulich.yorku.ca or

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