The Five Element Acupuncture Symposium 2010
Continuing the Journey™
October 8 - 10, 2010

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Continuing the Journey™
Symposium Schedule

Friday October 8, 2010

8:00AM - 8:30AM Registration

8:30AM - 9:00AM Welcome and Orientation
Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac., (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Director
David Goodell, L.Ac., M.Ac., Ac. M. (UK), Dipl. Ac., Symposium Co-Chair
Eliot Ivanhoe, M.D., M.Ac. (UK), Symposium Co-Chair
Brian Bender, MSTOM, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Master of Ceremonies

9:00AM - 10:30AM Enforcement Marilyn Allen, MS

Enforcement efforts against practitioners are increasing, which translate as more money from violations. Complaints, allegations, audits, citations, fines, lawsuits, and malpractice filings are all on the rise. Where are these all coming from and how can you protect yourself? Ethics and enforcement can be thought of as a balancing scale. There are things you need to do. There are things you must not do. Then, turn these regulations into practice building assets.

10:30AM - 11:00AM Break

11:00 AM - 12:30PM To Hear: The Sounds of the Five Elements
Niki Bilton, M.Ac. (UK), MBAcC, L.Ac.

This presentation will review the five sounds, using recorded and live readings and conversations of confirmed CFs and elements within, and cover practitioner use of sound in diagnostic inquiry. Participants will deepen their practical grasp of the sounds of the voices through experiential exercises and discussion. The aim is to encourage mastery of listening skills, leading to greater clinical efficacy.

12:30PM - 2:00PM Lunch

2:00PM - 3:30PM To Hear: The Sounds of the Five Elements (continued)

3:30PM - 4:00PM Break

4:00PM - 5:30PM Heavenly Acupuncture: The Classical Spirits of the Five Elements
Stephen "Tuna" Flores, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Pat Gorman, M.Ac., B. Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

This session will enrich our understanding of the individual spirits found within each element (Zhr, Hun, Shen, Yi, and P'o). Each plays a role in our life, destiny, death, and afterlife: the classical path of enlightenment and transcendence envisioned by the ancient Chinese. By understanding, accessing, and using these aspects of spirit, we can strongly support our patients on their paths to healing, happiness, and realizing their true and full potential.

Saturday October 9, 2010

7:30AM - 8:45AM Roots and Branches Five Element Qi Gong
Stephen "Tuna" Flores, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Pat Gorman, M.Ac., B.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

Qi Gong supports the patient's energy through breath and T'ai Chi based movements, including standing Yin postures that build reserves, moving Yang postures that transform and transport, and energy massages that support the Qi of the meridians. These techniques, designed to precisely parallel Classical Five Element Acupuncture, provide a way of deepening the effects of and extending the energy benefits from one acupuncture treatment to the next.

9:00AM - 10:30AM Working with Spirit - A Practitioner's Model
Khosrow Khalighi, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac.

Classical Five Element Acupuncture offers practitioners a method to diagnose and treat patients on the deepest level of the Spirit. However, it is a formidable task for the practitioner to meet the challenge of consistently applying this deep and far reaching knowledge in day-to-day practice. This lecture examines the nature of "Working with the Spirit", through development of self-observation and the use of practical exercises based on the theory and movements of the Five Elements.

10:30AM - 11:00AM Break

11:00AM - 12:30PM The Magnificent Wholism of the Spirits of the Points
David Ford, Lic. Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

Through more than thirty years of clinical experience, David has found that the Spirits of the Points' names are often literal expressions of what can be found in nature. In this session, using images from the natural world, we will explore the deep personal connection one can forge with the remaining deep wilderness areas of the world to transmit the ancient knowledge contained in these powerful and sacred names.

12:30PM - 2:00PM Lunch

2:00PM - 3:30PM Treatment Planning
Chuck Graham, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

This course presents a practical method for treatment planning, supplying tools to discern how and when to use particular points and how to unify them to treat the underlying imbalance. Participants will learn how to utilize 3 stages of treatment planning: summarizing the diagnosis, forming an overall treatment principle, and planning individual treatments. Participants will learn how to make effective treatment plans and manage patients in a profound way, respecting the singular qualities of each individual.

3:30PM - 4:00PM Break

4:00PM - 5:30PM Finding the Way to Becoming an Instrument
Dirk Hein, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

"Being an Instrument" of Five Element Acupuncture refers to the distinction Professor Worsley made between a mere acupuncture technician and a practitioner dedicated to reaching the patient on the deepest levels. Various aspects of being an effective "Instruments" will be addressed as participants engage and work through exercises that bring conscious the practitioner's innate perception of odor, color, sound, and emotion, with the goal of learning to experience the patient as a complex individual in need of our skill and support.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

7:30AM - 8:45AM Enhancement of Practice: Roots and Branches Five Element Qi Gong
Stephen "Tuna" Flores, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Pat Gorman, M.Ac., B.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

This class will be spent refining and learning to teach a series of simple moves and breathing exercises to patients. These techniques will add powerful healing tools to your repertoire, empower patients in achieving their health goals, and help include them in their own healing process.

9:00AM - 10:30AM The Spirits of the Points: The "Not So Common Ones"
Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

In this session, Neil will explain the spiritual connotations and uses of deeply powerful, but often overlooked points from each meridian. These points can become tremendous allies once the practitioner understands and embodies them. Specific cases wherein the practitioner might call upon these points and how to implement them into a cohesive treatment plan will be discussed.

10:30AM - 11:00 Break

11:00AM - 12:30PM Nature's Wisdom - How To B a Healing Presence for Others
Linda Simons, RN, M.Ac., L.Ac.

We all bring our own customs, social mores, comfort levels, and experiences to the treatment room. When working with individuals whose cultural backgrounds differ from our own, who are in a different stage of life, or who have experienced trauma, the fundamental principles of our work apply. This session will focus on overcoming the challenges these "differences" bring to our work, so that we can create safety and become a healing presence for others.

12:30pm - 2:00PM Break

2:00PM - 3:30PM Integration of Acupuncture and Western Medicine
George Rodriguez, M.D.

Acupuncture is increasingly becoming recognized as a resource by medical doctors. It is imperative that acupuncturists understand the changing medical environment in order to optimize patient care and collaborate with Western physicians. Applications of Five Element acupuncture and potential inroads and avenues of integration will be explored; specific goals of physicians, when referring a patient, will be discussed as well as the expectations for follow up and repeated referrals. Suggestions will be provided on how to form working relationships with Western medical practitioners.

3:30PM - 3:45PM Break

3:45PM - 5:15PM Toward a Science of Healing
Eliot Ivanhoe, M.D., M.Ac. (UK)

How do we know if our treatments are efficacious? Most of us have been taught to use the "Law of Cure", but really the principles of this Law rarely apply in the practice of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture. Furthermore, while the alleviation of symptoms is seductively desirable, the discernment of actual healing is something else altogether. This presentation will explore attributes of healing that serve as our immediate feedback and guidance - so we can know directly the progress of our patients.

5:15PM - 5:30PM
Neil, David, Eliot, and Brian

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