The Five Element Acupuncture Symposium 2011
Continuing the Journey™
September 9 - 11, 2011

2011's Symposium was held September 9 - 11, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA.
Like in previous years, the Symposium featured a stellar cast of presenters, an opportunity to
share with colleagues from across the US and internationally, and earn CEUs and PDAs – all in a
beautiful, beachside boutique hotel, the Viceroy Santa Monica.

2010 Symposium by the Viceroy pool.

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Symposium Speakers and Topics

Niki Bilton, M.Ac. (UK), MBAcC., L.Ac.
Niki Bilton holds 3 degrees from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) and served on its faculty from 1988-1999, holding the positions of Clinical Supervisor, Advanced Training Tutor, and Dean of Post Graduate Studies. Niki has offered/taught seminars and clinical events throughout Europe and North America since 1995. She is President of Tending Shen Inc., providing treatment and graduate education, and Academic Dean of Ongiara College of Acupuncture and Moxabustion, Ontario, Canada

Topic - The Diagnostics of Color and Sound
This presentation will review the five sounds and five colors of the five elements, using recorded and live readings and observation of live faces. Participants will deepen their practical grasp of the examination skills through experiential exercises and discussion. The aim of the session is to encourage mastery of observation and listening, leading to greater efficacy of clinical diagnosis and treatment assessment.

Stephen "Tuna" Flores, L.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Stephen "Tuna" Flores, graduated from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture (WICA III), received his Advanced Lic.Ac at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) and his Masters from The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. He was a member of MAP™ and is a Worsley certified Advanced Teacher. He trained as a shaman and practices "Plant Spirit Medicine." He has worked extensively with traditional healers in Fiji, the Amazon, Mexico, and the American West. Stephen has been teaching and practicing with wife Pat Gorman in New York for nearly 20 years.

Pat Gorman, M.Ac., B.Ac., (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac
Pat Gorman holds degrees from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) and Tai Sophia, was a member of MAP™, and is a Worsley certified Advanced Teacher. Her work with the Classics includes study with Pere Larre, Jeffrey Yuen, and Giovanni Macciocia. She has been teaching T'ai Chi for over 40 years and is the developer of Roots and Branches Five Element Qi Gong. Pat is a legacy holder of Yang style T'ai Chi for the T'ai Chi Foundation.

Topic - Roots and Branches 5 Element Qi Gong
This beautiful system of Qi Gong movements, breathing, and energetic massages brings together the Five Element acupuncture perspective of Professor J.R. Worsley and the Classical Five Element T'ai Chi work of Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing. These moves and energy massages support the treatments we give our patients: the building of inner strength and reserves of qi, support of the CF, and the enhancement of spirit.

We will work with one position and one walk for each of the Five Elements. Within an element, the standing posture nourishes the yin Official; the active walk tonifies the yang Official, allowing us to work with an entire elemental CF. As part of a patient's homework, Roots and Branches Qi Gong enables them to continue to participate in their own healing between treatments.

Topic - Essential Oils and Intention: Classical Five Element Treatment Without Needles or Moxa
Needles and moxa are our primary tools to affect energetic changes. What can practitioners do when they cannot use them? Years ago, Master Herbalist Jeffrey Yuen, at our request, identified specific classical essential oils for the Five Element practitioner. Using these oils and principles, Pat and Steve will present oils for each Element, Aggressive Energy, Possession, Exit/Entry, as well as for tonification and sedation and instances when moxa cannot be used.

Topic - Healing While Dying: It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
Our beautiful system of medicine has unique tools for staying with our patients through long-term illness, right to the end of life. It often has the power to pull patients back from the brink, even when Western Medicine has nothing left to offer. And, when it's finally time, we can support patients to be lucid and retain control in their final moments, walking with them to the border and gently letting go. Pat and Steve, who have worked in homes, hospitals, and hospices, bring the treatments, skills, and their experience to share.

Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Neil Gumenick is Founder and Director of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. and has been in practice since 1981. He holds a Masters degree from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) and an Advanced Teacher certification awarded by Professor J.R. Worsley. Neil has written and taught extensively on the spirits of every point. He was a 10-year participant and senior coach in MAP™, has taught at numerous Oriental medical schools and symposia internationally, and is a longstanding columnist for Acupuncture Today.

Topic - Class Patient
In this session, Neil will present a patient and conduct an interview in front of class, followed by a discussion and assessment of the CF, level, pulse picture, and a treatment plan to be performed during the lunch break.

Topic - Post Treatment Discussion and Treatment Planning
In this session we will experience the patient post-treatment and plan three follow-up treatments, including the rationale for each point chosen and its order, with commentaries on the Spirits of the Points.

Jane Grissmer, M.Ac., L.Ac.,
Jane received her Masters degree from CTA (UK), studying under J.R. Worsley, a certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine from Tri-State Institute in New York, certifications in therapeutic bodywork, and a B.A. in Sociology from Purdue University. She has been in practice for 31 years, is currently Division Chair of Theory and a faculty member at Tai Sophia Institute, as well as founding director of Crossings: A Center for the Healing Traditions in Silver Spring MD.

Topic - Awakening the Senses: Body/Mind/Spirit (with Linda Simons)
Mastery of our senses is at the heart of our work as Five Element acupuncturists and allows us to see a patient in wholeness, with every possibility of their unique being realized. This session will help participants expand their sensory awareness, experience the correspondences and each of the 5 elements as a resonance in nature, and grasp the value and significance of causative factor.

Dirk Hein, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Dirk Hein is Founder and Director of Wu Hsing Tao School in Seattle, WA. He has been in private practice for 28 years. In 1987, he received his Master's Degree from J.R. Worsley at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK). He also has a teaching certification from the Worsley Institute. Dirk was 2 term President of the Acupuncture Association of Washington, 2 term Chair of the Acupuncture Advisory Committee in Washington, and has served on the faculty of several OAM institutions.

Topic - The 12 Archetypes: Putting a Face on the Officials
We know the functions of the Officials. How to put a face on these Officials when it is not obvious can still be a challenge. In this session, Dirk will teach how we can develop an eye for recognizing the possibilities of how these Officials may manifest within an Element. Much like a certain radio frequency that matches a particular station and its music, so are the Officials channels for particular Archetypes that appear in our personalities.

Eliot Ivanhoe, M.D., M.Ac. (UK)
Eliot Ivanhoe received his M.D. from NYU School of Medicine, completed a residency in neurology at NYU-Bellevue Medical Center, and studied Classical Five Element Acupuncture with J.R. Worsley in Leamington Spa. These studies continued in the Master Apprentice Program™ with J.R. and Judy Worsley until 2005. Eliot is a certified Advanced Teacher of CF-EA, a practitioner of the Arica way of enlightenment, and serves on the faculty of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc.

Topic - The Gift of Not Knowing
It is common for us to find ourselves in the treatment room without a clue. Faced with uncertainty, practitioners can be insecure, unconfident, or even paralyzed. Telling yourself to snap out of it is usually an ineffective and incorrect strategy. Here is a better one.

Khosrow Khalighi, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Founder and Director of Five Element Trainings, Khosrow Khalighi has been practicing and teaching Classical Five Element Acupuncture since 1979. He has trained a number of leading medical practitioners who have incorporated this approach into their practices. He has lectured and taught extensively in medical and acupuncture schools such as the University of California Medical School in San Francisco, Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Maryland, Worsley Institute, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and California Institute of Integral Studies.

Topic - The Art and Craft of Treating The Spirit
In Five Element Acupuncture, the accuracy of our diagnosis, the potency of our treatment, our ability to connect with the patient at the deepest level, and our facility for discerning the nuances of an imbalance, all are enriched through our ability to work directly with the Spirit. In this two-part presentation, with lecture and practical exercises, we shall work towards achieving proficiency in working with and treating the Spirit.

George Rodriguez, M.D.
George Rodriguez received his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1980. He has practiced Emergency Medicine for 28 years and is Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, CA. He is a graduate of The Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Program in Santa Monica, CA and the Helms Institute of Medical Acupuncture. He is board certified by the American Board of Holistic Medicine and a member of the American Board of Medical Acupuncturists.

Topic - Anti-Depressants: What You Need to Know
SSRI's, mood stabilizing medications, anxiolytics, anti-psychotics, soporifics, stimulants, and hormones are among the pharmacopeias being prescribed to our patients. These types of drugs have a profound effect on the mind and spirit of our patients and can effect or block our practice of Five Element Acupuncture. Frequently, patients are placed on medications but there is never a discussion of what the end goal might be, side effects of medications or the possibility of discontinuation of therapy. Rapid withdrawal of medication may produce intense symptoms that can mimic physical or psychiatric syndromes. Dr. Rodriguez will discuss classes of mood altering drugs, mechanism of action, their effect on the body and the correct mechanism for supporting patients using these medications or on a tapering regimen.

Topic - Integration of Acupuncture and Western Medicine
Acupuncture is rapidly gaining recognition in the Western medical model for a variety of conditions. Many Western medical practitioners are not familiar with acupuncture and its benefits. Familiarity with the mentality, language and goals of each style of medicine are key to optimizing the beneficial effects of both approaches. Dr. Rodriguez will present examples of opportunities for acupuncturists to expand their practices and develop a patient referral base from Western medical practitioners.

Linda Simons, RN, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Linda Simons has 30 years experience in the field of health care. As a member of the faculty at Tai Sophia Institute, Linda practices and teaches CF-EA based on her extensive training with JR and Judy Worsley in both England and the US. Linda received her MAc degree from TAI in 1996 is also a 1991 graduate of the Potomac Massage Training Institute with postgraduate certification in prenatal and infant massage, chakra balancing and trauma recovery work. Linda served as an RN for ten years at George Washington University Hospital in ICU Obstetrics and Labor & Delivery Suites after graduating from Hartwick College in 1983.

Topic - Awakening the Senses: Body/Mind/Spirit (with Jane Grissmer)
Mastery of our senses is at the heart of our work as Five Element acupuncturists and allows us to see a patient in wholeness, with every possibility of their unique being realized. This session will help participants expand their sensory awareness, experience the correspondences and each of the 5 elements as a resonance in nature, and grasp the value and significance of causative factor.

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20.75 CA CEUs and 20.50 NCCAOM PDAs Approved, FL pending

The second annual Symposium confirms that there is a new wind blowing in the Five Element community, filled with respect for each other, without judgement but rather the willingness to share our individual experience of the learning from this great master and doctor JR Worsley. Excellent, very inspiring again. Long overdue and needed. Needs to become a tradition.

~ Dirk Hein, M.Ac. (UK), L.Ac., Founder and Director, Wu Hsing Tao School, Seattle, WA  

Magical moments and fabulous presenters. This is exactly what I have been needing. Communion, reinforcement, a reminder of what we all share and some really fantastic suggestions on how to develop my skills.

~ Rachel Harrison, L.Ac., Minneapolis, MN  

The Symposium was fantastic. Excellent mix of perspectives and broad range of information and experience. Plenty of material immediately available to enhance my practice.

~ Andrea Kachuk, M.D., Los Angeles, CA  

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