Schedule

Pacific Symposium Schedule At-a-Glance

Join us this year in San Diego and virtually* for the largest annual acupuncture conference in the US!

All sessions are approved by NCCAOM and the California Acupuncture Board except Gellis’ Saturday AM course and Phillips’ PM course, which are approved by NCCAOM but not CAB.*

The NCCAOM category is listed next to each session name. The conference is not separately approved by the Florida Acupuncture Board. However, Florida may accept NCCAOM-approved courses. Please contact the Florida Acupuncture Board for more information.

Click on the speaker’s name to see their bio. The schedule below is listed in Pacific Time. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours; for Central Time, 2 hours; and for Mountain Time, 1 hour.

* As California limits the total number of eligible qi gong credits to 5 per renewal cycle, the maximum amount of California CEUs that can be obtained at Pacific Symposium is 56.

Pre, Oct. 29-30, 2024 Register Now

09:00 am - 05:00 pm

CEU(s): 14

Integrative Medicine for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Dementia

Clayton Shiu - PhD, LAc

Explore differential diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical recommendations, as well as strategies for patient and practice management and developing individualized programs.

Pre, Oct. 30, 2024 Register Now

09:00 am - 05:00 pm

CEU(s): 7

The Middle Ground: Tui Na for Abdominal and Digestive Health

Bill Helm - Director, Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego

Tui na can make an immediate difference and effect long-term change for gas and bloating; stomach aches, irritable bowel and Crohn's; constipation and diarrhea; and more.

Thurs, Oct. 31, 2024 Register Now

07:00 am - 07:50 am

NCCAOM: PE

CEU(s): 1

Morning Qigong

Bill Helm - Director, Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego

09:00 am - 09:50 am

CEU(s): 1

The State of the Profession

Belinda (Beau) Anderson - PhD, LAc

What are the factors affecting our profession right now?

09:55 am - 10:45 am

CEU(s): 1

5 Elements and Trauma Survivors: From Repair to Resilience

Alaine Duncan - MAc, LAc

Can we go beyond “repair” and help trauma survivors gain resilience for the next time danger threatens as well?

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

CEU(s): 1

Navigating Neurology and Brain Health

Clayton Shiu - PhD, LAc

Dr. Shiu provides updates in the diagnosis and treatment of brain- and neurology-related disorders as they relate to Chinese medicine.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

NCCAOM: PE

CEU(s): 1

Afternoon Qigong

Dan Halpain - ABT, HHP

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Muscle Testing for Clinical Certainty in Chinese Medicine

Cari Schaefer

Like tongue and pulse, muscle testing is a biofeedback tool for increased certainty to confirm which Chinese medicine diagnosis, channel involvement, herb and acupoint choices, tui na techniques, and more will be most effective.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Skull Palpation Diagnosis

Clayton Shiu - PhD, LAc

Students will explore contours of the skull to identify indentations, inflammations, and other markers indicating interference with brain health and longevity in different areas of the brain.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

The Tao of Trauma: Finding the Issues in the Tissues

Alaine Duncan - MAc, LAc

This class explores places where dysregulated vibrations are commonly stored, how to access them, and how to support a survivor’s body-wisdom's return to balance and regulation.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Thriving as an Acupuncturist Within the Current US Healthcare Landscape

Belinda (Beau) Anderson - PhD, LAc

How can acupuncturists best strategize education and ability to be successful after graduation, amidst the pressures affecting the profession?

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Wei Qi Gone Wild: Classical Chinese Medicine and Immune/ Autoimmune Dysfunction

Z’ev Rosenberg - LAc

Modern life in technological societies has disordered our defense qi functions such that the innate body/mind intelligence can no longer respond effectively to exterior pathogens, environmental toxins, and internal functional and emotional issues, leading to what Chinese medicine names lao sun or taxation fatigue.

Fri, Nov. 1, 2024 Register Now

07:00 am - 07:50 am

NCCAOM: PE

CEU(s): 1

Morning Qigong

Bill Helm - Director, Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego

09:00 am - 09:50 am

CEU(s): 1

Herb-Drug Interactions: Overview with New Information

John Chen - PhD, OMD, LAc

This seminar will include the basics of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions and specific examples of the most important interactions every practitioner must know will be discussed, including Chinese herbs, Western herbs, herbal formulas, and more. 

09:55 am - 10:45 am

CEU(s): 1

Battlefield Acupuncture Update

John Howard - LAc

Professor Howard, who serves as a primary BFA trainer for licensed acupuncturists, will provide an update on the current use of Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA).

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

CEU(s): 1

11 Things Chinese Medicine Taught me About Child and Family Wellness

Stephen Cowan - MD, FAAP

Stephen Cowan, popular pediatrician, Chinese medicine practitioner, and author of Fire Child/Water Child, will share reflections from his upcoming book

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

NCCAOM: PE

CEU(s): 1

Afternoon Qigong

Dan Halpain - ABT, HHP

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Battlefield Acupuncture Workshop

John Howard - LAc

This workshop will cover the point protocol, point locations, clinical techniques, and use of Battlefield Acupuncture as well as initial modifications.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Global Insights for Local Practice: WHO Updates on Billing, Coding, and Malpractice Trends

Samuel Collins
Brandon Hoffman - Market Development Executive, AAC
Marilyn Allen - Public Relations and Marketing Director, AAC

Join American Acupuncture Council panelists Marilyn Allen (editor of Acupuncture Today), Brandon Hoffman (market development executive), and Sam Collins (insurance expert) as they share invaluable insights straight from the World Health Organization meetings in Rwanda.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Herb-Drug Interactions: In-Depth Analysis with Oncology Applications

John Chen - PhD, OMD, LAc

This seminar will detail the basics of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions, including Chinese herbs and formulas, Western herbs and drugs, and specific disease conditions.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Microagressions in Healthcare and Wellness: Collaboration for Practical Change in Realtime

Camilla Yu

Microaggressions in healthcare and wellness settings, both conscious and unconscious, can erode trust, damage the relationship between clients and healers, undermine the effectiveness of treatment, and decrease client retention.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Tips for the Health of Children and the Child in All of Us

Stephen Cowan - MD, FAAP

Dr. Cowan will explore how to use Chinese medicine foundations for health to diagnose and treat conditions in children--and the child in all of us.

Sat, Nov. 2, 2024 Register Now

07:00 am - 07:50 am

NCCAOM: PE

CEU(s): 1

Morning Qigong

Bill Helm - Director, Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego

09:00 am - 09:50 am

CEU(s): 1

Introduction to Tung’s Acupuncture with TCM Principles

Henry McCann - DAOM, L.Ac

In this session, we will use a case analysis from Dr. McCann’s clinic to explore different ways of understanding acupuncture points through the lens of core Tung’s acupuncture concepts and Chinese medicine principles.

09:55 am - 10:45 am

CEU(s): 1

Clinical Energetics and Client Communication for Optimal Therapeutic Results

Gary Strauss

This modality combines principles from healing traditions such as Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, and Western herbalism, along with contemporary insights into anatomy, physiology, and psychology, to train practical techniques that influence the quality of intakes and treatments.

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

CEU(s): 1

Meet Your Microbiome: The Microbial Organ, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine

Bridgette Shea - LAc.

Changes to our bodies and minds from climactic influences to circadian rhythms, many via the microbiome, are baselines of assessment and suggest lifestyle guidance in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

NCCAOM: PE

CEU(s): 1

Afternoon Qigong

Dan Halpain - ABT, HHP

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Breath of Life: Integrating Breathing, Lung Health, and Patient Care

Bridgette Shea - LAc.

Bridgette Shea will guide you through breath assessment techniques and practices to enable you to better assess and assist clients from the perspectives of osteopathy, yoga, Western anatomy and physiology, and, of course, Chinese medicine.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Integrating Tung’s Acupuncture with TCM Principles

Henry McCann - DAOM, L.Ac

We will explore how to use theories such as channel connections, mirror/image, and five phases to understand the dynamic functions of points and move beyond simple memorization of indications.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Sacroiliac Joint Pain and Dysfunction: Channels, Acupuncture, Assessment, and Treatment

Matt Callison - MSTOM, LAc

This course consists of assessment and treatment strategies for sacroiliac joint pain and dysfunction through both functional anatomy and Chinese medicine perspectives.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

The Wu Wei Way: Extraordinary Bedside Manner Workshop

Gary Strauss

Students will build their skills at developing rapport and trust with clients and practice Wu Wei intake, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for best results.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Tuesday Wasserman - Do's and Don’ts During Pregnancy: Supporting a Safe and Healthy Outcome

This class will provide an overview of strategies to support a healthy labor, as well as how to support patients and caregivers, if things get difficult.

Sun, Nov. 3, 2024 Register Now

07:00 am - 07:50 am

NCCAOM: PE

CEU(s): 1

Morning Qigong

Bill Helm - Director, Taoist Sanctuary of San Diego

09:00 am - 09:50 am

CEU(s): 1

One Minute Diagnosis

Yair Maimon

How much information can we gather in one minute of patient observation?

09:55 am - 10:45 am

CEU(s): 1

Headaches and the Gallbladder Channel

Kiiko Matsumoto - LAc

Kiiko Matsumoto will share her clinical experience and application of these points in some of the most stubborn, yet common, cases.

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

CEU(s): 1

Introduction to Treating Psoriasis with Chinese Medicine

Mazin Al-Khafaji - Dr. of Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China)

This introduction will outline fundamental concepts and formulas, including case studies, to manage this troubling disease.

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

NCCAOM: PE

CEU(s): 1

Afternoon Qigong

Dan Halpain - ABT, HHP

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

12 Source Points: Ling Shu Theory and Practice

Kiiko Matsumoto - LAc

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Chinese Medicine Treatment of Menopause: Heaven and Earth Perspective

Yair Maimon

This class will highlight the heavenly and earthly views, with practical treatments, strategies, and points.

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Mitigating Adverse Effects of Steroid Use with Herbal Medicine

Mazin Al-Khafaji - Dr. of Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China)

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CEU(s): 3

Practice in Your PJs: Staying Tethered to Your Passion, Purpose, and Joy in Practice

East Phillips - DAOM, LAc

Post, Nov. 4, 2024 Register Now

09:00 am - 05:00 pm

CEU(s): 7

Cardiac Conditions in Chinese Medicine: Irregular Pulses, Pacemakers, and Post-Surgery Care

Kiiko Matsumoto - LAc

Post, Nov. 4-5, 2024 Register Now

09:00 am - 05:00 pm

CEU(s): 14

Treating Auto-Immune Diseases with Chinese Medicine

Mazin Al-Khafaji - Dr. of Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China)

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