Training with Carolyn Reuben

Oct 25, 2019 - Oct 28, 2019

Transitions Clinic
Sacramento, CA

Training with Carolyn Reuben

Didactic lectures (30 CEU’s pending from CA Acupuncture Board): October 25-27, 2019

Practicum: During class, and also October 28-30, 2019 (Many of the required 40 treatments will take place in class time. Hours extra needed depends on each student’s proficiency and activity in class).

Cost: $450 (includes NADA Acudetox Manual, one-year membership in NADA, subscription to member newsletter Guidepoints, and discount on conference registration and purchases from NADA online bookstore). If complete requirements, students will receive certificate from NADA attesting to status as Acudetox Specialist.

Instructor: Carolyn Reuben, L.Ac., R.T., CEU Provider #1223

Language of Instruction: English. Request translator if needed

Location of Course: Transitions Clinic, 3647 40thSt., Sacramento, CA 95817

Cancellation and Refund Policy

• All cancellations must be received in writing by letter, fax, or email (

• Cancellations made at least 7 calendar days prior to the first class day will receive a full refund less a $40.00 administration fee.

• Cancellations made less than 7 calendar days prior to the first class day will receive a 50% refund.

• Carolyn is unable to transfer course fees paid for one seminar or course to any other seminar or course.

In the unlikely event that the course has to be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or for some other unforeseen reason, registrants will receive a full refund.

To Register: Contact Carolyn Reuben, L.Ac., RT, 916-214-0607,, @Carolyn-Green-25 for Venmo or discuss other methods of payment with Carolyn.

This course is the standardized NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) 5-Point Protocol training. It includes a 30-hour didactic classroom education and a practicum opportunity at the local drug treatment program where the course is held, with further opportunities at a weekend conference (California Association at a hotel in Sacramento the weekdays following the course. To receive the NADA certificate of completion of requirements for Acudetox Specialist participants must needle forty people, sign the NADA Ethics Pledge, demonstrate proficiency in the NADA 5-point protocol, write a description of one visit each to an Alcoholics Anonymous and a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, and pass the final exam given at the end of the course.

For acupuncturists there is an overview of addiction as a medical pathology, a culture, and a state of being that is genetically determined but easily influenced by environmental conditions; strategies for approaching clients, administrators, and funders; review of Clean Needle Technique and diseases common to this population; pharmaceuticals prescribed for addiction treatment; and nutritional approaches to addictive disorders.

If you are a physician you will also learn to insert acupuncture needles as well as use magnets, Chinese herb seeds, and micro-amperage electromagnetic stimulation of ear locations to create the desired outcome. Additionally, for non-acupuncturists, there is an overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its perspective on addictive disorders.

The clinical practicum might also be completed at another time after the initial training, but will need to be done in Sacramento or during a future NADA class given by this instructor.

Course Takeaways

· Learn to identify the morphology of the ear

· Place needles in the five NADA auricular points

· Gain a practical understanding of the Chinese medicine concepts of empty fire and yin deficiency applied to substance abuse and addiction.

· Demonstrate confidence in describing the 5-Point Protocol to a group of clients.

· On a written examination successfully identify at least 80% of the requirements for a peaceful and successful NADA 5-Point Protocol

· involving the physical set up of the room, relation with program staff,

· and interaction with individual clients.

· Identify at least three different populations for which the NADA protocol has been found useful.

· Demonstrate to the instructor and identify successfully on a written examination universal sterile precautions, clean needle technique, proper needle disposal, prevention of needle stick, and proper response if needle stick occurs.

· Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of addiction and recovery including the disease model, social model, and the role of shame and denial.

· Identify at least two reasons for historical difficulties in using acupuncture in addiction research in terms of design and methodology.

· Indicate an understanding of the role of 12 Step programs in recovery, and the existence of alternatives to 12 Step programs.

· Recognize the existence of Drug Courts, Family Courts, Veteran Courts, Mental Health Courts and other collaborative courts as means to better serve specialized populations.

· Take the Ethics Pledge and participate in a discussion of legal and ethical issues related to performing the NADA 5-Point Protocol.

About the Instructor

Carolyn Reuben is a Licensed Acupuncturist and NADA Registered Trainer as well as the author of four self-help health books, former health columnist, educational television scriptwriter, and consultant for drug treatment programs interested in adding nutrition or acupuncture to their existing protocols.

In 1968 Carolyn graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in sociology, worked as a social worker for Alameda County and then as a production assistant for an educational television series in Israel before graduate studies in motion pictures and television at UCLA and work in media in Los Angeles. In 1979 she entered SAMRA University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles to pursue a new career in Chinese medicine. After receiving her state license as an acupuncturist in 1983 Carolyn studied for three months at the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China, and for another six weeks at Dongzhiman Hospital in Beijing before opening her own practice in acupuncture in Los Angeles. In 1990 she moved her practice to Sacramento.

Carolyn began using acupuncture for addiction treatment in substance abuse treatment programs in 1992 and in 1994 helped establish Community Addiction Recovery Association (CARA), a Sacramento nonprofit organization which used a wide variety of pharmaceutical-free treatments for addictive and mood disorders. CARA provided acudetox and other treatments at the Sacramento County Probation Department Adult Drug Court and several private treatment facilities.

In 1999 Carolyn was given the Harold Cole Annual Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Prevention and Treatment by the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board. She has lectured at state and national conferences, written magazine articles on the use of pharmaceutical-free treatments for addiction recovery, and serves as a consultant to help develop nutrition and acupuncture programs in private and public treatment facilities.29


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