Seminars and Apprenticeships

A Certification Program

Whit in Switzerland
This is a six-month intensive on sports acupuncture. The course of study is 60 hours, consisting of 3 three-day weekends (20 hours – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). It covers the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of common injuries and pain syndromes of the upper and lower extremity. In keeping with the “apprenticeship” style of learning, the program is limited to 18 practitioners. In addition to the instruction of Whitfield Reaves, there are three to four assistants who have completed previous apprenticeship programs to support the teaching process. This assures direct supervision, which rarely occurs in the large classroom setting, and is an essential component to this mentorship-style approach which has been such an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine over the centuries.

The Apprenticeship Program is for acupuncture practitioners who want to advance their skills in sports medicine as well as the treatment of pain. The course begins with a review of the important techniques used in the treatment of pain syndromes. We then cover in detail the diagnosis and assessment of over 30 sports-related injuries. This includes very precise instruction on palpation and orthopedic testing. After diagnosis, a systematic four-step approach is used as the “template” for all acupuncture treatment protocols. With instruction and supervised practice, each practitioner increases their knowledge and confidence in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of these common injuries.

Included in the program is an introduction to Korean Constitutional Acupuncture, techniques for the enhancement of athletic performance, and care of the athlete during training and competition. While the course is primarily focused on acupuncture, some Chinese herbal medicine, homeopathy, and western nutrition will be covered. Those who complete this course receive a Certificate of Achievement in Acupuncture Sports Medicine.

While this program has been taught for two decades, we continue to find ways to improve effective deliver of the material when teaching to sports acupuncture practitioners. Therefore, please watch for upcoming changes, including live-stream courses.

This teaching experience is quite unique for those who are able to travel to the central California coastal region. This is Whitfield's home, and classes here use the small-class format and are intimate, personal, yet challenging. This program is limited to eight practitioners, which is very unique in the acupuncture community for CEU education. Instruction is in Paso Robles, CA.
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The 2020 Program
Small Group Format with Whitfield Reaves
This two-day weekend follows the NCCAOM course Anatomically Significant Points, and How to Use Them.
Fifteen hours of instruction, in a small group format, is designed for those who want to perfect their palpation and location techniques, and increase precision in their treatments. This is for those who have completed The Apprenticeship Program.

November 7 & 8, 2020, Paso Robles, CA
This course is cancelled and will be rescheduled when gathering is safe.

Summary of The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program:
This program is designed as three weekend modules, usually taken over the course of six months. This totals sixty (60) hours of instruction. Each weekend is approved for PDAs/CEUs by the NCCAOM and the state of California. Each module may be taken individually, however most practitioners take all three weekends, and earn a Certificate of Achievement in Acupuncture Sports Medicine.

Weekend #1: The Neck, Shoulder, and Upper Extremity
Weekend #2: The Low Back, Hip, and Pelvis
Weekend #3: The Lower Extremity

Apprenticeship Program formats:
All Apprenticeship Programs are small groups, utilizing a mentorship-style training environment. The "larger" class format is limited to18 practitioners. Three to four assistants are always present for additional supervision, and at times add additional instructional material. The "smaller" class format is limited to eight practitioners. There may be one assistant, however Whitfield Reaves is always the primary instructor and supervisor.

Cost: $1,000.00 per three-day weekend (20 hours of instruction).
60 PDAs (CEUs), approved by the NCCAOM and the state of California

Acupuncture Treatment of Pain in the Upper Extremity
Includes treatment of the shoulder, including the supraspinatous, infraspinatous, the AC joint, and the biceps tendon. Other upper extremity conditions include medial and lateral epicondylitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis of the hand.

Cost: Varies.
14 PDAs (CEUs), approved by the NCCAOM

Acupuncture Treatment of Pain in the Low Back and Hip
Includes treatment of the "triad" of the low back – the gluteus medius, the quadratus lumborum, and the sacral-iliac joint. With instruction on other pain generating tissues, including the trochanteric bursae, the ilio-tibial tract, the hip joint, and the inter-vertebral disc.

Cost: Varies.
14 PDAs (CEUs), approved by the NCCAOM

Acupuncture Treatment of Pain in the Lower Extremity
Includes treatment of the hip and pelvis, including the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus, the SI joint, and the quadratus lumborum muscle. Other lower extremity conditions include IT band syndrome, patello-femoral joint dysfunction, and shin splints. The ankle and foot treatments include achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis of the big toe joint.

14 PDAs (CEUs), approved by the NCCAOM

Acupuncture Sports Medicine Advanced Training and Review
Anatomically Significant Points and How to Use Them
Whit Reaves in Horgen
In 2012, Whitfield began teaching sports medicine techniques based upon "anatomically significant" points. Region by region, the trigger points, motor points, and other anatomically significant tissues are covered. The course now is referred to as the Advanced Training program, with significant time spent on review and repetition. It is designed for those who have completed The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program.

It includes location, needle technique, and practice with supervision of the many clinically effective points instructed in The Apprenticeship Program. While many of the points are familiar to the practitioner, variations on the traditional location and indications will be instructed. And Whitfield will include new points and zones that are neither traditional or extraordinary points. Learning these anatomically significant points emphasize precise location and needle technique. Our objective for this course is for the practitioner to increase their confidence and skill in how to use these important access points.

Varies depending on location
15 hours of instruction, Saturday and Sunday.
15 PDAs (CEUs), approved by the NCCAOM and the State of California