2017 NADA Training in Auricular Therapy





Instructor: Carolyn Reuben, L.Ac.

 About this Course

Didactic lectures (30 CEU’s): March 10 – 12 (8:30am-5:30am)
Practicum: March 16 (6pm-9pm)
*This course is limited to licensed acupuncturists only.

This course is the standardized NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) training. It includes a 30 hour didactic classroom education and a 40-patient practicum at a local drug treatment program. The practicum will have two sites, one walking distance from ACCHS and one in downtown Berkeley.

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.

If you attend the weekend didatic course and participate in the practicum during the week, you are eligible to earn the certificate of training completion as an Acu Detox Specialist. The clinical practicum can also be completed at another time after the initial training, to be coordinated with the trainer.

 Course Takeaways

  1. Learn to identify the morphology of the ear
  2. Place needles in the five NADA auricular points
  3. Gain a practical understanding of the Chinese medicine concepts of empty fire and yin deficiency applied to substance abuse and addiction.
  4. Demonstrate confidence in maintaining order in a room while providing auricular therapy to at least five clients.
  5. On a written examination successfully identify at least 80% of the requirements for a peaceful and successful auricular therapy treatment room involving the physical set up of the room, relation with program staff, and interaction with individual clients.
  6. Identify at least three different populations for which the NADA protocol has been found useful.
  7. 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.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of addiction and recovery including the disease model, social model, and the role of shame and denial.
  9. Identify at least two reasons for historical difficulties in using acupuncture in addiction research in terms of design and methodology.
  10. Indicate an understanding of the role of 12 Step programs in recovery, and the existence of alternatives to 12 Step programs.
  11. Recognize the existence of Drug Courts, Family Courts, Veteran Courts, and Mental Health Courts as means to better serve specialized populations.
  12. Take the Ethics Pledge and participate in a discussion of legal and ethical issues related to performing auricular therapy.

About the Instructor

Carolyn Reuben is a Licensed Acupuncturist, book author, journalist, educational television script writer, and consultant for drug treatment programs interested in adding nutrition or acupuncture to their existing protocols.

Carolyn graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968 in sociology, worked as a social worker for Alameda County and then as a production assistant for an educational television series in Israel before studying motion pictures and television at UCLA and working 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 moved to China where she studied for three months at the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and for another six weeks at Dongzhiman Hospital, Beijing, before opening her own practice in acupuncture in Los Angeles. 

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 uses a wide variety of pharmaceutical-free treatments for addictive and mood disorders.

CARA currently has contracts providing acupuncture and nutrition services to the Sacramento County Probation Department Drug Court, Kaiser Permanente’s Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, 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 for returning veterans and others needing a holistic, compassionate, and drug-free path to recovery and health. She is also a health recovery/relapse prevention specialist for impaired physicians, attorneys, pilots, executives, and legislators.




30 CEU Hours
April 29 – May 1 of 2016

May 2-5 of 2016

8:00am to 4:30pm

$529 for Professional seeking NADA Training and Practicum
$499 for Professional seeking CEU Credits (no Practicum)
$429 for CSOMA Discount 
$429 for ACCHS Alumni

Register Now

Refund Policy

ACCHS CEU Provider Number: 001
Language of Instruction: All courses taught in English unless otherwise noted
Location of Courses: All courses held at ACCHS (1600 Broadway Ave, Oakland, CA 94606) unless otherwise noted 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing by letter, fax, or email (psettels@acchs.edu).
  • 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.
  • ACCHS is unable to transfer course fees paid for one seminar or course to any other seminar or course.
  • In the unlikely event that ACCHS has to cancel a course due to insufficient enrollment, or for some other unforeseen reason, registrants will receive a full refund.