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Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sky Ute Casino, 14324 Hwy 172 North, Ignacio, CO

Acupuncture is a method of treatment that has been used in China for over three thousand years for a variety of ailments. Using auricular acupuncture, which places acupuncture needles in the ear, for the treatment of addiction is a relatively recent development, but it has been shown to alleviate withdrawal symptoms in certain opiate-dependent patients. This treatment has been extensively studied, expanded, and improved and is now used successfully in the treatment of all types of drug addictions as well as other behavioral health issues including trauma. Benefits include reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine; minimization of withdrawal symptoms; increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation; relief from stress and emotional trauma; discovery of inner quiet and strength; easier connection with counseling; and an intention for recovery. 

The purpose of this training is to offer an opportunity for professionals working within their current scope of practice in Colorado to become competent in the provision of this standardized 5-point ear acupuncture protocol. This includes, but is not limited to, nurses, physicians, acupuncturists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, addiction counselors, professional counselors, and peer counselors.

The three-day training will be held Monday – Wednesday, Sept. 11 – 13, 2023 at the Southern Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colorado (9am-5pm first two days and 9am-4pm third day). A total of 70 hours of training, clinical practice, meetings, and homework are required to attain a certificate of training from the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA).

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is covering the course cost, which is normally $350. Attendees will have to join the POCA and pay for a $50 annual membership.

Applications must be submitted to Libby Stuyt, MD no later than Sept. 1, 2023. The training will be limited to 20 people, so please get your application in as soon as possible.