Live Seminars

A Certificate Program

We all understand that the COVID era has been challenging, and that we presently are not able to conduct The Apprenticeship Program as a live in-person seminar. Let's first understand how this program, offered for almost two decades, is designed. We will then outline the adaptations that are necessary due to limitations of gathering and travel.

The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program 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. 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.

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Those who complete this course receive a Certificate of Achievement in Acupuncture Sports Medicine.

COVID-19 has altered the way we run our mentorship-style instruction with supervised practice. We have cancelled the in-person Apprenticeship Program scheduled for this fall in California, in keeping with safety guidelines. However, we feel compelled to continue our teaching of orthopedic and sports acupuncture, uninterrupted since our first course in 1986, and thus we have made adaptations to do so safely. The upcoming Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program will commence on October 17, 2020, using Zoom as the primary platform for instruction. We all understand the importance of hands-on experience, and will accept that separate Practicum courses with supervised practice will get scheduled later in the year when it is safe to gather.

We have organized our teachings around three sections of the body – The Shoulder and Upper Extremity, The Low Back and Hip, and The Lower Extremity. Please take a look at the adapted new Apprenticeship Program for 2020-2021.

Each Section will be structured as follows:
1. Live-stream course (2 days/14 hours total)
Two successive Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
A Zoom meeting will conclude each day, from 5:00 to 5:30 pm.
The two-day courses for each of the three sections are approved for 14 PDAs/CEUs by the NCCAOM and the state of California.

2. Mentorship Group Learning (5 hours each/10 hours total)
This portion of the program will follow small group mentorship-style instruction, conducted on the Zoom platform and possibly several of the groups will be live, with masks and social distancing. Subjects will include orthopedic testing, therapeutic exercise, case study discussion, Korean constitution, and acupuncture for enhancing athletic performance.

Mentorship groups are taught by the staff of the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program. At least two modules will be taken during each section. Course content and instructors will vary for each section.

3. Group Meetings with Whitfield (2 hours each/4 hours total)
Each of the three sections will include two group meetings on Zoom for all attendees of the program. Whitfield Reaves will moderate and be available for questions and answers. This will also include case studies and some new topics of instruction. One of our objectives is to build professional community with our attendees in the sports acupuncture specialty.
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Each section will total a minimum of 28 hours of instruction and professional interaction during the 4 to 6 week period. This does not include the Practicum (6 hours per section) which will be scheduled separately in the future.

Note: In order to earn the Certificate of Achievement in Acupuncture Sports Medicine, the Practicum must be completed along with the course work of each of the three sections.

Please see the Calendar page for the exact times and schedules of this 2020-2021 program. All practitioners must apply in order to enroll in this program. We limit the number to maintain a mentorship-style learning environment.

For questions on The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program
The next program commences this spring, 2021.

Supervised Clinical Practice
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We will be using supervised practice with instruction to complement our online teaching programs. Each Practicum will be a one day six-hour course, and will focus on one of the three sections. Whitfield Reaves and his staff of experienced practitioners will host these important hands-on courses.

Practicum 1: The Shoulder & Upper Extremity
Practicum 2: The Low Back & Hip
Practicum 3: The Lower Extremity

To register for the Practicum, you must have completed The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program, the webinar series Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain, or online two-day courses on each of the three body sections.


Acupuncture Treatment of Pain in the Shoulder & 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.
14 PDAs (CEUs), approved by the NCCAOM and the state of California

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.
14 PDAs (CEUs), approved by the NCCAOM and the state of California

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 and the state of California