Live Seminars

A Certificate Program

We all understand that the COVID era has been challenging, and that we presently have not able to conduct The Apprenticeship Program as a live in-person seminar. However, we are thinking forward, and hope that by the Fall, travel and gathering will be safe. Thus, in October, 2021, we offer our first program in almost two years, which you can see on the Calendar page.

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.

For questions on The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program

If safe to gather and travel, which of course we hope and pray are the conditions,
the next program commences this October, 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