Ear Trainings

POCA is committed to making acupuncture as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. The 5 Needle Protocol (also commonly called 5NP, acudetox, or the NADA protocol) is a simple, safe, and effective ear acupuncture treatment that was created for non-acupuncturists to use in treating addiction, trauma, and behavioral health. Building off the legacy of those who developed and championed this treatment for decades, including the Young Lords, the Black Panther Party, Lincoln Detox, and the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, we have created a training program to enable as many people as possible to become Auricular Acu-Technicians (AATs) and use this treatment in their work and communities.

Become an Auricular Acu-Technician (AAT)

Upcoming Trainings

None scheduled at this time. 

Previous trainings have been held in Milwaukee WI, Providence RI, Tucson AZ, and Puerto Rico.

If you are a licensed acupuncturist or certified acu-detox specialist, you can become an AAT (and start the process of becoming a trainer) by attending an in-person training OR completing this online CEU Course.

Learn more about the process of becoming an AAT or trainer here

Questions?  Email us at allears@pocacoop.com

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Note: Completing a training does not guarantee that the trainee will be able to legally practice auricular acupuncture or the 5NP in trainee’s state of residence. To research your own state’s regulations, use this link.

Many states have laws that include NADA or an equivalent training. We have structured our program to meet/exceed those approved standards, and POCA is not in the position to take the responsibility for making sure that this program will be approved by various states across the board.

The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA or POCA Cooperative), and POCA Dept. of Education are separate and distinct entities from POCA Technical Institute (POCA Tech or PTI).  Educational courses and programs offered by POCA or POCA Dept. of Education including, but not limited to, continuing education, Auricular Acu-Technician Training and POCAfests are not controlled or delivered by PTI and are not accredited by ACAOM.  Questions about professional licensure or certification for education received at POCA and/or POCA Dept. of Education should be directed to your local state’s higher education authorizing agency or relevant state licensing/certification authority.

POCA Technical Institute (POCA Tech or PTI) and its master’s-level diploma program in acupuncture are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). PTI’s accreditation status may be viewed at: https://acaom.org/directory-menu/directory/

ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a specialized accreditation agency for institutions and programs that prepare acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners.  ACAOM is located at 8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55347; phone 952/212-2434; fax 952/657-7068; www.acaom.org