Ear Trainings

Auricular Acu-Technician (AAT) Trainings

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, POCA’s Ear Circle created a training program whose mission is to train and support as many people as possible to become AATs and use the 5 Needle Protocol in their work and communities. Auricular Acu-Technicians (AATs) are non-acupuncturists who are trained to treat points on the outer ear using needles, or ear seeds. AAT’s often work in behavioral and mental health fields, in recovery or addiction treatment settings, and sometimes as peers and advocates in a variety of community settings. Training for Auricular Acu-Techs (AAT) also called Acu-Detox Specialists (ADS) involves learning the 5-Needle Protocol, which is also known as 5NP, acudetox, or the NADA protocol. This simple, inexpensive, safe, and effective ear acupuncture treatment created for non-acupuncturists has been used over the last 40 years to address issues related to addiction, support in recovery, trauma, pain, toxic stress and more. 

Note: Each state has its own laws governing the use of 5NP.  Click here to research your own state’s regulations

POCA’s AAT training is designed to meet previously established training standards sometimes described in state laws or regulations as “NADA or equivalent.” Completion of POCA’s AAT training does not guarantee that you will be able to practice legally in your state and each trainee is responsible to research the requirements of the state they intend to practice in.


A current People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) membership is required prior to attending a training. This is a separate $50 fee paid directly to POCA.


TUSCON, AZ with Nobi Pyle

January 8, 2023 
8:30am – 4:30pm

January 9, 2023
8:00am – noon

January 22, 2023 8:30am – 4:30pm

January 23, 2023 8:00am – noon

Cost: $350 (+ $50 for POCA membership)

To register and for more information, contact Nobi at Nobi@TucsonAcuHerbs.com



Friday+ Saturday December 2+3, 2022  OR

Friday+ Saturday January 6+7, 2023

On the application form you will indicate which section you can attend. 
Once your completed application is received, if the section you requested is still open, we will contact you to complete registration. 
If your first choice is not available, but your second choice is, we will let you know when we contact you. 
We can only ensure your spot in one of the above sections once we receive full payment from you. 
Fees: Sliding scale from $280 to $380 and includes online and in-person training. Payment can be made with credit card, check or cash. If your employer is paying for your attendance we can invoice them.
Trainings will be held at Providence Community Acupuncture (PCA) and will be co-led by Susan Murphy, Cris Monteiro, Micaela Foley and Marie Arnberg.


BEDFORD/ LYNCHBURG VA with Shimila Keenum

This is an interactive training using multiple learning methods that will be asynchronous (4 online modules completed independently with two weeks to complete each module), synchronous (4 live Zoom classes to support integration of independent study material) and one full and one half day in person learning. The first module opens January 12th with our first live Zoom class on January 26th. In person dates are Mach 18 and 19th, 2023. The cost is $50 to join POCA as a PUNK member and a separate $400 for the training which can be paid at one time or in two installments. For details / registration, please click here

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

If you are a licensed acupuncturist or certified acudetox 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 — on sale for only $25 through Dec. 1, 2022!

The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA), 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 ACAHM.  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 Herbal Medicine (ACAHM). PTI’s accreditation status may be viewed at: https://acahm.org/directory-menu/directory/

ACAHM 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.acahm.org