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.


with Phyllis Spears and Robin Jackson

4 days over two weekends:

March 11 & 12, 2023
March 18 & 19,2023

Cost: $350 including supplies and POCA membership fees

Registration due:
March 5, 2023

Phyllis Spears 
Robin Jackson

Space limited to 10 people.

(SLC and Moab)

Salt Lake City in Jan. ’23
Moab in April ’23
Salt Lake City in June ’23

There are three upcoming trainings in Utah with Amy De La Garza, MD and Elizabeth Howell, MD.  Please go to the website for more details and links to register!

Cost for each training is $360 (+ $50 for POCA membership)

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

DENVER, CO in February with Rolli Oden and MK Christian

February 19 and 20, 2023 

at the Raleigh House. 4002 S Quebec St., Denver CO

This is a hybrid training consisting of an online class to be completed before the in-person two-day training event.

The cost of this training is $200 plus the $75 for the online CEU plus $50 membership fee for POCA ($325 total).

Please click here to register and to learn more about MK and Rolli’s trainings, Join POCA here. For more information please call Rolli at 505-590-7901 or email arvo49@hotmail.com.

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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