Resources from The Art of the Big Damn Clinic

What a fantastic weekend! The workshop WCA put on in Portland this weekend was probably the best opportunity yet for many of us to get clear on what our clinics are becoming: stable, sustainable, and successful. I think we also realized that our cooperative POCA community is a reflection of the collective energy that happens in a humming treatment room: there is so much more happening because we are all in this together.

I have a feeling that a number of collective resources will be born out of this weekend, including new clinics, new punks, and new ideas. For the moment, here is a link to many of the handouts that were developed for the workshop presentations. They are all available as part of your punk/clinic membership benefits under the heading The BDC (that's Big Damn Clinic) in the Mighty CA Wiki, which is accessible through the Wiki tab; and here is a direct link to the files currently uploaded. More to come!

Author: Demetra

I live in San Francisco but I'm from New York, and apparently it shows. I come from a family with some members who have had very troubling illnesses, and I found my way to acupuncture in trying to figure out how to help. My father's illness cost him his small business, his savings, his house, and ultimately his life. I viscerally believe that healthcare should never, ever be limited to those few with money to spare. I see every day how the practice of affordable, community acupuncture can honestly heal the world. I feel a moral and ethical responsibility to do everything I can to make this gentle, powerful community medicine available to everyone.

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  1. Today when I got to my clinic and experienced the start of the week onslaught, I had the lovely thought: “It doesn’t have to be this way!” It was a great workshop and I’m psyched to start working my way towards a BDC 🙂