Acupuncture Professional Foundations

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Introduction

This course begins at the beginning. This course is intended to take people new to the profession from knowing nothing to having a basic grounding in the context, energy and reality of the US acupuncture profession. You should leave feeling grounded, inspired, and with more questions than when you began.

We answer questions like:

  • What are business systems and why do they matter?
  • Isn’t business/money evil? Should I feel weird about making a living for healing work?
  • What’s a business model and how do they apply to acupuncture work?
  • What is this profession I’ve entered? How has it developed and where is it going?
  • How do people make a living doing acupuncture?
  • How do you get licensed – and what does licensure really mean?
  • What sorts of ethical and legal realities exist for acupuncturists? How do you navigate all of that?

Errors, corrections and things that may confuse you

These videos have been recorded over various periods of time and some were part of courses that no longer exist. I create new videos when I discover that is the case – but these things take time. Because I’ve not had time to make all the updates all of the time, you may hear things on the videos that don’t make sense, including:

  • Module or “Week” numbers that don’t make sense
  • References to NUNM/NCNM specifics that no longer apply, or other course or website structures that no longer exist. In general, if you have questions about something that seems relevant to you, just reach out and we’ll straighten it out.
  • References to assignments or other experiential events that are no longer available or happened only in the past. If something sounds interesting, but you don’t see any evidence of it on the site, get in touch and I’ll let you know if it can be found.

There is also some language and a couple of concepts that I am phasing out of my public teaching, including:

  • Use of the word “Tribe” to reference niches – I do not support the use of this word in this manner due to its potentially appropriative connotations. Instead I prefer to use the word niche, community, or if necessary, market.
  • The differentiation between vision and mission, which I do differently now

If you’re all ready, click this link to move on to Module 1.

Introduction

This course begins at the beginning. This course is intended to take people new to the profession from knowing nothing to having a basic grounding in the context, energy and reality of the US acupuncture profession. You should leave feeling grounded, inspired, and with more questions than when you began.

We answer questions like:

  • What are business systems and why do they matter?
  • Isn't business/money evil? Should I feel weird about making a living for healing work?
  • What's a business model and how do they apply to acupuncture work?
  • What is this profession I've entered? How has it developed and where is it going?
  • How do people make a living doing acupuncture?
  • How do you get licensed - and what does licensure really mean?
  • What sorts of ethical and legal realities exist for acupuncturists? How do you navigate all of that?

Errors, corrections and things that may confuse you

These videos have been recorded over various periods of time and some were part of courses that no longer exist. I create new videos when I discover that is the case - but these things take time. Because I've not had time to make all the updates all of the time, you may hear things on the videos that don't make sense, including:

  • Module or “Week” numbers that don’t make sense
  • References to NUNM/NCNM specifics that no longer apply, or other course or website structures that no longer exist. In general, if you have questions about something that seems relevant to you, just reach out and we'll straighten it out.
  • References to assignments or other experiential events that are no longer available or happened only in the past. If something sounds interesting, but you don't see any evidence of it on the site, get in touch and I'll let you know if it can be found.

There is also some language and a couple of concepts that I am phasing out of my public teaching, including:

  • Use of the word “Tribe” to reference niches - I do not support the use of this word in this manner due to its potentially appropriative connotations. Instead I prefer to use the word niche, community, or if necessary, market.
  • The differentiation between vision and mission, which I do differently now