Trauma/PTSD & Recovery in the Context of Chinese Medicine
Learn how to recognize, interview for, understand the neurological mechanisms of, and find the TCM patterns and points for treatment for trauma and PTSD-affected patients.
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Meet your course instructor
Darren Tellier | BA, RAc
Darren’s interest in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine was piqued while studying Chinese philosophy in undergrad studies at the University of Alberta. It was in the field of Chinese Medicine that the esoteric nature of Taoism was blended with the functional order and structure of Confucian ethics. The philosophy became a moving living science, adapting to circumstance through the ages. As an associate professor in the Acupuncture program at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Darren aims to further the evolution of Chinese Medicine by adapting and applying these perennial philosophies to our modern condition. He encourages students to embrace knowledge both old and new so as to ensure their skills are applicable and relevant to the needs of our community. Inspired by Systems Theory, Darren is working to interpret Chinese Medical theory through the framework of Hans Seyle’s General Adaptation Syndrome. Through this perspective acupuncture can be applied to modern conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and General Anxiety Disorder.
This powerpoint presentation on trauma related conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are certainly critical topics not only Chinese Medicine circles, but also with the public at large. It is becoming widely known that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for this syndrome.
If you are struggling to recognize a traumatized patient in your clinic and/or are unsure of effective treatments to use to help them through – then this is the course for you.
In this course, you will learn:
- How to recognize symptoms and conditions that may point to shock and/or trauma as the underlying cause.
- How to interview patients when we suspect they are suffering from the effects of trauma.
- How to re-interpret the neurological mechanisms of the traumatized brain in a Chinese Medical framework.
- What the stages are of treatment involved in unraveling the effects of trauma and stress.
- What other resources or skills are required to work with patients suffering from stress and trauma-related disorders.
Section I | Welcome
2. Course Guidebook
Section II | Recognizing Trauma-Related Disorders
3. Unit Overview
4. Importance of Recognizing Trauma-Related Disorders
Section III | Biomedical Models
5. Unit Overview
6. Current Bio-medical Models of Shock, Stress, and the Long-Term Effects of Trauma on the Mind and Body
Section IV | TCM Viewpoints
7. Unit Overview
8. How Chinese Medicine Describes and Quantifies Fright or Shock
Section V | Mapping & Treatment Strategies
9. Mapping Components of Trauma into a Chinese Medicine Framework + Treatment Strategies
Section VI | Chinese Medicine Strategies
10. The Structure of Trauma: Chinese Medicine Strategies
Section VII | Case Studies
11. Case Studies
13. Course Summary
Students are saying…
“I work in a clinic that treats lots of trauma patients and wanted to better detect trauma, help patients improve, and learn how to clear blockages. Overall a great course by a very knowledgeable teacher. The course was clear and concise and offered good references to get additional information. I highly recommend this course.“
“It’s important to be trauma-informed as health care providers and this was an excellent course to begin learning about treating trauma. Very useful to understand the western mechanisms and symptoms associated with PTSD and relating it to TCM theory.“
“This course was very helpful at putting into context a subject that isn’t directly addressed in TCM very often, with lots of practical advice and protocols suggested. The point prescriptions and strategies presented were very useful.”
“The concept of emotional trauma lodging in the Fu organs was insightful. Inclusion of 5e constructs such as possession, AE and entry-exit blocks in treatment protocols and this course brought deeper meaning as to why they are effective practice. Very impressed.”
“Very insightful. It really brought together Biomedical, TCM, 5 element and psychological perspectives.”
“Excellent course. I will be trying out some of the treatment strategies on clients who have blocks not necessarily due to PTSD. I have clients who will benefit from my knowing how to offer other treatments. I like his teaching style.”
“I found the 3 channel circuit piece relating to trauma and the extraordinary vessel approach really sparked my interest when looking at deeper patterns and the flow or lack of flow in a system. I was reminded of Willhelm Reich”s body-mind work of Bioenergetics.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, I feel better equipped to deal with and recognize PTSD/Trauma in a patient.“
“Good and up to date biomedical information as well as thorough CM info and treatment strategies.”
“A very clear, concise, and well-organized strategy for both diagnosing and treating patients suffering from trauma and PTSD. Darren’s explanation of both the neuro-biological and TCM theories of trauma was very useful. I also found the numerous resources he provided to be helpful in building a varied and effective treatment toolbox.“
“I work with a lot of MVA and concussion patients in the clinic. Very concise and digestible. A unique take on treatment strategies.“
“I found this course to be helpful in viewing trauma through a TCM lens and how it can connect to the Western perspective. Well thought out and organized.”
“I joined this course because psycho-emotional issues are becoming more common. This course was very informative. The breaking down the layers of trauma and how it effects people in different ways, and how acupuncture may assist in the patient’s process and understanding of why they are feeling the way they are were the most useful areas for me.”
Please note, this elective course is for PRC Campus students only.