Auricular Acupuncture Training in Copper Canyon and the Sierra Tahuramaras

21 May

Auricular Acupuncture Training in Copper Canyon and the Sierra Tahuramaras

Acudetox for addictions, behavioral health, trauma and humanitarian aid

Training team:  Ryan Bemis, DOM assisted by guest teachers by Will Hall, MA, DiplPW, Lucia Darlach, PhD and Krishna Chari, PsyD
Aug 31 through Sept 5
Cost $800
Applicants should submit a current resume to
  • The opportunity to train alongside indigenous groups from the Sierra Tahuramara
  • Cultural immersion within the Tahuramara indigenous community
  • 1 full day of free time to enjoy the Copper Canyon area
  • Fulfills a portion of the didactic educational requirements for therapists/nurses/health/harm reduction workers to become Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists (NADA)
  • Bilingual English/Spanish training
  • Students will learn application both in behavioral health/addictions/harm reduction as well as for trauma/humanitarian aid/disaster response

*Lodging not included

Offered for:
  • Doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners
  • Counselors, therapists, psychologists and addictions providers
  • Harm reduction, syringe exchange workers and health promoters
  • Community health workers
  • Humanitarian aid workers/first responders


  • Wednesday August 31: Travel day
  • Thursday September 1:  Free day with evening workshop by training team
  • Friday, September 2:  NADA ear acupuncture training
  • Saturday September 3:  Training and demonstration clinic
  • Sunday September 4:  Training, demonstration clinic and graduation celebration
  • Monday September 5:  Travel day
More about acudetox/NADA protocol:
More about Crossroads Acupuncture’s training program:
About the NADA trainer:
Ryan Bemis, DOM, LAc, NADA RT is co-founder and works as Executive Director and an acupuncturist at Crossroads Community Supported Healthcare.   He also works at a clinic treating active duty soldiers, and is co-founder and teacher of a health promotion capacity building program in the Catholic Diocese of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  Ryan is a registered NADA ear acupuncture trainer, and has trained over 130 health workers in the border region including providers at the University of New Mexico, NMSU, Families and Youth, INC, and St Luke’s Health Clinic.  He is nationally certified by the NCCAOM licensed by the state of New Mexico as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, in the state of Texas as a Licensed Acupuncturist, and is certified in NM as a supervisor for behavioral health programs that utilize ear acupuncture.   He received his education in acupuncture at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, NY.  His experience includes working at acupuncture-based clinics such as Hooper Detox Center, Project Quest, and Outside In in Portland, OR.  He is a contributing writer for America Magazine,FronteraList and AcuTake.  He has worked as a policy and public health program consultant for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and other public health and addictions programs.

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