NADA Ear Acu Training in Guatemala

29 May

Crossroads Acupuncture and Healer2Healer are offering a special NADA ear acupuncture (acudetox) training and cross-cultural experience in Coban, Guatemala. This is a special opportunity to learn this model of care for addictions, trauma, mental health and humanitarian aid, and gain a deeper understanding of indigenous healing for Mayan communities in Central America. You will be learning this technique alongside local community workers in Guatemala.

10 NCCAOM CEU’s (pending approval) for Acupuncturists

Schedule for Training

Live Webinar (TBD): Introduction to the NADA Ear Acupuncture Model (Free for those interested but not committed to taking the training)

Oct 12 and 13: Travel to Guatemala

Oct 14-17 Training in Coban

Oct 18-19: Return Travel

About the NADA training:

  • Fulfills didactic educational requirements for therapists/nurses/health/harm reduction workers to become an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). 26 US states currently allow for non-acupucturists to offer this protocol. Email for specifics on your locality.
  • Students will learn application both in behavioral health/addictions/harm reduction as well as for trauma/humanitarian aid/disaster response. This is a fundamental skillset for any acupuncturist interested in working or volunteering abroad, for disaster relief or working in public health settings
  • Clean Needle Technique and gentle auricular acupuncture skillsets
  • Best practices for managing community acupuncture, NADA ear acupuncture groups, and treating multiple patients in one setting
  • First step for acupuncturists interested in becoming NADA ear acupuncture trainers
  • Communication, and empowerment skills for outreach, advocacy, marketting and public health education on the integration of NADA ear acupuncture into a community health setting
  • Science, research and history of the application of acupuncture for trauma, mental health and addictions
  • Simple, fundamental skills and knowledge for working within addictions recovery
  • Cultural competency for applying acupuncture in general in cross-cultural settings
  • Sustainable community health development for acupuncture-based models of care
  • Training offers materials, internship, support for the process of state and national ADS certification/licensing, and mentorship in starting up your own NADA program

About Participating in the Healer to Healer program:

This NADA training offers you the opportunity to work directly with a local Coban Women’s Group. They have been working with Healer 2 Healer for nearly 10 years and work with other humanitarian groups. They have been treating their own patients as well as driving the force of community change and revival of ancestral Mayan healing practices in Coban and surrounding communities. This October trip connects you directly with other local women’s groups in order to offer an authentic cultural exchange.

Registration: a 2 part process

To reserve your space for this program, please follow these directions:

  1. For the NADA training component:
    1. Early registration discount ends August 7th. The discount will equal $485 and offers you a $150 discount if you pay in full by August 7th.
    2. After 8/7/19, the cost will be $635 for the NADA training component.
    3. Refund at 90% will be given up until 1 month prior to the training. Cancellation afterwards will not receive a refund.
    4. If you are paying by PO or later check, cancellation policy still applies.
    5. Send at least a deposit of $300 to secure your place for the NADA training.
    6. Please make checks out to Crossroads Acupuncture. Crossroads Acupuncture, 1320 S. Solano Las Cruces, NM 88001.
    7. Or to pay by credit card or online, go to this link:
    8. Then email with a letter of interest and a current resume. Questions about the Crossroads ADS training: Call Ryan Bemis: 575-936-0200
  2. For the Healer 2 Healer (H2H) experience
    1. If you are taking this NADA training, in addition you will have to apply to be part of the H2H program. Send an email to and a form will be sent to you automatically. Fill it out and send back via email. We will notify you within 7-10 days.
    2. The cost for participation in H2H will be an additional $650 for the early discount if you pay by July 15th. After this date the H2H cost will be $700. This cost includes all major expenses for your journey while you are in Guatemala:
      1. Group shuttles from hotel in Guatemala City to Coban (and return) (Note: if you miss the shuttles you pay for your own).
      2. Group shuttles in Coban from hotel. (Note: If you miss the shuttle, you pay for your own).
      3. Accommodations: One night in Guatemala City, Coban clinic nights, one night in Antigua
      4. Breakfast for all days
      5. H2H Group Dinners first and last nights
      6. CEU’s for LAc’s (pending NCCAOM approval)
      7. Clinic experience for participants
      8. (Doesn’t include additional meals, snacks or flight to/from Guatemala.)
    3. Learn more about H2hH here. Questions about H2H and this particular group participation: Email Frederic Lim email

About the NADA Training Program

Crossroads Acupuncture, a 501-c-3 organization has trained over a 250 providers in Acudetox since 2011, and has helped communities in the border region provide over 90,000 treatments primarily within underserved areas.  Click here to learn about Crossroads’ NADA Registered Trainer, Ryan Bemis.

Articles/Essays on Crossroads’ training program

Safe space, solidarity and something more than air conditioning, Commencement address by Ryan Bemis at the 2018 Doctoral and Master’s graduating classes at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon

“A Million Tiny Daggers,” Essay within Acid West, by Joshua Wheeler
Residents in violent border city use acupuncture to cope with trauma, by the Border News Bureau:

Helping Mexico’s poor and mentally ill, by the Border News Bureau:

Acupuncture for healing in border communities, By Molly Molloy, Latina Lista

East meets SouthWest, Las Cruces Bulletin story on Crossroads:–cruces-bulletin-by-zak-hansen/

“The community trainer:  Making Acupuncture Accessible,” within “Untold Stories of American Acupuncturists,” by Bonnie Koenig and Jason Stein.

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