Video: why study paediatric acupuncture?


A comprehensive course for practitioners of acupuncture designed to enable you to feel confident to effectively treat babies, children and teenagers.

This in-depth course will address why children become ill and how to diagnose and treat them.  We will look at treatment to support the physical and emotional well-being of children, as well as how to treat many common childhood conditions.  Both needling and non-insertive methods of treatment will be covered.

Each day will contain both theory and practice.  Teaching methods will include patients in class, videos and photos.  You will be given written materials to support all lectures, as well as homework assignments. There will also be a written, case history based exam on the final day. The homework assignments and exam will count towards completing the course.


The course will include:

  • Diagnostic methods specific to paediatrics
  • Needle technique and the use of laser pens
  • Paediatric tui na and shonishin (Japanese non-invasive paediatric techniques)
  • 5 Element diagnosis and treatment of children
  • Traditional and contemporary causes of disease in babies, children and teenagers
  • Differentiation and treatment of a wide range of physical ailments commonly seen in the paediatric clinic, e.g. gastro-intestinal and respiratory disorders, headaches, bedwetting, eczema
  • Differentiation and treatment of ‘modern’ conditions seen in children and teenagers such as chronic fatigue syndrome and food allergies
  • Differentiation and treatment of a wide range of psycho-emotional ailments commonly seen in the paediatric clinic, such as anxiety and depression, ADHD, eating disorders
  • The practicalities of working with children and their families
  • Red flags and other salient points from western medicine paediatrics


Dates and cost:

The course is £2,700 and there is an early bird discount of £200 if you pay before 12th June 2018.  This includes £100 non refundable application fee which secures a place on the course and is offset against the fees.  

These dates are provisional and will be confirmed in early 2018 once school term dates are published.

Day 1: Wednesday 26th September 2018

Day 2: Wednesday 10th October 2018

Day 3: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Day 4: Wednesday 14th November 2018

Day 5: Wednesday 28th November 2018

Day 6: Wednesday 5th December 2018

Day 7: Wednesday 16th January 2019

Day 8: Wednesday 30th January 2019

Day 9: Wednesday 13th February 2019

Day 10: Wednesday 27th February 2019

Day 11: Wednesday 20th March 2019

Day 12: Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Day 13: Wednesday 1st May 2019

Day 14: Wednesday 15th May 2019

Day 15: Wednesday 5th June 2019

Day 16: Wednesday 19th June 2019

Day 17: Wednesday 10th July 2019

Day 18: Date TBC 


Entry Requirements

A recognised qualification in acupuncture.  Pre-reading will be suggested for those who have not studied either Five Element or TCM as both are covered on the course. 

How to apply

Please request an application form from Karen Starr or download here


Rebecca Avern (course director and principal teacher)

Rebecca is a mother of two and an acupuncturist with 17 years of experience.  She is a senior lecturer and main clinical supervisor at CICM.  She teaches paediatrics at graduate and post-graduate level both at CICM and TAA.  After studying paediatrics with Julian Scott, she set up The Panda Clinic in Oxford, a clinic solely for the treatment of babies, children and teenagers.  Children now make up approximately 60% of her practice.  Rebecca is the author of Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers (to be published by Singing Dragon Autumn 2018). 


Danny Blyth (teacher)

Danny practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine on adults and children in Cheltenham.  Graduating from CICM in 1998, he has post-graduate diplomas in Chinese Language (Mandarin), Chinese Herbal Medicine, Academic Practice (PGCAP), and a certificate in Paediatric Acupuncture from Julian Scott.  He has undertaken further studies at Guangdong Second Provincial Chinese Medicine Hospital, and clinical training with Ken Lloyd over a seven year period.  He has taught Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition at graduate and post-graduate level since 2001, and Tai Chi and Qi Gong since 1995.  


Lynn Diskin (Conventional medicine teacher)

Lynn is a mother of two, has worked in paediatrics for nearly 20 years and has been a consultant paediatrician in Bath since 2013. She manages children with a range of general paediatric problems in both acute and outpatient settings and specialises in managing young people with diabetes and renal problems. She is a firm believer in acupuncture and has seen its benefits on her own children.


Julian Scott (guest teacher)

Julian has been treating children for 40 years.  He first qualified at ICOM and then studied further in China.  He is the author of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Children, which transformed the perception and practice of paediatric acupuncture in the West.  He has co-founded children’s clinics in England, Israel and the USA.  He lectures on paediatrics as well as other topics internationally.