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Acupuncture for adolescents: everything you need to know about treating teenagers with acupuncture

Date(s): 15 December 2022

Time: 10am - 5pm

Eligibility: Acupuncture graduates & 3rd Year students

Venue: This is an online course

Change is stressful, and adolescence is a time of huge change when we transition from childhood to adulthood.  Chinese medicine understands adolescence to be a major ‘gateway’ of life.  Gateways are especially important times where our mental, emotional and physical health can either improve or deteriorate.  

Adolescence in the 21st century in the Western world is uniquely stressful and many of our pre-teens and teenagers are suffering in unprecedented ways.  Acupuncture is of enormous benefit for teens, helping them to maintain a centred core amidst the turbulence that characterizes this time.  

During the day we will discuss: 

  • The CM view of the changes that take place during adolescence 
  • Commonly seen patterns of imbalance that arise during this time 
  • Treatment strategies that really work with teens 
  • How to use acupuncture to support teens’ mental/emotional health 
  • How to successfully build rapport with even the most reluctant teens 
  • How to negotiate necessary lifestyle changes with teens 

You will leave the day feeling confident to begin working with teens in your clinic! 

Please note, this day includes new material so you will gain from it even if you have attended Rebecca’s previous teenager CPD days.  

If you are a staff member from CICM, please contact Laura at LLong@cicm.org.uk to book your place. 


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Rebecca Avern has treated children with acupuncture for over 20 years, and now treats exclusively children and teenagers.  She founded and runs two children’s acupuncture clinics in Oxford, one of which offers affordable acupuncture to children and the opportunity for practitioner internships. 
Rebecca is the author of the textbook Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers and also of Chinese Medicine for Childhood Anxiety and Depression.  She teaches paediatrics in the UK, online and internationally. 




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