Video: why study paediatric acupuncture?



"This course has succeeded in giving me the knowledge and confidence I needed to treat babies, toddlers and teens.  For anyone who wants to treat children with acupuncture, I can’t recommend this course enough to you.   Rebecca is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had."  (Olivia)


"I am delighted that I made the decision to take this course.  It is both informative and practical.  Different treatment techniques are covered throughout the course with observation of children and treatments in class.  It is absolutely rewarding to see how well they respond to treatments.  I would definitely recommend this course to everyone who wants to be fluent and confident in treating children." (Albina)


"I am currently half way through the course but already feel much more confident in treating children.  In addition to an improved general understanding of paediatric treatment, I have learned a number of treatment modalities as alternatives to needles; the result of which is my younger patients trust me and enjoy the treatment. The course is very well organised and delivered and is very informative. I thoroughly recommend it." (Alla)


"It a wonderfully informative and supportive course that has given me the confidence I needed to start treating children. It is also enormously enjoyable."(Deborah)


"The course is extremely well delivered and has helped me improve as a practitioner." (Karina)


"The course is very well-structured with lots of practical advice and guidance.  It has taught me to understand and treat babies and children of all ages."  (Alina)


"A really interesting and informative course, delivered in a relaxed and supportive environment." (Penny)


Paediatrics Diploma 2022





This in-depth course will enable you to expand your practice to treat the whole family.  It will fully equip you to treat babies, children and teenagers for a wide range of both physical, mental and emotional conditions. 

All course materials and recordings of the live zoom lectures will be accessible on an online learning platform, which will also host a group forum where participants are encouraged to share ideas and ask questions.

You will be part of a small class.  An emphasis is placed on making the classes not only fascinating and informative, but also enjoyable, collaborative and supportive. 

Course Overview

Module 1 – Chinese medicine paediatric theory

9 days which will be taught as live lessons via zoom

These days will cover:

  • TCM and 5 Element paediatric basics
  • Key paediatric pathologies
  • Aetiology of childhood illnesses
  • Diagnosis and treatment of most commonly seen paediatric conditions
  • Western medical paediatric conditions and red flags

 Module 2 – Paediatric Practical skills

3 days, all taught at the college

These days will cover:

  • Paediatric tui na
  • Shonishin
  • Laser acupuncture
  • Moxa, cupping and gua sha for children

 Module 3 – Paediatric clinical

4 days of treating children, all at the college

These days will cover:

  • Treating children under supervision in the college clinic
  • Discussion of patients
  • Refining practical skills


There are no written exams.  Assessment will take place as the course progresses, in the following way:

  • Short answer questions, done online, between each theory day to check your understanding of the previous day
  • Keeping an ongoing portfolio based on what you see, read and listen to in your daily life that is related to children
  • Assessment of clinical skills will take place during the clinical days

You will also be asked to carry out pre-reading before each theory day. 

Dates and cost 2022:

The course is £2,400 and there is an early bird discount of £150 if you pay fees in full by 24th December 2021.  £100 non-refundable application fee secures a place on the course and is offset against the fees.  

The course runs from 10.00-17.00.

1. Wednesday 2nd March 2022 – Module 1 Theory - Zoom

2. Wednesday 16th March – Module 1 Theory - Zoom

3. Wednesday 6th April – Module 1 Theory - Zoom

4. Wednesday 27th April – Module 1 Theory - Zoom

5. Wednesday 11th May – Module 2 Practical skills - College

6. Wednesday 25th May – Module 1 Theory - Zoom

7. Wednesday 15th June – Module 1 Theory - Zoom

8. Wednesday 29th June – Module 2 Practical skills - College

9. Wednesday 13th July – Module 1 Theory - Zoom

10. Wednesday 7th September – Module 2 Practical Skills - College

11. Wednesday 21st September – Module 1 Theory - Zoom

12. Wednesday 5th October - Module 1 Theory - Zoom

13. Wednesday 2nd November – Module 3 Clinical - College

14. Wednesday 16th November – Module 3 Clinical - College

15. Wednesday 30th November – Module 3 Clinical - College

16. Wednesday 14th December – Module 3 Clinical - College

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

Download an application here and email to Jo Brown, Registrar. To pay the £100 application fee please click here.


Rebecca Avern (course director and principal teacher)

Rebecca is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor and teaching clinic director at CICM.  Soon after qualifying in 2001, she spent 4 years working alongside and assisting Giovanni Maciocia in the writing of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine.  In 2012, she founded an acupuncture centre for the treatment of children in Oxford – the Panda clinic.  She teaches paediatrics at undergraduate and post-graduate level.  She is the author of the textbook Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers, which was published by Singing Dragon in 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 taichi and qigong 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.