Video: why study paediatric acupuncture?




This course has been inspiring and life-changing as an acupuncturist.  I feel it has made me a better acupuncturist all round, not only with treating children, but adults too. 

Payal Montague


Completing the paediatric course really has been a truly inspiring experience.  Not only is the content fascinating, but Rebecca’s teaching style and delivery is so clear and effective.  

Lucinda Cotton


This was such an incredible course.  Rebecca is so knowledgeable and is wonderfully skilled at sharing her knowledge, whilst helping you develop your skills a a paediatric acupuncturist.  I highly recommend it.

Rebecca Hicks


This is an absolutely fabulous paediatric course, which will give you the confidence to practise straight away.  Don’t dither – do it!.

Truus Jansen


The course is well organised with great lectures which are excellently delivered.  Rebecca is passionate about her profession and a great advocate for children and their well-being.  I loved every minute of it.

Mandy Horby


The paediatric course was brilliantly taught, very clear and effective, with a good balance of theory and practical.  It was great to have the opportunity to treat children under supervision.  Rebecca is an inspiring teaching and acupuncturist.  

Cal Wansbrough


The paediatric acupuncture course has been outstanding, informative, enjoyable and focussed.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole course and highly recommend it. 

Annie Mills


I highly recommend the paediatric course.  Rebecca’s passion for treating children is inspirational and contagious.  I feel confident to welcome children to my clinic now.  

Sofya Roberts


I strongly recommend this course.  This was one of the best courses I have ever done – if not the best!

Csilla Szabo


Paediatrics diploma 2023

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 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. 

This is a modular course.  Participants may choose any of the following options:

  • Modules 1 and 2
  • All 3 modules
  • Practitioners who have previously done Rebecca’s TCM Academy online course may choose modules 2 and 3, without doing module 1. Please provide evidence of completion when applying

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 

4 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 2023:

The course costs £2,800 for all 3 modules and there is an early bird discount of £150 if you pay fees in full by 24 December 2022. 

There is also the option to take modules 1 and 2 for only £2200, with an early bird discount of £100 if you pay your fees in full by 24 December 2022.

£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.  The clinical days in module 3 may end a little later, at approximately 6pm.

Theory module (9 days on zoom – 10am-5pm - on Wednesdays)

1st March

15th March

29th March

19th April

17th May

7th June

21st June

5th July

11th October 

Practical module (4 days in college – 10am-5pm - Wednesdays and Thursdays)

3rd & 4th May

13th & 14th September

Clinical module (4 days in college – 10am – 6pm - Wednesdays)

8th November

15th November

22nd November

29th November

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 one of the world’s leading authorities on paediatric acupuncture.  She teaches paediatrics both at undergraduate and post-graduate level, in the UK, online and internationally.  Her clinical work is solely with children, both in her private paediatric practice and a low cost community clinic for children, the first of its kind.  She is the author of the textbook Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers, which is now used in colleges all over the world.   She has also written a book for parents and practitioners called Chinese Medicine for Childhood Anxiety and Depression.  Rebecca is known for her clear and warm teaching, which is based upon her experience of working with hundreds of children and their families.

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.