Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley

CE Course Calendar

AIMC Berkeley 2016 Continuing Education Calendar

Click on the course titles below to reveal details, pricing, instructor bios, and registration information.

January 2016

Traditional Japanese Moxibustion Therapy with a focus on Gynecological Disorders

Traditional Japanese Moxibustion Therapy with a focus on Gynecological Disorders
with Junji Mizutani

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Moxibustion Therapy was mentioned as an integral part of treatment in the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen (150 BCE). It is a stand-alone therapy, useful in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions. It is also one of the most useful health preservation therapies. Junji will provide an introduction to moxibustion, its functions and indications. This workshop will focus on many of the most widely used techniques as developed by Japanese practitioners, with examples of treatment strategies.

In this course you will learn direct moxibustion, a traditional and comfortable style of moxibustion treatment commonly used in Japan. This is a hands-on, practical course that will provide you with useable skills in two days. This seminar will cover the theory and physiology of moxibustion, and how to practice safe, comfortable and effective moxibustion directly on the whole body. Junji will demonstrate all techniques and there will be time for practice and questions. He will cover a variety of treatment strategies, local, whole body (Sawada style), special effect points, autonomic nervous system balancing, needle and moxa combinations etc. There will be a special focus on gynecological disorders.

Weekend participants will learn: (Junji will cover moxibustion for gynecology disorders. He will share some of his personal clinical experience and cases. He will demonstrate how to use these in treatments.)

-An introduction to the functions and indications of traditional Japanese moxibustion therapy
-How to palpate and accurately locate points requiring moxa, sensations felt by patients
-Sawada style whole body treatment
-Local treatment and special effect points
-Autonomic nervous system balancing treatment
-Combination needle and moxa treatment
-Some examples of traditional Japanese indirect moxibustion
-When is enough moxa enough?

Reviews of Junji’s previous courses:

“Junji Mizutani was led to the practice of traditional Japanese medicine through a teacher practicing the Sawada style, he has a passion for traditional approaches coupled with a no-nonsense pragmatism. Direct moxa has a central role in the Sawada style and he has remained close to his roots while absorbing other approaches. Junji has established himself as an authority and proponent of moxibustion in North America.” —Stephen Brown

“I have attended Mizutani Sensei’s moxibustion workshop five times. The information and techniques that Sensei teaches are immediately applicable in the clinical setting. The use of case studies and demonstration helps to seamlessly tie together the didactic and practical information.” –Stephanie Duggins, L.Ac.

 “Mizutani Sensei has taken what most have found to be a difficult and technical skill, requiring years to perfect, and effectively taught our entire class how to safely perform direct moxa in two days. This is the fast track if you want to develop skills in okyu.” –Coleman McMurphy

Junji Mizutani, RAc, a leading authority of moxibustion in the West, is the director of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine (NAJOM). He graduated from the Japan Central Acupuncture College in 1983 and has been practicing and teaching shiatsu, acupuncture and moxibustion for 24 years. He taught Shiatsu at Kikkawa College and Shiatsu School of Canada, and served for three years as the president of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario. The author of Practical Moxibustion Therapy, he currently practices in Vancouver, B.C., and lectures in the U.S. and Canada.

Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31, 2016 (9am – 5pm)

Approved for California Acupuncture Board – 14 CE hours
Location: AIMC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA

Standard $400, AIMC Berkeley Community (alumni/faculty/staff) $300, AIMC Berkeley student $200
Early Bird discounts until December 31, 2015:
Standard $300, AIMC Berkeley Community (alumni/faculty/staff) $240, AIMC Berkeley student $150

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February 2016

Practice Building and Community Acupuncture with Donna Chang, L.Ac, MSOM

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In this daylong workshop, Donna Chang, founder of Alameda Community Acupuncture, will teach the foundations of acupuncture management and entrepreneurship. Community Acupuncture is both a practice form in which several people are seen simultaneously, and a movement, committed to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to regular people with ordinary income.  Elements of practice- building covered within this workshop include:

  • identifying the business model you will be most successful in
  • Identifying your target market and how to best serve this market.
  • Building rapport and trust with patients in a short time.
  • Achieving high return rates and getting patients to follow your treatment plan.
  • Achieving the efficiency in communication and diagnosis that makes it possible to treat several patients in an hour.
  • Building scalable administrative systems that ensure the clinic runs smooth
  • Doing numbers projections and sales analysis.
  • Marketing from the heart and achieving visibility in the community.

February 6, 2016

6 CE units
Standard Tuition: $155
AIMC Alumni/Faculty Tuition: $120
AIMC Student Tuition: $60

Instructor Bio:

Donna Chang’s search for better ways to improve my health led her to study natural medicine, self-care principles, nutrition, and ultimately to get a master’s degree from Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. There, she also participated in externships at San Francisco Prenatal Homeless Clinic and the West Berkeley Lifelong Medical Center.   After graduation, Ms. Chang founded Alameda Community Acupuncture.

Alameda Community Acupuncture is a member clinic of People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA)–a cooperative made up of patients, acupuncturists, organizations, volunteers, and 200+ clinics. Together, we are committed to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to regular people with ordinary income. Her specialties include holistic vision care, nutrition, women’s health, pain reduction, digestive health, immunity and stress management.

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Body-Mind Medicine Online CE Course

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February 1-28, 2016

AIMC is honored to introduce our new online Continuing Education programs.  This course will be offered through an online platform that provides participants with greater flexibility in scheduling their studies.  Participants can choose when, during any given week, to log onto the classroom—and do so in the convenience of their home or office.

The field of mind-body medicine has been undergoing rapid growth in the past 20 years. The first significant breakthrough was the development of MBSR, an intervention that uses mindfulness techniques to recalibrate the body’s response to stress. Ultimately, integrative health calls us to see the client as someone who exists within social, cultural, emotional and spiritual worlds-and to bring awareness of these contexts into our work with them.

Within this course, we will explore the implications of this integrative vision for health practitioners, and consider current research into mind-body medicine that illuminates the power of consciousness in the creation of somatic, psychological, and spiritual health.  And we will learn mindfulness-based stress reduction as a way of employing this integrative vision in day-to-day life.

12 CE units

Standard Tuition: $155
AIMC Alumni/Faculty Tuition: $120
AIMC Student Tuition: $60

Instructor Bio:
 Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D. has combined an academic career with her vocation as a spiritual teacher. Ji Hyang teaches Integrative Health at California Institute for Human Science, and serves as Coordinator of Student Services at AIMC. Additionally, she has served as a meditation teacher at Wellesley College, Harvard University, Boston University, Babson College, Esalen Institute and Omega Institute.

Ji Hyang has done intensive Zen training and teaching in Asia and North America for 20 years, and is certified in Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction.  She has completed several 90-day intensive retreats in Korea and North America.  Ji Hyang has also served as Director and Abbot of Cambridge Zen Center, one of the largest Zen Centers in the country. She is gifted at finding an entry-point into mindfulness practice for people who are just beginning their journey.

Ji Hyang holds a doctorate in psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology/ Sofia University.  Her dissertation research focused on consciousness & healing, through the lens of traditional Buddhist healing practices Her first book, Zen Practices for Transformative Times, was released by Quest Books in 2013. Ji Hyang is currently writing a second book based on her original research on consciousness & healing.   Her writing has also been published in the collections Our Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interfaith Encounters and Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work.

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March 2016

Medical Qigong in Clinical Practice

This weekend course will introduce the key elements of medical qigong therapy, a hands-on-healing and Qi emission therapeutic practice which has been used for centuries to balance and restore healthy energy flow in the body, mind and spirit. Based on Daoist and Chinese medical theory, medical qigong is a powerful and effective healing system that can be used easily incorporated into any clinical practice.

This course will provide students and practitioners from across healing disciplines the opportunity for self-cultivation, in depth understanding of Chinese medicine theory as it applies to energy work, and experiential practice of medical qigong therapeutic treatment techniques.

In this course you will:

  • Cultivate your own Qi and learn techniques to build and strengthen your own energy as well as your physical, emotional and spiritual well-being
  • Learn practices to establish healthy energetic boundaries to protect and conserve your energy as a health practitioner
  • Enhance your qi-sensing abilities and learn to read, diagnose and treat qi imbalances in the body
  • Master key medical qigong therapy techniques to apply directly in your clinical practice.

The course will be offered by Suzannah Stason, L.Ac, CMQ, CQT a licensed acupuncturist, medical qigong therapist and teacher, and meditation practitioner. Suzannah has a degree in mind-body health from Stanford University and has over 6 years of qigong teaching experience throughout the Bay Area. She has taught qigong courses at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kaiser, Atria Senior Living, Breath of the Dao Chinese Medicine Clinic and at several private events and conferences. She is currently adjunct faculty at the Acupuncture and Integrated Medical College in Berkeley, California. Suzannah also runs an acupuncture and medical qigong practice in San Francisco where she also teaches regular public qigong classes. Find out more at

This course is pending approval for 15 CAB CE units.

Standard – $375 (Early Bird until 2/15/16 – $325)
Alumni/Faculty – $325 (Early Bird until 2/15/16 – $275)
Please see calendar above to Register for the course.

April 2016

Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy Nogier Style in Lyon, France

Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy Nogier Style: AIMC Continuing Education Course in Lyon, France
Study with Dr. Raphael Nogier at the Groupe Lyonnais d’Etudes Medicales in Lyon

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Monday April 18-Friday April 22 (No classes on Wednesday April 20)

Dr. Raphael Nogier is one of the most sought after teachers in Europe. In addition to his seminars, Dr. Nogier also trains medical doctors from around the world at the Groupe Lyonnais d’Etudes Medicales in Lyon, France. There he holds a year round two-year program. His style of teaching is easy to understand and to learn. As the son of Dr. Paul Nogier (the father of Auriculotherapy), “teaching is in his blood”. As a physician with a full time medical clinic and a busy schedule of teaching seminars, Dr. Nogier continues to bring the knowledge of this medicine to help 1000’s of patients that seek him out from around the world every year.

Tuition Standard: $1,400
AIMC Faculty/Alum/Staff: $1,200
Pending California Acupuncture Board approval for 30 CE units

 Estimated out of pocket expenses
$1,400                   Airfare (estimated)

$400                       Food @ $50 day
$300                       Misc.
$2,365-$2,400 (approx.) out of pocket
(Purchase your own accommodation for 7 nights)

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Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of how this medicine works and how to apply it. AIMC Berkeley students who successfully complete the course (including 60 hours of out of class preparation) will received 2 elective credits.

First part: history of Auriculotherapy, ear anatomy, scientific research
Second part: practical applications, Electrical detection of the point (how to use frequencies A, B, C, D, E. F. G. L), treatments, obstacles, master points, specific treatments as:

  • anti-smoking: techniques and results
  • tinnitus
  • Zona
  • Endocrine conditions: puberty, menopause, menstrual conditions
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obesity: physiological path – hypothalamus, pancreas
  • Protocols

Shakuju Therapy Seminar

This workshop is not hosted by AIMC Berkeley, it is located at Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco.

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24 CA CEUs

Seminar Early Bird Rate: $620 online or $600 by check (before March 1st)
Regular Tuition: $670 online or $650 by cash or check
Student Rate: $465 online or $450 by check (if postmarked by March 1st)
Regular Tuition: $495 online or $480 by cash or check

AIMC Berkeley is proud to support our friend in San Francisco for this Shakuju Therapy Seminar with internationally renowned teacher, Master Kobayashi Sensei, and several teachers from Japan in Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco, California on April 29th, 30th, and May 1st. Translation by Stephen Brown, L.Ac.

Study with an internationally-renowned master of Japanese medicine and learn about Shakuju Therapy developed by Kobayashi Sensei. It is an effective acupuncture non-insertive technique using a specially designed silver needle or a teishin needle.

Visit the Shakuju Seminar page for more information about the event. Please visit the Shakuju Association website for more information on Master Kobayashi and Shakuju Therapy.

At the end of this seminar, participants will be ready to:

  • Demonstrate basic root treatment with Shakuju and Teishin needles
  • Apply methods for diagnosing the sho using the abdomen and pulse adjustment
  • Use non-insertive techniques such as contact needling
  • Include a supplemental treatment for local application

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November 2016

7th Japan Acupuncture Seminar

Experience the diversity, integration, and excellence in Japanese traditions of acupuncture and moxibustion.

Another In-Touch Acupuncture training program in Japan organized by Stephen Brown, Jeffrey Dann & Heather Suzuki is being offered next fall. Practitioners with an interest in Japanese styles of acupuncture and moxibustion are invited for a one of a kind educational and cultural experience in Tokyo and Utazu (on the island of Shikoku).

Training programs and Instructors




Instructors Q


Training Program




Nov 6


Stephen Brown, Jeffrey Dann,

Heather Suzuki


Orientation meeting

Omori Tokyu REI Hotel

Nov 7


Kouya Miyakawa


Intensive training on Japanese traditional style of palpation and point locations with a particular focus on instruction of palpation technique of meridians and point locations for flow acceleration. Individual coaching session follows.  




Goto College

Omori, TOKYO


                               ( Welcome dinner party)
Nov 8



Takahiro Funamizu


A diverse approach to psychological disorders with Meridian therapy acupuncture combined with extensive teishin non-insertive acupuncture

Nov 9


Katsuhiro Yamada


A leading senior proponent of Sawada style acupuncture A particular focus on gentle technique of direct moxa. Root treatment by balancing of five organs with Taiji approach. Demonstrations of treatment of specific disorders and individual coaching session.
Nov 10


Group Travel


Morning: Omori, Tokyo to Utazu, Kagawa (SHIKOKU)

Afternoon:  Free




Nov 11


Free Day


Optional guided tour to two local attractions: Shikoku-mura (trad. village) Ritsurin Koen (trad. garden). Led by Heather Suzuki. Inquire about details. Q
Nov 12


Optional Morning special session: ZEN meditation experience
Yoko Oasa Japanese style gentle facial acupuncture and body balancing treatment; a dynamic innovator to bring acupuncture into the mainstream Japanese world of fitness and personal well being
Nov 13



Akizo Okada Essence of Meridian Therapy diagnosis and treatment with a special focus on pulse diagnosis & whole body balancing
                                 ( Farewell dinner party)

(NCCAOM& California CEU 35 hours will be applied)
(Deposit $350 before April 30, 2016)

Early Bird Fee: $1,450 (First time) Regular fee $1,700
Early Bird Fee: $1,250 (Returning) Regular fee $1,450

 Tuition excludes food, transportation & accommodations.
(Welcoming dinner and goodbye party are included.)

JAPAN 7 –  Payment Plan 2015 2016
First time participant Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Early bird discount ($1,450) $350 deposit (refundable) due before 4/30                      Non-refundable after 5/1 Balance payment $1,100 (refundable) before 7/31, Non-refundable after 8/1
Regular fee ($1,700)   Non-refundable deposit after 5/1 Balance payment $1,350 due before 9/30, non-refundable after 8/1
Returning participant Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Early bird discount ($1,250) $350 deposit (refundable) due before 4/30                      Non-refundable after 5/1 Balance payment $900 (refundable) before 7/31, Non-refundable after 8/1
Regular fee ($1,450)   Non-refundable deposit after 5/1 Balance payment $1,200 due before 9/30, non-refundable after 8/1

For more detailed information and registration please contact Heather Suzuki at (please put Japan 7 in the subject header)

Sponsorship by: Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley (AIMC Berkeley) and International Institute of Health and Human Services, Berkeley

Collaborating: Goto College of Medical Arts and Sciences

Organizations: Shikoku Medical Collge

Traditional Japanese Medicine (Meridian Therapy Association)


(TOKYO Seminar) * Hotel rates are subject to changes
Special rates (single $90, twin  $125) are available at Omori Tokyu REI Hotel
(5 minute walk from seminar location in Tokyo)

(SHIKOKU Seminar)
Special rates (single $45, twin  $90) with breakfast are available at Hotel Sunroute Seto-Ohashi (1minute from UTAZU JR station and 15 minute walk from seminar location in Shikoku)

  • More detailed information about instructors and courses will be made available in the near future
  • Additional guided tours around Shikodu after the sminar as well as clinical observation opportunities in Tokyo with Heather Suzuki before the seminar is available on request. Inquire about these opportunities and the additional fees

Standard CE Registration and Payment Details

  • Register Online: Please use the green buttons following the title of each course to register online.
  • Register by Phone: Please call the CE Program Coordinator at 510 666-8248 x106.

To complete the registration process and reserve your space for the seminar, payment must be received by the AIMC Berkeley Accounting Department within 7 days of completing the online registration. Your registration is not complete until your payment is received in full. AIMC students, faculty and alumni receive discounts on classes.

Pay by Credit Card or PayPal via Online Registration:

  • When registering online, please select PayPal to make a payment using your credit card.
  • You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay online; PayPal accepts payments from Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, and more

Pay by Phone:

  • Please call the AIMC Berkeley Accounting Department at 510 666-8248 x106 to make a credit card payment over the phone.

Pay by Check:

  • Please make your check payable to “AIMC Berkeley”
  • Include the CE Course name on the memo line of your check.
  • Mail to AIMC Berkeley Accounting Department, 2550 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704 – marked “Attn: CE department”

Pay by Cash:

  • Cash payments are accepted in person at AIMC Berkeley, 2550 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704

CE Course Cancellation and Refund Policy

Unless explicitly stated in the description of the course, the AIMC Berkeley CE Course Cancellation and Refund Policy follows accordingly:

  • Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received by the AIMC Berkeley Accounting Department no fewer than 7 days prior to the first class.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 7 days prior to the first day in the course.
  • Please submit requests for refunds via email to; in writing to 2550 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704; or via fax to 510 666-0111, Attn: Accounting Department.
  • All requests for refunds must be approved by the Accounting Department.
  • Approved refunds will receive a full refund less a $50.00 administration fee, and will be processed within 30 days of approval.
  • AIMC Berkeley is unable to transfer course fees paid for one seminar or course to any other seminar or course.
  • AIMC Berkeley reserves the right to cancel seminars with insufficient enrollment. A full refund will be granted in this case and refunds will be processed within 30 days of cancellation.

Contact for More Information

Peter Blackman
AIMC Berkeley
510-666-8248 xt 103