CE Course Calendar

AIMC Berkeley 2015 Continuing Education Calendar

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March 2015

Integrative Nutrition Through the Seasons – Summer/Fire with Nishanga Bliss

March 28, 2014
9am – 4pm

Approved for California Acupuncture Board – 6 CE hours

@ AIMC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA
Tuition: $155, AIMC Alumni/Faculty $120, AIMC Student $60
Required Text: Real Food All Year by Nishanga Bliss – available for purchase at AIMC Berkeley, or at your local bookseller 

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Course description: Do you need inspiration in the kitchen, for yourself or your clients?  Want to learn how to adapt the teachings of Oriental medicine to the modern American food supply and health challenges? This class initiates the 2015 series of seasonal courses in integrative nutrition and cooking.  We cover traditional and local foods for nourishing the spleen and earth element and the liver and wood element along with seasonal cooking and fermentation techniques. Each course includes lecture, cooking demonstrations, handouts, clinical tools and resources to improve your nutrition counseling and outcomes with clients.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will know how to adapt the teachings of Chinese medical nutrition to the contemporary health concerns of their clients, using everyday foods grown and produced in California. Participants will understand the insights of contemporary research in the nutrition field and be able to counsel their patients in this area. Additionally course attendees will:

  • Be able to adapt a traditional Chinese energetic understanding of food to the industrially produced foods available in the contemporary food supply.
  • Understand the effects of the above foods on the health and organ systems of their patients.
  • Know which traditional and local foods strengthen the elements in accordance with Traditional Chinese Medical Theory.
  • Know traditional food preparation techniques which optimize digestibility and nutrition.
  • Know seasonal foods, recipes and innovative herbal preparation techniques to share with their clients.
  • Be able to implement nutrition counseling, compliance and client outcomes.

Nishanga Bliss, DSc, LAc

Nishanga has been studying and practicing holistic health care for over twenty years, and practicing and teaching Oriental Medicine since 1999. She graduated with highest honors in English and Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley, and went on to receive her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the AmericanCollegeof TCM in 1999. She has just recently completed her doctorate in Nutrition at Hawthorn University.  Nishanga specializes in Internal Medicine with an emphasis on nutrition counseling, women’s health, mental health and HIV. She supervises interns in the student clinic and teaches Oriental Medicine Theory, Diagnosis and Counseling & Psychology classes at AIMC Berkeley. She is the author of the book Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy. Visit her blog at gastronicity.blogspot.com.

May 2015

Shakuju Therapy Seminar with Kobayashi Sensei

Study with an internationally-renowned master of Japanese medicine and learn about Shakuju Therapy developed by Kobayashi Sensei.

May 1-3, 2015
The Hotel Durant, Berkeley

Professional Rates:

  • $565  Early Bird Special, registering by 4/1/2015
  • $550  paying with check
  • $615  registering after 4/1/2015

Student Rates:

  • $465  unlicensed acupuncture students registering by 4/1/2015 (please include copy of student I.D.)
  • $450  paying with check
  • $515  registering after 4/1/2015

Participants in this class will receive 24 CA CEUs & 20 NCCAOM PDAs

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Shakuju Therapy is an effective non-insertive acupuncture technique, using a specially designed silver needle or a teishin needle. It is an approach founded on Oriental philosophy and based on the Qi paradigm, whereby all illness is treated as Qi deviation and stagnation. The ultimate cause of illness is understood to be fundamental cold or Hie. The abdomen and back regions are emphasized in this treatment modality.  Abnormal findings in the abdomen (shaku and ju) are the primary sources of diagnostic information, and treatment is performed on the back according to this diagnosis.

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 using the “webs of fingers and toes”

Day 1 will focus on the basic theory and conceptual foundation of Shakuju Therapy for the beginner and intermediate practitioner. It includes the opportunity for hands-on practice with an excellent student-to-practitioner ratio.

Day 2 & 3 will build upon the information of the first day and introduces the addition of a supplemental treatment for enhancing treatment results. Practical sessions each afternoon will be offered separately for beginners and advanced practitioners.

Kobayashi Sensei

Kobayashi sensei was born in 1942 in Tokyo, Japan. In 1969 he graduated from Toyo Acupuncture College, and in 1972 he graduated from Tokyo Kyoiku University with a degree in Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Teacher Training. He  opened Taishido Acupuncture Clinic in 1972, and began teaching at Kanto Acupuncture College in 1976. In 1980 Kobayashi Sensei developed Shakuju-Kai which is now one of the foremost acupuncture modalities in Japan today. Kobayashi Sensei currently serves as the president of the Shakuju Therapy Association. In 2013 Sensei moved his private practice and teaching clinic in the town of Komae, Tokyo, Japan.

Dr Bear CE Course- Advanced Yuan Qi Theory (“unki ron”): Applications for Clinical Practice

May 29-31, 2015 
9 – 5:30pm

California Acupuncture Board approved for 21 CE hours 

AIMC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA
Tuition- Standard $500, AIMC community $400 (Staff, students, alumni)


The Universe and Human Health: From a classical Oriental Medicine viewpoint, human beings do not exist separately from the forces of the universe. The same forces that affect climate, weather and the tides also have an effect on human health. In this year’s seminar, Dr. Bear (Anryu Iwashima) will lecture on Universal and climactic influences and their effects on the human body. The primary focus of this seminar will be an explanation of Yellow Emperor’s Simple Questions (Su Wen), chapters 66 to 72 (called “Unki” in Japanese). The 7 chapters explain the relationship between the weather and the state of human energy (the six qi), and the relationship between human diseases and abnormal climate.

This seminar will provide a comprehensive approach to acupuncture treatments through lecture, discussion and practical demonstrations. Students will learn the theories contained in the Unki chapters, how to look for evidence of the effects of time and weather on the body, and how to treat the related pathologies. As usual, Dr. Bear will guide students in treating patients affected by the 5 Elements and the 6 Energies.

CaptureAnryu Iwashina (a.k.a. Dr. Bear). Dr. Bear is a master practitioner and teacher of traditional Japanese acupuncture. He began his study at the Tokyo National University for the Blind and trained with Kodo Fukushima, the developer of Meridian Therapy. Dr. Bear’s specialty is contact needling, with which he treats many kinds of disorders. He is particularly adept at treating musculoskeletal problems and pain and numbness; he is also world-renowned for and enjoys a very high success rate treating breach babies.

October-November 2015

6th Japan Acupuncture Seminar: Offered by In-Touch Acupuncture

We are pleased to offer another In-Touch Acupuncture training program in Japan organized by Stephen Brown & Jeffrey Dann in fall 2015.  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). Study the unique traditions and refined skills of Japanese styles of acupuncture and Moxibustion with some of the best teachers in Japan.  Learn about the essence and art of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture and Meridian Therapy with Stephen Brown, the most experienced translator in the field.

October 27 – November 2, 2015
Early Bird Fee: $1,250
Regular fee $1,550
(Deposit $350 before April 30, 2015)

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

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Standard CE Registration and Payment Details

CE Registration Methods
  • 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.

CE Payment Methods

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

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 accounting@aimc.edu; 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