MAS Training and Self-Care Resources

MAS instructs, hosts and sponsors various acupuncture-related training workshops.  This is how our staff acupuncturists can share aspects of our extensive clinical experiences and pass them on for further use and refinement.

In addition to available workshops, we are happy to provide an ever-growing depository of self-care direction.  One of the many lessons learned from the pandemic lockdowns was there's an eager audience for do-it-yourself information about acupressure, in the absence of one's regular acupuncture treatments.  

We're happy to offer MAS-endorsed simple self-care information that has proven useful to many.

Become a Certified Ear Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) in New Hampshire

Ear acupuncture is practiced by New Hampshire certified ADSes in a variety of mental health and substance use treatment settings including: Concord Hospital, Weeks Medical Center, The Farnum Center (Manchester), Process Recovery and Gate House (Nashua), Safe Harbor Recovery Center (Portsmouth), and in private counseling practices. 

MAS offers a 70-hour training program for Auricular Acupuncture Technicians through the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA). This program equips qualified individuals with the skills to administer the 5NP auricular (ear) acupuncture protocol. This safe and effective protocol helps address physical and emotional symptoms related to toxic stress, drug and alcohol detox, chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, depression, trauma, shock and addiction recovery. This training is approved by the New Hampshire Board of Acupuncture Licensing towards certification as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS).

Benefits of ADS Certification:

  • Expand Your Skill Set: Ear acupuncture enhances all other services. Licensed healthcare professionals, peer counselors, and recovery specialists can enhance their existing skill-set and get better treatment outcomes with the addition of ear acupuncture. 
  • Increase Patient Access: This program fosters greater accessibility to ear acupuncture for harm reduction, detox and stabilization, and support for long term recovery.
  • Evidence-Based Treatment: Ear acupuncture is recognized by SAMHSA in Treatment Improvement Protocol #45. The 5-point treatment, the specific protocol taught in the program, is a supportive tool for addiction recovery. It has a proven track record in managing stress, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and trauma.

Program Structure

This hybrid program offers a convenient blend of online learning modules, a focused weekend of in-person instruction, and supervised clinical practice at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery in Manchester. The program is designed to equip participants with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills for safe and effective ear acupuncture administration.

Certification and Supervision

Following successful completion of the program, participants earn their ADS certification. New Hampshire mandates bi-annual renewal of the certification and requires certified ADSes to have two site visits a year under the general supervision of a licensed acupuncturist. MAS is happy to help with general supervision.

Investing in Your Community's Well-Being

By becoming a certified ADS practitioner, you can contribute significantly to the well-being of your community. This program equips you with the skills to offer a valuable and evidence-based treatment modality to those seeking relief from a variety of health concerns.

Want More Information

If you are interested and would like more information about how ear acupuncture is used in public health settings, take a short online course: Acupressure with ear seeds for public health, self-care, and community wellness. You will find it here (coming soon!).

We also recommend the following terrific videos about ear acupuncture:

Unimagined Bridges   

Restorative Justice Practices: Ear Acupuncture | UIC Law

Dope Is Death

The next Certified NH Ear Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) Training:

Ear Acu Training 2024xd

Here MAS acupuncturists and our colleagues, share favorite information relating to ear acupressure techniques with seeds and massage.

In the meantime, here are some pictures from recent workshops.

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Find the DIY video series here.

From video creator and MAS acupuncturist Elizabeth Ropp:
This was my 2020 Shelter in Place project. The videos were created in response to requests from patients.
If you have a request for a topic that we did not cover, please let us know and we will try to create one.



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