Acupuncture for Dentistry

Venue: North East Clinic, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Dates: 13th-14th July, 14th September 2019
Tutors: Dr. Carl Clarkson & Dr. James Field
Cost: £750

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13th July 2019

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This three-day Foundation course, specifically tailored for dentists, provides acupuncture training for oral-facial conditions. We will integrate a diverse, high quality evidence base with the clinical and academic experiences of Dr. Carl Clarkson and Dr. James Field. Through a fusion of theoretical and practical-skills based learning, delegates can be assured that they will be able to effectively, confidently and safely deliver acupuncture in day-day clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

On Successful completion of an Acuphys foundation acupuncture course, the student is expected to demonstrate:

Safe application of acupuncture

An understanding of contraindications, precautions and potential side effects of acupuncture

Effective management of acupuncture side effects

Knowledge of prominent, pertinent and up to date evidence supporting the use of acupuncture

Integration of acupuncture into usual practice

A theoretical knowledge on how acupuncture works

Suitable identification, and subsequent needling, of prominent and commonly used acupoints

Course Content:

Acupuncture safety

Chronic and persistent orofacial pain

Burning mouth syndrome

Trigeminal / neuropathic pain


Bells / facial Palsy

Headaches (to include migraine, tension type headache, trigeminal autonomic cephalagia’s)

Myofascial pain syndromes (e.g. Triggerpoints)

Assessment Criteria

An assessment provides a degree of evidence that learning has occurred, hence why an assessment is part of any training course. However, assessment for learning strategies try to ensure that the assessment isn’t just a means to an end, but should help to inform your own practice (and learning along the way). The formative assessment, which must be passed in order to complete the course, requires the delegate to relay contraindications and pre cautions to the course tutor followed by a demonstration of safe needling on another person. The summative assessment, to be completed within 6 months, requires the submission of a reflective case portfolio to cover the following aspects of 10 cases:

Treatment planning and informed consent
Needling points, preparation and technique (Using the STRICTA checklist will be helpful to ensure your acupuncture reporting covers all appropriate bases)
Post operative instruction and outcomes, including any adjunctive dental interventions
Three clear and explicit learning outcomes for each case

The reflective style of the portfolio will be marked separately, and must demonstrate engagement with (as outlined by Field & Vernazza 2013):

descriptive, dialogic and critical reflection
differing levels of exploration
different frames of reference

There is no word limit for the portfolio but the suggested range would be 500-600 words per case


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