Continuing Professional Development

Due to the global COVID situation, our CPD programme has been reduced, and so the workshop with Lorie Dechar is still date TBC. Click on the links below, or scroll down, for further information on one of these courses then:

** Treating mental illness with TCM - a course for five element practitioners with Chris Nortley - 17th October 2021

** Treating musculoskeletal conditions by integrating    Western and Traditional East Asian Medicine - A workshop with Alex Brazkiewicz - 23rd and 24th October 2021 

First Aid in the workplace - a one day course with Alex Brazkiewicz - September 3rd

- please click here for details, or to book direct with Holos


**  An Introduction to Alchemical Acupuncture – The Five Elements, the Five Spirits and the Spirits of the Points as Portals to Transformation  with Lorie Dechar -  a two day course, also available via Zoom for distant attendees

**  Paediatric tui na - 13th and 14th January 2022 - with Rebecca Avern 

** denotes a course for qualified practitioners only


Treating MSK conditions with western and traditional east asian medicine

This two and a half day course (2 days at TAA and the other half day on Zoom) offers practitioners and final year students an invaluable insight into the successful treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.  It combines classical diagnosis with modern orthopaedic and manual muscle testing, and a systematic approach to the treatment of MSK conditions, all under the expert guidance of Alex Brazkiewicz (acupuncturist, tui na practitioner, osteopath and paramedic).

This course is being offered by Alex, and East West Healthcare, so you will be booking directly with them.

College dates:   23rd and 24th October 

Zoom dates:      TBA by East West Healthcare

Cost:                     £250

An Introduction to Alchemical Acupuncture

An Introduction to Alchemical Acupuncture The Five Elements, the Five Spirits and the Spirit of the Points as Portals to Transformation with Lorie Dechar


A two day course - programme, dates and fees to be confirmed.


Course Dates:    TBC


Location: The Acupuncture Academy, Leamington Spa CV32 4LY

(Zoom may be available for distant delegates at the same cost)


Cost:   TBC

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Paediatric tui na
13th and 14th January 2022
- cost £185

A two day, complete training in the art of paediatric tui na

Paediatric tui na (xiao er tui na) is a wonderfully effective system of medical massage.  It can be used as a stand alone treatment in the clinic with babies and children up to the age of approximately eight.  By teaching parents tui na, you can also empower them to help their children at home, between treatments.


Paediatric tui na is a powerful way to treat both acute and chronic childhood conditions, for example:

  • Fever

  • Chronic cough and asthma

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Digestive problems

  • Bedwetting

  • Skin conditions

  • Developmental disorders

  • Mental-emotional difficulties, such as anxiety


This two day course will enable you to immediately start treating children with paediatric tui na.  You will leave with an understanding of how to diagnose young children, put together and implement a full paediatric tui na routine. 


Using paediatric tui na is a wonderful way to begin treating children in the clinic, without the need for needles. 


Rebecca is a senior lecturer and clinical supervisor at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, UK.  Soon after qualifying in 2001, she spent 4 years working alongside and assisting Giovanni Maciocia in the writing of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine.  After studying paediatrics with Julian Scott, in 2012, she founded an acupuncture centre for the treatment of children in Oxford – the Panda Clinic and her clinical work is now entirely with children.  She is the author of two books:

  • Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers: treating both the illness and the child – a text book for acupuncturists published in 2018

  • Chinese Medicine for Childhood Anxiety – a handbook for practitioners and parents (to be published October 2021)


Rebecca teaches paediatrics in the UK, online and internationally.  Her mission is to train more acupuncturists to feel confident in treating children, to educate parents about the benefits of acupuncture for children and to enable more children to have access to treatment. 


The use of TCM Acupuncture in the treatment of Mental Illness, for Five Element Practitioners




A day of exploring the theory and practice of Acupuncture traditions which have become subsumed under TCM and their application specifically to the treatment of mental illness. We will look at the Acupuncture treatment of mental illness in its historical context whilst drawing out comparisons between traditional Chinese and orthodox Western views of mental health. The emphasis of the day will concern how best to utilise TCM treatment protocols to inform and enhance Five Element-style practise.


Part 1: Historical context:


A look at the history of mental illness and its treatment in China from the development of the concept of Dian Kuang (Madness) in ancient history through to contemporary approaches to Jingshen Bing (Mental illness) in modern practise. We will look at influential schools of thought through China’s history and their contribution to the development of modern TCM. Against this background we will look at developing a better overall understanding of mental illness with the aim of promoting mental health in our clinical practise.


Part 2: Contemporary practise:

  1. An overview of modern theorists/practitioners and their approaches to practise.

  2. A consideration of the underlying acupuncture energetics of mental illness and their manifestation (Ben/Biao).

  3. A look at the most common TCM patterns/syndromes associated with mental illness.

  4. A discussion of these patterns in terms of aetiology and diagnostics.

  5. A comprehensive study of the protocols and points used in the treatment of these syndromes.

  6. A look at the similarities and differences between TCM style and Five Element Practices and a discussion of how best to incorporate these considerations within the clinical repertoire of a Five Element practitioner.


      The day will generally raise and answer questions and common practitioner concerns about working in the field of mental health and will be presented with reference to relevant clinical case study material.

Sunday 17th October 2021

£85 for TAA graduates, £95 for non-graduates

About Chris

Chris worked in mainstream NHS mental health services for thirty-five years, including twenty years as a Clinical Specialist Nurse. He has extensive experience of every clinical setting within hospital and community services. As a Clinical Specialist he developed community mental health services for Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and was instrumental in developing a range of statutory and independent sector community mental health projects and was clinical advisor on mental health to Greater Manchester Police.

Chris concurrently trained as a Medical Acupuncturist in 1986 and along with two Consultant Psychiatrist colleagues operated an Acupuncture Clinic on an unused ward in Springfield Hospital Manchester for eight years voluntarily. In 1994 Chris trained in Five Element-style Acupuncture at CTA Leamington and subsequently was employed to operate a Traditional Acupuncture Clinic, in 1998, at North Manchester General Hospital Department of Psychiatry. This full-time clinic  provided a service for both in-patients and out-patients suffering a diverse range of mental illnesses. In 2004 the clinic received an award from HRH the Prince of Wales for integrating acupuncture into the NHS.

Chris retired from the NHS in 2011 and continues to treat mental health problems in private practise in Manchester, Lancaster and South Lakes.