Hosting an ATS Teaching Program

Association for Traditional Studies Seminar & Course Offerings

Thank you for considering hosting an ATS teaching program! Below is a brief overview of how ATS works with hosting organizations, as well as the list of courses being offered in 2017. If after careful review you would like to book a seminar or seminar series, please email us at ats@traditionalstudies.org to begin organizing dates and content.

Regards,

Andrew Nugent-Head

president, Association for Traditional Studies

What Kind of Seminars Does ATS Offer?

Association for Traditional Studies (ATS) seminars feature Andrew Nugent-Head, JulieAnn Nugent-Head or James Cattermole teaching clinically focused classical Chinese medicine. Be it in acupuncture, herbal formulas or medical bodywork, every class draws from pre modernized Chinese medicine and is focused on being practical, tangible, and patient oriented.

Types of Seminars ATS Offers:

  • Stand alone single seminar, which does not require ATS website membership to access video lectures prior to the seminar. All lecture and practical portions are presented on location OR the online lecture material is free to view. This is usually the best choice for hosts unfamiliar with ATS or unsure of their audience.
  • Stand alone single seminar, which does require ATS website membership for each person to access video lectures prior to the seminar. This is a ‘flipped classroom’ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipped_classroom) model so that the dominant part of the in person portion of the seminar is focused on practical/partnered work as well as question and answer between audience and presenter. This is an excellent choice for those who are already familiar with ATS, have a built in audience, and wish to see what the in-depth course experience would be like while only committing to one seminar.
  • In depth, multi-module seminars making use of the flipped classroom model. Participants watch hours of video lecture prior to each module and then work on practical training in person. The host is committing to the training curriculum ATS uses at the ATS teaching facility and gives the greatest depth in training ATS can currently provide.

Financial Considerations for Hosting a Seminar

The financial commitment for hosting a seminar is quite simple. ATS’ honorarium is either 60% of the gross take of the seminar, or a guaranteed minimum per teaching hour, whichever is greater. Both sides (host and ATS) pay all their own expenses, and neither side deducts or asks to be compensated for any expenses that may unexpectedly appear. The minimum guarantee is different per location and presenter, and is as follows:

  • Andrew Nugent-Head minimum guarantee per teaching hour:

– domestic United States: $500 per teaching hour minimum guarantee

– international locations: $800 per teaching hour minimum guarantee

  • JulieAnn Nugent-Head minimum guarantee per teaching hour:

– domestic United States: $375 per teaching hour minimum guarantee

– international locations: $600 per teaching hour minimum guarantee

  • The hosting organization must pay $1,500 non refundable deposit for booking a seminar at the time of agreement. No seminar is considered booked until this fee is paid. This deposit is deducted from the honorarium earned by ATS.
  • The hosting organization may cancel the seminar, only forfeiting the non refundable deposit up to 60 days before the first day of the seminar.
  • The hosting organization agrees to pay 50% of the total teaching hours if they cancel the seminar within 60 days of the first day of the seminar.
  • Neither host nor presenter are held financially responsible for a seminar that cannot be held due to acts of nature, catastrophic events, or other influences beyond the power of the host or presenter.
  • Please note that all bank transfer, currency conversion and any other fees associated with payment of the honorarium to ATS are the responsibility of the host and will be paid for in full by the host.

Audio & Video of Seminar

  • All seminars featuring ATS presenters are filmed by ATS. Live seminar footage will be made available to all attendees of the seminar who are active ATS Website Members for free, and will be available to them for review as long as they are active website members. All rights to the footage from the seminar belong to ATS.
  • The host and participants are not allowed to audio or video the seminar themselves, and the presenter reserves the right to stop the seminar and/or ask a participant to leave who is found recording the seminar.

Stand Alone Seminars not requiring subscription membership for participants

Tangible Qi in the Clinic

This seminar first focuses on what ATS calls Demystifying Qi, creating a grounding of what Qi really is and isn’t as well as a common language for participants to use together. This is followed by what ATS calls Developing Tangible Qi, which is seeing and training in how to tangibly and reliably affect Qi in patients by applying hand techniques to the skin, connective/muscular tissue, and skeletal system. Throughout, participants train in the Eight Storing Qi & Developing Sensitivity Practices, as well as learn how to adapt their own personal cultivation exercises to the clinical application of tangible Qi manipulation for reliable, repeatable treatment results. This seminar is open to both acupuncturists and bodyworkers, as the practical work does not involve the use needles. It is also the required foundation seminar for anyone wishing to take any of the in-depth acupuncture and bodywork training courses offered by ATS. This seminar uses the flipped classroom model, requiring participants to watch a series of free lectures prior to attending the seminar.

  • This seminar can be taught by Andrew Nugent-Head or James Cattermole

 

The Nine Essential Needling Techniques to Tangibly Manipulate Qi in the Clinic

A needle is not meant to be inserted into a point, but to manipulate the Qi of a patient. The point is only a location, and its actions can only happen reliably with correct manipulation of the needle. Understanding how to change the motion and intensity of our needling hand and supporting hand as well as our body weight is critical to moving beyond insertion and hoping for results. These are the foundations for being able to tangibly creating warming, cooling, movement along the channels, gathering, spreading, filling or emptying sensations in our patients. Without these essential hand and body skills, we cannot hope to have predictable responses and reliable clinical results.

In this seminar, Andrew walks through the physical mechanics of each technique as well as demonstrates them on volunteers from the audience to the keep the presentation practical. The Nine Essential Techniques covered are:

  1. Burning Mountain 燒山火法
  2. Cooling Sky 透天涼法
  3. Channel Traveling 行經通絡法
  4. Softening/Spreading 散法
  5. Gathering/Consolidating 聚法
  6. Sparrow Pecking 雀啄法
  7. Pulling Out 提氣法
  8. Pinning In 扣氣法
  9. Awakening the Yuan 醒元法
  • This seminar can be taught by Andrew Nugent-Head or James Cattermole

 

Acupuncture, Moxabustion & Other non Herbal Treatment Methods from the Shanghan Lun

The Shanghan Lun is second only to the Nei Jing in importance to Chinese medicine. Yet most think of it as a book of formulas and rarely used as it was intended to be–a candid discussion of clinically focused theory and illness progression due to either correct or incorrect treatment. When read with Yuan Dynasty Cheng Wuji’s (1066-1156) commentaries, it is an indispensible guide to knowing the why of an illness and thus what to do or not to do in the clinic. Included within the Shanghan Lun’s discussions are the proper and improper use of fire needling, filiform needling, hot ironing, direct moxa and other physical treatment methods we consider to fall under acupuncture and moxabustion treatment methods.

In this seminar, Andrew Nugent-Head will translate and explain each line of original text related to acupuncture and moxabustion in the Shanghan Lun, along with the related Cheng Wuji commentaries. Putting the original text into the context of the pulses and symptoms described, we can quickly see how important Zhang Zhongjing’s work is to acupuncture/moxabustion as well as herbal practice. Keeping the seminar clinically focused, Andrew will also discuss and demonstrate where appropriate how he applies the Shanghan Lun acupuncture/moxa lines in his own practice.

  • This seminar can be taught by Andrew Nugent-Head

 

Treatments in Action: Observing Clinical Practice in a Grand Rounds Presentation

Observing experienced clinicians who practice from the classical perspective is the only way to learn to learn clinically focused classical medicine. Based on the ‘Grand Rounds’ style of clinical teaching used in western medicine, the presenter treats patients provided by the host in front of an audience, talking about the condition, diagnosis and treatment strategy while giving the treatment. Techniques are shown and explained, while also answering questions from the audience during the process. This is perhaps the most important step to take in the path of returning Chinese medical practice to a classical perspective.

  • This seminar can be taught by Andrew Nugent-Head, JulieAnn Nugent-Head or James Cattermole

 

Classical Herbalism: The Five Flavors as Your Guiding Principle in Herbal Formulation

Examining the most famous formulas by the flavor and nature of their herbs elucidates the philosophy of treatment behind their success. Understanding flavor and nature as the guiding principle behind classic formulas frees the practitioner from seeing a it as a single unit designed to treat specific symptoms which may not be optimal for our patient. By returning our focus to the Nei Jing’s explanation of the effects of the five flavors upon the body, we understand each herb’s role in the formula. This seminar hones our skill at modifying formulas for the patient in front of us, as well as giving us the confidence to know we are not potentially harming our patient with each substitution we make.

  • Taught by JulieAnn Nugent-Head

  

The Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing

In this seminar, we examine the very first materia medica – The Shen Nong Ben Cao. This is the materia medica that shaped Zhang Zhongjing’s Shanghan Lun and every other classic text to the Tang Dynasty. In this seminar, we go into an in-depth discussion on the 365 herbs listed in the book, why it was organized into three scrolls entitled Upper Herbs, Middle Herbs and Lower Herbs; and thus how to use them in formulas to treat the healthy, strengthen the weak, and treat the sick. We also discuss commentaries made by famous doctors through history on this classic book and its influence on every single materia medica to modern times.

  • Taught by JulieAnn Nugent-Head 

 

The Formulas & Strategies of Zhang Zhongjing

This seminar provides an in depth look at formulas recorded by the father of clinical herbalism, Zhang Zhongjing. By examining the single herbs and formulas in the Shanghan Lun and the Jin Kui Yao Lue, we grasp the importance of flavor and nature in herbal selection and formula modification to remove the mystery of these most important formulas in clinical practice. JulieAnn provides ample personal case histories and explanations to make this seminar come to life. 

  • Taught by JulieAnn Nugent-Head

 

The Four Famous Doctors of the Jin & Yuan: China’s First ‘Schools of Practice’

Examining the historical context of the Jin & Yuan Dynasty and the background of the Four Famous Doctors sets the stage for understanding their perspectives of Chinese Medicine and thus the styles of practice they launched. Looking at each doctor individually, as well as the flavor and nature of the herbs they used, elucidates their treatment philosophy and clarifies the application of their formulas.  Without understanding why each doctor created a “School of Thought” and why they used the herbs they did, we cannot understand the application and modification of their formulas for effective use in the clinic today.

  • Taught by JulieAnn Nugent-Head

 

The Wen Bing School of Herbal Thought

In this seminar, JulieAnn Nugent-Head explains how and why the Wen Bing schools of thought came to be in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. She examines the diseases practitioners were facing, explaining that this is not a new or different school of thought, but a return to classical use of flavor and nature within a different diagnostic framework. As it was for Zhang Zhongjing and the Shanghan Lun, this period of epidemic diseases  created some of the most famous still in use today.

  • Taught by JulieAnn Nugent-Head

 

Stand Alone Seminars requiring online lecture viewing & ATS Website Membership

Chinese Medical Bodywork: Daoist Zangfu Acupressure

Focused on regulating the Qi flow in the organs of the body cavity, Daoist Zangfu Acupressure is a powerful bodywork treatment method to return fundamental health to very sick patients. Originally passed on by a wandering Daoist, it was nearly lost in the Cultural Revolution. Today, there are only a handful of people focused on using this incredible bodywork system in the clinic. It was the first clinical treatment method learned by ATS founder Andrew Nugent-Head, taught to him by the late Professor Wang Jin-Huai.

  • This seminar can be taught by Andrew Nugent-Head or James Cattermole

 

Intensive Training Programs using multiple modules & required ATS Website Membership

Tangible Acupuncture for Internal Disharmonies (TAID) a Five Module Training Program

Module 01:  Tonifying the Upright, Dispersing the Pernicious, Regulating the Channels –

Participants build the tangible needling and hand skills to Tonify Upright Qi, Disperse Pernicious Qi, and Regulate the amount of Qi in the channels, as well as the theory to know when to do which and in what amount. This module focuses heavily on practical treatment skills which are the foundation of this medicine and the modules to follow, as well as grasping the major Qi influences affecting both ourselves and our patients.

  • 10 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 02:  The Eight Functions of Qi –

Building on Module 01, Module 02 moves into defining how Qi moves and acts/reacts within the body. Drawing from the classics, we learn to see Qi from the perspective of the Nan Jing and Classical Chinese medicine. We then learn to reinterpret the language within English texts from within the context of the Eight Functions of Qi to clearly see pathology and needling strategies instead of point function listing. A great deal of emphasis is also placed on refining the practical treatment skills introduced in Module 01.

  • 05 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 03: Doors & Pathways of Qi –

Module 03 focuses on the importance of point selection, channel manipulation, and the key differences of needling a point for its point functions or channel functions. With a clear understanding of the influences and functions of Qi, along with concrete hand skills to obviously create and guide Qi sensations in patients from Module 02, we begin to examine treatment strategy. Importance is stressed on the order of treatment, and how to strategize Tonification and Dispersal at each point as well as in the treatment overall. Participants review previous practical treatment skills and are introduced to variations in order to develop a broader understanding of Tangible Acupuncture techniques.

  • 06 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 04: Awakening the Source –

Module 04 introduces the skills to treat the intangible yet most fundamental Qi of sickness and health, which is the Yuan Qi. It focuses on understanding what we must tangibly do to get to and awaken the Yuan Qi when treating the chronically, systemically or terminally ill. Candid discussions on the possibilities of spontaneous healing, giving quality of life through the dying process, the successes and failures of both Chinese and allopathic medicine, and practitioner maturity are balanced by learning and practicing a protocol sequence for awakening the Yuan Qi in the very ill.

  • 06 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 05: Treatment Protocols for Internal Diseases –

Guided by a clear understanding of theory and tangible treatment skills, participants focus on applying previous knowledge to the treatment of different internal diseases commonly seen in the clinic. Examining treatment strategies from both the perspective of the patient who has the disease and the personality of the disease itself, we learn different ways of treating the same disease name based on the actuality in front of us and not a fixed protocol listed in a book. A great deal of discussion of theoretical and actual case histories sheds light on the importance of being rigid in skill yet flexible in application to achieve the fast and obvious results which were so common to this medicine prior to the 1950’s. Module 05 also stresses the removal of any belief in the passive role of the practitioner in the healing process, as we are responsible for and should be accountable to every patient who entrusts their health and recovery to us.

  • 11 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

 This seminar can be taught by Andrew Nugent-Head or James Cattermole

Requires Tangible Qi in the Clinic as a prerequisite

 

Tangible Acupuncture for External Injuries (TAEI) a Five Module Training Program

Module 01: Introduction to Qi Based Needling & Bodywork

This module focuses on understanding, seeing and then practicing the core skills necessary to treat physical injuries successfully with the hand or needle: warmth, channel traveling, Ashi point, and gentle bodywork techniques to create space for the body or limbs to regain good flow and heal quickly. It also stresses the similarities and differences between treating External Injuries and Internal Diseases with acupuncture, clarifying treatment theory and overall strategies which will shape the rest of the course.

  • 5 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 02: Treating Qi vs. Blood Injuries

What is the difference between a Qi injury and a Blood injury? Are we looking at the True Injury or the Perceived Injury? Do we know what kind of technique to use in which situation? Module 02 focuses on answering these questions so that practitioners have a clear understanding of what they are seeing in the clinic and thus the best treatment strategies to use. A great deal of emphasis is also placed on refining the practical treatment skills introduced in Module 01.

  • 5 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 03: Advanced Qi Based Needling & Bodywork

Working through different parts of the body, this module focuses on correct diagnosis and treatment technique for the area and condition being treated. This module is heavily weighted to demonstration and partnered practice to ensure each participant is physically confident in working on injuries and has a variety of skills to address the complexity of real life situations.

  • 5 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 04: Protocols & External Medicines for Injuries I

In Module 04, we begin the first of our two part protocol training. Part I focuses on understanding the patient is the defining factor in our treatments regardless of the injury they have. A twenty year old, forty year old or seventy year old must have very different treatment strategies to create immediate results without damaging their Qi or scare them from further treatment. Being successful in the clinic means treating the patient who has the problem, not treating the problem a patient may have. Module 04 also introduces the correct use of external medicines, salves, and trauma powders to speed healing.

  • 5 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 05: Protocols & External Medicines for Injuries II

Module 05 examines the nature of different injuries, from patients facing joint replacements to treating Ankylosing Spondylitis. While treating the patient is the key to success, practitioners also have to understand the personality of the injuries themselves, knowing what common patterns they create and what treatment methods usually create the most reliable results. This module also continues training in external medicine applications as well as includes observation of treatments on actual external injury patients.

  • 5 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

This seminar can be taught by Andrew Nugent-Head or James Cattermole

Requires Tangible Qi in the Clinic as a prerequisite

 

Chinese Bodywork in Clinical Practice: a Four Module Training Program

Module 01: Daoist Zangfu Acupressure –

Focused on regulating the Qi flow in the organs of the body cavity, Daoist Zangfu Acupressure is a powerful bodywork treatment method to return fundamental health to very sick patients. Originally passed on by a wandering Daoist, it was nearly lost in the Cultural Revolution. Today, there are only a handful of people focused on using this incredible bodywork system in the clinic. It was the first clinical treatment method learned by Andrew Nugent-Head, taught to him by the late Professor Wang Jin-Huai.

  • 02.5 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 02: Yin Style Bagua Bodywork Techniques I –

Modules 02 introduces the medical bodywork of Yin Style Bagua. Bodywork is the fundamental treatment method of Yin Style Bagua medical practitioners, the core of their Qi based skillset and the source of their acupuncture skill. These two modules cover the 24 basic hand techniques, the differences between Qi focused vs. Blood focused techniques, skeletal alignment, and treatment demonstrations.

  • 06.5 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 03: Yin Style Bagua Bodywork Techniques II –

Modules 03 continues the medical bodywork of Yin Style Bagua, learning new treatment strategies through practicing more basic hand techniques. Participants also practice sequenced protocols to understand what it means to be focusing more on the Qi or Blood of a patient.

  • 04.5 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

Module 04: Deep Qi Protocol –

Using Deep Qi work only, the final module introduces the skills to address the intangible yet most fundamental Qi of sickness and health, which is the Yuan Qi. It focuses on understanding what we must tangibly do to get to and awaken the Yuan Qi when working with the chronically, systemically or terminally ill. Candid discussions on the possibilities of spontaneous healing, giving quality of life through the dying process, the successes and failures of both Chinese and allopathic medicine, and practitioner maturity are balanced by learning and practicing a protocol sequence for awakening the Yuan Qi as well as adapting it to redressing physical and emotional imbalances.

  • 06 Video Lecture Hours
  • Suggested In Person Training is 12-18 Hours

This seminar can be taught by Andrew Nugent-Head or James Cattermole

Requires Tangible Qi in the Clinic as a prerequisite