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Welcome to the Acupuncture Division Professional Development page. Here you will find the most updated information on teleconferences, webinars and online and live courses organized through the Acupuncture Division.

We are pleased to keep you informed of meaningful educational opportunities to ensure that you have access to the most updated and evidence-based literature when applying acupuncture in your physiotherapy practice.

If you would like more info on other educational opportunities, click here: acupuncture@physiotherapy.ca

Upcoming Teleconferences and Webinars sponsored by Acupuncture Division


Preventing Acupuncture Adverse Events: A Headache Example

detailed course outline click here

Enoch Ho, MPh, PT, RAc; and John Chan, PT, RAc, FCAMPT

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Cardon Rehabilitation, 1200 Burloak Drive, Burlington, ON

Registration Fees: Acupuncture Division Members (code in email) – $245 plus HST; General Public – $275 plus HST

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Past Teleconferences and Webinars sponsored by Acupuncture Division (some available for purchase)


“Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN).  Is there a role for electro acupuncture to manage pain?” 

Date: June 18th, 2018
Speakers: Barbara Shay/Elizabeth Andersen Hammond

Needling Techniques in Physiotherapy: A Science Based Review

Date: January 16, 2018 at noon

Speaker(s): Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco, MD, Sports Medicine Specialist (Spain)

This Webinar will be posted on the CPA Marketplace for purchase:


Acupuncture Division sponsored: Needling Techniques in Physiotherapy: A Science-based review with Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco: $75 plus HST

3-Day Cupping Massage Course

Sep 29 – Oct 1, 2017

Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program – Advanced Practice

October 13-16, 2017November 17-20, 2017

Where: The Health Leadership and Learning Network, Faculty of Science, York University

Instructors: Poney Chiang, PhD, MSTOM, R.Ac, R.TCMP; Noel Wright, MSAc., R.Ac; Jay Grossman, MSc, DC, ND, DIBAK
Dates offered: October 13-16, 2017November 17-20, 2017
(the program is delivered over three extended weekends  to accommodate working professionals)
Location: York University, Keele Campus (Room and address will be provided upon registration)

Topic: Application of Neuro-Anatomical Electro-Acupuncture for Knee Pain 

July 6, 2017
Learning Objectives:
1. Apply neuro-anatomy of the knee to assess joint pain and dysfunction.
2.  Build acu-point prescriptions based on S.M.A.R.T guide (Sensory, Motor, Autonomic, Radiculopathy, Trigger Point)

3. Treat common knee problems: patello-femoral joint syndrome, patellar tracking dysfunction, tibial rotatory instability, iliotibial band syndrome, pes anserine tendinosis.

This Webinar will be posted on the CPA Marketplace for purchase:


Acupuncture sponsored webinar: Application of Neuro-anatomical Electro-acupuncture for Knee Pain with Dr. Poney Chiang: $50 plus HST


Peripheral Nerve Entrapment – Electro-Acupuncture Treatment Methods

December 1-2, 2016

Instructor: Poney Chiang, PhD, RAc

Location: CCNM

Peripheral Nerve Entrapment Syndrome are often misdiagnosed and thought to be treatable only through surgery.  Electro-Acupuncture is a far less invasive alternative therapy capable of addressing myofascial hypertonicity common in entrapment syndromes as well as treating nerve trunks and branches directly to de-irritate sensory nerves and/or to de-inhibit motor nerves.

This Webinar will be posted on the CPA Marketplace for purchase:


Acupuncture Division Sponsored: Electroacupuncture Strategy for Peripheral Nerve Impingement with Dr. Poney Chiang: $75 plus HST


Concussion Management with Acupuncture: Part 1

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2:00-3:00pm EST

This webinar, by Ed Gray, D.C., CAFCI, will provide information on the management of concussion and provide a treatment modality using acupuncture. Discussion will include a brief overview of the pathophysiology of concussion, incidence, symptoms, testing, special considerations for adolescents and acupuncture treatment.

This is the first of a two-part series on concussion. Part Two will focus on concussion management for athletes, including adolescents.

What You Will Learn:

  1. Pathophysiology of concussion
  2. Incidence of concussion
  3. Symptoms of concussion for children, teens and adults
  4. Testing considerations
  5. General management
  6. Acupuncture protocol and method of action

The webinar will be recorded. Registrants will receive a link to the recorded session following the live webinar.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Edward Gray, D.C., CAFCI, is an Ontario-based chiropractor and registered acupuncturist. He uses acupuncture as an adjunctive modality to his chiropractic practice where the two therapies compliment each other. His research in rehabilitation, which has been published in a peer-reviewed journal, specifically details the benefits to patients when a practitioner takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.



Chinese Scalp Acupuncture for Disorders of the Central Nervous System

September 24-25, 2016
Instructor: Dr. Jason Hao
Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Enhance your clinical ability to treat:  Strokes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Phantom Pain, Cerebral Palsy, Concussions, Traumatic Brain Injuries, PTSD, and Spinal Cord Injuries.

An Acupuncture Tool for Physiotherapists Who Don’t Want to Use Needles

Saturday May 28, 7:30am-8:20am
Location: VCC, Esquimalt
Hosted by: Acupuncture Divisio

Auricular Acupuncture (ear AP) is a tool that allows physiotherapists to evaluate and treat most of the musculoskeletal issues via treatment of the ear.

This session will introduce physiotherapists to the basic understanding of Auricular Medicine for validating specific musculoskeletal dysfunctions determined from physiotherapy assessments. Furthermore, this method can give physiotherapists options to continue treatment while the client is away from the clinic.

The Auricular Acupuncture treatment can be delivered by electrical stimulation, laser, seed or magnet application and/or semi-permanent needle application.

This type of treatment has other benefits, such as: it does not require undressing of the client and the client can be assessed and treated from the sitting position.

Electroacupuncture Strategy for Peripheral Nerve Impingement Syndromes

February 29, 2016, 6:00-7:30pm EST

Speaker(s): Dr. Poney Chiang (Program Director for the Neuro-Meridian Integrative Acupuncture)

Topic: Peripheral nerve impingement syndromes are often misdiagnosed and thought to be treatable only through surgery. Electroacupuncture is a far less invasive alternative therapy capable of addressing myofasical hypertonicity, commonly encountered in entrapment syndromes as well as treating nerve trunks and branches directly to de-irritate sensory nerve and/or de-inhibit motor nerves. This webinar explains the general electroacupuncture treatment guidelines for select  peripheral nerve impingement syndromes.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Poney Chiang graduated with a PhD from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto.  He completed a 4 year professional Master Degree in Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York and over 1000 hours of formal discipleship in a medical lineage that once consulted for the Forbidden City.  His clinical foci are dermatology, pain and neurological disorders. He is the Chair of the Department of Herbal Medicine at the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Health of York University in Toronto. Poney is the founding program director for the Neuro-Meridian Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. His passion in integrating classical and medical acupuncture has led him to cross-reference medical classics with modern research on the peripheral nervous system.  He has been invited to speak and hold workshops at several international acupuncture symposiums. Poney has authored peer reviewed articles in both Eastern and Medical Acupuncture journals, and he is in process of writing an integrative acupuncture textbook.

Auricular Acupuncture for Pain in Physiotherapy Practice

November 18, 2015, 12-1 pm EST

Speaker: Dr. Muriel Agnes (Vital Principle Institute)

Topic: Auricular acupuncture can specifically and effectively target pain messages in the brain to interrupt a pain cycle. This direct application makes auricular treatment an excellent complement to the manual therapy and rehabilitation that you offer your patients. This session will specifically discuss musculoskeletal pain, auricular points for the pain location, its counter-blockages and supporting anti-inflammatory points will be presented. These points can assist the clinician in both  assessment and treatment of pain disturbances. This introductory level presentation of the German Auricular Acupuncture approach will also be of interest and benefit to individuals familiar with other auricular approaches.

Speaker Bio: Muriel Agnes, MAEd, PhD is the founder of the Vital Principle Institute, a ten year old institute and the only place in the world that offers a comprehensive training in the German style of auricular acupuncture in the English language.

Muriel began in this field by studying other versions of auricular acupuncture in 1999, and completed a PhD in Energy Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Norm Shealy, with a focus on the accuracy of the assessment tool discovered by Dr. Paul Nogier: the Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS) also known as the Nogier Pulse. In 2003, Muriel brought Dr. Beate Strittmatter, Education Director of the Academy of Auricular Medicine of Germany, to Canada to teach health professionals; and so, the Vital Principle Institute began. Muriel has been practicing and teaching this system of auricular medicine over these past 12 years with great satisfaction.

For more info: http://www.physiotherapy.ca/Practice-Resources/Professional-Development/Webinars/Teleconferences-Cliniquescheck

Names of Educational Institutions Offering Acupuncture or Dry Needling Programs

Meridian Health Education (Ontario)

Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI)

Acupuncture: The Art and the Science (Winnipeg, MB)

Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Govaki Transverse Technique (Alberta)

Acupuncture Canada

McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program (Ontario)

University of British Columbia Gunn IMS (Vancouver, BC)

Kinetacore: Functional Dry Needling (US)

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Clinical Acupuncture

College of Acupuncture & Therapeutics (Kitchener, ON)

McMaster University Medical Acupuncture Program

American Dry Needling Institute

The FIT Institute: Functional Integrated Dry Needling Courses

The Shiatsu School of Canada Inc. & SSC Acupuncture Institute

Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Royal Canadian College of Massage Therapy

Vital Principle for the Healing Arts German Auricular Medicine

Advanced Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program, York U