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An Encouraging Sign at Palmer; NBCE Announces Retirement of Longtime Director of Testing.
Cell Health (Part 2)
Dr. Barsten, your book is about restoring "cell vitality." Can you briefly define the term? Cell vitality is more than the mere absence of symptoms or pathology, but optimum structural, physiological and energetic health.
Unlevel Pelvis in the High-School Athlete: Exploring Causes and Effects
The unlevel pelvis is all too common in the high-school athlete and if not detected, will likely cause a lifetime of musculoskeletal issues. Any provider who doesn't look for this common finding is missing critical information.
Mind-Body in Motion
A central goal of low back pain treatment involves the correction of dysfunctional movement patterns believed to be responsible for spinal overload.
Connecting the Dots
In 2002, I published a book on patient examination procedures that included information on the procedural coding of the recommended examinations. The book should have been published in 2000, but I had trouble finding a publisher. Why?
Leaving Footprints on Capitol Hill: Tribute to Dr. Kenneth Luedtke (1930-2014)
It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr. Ken Luedtke.
It might have been a miserable start to the day in the heart of downtown San Diego. A heavy rain had soaked the large homeless population congregating near the intersection of Third Avenue and Ash Street as they waited for a free breakfast to be served at the First Lutheran Church on the corner.
Are You Really a Healthy Eater?
I always giggle a little bit (to myself) when someone comes into my office and informs me that they are a healthy eater. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean they eat sugar in moderation? And what's that, exactly?
Case Histories from Bali: Treating Balinese Chidren with TCB and Shonishin
When I moved to the island of Bali in 2005, I offered my services in Bumi Sehat, which means Healthy Mother Earth, a free birthing center for poor and disadvantaged local women located in Ubud.
It's Time to Create a Strong Acupuncture Footprint
Footprints in the sand. Footprints in the snow. Where do these footprints go? Some are big, some are small, but footprints are made by all.
The CDC came out with a report in March 2013 that suggests 1 in 50 children will be diagnosed somewhere on the autism spectrum – significantly higher than the 1 in 86 figure that came out in 2007. What does this mean moving forward, particularly for children?
Finding Balance in the Clinic
This past December, I celebrated 11 years in practice. I seriously don't know where the time went. I feel beyond blessed and grateful to be practicing our profound and beautiful medicine and to be helping guide my patients restore a state of optimal health.
Put the Social Back Into Social Media
Social media is more than a passing fad, it is definitely here to stay. Social media apps and channels of distribution may evolve, but the concept of social media is now big business and a part of all our lives.
Help Your Parents Stay Engaged
As much as parents may wish it were so, children do not come with an instruction manual. There's no "how to" that can be followed and no two children are alike, so what works with one generally won't work with the next.
Neuroscience: Where Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Can Come Together
The recent advances in neuroscience are truly incredible. With this expansion of scientific knowledge, I would like to see even more research into the neuroscientific basic of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Let's Speak With One Voice in 2015
For the longest time, the chiropractic profession has attempted to achieve some form of unity. On a political level, this was characterized by an ultimately unsuccessful two-year merger effort between ACA and ICA leadership from 1986-1988.
Old TCM Sayings: Treat the Front to Treat the Back
Chinese medicine college was, and always will be, a memorable time. It was a time of massive personal and professional growth.
Reflections: The Art of Teaching Asian Medicine
Over the past three decades, my global workshops have been translated into German, Swiss German, French, Romansch, Spanish, Lithuanian and Xhosa. Time to offer you new teachers a few tips!
The Conscious Evolution of Healing, Part 2
The idea of transmission is very important in the Chinese medical classics. According to author Claude Larre, the ancient Chinese were highly interested in the connection between things. Nothing was looked at as an isolated entity.
The Top Seven Website Mistakes Clinics Make
The majority of acupuncture clinics finally have a website for their business. Having a website is crucial for being found online through Google, Facebook and review sites like Yelp.
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07
Don't Teach with Your A** to the Class (and Other Valuable Teaching Suggestions)
By Pamela Ellen Ferguson, Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA® and GSD-CI, LMT (TX)
We've all faced some instructor's dazzling derriere for much of a class. We've all tried desperately and politely to crane our necks or leap this way and that to observe an instructor demonstrating a technique that is blocked from view.Mirrors present the ideal solution for this problem of course, especially in large classes, and to give students a 3-D view of the practical demo. I also encourage my students to walk around me as I demo, so they can observe it from different angles and keep their own qi flowing at the same time.
Those of us who have taught bodywork for years need to be reminded constantly of the importance of clear sightlines for our students. In fact, it's good for us to sit in colleagues' classes or complete assorted CEU classes just to observe the silly mistakes we all too often make as instructors! My colleagues on the AOBTA board and myself have decided that a workshop on instructor training will be standard at all AOBTA conventions. At our last convention in New Orleans in January, I taught the workshop and had a lot of fun involving participants in role-playing, to highlight the best -- and worst -- aspects of teaching methods, from personal experiences and observations. In this article, I'd like to share aspects of the workshop, which are equally applicable to those of you who are current students, or teaching any form of bodywork, Asian or Western, or any practical aspect of physical therapy.
During the workshop, I described a CEU class I took many years ago, in which I offered myself as a model to a high-profile instructor of lymph drainage therapy. While he was demonstrating a technique on my legs, he answered assorted questions from the floor that had nothing to do with the technique he was teaching. I felt miserable, lying there with some 40 observers crowding around the table. The next day, I could barely move my legs. They felt like huge oak trees hanging off my pelvis. What a lesson! From that moment onward, I have taken extra care, before demonstrating a new technique or movement, to advise my students to:
I also have become increasingly mindful of students grappling with dyslexia, as I share some of those challenges. I recall, all too painfully, how ridiculous I looked in early Aikido training, where I would always spin in the opposite direction, and do things inside out, much to the amusement of my colleagues. So I share these experiences from day one when teaching new students of Asian bodywork. Whenever I demo, I encourage those with similar challenges to stand alongside me, not opposite me.
The art of the demo is at the core of our successful teaching. Equally as important, there is an art in integrating demo and theory, and timing! How often have I attended a CEU class and listened to some grandly eloquent speech for over two hours -- and then the instructor scrambles to demo a technique at top speed, with about 10 minutes left over to practice and exchange!
At the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, where I have directed the Asian Bodywork department for six years, we have initiated instructor training days and peer review; we all observe one another teach whole classes, and segments of classes. The experience has been marvelous.
Let me share some of the highlights of the teaching tools we observed in one another:
A final word: If you are busily training TAs, or planning to become a future instructor, here's a good prepping exercise. Review your own experiences as a student (all of them, not just those relating to the topic you are about to teach). Review the best and worst of your teachers, and the methods or techniques that best helped your learning process, or those that bored you silly. Enhance and incorporate the former, avoid the latter, and keep acquiring fresh methods. Also, don't forget to break your classes into small working groups from time to time. This gives everybody a voice and an opportunity to be creative. And you'll be amazed at what your students teach you!
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