Workshops and Events

MAAOM sponsors or provides information for a variety of important and valuable workshops. You can also register and pay online for some of these workshops. We will list current events in this space as they are scheduled. Please see links under each workshop get the information you need. Thanks!

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Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11 & 24-25, 2017

Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) Training

presented by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)

NCAAOM Approved/Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) Training

The class is 32 classroom CEUs, Category 1, through CA Board, (Provider # CEP810) which are acceptable to NCCAOM issued through public health acupuncture of New Mexico. NCCAOM will accept courses approved for a state licensing board. There are 30 Core, 1 Safety and 1 Ethics CEUs.

WhereThe Woodfords Club, Portland, Maine
179 Woodfords St, Portland, ME

WhenJune 10,11,24,25 2017), ALL 4 DAYS ARE MANDATORY Hours: 9am-5pm

Total Cost:  $455 (for both weekends)
(includes training, materials, NADA certificate membership and application fee, and subscription to the NADA member newsletter, Guidepoints.  Clinical supervision follows the classroom days. A discount on membership available for students with a student ID).
Refunds:  100% up to 3 weeks prior, and 75% up to a week prior

Trainer: Laura Cooley, LAc. (see bio below)


For more information: Contact Laura Cooley at 603-276-9158, or

Please click here to register using PayPal or Credit Card
Please click here to register with a check or if you have prepaid

Please join us! This information is very important at this time as Mainers using opiods are faced with decreasing their opioid pain medications dramatically to 100mg daily by July 2017. Acupuncture is a solution to this and prescribers need our help more than ever.

Maine’s New Opiate Prescribing Law:

“If your dose of an opioid pain reliever is over of 100 milligrams of morphine daily, or an equivalent dose of other opioid medications, you could potentially benefit from decreasing the dosage of your opioid medications. Your doctor or health care provider may work with you to develop a “tapering plan” to reduce your dose to this limit by July 2017, as required by law.”

NADA protocols and acupuncture can ease this process tremendously for patients. Learn more by attending this workshop!

Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) Training

Developed in the 1970s at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol was originally used as a supportive component in drug and alcohol treatment settings. The 21st century has brought a remarkable expansion in the use of the NADA protocol. Reflecting this, NADA has also expanded its scope to include the use of this treatment for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster and emotional trauma. Currently in Vermont, its use is approved only for addictions. This training enables one to be certified for practice in the state of Vermont, as well as 22 other states. Certification by the state of Vermont is required.

Benefits of the NADA protocol include: reduced cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduction of withdrawal symptoms, facilitation of mindfulness, increased calmness, better sleep, relief from stress and emotional trauma, discovery of inner strength and quiet, easier connection with counseling, and an intention for recovery.

Our training program is a unique model of public-health education and care. Emphasis is on the safety, simplicity and effectiveness of NADA. A total of 70 hours of training and clinical practice combines to complete the training. This includes as many as 32 supervised acudetox treatments after the classroom portion of training has ended. Clinical supervision is available in several locations.

Laura Cooley, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist and Registered National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Trainer. She received her acupuncture and Chinese herbal training through a 4-year apprenticeship in Austin, Texas. Nationally certified in acupuncture (NCCAOM), she holds a license in Vermont. Laura is trained in Somatic Experiencing, a nervous system based trauma resolution therapy developed by Peter Levine, and Hakomi, a body-centered psychotherapy.

Vermont/New England:  Cofounder of Vermont Public Health Acupuncture network, LAcs and ADTs dedicated to integrating acupuncture, ear acupuncture and other self regulating techniques into the public health system of Vermont. Founder of New England Public Health Acupuncture Network, a network of providers of public health Acupuncture in New England.

Legislative Work, Chair of Vermont Acupuncture Association:  Spearheading the passage of the current NADA Bill in the Rhode Island successfully, allowing for AcuDetox Technicians, and advocating for expanded access to Acudetox in Vermont and Montreal, and insurance coverage of acupuncture for pain management, PTSD, addiction treatment and anxiety in Vermont.

Texas:  Volunteer Director of acupuncture services for the Austin HIV Wellness Center and for 9 years in Texas and had a private practice specialized in treating those who are HIV+. Texas Organizer for the Hakomi Institute.

Disaster Work:  Post 9/11, Katrina, and Gulf Oil Spill-Volunteered with CRREW (Community Relief & Rebuilding through Education and Wellness). CRREW was formed in the aftermath of 9/11, offering ear acupuncture based and wellness education to First Responders and others directly affected by the events of 9/11, the devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes, and the Gulf Oil Spill.

NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association):  Trained over 700 professionals in the use of AcuDetox, including the staff of St Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan post 9/11, First Responders and laypersons in New Orleans after Katrina, numerous Native American Reservations and Pueblos, Vermont and Montreal. Supervises programs that use this tool in drug treatment programs, jails, hospital settings, homeless and HIV outreach programs, among others. Served as NADA’s legislative liaison, initiating and assisting in the passage of a number of laws allowing increased access to acupuncture for the general public.

Media and Educational Tools:  For four years wrote for Guidepoints; a Professional Newsletter for Innovative Treatments for Addictions and Mental Illness.

Produced, directed, and co edited “Unimagined Bridges, Ear Acupuncture For Disaster Trauma”, an 18 minute film documenting the ear acupuncture program at St Vincent’s Hospital in lower Manhattan, post 9/11 attacks.

Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie: Barnstorming Tour through Vermont, bookkeeping, general assistant to the Executive Director, Nora Jacobson.

New Clinic Location: 250 Main St, #206, Montpelier, VT 05602

Traveling from far away?

There are no hotels extremely close to the Woodfords Club. However, here is a list of a few you can look into:

Courtyard By Marriott Portland (Downtown)

La Quinta Inn& Suites Portland (cheaper choice)

We recommend the first choice as it is within walking distance to everything! If you have any questions please get in touch with us.



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