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The Acupuncture Council of Ireland AGM


Date: Friday, 28th September, 2018

Venue: Killeshin Hotel, Port Laoise

CPD: points for full day 20

Early Bird Price: 95.00 Euro.

(Payment must be received by 14.09.2018 to qualify for early bird fee.)

Price: ACI members 125.00 Euro

Costs include lectures, lunch, tea & coffee

Price of Rebecca Avern lecture for non-members 85.00 Euro.

3 CPD points for Mairi Caughey lecture

10 CPD points for AGM

7 CPD points for Rebecca Avern lecture



9.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 11.30 Mairi Caughey : Channel Examination – An Introductory Workshop

11.30 – 11.45 Tea/Coffee

11.45 – 13.15 AGM

13.15 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 17.30 Rebecca Avern: Causes, Diagnosis and

Treatment of Teenage Anxiety and Depression: An epidemic of our times


Please make your booking with ACI administration at061 – 276 532,

Channel Examination – An Introductory Workshop

By Mairi Caughey

This is a taster workshop with the emphasis on the examination rather than the theory:

Channel examination is a diagnostic technique that involves using the tip of the thumb to explore the pathways of the channels (primarily) below the elbows and knees to determine the quality of Qiand Blood flow. Where there is impairment to the flow of Qi and Blood, ‘changes’ will be found in the form of lumps, nodules, sticks and other shapes, plus differing sensitivity, textures, tones and temperatures.

Understanding the meaning of each such change is extremely helpful to diagnosis, while examining how they alter following treatment provides a verifiable and relatively reliable way for practitioners to confirm and refine their diagnostic hypothesis and treatments.

Channel Theory is the theoretical basis for how acupuncture works, and so in order to interpret and apply the findings of channel examination it is necessarily to have a full understanding of Channel Theory.


Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Teenage Anxiety and Depression: An epidemic of our times

By Rebecca Avern

The prevalence of anxiety and depression in teenagers is growing and, at the same time, adolescent mental health services are under-resourced and over-stretched. From a Chinese medicine perspective, at its core it is a problem of the shen. As acupuncturists, there is a lot we can do to help ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression so that the teenager is able to thrive once again.

We will look at:

  • the nature of adolescence from the Chinese medicine perspective
  • aspects of life in the 21st century that contribute to anxiety and depression, and the effect these aspects have on the qi
  • diagnosis of anxiety and depression
  • treatment techniques
  • some quirks of working with teenagers



About our lecturers


Rebecca Avern


Chinese medicine lecturer, clinical manager and supervisor Rebecca has a BA(Hons) in eastern religions and literature from the university of Bristol. She spent four years teaching in Asia and Europe, before embarking on the acupuncture course at the college, graduating in 2001. She then studied, and worked alongside Giovanni Maciocia for several years.

She is a teacher and clinical supervisor at the college.

Rebecca practises in Oxford and is a steering committee

member of ACT (acupuncture in childbirth team) Oxford.

Having completed a post-graduate paediatric training with

Julian Scott, Rebecca founded an acupuncture clinic in Oxfordfor the treatment of babies, children and adolescents.

Mairi Caughey

 Root & Branch Acupuncture in Navan, Co. Meath.

She holds a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Acupuncture, a Diploma in

Acupuncture, Licentiate from Nanjing, China, 2008 and BSc in Zoology, 1984, Aberdeen University.


If you wish to contact the Acupuncture Council of Ireland,

please phone our administration 061 – 276 532 or

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Payment Methods: Either by Bank Transfer – Bank – Bank of Ireland, Roxboro, Limerick.

  • Bank Sort Code : 90 – 44 – 99
  • Account Number : 16263315
  • IBAN : IE50 BOFI 9044 9916 26 3315

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We look forward to seeing you avail of this super CPD opportunity. Please do not leave it too late to book.

With Best Wishes

Eva Heffernan
Chair On Behalf of the Board of the ACI

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