National Acupuncture Detox Association Protocol Training

March 11 - 13, 2016

9 am - 5 pm

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Course Description

Thousands of behavioral health treatment and criminal justice programs worldwide offer ear acupuncture using the NADA protocol not only to support the treatment and recovery process but also to provide disaster/trauma response interventions. NADA strives to make acudetox-based, barrier-free behavioral health treatment accessible in all communities and to ensure its integration with other treatment modalities.

Addiction/mental health treatment professionals, Western medical and Oriental medical practitioners may learn the NADA protocol in 70 hours that are divided into didactic and clinical experiences. This three-day training towards certificate provides a mixture of both. To complete the process, trainees will do additional homework assignments, attend 12-step meetings, and complete supervised acudetox treatments. Texas law allows for the following licensed professionals to cross-train as Certified Acu-Detox Specialists to treat “substance abuse” under supervision: Social Workers, Nurses, Counselors (LCDCs, LPCs), and Psychologists. Space is limited.

Participants in the NADA training through AOMA will undertake their 40 hours of clinical experience in area treatment centers and community clinics.

Who Can Attend?

This workshop is open to licensed healthcare professionals in the following domains:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Social workers*
  • Professional counselors*
  • Psychologists*
  • Registered and vocational nurses*
  • Chemical dependency counselors*
  • Medical doctors and osteopathic doctors

* Texas law allows these professionals to cross-train as Certified Acu-Detox Specialists limited to treating substance abuse under the supervision of an acupuncturist or physician.

Speaker Bio

Austin acupuncturist Claudia Voyles brings compassion and humor to her work. She treats a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, choosing tools appropriate to each individual's needs and preferences.

Trained primarily in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Claudia often employs Richard Tan's "Balance Method", some Five Element-influenced treatments, and Jin Shin Do, an acupressure technique. Claudia teaches Qi Gong by appointment or via periodic workshops.

Claudia believes passionately in making acupuncture and other alternative medicine accessible to the community. She facilitates the Remedy Community Clinic at Sol Studio (3400 Kerbey Lane, Austin TX) to make it easier and less expensive to get treatment. Claudia promotes ear acupuncture for behavioral health and trauma ("acudetox") through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). She trains other acupuncturists and addiction and mental health providers in NADA-style treatment methods and has published numerous articles and essays on the subject. Claudia supervises interns at Austin's AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine student clinic for acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Claudia earned a BA in Psychology from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.  She completed her postgraduate studies in China. She worked as clinician and administrator in the behavioral health field for many years prior to becoming an acupuncturist. Claudia sings and plays electric bass with her singer/songwriter husband, psychologist Lee Edwards.

For more information, visit Claudia's website or the NADA website.


Class will be held in Classroom E2 at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (4701 West Gate Blvd, Austin, TX 78745). Map and Directions.




Tuition is payable by credit card or check to AOMA. Fees includes application fee for NADA membership, training manual, and other materials. Upon obtaining their certificates, social workers, nurses, counselors (LCDCs, LPCs), and psychologists apply separately to the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners to become Certified Acudetox Specialists (CAS).

Continuing Education

This training provides a total of 21 acupuncture continuing education credits: 1 Ethics, 2 Biomedicine, 18 General.