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2019 Annual Symposium
Midwest Annual Acupuncture Symposium Sponsored by the CCA
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Midwest Annual Acupuncture Symposium Sponsored by CCA


Saturday, September 21st – Sunday, September 22nd


DoubleTree O’Hare – Rosemont
5460 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018


CALL 847-292-9100

CCA Symposium Group Rate: $129

Symposium Registration

Registration fees for the 2019 annual symposium in Chicago are as follows:

CCA Members: $400
ILAAOM Members: $400
Non-Members: $550
Students: $150
Dinner Guest: $50

Symposium Overview of Events

The ACA Acupuncture Council will be presenting a New Certification Program at the 2019 Symposium.

Doctors who attend will become certified as Emergency Responders for emergencies and disasters, both nationally and globally. This program is funded by the Dept. of HHS Office of the Surgeon General, Office of the Civilian Medical Reserve Corps.

Attendees will learn the history and development of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) network and other federally approved emergency responder teams, and how acupuncture has been integrated into the Medical Reserve Corps.

Examples of live deployments and the types of responses in recovery and response modes will be shown. Current acupuncture projects in the MRC, grant funding, and research opportunities will be taught. A brief discussion on both domestic and international response efforts, including global health projects.

Doctors will learn:

  1. How and when to respond to a disaster or critical incident
  2. The levels of training required when working with local, state, and federal agencies.
  3. Self-care and safety measures in preparation for, during, and following a deployment.
  4. The roles of a volunteer and responding as part of a team and team safety.
  5. How a response is organized, how deployment occurs, and how to shift into recovery mode and offer on-going care.

Field clinic/drill practice of setting up and running an acupuncture clinic during the various response and recovery phases of natural disasters and community crisis will be performed.

Course work includes:

ICS 100- Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS): Introduces the ICS and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

ICS 700- Overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Psychological First Aid (PFA): an interactive course that puts the participant in the role of a provider in a post-disaster scene. This professionally-narrated course is for individuals new to disaster response who want to learn the core goals of PFA, as well as for seasoned practitioners who want a review. It features innovative activities, video demonstrations, and mentor tips from the nation’s trauma experts and survivors. This project was funded by SAMHSA, NCPTSD, NACCHO, and HHS Office of the Surgeon General, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.

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