The Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture’s (ITEA’s) program teaches the oral tradition of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture (CF-EA) in limited class sizes to ensure the highest quality of learning. The ITEA educational experience is unique, and transformational. It is based on the spiral approach of traditional Eastern learning, where an idea is visited again and again from different viewpoints and from increasingly greater depth. As in Eastern education, our faculty are not merely dispensers of intellectual knowledge, but are guides who help each student uncover the wisdom inherent within nature and within themselves.
Students are trained to diagnose the state of clients by discerning energetic harmony and disharmony. This is done through the subtle and highly refined observational cues of color, sound, odor, and emotional content, as was done by the ancient Chinese. Refinement comes from the spiral learning, which imbues students with ever deepening skill in the use of these forms of diagnosis.
In addition, the ITEA program also trains students in western sciences and practice management. Students are prepared to study for the national acupuncture exam given by NCCAOM. Ninety-two percent of all students graduated from ITEA are practicing Classical Five-Element Acupuncture. Seven percent of all students graduated from ITEA are doing so within a hospital framework and the rest are in private practices or group practices.
There are two tracks available at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture. Both have the same content and offer the same degree. The Traditional Track is for students having no prior healthcare degree and no prior experience in maintaining a private practice. The Practitioner Track accommodates healthcare practitioners having a private practice in other disciplines, and having a desire to learn this healing discipline.