While visiting our project with refugees on the border, Bob had the chance to observe students–community health workers–from our Barefoot School, who receive education and training in simple and safe techniques to assist with trauma and mental wellness.
“This is a much better idea than us going in as fully trained (acupuncture) providers and impressing them with all of our knowledge,” he writes to fellow acupuncturists.
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Full-body acupuncturists do take our trainings and volunteer, although the opportunities for them to make the most of their skills and talents and passion and depth of knowledge on the subject of acupuncture is that of being a teacher: Empowering people to offer care for their own community.
In his May blog, Bob encourages his colleagues to support ADS providers working with underserved groups that don’t have access to full-body acupuncturists. “We need to find a way to support them the best we can.”
You can read Bob’s full essay here: