Treating Vulnerable Populations (Homelessness)

This course is designed to educate acupuncturists about the care and treatment of vulnerable populations; specifically individuals who are homeless or who are living below poverty levels. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are valuable tools that have a definite place in working with at-risk populations.  Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with the treatment of addiction, or stress relief in at risk-populations. In this course, we will examine the needs of these patients, the medical issues that they face, and how acupuncturists can support the physical, mental, and emotional health of vulnerable populations, and how to design and implement a treatment program.


Course Outline 

The nature of homelessness and poverty levels

Medical issues of individuals who are homeless

Infectious Diseases

Co-existing conditions

Homelessness and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Trauma-Informed Care

Building Cultural Competencies

Working with children who are homeless

Treatment protocols

Implementing a treating program