Undergraduate Training at Yellow Path

(Licentiate in Five-Element Acupuncture (LicAc)

Each of the four modules has its own assessment requirements. These must be passed before you can move on to the following module. Complete them all and you will be a licensed Five-Element acupuncturist, ready to set up your own practice.

  

Module 1 


1. Portfolio

The portfolio provides evidence of your understanding of the material. It is also an opportunity for you to reflect and assimilate the information and show your unique experience of the teachings. It will serve as a reference source in your future clinic.

The portfolio is assessed with written feedback and a pass/fail or refer will be awarded. A ‘refer’ means that further written work is required.

Every subject in the Module requires a written piece of work and must include:

  • Key points of the lecture (50 words)
  • A summary of the content of the lecture. A description (facts and detail) of the topic covered (this can include drawings and diagrams if appropriate) (300-1000 words)
  • Personal reflection. You need to demonstrate a depth of personal understanding of the material and show a growing awareness of the theory and practice of Five-Element Acupuncture. ‘Personal understanding’ is that you take ownership of the material and personalise it. For example, you may watch the film on the ‘Liver Official’ which talks about the emotion anger. Great reflection is your account of, for example, when you might remember feeling your anger was inappropriate and destructive. Or you may watch the film on the ‘Law of Husband/Wife’ and become aware of how hard it is to take someone else’s role when you are ill equipped to do so. The more you link the theory to your personal experience, or how you have seen it in someone else, the better. (300 words minimum)

 

Some lectures will have more content than others, but the total word count for the written work on any lecture should be no less than 600 words and must not exceed 2000 words.

Your work must be word processed and submitted as a complete document covering all of Module 1.


Please note – you must hand in your portfolio one month prior to attending a Module 1 five-day review.

 


2. Point Location Exam

The point location exam takes place on the fourth day of the five-day intensive workshop and assesses your ability to find the points taught at this level. Instruction is given on film and supported with practical help from mentors and during point location classes and at the Five-Day Review. You will mark 12 acupuncture points in one hour; a minimum of 9 correct locations is required to pass. Should you not pass the exam, it can be retaken on day five. If you fail to pass at this stage, a re-take can be organised in London at a later date for a fee of £150.00. 


Although we will prepare you during the workshop, it is highly recommended you feel confident you can pass the exam prior to signing up for the Five-Day Review.

 


3. Philosophy/Theory and Points Theory Exam

This one hour written exam (multiple choice) takes place on Day 1 of the Five-Day Review and will test your comprehension and memory of all subject matter learned during this module. This includes the content of all the films that you will have watched and documented in your portfolio and also the following information that relates to the acupuncture points, found in your Meridians and Points book.

  • Roman numeral + point number (e.g., l7 - 7th point on the heart meridian)
  • Name of the point (e.g., Spirit Gate)
  • Type/function of point (e.g., earth point, sedation point and source point)

 

 

Module 2

 

1. Portfolio

The portfolio provides evidence of your understanding of the material. It is also an opportunity for you to reflect and assimilate the information and show your unique experience of the teachings. It will serve as a reference source in your future clinic. 

The portfolio is assessed with written feedback and a pass/fail or refer will be awarded. A ‘refer’ means that further written work is required. 

Every subject in the Module requires a written piece of work and must include:

  • Key points of the lecture  50 words)
  • A summary of the content of the lecture. A description (facts and detail) of the topic covered (this can include drawings and diagrams if appropriate) (300-1000 words)
  • Personal reflection. You need to demonstrate a depth of personal understanding of the material and show a growing awareness of the theory and practice of Five-Element Acupuncture. ‘Personal understanding’ is that you take ownership of the material and personalise it. For example, you may watch the film on the ‘Liver Official’ which talks about the emotion anger. Great reflection is your account of, for example, when you might remember feeling your anger was inappropriate and destructive. Or you may watch the film on the ‘Law of Husband/Wife’ and become aware of how hard it is to take someone else’s role when you are ill equipped to do so. The more you link the theory to your personal experience, or how you have seen it in someone else, the better. (300 words minimum)

 

Your work must be word processed and submitted as a complete document covering all of Module 2.


Please note – you must hand in your portfolio one month prior to attending a Module 2 five-day review.

 


2. Point Location Exam

The point location exam takes place on the fourth day of the Five-Day Review and assesses your ability to find the points taught at this level. Instruction is given on film and supported with practical help from mentors and during point location classes. You will mark 12 acupuncture points in one hour (minimum of 9 correct locations to pass). If you do not pass, the exam can be retaken on day five. If you fail to pass at this stage, a re-take can be organised at a later date for a fee of £150.00. 


It is highly recommended you feel confident that you can pass the exam before signing up for the Module 2 Five-Day Review.

 


3. Philosophy/Theory and Points Theory Exam

This one hour written exam (multiple choice) takes place on Day 1 of the Five-Day Review and will test your comprehension and memory of all subject matter learned during this module. This includes the content of all the films that you will have watched and documented in your portfolio and also the following information that relates to the acupuncture points, found in your Meridians and Points book.

  • Roman numeral + point number (e.g., Vlll 14 – 14th point on the Liver meridian)
  • Name of the point (e.g., Gate of Hope)
  • Type/function of point (e.g., Exit Point)

 


4. Case Studies

You will conduct five ‘Traditional Diagnosis’ (explained on film in this module) and submit your findings in your portfolio. Each case study must include a summary of the patient and a full description of each interview with factual/personal information about the patient, your five-element diagnosis, your observations and your personal experience, sharing your reactions and personal process (minimum 2000 words per case study).

 

 

Module 3

 

1. Portfolio 

The portfolio provides evidence of your understanding of the material. It is also an opportunity for you to reflect and assimilate the information and show your unique experience of the teachings. It will serve as a reference source in your future clinic.

The portfolio is assessed with written feedback and a pass/fail or refer will be awarded. A ‘refer’ means that further written work is required.

Every subject in the Module requires a written piece of work and must include:

  • Key points of the lecture  (50 words)
  • A summary of the content of the lecture. A description (facts and detail) of the topic covered (this can include drawings and diagrams if appropriate) (300-1000 words)
  • Personal reflection. You need to demonstrate a depth of personal understanding of the material and show a growing awareness of the theory and practice of Five-Element Acupuncture. ‘Personal understanding’ is that you take ownership of the material and personalise it. For example, you may watch the film on the ‘Liver Official’ which talks about the emotion anger. Great reflection is your account of, for example, when you might remember feeling your anger was inappropriate and destructive. Or you may watch the film on the ‘Law of Husband/Wife’ and become aware of how hard it is to take someone else’s role when you are ill equipped to do so. The more you link the theory to your personal experience, or how you have seen it in someone else, the better.(300 words minimum)


Some lectures will have more content than others, but the total word count for the written work on any lecture must not exceed 2000 words.


Your work must be word processed and submitted as a complete document covering all of Module 3.


Please note – you must hand in your portfolio one month prior to attending a Module 3 five-day review.

 


2. Theory and Point Theory Exam

This one hour written exam (multiple choice) takes place on Day 1 of the Five-Day Review and will test your comprehension and memory of all subject matter learned during this module. This includes the content of all the films that you will have watched and documented in your portfolio and also the following information that relates to the acupuncture points, found in your Meridians and Points book.

  • Roman numeral + point number (e.g., X 18 - 18th point on the heart meridian)
  • Name of the point (e.g., Support and Rush Out)
  • Type/function of point (e.g., Window of the Sky)

 


3. Diagnosis and Pulse Project

You are required to submit a body of written work (5000 words) or produce a 45-minute video that clearly evidences your experience of developing your senses for the purposes of five-element diagnosis (Colour, Sound, Odour, Emotion) and taking pulses. This is explained in detail in the film ‘Diagnosis and Pulse Project guidelines’ available on this module.

 


4.  Point Location Exam

The Module 3 Point location Exam takes place on the fourth day of the Five-Day Review in France and assesses your ability to find the points taught at this level. Instruction is given on film and supported with practical help from mentors and during point location classes. The exam consists of marking 12 acupuncture points in one hour (minimum of 9 correct locations to pass). If you do not pass, the exam can be retaken on day five. If you fail to pass at this stage, a re-take can be organised at a later date for a fee of £150.00. 


It is highly recommended you feel confident that you can pass the exam before signing up for the Module 3 Five-Day Review.

 

5. Needle and Moxa Practical Exam

This practical exam and ‘viva’ takes place on Day 4 of the Five-Day Review. You are required to show that you understand the health and safety aspects of practice and that you can confidently and safely burn moxa and needle into skin safely and with confidence.

 

 

Module 4

 

The Clinical

You will be treating patients under the supervision of one of our approved supervisors. You will perform 35 treatments in total, 25 under close supervision and a further 10 treatments with minimal supervision which can be remote by means of multi-media. Once you have completed your 35 supervised treatments the clinical aspect of your training is complete.


Your supervisor will support and guide you through the clinical experience. The clinical assessment (pass or fail) is based on attendance, good clinical practice (including fully completed paperwork) and your capacity to receive critical feedback and demonstrate your development and progression from week to week.


We publish a list of approved supervisors and their locations. It is your responsibility to contact them directly well in advance of starting Module 4. You will need to organise your own clinical schedule in coordination with your supervisor and find your own patients. You patients pay £25.00 for each treatment and this fee will be paid directly to your supervisor. Extensive notes on how to prepare for the clinical are found in student resources.


(You must have completed the one-day Level 3 Emergency First Aid At Work Course prior to starting Module 4. This training can be sourced locally to your work or home and is your own cost.

 

1. Clinical Records 

Your clinical records provide evidence of your clinical experience. For each treatment you perform you will need to provide the following:

  • Preface Sheet (a summary of each patient’s medical and personal history, your diagnosis and observations.
  • A fully completed Treatment Sheet. This must be signed and dated by your supervisor.

 

2. Case Studies

You will choose three of your patients as case studies and produce an in-depth report on each of them. You can either produce a written document (minimum 2000 words per patient) or create a filmed report of no less than 40 minutes per patient and no more than one hour. Each case study (written or explained on film) must include the following:

  • A detailed description of the Traditional Diagnosis that includes the patient’s factual/personal information and your personal and professional experience as the practitioner.
  • A detailed breakdown and explanation of five consecutive treatments given, your diagnosis and rationale for the treatments.
  • A projection of how you might treat the patient in the future with suggested treatment plans.
  • A summary of the experience and what you have learned.

 

3. Peer Review Presentation

You will choose one of your case studies to present to the group at the Module 4 Five-Day Review. This will include all aspects of your written or filmed presentation and you will host a Q&A session with the group.

 

4. Point Location Exam

The Module 4 Point location Exam takes place on the fourth day of the five-day intensive in France and assesses your ability to find any of the points taught in all Modules. Instruction is given on film and supported with practical help from mentors and during point location classes. The exam consists of marking 15 acupuncture points in one hour (a minimum of 11 correct locations to pass). If you do not pass, the exam can be retaken on day five. If you fail to pass at this stage, a re-take can be organised at a later date for a fee of £150.00. 


It is highly recommended you feel confident that you can pass the exam before signing up for the Module 4 Five-Day Review.

 

 

 

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