Undergraduate Training at Yellow Path

Licentiate in Five-Element Acupuncture (Lic.Ac.)

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 (please scroll to the end of this page for a film on 'The 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 film 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. (NB. Not required for point location films). 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 calendar 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 Review and assesses your ability to find the points taught at this level. Instruction is given on film, supported with practical help from mentors and during point location classes and also a 'master class' 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.

 

IMPORTANT

Although we will prepare you during the workshop, it is essential you feel confident you can pass the exam prior to signing up for the Five-Day Review. If you have not prepared adequately, and this is evident during the point location review sessions, you will not be permitted to continue and will need to postpone until the next Five-Day Review.

 

3. Philosophy/Theory and Points Theory Exam

This one hour written exam (multiple choice/30 questions) takes place on Day 1 of the Five-Day Review. This exam will test your comprehension and memory of all subject matter learned in this module. This includes the content of all the films that you will have watched and documented in your portfolio and the bullet-pointed information at the end of this section that relates to the acupuncture points, found in your Meridians and Points book. You will need to achieve 21 correct answers out of 30 to pass. This exam can also be retaken on Day 5 of the Five-Day Review. 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. 

  • 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)


4. Additional (non assessed) requirement

  • You are required to take and document a minimum of 40 pulses per calendar month from the day you kickstart your training on the Induction Day. You will need to send an electronic copy (monthly) of your pulse sheets to admin@yellowpath.com. They must have the person's name, time of day, the pulse reading and your observations of colour, sound, odour and emotion.
  • You are also required to observe a minimum of 15 treatments with a variety of practitioners. You will find a form that must be completed and signed by the host practitioner and also write up your experience to be included in your portfolio.


 

 

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 film 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 (NB. Not required for demonstration films or point location). 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 calendar 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. 


IMPORTANT

Although we will prepare you during the workshop, it is essential you feel confident you can pass the exam prior to signing up for the Five-Day Review. If you have not prepared adequately, and this is evident during the point location review sessions, you will not be permitted to continue and will need to postpone until the next 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 Diagnoses' (TD's). This is explained on film in your Module 2 Learning Resources/Assessments ('How to conduct a Traditional Diagnosis and write up your case studies'). Each case study will form part of your portfolio and must include the following:

  • Preface Sheet (template found in Module 2 Learning Resources) 
  • A full description of each interview to include, factual/personal information about the patient, your five-element diagnosis, your observations and your personal experience, sharing your reactions and personal process (word count per Case Study 1000 - 1500.



5. Additional (non assessed) requirement

  • You are required to take and document a minimum of 40 pulses per calendar month from the day you kickstart your training on the Clinical Skills Day. You will need to send an electronic copy (monthly) of your pulse sheets to admin@yellowpath.com. They must have the person's name, time of day, the pulse reading and your observations of colour, sound, odour and emotion.
  • You are also required to observe a minimum of 15 treatments with a variety of practitioners. You will find a form that must be completed and signed by the host practitioner and also write up your experience to be included in your portfolio.

 


 

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.


Word count for each section of your Module 3 Portfolio.

Theory – Windows of the Sky 

  • Key points of the lecture (50 words minimum)
  • A summary of the content of the lecture (300-1000 words)
  • Personal reflection (300 words minimum)


Spirit of the Points (non-command points)

  • Your understanding of each point (50 words minimum)
  • Personal reflection on the entire lecture (all points) (300 words minimum)


 Point Location

There is NO requirement to submit notes on point location. This is assessed by means of the point location examination.


Diagnosis and Treatment

 1.Treatment Planning (Case Study 1 & 2)

  • Discussion/reflection of your learning (500 words minimum for each case study)

2. Filmed Patient Case Studies (6 films)

  • Discussion/reflection of your learning (300 words minimum for each case study)


The Physical Examination

  • Key points of the lecture (50 words minimum)
  • A summary of the content of the lecture (300-1000 words)
  • Personal reflection (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 calendar 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 so far including this module, as well as modules 1 and 2. This includes the content of all the films that you will have watched and documented in all your portfolios 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 Module 3 Learning Resources/Assessments.

 


4.  Point Location Exam

The Module 3 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. The exam consists of marking 15 acupuncture points in one hour (minimum of 12 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. 


IMPORTANT

Although we will prepare you during the workshop, it is essential you feel confident you can pass the exam prior to signing up for the Five-Day Review. If you have not prepared adequately, and this is evident during the point location review sessions, you will not be permitted to continue and will need to postpone until the next 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.



6. Additional (non assessed) requirement

  • You are required to take and document a minimum of 40 pulses per calendar month from the day you kickstart your training on the Clinical Skills Day. You will need to send an electronic copy (monthly) of your pulse sheets to admin@yellowpath.com. They must have the person's name, time of day, the pulse reading and your observations of colour, sound, odour and emotion.
  • You are also required to observe a minimum of 15 treatments with a variety of practitioners. You will find a form that must be completed and signed by the host practitioner and also write up your experience to be included in your portfolio.

 

 


Module 4

 

1. Portfolio (please scroll to the end of this page for a film on 'The 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 film 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. (NB. Not required for point location films). 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 – your portfolio must be handed in and have received a pass before you can be awarded your Licentiate in Five-Element Acupuncture (Lic.Ac.).

 

2. The Clinical

You will be treating patients under the supervision of one or more 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.


There are 2 ways of completing your clinical hours.


1. Treat patients under supervision studying with a group at our purpose-built training site in the City of London (27 Holywell Row, London, EC2A 4JB). We provide the space and the supervision but you will organise your own clinical schedule and find your own patients. You patients pay £25.00 for each treatment.


Providing we have a minimum of four students who have completed Module 3, the clinical programme will start every September and March. If we do not have this number of students, or you wish to start at a different time you can take our second option below.


2. Treat patients under the supervision of one of our approved supervisors at a location agreed by both parties. Important - 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. 


IMPORTANT

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.

 

3. 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.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

6. Point Location Exam

The Module 4 point location exam takes place on the fourth day of the Five-Day Review and assesses your ability to find any of the points taught in all  four 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. 


IMPORTANT

Although we will prepare you during the workshop, it is essential you feel confident you can pass the exam prior to signing up for the Five-Day Review. If you have not prepared adequately, and this is evident during the point location review sessions, you will not be permitted to continue and will need to postpone until the next Five-Day Review.


 

 

 

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