Course Info

Welcome to 5NP Texas

John has been training mental health and medical providers in the acudetox 5-point protocol since 2005.  Martha jumped in when she could, about 2017, and attended the NADA international conference to learn more about the remarkable history of this tool. The stories are simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring. We are glad you are here and interested in bringing this to your practice.  Those who have come before you report incredible results from their very first treatments offered.  Let’s get started!

Course Format

The acudetox 5-Needle Protocol training is 70 hours, divided into didactic and clinical experiences. It is a three day, in-person training with a short, online follow-up session scheduled by the group a month later. Participants learn auricular acupuncture point locations, needling techniques, clean needle precautions, tenets of traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist philosophy of wellbeing, clinical strategies for application and integration of ear acupuncture into treatment programs and psychotherapy. Training is conducted in a clinical setting allowing trainees valuable hands-on experience with a client population.

Trainees are responsible for scheduling supervised clinical experiences and homework assignments and will not be considered eligible for a certificate until completion.

This class is packed with information and can sometimes be a paradigm shift for clinicians.  We try to balance the pressure of that work with a number of relaxation practices to demonstrate the real nature of the acudetox experience, yin replenishment! Altogether, it is a unique experience for most attendees.

Upcoming Training Dates

April 22-24, 2023

Unless otherwise specified, trainings are conducted Sat/Sun/Mon 10am to 6pm at:
Northwest Counseling & Wellness Center
12335 Hymeadow Drive, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78750

*Note: If your organization has 10 or more professionals who would like to be trained together, it is possible for us to travel to your location for the training. Please call to discuss.


Training cost is $650 payable by check or credit card.  Fees include detailed training manual, materials, transcript and CEUs.  A total of 24 CEU hours are offered to attendees including 2 hours of ethics, and one hour of HIV AIDS.  You must be present during the entire course and submit an evaluation form to receive CEUs.

Upon completing requirements, your training certificate and transcript will be sent to the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners to begin the process of becoming a certified acudetox specialist, (ADS). If you are attending from another state, the same information will be provided to your state’s licensing board for you.

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