Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,
Northamptonshire

Rebecca Avern

Workshop title

Causes, diagnosis and treatment of teenage anxiety and depression: an epidemic of our times

Workshop times

Sunday 09.00-11.00

Workshop description

The prevalence of anxiety and depression in teenagers is growing and at the same time, adolescent mental health services are under-resourced and overstretched. From a Chinese medicine perspective, at its core it is a problem of the shen. As acupuncturists, there is a lot we can do to help ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression so that the teenager is able to thrive once again. We will look at:

  • the nature of adolescence from the Chinese medicine perspective
  • aspects of life in the 21st century that contribute to anxiety and depression, and the effect these aspects have on the qi
  • diagnosis of anxiety and depression
  • treatment techniques
  • some quirks of working with teenagers

Speaker biography

Rebecca is the author of a major new text-book, Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers, which emphasises the internal causes of disease in children and treating the child as well as the illness.

Rebecca gained a licence in acupuncture from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine 18 years ago. She worked with Giovanni Maciocia for four years on the writing of Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine. She has since trained with and learned from several experts in paediatric acupuncture, most notably Julian Scott. She founded and runs a busy paediatric clinic in Oxford.

Rebecca is a senior lecturer, clinical supervisor and teaching clinic director at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. She teaches paediatrics at undergraduate and postgraduate level there, and at the Traditional Acupuncture Academy.

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