Gate of Life

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

21-23 September 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton,
Coventry

Deb Connor

Workshop title

The 12 steps of recovery: how working the steps can transform you and your acupuncture practice.

Workshop times

Sunday 11.30 13.00

Workshop description

In this fun, lively and brutally honest session Deb Connor will walk us through the 12 steps of recovery and describe how everyone can benefit from working the steps. She will describe how transformation is always possible; regardless of what we are addicted to, be it food, alcohol or drugs. She will outline the subtle addiction to a pattern of thinking that many acupuncturists, particularly those at the start of their practice share – the belief that you cannot be financially secure as a self-employed practitioner.

Understanding and implementing the 12 steps can be a fabulous way for acupuncturists to take their practice or business to that next level and release the ‘addiction’ to failure or low income. If you work with addicts in recovery or you are prepared to admit you are addicted to something, learning more about the 12 steps is a must.

Speaker biography

‘Rev Deb’ is a trainee OneSpirit interfaith minister, trainee Daoist priest and TCM acupuncturist. As a recovered addict herself, Deb uses the 12-step programme across all aspects of her life and work. Prior to making a life change and studying TCM at Salford University, Deb worked as a nurse and clinical educator and enjoyed a long career in the NHS. Graduating in 2007 she travelled to China for further study at the Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, before setting up her own acupuncture clinic in St Helens, Merseyside. Deb shares her time between her own clinic in St Helens and working at the Manchester Movement Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has taught on a number of UK-based acupuncture, nursing, education and psychology degree and master’s courses. Her main teaching commitments at present relate to spirituality and addiction. Deb runs workshops, online training and coaching programmes inspired by Daoist philosophy, the teachings of A Course in Miracles and the 12 steps.

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