The Training Course

Dr. Kenny “Khensu” Carter • Registered NADA Trainer
Medical Acupuncturist Integrative Psychiatry Consultant, Population-Based Whole Health Care

On-site and In-person only. Students must attend all three days in full (24 hrs) and complete the homework (6 hrs). Follow up of certificate hours (40 client hrs) as described below. Maximum 20 students.

FEE $135 includes:

  • One-year annual National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA) Member subscription
  • NADA Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) Certificate upon successful completion of required competencies
  •  Admin processing fee.
  •  Registered Trainers fee (complimentary at $0 for this introductory training only)
  • Class size will be limited, so register early.

Certificate of Training Completion: Competency based. Includes requirement for 30 hours didactic and completion of at least 40 supervised individual client hours. Includes trainee demonstration of ability to complete four client/NADA protocol interventions per hour. Includes trainee demonstration of ability to engage clients in a culturally competent and sensitive manner throughout the training process.

Awarding Certificate: Certificate of training completion is awarded only after trainee submits documentation of completion of at least 40 patient hours to merit NADA Certificate of Training Completion. This requirement must be satisfied in three months following the intensive training weekend.
Practice Guidelines & Restrictions: Trainees are responsible for identifying all local laws governing their scope of practice. Check your State and Provincial Laws for more info.
Course Location:
NCMC, 589 Broad Street, Newark NJ 07102 (Size of attendance may effect the location. There is no elevator access.)
Registration will open on April 16th.

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You can download a PDF of this page through the link below. It includes all hyperlinks.


Mandatory Reading & Viewing

Must be completed before June 28th.
Ear Acupuncture for Substance Misuse and Stress Reduction

— Carter KO, Olshan-Perlmutter M.  NADA Protocol:  Integrative Acupuncture in  Addictions.  Journal of Addictions Nursing, October/December 2014, volume 25, #4, 182-187.
— Carter K, Olshan-Perlmutter M.  Impulsivity and stillness: NADA, Pharmaceuticals, and Psychotherapy in Substance Misuse and other DSM 5 Disorders.  Behavioral Sciences, 2015, 5, 537-546.
— Olshan-Perlmutter M, Carter K, Marx J.  Auricular Acupressure Reduces Anxiety and Burnout in Behavioral Healthcare.  Journal of Applied Nursing Research: Special Issue on Nursing Wellness. 2019 Oct;49:57-63. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2019.05.011.
— Carter K, Olshan-Perlmutter M, Marx J, Martini J, Cairns S.  NADA Ear Acupuncture:  An Adjunctive Treatment to Improve and Maintain Positive Outcomes in Substance Misuse Treatment.  Behavioral Sciences, 2017, 7(2), 1-13; doi: 10.3390/bs7020037.


What is the NADA Protocol?

The NADA Protocol is a non-verbal approach to healing.

NADA involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles, beads, or magnets into specific sites on each ear. The recipients sit quietly in a group setting for 30-45 minutes allowing the treatment to take effect.

NADA ear acupuncture is an adjunct therapy which is clinically effective, cost-efficient, drug-free and compatible cross-culturally. It can easily be established within behavioral health, addictions or disaster relief settings or in any location that a group of people can sit together.

The combined application of acupuncture with counseling, education, medical support and self-help groups such as AA and NA enhances opportunities for success.

The benefits of NADA:

• Reduced cravings for alcohol and drugs, including nicotine
• Minimized withdrawal symptoms
• Increased calmness, better sleep, and less agitation
• Relief from stress and emotional trauma
• An easier connection with counseling
• A discovery of inner quiet and strength.

Treatment Use & Practitioners

A treatment used for:

• Trauma & crisis
• Mental health & wellness
• Substance misuse disorders & addiction
• Resiliency
• Behavioral health & wellness.

Who can be trained?

• Addictions & harm reduction counselors
• Mental health therapists & social workers
• Correctional officers & drug court personnel
• Disaster relief teams & trauma support center staff
• First responders & EMTs
• Acupuncturists
• Medical doctors, health promoters & nurses.


Ear Stimulation & Lincoln Legacy Cordial Tea

Any caregiver can easily learn and implement the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association’s (NADA) protocol using 5-point ear stimulation and the Lincoln Legacy Tea. Successful trainees will receive the nationally/internationally recognized NADA Certificate of Training Completion.

The NADA Protocol can be easily used in any location where a group of people can sit together. It is most commonly used for behavioral health & wellness, addictions, disaster & emotional trauma. It is a technique that is versatile, effective and economical.

Completion of this 3-Day NADA in-person training (24 hrs), coupled with some homework (6 hrs) and completion of requisite protocol/client applications (40 hours) is sufficient to prepare most trainees to receive the competency-based NADA Certificate of Training Completion as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS).

Again, trainees are responsible for identifying all local laws governing their scope of practice. Check your State and Provincial Laws for more info.

Background Information

Dr. Kenny “Khensu” Carter MD, MPH, NCCAOM

Diplomate Integrative Psychiatry Consultant, Registered NADA Trainer, Medical Acupuncture, Founder Medicine Wheel Healing Arts, Researcher, Author, Population-Based Whole Health Care, and Primary Care-Mental Health Integration.

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association trains people in the NADA protocol, an ear acupressure and acupuncture intervention for trauma, substance misuse, abuse, dependence and related behavioral and mental health conditions. Together they promote and advocate for access to holistic health as a right of all communities. They envision a world where healthcare is people-centered, holistic, and accessible to the most vulnerable and underserved in our communities. The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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Newark Center for Meditative Culture
Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC) is an urban meditation community serving within the context of the socially engaged, multi-cultural, and diverse population of the Greater Newark Area and beyond. NCMC is an inclusive community of practice, study, healing, and social engagement that provides a refuge for all people who seek meditation, spiritual development, and a purposeful, conscientious lifestyle. Newark Center for Meditative Culture is a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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