Dealing with Children and Parents as Acupuncturists

Ways to get in touch and treat children + to relate to parents: the therapeutic encounter

Paediatric practice may be very demanding in terms of clinical interaction. We focus on the situations in which we feel puzzled, exasperated, inadequate. Ethics, therapeutic alliance, empathy, yin attitude, dysfunctional habits, children and needles.

Elisa Rossi
Elisa Rossi

Course Overview

We work with children that are in trouble and with their parents who hope to find a solution. It is a delicate situation: our paediatric practice may be very demanding in terms of clinical interaction. The relationship is part of the treatment. How Classics give great attention to the encounter of patient and practitioner.


Ways to relate to parents – in terms of behaviour and communication, but starting from the exploration of what the interaction moves inside us. We focus on the situations in which we feel puzzled, exasperated, angry, inadequate, hopeless.


Clinical cases. Contents:


(1) Ethics - Every relationship is an exchange of qi: the quality of our qi influences the therapeutic encounter. Quotations from the Classics.

(2) Therapeutic alliance - Need to co-work with the parents: the child’s qi is still closely connected to the parent’s qi.


Dysfunctional habits.


(1) Communication - The clinical interview starts from listening: keep quiet, receptive, accepting, soft – a yin attitude. Key-points to reach the patient.

(2) The Treatment frame - Different quality and density of an acupuncture session, its separate space. Dealing with time, space, requests, cancellations, compensation.

(3) Children and Needles - Respect, flexibility and determination.


Creation of the “bubble of a qi space”.


(1) Empathy - Understand, feel and share thoughts and emotions of another in a given situation. Also in case of “intolerable” parents.

(2) Emptiness and wuwei - Importance of not-doing, abstaining, yin-pause.


  • How to relate with parents in pediatric treatment, their doubts and fears. Ethics. Ways of creating a therapeutic alliance to co-work.

  • Key-points that help in communicating and in the clincal interview. How to create a therapeutic frame: time, space, appointments, compensation.

  • How to get in touch with children in acupuncture treatment. How to use needles in children. How to deal with their fear.

  • How to deal with anger, mistrust, aggressivness. And sorrow, helplessness, inadequacy. Of parents and of ourselves.

  • Seeing from clinical experience how to shift the perspective in "difficult cases", to find closeness, alliance, empathy . Presentation and discussion of cases.


  • 0 hrs - 15 min

    Ethical behaviour with children and parents. Overview of the Classics. Therapeutic Alliance.

  • 15 min - 30 min

    Communication. Key-points of Clinical Interview. Use of Chinese Medical Language. The Treatment Frame.

  • 30 min - 45 min

    The treatment frame: time, space, appointments, compensation. Thoughts on our motivations.

  • 45 min - 1.25 hrs

    The use of needles in children. Flexibility and determination. Creation of a "qi space". Addressing their dear. Empathy and wuswi. Clinical cases.

  • 1.25 hrs - 1.75 hrs

    How to find a Yin attitude with aggressive, spiteful, trustless parents. Two extensive clinical cases.

  • 1.75 hrs - 2 hrs

    The help that comes from a wu-wei attitude. What an extensive clinical case can suggest to better understand the possible sabotage of the therapy.


Elisa Rossi

Elisa Rossi is a PhD, MD, Psychiatrist, Acupuncturist and Licensed Psychotherapist. In 1983, after a 3-year Course in Acupuncture in Milan, Elisa attended the Training Course of TCM in Beijing. She went back to China 7 more times gaining clinical experience in the TCM Departments of Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Jinan.


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    Approved By: NCCAOM (2), Florida (2), Standard Certificate (2)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Webinar

  • Course Length: 2 h

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