Alaine Duncan, M.Ac.

As founder of Integrative Healing, LLC, Alaine Duncan works to integrate modern understandings of the neurobiology of traumatic stress with ancient principles of acupuncture and Asian medicine in the classroom and the treatment room.  She was a charter-member of the Integrative Health and Wellness Program at the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C., spending 10 years caring for veterans and serving on research studies evaluating acupuncture for combat-related trauma.

Her book, The Tao Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Healing outlines the East-meets-West approaches to restore balance and regulation in trauma survivors explored in her classes.

She earned her Master of Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 1990, and completed Somatic Experiencing training in 2007. She is Chair of the Washington, D.C. Area Acupuncturists Without Borders chapter, providing free services to immigrants/refugees.


Ethical Considerations for the Treatment of Trauma Survivors (2 Ethics PDA Points)
This workshop explores important ethical principles for working with trauma survivors, presenting a foundation for understanding the physiological, psycho-emotional, and energetic dynamics of trauma from an integrative perspective of neurobiology and the Five Elements of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine. The course helps practitioners develop a foundation that serves as a departure point for exploring critical choices they must make to provide ethical treatment for trauma survivors. With this awareness, practitioners can make situationally appropriate choices with respect to patient consent, respecting rights and dignity, clinical transparency, cultural competency, non-discrimination, patient privacy, appropriate boundaries, scope of practice and other areas.