Two San Francisco powerhouses of holistic healing, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), are merging. Together they are building a visionary approach to applied integral health.
So much so, that Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed the official union on July 1, “Mind, Body, Spirit Day” to mark the historic collaboration between Chinese medicine and mental health.
The two institutions have already been test-driving new clinical models of integrative care. In April, building on a former pilot project, ACTCM and CIIS began offering auricular acupuncture services at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in downtown San Francisco. Clinic Director at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy Steuart Gold sees, going forward, a “deepening of interdisciplinary collaboration, exploring the tools, methods and relationships between mental health counseling and Chinese medical approaches.”
The collaboration employs psycho-education and experiential exercises, alongside acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Trainees and interns facilitate peer-supported explorations that include body-sensing awareness, grounding and centering exercises, and methods for identifying and transforming negative beliefs.
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