Pamela Ellen Ferguson Dipl.ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA and GSD Certified Instructor, LMT (Tx) and MT-CEU Provider for TX (CE#1356), is AOMA's Asian Bodywork Therapy Dean Emerita. She now teaches advanced and experimental CEU ABT workshps in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where she innovated courses to help practitioners in all forms of western and Asian medicine work with clients experiencing trauma, from Belfast to Berlin. She co-created the Artemis art group in Austin TX for women veterans experiencing PTSD , together with AOMA graduate Kim Layne L.Ac, and artist and army veteran Annie McMillin. Pam has authored several books including major textbooks The Self Shiatsu Handbook, and TAKE FIVE - the five elements guide to health and harmony. Together with Debra Duncan Persinger PhD she co-edited SAND TO SKY- Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine, including her own chapter on Trauma workshops titled Gained in Translation. Pam is the ABT columnist for Acupuncture Today, where her various columns on trauma, and on the Artemis Group, can be downloaded from
- Teach practitioners in all forms of medicine to recognize and work creatively with signs of trauma/PTSD in clients
- Help L.Acs and ABTs understand the triggering effects prompted by specific acupoints and meridians that have become "memory banks".
- Help L.Acs and ABTs center themselves in Qi to avoid being thrown/unsettled by clients suddenly reacting in alarming ways to unexpected noises, or comments, or smells, or even music - that might trigger past - often hidden - memories.
- Teach L,Acs and ABTS to incorporate some creative techniques to help with the after effects of road accidents - by encouraging clients to describe the accident using a large drawing pad, markers and toy cars, to help pinpoint often unexplained injury patterns and spin-offs, in a safe and structured way.
- And finally, help participants - in an indirect way - to gain new insights into their own traumatic experiences to help them understand patterns in clients.