Pre-Congress Workshops

Pre-Congress Workshops will be held on Tuesday, May 15 and are not included in the Congress registration fee.  Those who wish to attend the pre-Congress workshops must register in advance.  Space to attend the pre-Congress workshops is limited.  


Full Day Workshop: $200 Registration Fee

09:00 - 17:00

*Lunch is not included in the workshop registration fee.



Advancing Research Literacy


Organizers:  Ather Ali, Rita Benn, Laura Lee Johnson, Peter Kozel, and Samantha Simmons
Description: The purpose of this full-day workshop is to increase research literacy in integrative medicine and healthcare in new investigators, including students (graduate and undergraduate) at conventional or CAM schools, residents, fellows, K-awardees and junior faculty within five years of their initial appointment. Others are welcome to attend, but the former will receive priority. The session will build on participants' basic knowledge of research methods to improve their understanding of developing a theoretically sound and viable research study which takes into account specific issues unique to complementary and alternative therapies and integrative care. The morning session will provide participants with conceptual and practical information for formulating their research study questions, and applying appropriate study designs, methodology and measurement tools to this process.  In the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a mock NIH grant review session and gain information about the criteria and process for how NCCAM grant applications are reviewed and funded.


Morning Workshops: $125 Registration Fee

09:00 – 12:00


Evidence-based CAM: State of the Science of Chiropractic, Naturopathic and Traditional East Asian Medicine: SOLD OUT

Organizers:  Heather Zwickey, Roni Evans, Cyndy Long, and Ryan Milley

Description: As integrative medicine grows, medical care teams more frequently include MDs, NDs, LAcs, DCs, and others. In order for integrative teams to function well and to aid referrals, physicians should be aware of the research base in a variety of disciplines. This workshop will introduce participants to landmark studies in chiropractic, naturopathic, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, highlight current research in these disciplines, and identify new research directions and appropriate methodologies for studying these fields. The workshop is designed for MDs, NDs, DCs, LAcs, DOs, PhDs, and anyone interested in research in these fields.

Clinical Hypnosis as an Adjunct in Peri-Operative Medicine and Pain Management in Children, Adolescents and Adult Patients
Organizers: Haleh Saadat, and Rae Ann Kingsley

Description: This workshop will introduce clinical hypnosis as a therapeutic intervention in routine daily clinical practice.  The emphasis will be to demonstrate the ease of integration of this method in procedural sedation and pain management through case scenario discussions and experiential learning.


Health Coaching: State of the Science

Organizers: Karen Lawson, Karen Calfas, Ruth Wolever, David Eisenberg

Organization: National Consortium for Credentialing of Health and Wellness Coaches, Research Task Force

Description: This session will provide participants with the state of the field of Health Coaching from a scientific perspective, with an emphasis on definition, clinical applications, and state of existing research.  In addition, there will be a discussion of current research issues and plans for the future from the leaders of the Research Task Force of the National Consortium for Credentialing of Health and Wellness Coaches.


Afternoon Workshops: Registration Fee $125

14:00 - 17:00


Writing a CAM Grant: Challenges in Clinical Trial Design and Important Statistical Considerations

Organizers:  Steven Simon, Richard Kotz, Cyndy Long and Sreelatha Meleth

Organization: American Statistical Association’s CAM Working Group

Description: This workshop is intended to help participants in their CAM grant writing efforts with an emphasis on addressing important issues pertaining to clinical trial design, statistical considerations and how to present a study proposal to grant reviewers.


Systematic Review Research Methods Training: Focus on CAM
Organizers: Eric Manheimer and Susan Wieland

Organization: Cochrane Collaboration Complementary Medicine Field (at University of Maryland)

Description: This workshop will provide CAM researchers with knowledge relevant to preparing and interpreting systematic reviews and meta-analyses of CAM therapies.


Fostering Empathy: A Hands-On Training for Healthcare Professionals: SOLD OUT

Organizer: Melanie Neumann, Orit Karnieli-Miller, Hadass Goldblatt, Diethard Tauschel, Friedrich Edelhäuser, Gabriele Lutz, Christian Scheffer

Description: This workshop will provide a practical, hands-on training experience to teach empathy to health professionals based on a German-Israeli study.  The format will be a combination of didactic approaches and a number of experiential exemplar practices and exercises. This workshop is designed to help participants get an idea of what clinical empathy is, how to find one’s own path toward empathic understanding of patients, how to reflect on empathy, and how to translate the training experience into practice.