Ethics for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

About the Course
This course emphasizes the principles and standards of ethical practice for massage therapy and bodywork, and ethical issues that impact the professional in daily practice. The course includes steps to identify potential ethical conflicts, and strategies for ethical decision-making to avoid and resolve ethical issues before they become problematic. The components of informed consent, documentation and records maintenance, establishing boundaries, and collaboration with supervisors and colleagues for integrated healthcare, are detailed based on ethical standards of best practice.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the principles of the professional Code of Ethics from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).
  • List and define five standards of practice from the AMTA, the ABMP and the NCBTMB, and give an example of each standard.
  • Explain the concepts of power dynamics, transference and counter transference related to the scope of practice in massage and bodywork.
  • List five key elements of documentation and records maintenance, including the HIPAA Privacy Rule. 
  • Define the risks involved with dual or multiple-role relationships between therapists and clients and list four strategies that reinforce appropriate boundaries. 
  • Explain the relationship between patient autonomy and therapist/client agreements, including the client's bill of rights, informed consent, and right to refuse treatment.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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