Ethics: Roles & Boundaries


2 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • Fully Online Materials and Test
  • Materials and Test Shipped to You


This general practice level course provides massage and bodywork professionals with a discussion of the major legal and ethical concepts and terms related to roles and boundaries, so that one may better understand how these concepts are applied in the health professions today. This course provides a short and concise review.

This course reviews:

  • Definitions for assault, battery, sexual assault, false imprisonment, defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress
  • Examples of breach of confidentiality and the healthcare professional's obligations regarding the informed consent process
  • Transference, countertransference and boundaries and application in practice situations

Course Reviews

S. Sinclair, LMT, NCTMB

This was one of the most interesting ethics courses I've taken. Many topics were new to me and very timely and applicable. I actually felt that I took away some valuable information from this course.

Elizabeth Janele, LMT, NCTMB

I am glad that I am required to take this course. Over time practicing as a therapist, I think it is easy to lose sight of certain rules and boundaries that might seem more clear cut right out of school. I learned a great deal about myself through reading the material contained in the course.

Sandra Mills-Epstein, LMT

I took this course on the final leg of completing my CEU's for NYS. My intent was to simply get through it to get the last of the credits I needed. After practicing for many years I didn't think I really "needed" another look at "Ethics". What a surprise to find the course in it's entirety important, interesting, helpful, insightful and meaningful. I'll be back for more.

Mita Sigaard, LMT

Some of the legal terminology was very new and exciting and unexpected. I had never known the difference between a tort and a crime, or defamation vs. invasion of privacy. Most of these things are not discussed in relation to massage therapy.

Martha Harger, LMT, NCTMB

I feel like the class really capture key points that ALL therapists need to know, and as a business owner having worked with multiple therapists for years, many of them could use this review!!

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  • Manual - 31 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to complete this program online please select the "Materials: Available online + Test: Available online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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