Touch for the Seriously Ill


14 CE Hours

Course Options:

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


Written by experts in the field, this course provides a depth of experience and sensitivity for working with seriously ill clients.

In this course, you will learn about:

  • common stressful issues of illness care.
  • support systems and mentors - their importance and benefits.
  • responding appropriately when you feel overwhelmed.
  • the philosophical and practical aspects of working with the seriously ill.
  • introductory skilled touch for seriously ill people.
  • full body massage for bedridden clients.
  • working in illness-care environments - hospitals, nursing homes, hospice and home care.
  • considerations when working with people that are HIV positive.
  • sexuality issues that might arise when working with seriously ill clients.
  • comforting people who are dying.
  • contraindications when working with seriously ill clients.
  • ethical dilemmas that occur when working with clients in illness care settings.
  • saying goodbye and coping with the death of a client.

A list of resources for further study, including sources for hands-on training, are included.

Course Reviews

Carole Forman, CMT

I work in a hospice setting. The information presented was invaluable to me. Both Sharon's and Irene's open sharing was inspiring and made me proud to be in this profession, doing this work. The factual info was clear and concise and is a wonderful adjunct and resource for me. And reminds me how important it is to refresh what we know and hear it again and again. They are both wonderful role models...they make me strive to be the best I can. Well-informed, well-said information presented with care and compassion.

Leigh Chen, Massage Therapist, South Carolina

This is a wonderful course. It covers everything from matters of the heart to disease transmission in an easy to grasp, interesting manner. I plan to keep this information on hand because it is such a quality reference.

Patricia A. Standfield LMT, NCTMB, AMTA, Rock Hill, SC

I felt the information was very informative and caused me to evaluate how I am currently performing in my massage practice. I appreciate the candor and openness of the personal experiences of the writers and educators. It helped me see how important it is to have a professional support system. I felt it was outstanding and I wish to thank all responsible for enlightening me further.

Sarah Newfeld-Green, LMT

This course was really interesting and important to me since I look after my husband who is not well in many ways. It reminded me to take more care and patience in how I communicate with him which can be difficult since he is very hard of hearing. Sharon and Irene are both so inspiring with their work and I appreciate their sharing so much to help all of us who are massage therapists.

Holly Brim, CMT, NCTMB

Course was much more informative than I expected and provided excellent refresher material that I had forgotten. I was truly impressed with the people/resources that were utilized in preparing this course. Thank you for providing the convenience and information on a subject dear o my heart. I do volunteer work with Hospice and will recommend it to all Hospice Massage Therapists.

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  • Manual - 127 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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