Standards of Practice provide massage therapists with clear, written expectations of professional conduct that can protect both the client and the practitioner and safeguard the therapeutic value of the relationship.This course reviews NCBTMB Standard I: Professionalism and Standard V: Roles and Boundaries in detail and helps you consider how they relate to your practice.
Today we find people with HIV infection among our clientele, our circle of friends and our families. HIV infected persons are seeking healing modalities that enhance the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of their being. Touch is in the forefront of these modalities. This course will greatly assist you in providing your skills with greater awareness and sensitivity for people who have HIV infection.
In this course, you will learn about the history, diagnosis, treatment, transmission and global impact of HIV and AIDS as well as universal precautions, contraindications, benefits of bodywork to HIV/AIDS clients and the emotional impact to the practitioner.
Massage therapists are increasingly working in various medical settings - physician's offices, long term care facilities, hospitals - and the population of the United States continues to become more ethnically diverse. As a result, it is important that as health care providers working as part of a multi-disciplinary team we become more familiar with the cultural differences of our clients to become more sensitive to their perspective so that we may provide the best care. Additionally, it is important that we impart sensitivity to other cultures, and to our support staff, so that each person we are in contact with is treated with consideration.
For additional Maryland Mandatory Program Set options visit our Maryland Packages page.
Barbara Thaler, LMT, NCTMB
This course raised my awareness of cultural differences that affect quality of health care in a massage practice. There were several specific examples given that I will remember for the future. Living in such a diverse area as metropolitan DC, this course was essential.
Teresa Luechtefeld, LMT, NCTMB
May I say wow. I've taken 4 HIV classes since becoming a massage therapist. This was much, much better than any of them. Well writen, interesting, and compassionate without being sappy. Thank you for making this requirement enjoyable.
Bruce A. Lederer, LMT, NCTMB
The material is clear, informative and interestingly written. It took a subject that many of us have heard and/or read many times yet it,cleared out the cob webs and brought the subject clearly back to the forefront--in a crystal clear manner.
Danielle DiLaura LMT
I enjoyed this course very much. Although I know and recognize what ethics and professionalism are in the massage practice, I enjoyed the refresher. I found it very interesting and applicable, since lines can so easily be blurred in this profession. thank you very much!
Lydia Overton, LMT, NCTMB
I found the explanations of what a client may be experiencing emotionally and cognitively especially helpful, along with suggestions of how to respond with patience and simple and clear communication.
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.