State licensing boards and professional associations set forth professional codes of ethics to define standards of professional conduct that ensure the highest good for the client in our therapeutic relationships. The first step in practicing ethically is to become aware of these established regulations and to implement them within your professional practice. This ethics program will provide you with a structure for ethical decision-making that will serve your clients, yourself, your profession and your community.
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.
A. Kurtz, LMT, NCTMB
I have taken several ethics courses through the years with top presenters in the field. This course was the MOST educational, concise, helpful, thought-provoking class I have ever had in ethics. Total THUMBS UP! I think it should be used in every massage school curriculum.
Maryann Benitez, LMT, NCTMB
This program was a great refresher on boundries and the complex relationships that can develop between client/practitioner. I was impressed by its scope, directness , practical applications and thorough brevity.
Fred Isom, LMT, NCTMB
This is a well rounded, straight forward, and sound course on therapeutic relationships. I gained a new vocabulary word in the process. It even refreshed my memory on basics learned in the classroom!
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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.