Ethics: Health Professionalism


4 CE Hours


This short course gives massage therapists and bodyworkers an opportunity to reflect on their own professionalism and several important ethical considerations that relate to the health professions.

This course reviews:

  • the roles and boundaries of your practice
  • commonly misunderstood questions about the scientific method and how to apply them to setting the boundaries of your practice
  • the correct application of each component of the therapeutic process: assessment, referral, therapeutic action and outcome evaluation
  • important ethical considerations that relate to the roles and boundaries of professional massage and/or bodywork

Course Reviews

Pamela Fuller, LMP

Completing this course was my first experience with IIHS. The course materials were very well organized and clearly written; the content was current and highly relevant; the course fee was reasonable; and the test questions were easy to understand. I will definitely seek future courses from IIHS. Thanks for such a positive experience!

K. Little NCMT Rexburg, ID

I really enjoyed the "Paradigms of Health and Illness". Thank you for holding my attention by looking at more facets of a common topic! I loved being able to test online. That\'s a nice plus for those of us with a busy schedule.

Arleen Gersten, LMT

The material was clear and straight forward. I enjoyed reading as it reminded me how important it is to set boundaries a in a clear, firm and respectful way to benefit everyone involved. Also, how careful we must be when recording the client's information. Thank you

Barbara L. Downing, LMT

I really enjoyed the course, and appreciated the personal/therapist examples (one of the reasons I like in-class training). Thank you for this course, and it will help me in thinking about new ways to expand my practice. I found many new classes that I want to take at another time. I will definitely be back for more.

David Newman, LMT

This was more thought provoking than I expected. I appreciate the contemplative exercises encouraging the student to look at personal philosophies and I also appreciated the cases presentations. I also appreciate the respectful approach to alternative therapies. I am curious why such a relatively large amount of attention was paid to pseudoscience. However I did find it thought provoking for examining my own views on energy work and other alternative modalities that I use. I would also like to see transference/counter-transerence examined in a little more detail, but it did get the point across. Like if the client is transferring mother issues, how might that be recognized by the therapist. Thank you for the thoughtful materials.

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  • Manual - 54 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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