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Ethics: Professional Conduct

3 CE Hours - E1052

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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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.

Featured Reviews

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.

- Bruce A. Lederer, LMT, NCTMB

Very good material that covers all grounds on the subject. Excellent examples that explained ethical and unethical situations in detail of profession relations between therapist and client.

- Cynthia Meldrim, LMT

Glad to see information on dual relationships was included. The previous advice of "no dual relationships" doesn't work in a small town where everybody knows everybody.

- Lynn Wehlau, CMT, NCBTMB

I liked very much the way this course is presented; the material is clear and to the point, making the explanations easy to understand and apply in our practices. Thanks for providing this course int hsi format...Very convenient...At home...Non expensive and done with ease.

- Ivelisse Perez, LMP, NCBTMB

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!

- Danielle DiLaura LMT

Very nice course. Taking this course did enlighten me in a few new ways, thereby being a very worthwhile learning experience. The wording was a bit tricky on 1 or 2 of the questions. However, it really made me reread & think my answer through. I enjoyed this online course & I will continue to take online education with The Institute for Intgrative Healthcare Studies!

- S. Shafer, LMT

I appreciate the concise and comprehensive nature of the ethics courses. The online availability makes it easy for me to comply with the certification requirements in a timely manner, and gain powerful insight into the nature of our ethical codes, without taking too much time out of a busy schedule.

- M. Piluras, LMT, NCTMB

Best online course program I have taken. Very satisfied!

- Valerie Norris, LMT

I appreciate the comprehensive nature of the ethics courses. Very clearly written and easy to understand. Highly recommend!!

- June Luff, LMT, BCTMB

Excellent ethics class.

- Lynn Browne, LMT, BCTMB

Perhaps the most comprehensive Ethics course I've taken since becoming a massage therapist. Thanks!

- Penney J. Marshall-Parker, LMBT

User Friendly. I found ease in studying the material and taking the test. Couldn't ask for an easier approach to gaining a CE.

- Sean Hart, LMT

I found this course a valuable guide to complex issues, and conduct as a professional.

- Deborah Haney, LMP

Since I have to have Ethics hours each renewal cycle, I appreciate how well written and engaging this course was.

- Nancy Webb, LMT, BCTMB

The course material was very interesting and the website is very user friendly.

- Tiara Dorsey, LMT

Such a quick, specific and easy to follow class. Highly recommend it.

- Teresa Jones, LMT

Your course is not overly "wordy". Thank you for giving lots of great information, while being concise and to the point.

- Debra Joy Nelson, LMT, BCTMB

A great refresher in Ethics, thank you!

- Jennifer Erickson, LMBT, BCTMB

Great course! A+++

- Richard Seguin III, LMBT

Very clearly written, easy to understand Thanks

- Maria Murphy, RMT

I had a little glitch in the administration of this course but I called Customer Service on Monday morning and the representative helped me out in no time. I was able to access this course and take the test online. I would highly recommend this course for the Ethics requirement.

- Shirley Williams, LMT, BCTMB

Great and very well developed.

- Alan Ritz, LMT, BCTMB

The course was thorough and provides good knowledge on Ethics and Professionalism!

- Keiley Shimada, LMT

Great information and testing!

- Lucy R. Hagan, LMT, BCTMB

A great refresher on the topic that provided several new valuable insights. Thank you!

- Tatsiana McGee, LMT

I have been a student of the Institute for many years and continue to enjoy the huge selection of courses offered! This course was a great refresher of how one need conduct oneself in their respective practice and I really enjoyed it! Super course!

- Deborah Ensell, LMT, BCTMB

Excellent information and course. Plan to use this site again for my next renewal.

- Linda Mokos, LMT

The discussion of dual relationships in this course was thoughtful and applicable to modern life -- especially for those of us in small communities where everyone knows everyone on many different levels and dual relationships are an unavoidable way of life. The discussion of conflicts of interest was also especially thoughtful.

- Jackie Howell, CMT, BCTMB

Material was presented clearly and kept your attention. Important information for therapist.

- Lorena Sue Boyce

I was relieved to see that dual relationships are not necessarily considered unprofessional. I live in a small town and cannot help but have these kinds of relationships in my practice. I'm glad to be able to have the course materials to refer to when I might be moving into uncomfortable territory. Thank you!

- Laura Manges, LMT

Presentation was clear and easy to access and a good reminder of how to be clear with clients. Thanks!

- Gail M. Hutchinson, LMT, NCTMB

Good, concise review of what we as licensed massage therapists should already adhere to in our practices.

- Andrea L. McCann, LMT, NCTMB

Very clear, concise presentation, well written.

- Marcia McGetrick-West, CMT, NCTMB

Covered many aspects of the client/therapist relationship well and is a good reminder to keep the client's perspective in mind. Course explains clearly why a code of ethics and professional conduct are critical. Especially good to remind therapists that their own boundaries are of paramount importance.

- Bonnie Britton, LMT, NCTMB

Great refresher course in ethical professional conduct for Massage Therapists!

- Kristen Perron, LMT, BCTMB

Thank you for providing such a valuable course! I believe Ethics is one of the most important subjects we can master.

- Mary Wire, LMT

I love this course. Without a doubt, every massage therapist needs it. Even though I know most of the material, it does a world of good to go over it again. Thank you for providing this!

- Jeff Wooten, LMT

I appreciate how accessible your website is. Your prices are better than other websites. I like having paper/pamphlets to work with rather than just the computer option.

- Siobhan M. Kennedy, LMT, NCTMB

This course has great information and perfect for meeting the requirements set forth by the board of massage and bodywork. I enjoy and perfer to take classes in person, but this year I did not have the time. I am sure I will do this again. I will be back to Integrative Healthcare.

- Carrie Clouse, LMT, NCTMB

Always great to be reminded of best practices! Well written content and tests.

- Lucy R. Hagan, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very straight-forward and informative!

- Jillian DeLucia, LMT

The information was well put together. The examples helped me understand many of the concepts. Good course!

- Lavert Newton, LMT, NCTMB

Great course! Informative even though material was review.

- Donna Partenio, LMT

Very easy to read and gave me good ideas for professionalism and client assessment.

- Paul McDowell

This was a very insightful and interesting course. It was very easy to read and find the answers. I enjoyed taking it.

- Kathryn Aoi Kinn Buser-Waddell, LMT, NCTMB

This class was very good in content and presentation. It gives one “food for thought” in terms of navigating the best course of action and professionalism for massage therapists.

- Frances A. Logan Barron, LMT, NCTMB

Easy and informative way for me to satisfy my ethics CE requirement!

- Caroline Street, LMP

A good course!!!

- Kelli Biggerstaff, LMT

Informative and beneficial.

- Lisa Stabe, LMT, NCBTMB

Great overview course. Informative.

- Sadie Pauline Dunne, LMT, NCBTMB, ABMP

Was easy to understand information that was given.

- Mary McCoy, LMT

Very thorough and to the point, thank you for the knowledge!

- Sherean Rogouski, LMP

Great course. Thanks!

- Denis McKee, LMP

I liked the use of examples of different behaviors and situations, that was helpful.

- Thomas Camargo, LMT

Thank you for providing access to a course that was necessary to my continuing education. It was well put together and easy to understand.

- Margaret Bansen, LMT, AMTA

Clear & concise

- Kathy Lescak, LMP, LMT

Very informative!

- Lesley Nottingham, LMT

Great Course!

- Lauren Minch, LMT, AMTA

Great material. thanks

- Gisken Crawford, LMP

This material had great examples of situations that may arise in my daily practice.

- Hope Daniels, LMT, ABMP

very informative class.

- Cathyrine Behrle, LMT, NCBTMB

An excellent refresher course. Thanks.

- Susan Hoff, LMP, NCBTMB

Very good course, providing clear examples of ethical situations for reflection.

- Lauren Nogrady, LMT, NCBTMB

Very practical and informative

- Arbutus Likens Carlisle, LMP, NCBTMB

The course was well organized and informative.

- Deborah Schroeder, LMT, NCBTMB, ABMP

A great refresher course with more emphasis on the importance of maintaining a code of ethics.

- Ruth Eaddy, LMT

Good examples.

- Mark Parker, LMP

Information was straight forward.

- Danielle A. Ungaro, LMT, NCBTMB, AMTA

Good source of information.

- Coni Hutchings, LMT, NCBTMB, ABMP

Great Course! Thanks!

- Fawn Cook, LMP

Good Information presented well!

- Gary John Schambach, LMP, NCBTMB

Information was presented in a concise and clear manner. Thank you!

- KerriJo Hunt, RMT

I did learn some new information regarding transference. Thank you for keeping it fresh.

- Sally Turco, LMT

Good information- good refresher

- Andria Valent, LMP, NCBTMB

Very informative section on Dual Relationships.

- Elizabeth Dunbar, LMT

Excellent presentation of material - concise and well-organized.

- Linda Loggins, LMT

This course re-enforces what all therapists should know and incorporate in each day.

- Cynthia Widick, LMT, ABMP

THe course was very easy to understand and provided useful information.

- Ashley Jenkins, LMP

Thank you so much .Great information and great testing.

- Pamala Martin-Jurek, LMT, LMP, NCBTMB

It was a very good course!

- Destiny Hulsey, LMP, ABMP

Another worthwhile course.

- Paula Wolfe, LMP, NCBTMB, AMTA

Great refresher.

- Jung Han-Winter, CMT, LMT, NCBTMB

Very helpful refresher course! Direct and to the point!

- Denise Buckner, LMP, ABMP

Very good and the examples were very helpful.

- Kristen Thorne, LMT, NCBTMB

The material is very important for a healthy massage practice. As someone who has a strong moral compass, I appreciate the requirement.

- Wendy Huff, RMT, NCBTMB

I appreciate the material because is didactic,easy to read and undertand and enjoyed and learned the course. Thanks you.

- Jeannette Ruiz, NCBTMB

Great course. To the point and interesting. Efficient use of time in reviewing ethics.

- Allyson Stone, LMP, NCBTMB

clear & concise. Thank you!

- Robin Navarro, LMT, NCBTMB, AMTA

Informative and some of the information was new and enlightening for my 23 years of MT practice...many thanks for the updates.

- Marcia West, CMT, NCBTMB, AMTA

The course was well written and easily understandable. It made continuing education requirements easy and affordable and pertinent to our profession.

- Lorraine Galeotti, LMT, AMTA

A great course. I enjoyed reading this material even though it was not new information to me! I consider it to be a great refresher course.

- Charlene Martz, LMT

I really enjoy this type of study, I can complete it at my own pace and go over the material as much as I need, and the testing process is stress-free which allows for me to retain much more. such a pleasant experience.

- Sarah Lorraine Grinslade, CMT, NCBTMB

Very easy to study and understand. The test was well written and easy to follow. I will definitely be taking more courses from here in the future!

- Kayla Saunders, LMP

Excellent and to the point!!

- Fareedha Williams-Appah, LMP, NCBTMB, ABMP

Even after practicing massage therapy for 10 years it was a great refresher and motivated me more to be the best I can be for the continuing years to come. Thank you!

- Michelle Schweitzer, LMT, NCBTMB

The course has valuable information that will enhance any business and their employees to be true professionals.

- Rhonda L. Folkestad, LMT

Thanks for your great course preparation, it is always so useful to review these pertinent attributes of boundaries and professionalism.

- David Acheson, LMT, NCBTMB

Very interesting and thorough ethics course. Very beneficial for all massage therapists.

- Sherry Lewis, LMP, NCBTMB

Good course, it read well and presented the information in an understandable manner. thank you!

- Terri Sherman, LMT, NCBTMB, AMTA

I loved the fact that this class was available online. The price was affordable and the information that I received was knowledgeable and made me take a closer look at myself, clients, and coworkers. Thanks so much for the material and information that was given.

- Demetrica Donahue, LMT

Excellent course - easy, didn't take too long. Quick and to the point! Thanks!

- Theresa Hankins, RMP, NCBTMB

The material was precise and to the point. Easy language to understand. Enjoyed the presentation of material.

- Theresa Schroeder, NCBTMB

Very informative.

- Lynn Vela, NCBTMB

I usually take my ethics courses from your organization. This was the best ethics course I've taken. Thanks.

- T. Hucks, LMT, NCTMB

I found your course a timely review of issues of importance to me as a massage therapist.

- T. Smith, LMT, NCTMB

Loved it! A good way to complete my ethics requirements right from my own computer.

- J. Bracker, LMT

Course was well planned out - covered all of the needed issues for ethics in regard to client therapist behavior and boundaries.

- N. Fiore, LMP


  • Manual - 37 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.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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