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Ethics: Therapeutic Relationships

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3 CE Hours - E401
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Ethics: Therapeutic Relationships

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  • Manual - 38 pages
  • Multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


This ethics program will provide you with a structure for ethical decision-making that will serve your clients, yourself, your profession and your community. 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.

Ethics within the health care profession is concerned with the establishment and maintenance of moral relationships between those individuals coming in for treatment, on the one hand, and the professional therapists rendering treatment, on the other. Together our personal and professional codes of ethics form the basis for our standards of ethical decision-making and resulting conduct.

In this course you will:

  • understand the role that a professional code of ethics and standards of practice play in the practice of massage therapy
  • explore ethical boundaries of therapeutic relationships with clients, colleagues and the community
  • determine the steps involved in developing a treatment plan and obtaining informed consent
  • determine how to ensure confidentiality of your client
  • define the scope of practice within the ethical boundaries for a massage professional
  • identify potential ethical violations within therapeutic relationships
  • develop a criteria to determine ethical action.

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the development of ethical thought and the impact this has had on the development of a personal and professional code of ethics.
  • Understand the role that the Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice play in the professional practice of massage.
  • Summarize the development of trust through communication in the therapeutic practitioner/client relationship.
  • Discuss ethical boundaries of therapeutic relationships.
  • Specify steps involved in developing the treatment plan and obtaining informed consent.
  • Determine how to insure confidentiality of the client.
  • Define scope of practice within the ethical boundaries for a massage professional.
  • Discuss ethical considerations relating to professional therapeutic relationships with other colleagues and the community at large.
  • Enumerate potential ethical violations within therapeutic relationships with regard to boundary crossings.
  • Discuss the risks of dual relationships within the therapeutic relationship; evaluate given scenarios and determine your own course of ethical action.

Course Reviews

Natanya Marcelle


A lovely to the point, concise and easily understandable course. I enjoyed the process and the knowledge gained. I personally would have liked more graphics, (very wordy for me), which is a nice summation of information detail.

Karen Barr-Gosselin


I always take your courses. Your courses are well written and thorough. Staff in past very caring and helpful to me. Kudos!!

Aimee Hodgson


This website I have used for years. The content and courses are excellent and user friendly.

Janet Wakefield, LMT


very well organized and informative info

Tatsiana McGee, LMT


This course is a great refresher on the topic of The Ethics of Therapeutic Relationships. I was happy to see how much of the course material is already deeply integrated into my work as a professional massage therapist of 20 years. With that, there was some good food for thought, new awareness and new perspectives acquired from the course. I am grateful for the regularly required professional ethics continuing education courses to help me adhere to the highest level of professionalism in my work as a healing artist.

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Ralph Napolitano, LMT

Ralph Napolitano, LMT

Original founder of the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies, Ralph graduated from The Swedish Institute, New York in 1981. A New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, Ralph was also the associate producer and host of the Holistic Health and Wellness and Natural Wellness programs in White Plains, NY, the creator of the Loving Pregnancy Massage video and author of the Healing Energy & Touch course manual.

Ralph has also authored and co-authored additional courses with the Institute including Developing a Wellness Center, Prenatal Massage Fundamentals, Infectious Disease: HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease: Hepatitis, Medical Errors, Ethics: Therapeutic Relationships, Advanced Anatomy & Physiology, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Ethics: Practice Management.

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