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Psychological Defenses and Boundaries in Massage Therapy

6 CE Hours - E1041
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Psychological Defenses and Boundaries in Massage Therapy

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  • Text - 304 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option


Learn new insights into the psychological factors that influence your work and your client relations. Based on the text The Psychology of the Body, this course explores the ethical issues related to the psychological defenses and body boundaries that profoundly influence people. Learn fresh approaches to recognizing and responding to ethical issues; using therapeutic frames, and confidently collaborating with mental health professionals. The textbook includes numerous case studies and suggestions for applying the concepts through self-directed exercises.

In this course, you will:

  • describe ways of identifying or responding to each of the 10 types of client defenses
  • identify the essential elements in therapeutic relationships and roles; self-awareness and supervision
  • discover the difference between massage therapy and psychotherapy in terms of scope of practice
  • review key elements of sexual boundaries; social boundaries and financial boundaries, and identify examples of how each relates to massage therapy or bodywork practice
  • identify "therapeutic frame" and recognize how it applies to safe and ethical practice

Earn even more credits with the Psychology of the Body and Ethics Package.

Course Reviews

Cynthia Gilmore, LMT

The best on-line CEU I've ever taken. Very useful and easy to quickly bring into practice! Already seen more interest in my business due to changes made from information in this course. Thanks!

Sadie Haney, LMT

The course itself was very interesting, especially for an ethics course. I feel like it advanced my knowledge of the psychological connections in massage, something that I feel as a professional is needed as he/she develops a clientele.I also liked that I could learn along with taking the test. I feel I had direction this way which made me retain the information. The website layout and ease of access was perfect. I will be taking classes here in the future!

Erin Hemphill, LMT

I really enjoyed the content of this course. The textbook used was very well written. The material will be useful in my practice and goes above and beyond the previous information I have learned on this topic

Dakota Heinemeyer, LMT, NCTMB

The Psychology of the Body Course was very thought-provoking and truly put me through the paces regarding ethics in Massage Therapy. It helped define further the limitations on our profession's scope of practice, and gave me new ideas and insights into how I can grow as an LMT. Thank you for offering this, Psychology of the Body by Greene and Goodrich-Dunn belongs on every therapist's bookshelf.

Manorama Rakhmanov, LMT, NCTMB

Very detailed text, but a little long winded, could tighten it up, less repetition; that being said, intellectually above average which is greatly appreciated compared to other online courses, overall, book is an impressive work. I have, after 15 years in the profession have been a better massage therapist this week applying principles emphasized in this course, I made a point to talk less to my clients and listen to their words and bodies more (and I already have been doing this...) I did it better and will do it even better going forward because of this course.

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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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