Professional Ethics, Roles, and Boundaries in Massage Therapy, 2 CE


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Course Description

Professional Ethics, Roles and Boundaries, 2 CE

This NCBTMB approved massage continuing education course focuses on “Professional Ethics, Roles and Boundaries” in the massage therapy field. We will explore the professional role of the massage therapist in the therapeutic relationship.

Having the ability to “read” different situations and “redirect energy” is vital in today’s society and in our field.

Students will have the opportunity to learn how to effectively handle complex psychological situations that are relevant to the massage therapy field. Topics to be covered include:

  • Power Differentials
  • Personal Ethics vs. Professional Ethics
  • Client / Therapist Relationships
  • How to Establish and Maintain Professional Boundaries
  • Various Boundaries; What They Are
  • Communication; Verbal and Non-Verbal
  • Trauma and Emotional First Aid in Session
  • Sexual Boundaries, Sexual Abuse and Statics
  • Prevention of Sexual Abuse in the Workplace
  • Dual Relationships
  • Dynamics of Relationships
  • Drama Triangle vs. Empowerment Triangle
Practice Exam Questions To Print Profethicsrolesboundaryquestions
  1. Define “Power Differentials”

  2. What is a “Boundary”?

  3. What is considered a “boundary” in massage?

  4. Where can a massage therapist learn more about boundaries in massage?

  5. What is a “non-verbal” clue that a client might show during a massage?

  6. Why does a massage therapist offer “Emotional First-Aid”?

  7. What issues does “sexual misconduct” encompass?

  8. In order to protect yourself legally, what should you do?

  9. What should you consider before hiring someone?

  10. What are the different roles in the “Drama Triangle”?

Course Information

You will have 5 opportunities to take the exam

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Exams consist of either 5, 10 or 15 multiple choice questions. The exam may be downloaded and printed in advance for easier studying.


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