The Ethics of Working with People with Cancer 3 CE hours
Even though abiding by the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice applies to every client, it becomes even more relevant when working with people who have cancer, or who are in a fragile and compromised state of health due for any reason.  Just as fragile populations have special considerations for receiving massage during illness and its aftermath, there are special considerations for ethical behavior when working with them.

This class is a review of the Code of Ethics is from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork with the focus on working with seriously ill people. Don’t let the fact that you may not be associated with the organization keep you from adhering to this code, which is the most thoroughly detailed Code in the massage profession.

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The Educated Heart: Ethics Roles and Boundaries for Massage Therapists 3 CE Hours
Setting your boundaries with clients in a gentle but firm way is necessary for creating financial stability and safeguarding your own mental health.  Educating clients about our own expectations with compassion, humanity, and even the use of humor is actually showing them a kindness. In this class we’ll condense tricky issues like confidentiality, sexual attraction, and dual relationships, fee-setting and other policies into simple, understandable terms. Ethics classes tend to focus on the boundaries of the client, and while we’ll discuss those as well, the focus of this class is on the little-examined issue of maintaining our own boundaries for the highest good of the therapeutic relationship. This class is interactive; feel free to bring your own ethical dilemmas to the table for peer review.

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Laura Allen

Laura Allen started attending classes in bodywork in 1993 and became a Licensed Massage Therapist & Bodyworker in 1999, after spending more than 20 years in the restaurant business. She is a graduate of Shaw University and The Whole You School of Massage & Bodywork.

Allen maintains a private massage practice in Rutherfordton, NC. She has been an Approved Provider of Continuing Education under the NCBTMB since 2000, offering classes in professional ethics, research literacy, business and marketing, massage therapy, and teacher training for those who want to be instructors of massage therapy. She has taught classes all over the US, in Canada, and Europe. She is also the author of numerous books and articles related to the massage profession. You may visit her website at