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August Governance Corner & AMTA Updates

Comment on Proposed Bylaw Changes

AMTA gives all members the opportunity to voice their thoughts on proposed bylaw changes. Bylaws govern AMTA.Your comments are weighed by the board before any decisions are made. At its October 2011 meeting, the board will consider three proposed bylaw changes.

>> Read the proposed changes here.

>> Offer you comments before September 14.

Members Encouraged to Comment on Proposed Position Statements

At the 2011 House of Delegates meeting (HOD) in October, six proposed AMTA position statements will be considered. Any member can offer comments on the proposals through the AMTA website. You also may have an opportunity to discuss the proposals at your chapter meeting or through your chapter website.

This year’s proposals focus on massage for depression, tension headaches, anxiety and fibromyalgia, as well as massage as part of athletic training. An additional proposal states the association’s view on fair and consistent licensing of massage therapy by all states. AMTA position statements are proposed by members, reviewed to ensure they meet necessary criteria and voted on in the HOD. Once approved by the HOD, they become official positions of the association.

>> Find more information on how to consider proposed AMTA position statements, submit one for consideration and review the six position statements previously approved by the HOD.

Verify Acceptance of Continuing Education Classes

Massage therapists attend a wide variety of continuing education classes, offered by many groups, with the expectation that they fulfill state continuing education requirements.  The truth is, it is your responsibility to know if a continuing education class is accepted in your state.

Several state regulatory bodies have stringent requirements for continuing education. 

  • This means they may require courses, course providers and/or course instructors to be preapproved by the regulatory body. 
  • The preapproval process in these states is necessary for the courses to be accepted towards state-mandated continuing education requirements. 
  • Many other state regulatory bodies have requirements for content and/or providers, but don’t mandate a regulatory preapproval process. 

We want you to know that the continuing education courses at many events may not have received necessary preapproval.  So, any AMTA members who attended these events need to be aware of the need to check with their state massage therapy regulatory body to ensure the classes they took comply with regulatory requirements. 

AMTA is very careful about the approval processes for continuing education the association offers, especially for the AMTA National Convention. 

  • We know that our chapters do an excellent job of ensuring state approval of CE they offer. 
  • While many events offer continuing education courses, we cannot verify that their organizers have undertaken the same, exhaustive efforts to ensure approval from every regulatory body.  For example, they may have obtained approval from the state in which they held the CE event, but not from neighboring states.
  • Here is basic information about AMTA’s processes for approving CE the association offers.
  • AMTA does accept CEs approved by the NCBTMB and state regulators toward AMTA’s continuing education requirements.

If you have questions about how your state handles continuing education approval, remember to check with your state massage therapy regulatory body.

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