AMTA 2022 Schools Summit Education Sessions

The AMTA 2022 Schools Summit, February 17-18 in San Antonio, Texas, features high quality educational programming designed to strengthen your massage therapy school, your career and your students.

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Keynote Session
Education that Connects: Expanding Student Networks

Relationships matter. This simple idea will give teachers and school administrators a fresh perspective on how schools can invest in the power of relationships to increase social mobility for their students. Explore tools for learning models that strengthen teacher-student relationships and emerging technologies to expand students’ networks to experts and mentors in their lives. Networks no longer need to be limited by geography or circumstance. By making room for relationships, schools can transform themselves into hubs of next-generation learning and connecting, and leverage community-building resources within AMTA.

Julia Freeland Fisher is the Director of Education Research at the Clayton Christensen Institute where she leads a team that educates policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation in the K-12 and higher education spheres. She has published and spoken extensively on trends in the EdTech market, blended learning, competency-based education and the future of schools.

Teachers and The Right Use of Power in the Classroom

Expand your skills for setting and maintaining clear boundaries in the classroom by establishing accountability agreements, exploring dual role relationships, and simply being prepared and listening. Learn how to identify the key principles that create a quality learning environment.

Kathy Ginn has been active in the massage therapy profession since 1991. She is a teacher, professional educator, body-centered practitioner, and served on the NCBTMB Ethics committee for 8 years.

Turn Your Passion for Teaching Into Student Success

Discover new strategies for inspiring students with your knowledge and expertise. Explore how to use your passion for teaching to help students retain the skills they need to be successful massage therapists and elevate the profession.

Ann Pauley, LMT is an experienced massage instructor, former department head of a massage school and a certified life coach. She has also developed several continuing education courses.

Essential Elements of Career Services 

In this session, learn about the essential elements you should be including in your career services program for schools big and small. Whether you have a thriving career services department or are taking your first steps into providing these services - gain valuable information to jumpstart your program.

Katherine Brady, LMT owns a private practice in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as program coordinator for Austin Community College’s Massage Therapy and Somatic Movement Education programs. She was previously the admissions director at the Texas Healing Arts Institute where she has also been an instructor.

Kathy German is a massage therapy instructor, administrator and Vice President of Avenue Five Institute which was recently awarded five Golden School awards. She has worked in the massage profession since 2001 and has helped thousands of students on their career journeys while serving at two accredited schools.

Heather Nusbaum, LMT is the owner of Phoenix Awakening Massage: A New Beginning School of Massage Killeen, Nutree Fitness and Nutree Bookkeeping & Accounting. She is an entrepreneur with experience in 501c3 organization creation.

AMTA 2022 Massage Therapy Profession Research Report

In this interactive session, discuss the latest issues schools and administrators face and discover how to use current industry data to strengthen your own school program.

Winona Bontrager, LPN, LMT founded the Lancaster School of Massage in Pennsylvania in 1991. She is a Past President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), serving on the board for over 15 years.

Cynthia Ribeiro, LMT is the advanced program developer and an instructor at the National Holistic Institute (NHI). She founded the Western Institute of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, and was an honorary professor at the University of California-Irvine Medical School. Cynthia is an AMTA Past President.

The Ethics of Information

We live in a world of ever-changing information coming at us at all times, from all angles, and it can be challenging to sort out what is true. Discover the common myths and misconceptions that are often shared about the benefits of massage therapy. Find out how to let go of these misconceptions by staying abreast of current research. Leave with valuable information to help your students.

Dustin Donahue, LMT is the owner of Sandhill’s Orthopedic Massage where he performs clinical massage therapy in a medical setting. He has been a NCBTMB-approved provider since 2016 and has worked in spa, franchise and private practice settings. Dustin is also the founder of Get Deep Education, a continuing education company focused on deep tissue and longevity.

Current Issues Impacting Schools, Teachers and Students

Administrators in schools both large and small have challenges that affect their schools, students and faculty. Discover new strategies for proactively addressing some of these challenges including distance learning and compliance, attracting or retaining students, and keeping faculty engaged. Hear from our panelists as they discuss various approaches they have found to be most effective in their programs.