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A Holistic Model for Ethical Practice

$30.00 members / $50.00 nonmembers     2.0 credit hours

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A holistic model for working with ethical dilemmas is presented in this session. The premise and model presented here are an expansion of information in The Heart of Ethics (1999) and Conscious Ethics (2003). These writings offered massage therapists an understanding of ethics and an approach to examining ethical dilemmas from a body-centered or somatic perspective.

This course incorporates the concept of mindfulness, the practice of paying attention in a non-judgmental way to the present moment. By embracing this concept of attention and deepening presence, this new “holistic approach” brings respect and honor to the knowledge of mind, body, psyche and soul in the exploration of ethics.


Review the formation of ethics and a new holistic approach. This approach to ethics incorporates mindfulness and the knowledge of mind, body and soul into a 14-point model for working with ethical dilemmas. At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define how mindfulness and Socratic thought inform ethical practices.
  • Describe how ethics are formed and altered in children and adults.
  • Define the benefit of an integrated ethical response.
  • Explain the importance of mind/body communication in ethics.
  • Describe eight key terms for standards of practice and codes of ethics.
  • Apply the 14-point model to an ethical dilemma.
  • Define the role of self-care in an ethical practice.


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.

About the author(s)

Dr. Suzanne Nixon is a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage & family therapist and state certified massage therapist in private practice since 1981.

She has expertise in mind/body approaches to health and wellness, and in synthesizing alternative medicine with traditional psychological and counseling theory into the delivery and treatment of care.

She has been teaching and lecturing at educational institutions for nearly thirty years (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), and has been guest  speaker at professional conferences. Her company, MindBody Therapy and Healing, Inc., is a NCBTMB continuing education Category “A” provider for massage therapists and bodyworkers.

Dr. Nixon articles on professional ethics, somatics, healing and sexual abuse recovery appear in the AMTA Massage Therapy Journal, Massage & Bodywork Magazine , Natural Health Magazine, Virginia in Touch, Washington Women and other related professional journals and newsletters.

For more information you can contact Suzanne at:

19415 Deerfield Avenue  
Suite 307  
Lansdowne, Virginia  20176   

Course approval codes

MS #161; LCEU0001641

Course expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.

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