AMTA 2019 Schedule

AMTA 2019 Schools Summit will take place February 21-22 in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. This is your opportunity to meet fellow massage school administrators and instructors from across the country while learning the tools and best practices you need to help your school thrive. We hope to see you there!

*Attendees can earn up to 7.5 CE credits 

Register now for AMTA 2019 Schools Summit »

Wednesday, February 20

5:30 – 7:00 PM                             Welcome Reception co-sponsored by Massage Warehouse and Performance Health                       

Thursday, February 21

8:00 – 10:00 AM                                                                                        

Registration and Check-In

Network & Explore Exhibits                                                                       

10:00 – 12:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Welcome and Opening Session
Keynote: The Science of Attention and Engagement with Julie Dirksen
A number of myths persist about people’s shortening attention spans—but what does the science say? Neuroscience, behavioral economics, and consumer psychology all offer insights into how we manage and allocate attention. In this session, you will learn what the current science says about how attention, willpower, and decision-making interact, and ways to influence the design of learning environments. Having a deeper understanding of this topic will help you create more engaging and effective learning solutions.
12:00 – 1:30 PM Networking Lunch and Explore Exhibits
1:30 – 3:00 PM Highlights from the Science of Learning with Whitney Lowe
Hear evidence-based best practices in education and how to apply them to massage therapy training and continuing education.
3:00 – 3:30 PM              Networking Break and Explore Exhibits
3:30 – 5:00 PMInterdisciplinary Competencies for Massage Therapists in Health Care with Robin Anderson and Brent Jackson
Learn why an interprofessional approach to health care is needed for all of our graduates, especially in light of the opioid epidemic.
5:00 – 6:30 PM              

Opening Night Reception

Friday, February 22

7:45 – 8:30 AM                             Coffee and Explore Exhibits  
8:30 – 9:30 AM                                 AMTA’s 2019 Massage Profession Research Report with Cynthia Ribeiro and Winona Bontrager
Discuss highlights from AMTA’s 2019 Massage Profession Research Report, and how those trends are impacting your own school, in this interactive session.
9:30 – 9:45 AM                              Break
9:45 – 11:00  AM                                       Grassroots Marketing: How to Fill a Classroom with Word-of-Mouth Referrals with Jodi Scholes
Explore how to create high-quality leads for your school, including the most effective methods to mobilize your existing network and create new referral partners.
11:00 – 12:15 PM                    Teaching Ethics in the 21st Century with Julie Goodwin
Learn how to empower your students for real-world scenarios encountered in the 21st-century massage profession.
12:15 – 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch and Explore Exhibits

1:30 – 3:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Teaching Pain Management Panel with Hunter Groninger, MD, W. Clay Jackson, MD, and Whitney Lowe
Pain is a major public health concern, affecting approximately 100 million Americans daily. Pain science is evolving and research is demonstrating the effectiveness of massage therapy for a myriad of pain conditions. Teaching students to talk to their clients about pain and to collaborate with other health care providers is essential. Wrap up the AMTA 2019 Schools Summit with this informative and interdisciplinary session on the role massage therapy plays in an integrated approach to care.

3:00 – 3:30 PM             


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"I am very glad to be aligned with a professional organization that gives so much to its members."

Satu F., AMTA member since 2003