Education Sessions - Thursday

AMTA 2010 National Convention Education Sessions and Speaker Information

Thursday, September 23 - classes will be offered from 1:30pm - 3:30pm and repeated again from 4:00pm-6:00pm.  Each course is worth 2 CE Hours.

Hospital-Based Massage Therapy: a Review of Trends and Practices [health care track]

Instructor: Dale Healey

Dale Healey has been in massage therapy education for 12 years and is the Dean of the School of Massage Therapy at NWHSU. He is working toward his PhD in higher education policy and administration.

Recent analyses of the rapidly changing health care marketplace shows a growing need for massage therapists who are prepared to practice with confidence in acute care settings. Come to this class and learn how one school is meeting this need and how you can participate in the hospital-based massage therapy movement.


Using Social Media to Build Your Massage Practice

Instructor: Randall Craig

Randall Craig is a recognized expert in the field of social media, having written several books and served as the president of consulting firm Pinetree Advisors. He writes a weekly column for the Monster career site.

Expanding on the basics, the session identifies social media strategies that can be used to build a massage practice and demonstrate your expertise as a massage therapist. Topics will include how to leverage social media with tight budgets and little time, how social media can be used to drive traffic to your website, and which tools are most helpful.


Cancer and Massage Therapy   SOLD OUT

Instructor: Susan Salvo

Susan Salvo is the director of the Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy and the author of several books on massage. She’s a member of the test writing committee, the FSMTB standard setting team, the AMTA- Louisiana Chapter, and the Task Force for the MTBOK project.

In this course, we will explore the various types of cancer, the causes, current medical treatments and their side effects, and guidelines for massage. By administering client-centered care, a properly trained massage therapist can play a major role in integrating client body, mind, and spirit, reducing muscle tension and decreasing pain.


Taking Charge of Your Health- For Clinicians and Clients

Instructor: Kate Hathaway

Dr. Kate Hathaway is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience working in the academic and clinical field of health psychology, including 28 years of clinical and teaching work at the University of Minnesota as part of an interdisciplinary team of providers. In addition to her current role teaching through the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, she is an Associate Professor at the American School of Professional Psychology(Argosy, Twin Cities) and works in a private practice setting.

This course will explore how to take charge of one’s health in the bigger sense - at one's work, and in one's "non-work" life. Participants will review options for progression toward a system of health that supports physical, emotional, cognitive and environmental health.


Being a Respected Part of the Sports Health Care Team

Instructor: Pat Archer

Pat Archer, MS, ATC, LMP has over 35 years of experience both teaching about and providing therapeutic massage to athletes. As a therapist Pat has worked with intercollegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes. She is an author, having published several workbooks, journal articles and a textbook, and an active member of her professional associations, serving as a presenter at several national, regional and state conferences for both AMTA and NATA.

This lecture – discussion class is designed to present several effective strategies to help you get the sports healthcare job you want and keep a good working relationship with the athletic trainers, coaches, and physicians when you do. Attendees will learn how to present themselves in a professional manner, avoid several “verbal landmines” while explaining the value of skills, define the differences in skills and therapeutic roles for each members of the team, and provide examples of successful communication, referral and documentation strategies.


Creating a Prosperous Massage Therapy Practice

Instructor: Nancy Schmitt

Nancy Schmitt retired from retailing where she was responsible for 65 stores, 800 employees and 50 million dollars in annual volume. She’s a 14-year member of AMTA, a massage therapist, a seasoned entrepreneur and a creator/teacher of Visionary Continuing Education Courses.

Learn tips and strategies on how to effectively run your own business. Acquire significant information and effective tools to help you beat the odds of failure to enjoy a thriving business. You’ll learn management techniques that support the highest level of business success and promotional methods that work.


And new this year:
1:30-3:30pm
Using the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge: An Update for the Profession

Instructor: Kevin Pierce

Kevin Pierce has over15 years experience as a nationally certified Massage Therapy practitioner, educator and administrator. He is currently the National Program Director of Massage Therapy for Anthem Education Group. He serves as a member of the Community Service Grant Committee with the Massage Therapy Foundation and brings expertise to the MTBOK in the areas of curriculum development, content analysis and education program development.

Teachers and all those interested in discussing how the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge document can be applied in education are invited to join this important discussion session. Model curriculum will be shared. This session will not be repeated.

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