Instructions for Authors and Originators

These instructions have been prepared by the Position Statement Review Commission (PSRC) for the authors of position statement proposals in order to clarify what is needed to meet required AMTA criteria. Once the PSRC agrees that the proposals have met the criteria, they are forwarded to the House of Delegates Operations Committee (HODOC) for consideration by the House of Delegates (HOD).

Writing a Position Statement is very exacting and this checklist will help authors most easily meet the required criteria. Why must it be so perfect? Remember that once a Position Statement is approved by the House of Delegates, it becomes an official position of AMTA that can be used communications and publications. So the wording, punctuation, formatting, and the research must be impeccable, ready for use, and not invite criticism. If you have any questions, contact the PSRC Chair or staff liaison.

General Information

1. Read How to Write a Position Statement for the HOD
2. Use the Position Statement Proposal Form as your template.
3. Follow the style requirements in the next section.
4. Carefully edit your document for accuracy, grammar, spelling and syntax before submitting it.
5. Use previously approved position statements as a guide to what AMTA is looking for.
6. Before a proposal is submitted to the House of Delegates Operations Committee (HODOC), it is reviewed by the Position Statement Review Commission to determine if it meets the criteria required by AMTA. The commission assists the originator in meeting those standards. The proposals may take multiple drafts and more than one year to meet the criteria
7. Submit your proposal, by attaching it to an email, to the chair of the Position Statement Review Commission, and copy the Staff Liaison and one of your chapter delegates.

  • PSRC Chair: Susan DeLegge, 801-485-7887
  • Staff Liaison: Ron Precht, 847-905-1649
  • Remember, one of the author’s chapter delegates will be responsible for presenting and defending the proposal in the HOD. As you are developing your proposal and choosing one of the authors’ chapters delegates, you may want to consider the terms of office of your delegates to ensure that the delegate engaged when you write your proposal will still be the delegate at the convention.

8. The commission may consider submissions received after January 15 for the current year or defer them to the following year, depending on their workload.
9. It is your responsibility to confirm your proposal has been received. If you do not receive an acknowledgement from the commission chair, contact her/him immediately.
10. Within eight weeks, you will receive a response from the Commission Chair, consisting of comments gathered from the commission, the Massage Therapy Foundation, AMTA legal counsel, content experts, and relevant staff. The response includes instructions from the commission describing the necessary changes to meet the required criteria from AMTA, as well as suggested changes.
11. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully.
12. You will have four weeks to make the necessary changes. You also have the option to challenge any of the changes by carefully documenting your reasons.
13. The earlier you return your proposal, the more time the commission will have to work with you.
Like any editing project, changes are likely to be needed.
14. Within four weeks, after all necessary changes and PSRC protocols have been completed, the commission will forward proposals that have met the criteria to the HODOC Chair and staff, who will then distribute them to the delegates.
15. On or before July 1, the commission chair will contact you to let you know if your proposal has met criteria and was forwarded for consideration by the House of Delegates (HOD). If the HOD will be held before September in a given year, the PSRC will work to complete all reviews well before this date.
16. If your proposal is not submitted to the HODOC by July 1, (or earlier if needed to provide adequate time for delegate notification) you can resubmit it to the PSRC the following year.


1. Document format: Microsoft Word.
2. Margins: one inch.
3. Page numbering: bottom center.
4. Number each line. (File>Page Setup>Line Numbers>Add line numbering)
5. Font, body text: Times New Roman, 11 or 12 point, black.
6. Font subtitles: Arial, 11 or 12 point, All Caps, Bold, Dark Blue.
7. Font, title: Arial, 13 or 14 point, All Caps, Bold, Dark Blue.
8. Style: Associated Press Style (AP Style), as designated by AMTA.
9. Use Vancouver style on citations, with citation numbers which correspond to the order of citations presented in the proposal. Some standard modifications are accepted. If you have a question about this style, please contact the Chair of the PSRC, Susan DeLegge.
10. When possible, use internet links to citations, be it full text or abstract, etc.
11. There are Vancouver style samples available on private websites, many for no extra cost. They may also be available in your local school or public library. Both style sheets are updated annually, so use the most recent version.

Contact Information

1. Fill out the contact information completely, except for the dates section.
2. Remember, the originator must be an AMTA Professional Member.
3. List authors, including the originator, if appropriate, in the authors section.
4. Do not fill out the last part that says, “For Commission use only.”

Background Information

1. Briefly explain information delegates should know in order to understand the reason for your proposed Position Statement.
2. Connect the referenced comments to your references using a superscript number. (Highlight number, then click Format>Font>Superscript) For example, “…helps with stress3”


1. Connect your background information to your position statement here under rationale.
2. Explain why you believe the House of Delegates should approve the proposed Position Statement by tying it to AMTA, its Core Values and the massage therapy industry.
3. Connect your comments to your references using a superscript number. (Highlight number, then click Format>Font>Superscript)

Position Statement

1. Write the proposed Position Statement in clear language. It can be from one to three sentences and no longer than one paragraph.
2. Begin your position statement with, "It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that..."
3. Use “can,” and “may,” according to research protocol. (see resources: AMTA delegates webinar)
4. State only one position.


1. Number your references. Use that number when your reference your citations.
2. Verify that your references speak directly to your position.
3. Use Vancouver style with modifications for your references.
4. Use Vancouver style with modifications for Web references.
5. AMTA uses Vancouver style with modifications in its references and citations. You may need to reformat the references you find on the web to make them consistent with Vancouver style.
6. Where available, include abstracts in the required format.


1. AMTA Position Statements
2. Approved Position Statements
3. AMTA Future Directions, including Mission, Core Values, Vision Statement and Strategic Plan
4. AMTA Bylaws and Policy Manual
5. Research protocols:

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