2014: A Year in Review
First and foremost, I personally want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your overwhelmingly positive and inspiring support for NCBTMB’s recent changes and transformation throughout this year. I deeply thank each of you for taking the time to write to us, call us, and engage with us on our social media platforms. All of us at NCBTMB warmly welcome your thoughts and ideas as we continue to make knowledge-based decisions to better serve the profession at large through Board Certification, Approved Providers and Assigned Schools.
Our Focus on Collaboration and Ambassadorship
Throughout the past year, all of us at NCBTMB have been working diligently to promote continued collaboration and ambassadorship throughout the massage therapy and bodywork profession. In celebration of those efforts, I am pleased to share with you some information about what NCBTMB is doing in the area of collaboration to promote our profession.
First, I find it important to mention that we have spent the majority of this entire year forging collaborative relationships through the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations, which includes a variety of massage and bodywork organizations within our profession. These include:
- The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), with whom we have worked closely on the new NCB Research Requirements that go into effect in 2015 for Board Certification renewal.
- The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE), with whom we partnered with to bring you a collaborative May webinar to help better understand the “Core Competencies” document created by the Alliance.
- The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), with whom we recently agreed with to no longer offer the NCETM and NCETMB licensure exams to the public. NCBTMB now supports the FSMTB’s MBLEx as the country’s entry level licensure examination.
- The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), headquartered in Evanston, Illinois.
- The Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), headquartered in Golden, Colorado.
- The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), headquartered in Washington, D.C.
How Our Recent Collaborations Came to Light
Many of these collaborations took flight in early December 2013, when NCBTMB met with representatives from all the participating organizations in the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations to collaborate and have a constructive exchange about the reactions to The Core Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint, and its companion document, The Core Entry Level Analysis Project Report (ELAP), and project implementation. We also discussed other issues related to the profession, including a COMTA/Alliance proposal for a 2015 joint Educational Congress.
Furthermore, in May of this year, the President of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE), Pete Whitridge, participated in a webinar with NCB. In this one hour collaborative webinar, Pete explained The National Teacher Education Standards Project, a teacher training model, as well as the qualities of a professional educator. This was the first of many upcoming collaborative webinars which highlight how all of us, across various organizations and backgrounds, work together to jointly serve the massage and bodywork profession.
Most recently, we announced a joint collaboration with the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) to no longer offer the NCETM or NCETMB licensure exams to the public as of November 1st, 2014. This agreement was a giant leap for our organization and profession, as we believe it will bring greater licensure portability for massage therapists nationwide. Agreements such as this are proof that, with the right amount of collaboration and dedication among us, we will bring greater good to our therapists, schools, profession and the community at large.
Our 2015 Priority: YOU
With several exciting collaborations already announced, and many others on the horizon, a strong commitment to growing relationships with massage and bodywork professionals is vital to working together and jointly serving as ambassadors for the massage and bodywork profession. This also means a stronger commitment to promoting Board Certification and our Assigned Schools, as well as continuing to be the central administrator for Approved Provider Continuing Education. We look forward to further seeking input from you, the profession, to evolve and customize our services into the best ever—bringing about greater unity among all of our entities.
As always, I continue to warmly welcome your thoughts and ideas. You have the skills, expertise and competencies to assure we are meeting your needs and that of all the stakeholders in our profession. All of us at NCBTMB look forward to dialoging with you—as well as other coalition members—as the New Year progresses. Together, we will keep you up-to-date and well-informed about our efforts of unity, alignment, ambassadorship, operational excellence and, in short, making a difference. We would love to hear from YOU, as we are always seeking to spotlight ambassadors like you who are making a huge difference in the lives of those we serve.
Thank you for a wonderful 2014 and taking this journey with us. We anticipate 2015 to be our best year ever, with the support of excellent staff, a highly engaged Board of Directors, and a collaborative strategy of relationship building and service to all. We are simply so grateful to have people like you traveling with us on the path to success.
This blog was written by:
Leena S. Guptha
DO, MBA, BCTMB