Alliance For Massage Therapy Education
How will we replace ourselves?
“We must have highly qualified educators demonstrating professional behaviors, ethical practice, and appropriate touch at our entry-level schools and at our national conferences.”
How will we replace our great instructors when they retire?
Teachers in the classroom are getting older … there are many more schools and programs being taught by underdeveloped educators. With over one thousand of massage schools in the country and over 2000 CE Providers, we estimate there are close to 10,000 teachers of massage and bodywork therapies at all levels. New instructors need training, skills, and support. Experienced instructors need to continuously strengthen their skills with professional development courses and continuing education that helps develop skills to teach different generations as they enter the classroom. Since we are not born with the skills, we must be taught, trained, evaluated, and practice the art of teaching.
Currently, there is no mechanism in our field to train, evaluate, and certify teachers at any level. So the AFMTE has undertaken a long-range project to identify the National Teacher Education Standard Project (NTESP). The overall goal of this project is to create a culture of teaching excellence and eventually offer an instructor certification upon completion of the course.
When this project is complete, we encourage schools and educators to utilize the “Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers” to determine whether an instructor is qualified to teach. Our “Teacher Training Curriculum Development Committee” (TTCDC) is using the new ELAP Blueprint to help inform the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to be deemed a “certified” teacher of massage therapy and bodywork.
About AFMTE: The Alliance For Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) was formed in 2009 to work with and strengthen the skills of massage therapy educators. The main focus of AFMTE is to create and implement teaching standards and to support educators in delivering exceptional education. The AFMTE is the massage profession’s “College of Massage Educators.” Our focus is teacher education and continued professional development for therapists and teachers.
AFMTE and NCB Collaboration
The NCBTMB and the AFMTE are working collaboratively to inform stakeholders, certificants, and approved providers about the shared values of the organizations. We have overlapping constituents (CE Providers). Both groups are members of the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations and both groups share in the ownership of the ELAP Blueprint and support its goal of identifying entry-level massage skills. Both have representatives on the Academic Consortium for Complementary & Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC) Board, and participate in state and national conferences and conventions. The constituents of both groups have a shared interest in setting standards for educators and education, from core curriculum through continuing education.
NCBTMB collaborated with AFMTE concerning the review of the new Approved Provider program that was released October 2013 and is currently seeking feedback concerning acceptable continuing education for Board Certification.
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