BCTMB Breakdown

  1. Communication (10 – 12%)

Tasks

 

  1. Conduct an effective and thorough intake interview to gather information from the client.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Functional assessment of lifestyle (activities, occupation, etc.)
  2. Pathology and contraindications
  3. Scope of practice
  4. General anatomy and physiology
  1. Customer service skills
  2. Professional skills
  3. Communication skills

 

  1. Discuss assessment and treatment plan with the client.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Treatment plan and documentation
  2. Time management skills
  1. Communication skills

 

  1. Teach others about the benefits of massage therapy.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. General massage therapy theory, methods and techniques
  2. Marketing
  3. Modality literacy (familiarity with other modalities)
  4. Scope of practice
  5. General anatomy and physiology
  6. Research literacy (how to read a research study)
  1. Professional skills
  2. Business skills
  3. Communication skills

 

  1. Collaborate with other healthcare professionals about the course of care for client.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. General anatomy and physiology
  2. Principles of confidentiality
  3. Treatment plan and documentation
  1. Professional skills
  2. Communication skills

 

  1. Communicate findings from client assessment and massage session/treatment with other healthcare professionals.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Principles of confidentiality
  2. Scope of practice
  3. General massage therapy theory, methods and techniques
  1. Professional skills
  2. Communication skills
 
  1. Law and Ethics (8 – 10%)

Tasks

 

  1. Maintain proper physical and emotional boundaries by using appropriate touch skills.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Quality of touch
  2. Client centered massage therapy
  3. Therapeutic relationships (e.g., boundaries, transference and counter-transference, etc.)
  4. General law and ethics
  1. Professional skills

 

  1. Maintain client confidentiality.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Principles of confidentiality
  2. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  3. Record keeping practices
  4. General law and ethics
  1. Business skills
  2. Professional skills
  3. Customer service skills

 

  1. Perform only within your legal scope of practice.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. General law and ethics
  2. Modality literacy (familiarity with other modalities)
  1. Professional skills

 

  1. Provide only services that you are qualified to perform.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Scope of practice
  2. General law and ethics
  3. Modality literacy (familiarity with other modalities)
  1. Professional skills

 

  1. Drape clients appropriately to protect their privacy.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  2. Professional skills
  1. Customer service skills

 

  1. Respect the client’s right to say no to any service at any time.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  2. Client centered massage therapy
  1. Professional skills
  2. Customer service skills

 

  1. Refrain from participating in a sexual relationship or sexual misconduct with clients, whether consensual or otherwise.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  2. General law and ethics
  3. Scope of practice
  1. Professional skills

 

  1. Represent educational and professional qualifications honestly.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Scope of practice
  2. General law and ethics
  3. Modality literacy (familiarity with other modalities)
  1. Professional skills

 

  1. Obtain informed consent from the client.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  2. General law and ethics
  3. Treatment plan and documentation
  1. Professional skills
  2. Communication skills

 

  1. Recognize and limit the impact of transference and counter-transference between the client and the practitioner.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  2. Therapeutic relationships (e.g., boundaries, transference and counter-transference, etc.)
  1. Professional skills

 

  1. Avoid dual and/or multi-dimensional relationships that could impair professional judgment or result in exploitation of the client, employees, and or co-workers.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  2. Therapeutic relationships (5.7., boundaries, transference and counter-transference, etc.)
  3. General law and ethics
  1. Professional skills

 

  1. Recognize and limit conflicts of interest with clients.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  2. Therapeutic relationships (5.7., boundaries, transference and counter-transference, etc.)
  1. Professional skills

 

  1. Report unlicensed massage activity.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. General law and ethics
  2. State and local credentialing requirements
  3. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  4. Modality literacy (familiarity with other modalities)
  1. Professional skills
 
  1. Evaluation, Planning, and Documentation (34 - 37%)

Tasks

 

  1. Utilize palpatory skills to assess soft tissue.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Quality of touch
  2. Muscles and muscle groups
  3. Bones and bony landmarks
  4. Soft tissue injury/pathology
  5. General muscle physiology
  6. Joints (includes ligaments, joint capsules, bursae, etc.)
  7. Fascia
  8. All body systems and their functions
  9. Kinesiology
  1. Palpation skills

 

  1. Perform and interpret active and passive range of motion assessments.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Joints (includes ligaments, joint capsules, bursae, etc.)
  2. Muscles and muscle groups
  3. Bones and bony landmarks
  4. Kinesiology
  1. Palpation skills
  2. Critical thinking skills

 

  1. Perform functional assessment of the client’s lifestyle (activities, occupation, etc.).
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Body mechanics
  2. Self care
  1. Documentation skills

 

  1. Perform and interpret postural analysis.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Muscles and muscle groups
  2. Postural analysis
  3. Soft tissue injury/pathology
  4. Bones and bony landmarks
  1. Critical thinking skills
  2. Palpation skills

 

  1. Perform and interpret gait assessment.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Gait assessment
  2. Muscles and muscle groups
  3. Soft tissue injury/pathology
  4. Kinesiology
  5. Joints (includes ligaments, joint capsules, bursae, etc.)
  1. Critical thinking skills
  2. Palpation skills

 

  1. Perform and interpret manual resistance tests.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Manual resistive test
  2. Postural analysis
  3. Soft tissue injury/pathology
  4. Muscles and muscle groups
  5. Kinesiology
  6. Joints (includes ligaments, joint capsules, bursae, etc.)
  1. Critical thinking skills
  2. Palpation skills

 

  1. Perform and interpret special orthopedic tests.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Special orthopedic tests (drawer, empty can, etc.)
  2. Muscles and muscle groups
  3. Joints (includes ligaments, joint capsules, bursae, etc.)
  4. Bones and bony landmarks
  5. Kinesiology
  1. Critical thinking skills
  2. Palpation skills

 

  1. Interpret client health history form.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Pathology and contra-indications
  2. Soft tissue injury/pathology
  3. General anatomy and physiology
  4. General muscle physiology
  5. All body systems and their functions
  6. Functional assessment of lifestyle (activities, occupation, etc.)
  1. Critical thinking skills

 

  1. Document the results of the intake interview.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  2. Record keeping practices
  3. Treatment plan and documentation
  4. Business skills
  1. Documentation skills
  2. Communication skills
  3. Professional skills

 

  1. Create a treatment plan.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Treatment plan and documentation
  2. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  3. Client centered massage therapy
  4. General massage therapy theory, methods and techniques
  5. Pathology and contra-indications
  6. Soft tissue injury/pathology
  7. General anatomy and physiology
  8. Functional assessment of lifestyle (activities, occupation, etc.)
  9. Modality literacy (familiarity with other modalities)
  10. Postural analysis
  11. Scope of practice
  1. Documentation skills
  2. Communication skills
  3. Time management skills
  4. Professional skills
  5. Business skills
  6. Critical thinking skills
 
  1. Massage and Bodywork Techniques and Application (43 - 46%)

Tasks

 

  1. Determine applicable massage and bodywork technique(s) for client and refer as necessary to other healthcare professionals.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Client referral
  2. Modality literacy (familiarity with other modalities)
  3. Research literacy (how to read a research study)
  4. Scope of practice
  5. Professional codes of ethics and standards of practice
  6. General massage therapy theory, methods and techniques
  7. General anatomy and physiology
  8. General muscle physiology
  9. Joints (includes ligaments, joint capsules, bursae, etc.)
  10. Fascia
  11. All body systems and their functions
  12. Stretching
  13. Kinesiology
  14. Functional assessment of lifestyle (activities, occupation, etc.)
  1. Professional skills
  2. Customer service skills
  3. Communication skills
  4. Palpation skills
  5. Critical thinking skills

 

  1. Apply massage and bodywork techniques appropriately.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Endangerment/Cautionary Sites
  2. Quality of touch
  3. Body mechanics
  4. Muscles and muscle groups
  5. General massage therapy theory, methods and techniques
  6. Soft tissue injury/pathology
  7. Soft tissue manipulation
  8. Bones and bony landmarks
  9. Therapeutic relationships (e.g., boundaries, transference and counter-transference, etc.)
  10. General anatomy and physiology
  11. General muscle physiology
  12. Joints (includes ligaments, joint capsules, bursae, etc.)
  13. Fascia
  14. All body systems and their functions
  15. Stretching
  16. Kinesiology
  17. Anatomical position and terminology (e.g., planes, directions)
  1. Palpation skills
  2. Time management skills
  3. Critical thinking skills
  4. Professional skills

 

  1. Perform massage/bodywork on special populations (e.g. athletes, geriatric patients, prenatal/postnatal populations).
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Endangerment/Cautionary Sites
  2. Pathology and contra-indications
  3. Client centered massage therapy
  4. Quality of touch
  5. Body mechanics
  6. Muscles and muscle groups
  7. General massage therapy theory, methods and techniques
  8. Soft tissue injury/pathology
  9. Soft tissue manipulation
  10. Bones and bony landmarks
  11. Therapeutic relationships (5.7., boundaries, transference and counter-transference, etc.)
  12. General anatomy and physiology
  13. General muscle physiology
  14. Joints (includes ligaments, joint capsules, bursae, etc.)
  15. Fascia
  16. All body systems and their functions
  17. Stretching
  18. Kinesiology
  19. Anatomical position and terminology (e.g., planes, directions)
  20. Functional assessment of lifestyle (activities, occupation, etc.)
  1. Palpation skills
  2. Time management skills
  3. Critical thinking skills
  4. Professional skills
  5. Communication skills

 

  1. Identify contraindications and apply appropriate techniques.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Pathology and contraindications
  2. Soft tissue injury/pathology
  3. Endangerment/Cautionary Sites
  4. General anatomy and physiology
  5. Musculoskeletal system
  6. All body systems and their functions
  7. Modality literacy (familiarity with other modalities)
  8. Kinesiology
  1. Palpation skills
  2. Critical thinking skills
  3. Communication skills
  4. Professional skills

 

  1. Identify fundamental attributes of bodywork modalities.
Knowledge
Skills
  1. Modality literacy (familiarity with other modalities)
  2. Scope of practice
  3. Research literacy (how to read a research study)
  1. Professional skills
  2. Critical thinking skills
 
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