MASSAGE MAGAZINE: New Massage Continuing Education Plan Met with Opposition


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Written by Karen Menehan of Massage Magazine



Three national massage organizations are protesting the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards’plan to launch its own massage continuing education approval process.

Among the complaints are that a new approval process could:

The massage organizations—the NCBTMB, as well as the American Massage Therapy Association(AMTA) and Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE)—have all decried the FSMTB’s announcement.

AFMTE published two open letters to the massage field, back when FSMTB had only announced continuing education approvals through its Regulatory Education and Competence Hub (REACH) program (see section, “Dueling Databases,” below)—one of which stated that “the AFMTE sees FSMTB owning and operating courses that are granted [continuing education] credit as a conflict-of-interest … [and] the AFMTE strongly recommends that FSMTB partner with NCBTMB to utilize their well-established Approved CE Provider Program, which will better serve the needs of FSMTB and their Member Boards.”

Additionally, emails sent by AMTA the week of Oct. 3—one to FSMTB delegates that was read to a reporter by a delegate, and one to members of the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations that was forwarded to MASSAGE Magazine by a non-delegate source who declined to be named—stated AMTA’s opposition to FSMTB creating a continuing education approval process.

The AMTA’s email to coalition members stated, in part, “AMTA feels it would be counter-productive for the FSMTB to continue to pursue directions that are opposed to what the profession and our organizations have said are the best means to advance the profession, and avoid unnecessary redundancy and duplication of function.”

Of AMTA’s and AFMTE’s protestations, FSMTB Executive Director Debra Persinger, Ph.D., said, “The trade associations are separate from regulators. We welcome their input, and it helps us make decisions, but at the end of the day we have to focus on member boards.”


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