2017 Congress Schedule

Hosted by the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education; our mission is to foster dialogue, inquiry and creative problem-solving between and among organizations and individuals involved in massage therapy and bodywork education.  The 2017 Educational Congress meetings will take place over 5 days July 26-30 with the main portion of the conference exhibition hall during July 27-29.

2017 Educational Congress Schedule


Elevating Standards of Excellence

July  26-30  Exhibit days July 27-29

Tucson, AZ

Visit our Presenter page to read descriptions and Presenter Bios!   


 Register NowWednesday, July 26, 2017

9:00-6:00 Pre-Conference (lunch on your own) 

  • Mental Health First Aid Tara McManaway  

9:00-5:00 Pre-Conference (lunch on your own)

  • School Success Day Joe Bob Smith, Dr. Mirando and Lex Filipowski

9:00-10:00 Building the Massage School of the Future Begins Yesterday – Joe Bob Smith 

10:00-1:00  Best Practices for Improving your School’s Financial Stability -Dr. Mirando 

1:00 -2:00  Lunch on your own

2:00-3:00 TBA

3:00-5:00 Lex Filipowski  – The Secrets To Enrolling More Students In Your School!

4:00-8:00 Registration

4:00-9:00 Booth set-up

Thursday, July 27, 2017

7:30-9:00 Registration Opens

7:30-8:30 Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Elements Massage

7:30-9:00 Visit Exhibitors  

9:00-10:30      Conference opens

  • Overview of events
  • Introductions
  • Educator of the Year Awards

10:30-11:30 Keynote presentation:  LET’S GET REAL! – Ruth Marion

11:30-12:00 Visit Exhibitors, prizes

12:00-1:30 Lunch and visit exhibitors

1:30 – 1:35 Prize drawing

1:35-5:30 The Future of MT and Bodywork Forum

5:30-7:00    Welcome Reception sponsored by Massage Envy

  • Visit Vendors & Network  
  • Chair Massage Fundraiser for the MTF

7:00 -on Dinner on your own

Friday, July 28, 2017

8:00-9:00    Visit the exhibitors

9:00-10:30 Business Meeting – Call to Order

10:30-11:00 Break and visit vendors

11:00-1:00 NTESP – Teacher Training Curriculum Development Committee Updates  

1:00-2:30 Group Lunch & Visit Vendors

2:30-4:30 Breakout Sessions

  • Social Media Community as an Incubator for Professional Development – Jason Erickson
  • Integrating Case Reports into Massage Curriculum: Context, Importance, Approach and Strategies – Niki Munk
  • Creating Safe Learning Environments: Ensuring Learner Development and Ethical Educator Conduct – Pam Fitch

4:45-6:00 Discussion Forums

6:00-on Dinner on your own

Saturday, July 29, 2017

7:00 Morning Memorial Walk

8:00-9:00      Visit the exhibitors

9:00-12:00 Breakout Sessions  

  • How to Build Your Organization using Solution-Driven Communication – Stephanie Beck
  • Essential Skills for Teaching Online  Breakout – Whitney Lowe
  • Embodied Administration – Compliance as a Contemplative Practice – Dawn Hogue

12:00-2:00 Lunch & Visit Vendors

2:00-4:00 Breakout Sessions

  • Education Nourishes the Soul – Benny Vaughn
  • Proactive Classroom – Julie Goodwin
  • Massage Therapy Meta-Analysis Workshop – Ruth Werner & Jerrilyn Cambron

4:00-4:30 Break & Visit Vendors

4:30-5:00 Closing/Wrap-up

5:00-6:00 Vendors break down booths

Sunday, July 30, 2017

9:00 – 4:00 Post-Conference Workshop  

  • Beyond Boundaries Lauren Cates  

9:00-5:00 S4OM: Educators Meeting

9:00-5:00 AFMTE: Board Meeting

Monday, July 31, 2017

9:00-5:00        AFMTE:  Board of Directors Meeting

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