Archives for June 2011

Alliance Features Distinguished Keynote Presenters for Annual Conference

On August 18-20, The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education will be holding its 2011 Annual Conference in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The theme for this meeting is Bringing Teaching to the Next Level, which is intended to highlight the Alliance’s work on its National Teacher Education Standards Project.

The educational program includes workshops to meet the professional development needs of directors and administrators from massage therapy schools, along with massage school teachers and continuing education providers. The conference also features three keynotes with distinguished presenters:

In a presentation entitled Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence, Tracy Ortelli, PhD(c), RN, will offer massage therapy educators a unique perspective on what it takes to establish teacher standards in a professional discipline, and the tremendous difference it can make in the quality of educational outcomes. Tracy is Vice President of Academic Affairs for Galen College of Nursing and a recognized leader in the field of nursing education. She directed the development of the Nurse Educator Certification Program for the National League of Nursing, and was a test developer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Ben Benjamin, PhD will introduce conference attendees to the System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction in a presentation on The Dynamics of Effective Communication. SAVI provides a state-of-the-art tool for analyzing and improving the effectiveness of verbal communication in all domains. The system focuses not on what we say, but on how we say it. In this presentation, you will experience how SAVI can be utilized from the classroom to the boardroom, and from the individual to the group level. Ben is one of the most highly-respected educators and authors in the massage therapy field. He is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he founded the Muscular Therapy Institute.

As massage therapy is considered part of the spectrum of complementary and alternative health care practices that are getting broad utilization by consumers, The Role of Massage Education in Complementary Health Care is the subject of the final keynote presentation at this year’s conference. Jan Schwartz, MA, will offer an introduction to the mission and goals of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), and will highlight ways that massage schools and educators can build bridges that facilitate collaboration with other health professions, and increase utilization of massage therapy services. Jan is a founding member of ACCAHC and serves on its Executive Committee. She is a former Director of Education for the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts and former chair of COMTA.

Complete descriptions of the educational program, conference details, as well as information on the new 2011 Alliance membership options may be found in a free 16-page booklet available by clicking this link. Conference participants can earn up to 15 contact hours of CE credit.

Alliance Members receive a $100 discount off the registration fee.

Alliance Features Distinguished Keynote Presenters for Annual Conference

On August 18-20, The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education will be holding its 2011 Annual Conference in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The theme for this meeting is Bringing Teaching to the Next Level, which is intended to highlight the Alliance’s work on its National Teacher Education Standards Project.

The educational program includes workshops to meet the professional development needs of directors and administrators from massage therapy schools, along with massage school teachers and continuing education providers. The conference also features three keynotes with distinguished presenters:

In a presentation entitled Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence, Tracy Ortelli, PhD(c), RN, will offer massage therapy educators a unique perspective on what it takes to establish teacher standards in a professional discipline, and the tremendous difference it can make in the quality of educational outcomes. Tracy is Vice President of Academic Affairs for Galen College of Nursing and a recognized leader in the field of nursing education. She directed the development of the Nurse Educator Certification Program for the National League of Nursing, and was a test developer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

Ben Benjamin, PhD will introduce conference attendees to the System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction in a presentation on The Dynamics of Effective Communication. SAVI provides a state-of-the-art tool for analyzing and improving the effectiveness of verbal communication in all domains. The system focuses not on what we say, but on how we say it. In this presentation, you will experience how SAVI can be utilized from the classroom to the boardroom, and from the individual to the group level. Ben is one of the most highly-respected educators and authors in the massage therapy field. He is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he founded the Muscular Therapy Institute.

As massage therapy is considered part of the spectrum of complementary and alternative health care practices that are getting broad utilization by consumers, The Role of Massage Education in Complementary Health Care is the subject of the final keynote presentation at this year’s conference. Jan Schwartz, MA, will offer an introduction to the mission and goals of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC), and will highlight ways that massage schools and educators can build bridges that facilitate collaboration with other health professions, and increase utilization of massage therapy services. Jan is a founding member of ACCAHC and serves on its Executive Committee. She is a former Director of Education for the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts and former chair of COMTA.

Complete descriptions of the educational program, conference details, as well as information on the new 2011 Alliance membership options may be found in a free 16-page booklet available by clicking this link. Conference participants can earn up to 15 contact hours of CE credit.

Alliance Members receive a $100 discount off the registration fee.

Alliance Offers New Booklet on Membership Benefits and 2011 Annual Conference

The Alliance has published a new 16-page booklet that features a complete description of the new membership and dues structure, with a focus on the Gold Level Membership Program. This premiere suite of benefits provides significant savings on important services for massage therapy schools, teachers and continuing education providers.

The booklet also provides complete descriptions of the educational program, logistical details and a registration form for the Alliance’s second Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina on August 18-20, 2011 at the Charleston Marriott Hotel.

With the theme of Bringing Teaching to the Next Level, the focus for this meeting is on how to create a culture of teaching excellence within the field of massage therapy in the coming years. This important gathering of the educational community will bring together directors and administrators from massage therapy schools, along with massage school teachers and continuing education providers.

The Alliance has created an outstanding education program for this three-day event. There will be keynote presentations and discussion forums for all participants, as well as specialized workshops to meet the needs of each of the membership groups that comprise the Alliance. Conference participants can earn up to 15 contact hours of CE credit.

This event has been created to provide valuable learning experiences with some of the leading educators in our field – along with ample opportunities for networking and enjoyment of the beautiful environment. It is the intention of the Alliance to provide a forum where educators feel inspired, nourished and well-informed… where their voices will be heard… and where their input will make a difference. The meeting schedule also allows for time to explore and enjoy the many historic sites, parks, restaurants, galleries and tree-lined streets that make Charleston one of the most loved travel destinations in the world.

A $100 early registration discount is available through July 1. Alliance Members receive an additional $100 discount off the registration fee.

The booklet can be easily accessed by clicking the thumbnail image on the right-hand side of any page on the Alliance website. A digital version of the publication will come up in your browser window. Using the navigation buttons at the bottom of the frame, you can leaf through the booklet, double-click to zoom in, print pages, download a PDF version of the booklet to your local computer. You are welcome to share this with colleagues in your networks.

If you have any difficulty accessing this digital version, you may download a PDF of the booklet by clicking THIS LINK.