The Oregon Massage Board added this requirement for license renewal. 4 Contact Hours must be in Professional Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication. OSM offers the following courses that include content intended to fulfill the Professional Ethics, Boundaries and Communication requirement. Please note that all hours count towards Contact Continuing Education for Oregon & Washington LMTs.

To register for the following classes, please call 503-244-3420.

OnLine-Ethical Boundary Setting 4HallettPortland06/01/2020Mon 5:30-9:30pm$105Comm/Ethics or LMT
OnLine-Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication in Mind-Body Healing 4HallettSalem07/12/2020Sun 10am-2pm$95Massage A&A or LMT
TBD-Ethical Communication During the Bodywork Session 4DixonPortland08/01/2020Fri 1-5pm$105Massage A&A or LMT
TBD-Ethical Boundary Setting 4Barck GarofaloSalem08/27/2020Thu 1-5pm$105Comm/Ethics or LMT

Ethical Boundary Setting

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
This interactive workshop addresses a variety of relational situations where boundary setting is needed with clients and clarifies what is needed in various dual relationships. The goal of the class is to obtain clarity in your professional boundaries and devise ways to communicate them to avoid ethical dilemmas. We will explore confidentiality, transference, client attraction, emotional triggering, friendships, business and energetic boundaries.
Prerequisites: Comm/Ethics or LMT
Instructor: Barck Garofalo

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Ethical Communication During the Bodywork Session

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Ethics and communication classes typically focus on business related issues that may come up in a bodywork practice outside of the massage session. In contrast, this class provides guidelines and practice for communications during the session, in order to enhance the effects of the massage. This class explores the value of communication within a clinical setting and discusses some structured approaches to implement better ways of communicating with your clients. The majority of the class involves demonstration and practice. In class participation is essential.
Prerequisites: Massage A&A or LMT
Instructor: Dixon

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Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication in Mind-Body Healing

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
This course will discuss the role that the mind plays in relation to pain in the body. Through an ethical lens, we will discuss the history and science of chronic pain and trauma, along with the ethics of treating clients in chronic pain or with a history of trauma. Additionally, we will go over guidelines on maintaining healthy boundaries, and communicating in a way that respects the scope of practice of licensed massage therapists.
Prerequisites: Massage A&A or LMT
Instructor: Hallett

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Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
This 6-hour class will introduce the student to the theories of professional regulation and the Oregon massage statute. Key provisions covered will be Ethical Standards; Scope of Practice and the Application of the Statute. It will include some discussion of regulation in Washington and other states.
Prerequisites: Communications/Ethics, Clinic (concurrent)
Instructor: Morin

There is a PRE-class assignment: Review the Oregon Board website pages on initial licensure, the Boarderline (found in Publications), and most current meeting minutes. Bring 2 interesting take-aways to class.
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3 Responses to Oregon Massage Ethics, Boundaries and Communication Requirement

  1. Leah says:

    Does the pregnancy Massage certification class count towards the communication and ethics hours? The class certainly includes significant relevant training! Thanks 🙂

    • Amy Stark says:

      Hi Leah! I’m working on getting you an answer to the number of hours covered in that class. I’ll update this article with that information once it is available.


  2. Amy Stark says:

    Hi Leah & Readers –

    Ethics is now in the course description for the Prenatal Bodywork Certification training. This training includes 4 hours of Communication and Ethics relating to pregnancy massage

    We are also adding it to Advanced Bodywork for Women’s Health.

    Amy Stark, Director of Student & Faculty Services

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