Updated 5/20/19: Summer 2019

As of July 1, 2016, the new Oregon Massage CE requirements have gone into effect. What does this mean for you? If you are due to renew after July 1, 2016, you will need the following:

  • 25 Continuing Education Hours.
  • Of the 25 hours, at least 15 continuing education hours must be Contact Hours
    • (actual hours in class under the instruction and in the physical presence of an Instructor or an interactive distance learning course)
  • 4 Contact Hours must be in Professional Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication.

Please click here for the approved Oregon Massage CE rules.

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.

Statutes 6ZermerSalem05/22/2019-05/29/2019Wed 9am-12pm$110Communications/Ethics Clinic (Concurrent)
Ethical Boundary Setting 4Barck GarofaloPortland06/10/2019Mon 5:30-9:30pm$95Comm/Ethics or LMT
Statutes 6MorinPortland07/01/2019-07/08/2019Mon 9am-12pm$110Communications/Ethics, Clinic (concurrent)
Ethical Boundary Setting 4Barck GarofaloPortland07/29/2019Mon 9:00am-1:00pm$95Comm/Ethics or LMT
Statutes 6ZermerSalem07/30/2019-08/06/2019Tue 9am-12pm$110Communications/Ethics, Clinic (may be concurrent)
Building Your Ethical Body 4DixonPortland08/23/2019Friday 2-6pm$90Comm/Ethics or LMT
Ethical Communication During the Bodywork Session 4DixonPortland11/17/2019Sun 1-5pm$95Massage A&A or LMT

Building Your Ethical Body

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
This Ethics course provides a conceptual and physical foundation for working with the ethics of touch. The class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs physical and mental resources, and provide clear strategies to build confidence and capability to deal with confusing and murky issues. It includes an overview and short practice of a variety of skill building techniques plus mindful movement exercises that strengthen practitioner boundaries and protect against harmful social/ environmental influences on massage and bodywork while connecting to oneÕs inner wisdom.
Prerequisites: Comm/Ethics or LMT
Instructor: Dixon

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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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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 (may be concurrent)
Instructor: Zermer

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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