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$15 members / $25 non-members     1.0 CE credits

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Complaints against massage therapists rarely describe poor hands-on technique or inadequate positioning. They occur because massage therapists are faced with situations where personal beliefs, feelings or attitudes can be in conflict with professional ethics and boundaries. This course helps to uncover personal assumptions or biases that may confuse ethical issues arising in practice.


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe fundamental concepts related to ethical dilemmas;
  • Demonstrate how personal attitudes, assumptions and bias contribute to ethical dilemmas;
  • Support ethical decisions that are based on professional values;
  • Communicate decisions with confidence;
  • Employ a comprehensive decision-making strategy that ensures professional practice remains independent of personal beliefs.

About the author(s)

For more than thirty years, massage therapy educator, writer, researcher and long-time practitioner, Pamela Fitch, has explored professional, ethical and communicative challenges faced by massage therapists. She remains particularly interested in how massage therapy affects clients who have experienced trauma, post-traumatic stress and complex pain conditions. A committed educator, she has been recognized with several awards for teaching.

Course Expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.

Online courses expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

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This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.