Self-Evaluation for an Ethical Practice

Self-Evaluation for an Ethical Practice

Author(s): Jean Middleswarth

2CE credits 11 Lessons Text

The codes of ethics of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) state that massage therapists should demonstrate professional excellence through regular assessment of strengths, weaknesses and limitations, both professional and personal. This course explores why self-assessment is important and necessary in maintaining ethical boundaries.

This course counts towards NCBTMB’s Ethics credit requirement. 

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

  • State three reasons why self-evaluation is important.
  • Describe how lack of self-awareness can lead to ethical violations.
  • Identify and evaluate your professional skills.
  • Create a personal and professional plan of action, based on the results of self-evaluation.

  1. The Purpose of Self-Evaluation
  2. Types of Personal Vulnerabilities
  3. The Importance of Self-Knowledge
  4. Professional Strengths and Weaknesses
  5. The Process of Self-Evaluation
  6. Evaluating Your Current Abilities
  7. Evaluating Personal Likes
  8. Understanding Beliefs
  9. What You Bring to the Table
  10. Evaluating Self-Care
  11. Developing a Plan of Action

Jean E. Middleswarth, MSW, has practiced in North Carolina as a psychotherapist and massage therapist. She also is a nationally known presenter of workshops on professional and personal growth, and professional ethics for massage therapists. Jean is the Director of Health Services for the Forsyth Technical Community College Therapeutic Massage Program.