This text gives instructors and students a structured format for teaching and learning ethics and standards of practice for massage therapy. Discussion topics include core industry standards of practice, laws, morals, rules, and regulations. It is an ideal textbook for ethics courses in massage therapy programs and prepares students for the ethics questions on the National Certification Exam.
The book guides students through the process of putting ethical standards into practice, and explains what is expected of them in a professional setting. Role-playing exercises and example scenarios prepare students for situations and dilemmas that arise in practice.
ETHICS: DEFINITION AND EXPECTATIONS Definitions What Is A Code of Ethics Ethical Codes in the Massage Profession Laws, Rules, and Regulations Morals, Values, and Standards Defining the Difference between Laws and Codes What Massage Professionals Expect Who Administrates Ethical Conduct? PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF ETHICS What the Public Expects Why Some of the Public Has a Dim View of the Massage Profession Therapist Responsibility in Educating the Public MORAL DEVELOPMENT How Your Morals Developed How to Identify What Your Morals Are Changes or Shifts That Need to Be Made for Client Safety or Perception Public Perception and a Successful Practice POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Definition Why They Are Needed How Will They Protect the Therapist How They Will Protect the Clients Exercises to Write Quality Policies and Procedures THE EMOTION OF ETHICS Why Are Emotions So Attached to Ethics Understanding Why There Are So Many Schools of Thought about Ethics Finding Your Safe and Successful Place in the Profession Revealing Your Own Personal Emotions and Attitudes About Massage CONFLICT RESOLUTION Frequent Conflicts That Can Arise Why Conflict Presents Itself Ways to Prevent Conflict Steps to Resolving Conflict Good Solutions BOUNDARIES: DRAWING THE LINE Defining Your Personal and Professional Boundaries Why Your Boundaries May Be Questioned Therapist Reaction When Boundaries Are Crossed Successful and Safe Care of Clients and Therapists Keeping Your Foundations Strong CLIENT AND THERAPIST BEHAVIOR Power Dynamics of the Therapeutic Relationship Appropriate and Inappropriate Behavior Transference and Countertransference Dual Relationships in the Profession Dual Relationships with Family and Friends Sexuality and Touch Sexuality and Attractions How to Handle Inappropriate Behavior and Touch DISCLOSURE: CLIENT AND THERAPIST Defining Disclosure Third Party Disclosure Client Disclosure Non-Disclosure Disclosure of Modalities and Treatment Disclosure of Credentials Disclosure of Health Disclosing Personal Information ETHICS OF WORKING WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS The Importance of Knowing What Other Professionals Do Professional Relationships with Other Health Care Providers How to Respond If Conflict Occurs Preventing Conflicts with Good Plans and Understanding BUSINESS ETHICS Definitions Business Policies and Procedures Office Policies Working with Other Health Care Providers Working with Your Staff or Others in Your Office Money Issues Legal Issues How to Prevent Conflict Avenues to Handle Conflict If It Happens ROLE MODELS Interviews with Experienced Therapists Key Questions and Answers How They Handle Conflict What Areas Still Need Definition in the Massage Community Best Kept Secret for Success APPENDIX A: REFERENCE MATERIAL Codes, Rules, and Regulations Code of Ethics from Associations/Groups APPENDIX B: SAMPLE FORMS Consent Forms Intake Forms Office Policy Forms Glossary: Terms and Definitions