If at first you don’t succeed…

If at first you don’t succeed…

Try, try again. That’s what the regulatory board in my home state of North Carolina is recommending when it comes to getting the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards to do something about the confusing status of continuing education approvals.

Two years ago, the NC Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy introduced a resolution at the Annual Meeting of the FSMTB (which was held in Puerto Rico). This document instructed the Federation’s Board of Directors to “begin the process of developing a new national approval program for continuing education providers and courses.” The organization’s leadership responded positively to the resolution, and announced to the profession in the Spring of 2011 the launch of a comprehensive project to do just that. They also invited AFMTE, AMTA and ABMP to work with them to provide input that would help shape the project.

In spite of this clearly stated intention to develop a “centralized quality assurance process for all courses taken by massage and bodywork therapists for the renewal of State licensure or State certification” (quoted verbatim from the FSMTB press release dated 3/29/11), the outcome of this process missed the mark by a country mile. The MOCC Proposal, which stands for Maintenance of Core Competencies, failed to deliver what the state boards asked for, and what FSMTB promised.

To remind you, the MOCC Proposal was based on a new (and unproven) concept of separating continuing education that relates to “public protection” from all other CE that is taken for “professional development”. MOCC recommended that only CE related to “public protection” be required by state boards for renewal of licensure, and everything else be put into the voluntary category, to be regulated by… well, the proposal didn’t even mention NCBTMB. If this all weren’t bad enough, FSMTB would become the exclusive provider of coursework needed to maintain “core competency” in the subjects related to “public protection”.

For more background on the MOCC issue, refer to my blog posts of 3/14/12 and 4/15/12. It’s also illuminating to read the press release AMTA issued on 4/23/12 which contained a complete repudiation of the Federation’s proposal. READ MORE…

2 comments for “If at first you don’t succeed…

  1. August 3, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Interesting article, but what you may mention to your students and certification board is that continuing education helps you develop as a MT, and benefits the patient as well. Isn’t that why we went to school.

  2. July 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    AGREED!I Graduated massage school as a therapist in 1988. 102 hours. been giving damn-good massage ever since. To get the results my clients seek, my therapy method of choice is called Active Myofascial Therapy. AMT incorporates manual and movement-based therapy with the goal of increasing neuromuscular reeducation, strength and stability where needed, ALONG with relaxation of tissue tightness, adhesions, etc (which supports relaxation of mind and body, now doesn’t it?)I feel like saying, “Why can’t we all just get along?” Most therapists just want to be able to provide their service to as many clients/patients as they wish, with as few road-blocks, hurdles and red tape as possible.Like John (above- sorry, don’t know last name) I will continue to teach and mentor therapists how to be professional, credible, ethical, responsible team-player providers, no mater what type of massage they offer, as long as they continue to have the clients’ safety, and best interest in mind.Thanks Laura for bringing this to light.

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