Evanston, IL (Dec. 6, 2011):  Registration is now open online (https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/1/News/detail/2507) for the American Massage Therapy Association’s® 2012 Massage Therapy Schools Summit to be held February 16-17 in Chicago, IL. This annual meeting of massage schools, owners, administrators and teachers is designed to provide the latest industry information and foster open dialog among those responsible for charting the course of massage therapy education.

Focusing on the theme “Your Bridge to Success”, this year’s educational opportunities are aimed at providing practical information to keep schools competitive and help attendees better navigate the issues impacting massage therapy schools. Highlights of this year’s meeting will include expert insight into the impact on schools of Title IV financial aid funding changes, as well as education sessions on teaching to multiple intelligences and the development of rubrics.

As in past years, there will be a presentation and open dialog on AMTA’s annual state of the profession research report. Attendees will receive the report in advance of the Summit to foster open dialogue on its content at the meeting. All other AMTA School members will receive the report after the Summit.

School owners, administrators and educators are invited to join AMTA for the opportunity to:

Share in frank, inclusive dialog with your peers and AMTA to find innovative solutions to the issues massage schools are facing.

Hear and discuss the latest research on trends affecting the massage therapy profession and massage schools.

Gain practical knowledge for strategies that can be implemented in your massage school.

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For more than a decade, AMTA annual school meetings have examined practical skills for massage schools. Beginning in 2010, the Schools Summit approach has also included focus on developing massage educator skills.

The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest nonprofit association representing the massage therapy profession in the U.S., with more than 56,000 massage therapist and massage school members. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member-involvement through its 51 chapters. Approximately 300 massage school campuses are represented in AMTA membership. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage.