Attendees of the second annual conference of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) will have two opportunities to provide input at the conference, which will be used by the AFMTE in projects that will influence the future direction of massage education.

1. The AFMTE will present an overview of its National Teacher Education Standards Project, which is an endeavor to create a culture of teaching excellence. Launched at the end of 2010, the project is in its first phase, which is focused on establishing the Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers. Attendees, along with all AFMTE members, will receive an advance copy of this draft document for review. A white paper on the project is available from the AMFTE’s website. The first draft of the Core Competencies will be the subject of a special half-day discussion forum that will give attendees an opportunity to provide direct feedback on the document.

2. The AFMTE is also active in the arena of standards for continuing education. As announced earlier this year, the AFMTE will partner with the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) in the development of a new national program for the approval of CE courses and providers. The conference will feature FSMTB Executive Director Debra Persinger, Ph.D., in a workshop that will provide the scope and rationale for this new approval program, and offer an opportunity for participants to share experiences with existing approval processes in the field and to provide ideas about what they would like to see in a new national process.

The conference will be held Aug. 18-20, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina.

For more information, read a press release about these opportunities here.

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