The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) has announced the roster of presenters for its annual conference, to be held Aug. 18-20 in Charleston, South Carolina. They include:

• Tracy Ortelli, Ph.D(c), R.N., vice president of academic affairs for Galen College of Nursing and director of development of the Nurse Educator Certification Program for the National League of Nursing. She will speak on “Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence,” which will offer massage therapy educators her perspective on what it takes to establish teacher standards in a professional discipline.

• Ben Benjamin, Ph.D., and Amy Yeager. They will co-present on the System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction in a presentation titled, “The Dynamics of Effective Communication.”

• Jan Schwartz, a founding member and executive committee member of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care, former director of education for the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, and former chair of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. She will present on “The Role of Massage Education in Complementary Health Care.”

Read a press release about the presenters here.

The AFMTE is a voice, advocate and resource for massage therapy schools and educators.

Complete descriptions of the educational program, conference details, and information on the new 2011 AFMTE membership options may be found in a free 16-page booklet available from the AFMTE website.