A just-launched center will provide education for massage instructors. The Body Therapy Institute, a COMTA-accredited school of massage, bodywork and somatic therapies, announced the opening of its Center for Teacher Education on Dec. 2.

The center is led by institute co-director Carey Elizabeth Smith, a teacher trainer with 30 years of experience.

“The need for teacher education in the field of massage therapy and bodywork is beginning to be recognized—by schools, state regulatory agencies, professional associations and accrediting agencies,” the institute’s co-director, Rick Rosen, told MASSAGE Magazine. “This new entity represents an expansion of the teacher training that [Smith] has offered at our school for the past 10 years.

“There will now be a complete career development track, from entry-level teaching skills through post-graduate seminars for ongoing professional enrichment,” Rosen added.

Beginning in 2009, the Center for Teacher Education will offer classes designed to meet teachers’ personal- and professional-development needs, including a Teacher Skills Intensive, The Spirit of Learning, and The Confluence of Teaching, Coaching and Healing.

Courses will be held at the campus of the Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, North Carolina. Visit www.massage.net for more information.