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Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Volunteer Task Force Criteria

Job Title:
Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Task Force Volunteer Member

Overall job description:
The Body of Knowledge Task Force is responsible for defining, developing, and articulating a massage therapy body of knowledge (MTBOK) for the profession. This is usually defined as a compendium that represents the collective skills and knowledge necessary to practice massage therapy. The body of knowledge for the massage profession is a living resource of competencies, standards, and values that inform and guide the domains of practice, licensure, certification, education, accreditation and research. The articulation of the MTBOK is intended to create an agreed-upon “well” of information that is openly shared and assists in creating a mutual understanding within the profession, an understanding that advances the profession, creates consistent quality of care, and feeds Accreditation, Certification, Research, and Licensure, the cornerstones of a profession.

The task force will be made up of subject matter experts in the field—practitioners, educators, and researchers. It will be independent from the control or undue influence of any stakeholder group or other professional entity. It will be comprised of professionals held in high regard and acknowledged as experts in the subject areas being defined. In addition, a project manager, unaffiliated with any massage profession organization, will be hired to manage and support the activities of the taskforce. As part of its independence, the taskforce will share its results with the profession broadly, and won’t seek “approval” or “ratification” from any stakeholder group. However, the taskforce will establish a process to circulate its findings for comment from the profession, both at an organizational and individual level, in an effort to vet their results, and revise the work based on stakeholders’ feedback.

Scope of the Work:
The scope of the MTBOK (subject areas that fit within this agreed definition of the MTBOK) is divided into two categories: foundational elements and additional elements. The initial phase of the MTBOK effort will be to define the foundational elements the definition of massage therapy (scope of practice, terminology, describing the field) and a definition of the competencies of an entry-level massage therapist in terms of knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The initial phase of the MTBOK will impact additional elements we hope will follow, including education standards, code of ethics, standards of care, standards of practice, taxonomies, research agendas, research results, specialties, and advanced levels of training. While the initial MTBOK Task Force is not charged with developing these additional elements, it is important that the members consider future implications of this work while developing the foundational elements described previously.

Required Experience, Knowledge, and Abilities:
  • 10 + years of experience in the field of massage and bodywork or in a related field.
  • Experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas of massage therapy:
    • Education (proprietary school, community college, trade school)
    • Continuing Education
    • Developing an aspect of the profession’s existing body of knowledge including:
      • Entry level or advance education standards
      • Practice standards
      • Developing a profession’s Scope of Practice
      • Defining terminology
    • Entry-level education competencies in terms of knowledge (technical information, theory, ethics, and research that support the practice), skills (psychomotor capabilities a massage therapist uses), and abilities (demonstrable behaviors – both innate and learned – that result in an observable outcome).
    • Academic research
  • Experience in one or more of the following massage therapy settings:
    • Sole-Practitioner
    • Spa
    • Health/fitness clu
    • Clinic (wellness, chiropractor, medical, etc)
    • Massage franchise
    • Employer of massage therapists
In addition, successful candidates must also exhibit the following skills and behaviors:
  • Demonstrated commitment to the massage field;
  • Ability to analyze situations, exhibit good judgment, and make sound, ethical decisions;
  • Independent thinker;
  • Acceptance of responsibility;
  • Ability to collaborate, cooperate and be flexible;
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written form;
  • Dependability for completing work on deadline;
  • Cooperation/working with others;
  • Attendance/Punctuality;
  • Competency in computer software including Microsoft office and internet software;
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to organize & synthesize large quantities of information;
  • Intellectual curiosity;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines;
Time Commitment:
  • The project is estimated to take at least 9 months beginning July 1, 2009.
  • Expected commitment of 3-5 hours per week.
  • The project will be launched with a face-to-face meeting in July 2009.
  • Majority of the work done remotely with information sharing through email and the internet.
Expectations and Deliverables of the Task Force:
  • Process well-documented and transparent
  • Engage all categories of stakeholders in the vetting process
  • Prepare and submit findings to Stewards by April 2010
  • Prepare and submit findings (aspect summary) to journals that represent body of knowledge and other peer-reviewed academic journals, and to trade magazines within the massage and bodywork professions
  • Prepare and submit posters and abstracts for presentations at research and professional conferences
Use of Organizational Resources and Support:
The task force will work with a paid project manager. The project manager will manage and support the activities of the task force. The project manager will also be unaffiliated with any massage profession organization. The project will be funded and supported by the Stewards made up of the American Massage Therapy Association, AMTA Council of Schools, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, Massage Therapy Foundation, and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. The Stewards will not control the project but due to the importance of the work and its impact on the profession, they will develop expected outcomes, provide resources and be accountable for its success. They also will encourage and support the adoption of the MTBOK across the profession and with impacted external stakeholders.

Eligibility:
Members of the task force are chosen for their expertise in the areas being defined including competencies, standards, and values. The task force will be independent from the control or undue influence of any stakeholder group or other professional entity. Therefore anyone in a leadership role in any of the BoK Steward organizations or having represented a BoK Steward organization at any prior BoK meetings is ineligible for the task force.

Authority:
The MTBOK Task Force will act independently from the control or undue influence of any stakeholder group or other professional entity. As part of its independence, the taskforce will share its results with the profession broadly, and won’t seek “approval” or “ratification” from any stakeholder group. However, the taskforce should establish a process to circulate and vet its findings for comment.

Removal from Task Force:
A Task Force Member may be removed from task force for failure to:
  1. Fulfill her/his duties and responsibilities (dereliction of duties)
  2. Meet eligibility requirements
(The Project Manager recommends (inquiry) removal of task force member. There is an inquiry into the manner with final decision made by the stewards)

Vacancy and Succession:
In the event of a vacancy, the Project Manager with input from the Task Force Selection Committee shall select a new Task Force member who meets the eligibility requirements as set forth herein from a list of alternates.

Application Deadline:
All applications are due by May 1, 2009. The task force will be selected by June 30, 2009.



 

 

 

 

 
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