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ABMP State Regulation Guide
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Checklist of MTBOK Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Coverage
DOL Occupational Outlook 2008-2009
Iowa Reflexology Study 2004
MBLEx Content Outline
NCBTMB Candidate Handbook
NCBTMB Needs Assessment Survey Report

Developmental Versions of the MTBOK

  • Second Draft (most recent)
  • Second Draft Press Release
  • First Draft
  • First Draft Press Release
  • Download Event Flyer for the MTBOK Stakeholder Input Session which was held September 24, 2009 in Orlando,FL

    MTBOK Stewards Direction for the MTBOK Development Process

    Develop a Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge with integrity and transparency in accordance with the values presented in the business case and that the profession can adopt confidently.

    Shared Values of Stewardship

    Inclusion - The MTBOK must be established for the profession by the profession. All major stakeholders in the profession should participate in some way.

    Transparency - Continuous two-way communication should be maintained in some form with all major stakeholders in the profession, including access to the work in progress and the results of the work.

    Validity - The MTBOK must be well vetted through a community of subject matter experts as well as through the larger community of stakeholders in the profession - practitioners, educators, researchers, organizations that support these professionals, consumers, allied professions, healthcare and spa employers/providers, etc. The MTBOK needs to continue to remain valid even as the profession and its environment evolve. It needs to have a commitment to an ongoing review through its evolution.

    Breadth – The MTBOK should be universally applicable across the full breadth of the massage therapy profession. The breadth of a BOK is typically expressed as the “scope of practice” of the profession – in this case, the boundaries within which massage therapists practice.

    Independence - The initiative should be conducted by a taskforce independent from the control or undue influence of any stakeholder group or other professional entity. As part of its independence, the taskforce should share its results with the profession broadly, and should not seek “approval” or “ratification” from any stakeholder group.

    Adaptability/Flexibility - Things are constantly changing during a complex initiative involving multiple stakeholders like this. So the people involved need to be able to quickly adapt to changes in their environment.

    Collective Agreement - The working relationship of the stewards will involve a collective agreement; each of the organizations and its principals agrees on a framework and “ground rules” for proceeding with this initiative.

    American Massage Therapy Association at Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals at Alliance for Massage Therapy Education at Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards at Massage Therapy Foundation at National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork at

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