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January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01

ABMP Holds School Issues Forum

By Editorial Staff

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) held its sixth annual School Issues Forum recently at the Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, CO. The forum provided an opportunity for massage school owners, directors and staff to network and discuss professional issues, including controlled growth; professional competition; federal student financial aid; and the future of the industry.

The opening session involved a discussion of national certification, with input from Whitney Lowe, NCTMB, current chair of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Other sessions touched on topics such as: the challenge of managing a school at which the owner is also a teacher; how to conduct massage research; strategic planning for schools; employment law issues; student placement; and the massage "renaissance" of the future.

Session highlights included discussion on dividing management duties, by teachers/owners Su Bibik (Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts), Kirby Holbrook (School of Massage Arts) and Paulette Genthon (Universal College of Healing Arts); and on issues relating to school accreditation, management, compliance and brokerage, by educational consultant John Rogers.

According to ABMP, selection for attendance in the forum was intended to "ensure a balanced geographic and issue-based representation among attendees." This year's forum included 58 representatives from 43 institutions across the country.

Next year's forum will convene in Sante Fe, NM, November 6-8, 2003. For more information, contact ABMP Educational Services Coordinator Kathleen Hauge (800-458-2267, ext. 629).


  • Buford D. 2002 ABMP school issues forum. Different Strokes, Dec. 2002.


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