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The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
September, 2013, Vol. 13, Issue 09
Alliance Strives for Teaching Excellence
By Kathryn Feather, Senior Associate Editor
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) recently held its fourth annual conference in St. Charles, Missouri, in the hopes of "Creating a Culture of Teaching Excellence" and bringing together the leading educators in the massage profession.In addition to discussing AFMTME's Teacher Education Standards Project (TESP), there were keynotes and additional teacher training sessions. More than 130 educators participated in what has arguably become the most well attended education conference in the massage therapy profession.
The conference tackled some tough topics including opportunities and responsibilities of the profession to participate in the Affordable Care Act, unified core competencies, uniform teacher standards and brainstorming on the future of massage therapy education. Long-time Massage Today columnist Whitney Lowe shared his insights into "Creating the 21st Century Teacher," and how massage teachers can utilize technology to better reach the students of today. And Janet Kahn discussed the potential behind the profession's involvement in the Affordable Care Act. Several workshop sessions were also offered including Instructional Strategies to Motivate Your Students by Whitney Lowe and Coming to Agreement on Core Curriculum by Kate Zulaski and Dr. Tony Mirando. Sue Toscano and Donna Sarvello from The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), also presented an update to continuing education providers.
At few conferences will Winona Bontrager, President of AMTA, Ruth Werner, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation, Karen Armstrong, VP of the FSMTB, Sue Toscano, Chair of the NCBTMB, Anne Williams, Director of Education for ABMP, and Kate Zulaski, Executive Director of COMTA, come together in the same room and entertain questions from the audience. With education as the common denominator, groups that otherwise seem to be opposed to each other, come together to discuss common concerns and goals.
The AFMTE is a relatively new organization, with a mission to champion the education sector of the massage profession. With this fourth conference, the AFMTE has established a forum for broad discussion of massage education. The AFMTE explains its rationale as standing "for the interests of the education sector" and "taking its place among other stakeholder groups that comprise the massage therapy field." After a slightly rocky start, the organization has moved forward with several initiatives, has more than 300 members and put itself in respectable financial shape by proclaiming themselves debt free during the business portion of the conference.
The AFMTE sets itself apart from other groups through the following goals:
With its emphasis on strengthening and improving massage therapy education, the AFMTE launched its Teacher Education Standards Project with a five phase approach, recognizing this process could take five to ten years to compile the necessary feedback from all stakeholder groups and complete the final standards.
A first draft of the Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers was sent to AFMTE members for review in advance of the 2011 Annual Massage Conference in Charleston, SC. At this meeting, discussion forums were held to receive feedback from the education community on the proposed standards. The Committee then reviewed both verbal and submitted written comments, and a second draft was presented at this year's conference for public comment by the massage therapy field. This last round of input will be considered as the final document is prepared for adoption.
Once the standards are defined in the competencies document, a model teacher training curriculum will be created as a recommended template, which leads to the next phase of identifying and developing teacher training resources. The next step will be to create a voluntary certification program as a vehicle for teachers to demonstrate they have, in fact, achieved the core competencies that have been established. The final, and largest goal of the TESP, is to work with national accrediting commissions and state regulatory agencies to incorporate these teacher education standards.
Currently, the AFMTE has completed Phase 1 of the TESP and has published the Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers. According to the AFMTE, this document, "is the first of its kind in the massage therapy field and describes the foundational knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) needed for teachers to produce successful and consistent outcomes with adult learners in a variety of educational settings."
A variety of attendees from massage school directors, teachers, CE providers and representatives of the primary stakeholder organizations participated in sessions providing input on the initial versions of the competencies. A preliminary draft was also sent to members for comment and any feedback received will be used by the committee in the development of the final document. Following a public comment period of 60 days, the committee will review all the feedback submitted and make needed revisions to complete the Core Competencies document.
In a post conference statement to Massage Today, the Board said, "We feel it was one of the most successful conferences yet. It was very rewarding to have feedback from Continuing Education Providers, School owners and teachers that were implementing the Core Competencies. We also received tremendous feedback from attendees on how to move the Core Competencies forward. We believe we surpassed our goal for creating a culture of teaching excellence by creating a core of collaboration and unity from all organizations. It was great to have all sectors represented and coming together at the table to discuss and share with a common goal. Organizations represented were: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, American Massage Therapy Association, Federation of State Massage Therapy Board, Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Massage Therapy Foundation, and National Certification Board Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork."
To view the presenter info from the 2012 AFMTE conference or to learn more about the AFMTE Teacher Education Standards Project and comment on the Core Competencies, visit the AFMTE website at www.afmte.org.
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