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TCM Congress in Rothenburg is Largest in Western World
In the medieval town of Rothenburg, deep set within the Bavarian countryside in Southern Germany, the TCM Kongress Rothenburg each year draws around 1.200 participants from more than 40 different countries to attend the biggest TCM conference in the Western world.
Synergy Doesn't Happen in Silos: Acupuncture in Hospitals and Other Healthcare Settings
As acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine continue to intersect and integrate with biomedical approaches, the conversation about integration expands and becomes richer.
Atypical Femoral Fractures and Bisphosphonate Use: What to Watch For
Bisphosphonates (BP) are popular drugs, with more than 8 billion in sales in 2008; however, profits have declined as patents began expiring. Nonetheless, BP remain the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures, with several million prescriptions written every year.
Impacting Chiropractic's Future With Technology
When it comes to electronic health records (EHR), Robert Moberg and Dr. Steven Kraus are two of the leading industry experts on the topic.
Will You Be an Amplifer or a Mute?
These times are changing, and changing quickly. There have been many challenges to this profession throughout the past few years. The challenge is to talk, then talk and talk some more about this medicine.
Recreational Cannabis Use and TCM
Many people are drawn to cannabis for its effects physically, mentally and emotionally. Medically, cannabis has some legitimate uses, however the scope of this article is limited to the recreational use of cannabis.
The Need for a New Medical Model: A Challenge for Biopsychosocial and Ecopsychologica Medicine
Chinese medicine speaks of alignment between humans, heaven and earth. It is a complex view with a focus upon relationship. These are comprehensive ideas with no specific terms in contemporary medical practice.
An Excerpt from TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics
This excerpt is reprinted with permission from Jamie Wu. TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics was released in 2014 by People's Medical Publishing House.
The Dietary Supplement Research Dilemma
I do not care what the truth is, one way or another; I just want to know it. And when it comes to dietary supplements, the truth can be hard to find for a number of reasons.
Expanding Access, Branch by Branch
The big news coming from Capitol Hill isn't merely the recent introduction of a pair of bills designed to expand chiropractic services in the Veterans Affairs and military health care systems; after all, similar legislation has made its way through Congress before, never reaching the Oval Office for presidential signature.
Converting More Patients to Your Practice
In 2013 and 2014, the theme was "the money is in the list." This meant that if you had a big email list, you were really making some "cha-ching." Unfortunately, having thousands of emails doesn't equate to thousands of dollars in profit.
A Well-Kept Secret: 5 Element Acupuncture, Part II
Supervising acupuncture interns at a TCM college, it has always struck me how funny it is to hear the clinic manager tell the patients that the Five Element clinic specializes in treating emotions, as if patients with physical pain have no emotions!
Interpersonal Skills 101: Enhancing the Value of Our Patient Interactions
Recently, I read an interesting article in our local newspaper titled "The Value of Human Interaction." The article presented comments from a senior editor for Fortune magazine who discussed "Civility in the Business World."
The Way We Are Designed: A Conversation with Gil Hedley, PhD
I was first introduced to the work of Gil Hedley by Tom DiFerdinando. He gifted me Gil's DVD series.
Avoid Random Treatment of Trigger Points (Part 2)
We must acknowledge that the fascia, which surrounds literally everything in our bodies, including every muscle fiber, is more than just a covering.
Primary Spine Care: Addressing Concerns & Criticisms
The Dec. 1, 2013 issue of Dynamic Chiropractic included an article describing the implementation of a training program for primary spine practitioners (PSP) within a metropolitan region and supported by a large BC/BS plan.
A Reality Check – and a Chance to Educate
Imagine working in the public relations department of nutrition retailer General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and reading the The New York Times announce...
B Vitamins Improve Memory, Prevent Brain Atrophy
The 2010 OPTIMA study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
Help Update the LBP Practice Guideline
The Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters has announced the release of an updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Chiropractic Management of Low Back Pain for stakeholder review and comment.
There Really is No Room for Sexism
Recently, Matteo* (a transgender male) approached me during a break in an advanced shiatsu class in Berlin where he was one of two men in a group of 20 women. "Pamela. Don't forget to remind the translator to include male endings."
Low Back Pain: Posture and Movement Analysis
When performing static and dynamic movement analysis of the lumbopelvic hip area, begin with standing visual posture analysis of the pelvis, and then perform lumbar range of motion and assess what you might see during normal versus abnormal lumbar flexion motion.
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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