First Educational Congress Promises Collaboration

By Editorial Staff
August 12, 2014

First Educational Congress Promises Collaboration

By Editorial Staff
August 12, 2014

The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) and the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) recently announced the dates and location for the first Educational Congress. The event will take place over eight days from July 21 through July 28 at The Commons Hotel in Mineapolis, on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The main portion of the conference and the exhibit hall will be held July 23 through July 25.

According to AFMTE, the Educational Congress' mission is to foster dialogue, inquiry and creative problem-solving among the stakeholders in massage therapy and bodywork education. This event will also provide opportunities to become informed about critical issues affecting the massage industry, share and discuss ideas, learn teaching skills and network.

"COMTA is pleased to join forces with the Alliance. The Commission has wanted to host a conference for our accredited members fo rseveral years, but we repeatedly heard our members say that they felt there were too many different events to attend. We hope this Educational Congress brings us all together to collectively move the profession forward, rather than forcing our educational community members to choose one event over another," said COMTA Executive Director, Kate Zulaski.

The intention of the Educational Congress, according to AFMTE, is to gather a critical mass of educators and facilitate co-location of meeting space for various organizations to gather and collaborate. Organizations are encouraged to hold board meetings, offer content for participants, report to the Congress on the current status of their organization and receive public comment and feedback.

As this issue went to press, the organizations currently participating are:

  • American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)
  • Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)
  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
  • Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM)

Other participating organizations and featured panelists are:

  • Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC)
  • Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  • Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF)

"I'm very excited to fulfill the request of our members and industry partners to have all the groups convening in one place, at one time, during the year. The 2015 Educational Congress is the start of a shared mission that will benefit our whole profession," said AFMTE President Pete Whitridge.

For additional information about the Educational Congress, visit