Continuing Education

We are firm believers in the value of continuing education and are delighted to support New York State licensed massage therapists and other licensed healthcare practitioners with a variety of high quality evening and weekend workshops.

FLSM is approved by New York State as well as the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider under Category A. Massage therapists who hold National Certification must obtain 24 continuing education units (CEUs) every two-years to maintain their Board Certification credential. Massage Therapists who are licensed through New York State are required to obtain 36 CEUs every three years to maintain licensure. FLSM frequently offers several CEU-granting workshops which fulfill these requirements.

The type and number of continuing education hours are listed under each workshop. If you have any questions, or would like to register for a workshop, please email us at workshops@flsm.edu. You can also contact us by phone at 607.272.9024.

In January of 2012 New York State began requiring continuing education for all LMTs. We are very excited to offer New York State-approved Continuing Education workshops to our alumni as well as all other New York State Licensed Massage Therapists. If you would like more information about the new law, you may contact us, or read more on the New York State Office of Professions website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mt/mtcenotice.htm

Overview from the Office of Professions:
Effective January 1, 2012, to renew your registration as a massage therapist, New York State Education Law requires completion of 36 hours of acceptable formal continuing education, a maximum of which may be 12 hours of self-instructional coursework, in each three-year renewal period. Practitioners are not required to complete continuing education for the triennial registration period during which they are first licensed. All other registered massage therapists are required to complete 36 hours, the equivalent of 1 hour per month, of acceptable continuing education.

Unless indicated otherwise for lectures or specific workshops, all workshop participants must be licensed in New York State in one of the touch professions such as; Massage Therapy, Nursing, Chiropractic, Physical Therapy or Osteopathy. Please provide your license number upon registration.

Massage therapists who hold National Certification must obtain 24 continuing education units (CEUs) every two years to maintain their Board Certification credential.

Massage Therapists who are licensed through New York State are required to obtain 36 CEUs every three years to maintain licensure.

FLSM offers several CEU workshops throughout the year to fulfill these requirements. If you have any questions, or would like to register for a workshop, just contact us.

In January of 2012 New York State began requiring continuing education for all LMTs. We are very excited to offer New York State-approved Continuing Education workshops to our alumni as well as all other New York State Licensed Massage Therapists. If you would like more information about the new law, you may contact us, or read more on the New York State Office of Professions website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mt/mtcenotice.htm

Overview from the Office of Professions:

Effective January 1, 2012, to renew your registration as a massage therapist, New York State Education Law requires completion of 36 hours of acceptable formal continuing education, a maximum of which may be 12 hours of self-instructional coursework, in each three-year renewal period. Practitioners are not required to complete continuing education for the triennial registration period during which they are first licensed. All other registered massage therapists are required to complete 36 hours, the equivalent of 1 hour per month, of acceptable continuing education.

  1. Have a sincere commitment to provide the highest quality of care to those who seek their professional services.
  2. Represent their qualifications honestly, including education and professional affiliations, and provide only those services that they are qualified to perform.
  3. Accurately inform clients, other health care practitioners, and the public of the scope and limitations of their discipline.
  4. Acknowledge the limitations of and contraindications for massage and bodywork and refer clients to appropriate health professionals.
  5. Provide treatment only where there is reasonable expectation that it will be advantageous to the client.
  6. Consistently maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence, striving for professional excellence through regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and through continued education training.
  7. Conduct their business and professional activities with honesty and integrity, and respect the inherent worth of all persons.
  8. Refuse to unjustly discriminate against clients and/or health professionals.
  9. Safeguard the confidentiality of all client information, unless disclosure is requested by the client in writing, is medically necessary, is required by law, or necessary for the protection of the public.
  10. Respect the client's right to treatment with informed and voluntary consent. The certified practitioner will obtain and record the informed consent of the client, or client's advocate, before providing treatment. This consent may be written or verbal.
  11. Respect the client's right to refuse, modify or terminate treatment regardless of prior consent given.
  12. Provide draping and treatment in a way that ensures the safety, comfort and privacy of the client.
  13. Exercise the right to refuse to treat any person or part of the body for just and reasonable cause.
  14. Refrain, under all circumstances, from initiating or engaging in any sexual conduct, sexual activities, or sexualizing behavior involving a client, even if the client attempts to sexualize the relationship unless a pre-existing relationship exists between an applicant or a practitioner and the client prior to the applicant or practitioner applying to be certified by NCBTMB.
  15. Avoid any interest, activity or influence which might be in conflict with the practitioner's obligation to act in the best interests of the client or the profession.
  16. Respect the client's boundaries with regard to privacy, disclosure, exposure, emotional expression, beliefs and the client's reasonable expectations of professional behavior. XVI. Practitioners will respect the client's autonomy.
  17. Refuse any gifts or benefits that are intended to influence a referral, decision or treatment, or that are purely for personal gain and not for the good of the client.
  18. Follow the NCBTMB Standards of Practice, this Code of Ethics, and all policies, procedures, guidelines, regulations, codes, and requirements promulgated by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

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