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Issues in Ethics for Massage Therapists and Acupuncturists

Course Instructors: Mary J. Rogel, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Rachel Proud, CMT

When: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (1/4 hr break)
Where: 3235 Vollmer, Suite 138, Flossmoor, IL
Cost: $100
**$5.00 discount per credit hour for payment received prior to class**
Credits: 4 Illinois Massage Therapy or Acupuncture CEUs
                 4 NCCAOM PDAs (pending)

By the nature of our work, massage therapists and acupuncturists often find ourselves in situations that present ethical dilemmas. We spend a long time with our clients compared with most health care providers, and clients often want to talk about their problems. Often our clients are our friends, or they become our friends over time. We tend to practice in neighborhoods, where everybody knows everybody’s business; and we often treat family members, both our own and family members of our clients. As a consequence, we are privy to private information; we come in contact with our clients in social situations; and we are sometimes asked to intervene in ways that are outside our scope of practice but that might be reasonable between friends. Further, we provide a clinical service that is outside the bounds of conventional medicine, and often we disagree with the treatment options offered by physicians, physical therapists, and others who practice within the medical model.

In this class, we will address these issues in a discussion format, helping participants to think through ethical challenges in light of our licenses, HIPAA requirements, and professional and personal responsibilities and relationships. Rogel and Proud bring to these discussions 32 and 20 years of clinical experience, respectively, in private, neighborhood practices in the city and suburbs. They both have dealt with the complications of having professional and clerical employees working for them or renting space from them, and they have interacted with countless practitioners in other health professions.

Course Objectives

These classes are intended for massage therapists, acupuncturists, and other health care practitioners who would like to explore the ethical issues they encounter in their therapy practices. The objectives of this class are to:

  • Explore the particular ethical challenges that are encountered in neighborhood-based private practices and practices in which we treat multiple members of families.
  • Instill a clear understanding of scope of practice and how to avoid overstepping one’s scope.
  • Provide a model for effective and ethical interaction with and discussion about other health care providers and treatments they recommend.
  • Appreciate and become comfortable dealing with the complexity of situations in which our clients are also our family members, our friends, or our employees.
  • Understand requirements for “mandated reporters.”

Course Instructors

Mary J. Rogel, Ph.D., L.Ac., opened her private practice of acupuncture, East Point Associates, Ltd., in Hyde Park after graduating from the Midwest Center for the Study of Oriental Medicine in 1986. Acupuncture is her second career. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from The University of Chicago and worked for 10 years teaching and doing research and for 25 years as a consultant in health-care settings. Rogel served 14 years on the Illinois Board of Acupuncture, most of that time as Chair of the Board with major responsibilities for working with IDFPR attorneys in disciplinary hearings resulting from patient complaints against practitioners. She also played a major role in writing and revising the Acupuncture Practice Act, which shares boilerplate language with the Massage Therapy Practice Act. She has been teaching acupuncture since the 1990s, and she is licensed as an Illinois Acupuncture and Illinois Massage Therapy Continuing Education Provider and is a PDA Provider for the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Rachel Proud, CMT, has been a massage therapist on the south side for over 20 years. She has worked in the spa atmosphere as well as hand in hand with doctors to the benefit of their patients. She is the founder of A Balanced Path, her private practice devoted to the care of humans and animals. Her training is broad-based, with an emphasis on orthopedic realignment, structural integration and CranioSacral work. She has been co-teaching this subject matter for the last 6 years and was a teaching assistant before that. In addition she has published a professional article and has been on an informational podcast, speaking on the importance of correcting alignment issues in equestrians in order to correct alignment issues in the horses they ride. As a small business owner, Proud has many years of experience with managing patient care, HIPAA regulations, staffing issues, employee relations and office maintenance.

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Course Outline

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Setting the Stage: Introductions, concerns, goals, expectations

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Laying the Groundwork: Legal issues – licensing, HIPAA, mandated reporting

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Personal Issues: What it means to have a neighborhood practice; complications
related to treating or hiring family and friends

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. BREAK

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Professional Issues: Interacting effectively with other health care professionals

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Maintaining Boundaries: Scope of practice, privacy, creating and maintaining a
healing environment

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. Wrap-Up