Ethics & Standard V - Roles and Boundaries in Massage Therapy

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  • Define the concept of power dynamics and discuss how psychological processes shape the therapeutic relationship.
    Trace the history and philosophy of ethical standards and conduct, and explain the necessity of abiding by these principles.
  • Describe your role and limitations in facilitating client health and welfare, including appropriate scope of practice.
  • Explain the critical role communication plays in the therapeutic relationship and identify some principles that facilitate effective communication.
  • Recite the basic tenets of the NCBTMB's Standard V “ Roles and Boundaries, listing each point and explaining its significance in an ethical massage therapy practice.
  • Define and provide three examples of a prohibited dual or multiple role relationships.
  • Explain the relationship between patient autonomy and agreements, including the client's bill of rights, informed consent, and right to refuse treatment.
  • Define beneficence and nonmaleficence, provide an example of each, and explain how they relate to bioethics.
  • Contrast personal and professional boundaries and provide an example of each from your practice.
  • Distinguish between a boundary violation and a boundary crossing and provide an example of each.


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