Instructor Development

Instructor DevelopmentGreat instructors are constantly striving to improve their teaching skills. ABMP has developed resources like instructor webinars, a dedicated instructor newsletter, a textbook, and a teacher self-evaluation form, to support this process.

> Workshops for Instructors
> Webinars for Instructors
> ABMP School Issues Forum
> Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors
> The Massage Educator Newsletter
> Instructor Self-Evaluation

Webinars for Instructors



Workshops for Instructors

Designed to advance classroom management and student success on your campus, these complimentary, hands-on workshops offer resources that sustain instructors in supporting student success. These half-day sessions are tailored for instructors teaching in a massage training program. Directors of education and massage program managers are also welcome to attend. Held throughout the year in cities around the country, check workshop dates and locations and register for a workshop near you today!

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Webinars for Instructors

Webinars are web-based seminars that allow people to learn about a topic from the convenience of their own computer. Participants log on to a website where they view a video presentation on their computer screen and listen to audio over their computer speakers. The option to listen to the audio portion over the telephone is also available. ABMP holds regularly scheduled webinars for instructors on issues related to building educational capacity and student success. If you don't currently receive e-mail invitations to ABMP Instructor webinars and would like to participate, sign up now to be added to our instructor invitation list.

Webinars are archived in the ABMP Members section within the Online Education Center for viewing on demand and include supporting materials that you can download. CE hours are also available for the webinars. For $12, ABMP professional and school members can take an optional quiz for one CE credit. Nonmembers can watch replays, and take the quiz for one CE credit, for $35 per webinar.

> View the upcoming schedule for ABMP School/Instructor Webinars.

> Click here to view the ABMP Instructor 101 Webinar Series covering all of the key skills needed to master the art of successful teaching and classroom management.

> View a list of archived webinars.

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School Issues Forum

ABMP's Annual School Issues Forum is designed specifically for massage school owners, administrators, and instructors providing an opportunity to network, educate, learn, inspire, and talk shop with peers about current massage school issues. Learn more...

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Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors

Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program InstructorsWe are proud to share with you the publication of a new textbook called Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors. This joint effort between Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) utilizes the experience and insight of 17 leaders in the massage profession to support massage instructors and schools in their efforts to create meaningful learning environments.

In the last 10 years the number of massage training programs has grown from 637 to 1668. We believe that this rapid growth has led to a shortage of seasoned massage instructors. Now add the challenge of teaching complex material to a diverse group of students who have a variety of generational, cultural, social, and economic differences, and there are significant educational obstacles at play. We hope this textbook offers practical encouragement to novice instructors to help them overcome common classroom challenges while inspiring experienced instructors with some new ideas.

An online instructor-training program accompanies the 340-page textbook so that instructors can earn 20 hours of continuing education credit while honing their teaching skills. Schools may want to use the online training in place of in-service events to meet accreditation requirements, when appropriate.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: You the Teacher
Chapter 2: Massage Students and Body-Centered Education
Chapter 3: How People Learn: Theories and Approaches
Chapter 4: Instructional Methods
Chapter 5: The Role of Motivation and Inspiration in Learning
Chapter 6: Classroom Management
Chapter 7: Teaching Students with Special Needs
Chapter 8: Designing and Presenting a Lesson
Chapter 9: Tips for Teaching Selected Courses

For information about purchasing copies, contact LWW by e-mail at or call 800-638-3030. For information about the online instructor training program, log on to

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The Massage Educator Newsletter

The Massage EducatorThe Massage Educator newsletter was developed by ABMP to reach out to massage instructors, promote the sharing of information, and acknowledge instructors' special contribution to the massage profession. The content of this quarterly publication is focused on introducing a variety of learning strategies useful in massage classrooms, classroom management issues, and teacher self-care. For example, the first issue looks at how to set the tone on the first day of class, and reducing teacher stress. Other issues discuss such topics as self-evaluation tools, "ice-breaker" activities, organizational plans, the teacher's role in student retention, and principles of active learning.

> 2014 Issue 1
> 2013 Issue 4
> 2013 Issue 3
> 2013 Issue 2
> 2013 Issue 1
> 2012 Issue 3
> 2012 Issue 2
> 2012 Issue 1
> 2011 Issue 4
> 2011 Issue 3
> 2011 Issue 2
> 2011 Issue 1
> 2010 Issue 4
> 2010 Issue 3
> 2010 Issue 2
> 2010 Issue 1
> 2009 Issue 4
> 2009 Issue 3
> 2009 Issue 2
> 2009 Issue 1
> Summer 08
> Winter 08
> Fall 07
> Summer 07

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Instructor Self-EvaluationInstructor Self-Evaluation

Instructor Growth Self-Evaluation Form, from The Massage Educator, Fall 2007

If asked, most massage teachers could probably recite three things they do very well in the classroom, and three things they struggle with in the classroom. Teaching is a life-long learning opportunity, and massage students are a dynamic group of learners that require constant adjustments and adaptations. Evaluation is integral to learning and leads to more self-awareness, which promotes good ethics, enhanced leadership behaviors, better communication skills, and the development of innovative teaching methods. Develop a personal plan for goal setting and regular self-evaluation by reading Evaluate Your Teaching starting on page 2 of The Massage Educator, Fall 2007 issue and using the Teacher Self-Evaluation Form.

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