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Instructors who are professional members with ABMP have access to a range of supportive resources that help them create dynamic learning environments. Find out about ABMP levels of membership and learn how ABMP supports you, your students and your school.
Certified, Professional, or Practitioner level members have access to a variety of tools to enhance their massage businesses. Massage therapists or bodyworkers who are also instructors find that their membership with ABMP protects them from liability in the classroom, while providing access to resources that help them create positive learning experiences for students.
Protection from Liability in the Classroom: Many schools believe that their institutional blanket liability policy covers all administrators, instructors, and students in all situations. This may or may not be the case depending upon how the policy is written. It may only provide coverage if the school is named in a suit, but not if individual instructors or students are named. It may cover negligence, but not general liability. It may be limited to on-site activities and not cover internships or activities outside of school, or continuing education classes. It is important that you review the school's policy carefully to ensure that you are covered as an instructor. More than likely you should hold your own liability insurance.
Liability insurance like that provided to you as an ABMP Certified, Professional, or Practitioner member protects you in the event that you are named individually in a suit as a result of private practice, employment, teaching, or providing continuing education classes. Injuries inflicted by an instructor on a student account for the highest insurance payout on record at ABMP. Faulty equipment set up, inappropriate technique use, and failure to identify contraindications can all lead to serious injury.
Resources for Your Classroom: The wide variety of resources online in ABMP's student, professional, and instructor sections provides a range of teaching tools for important classes like anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, business, massage theory and practice, and more.
One great idea is for instructors to use the website and e-mail accounts that come with their Certified, Professional, or Practitioner membership as a way to communicate with students. From K-12 to college, instructors are finding that the Internet provides an effective means of staying in touch with today's students. For example, if a student misses a class she can download the homework assignment directly from the instructor's website and not fall behind. Lecture and demonstration notes can be posted to support student learning. A quiz or practical exchange reminder can ensure students remember classroom supplies or prepare for an exam. As the post-secondary student population continues to get younger, the use of online communication will increase, and schools will find that this is an effective method for reaching out to students.
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