Back to School—Forms, Printouts, & Videos

These forms and printouts are provided for your use, or to sample from and adapt as fits your school.





Brené Brown Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Amy Andrews McMaster walks students through a discussion on vulnerability, braving tough times, removing our armor, and finding our call to courage.



A Call to Courage in Times of Adversity: Part One

In Part One Amy applies Brené Brown’s courageous leadership research to manage the ongoing school challenges during COVID-19. Come prepared to recharge with tools that increase resiliency, creativity, and courage through vulnerability among leadership, staff, and students.


"Back to School" Conversation Series

ABMP recently sent a school reopening survey to the education community to hear your reopening concerns, strategies and needs for support. Thank you to the 100+ schools who responded!

After compiling the results, the predominant reopening concerns were related to social distancing, sanitation guidelines, student clinic protocols, and future COVID-19 exposure risks. In talking with schools across the country, we’ve found many have great strategies in place to handle these challenges, so we asked a few to share their plans via our “Back-to-School” Conversation Series below.

We hope you find the information these schools share to be valuable and we invite you to join the conversation in support of the massage education community at large! A heartfelt thank you to the Colorado School of Massage Therapy and Mind Body Institute for getting the conversation going!

Part 1: Social Distancing and Following Sanitation Guidelines

Chris Smith, Director, Colorado School of Healing Arts, Colorado


Maj-Lis Nash, Owner, Mind Body Institute, Tennessee


Part 2: Student Clinic Protocols and Future COVID-19 Exposure Plans

Chris Smith, Director, Colorado School of Healing Arts, Colorado


Maj-Lis Nash, Owner, Mind Body Institute, Tennessee


Part 3: Tips on Distance Learning, Fear, and Words of Encouragement

Chris Smith, Director, Colorado School of Healing Arts, Colorado


Maj-Lis Nash, Owner, Mind Body Institute, Tennessee



Gainful Employment Rules Compliance Updates

Over the past two weeks, the US Department of Education issued updates to the new “Gainful Employment” (GE) regulations for vocational programs published last fall. This web post addresses the updates to prepare school owners and educators ahead of the July 1, 2024, new GE rule effective date.

New Study Reconfirms the Benefits of Touch

A recent study found that touch interventions were effective in helping regulate cortisol levels, reducing feelings of depression in adults, and having other significant benefits.

Louisiana Bill Proposes Massage Program Hour Increase

Effective October 1, 2024, Louisiana massage students will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid because massage programs are limited by Louisiana law. But there is a solution: Senate Bill 353 will increase the required education hours for massage licensure from 500 to 625. ABMP fully supports this bill, and we explain why you should too.


ABMP CE Summit: Headaches


Join us online Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for the ABMP CE Summit: Headaches, which take learners on a journey from understanding headaches to working with clients with headache pain using multiple modalities and techniques.


Podcast: Cancer, Clots, and COVID—A Complicated Client

A client was recently treated for colon cancer—and it didn’t go well. She had surgical complications, a bout of sepsis, and more. Is massage therapy safe? We discuss on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner.

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