ABMP School Forum for Massage and Bodywork Educators

An exterior image of the Wigwam hotel, home to the 2023 ABMP School Forum for massage educators

Thank you for participating in the 2023 ABMP School Forum!

We had an amazing experience at the 2023 ABMP School Forum in Phoenix—thank you to all of the passionate educators, inspirational speakers, and generous sponsors who participated in the event. We will be following up with CE certificates, requests for feedback, and information in the next few days via email, and compiling presentation handouts and slides at www.abmp.com/forum-ce. See you next year April 5–6 in Washington, DC!

2023 Schedule

Friday, April 28

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Check-in / Welcome / Lunch

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: "Keynote: Moving Forward by Looking Backward" with Les Sweeney, ABMP President and CEO

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Break

3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: "How to Inspire Self-Care Lifestyles" with Heath & Nicole Reed of Living Metta

4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.: ABMP School Team Presentation

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Massage Heights

Saturday, April 29

8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.: Breakfast / Welcome

8:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.: "Using Cultural Intelligence to Disrupt Bias and Embrace BEAUTY+" with Janet Williams of Progressive Discoveries

10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: "Better Thinking, Better Learning, Better World" with Anne Williams of Massage Mastery Online

12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Lunch Sponsored by Squeeze

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: "The UnSession: Your Topics, Your Questions, Your Session" with Kristin Coverly, ABMP Director of Professional Education

2:30 p.m.–3 p.m.: Closing

Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors!

You can see all of our amazing sponsors, enter exclusive giveaways, and watch educational videos and connect with their offerings at www.abmp.com/abmp-school-forum-sponsors.

Joe Muscolino

Elements Massage




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