ABMP School Forum for Massage and Bodywork Educators

ABMP School Forum 2022 | Denver, CO | April 22–23

a view of Cherry Creek North in Denver looking down the street with a sculptural sign

Attendees: access course slides, handouts, and CE check-in links at ABMP.com/forum-ce.

Save the date for the 2022 ABMP School Forum! We'll be back for an in-person event at the Halcyon hotel in Denver, CO, Friday and Saturday April 22–23, 2022. The event will run from 12:00 p.m. MT on Friday through 3:00 p.m. MT on Saturday, and the full schedule is listed below.

We're looking forward to seeing our school community and gathering together for an event full of inspiration, education, and community building. In addition, there will be many amazing sponsors who will be there participating with our attendees!

Topics will include sharing what the community has learned about running a school throughout COVID-19, hybrid-learning best practices, and facilitating communication between school owners and instructors, plus plenty of time to connect with other schools and discuss the topics and issues that matter most to you and your school.

ABMP Premier schools get one free seat and ABMP Enhanced schools save $100 on registration (regularly $199).

If you are at an ABMP Premier or Enhanced School, call 800-458-2267 and ask for the Education Department or email education@abmp.com to register, as discounts cannot be applied online.


"ABMP puts on a first-class forum. Every session was valuable, and gave me useful tools to bring back to my school. Thank you!" —Joe Lubow, Sarasota School of Massage Therapy

"The forum is a great resource for small schools like ours. Our team learned many new skills, and benefited from hearing and sharing ideas. It's just what we need to refocus and improve our school." —Audrey Carson, Higher Elevation Healing Arts School

"As much as anything, the ABMP School Forum provides an opportunity to network with other school owners and directors and share thoughts, ideas, and similar challenges." —Paul Stone, Stone School of Massage


Hotel information:

Halcyon Cherry Creek
245 Columbine St.
Denver, CO 80206

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 22, 2022

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Registration and Lunch

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Welcome

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. “Identifying Trauma in our School Communities” with Chris Smith, Colorado School of Healing Arts

We are living in a time of great change and upheaval. This has challenged all of us, fundamentally, to question how we think, what we do, and even what we believe. Here is our first challenge: Students are relying on the institutions to provide the structure and stability they are lacking in other areas of their lives. Our second challenge is that trauma and prolonged stress can have detrimental effects on learning. Our third challenge is also attending to the needs of faculty and staff. As educators, we are at a major bifurcation point that challenges our very identity. Do we try to hang onto what’s always worked for us, or let go of the old paradigm and branch out to discover who we want to be?

3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Break, sponsored by ColorUp

3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. “Adapting to the Digital Classroom—Building the Essential Skills of Modern Teaching” with Cindy Williams, LMT, Educator and Content Expert

Given the changing landscape of massage education, in part due to a global pandemic, but also due to an evolution alongside the greater worlds of technology and education, schools and instructors need help providing online education in a manner that meets the needs of massage and bodywork students and retains the personalization of the content we teach. Using technology, even in a brick-and-mortar environment, are skills that have yet to be fully developed in many schools. This course gives educators the tools and strategies they need to effectively manage a digital classroom.

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ABMP School Forum Reception, sponsored by ColorUp, featuring sponsor prize giveaways

Saturday, April 23, 2022

8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Breakfast

8:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m. “Who Are Your Students? Exploring the ABMP Membership Survey” with Jed Heneberry, ABMP Senior Director of Marketing

More than 2000 massage professionals and students responded to ABMP's survey invite to learn more about the attitudes, needs, and challenges facing those in the profession. In this session, we'll go beyond some of the initial findings published in Massage & Bodywork magazine to talk about what we learned, and discuss together how that relates to the students at your school, and how you can better serve them.

10:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m. Special guided kinesthetic learning activity with Dr. Joe Muscolino

10:15 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Break, sponsored by Massage Heights

10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. “Bridging the Gap: Facilitating Communication Between School Directors and Instructors” with Cindy Williams, LMT, Educator and Content Expert

School directors and directors of education are responsible for overseeing the quality and consistency of training in their programs.  They likely have specific ways they need classes to be taught so that learning objectives and outcomes are met. What happens when an instructor prefers to teach their class another way? Or if it is clear from the director’s perspective that an instructor needs to improve their skills, but the instructor thinks their teaching is just fine? What if the instructor feels the structure of the curriculum doesn’t match their teaching style or personality? Communication is key! This session will bring real-life concerns to the forefront and offer a communication model to bridge the gap between how directors might choose to direct their instructors and how instructors want to be directed.

12:15 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch, sponsored by Massage Heights

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

Meet the session designed to meet your specific needs. Past feedback from the ABMP School Forum told us that you wanted more time to talk about the issues important to you and your school with your colleagues. This session will allow people to share ideas for topics, and provide structure for groups to get together and discuss so that we can share our burning questions and also our expertise and experience with each other.

2:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Closing

Thank You to Our 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.


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