Video Course: Cultural Competency for Massage Therapists

Cal Cates, Kerry Jordan

Join Healwell’s Cal Cates and Kerry Jordan for an in-depth discussion of the complex concept of cultural competency, its ethical components, and how it applies to your massage and bodywork practice. Topics in this ethics course include unconscious/implicit bias, marginalization, intersectionality, diversity, and equity versus equality.

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Course Outline
Learning Objectives

After completing the online course, participants will be able to:

  • Define cultural competency.
  • Define unconscious bias.
  • List three examples of unconscious bias.
  • Define intersectionality.
  • List at least three examples of diversity.
  • Identify the difference between equity and equality.
Cal Cates

Cal is the executive director of Healwell and has been teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007. Their experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US has informed their teaching style greatly. Cal is clear that massage therapy is healthcare and feels a personal commitment to inviting students to consider themselves as integral to a whole person healing process. Cal’s favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human, and more flexible. Learn more at

Kerry Jordan

Kerry is the operations director and an essential part of the curriculum development team for Healwell. She brings 20 years of experience as an instructor and has an extensive background in teaching pathology and physiology and adapting massage therapy for special populations.  Before training as a massage therapist, Kerry owned and operated a successful yoga studio in Boston. She has been teaching yoga since 1999. Kerry is recognized by the Yoga Alliance as an RYT-500 and a continuing education provider, weaving the principles of yoga and meditation into her teaching and service work with yogis, massage therapists and healthcare providers. Learn more at

Topics and Techniques

This online cultural competency massage therapy CE course from Healwell’s Cal Cates and Kerry Jordan includes an in-depth discussion of cultural competence. Topics include stereotypes, autonomy, beneficence, unconscious bias, marginalization, intersectionality, diversity, and equity versus equality.


This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

Q: Is this cultural competency CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
A: Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

Q: How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
A: After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

Q: Can I earn a CE certificate for this course more than once?
A: Learners can earn one CE certificate for each course.

Q: How do I access my CE certificates?
A: CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

Copyright Statement
All of the ABMP courses contain materials that are proprietary to ABMP. None of the course material may be used without the express written permission of ABMP. Materials may include, but are not limited to, video, audio, images, documents, and slides. Course materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course and may not be shared publicly or shown to groups. Unauthorized retention, duplication, distribution, or modification of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited by law. Check your state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy before practicing any new modalities or techniques.


"Thank you! This course made me pause and think all the way through. Thank you for putting this course and the information out into the massage community."

"There is so much for me to unpack in this course.  It is rich and dense and I would really like to watch it over and over to unfold more of it in practice, both professionally and personally."

"Thank you so much for this course. I have watched it twice already and will continue to watch it. So much to take in and very needed today!"

"This was so helpful, insightful, eye opening, and thought provoking. This course is an asset to the conversations emerging now! Thank you."