Video Course: Presence, Boundaries, and Emotional Resiliency

Cal Cates, Kerry Jordan

Join Healwell’s Cal Cates and Kerry Jordan for a thoughtful discussion exploring the benefits of modifying our definitions of boundaries, serving, and what it means to be a health care partner. Throughout this ethics course they share tools to expand your awareness and develop helpful habits to navigate impermanence and show up to suffering without taking on suffering.

This course was featured during the 2020 ABMP CE Summit

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Course Outline
Learning Objectives

Having viewed this online ethics CE course, participants will be able to:

  • Define boundaries.
  • Identify the difference between helping and serving.
  • List at least two ways to work with clients who may be suffering without taking on their suffering.
  • Identify stories they may be creating that detract from their ability to perform to the best capacity.
  • List at least three steps they can take to maintain healthy boundaries.
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 ethics course features a discussion of boundaries with Healwell’s Cal Cates and Kerry Jordan. Topics include modifying your definitions of boundaries, helping versus serving, and what it means to be a health care partner. Learn helpful tools to develop healthy boundaries that serve you and your clients.


This online massage therapy ethics 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.

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

How do I earn a CE certificate for this ethics course?
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.

How do I access my CE certificates?
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.


"Exceptional!  Every health care partner needs to take this class."

"I have been WAITING for this conversation on boundaries. Thank you so much. Refreshing and real!"

"Outstanding.  From start to finish, thoroughly engaging and profoundly helpful for life in general.  I am so glad that I chose this webinar."

"One of the BEST ethics courses I have taken so far! Absolutely the kind of discussion that needs to happen in many of the health and wellness professions.  Thank you for the compassionate and well-thought-out way in which you approached this topic. "