As we previously informed our members, Alaska House Bill 328 was signed into law on August 11, 2014. The law requires that all massage therapists practicing in Alaska must have a state-issued massage license. The law went into effect on July 15, 2015; however, because the Alaska State Board of Massage Therapists has not yet issued the regulations that will govern the licensing process, we do not know what rules will apply and, therefore, we have not been able to adequately inform members about the process.
The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists recently adopted changes to the state’s continuing education (CE) rules. These changes go into effect on July 1, 2016. All licensees renewing their licenses on or after July 1, 2016, must have fulfilled these CE requirements when they renew, unless they are renewing their license for the first time.
The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health (ACIMH) has offered 10 complimentary student registrations to the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH). The ICIMH will be held May 18–20 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Massage and bodywork schools across the country should be on the lookout for the 2016 ABMP Education mailer containing information about upcoming events, programs, and support for massage educators. This year, three lucky schools will also receive a special surprise—a golden ticket offering one free registration to an ABMP School Forum.
The Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations met December 4 in Chicago to continue dialog on a variety of issues facing the massage therapy profession. The coalition comprises seven organizations participating on an equal footing, in an atmosphere of mutual participation and respect. Two representatives from each of the organizations participated in the daylong conversation.
The Massage Therapy Foundation has extended the deadline for abstract submissions for the 2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC). The new deadline for poster and presentation abstracts is January 4, 2016, at 11:50 p.m. CST.
The IMTRC will take place May 12–15, 2016, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.
Attention—all therapists interested in advanced certification training in elite sports massage through CORE Sports & Performance Bodywork: the deadline for discounted early registration is just a week away. Apply by December 15 to get the best rate! After this date, tuition for the weeklong program in Boca Raton, Florida, will be full price.