Note: A revision was made to this blog 06/02/18 after Tracy Walton contacted me about leaving out the second part of her critique. The link to it is below. I…Read more
The NCBTMB’s agreement with the FSMTB put the NCBTMB out of the licensing business. While I appreciate the fact that the NCBTMB had no prior knowledge of what happened (and will continue to happen, if the controls aren’t put in place) with the states, I urge them not to sit on their hands. Seize control of your exam, if you really want it to mean anything above entry-level licensing. I am dismayed that this happened at all, because if the stipulations had been put in place to begin with, this situation could have been avoided. I implore the NCBTMB to just do the right thing.Read more
In my last blog, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I reported that the only good thing that came out of the recent FSMTB Annual Meeting was the announcement…Read more
The Ugly: FSMTB publishes the Model Massage Therapy Practice Act (MPA).
As I wrote about in my previous blog, the MPA was released after three years of behind-the-scenes work and two rounds of public comment. Most of its content is the kind of standard stuff found in all templates for occupational licensure. However, FSMTB really blew it in a number of key areas, and the final version contains both technical errors and some awful policy decisions. As FSMTB’s leaders had final say, the responsibility for correcting these fatal flaws rests on them.
The Model Practice Act was released in its final draft this week, after more than three years of work on it and two periods of public comment. The introduction does…Read more
I’ve been quiet for the past few weeks because I’ve been ill. On August 17, I wasn’t feeling too well, not really full-blown sick, but on the puny side, and…Read more
Disclosure: I am a peer reviewer for COMTA. I have complained a lot about massage therapists sitting on their hands, not having any interest or involvement in governance, and not…Read more
Champ and I spent last week in Las Vegas at the World Massage Festival. This was our fifth year there, and the biggest and best one yet. Almost 700 people…Read more
The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards released the Model Practice Act a few days ago, just after the third anniversary of the announcement they had formed a Task Force of…Read more
I spent most of my spare time during the past week reading the Final Report and the Entry-Level Education Blueprint of the ELAP. Again, I will offer my appreciation for…Read more