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    Angie Dubis at the 2011 Alliance for Massage Therapy Education Conference


    by MassageNerd

    The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education is an independent non-profit organization established to serve as the voice, advocate and resource for the entire education sector -- from entry-level massage training programs through post-graduate studies. The Alliance is the only organization that brings Schools, Teachers, and Continuing Education Providers together under one roof.

    The Alliance provides a comprehensive range of services to this community, and represents their interests in all domains. This advocacy comes into play in dealing with regulatory issues, accreditation, standard-setting initiatives such as the the Alliance's National Teacher Education Standards Project, as well as ongoing efforts to get massage therapy better recognized by and integrated into the health care delivery system.

    As the field of massage therapy moves forward in its evolution, it is clear that the education sector must have a champion of its own. In fact, nearly all professions have an organization of this type. And by strengthening and improving massage education, the Alliance will bring great benefit to massage schools, teachers and practitioners, along with everyone in the general public who receives massage therapy.

    It's now easier to join the Alliance, with a new and simplified dues structure for all membership categories. There are now two options for Schools, Teachers and Continuing Education Providers: The Associate Level provides affiliation with the Alliance at a modest price and includes discounts on the Annual Conference. The Gold Level includes all privileges of membership, plus a highly valuable range of new services, benefits and discount programs. You are invited to become a vital part of this community. For complete information on what you will receive when you join the Alliance, click the banner above to go to the Membership page.

    With a theme of Bringing Teaching to the Next Level, the Alliance held its second Annual Conference on August 18-20 in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. A group of 125 education professionals came together with organizational leaders and industry representatives for three very productive days. There were keynote sessions, breakout workshops, and discussion forums on the Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers.

    The Alliance is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors who represent the broad spectrum of schools and educators who make up this organization. This group of volunteer leaders is complimented by the professional staff, who oversee the day-to-day operations.