|Education - Massage Therapy Educator Day||Massage Therapy Educator Day|
The Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario is pleased to be hosting Massage Therapy Educator Day! This first-of-its-kind conference will provide an important opportunity for massage therapy educators across Canada to learn more about how the profession of massage therapy is changing and the implication of those changes for educators.
Hosted at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, Educator Day will take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017. This conference will help educators across Canada to embrace the rapidly changing demands of educating massage therapy students. Join us for this exciting opportunity to connect with your peers and take advantage of the varied education opportunities relating to educating future massage therapists.
The profession of massage therapy is constantly changing. What are the implications of those changes for educators? How do we continue to ensure that our graduating students are ready for the workforce? As educators of massage therapy, our focus remains training future health care professionals. We need to ensure that not only can our students pass the required registration exams, but they also have the tools they need to build and maintain successful evidence-based practices. Accreditation, which will shortly be ensuring consistent standards for massage therapy education across Canada, is a chance for us to re-evaluate massage therapy education. We must explore new technologies, and evaluate and embrace a wider scope of teaching philosophies. In order for the profession of massage therapy to advance, students must understand their role in health care and be prepared for and embrace advancement in their careers and in their profession. In her keynote address, Robynne Kingswood will discuss the future of massage therapy education and explore and celebrate opportunities for those educating future massage therapists.Robynne Kingswood, RMT
|Robynne has been an educator in the Professional Development, Ethics and Business stream of Massage Therapy curriculum for the past 10+ years, previously also lecturing for the CMTO province-wide on professionalism in the clinical setting over a 5 year period. Robynne is the Practical Director for the Okanagan College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, BC and actively instructs Communication and Ethics, Jurisprudence and Business, and assists in coordinating research case studies. In her clinical practice, Robynne maintains a clinical focus on pain based pathologies. Originally from Southern Ontario, Robynne and her husband relocated to Vernon, British Columbia in 2014.|
8:30am - 9:30am
What does accreditation mean for your school and your students? How can you prepare? In this lively panel discussion, we will discuss the impact of accreditation on massage therapy education across Canada. The panelists include educators from private and public schools, an international educator and program evaluator, and the Executive Director of the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation. Learn about the new standards, processes, and requirements and gain insights and strategies into preparing your school, yourself and your students for accreditation.
|Amanda Baskwill has been a registered massage therapist and member of the RMTAO since 2003. Currently, Amanda is the Program Coordinator of Massage Therapy at Humber College where she uses her knowledge, experience in the field, and research to support students desiring to enter our profession. She is also a student herself and is pursuing a PhD in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. The profession of massage therapy is slowly developing its body of knowledge through research. Amanda participates in and conducts research in massage therapy, healthcare broadly, and education in an effort to contribute to the growing body of knowledge.Her research interests include innovative teaching and learning strategies in healthcare education, the professional identity of massage therapists, the application of evidence-informed practice, and the safety and effectiveness of massage therapy in the treatment of various conditions.|
|Robynne has been an educator in the Professional Development, Ethics and Business stream of Massage Therapy curriculum for the past 10+ years, previously also lecturing for the CMTO province-wide on professionalism in the clinical setting over a 5 year period. Robynne is the Practical Director for the Okanagan College of Massage Therapy in Vernon, BC and actively instructs Communication and Ethics, Jurisprudence andBusiness, and assists in coordinating research case studies. In her clinical practice, Robynne maintains a clinical focus on pain based pathologies. Originally from Southern Ontario, Robynne and her husband relocated to Vernon, British Columbia in 2014.|
|Kathrina Loeffler is the Executive Director of the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation. Kathrina’s responsibilities include overseeing the development and management of the accreditation process and reporting to the Board of Directors as well as engaging stakeholders from across the country on the value of a national accreditation program for post-secondary massage therapy education. Kathrina has been working in the area of accreditation for the past 12 years. Her accreditation expertise began when she was a member of the leadership team at Accreditation Canada. That experience was honed when she started her own business and was recruited by a number of organizations to help them succeed with a variety of accreditation processes. Kathrina’s educational background includes a Master of Education in Organizational studies, a Bachelor of Education and an Honours’ Bachelor of Arts.|
|Martha Brown Menard PhD, LMT, is the executive director of the Crocker Institute, a consulting firm in Charleston, South Carolina She has consulted for universities and nonprofit organizations in the US, Canada, Norway, and Australia, and serves on the learning systems advisory committee for the US National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. She is a guest lecturer at Georgetown University and a member of the research faculty at Saybrook University. Dr. Menard has been a licensed massage therapist for over 30 years, providing symptom management for clients in a variety of clinical areas including hospice, oncology, pain management, and trauma recovery. In addition to her consulting work, she teaches courses on case reports and critical evaluation of health care research. She manages CaseRe3, an open access repository of case reports in integrative health care, in partnership with the RMTBC. Dr. Menard is the author of Making Sense of Research, a textbook on research literacy.|
|A longtime member of RMTAO and Board Member and award winner of both the RMTAO and the OMTA, Pam works as an educator, writer, mentor, consultant, peer supervisor and practitioner, and advocates for the profession both nationally and internationally. She is author of the newly released text entitled Talking Body Listening Hands (Pearson, 2015). Pam is currently on the faculty of Algonquin College’s massage therapy program and has taught across Canada, the US and Hong Kong.|
10:00am - 11:30am
The extent to which massage therapists are safe and effective is dependent in part on the clinical abilities of those individuals we grant access to the profession. This places responsibilities with the education system but also with the assessment frameworks employed to make decisions regarding candidate abilities, achievement of competencies, or predictions regarding future independent performance in novel clinical contexts. Assessment of clinical competence often requires performance-based assessment in clinical and/or simulation based settings, leaving decisions as inferences based on behaviours exhibited in response to clinical stimuli. The degree to which assessments are accurate, trustworthy and defensible is a matter of validity. This session will explore performance and inference based assessments organized by discussing and applying a common validity framework. Attendees will be able to critically appraise performance- based assessments using validity and identify ways of optimizing assessment efforts.Dr. Walter Tavares, PhD
|Dr. Tavares is a Scientist and Assistant Professor at the Wilson Centre and Post MD Education (Post Graduate Medical Education and Continued Professional Development) at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine. He holds faculty positions with the Royal College of Physicians of Surgeons of Canada, McMaster University School of Graduate Studies and the Canadian Association of Medical Education. Dr. Tavares’ research examines ways of optimizing performance based assessments in work and simulation settings. His work aims to advance theory and practice associated with formative and/or summative decisions regarding an individual’s ability to adaptively integrate multiple competencies in response to complex and context dependent clinical stimuli. He is also interested in shifting conceptions of assessment, critically examining assessment shifts from a theoretical and applied perspective, language in assessment and the role of simulation as an assessment and learning strategy.|
1:00pm - 2:30pm
This interactive workshop will focus on developing evidence-based clinical decision making and planning skills in order to support student learning and effective patient-centred care. The close relationship between clinical decision making and research methods will be explored as a framework for “just-in-time” learning. Participants will be guided in group activities to develop research questions, search terms, find published work, evaluate research, and apply findings to case studies as an effective educational model for teaching clinical decision making. Skills developed will be shared through lively presenter and participant demonstrations and post-activity discussion.
|Bryn Sumpton, B.ScN, is a massage therapy (MT) researcher, business consultant, and instructor. He teaches MT ethics, entrepreneurship, research, and older adult & palliative care at Humber College. Bryn recently completed a case study series on MT for the sleep symptoms of PTSD and is working on studying education programs as they adapt to changing regulatory and accreditation standards. As a consultant, he provides clinics support regarding EPB, regulatory requirements, business skills, and quality assurance.Previously, Bryn was the E.D. & CEO of the RMTAO, helping to move forward MT regulation, professionalization, education, and accreditation.|
|Trish Dryden, M.Ed., RMT, has over 35 years’ experience as a massage therapy clinician, researcher and educator. She is the Associate Vice-President, Research and Corporate Planning at Centennial College in Toronto. A trail blazer and a catalyst for change, Trish’s vision and leadership are instrumental to the collaborative development of an innovative, entrepreneurial and evidence-based culture in health care and post-secondary education in Ontario and beyond. Trish believes that these essential skills are relevant to every sector of society and are therefore everyone’s possibility.|
1:00pm - 2:30pm or 3:00pm - 4:30pm
As educators, our job is not only to transfer knowledge to our students, but also to enhance the ability of our students to learn. We need to encourage our students to embrace creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration (4 Cs). These skills will be important as our future massage therapists move into the workforce. This session will focus on strategies to engage students in the classroom by using technology as a component of education delivery. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their web connected device(s) with them (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone).Greg Shortt, BHk, RMT
|Greg has been a practicing RMT for the past 20 years in a variety of clinical settings. His passion is in education, and he has been a professor with the Massage Therapy program at Lambton College since the year 2000. Recently, Greg has transitioned into a mentor role with Lambton’s Learning Innovation Centre which has allowed him to explore various ways to enhance teaching and learning. Active learning is an important aspect of Greg’s teaching philosophy as he feels that student learning increases tremendously when students are engaged in their learning.|
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Join us for our wine & cheese networking event at the conclusion of the conference! Connect with massage therapy educators from across Canada and mingle with the thought leaders of massage therapy education. Share experiences, exchange ideas and bring great insights back to the classroom.
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Massage Therapy Educator Day will take place on June 4, 2017. It will be held at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre
801 Dixon Road
Toronto, ON M9W 1J5
How to Book
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Reference "RMTAO" or the group discount code "RF02AAA" to get discounts on your accommodations. Please note this room block rate is only available until 5:00pm on May 2, 2017. Make sure you book early to ensure you have access to this rate!
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The RMTAO exists in order to advance the massage therapy profession in Ontario. Improvements in the ability of Registered Massage Therapists to provide quality care will improve the health of the people of Ontario whom the profession serves.
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