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. 



Keynote Presentation

The Future of Massage Therapy Education

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

8:30am - 9:30am

Panel Discussion

The Impact of Accreditation on Massage Therapy Programs

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, MSc, BEd, RMT

 Robynne Kingswood, RMT

 Kathrina Loeffler, BA, BEd, MEd

 Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT


 Pamela Fitch, BA, RMT

10:00am - 11:30am


Validity and Performance Based Assessment of Clinical Competence

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

1:00pm - 2:30pm


Just In Time: Supporting Evidence Based Practice in Clinical Decisions

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, BScN

 Trish Dryden, MEd, RMT

1:00pm - 2:30pm or 3:00pm - 4:30pm


Plugged In: Enhancing Learning with Technology

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

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

Book Your Stay!

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
or call 1-866-932-7058

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!

Are you also a practicing massage therapist? Consider joining us on June 3rd for the 2017 RMTAO Conference: Excellence in Practice.

Sign up for Educator Day and receive $20 off your registration for the Excellence in Practice Conference. You will receive a coupon code upon registration confirmation.

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