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Ethics: NCBTMB Standard V

2 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: online manual; plus online multiple-choice test


Materials and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Manual and workbook with multiple-choice test shipped to you.



A concise, easy-to read review of the NCBTMB Standard V: Professional Roles and Boundaries. You can download, complete this course and print your certificate, if you choose. Each section of this course reviews a section of Standard V and helps you consider how it relates to your practice.

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Content Outline

Recognize Your Personal Limitations and Practice Only Within Those Limitations

0.2 hour
Recognize Your Influential Position with Clients and Not Exploit the Relationship for Personal or Other Gain 0.2 hour
Recognize and Limit the Impact of Transference and Counter-transference between Yourself and the Client 0.2 hour

Avoid Dual or Multidimensional Relationships that Could Impair Professional Judgment or Result in Exploitation of the Client, Employees and/or Co-workers

0.2 hour
Do Not Engage in Any Sexual Activity with Clients 0.2 hour

Acknowledge and Respect the Client's Freedom of Choice in the Therapeutic Session

0.2 hour
Respect the Client’s Right to Refuse the Therapeutic Session or Any Part of the Therapeutic Session 0.2 hour
Refrain from Practicing under the Influence of Alcohol, Drugs, or Any Illegal Substances 0.2 hour
Have the Right to Refuse and/or Terminate Your Service to a Client who is Abusive or Under the Influence of Alcohol, Drugs or Any Illegal Substance 0.2 hour
Open-Book Test and Course Evaluation Form 0.2 hour
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The course material arrived in a timely manner and was exceptional in meeting my needs for re-licensee. The material was easy to read, well written, and affordable.

V. Sweeney LMT, CAT

Very informative and well worded. Perfectly met my hopes for this course.

A. Bailey, LMT, NCTMB

Great info. Great real life examples/problem solving strategies.

A. Nelson, LMT

Very easy and understandable.

Carol Speaker, LMP

I highly recommend this course and will continue to use this website for my future CEU requirements.

Jennie Montero-Iovino, LMT, NCTMB

Interesting material. Good reminders.

Karen McAfee, LMT, NCTMB

I thought it as very informational.

Stacie Maze, LMT, NCTMB

The information was straight forward and to the point for an ethics course. I was able to get thru it quickly. Thank you.

Jennifer Harmon, LMBT, NCTMB

Excellent materials. The test was completely relavent to the reading materials, unlike other tests I've taken elsewhere. Thank you!

Jacqueline Davis, CMT, NCTMB

I felt it was a good course to take. Very informative.

Sonya Thompson, LMT

It's always good to take a refresher course on ethics.

Liane Sewell, NCTMB

Clear and concise, precisely what I was looking for.

Sylvia Dadaian, CMT, NCTMB

Nice set up. Course material and test were clear and not confusing.

Joe Callella, LMT, NCTMB

Siimple and to the point.

Melanie Bemis, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course really met my expectations.

Sr. Stella Cronauer, LMT, NCTMB

I always dread the ethic courses. I find them boring and irritating. I was raised with ethics and think of it as a logical way to live. However, this class was okay. Well written and kept me interested. I will highly recommend it and will check this site out for future CEUs. Thank you!

Cathy Thornhill, LMT

Well-written, to the point and spoke plainly about difficult subjects. Good job!

Honey Music, LMBT

Very good examples given; also gave me some great answers for questions regarding client dilemmas.

Rosalie Young, CMT, NCTMB

Great course.

Angal Logsdon, LMT, NCTMB

Good course material, easy to use system.

Michelle Johnson, NCTMB

This course was exactly what I expected it to be. A good ethics refresher.

Michelle Cowden, CMT, NCTMB

I found the course to be interesting and very useful.

Felicia Trower, CMT

Good content.

Theresa Davilio, NCTMB

Great!! Simple, straight forward and easy to understand!!

Allison Lacken, NCTMB

It is good to review ethics in this work.

Barbara Erickson, LMT, NCTMB

A great review of ethical standards!

Sara Stoddard, LMT, NCTMB

Very useful information.

Barbara Smitz, LMT, NCTMB

Exellent, very informative and to the point.

Vincent Falone, LMT, NCTMB

Informative and easy to use!

Anne Griffin, LMT, NCTMB

A great course.

Justin Anderson, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed the course I will take more !!!

Victoria Long, LMT, NCTMB

Excellent course and materials.

Debra Schweitzer, LMT, NCTMB

Very easy to read and understand. I especially like the examples given.

Jana Rego, LMT, NCTMB

I do feel your worbook, instructions and test are well put, clear, to the point....and I appreciate that.

Karen Murphy, LMT

Setting up the course, completing the course and taking the test were convenient and I appreciated being able to do it at the hour of my choice.

Barbara Gaertner, LMT, NCTMB

I liked the examples and scenerios.. made it easier to read and kept my attention

Lauren Grenda, LMT, NCTMB

This was a very good cours and also easy to obtain online.

Gayl Whitby, LMT

Nothing was new for me but it kept my attention. Good course!

Nedka Brock, LMT, NCTMB

I was so impressed with all the "explained" and the examples used in the text to clarify what the author was teaching. This helped me understand better. Very Interesting...I read the material twice, so that I could grasp details from it. Thank you

Lonne Green, LMT

Of all the years I have had ethics as a requirement for my license(s) This was by far the best written, etc.

Pamela Rolfs, CMT, LMT, NCTMB

Simple and easy to use.

Raffaele Gilardoni, LMT, NCTMB

This course was great.

Tyler Conner, LMT

This course was excellent.

Jennifer Katzer, LMT, NCTMB

Information very clear concise and easy to understand.

Betty Bowlin-Hinote, LMT

Simple and easy to use.

Jennifer Eckhold

Nicely put together, concise and interesting.

Sara Cates, LMP

Great class! It was a great refresher course.

Shonette Roberts-Simpson, LMT

Good Basic Course! Enjoyed reviewing the information as it brought attention to some issues that I had come across in my practice.

Priscilla Roberts, LMT

Legal, Precise and to the point, as Ethics should be.

Sheri Wenthen, LMT

It really helps to refresh what was taught in massage school.

Margaret Ellis, CMT, NCTMB

I have taken an ethics course before and was pleasantly surprised by the materials here. I actually found it a lot more helpful and more engaging than my previous class.

Amanda Havis, LMT, NCTMB

This course was clear and concise and filled the requirements for renewed licensure

Marni Beals, LMT

Standards of Conduct reviews are essential as many of the situations described in this course arise regularly. This course is relevant to maintaining a strict code of conduct and maintaining the integrity of the field of Massage Therapy.

William Gagliardi, LMT, NCTMB

Nice, well organized course. I've been practicing for over 20 years so none of this information was new to me, but it was a great refresher. The study materials were well written. Thanks!

Cassandra Freschi, LMT

I enjoyed the online course to fulfill my credits.

Vivian Tollefsen, LMT

It was helpful! Thank you!

Patrick Kelly, LMT

Well done. Thank you.

Abby Cicirelli, LMP

Great refresher.

Louise Landowski, NCTMB

I found this course to be professional and helpful.

Daniel Weisner, LMT, NCTMB

Just what I needed!

Grant Strebel

Thank you for providing this concise, easy to follow, course to complete my Ethics requirement for license renewal!

Jessica Aquis, LMT

I found this course to be clear, concise and easy to understand. I am able to take what I have gained from this course and immediately apply it to my own practice.

Maryann Castello, LMT

The course material was clear, concise, and well written. Glad it included practical examples.

Dawn Wald, LMT

Exceeded my expectations for an on-line course. I will likely take future courses.

Aimee Llyn, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very educational!

Tami Nicolhs-Beaghan, LMT, NCTMB

I discovered many new insights since last taking this course. It is much more informative, well written and thought provoking. I highly recommend this Integrative Healthcare Online Course for all L.M.T.'s who are in need of Continuing Ed Units.

Vickie Sweeney, LMT, CA

The material was extremely easy to understand. Thank you for making it simple.

Tereza Sunshine Aure, LMT, NCTMB

Quick to the point, informative, well thought out and effective. A pleasure to revisit and continuing being our commitment of integrity and extraordinary customer service expanding this astonishing modality!

Tina Marie Nawn, NCTMB

I appreciate how easy-to-use the website is. I enjoy the effective courses provided and how well presented and communicated the content is. Thanks!

Heather Hardee, LMT

This course reminded me of my duty as a massage therapist and really brought clarity to myself as a professional. I have been really struggling lately with a dual-relationship and the development of feelings stronger than I should have and a higher need to take care of this one particular client. This course reminded me of the importance of remaining detached in a compassionate way and helped me to reground myself.

Angela Bennett, LMT

I appreciate the simplicity and layout of this course. Very useful information. Great reference guide for future use. I am grateful for the opportunity and availability of being able to complete this as an in home course. Thank you!

Nichole Kjorlie

This course was well-written and easily understood. The content was relevant.

Lisa Larsen, LMT

Nicely laid out and good information. Thank you!

Sally Sutton, LMT

Easy to read & comprehend. Thank you.

Patricia Vazquez, LMP, BCTMB

The course was informative, thorough and a great refresher!

Deborah Beaulieu, LMT

The materials were well organized, clearly defined with salient examples. A very good reminder of the importance of professional conduct and potential pitfalls.

C. Jane Martin, LMBT

The course was very good. I have been a massage therapist for 18 years so lots of ethics courses and lots of knowledge is why 8/10 vs 10/10. I have strong ethics so this is good refresher. I loved the clarity of terms.

Vicki Draper, LMT, BCTMB

Thank you so much for offering ethic courses on line so I may be able to get them done on my own time.

Holly Edwards, LMP

Well structured and easily learned.

Adam Jagenberg, LMT

The course material was clear and easy to understand. This made the test very uncomplicated.

Heidi Overton, LMT

Informative. Easy to follow

Keith Bernabei, LMT

Fabulous!! The material was clear, well-presented, and easy to understand. Will definitely continue taking your courses! Thank you!

Sara Xochitl Griscom, LMT

By reviewing this material and taking the test this year, I have learned again! Thank you for making this so smooth and easy! I look forward to further courses with your institute!

Deborah Ann Smith, LMT

Excellent course presented in a clear, understandable and applicable manner.

Thomas W. Collins, LMBT, LMT

The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies is my favorite place to pick up continuing education courses. Thank you!

Teresa Snell, LMT

Well written and presented in an interesting way. Better than expected

Joanne Marcoe, LMP

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Learning Objectives

  1. Identify an example of each of the 9 parts of the NCBTMB Standard V
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Sample Text

"Disclosure Requirements

In order for a patient to make an informed decision about whether or not to have a particular treatment, s/he must have enough information, including

  • Nature and purpose of treatment
  • Risks and consequences of treatment
  • Alternatives to treatment
  • Consequences of refusal of treatment (so the patient/client can make an informed refusal)

Failure to adequately explain related risks to a procedure or the extent of these risks may result in a liability for the healthcare professional. The risks of a proposed treatment may be explained to a patient in two different ways: from the professional's perspective or from the patient's perspective.

In most states, what a health professional tells a client is judged by what other health professionals tell their clients in similar situations. In other words, the actions of the health professional are judged against the actions of his/her peers. However, many states are now leaning toward the patient/client's perspective, which means any side effects that are pertinent to a particular client should be told to this client regardless if other health professionals tell their clients of this particular risk. This is to ensure that this particular client is fully informed of risks and benefits that may affect him/her so s/he can make an informed decision about his/her particular healthcare."

(NCBTMB Standard V: Professional Roles and Boundaries by Sharon Burch, 2009)

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Sample Test Question

Which of the following is a disclosure requirement for informed consent?

  1. consequence of refusal of treatment
  2. patient waiver
  3. emergencies
  4. doctor's choice based on the situation
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