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Ethics Refresher

1 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.



This is a 1-hour ethics refresher course for practitioners who need to quickly review the basics related to NCBTMB Standard V: Roles and Boundaries.

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Content Outline

Being a Professional  
Sexuality Issues  
Cultural Respect  
NCBTMB Standards of Practice  
Recommended Resources for Further Study  
Open-Book Test and Course Evaluation  
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It's very convenient and thanks for the free 1 hr course!

Aline O Greene, LMT 5080 Lex,SC

To the point and very informative .

Amy Green, LMT AMTA

Great refresher! I like how easy it is taking a course online when I don't have the time to attend a class.

Ann Wayman LMT, Mobil Massage, Huntingon Beach, CA

I enjoyed this home study course program, the contents of the material was excellent. It was a pleasure to take my test online and be able to see my score right away and get my certificate.

Barbara Ann Munoz, LMT

I think it was a great refresher!

Beverly Champbers

This is a simple but very effective refresher to remind us of what we should know

Byrdie Schulz, CMT, NCTMB, Tranquil Touches of Wellness LLC

This course was quick and concise.

Carole Farley, NCTMB, Sun Prairie, WI

The course is concise yet thought provoking and raises pertinent issues.

Carolyn C Green LMT, CST, Charleston/Mt Pleasant, SC

I am very pleased with the ease and the convenience.

Christi Schaeffer, LMT, Blue Springs, Mo

This is a great refresher.

Cristina J. Walters, LMT Inman, SC

The course gave good insight and clear definitions.

David Marshall

It was fast and easy. A nice way to remember our ethics and standards.

Dawnya Still, LMP Lynnwood, WA

What a good quick course for an extra CEU... it was concise and pertinent for an ethical review, providing a very good thought-provoking challenge.

Deborah Phillips

I found this course to be a straight forward presentation of ethics as related to the practice of massage and bodywork.

Elizabeth Harper LMT (NY) Santa Fe, NM

It was a quick review as to where we stand as professionals

Elizabeth Olivas, LMT

Easy and convenient.

Elysia Vaughan, Certified Massage Therapist, Logansport, IN

I enjoy taking these exams in the privacy of my home at my own time. You covered all subjects very well!

Irma Howard

This was a very easy and fast way to accumulate CEU's .

Jeannine Z. Lee, CMT, Instructor, Agoura Hills, CA

I enjoyed this course. The information was very good.

Jennifer Carole Smith, Spartanburg, S.C.

Excellent course. Truly a learning expereience. Definitely a great refresher!

Jennifer Helms, LMT NCTMB SC

I use your website very often - love it!! This courses outlines were very thorough.

Jessica N. Owens, LMT

Very informative and needed for massage therapists today.

Jessica Shanabarger - Summerville, SC

This one hour course was great to make up for the 1 hour I was missing through other courses.

K Albers, LMT - St. Louis, MO

The course was clearly presented.

Kari Holland Salt Lake City, UT

It is great to be able to take these courses especially those of us who have other demanding jobs and we are unable to attend seminars in other states or countries

Kristen Thorne

your course was excellent and convenient

Leah P. Brewer LMBT 470 NCTMB

I like the reflective exercises. Good course! @Linda Berkley-Smith

Linda Berkley-Smith

This was an interesting course packed with great information.


I really enjoyed the course and the customer service that was provided.

Logan King

I enjoyed the course. It reminded me of several issues and gave me some good ideas

Mark Kinsey, NCLMBT, Durham, NC

Comprehensive review and course time corresponded well to credits given.

Mary E. Bird, LMT.

I love that you can take the test and print out needed certificates on-line...especially for last minute types like me!

Mary Richardson, LMBT, Forest City, NC

Enlightening and refreshing!

Melanie Coffman

The materials are thorough and well organized.

Mellanie Baley, LMT - Gresham, OR

Excellent course - easy to read and review!

Mellanie Baley, LMT 13392

I found the course material very professional, concise and easily understood

Michelle Ahrens, LMT, NCTM. Licking, Missouri

Taking this course has been very good for me. I am very appreciative for the opportunity to continue my education and increase my knowledge as a massage therapist to better serve my clients

Rachel L. Adams, LMP Richland, WA

I enjoy taking courses like these, works out with my schedule better and I like to read and learn this way.

Rebecca J. Graba CMT The Essence of Massage Sebeka, MN

The course reviewed issues we need to stay very aware of!

Skoob Campbell, LMT, NCTMB, NMT, Snellville, GA

This was a very helpful course in refreshing my memory on ethical practices.

stephanie jeffs lmt/nationally certified riverton, ut

Well written and great as a refresher. Reminds the therapist about the simple yet needed information.

Tammy LeBlanc, LMT

Course was outlined professionally and it easy to follow. Good refresher course.

Veronica Hernandez LMT, Body Care Massage, Las Cruces, NM

Very well-written and concise overview.

Victoria W LMT, Reno, NV

Great insight! Great information! Great research! Thank you for putting this material together and for making it so easily accessible online!!

Bonnie Blair, LMT

Straight to the point..I liked it.

Anne Mason, CMT, NCTMB

This review of the Ethics of Roles and Boundaries was straight to the point and gave a thorough overview of the NCBTMB Standard V.

Stephanie Herring, CMT, NCTMB

Love this course, very refreshing on what i already knew but I feel it will help to kind of reset my boundaries!

Billie Caskey, LMT

This was a good refresher in ethics! Thanks!

Kayla Kendall, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative and to the point.

Robter Griffin, LMT

I have been a therapist since 1988. This course is a great review. I am looking forward to taking other courses with you.

Eliza Townsend, LMT, CMT

Nice, quick ethics refresher. Exactly what you would expect.

Kerri Ann Beckham, LMT

Excellent material and very efficient, too!

Rebecca Laubershimer, LMT

I appreciate the ease in taking this test. The information is very important. A refresher course like this was exactly what I needed. Thank you.

Kimberly Adami, LMT, NCTMB

I have been licensed since 1998 and have taught massage. Even though I have been a professional massage therapist and teacher for more than a decade, this course is beneficial as a refresher and reminder. It supports and clarified my reasons for doing some of the things I do (especially regarding boundaries and dual relationships).

Victoria Heland, CMT

This course was easy to access and user friendly to navigate online. I have recommended this continuing education course website to other therapists in both massage therapy and physical therapy fields.

Amy Holbert, LMP

I'm glad I found this refresher course. Valuable information for everybody.

Andrea Shields, LMT

Wonderfully written. Wouldn't change anything.

Rita Schumacher, CMT, NCTMB

The course was a great ethics refresher, clearly presented, informative and concise.

Carol May Dunn, CMT

I feel you did an excellent job in presenting these ethical issues and understanding of the vocabulary, this review was good to do again.

Linda Ugis, CMT, NCTMB

Reflective exercises were an added bonus to the course material! Great for encouraging self-reflection and critical thinking!

Tamura Courtney, LMT

Excellent class! I appreciate the clear content and the ease of the experience! Thank you.

Shelby Frago, LMP

I have found the courses at this Institute very well done. I come back every time I need to re-certify.

Cecelia Edic, LMT

Good material - comprehensive - excellent information - clearly presented.

Carolyn Shelburne, LMT

I loved this course! It was brief, concise,and to the point. Rather inexpensive and I was able to fulfill my state requirements for CEUs. Love this site!!

Krystle-Dawn Covington, LMT

This course is very straight forward and gave me a good refresher.

Ruth Douglas, LMT

Thanks for the Ethics class. It was easy to find and complete for my certification.

Cathy S. Ray, LMT

loved the course materials. I'd definately pass this on to other therapists.

Tabatha Snyder, LMT, NCTMB

Course was easy enough! I’m not looking for complicated. Thanks for being direct.

Sue A. Erickson, LMT

I appreciate you offering a 1 hr ethics course and how easy it was to access and complete.

Joan Kuczek, LMT, BCTMB

Again I am happy to say that this ETHICS course was interesting, which is hard to pull off when one is discussing ETHICS. Thank you!

Laurie E. Deamer, LMT

Hard subject to make interesting.

Mady Ditton, CMT

Perfect course to refresh and update our required standards as professional therapists. Thank you

Sandra Mckee, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative. Great review.

Kathryn Cady, LMT

I like that simplicity of the course material. Easy to comprehend.

Noriko Benjamin, LMT

Great information, easy to read, and understand.

Lawrence E. Gregory, CMT, NCTMB

I feel this course was a good refresher and re-opened my eyes to make more ethical and professional decisions!

Becky L. Bona, LMT

The contents of this course is clear and excellent as a refresher. Like most of the courses I had the opportunity to sign up for it is informative and instructive.

Simone A. Carbonel, LMT, BCTMB

Very thorough information and content. Refocuses on little things we forget sometimes. It touches on all the key points of ethics. I'm very impressed with this course!!

Richard C. Catlett, CMT

The Ethics Refresher course was clear, concise and useful. I especially like the inclusion of a Glossary and the NCBTMB Standards of Practice. Good job yet again!

Selah Anne Kaiser, LMT, BCTMB, LMBT

Great. i appreciated a few aspects, like how to respond appropriately when we feel overwhelmed by a client's needs.

Ashira Lavine, LMT

Met my objective. Clear, easy to navigate. Thank you!

Jamey Hansen, LMT

This was a nice and quick assessment of what we as therapists should already be doing.

Tiffany Kott

Very Good to refresh Ethics when required--thanks!

Nancy A. Nelson, LMT, BCTMB

very knowledgeable and easy enough to comprehend Thank you

Jacqueline M. Susi, LMT, BCTMB

I love how easy it is to get my courses done!

Bryana Derton, LMP

I LOVE your courses and your site is very easy to use. Thank you.

Deborah R. Clarken, LMT

Very clear understanding of the text. great job.

Jennifer Hart, LMT, BCTMB

Good CEU experience.

kerry brady, LMT

I have been in the field for years and now have an ethics requirement so took this course even though it was basic to fullfill my requirement that is why the low numbers on eval as it wasn't new to me more of a review

Dawn Szpiech, LMT

The course was very helpful

Yoshi Paulovich, LMT, BCTMB

material could have been quicker to some points

Joseph M. DiPuma, LMT, BCTB

just really boring

Dorothy Wright, LMT

With so much improper/sexual massage going on, we need to be more educated of what is permitted, what is going beyond our scope of education and to encourage a professional appearance.

Linda Hansen, LMT

great courses always love and learn a lot !!! THANK YOU! :-)

Andrea Theocles, LMT, BCTMB

I enjoyed this course and will use this site again in the future.

Jamey Parks, LMT

My advice to anyone taking any course is don't take the test in a hurry. Think and read then mark.

Maria Fakhoury, LMT

Good content. Easy to follow.

Laura Lomax, LMT

This course was perfect for my needs!

Christina Swingler, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the essential roles, rights and responsibilities that are accepted in order to be recognized as a professional.
  2. Define the concepts transference, counter-transference, consent and boundaries and apply them to important practice situations.
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Sample Text


Transference is the projection by a client of feelings, needs or issues onto a therapist instead of recognizing them as his or her own. Most transferred feelings were experienced earlier with a parent, sibling or other significant person in the client's life, and something about the therapist or the current situation links the client's unconscious mind to the past experience. Transference is a common occurrence in the therapeutic professions, no matter if they are body-centered, mind/emotion-centered, spirit-centered or others. Transference can feel wonderful when the client projects positive or flattering attributes on us, but it can feel horrific when s/he projects negative attributes on us. For example, if a client's mother wore a certain fragrance and the therapist wears the same or a similar fragrance, the client may unconsciously transfer the feelings, issues and needs s/he has with mother onto the therapist. There are probably an unlimited number of variations possible on the theme of transference." (Ethics Refresher by Sharon Burch, 2004, p. 13)

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Sample Test Question

A bodyworker may experience situations that prompt client advocacy. What is vital in an advocacy role?

  1. consideration of the client's moral position only
  2. moving forward despite all consequences
  3. sensitivity and skill in communication
  4. identification of solutions that respect the client only  
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