2014 AMTA-NV Delegates’ Report

2014 House of Delegates – Delegates’ Report

Submitted by Nevada chapter Delegates: Shawna Smallwood and Brent Bornemeier, 9/27/2014

Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO – September 17, 2014:  The American Massage Therapy Association’s House of Delegates (HOD) annual Business Meeting started at 1pm with a Welcome from House of Delegates Operating Committee (HODOC) Chair Lisa Curran-Parenteau. Lisa said encouraging words to all Delegates and congratulated everyone on another year of proposed Recommendations and Position Statements.

AMTA National President Nancy Porambo also welcomed Delegates with encouraging words. Then, Lee Stang, the HOD Moderator, welcomed everyone and introduced herself to the Delegates. Lisa also introduced Parliamentarian Rick Greely to the Delegates. The entire HODOC was introduced with standing applause.

The Pledge of Allegiance and Silent Reflection were conducted, respectively by HODOC members Roxanne La’akea Young and Laura Stevenson-Flom.

A memorial was conducted in honor of Dan Barrow by Nancy Porambo. Nancy reflected about the great work Dan has done for AMTA; Dan was the HOD Moderator for many years.

A memorial was conducted to remember Bill Greenberg by Kerry Methot from the Connecticut Chapter. Kerry reflected upon how Bill had encouraged her to become a Delegate and how he would be greatly missed. The Connecticut Chapter also brought Bill’s famous vest to the Convention to honor his memory.

A memorial was conducted to remember Pat Aicher by Lisa Curran-Parenteau. Lisa reflected on how Pat had made an impact in the HOD by taking her job seriously.

AMTA 2014 House of Delegates Business MeetingThe reports from the HODOC Chair were given by Lisa Curran-Parenteau. This report included three submitted Position Statements, and three Recommendations. There were 142 registered Delegates, and 140 Delegates checked into the HOD meeting. Xerlan Deery, Position Statement Review Commission Chair, reported that Position Statements had been reviewed, approved, and were ready for Delegate discussion and voting.

Lee Stang gave a short tutorial on the voting equipment and explained how voting works. The first vote cast was in order to get an accurate count of Delegates. This vote also established the 2/3 total Delegates present, established a quorum, and established the voting points. The voting points showed the actual weighted points, majority of actual weighted points and 2/3 of actual weighted points.

Next, a motion to adopt the HODOC’s proposed Agenda to the HOD was presented. The motion was proposed by a Delegate from South Carolina, and a second was given by a Delegate from Virginia. A vote was cast to adopt the Agenda:  For: 140, Against: 0.

The Rules and Procedures were presented by the HODOC and were called to approve. A Delegate from Washington made the motion, and a Delegate from Indiana seconded the motion. A vote to adopt Rules and Procedures was cast:  For: 140, Against: 0.


Position Statement 1 was presented: “It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can improve health and wellness through its effect on the physical, mental and social well-being of an individual.”

The Position Statement was presented by a Delegate from Utah. The Delegate read the background information, and the rationale. The Moderator asked for comments from the floor. The Moderator moved a motion to call the question into a vote when no one came forth to comment. A vote was cast:

  • Total For: 110
  • Total Against: 30
Weighted For – 40704, Weighted Against – 3628, 2/3 majority weighted – 3622

Motion to call the question was Passed.

The call to vote to approve Position Statement 1:

  • Total For: 115
  • Total Against: 20
  • Abstained: 5
Weighted For – 42062, Weighted Against – 10208, 2/3 majority weighted – 3622

Position Statement 1: PASSED


The HOD was the ahead of the approved Agenda for the day. A Delegate from the Washington chapter moved to continue the meeting until the scheduled 3pm break time.

A vote was cast: For: 127, Against: 9, Abstained: 4; the meeting carried onto the next position statement.

Position Statement 2 was presented: “It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that regulations, in statue and/or rules, should provide options for portability of credentials which meet the required licensing, certification, or registration of massage therapists across the United States.”

The Position Statement was presented by a Delegate from Utah. The Delegate read the background information, and the rationale. The Moderator then asked for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • This works for a future goal
  • Empowers AMTA members to move forward
  • Plain simple good idea
  • Doesn’t say how we are to be regulated, so this gives AMTA an advantage to send a message to high level officials about what we want.

Against Comments:

  • There is no money for the smaller states to get credentials in order to change their regulations.
  • How can we make a state change their laws, then the scope of practice, and tests for each state?
  • We need to create a set standard first then create this statement.
  • This will flush out other therapists because they can’t get the correct credentials. i.e.. other therapists not in AMTA. [fic]
  • This needs to be rewritten then sent back to the Delegates.

The allotted 20-minute time for discussion ran out. The Moderator called for a vote on Position Statement 2.

The call to vote to approve Position Statement 2:

  • Total For: 80
  • Total Against: 60
Weighted For – 30647, Weighted Against – 23685, 2/3 majority weighted – 36222

Position Statement 2: FAILED


Position Statement 3 was presented:  “It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can assist in the rehabilitation of burn scars.”

The Position Statement was presented by a Delegate from North Carolina. The Delegate read the background information and the rationale. The Moderator then asked for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • The word “can” is in position statement.
  • Could become a catalyst and standard across the country.
  • Gives our profession more of a credential.
  • Clients need therapists to help recovery with a caring touch
  • Has been brought to HOD 3 times, has been rewritten 3 times and now it shows proper references and research.

Against Comments:

  • Too broad to be used, unclear distinction for massage, and when to apply massage.
  • Not enough research or findings to stand behind.
  • AMTA does not have a locator service to back up.
  • Be more specific towards burn scars.
  • General massage is not good for burn scars, this needs to be specific on how, when, and where to apply massage.
  • Based on scientific evidence it doesn’t show enough evidence.
  • More research by actual therapists.

The allotted 20-minute time for discussion ran out. The Moderator called for a vote on this Position Statement.

A motion was brought to the floor to extend the discussion time by ten minutes. There was a second to the motion. The delegates voted on extending the discussion: For: 13, Against: 127.

Vote to approve Position Statement 3:

  • Total For: 85
  • Total Against: 54
Weighted For – 31312, Weighted Against – 22719, 2/3 majority weighted – 36222

Position Statement 3: FAILED


Brent and Shawna representing the NV chapter at the 2014 HOD Business MeetingThe HOD meeting was called for a break at 3pm. The Colorado Chapter provided snacks for all Delegates during the 20-minute break. All Delegates were allowed to leave the floor and to communicate with other colleagues within the area. Many Delegates exchanged pins and gifts. The Pennsylvania Chapter gave out candy and cards to help raise excitement for next year.

After the break, a roll call was taken of the seated Delegates. The voting machine was not picking up the correct number of Delegates. After roll-calling twice, the Moderator decided to have a manual vote. Each Delegate stood next to their chair and counted themselves. As they counted, they sat down in their chair. The total number of Delegates was 140. The computers seemed to start working; the Moderator welcomed everyone back and called for the first Recommendation.


Recommendation 1 from South Carolina chapter:

Subject:  A Recommendation to the American Massage Therapy Association Board of Directors that the AMTA Board remove the financial responsibility of funding Delegates’ attendance in the House of Delegates from the State Chapters’ budget. A Delegate from South Carolina read the Recommendation in its entirety. The Moderator asked if she would like to make a comment on the subject. The Delegate declined to comment until later in the discussion. The Moderator called for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • Nationals need to be responsible for reimbursements of actual costs for each delegate.
  • It’s nice to have National pay so people can get to conventions.
  • Chapters can no longer pay for delegates, National should help pay.
  • Reflects the hardship each chapter is going through.

Against Comments:

  • This will cause management problems- but recommends a waiver for fees for delegates.
  • States can manage their own money better than National.
  • Doesn’t consider states that are further away in the expense reports.
  • Data is not correct- also will alternates be included in the reimbursement?
  • This responsibility belongs to each chapter, or the chapter will lose control.
  • Just simply put chapter fees back.

The allotted 20-minute time for discussion ran out. The Moderator called for a vote on this Recommendation.

  • Total For: 96
  • Total Against: 44
Weighted For – 35688, Weighted Against – 18644, 2/3 Majority weighted – 36222, Required majority weighted: 27167

Recommendation 1: PASSED


Recommendation 2 from Washington chapter.

Subject: A Recommendation to the American Massage Therapy Association Board of Directors that the AMTA Board study moving the function of generating and approving Position Statements on the clinical efficacy of massage from the House of Delegates to another group, and that the AMTA Board encourage the House to discuss issues that relate to the actual practice of massage therapy throughout the United States. A Delegate from Washington read the Recommendation in its entirety. The Moderator asked if he would like to make a comment on the subject. The Delegate declined to comment until later in the discussion. The Moderator called for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • Create more of a peer review to create a better understanding.
  • Not everyone is qualified to review position statements.
  • Many recommendations failed because people don’t understand the research portion.
  • Does not take away responsibility but creates a better understanding.

Against Comments:

  • A place for decisions
  • Gives decisions to other people will not reflect the member’s feelings.
  • Delegates and alternates take their position seriously.
  • Delegates should keep responsibility for all position statements.
  • This is insulting to delegates.
  • The purpose of HOD is to discuss, pass or fail position statements.

The Washington Delegate then commented on this recommendation by saying, “I just created this recommendation in order to get people to discuss this. I don’t even care if it passes; all I wanted was to hear people talk about it”. The Moderator then called for a vote.

  • Total For: 14
  • Total Against: 126
Weighted For – 8457, Weighted Against – 45875, 2/3 Majority weighted – 36222, Required majority weighted – 27167

Recommendation 2: FAILED


Recommendation 3 from California chapter.

Subject: A Recommendation to the American Massage Therapy Association Board of Directors that the AMTA Board allow each state to determine its own Chapter Fee.

A Delegate from California read the Recommendation in its entirety. The Moderator asked if he would like to make a comment on the subject. The Delegate declined to comment until later in the discussion. The Moderator called for comments from the floor.

For Comments:

  • This creates a significant recourse for chapters.
  • Chapters have already taken significantly less funding going into the next year.
  • States do the main work of AMTA they should have their opinion on fee’s.
  • Having a set fee will show uniformity and create competition.
  • Each chapter board can decide their own fees.
  • More equitable way to fund chapters.
  • Helps lobbyist’s funds.
  • Have the board reconsider the decision to take away chapter fees.
  • Supports outreach programs.
  • Nationals need to listen to the members.

Against Comments:

  • By dropping the chapter fees it brought back members to the chapter.
  • Jeopardizes AMTA’s global view.
  • Chapter fees need to be the same across states.

The allotted 20-minute time ran out, the Moderator called for a vote on this Recommendation.

  • Total For: 126
  • Total Against: 13
Weighted For – 48946, Weighted Against – 4839, 2/3 Majority weighted – 36222, Required majority weighted – 27167

Recommendation 3: PASSED


DOtto (2014 Alt Delegate), BBornemeier (2014-2015 Delegate), SSmallwood (2013-2014 Delegate)The Moderator congratulated the HOD for another successful year of voting. She also thanked everyone for the professional participation. She commented that everyone on the HOD is significant and appreciated. The meeting then changed its focus onto the candidates for the new HODOC. Each candidate came up and talked about how they can help on the new HODOC and why they wanted to be elected. The candidates the returned to their seats in order to cast a vote. The vote was in three sections. Each time Delegates voted on one person that they thought was the best fit for the job. A total of seven candidates came forward.

  1. Richard Testa (CT)
  2. Christine Eckery (DE)
  3. Myrleen Harrison (FL)
  4. Olivia Nagashima (HI)
  5. Bary Terry (MO)
  6. Jessica Ferrer (NH)
  7. Linda Toomey (NY)

The votes were cast to fill three open positions for the HODOC. The three candidates with the most votes where; Myrleen Harrison (FL), Bary Terry (MO), Jessica Ferrer (NH). The HOD erupted with applause for the new members voted into the HODOC.

The Moderator called for any new business to be brought to the floor:

  • Recommends that the online forum be open year round for Delegates.

The Delegates then performed an evaluation of the HOD meeting. This was done on the electronic voting machines, and there were a total of 20 questions that the HOD answered to evaluate the meeting.

A motion to close the 2014 HOD meeting was made and a second came after. The motion was met and the Moderator called to close the HOD meeting at 5pm.

Your Vote Counts! AMTA 2013 National Election

AMTANatl2013Elections-bannerBe among the professional members that shape our association. Vote for our national leaders. AMTA is the premier professional organization and needs top leadership to be a strong voice and guide us to the future. Your vote is needed to ensure that AMTA remains on top and continues to be well represented.

Get to know the candidates. Read each of their biographical sketches. You can find these candidate links, or if they established any Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Blog sites by accessing the AMTA official election website. Don’t be shy, ask them questions or read what someone else asked.  Find out what their vision and goals are for the future of AMTA and the massage profession.

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March 1: New officers assume office.

 

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[Even] Higher Standards in the New NCBTMB Board-certified Credential

Being a massage therapist professional for a number of years in Nevada, I have seen many changes that have affected the direction of our profession, our passion, and ultimately affect the way the public perceives massage therapy.

Last year, the AMTA began its Consumer Awareness Program (CAP) which has been wildly successful, for both the public and members.  Check out some of the video, member stories, and news stories that have come out of this well-planned, multi-year project.  Your dollars are at work in promoting massage and its benefits to large gatherings of people, like at races and social events of magnitude around the U.S.

This is one way that our organization makes well-known the benefits of regular massage.

Search Provider #407142-00 @ ncbtmb.orgThe National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has done the same types of promotion over the years – through a short-lived “certified spa” program (where, when all the LMTs on staff were Nationally-certified, the spa is listed and promoted as an NCBTMB-approved spa/employer), member self-promotion with materials supplied by the NCBTMB (article copy for publication, use of logos, website resource for the public, Find A Certified Massage Therapist listing service, etc), and support of a credential that has long-established the competency and possibly proficiency of a certified practitioner.

As of January 1st, 2013, things again have changed for NCTM/Bs.

Just when you were getting used to the title… Since the establishment, in 2005, of a competency exam for licensing purposes by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) – the MBLEx – the NCBTMB has revamped their program.  Now, the NCBTMB also has a [rebranded] competency exam for licensing (formerly, the National Certification Exam (NCE)), now called the NCBTMB Licensing Exam.  These two tests by two different organizations are considered (by at least 39 states) to be the standard test to which the states’ Applicants [for licensure] must pass.  Nevada is one of those states where either test is accepted for license application.

Polaroid: Nevada [the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists (NSBMT)] never required that an Applicant or Licensee “be” Nationally-certified…and still does not – just to pass the NCBTMB’s entry level exam (and, now, the MBLEx is an added, optional exam accepted).  When a professional massage therapist is Nationally-certified, it is a credential separate from “being” competent.  National certification is a professional’s commitment to a standard that exceeds basic competency.  In the past, that Nationally-certified standard included (mainly): 500 hours of classroom education, an earned number of Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) every 4-year renewal period and an agreement to a Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics outlined by the NCBTMB (to which all Certificants agree to uphold).

Instagram:  Today, under the newly-termed “Board-certified” title that Certificants are using that have already renewed with the new requirements, the additional requirements will include: 750 (total) hours (minimum) of classroom education (was “500-hour core massage program” prior), 250 hours of professional hands-on experience, CPR certification of the NCBTMB Certificant, national background check (every application/renewal), agreement to an anti-Human Trafficking statement.  These new requirements apply to new applicants AND any currently-Nationally-certified massage therapist that wishes to renew their NCBTMB certification.

With that said (and “new” way of doing things at the NCBTMB having hit the ground running), the AMTA-Nevada Chapter supports our members who are and will be NCBTMB Board-certified.  We continue to, as an AMTA Chapter, be a source for NCBTMB-approved course credits.  We also have a great relationship with some staff members at the NCBTMB – while we encourage Nationally-certified chapter members to contact the NCBTMB directly for individual assistance (specific, case-by-case), we will certainly do our best to answer your questions and send you in the right direction, when you find a challenge.

New Requirements, New Friends  We are in the process of allying, in Southern Nevada, with a couple of offices that offer CPR programs – back in my day, class was “all day” and cost a little more than the current programs.  The programs we’re working with (one of which is an American Heart Association CPR training/certification course) are designed for concise and complete education and cost less, time-wise and dollar-wise, and are very promising to utilize as a source for your Board-certification and any other purposes.  If you are in the Northern Nevada and know of a program that may fulfill the NCBTMB’s Board-certified requirement of “CPR certified”, please let us know!  We’d like to start informing all our members about the potential relationship, making things easier for every member.

Should I renew?  This is really a question based on your perceived value in the NCBTMB.  I renew to stay active in my profession.  I also volunteer for the NCBTMB as an exam Item Reviewer – there are plenty of ways to “be” in the profession, with whichever organization you find value.  The NCBTMB has been there for us as a profession, through thick and thin, and they are changing with our profession to make it the best for everyone: practitioners and public alike.  For as long as I have been a massage therapist, the integrity of the NCBTMB has always been noble, their Standards and Codes of high regard when adhered to, and I appreciate the distinction that the credential brings to my profession and what I love doing most for my clients: massage therapy.  I believe that without the organizations that are represented by the mere numbers of professionals who populate them, the organization loses identity and the ability to be accessible by the public, news outlets, allied professionals, and the regulatory bodies that also strive to seek the right model or advice on how to apply laws for the safety of the public we all serve.

The diligence of “claiming a profession” and being professional exists, in my opinion, in the members of professional associations like the AMTA, and certificants of a program that strives to create “better” massage therapists at every turn.  If the organizations are left unmanned, from where will credibility and efficacy come?

My word alone is not enough for today’s massage therapy client and massage therapy market – the clients are toooooo educated now 😉

The AMTA Nevada Chapter is here to support your decisions: to renew, to apply, to be active in your profession.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please give us a call at our new phone number: (775) 556-0300 or drop us a message at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Our newsletter is coming out soon with information about our Annual Member Meeting and Convention – stay tuned for some excellent ways to distinguish yourself as a professional with continuing education courses (NCBTMB-approved!), effective networking opportunities, and…FOOD!

Be Well,

David-fnamesign

 

 

 

AMTA-NV Chapter President

2012 National Elections – Candidacy

Have you considered participating with fellow members at the National level? You can choose to run for an elected office for the National Board of Directors or Commission on Candidacy. Serving at the national level is a great way to meet some wonderful, dedicated people in the profession.

Members may find criteria for Board or Commission on Candidacy positions by visiting our National Elections website.  You may also be interested in knowing that some elected positions involve less of a time commitment than other positions.

This year, a member may request a candidate application packet beginning July 1st, and must complete the application process by September 1st.  The process includes completing three online courses: About Non-Profit Associations, Responsibilities and Communications throughout AMTA and Risk Management for Association.

Once the courses are completed, the member will have access to the online application bio. After the Commission on Candidacy has reviewed the application and determined that the candidate meets the requirements of the position he or she is seeking, the candidate’s profile will be posted live on AMTA’s official election website, and your choice of using social media as a candidate can begin.

If you are interested in serving, please contact the Commission on Candidacy via email hidden; JavaScript is requiredAMTA staff liaison to the Commission on Candidacy.

The Commission on Candidacy and Commissioner of Elections welcomes your questions, comments, and ideas.

 

Chris Rider, Chair, Commissioner of Elections

Barb Lis, Chair, Commission on Candidacy

2012 COC Commissioners: Christopher Deery, Shari Mirgon, Lori Keith, Mary Donker-Syvertsen, and Julie Finn

AMTA National Officer Elections – Your Vote Counts!

Be among the professional members that shape our association. Vote for our national leaders. AMTA is the premier professional organization and needs top leadership to be a strong voice and guide us to the future. Your vote is needed to ensure that the organization, remains on top and continues to be well represented.

Get to know the candidates by linking up with them on facebook, linked-in or twitter. Ask them questions or read what someone else asked. Find out what their vision and goals are for the future of AMTA and the massage profession.  If the candidate established any social media sites, you can access the information at the bottom of each candidate’s bio information page found on the AMTA official election website

Your voice counts in this organization. Make a decision to support one of our core values, ‘to be a membership driven organization’ and vote. That is what ‘member driven’ means. Join in, become a more informed voter and cast your vote by December 1.

2011 Election Timeline

November 1-5: A link to the online ballot will be sent via electronic mail to all voting members.

December 1: Completed ballots are due.

January 1: Results will be announced no later than January 1 on the AMTA website.

March 1: New officers assume office.

 

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Your Working with the National AMTA this year…

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Have you considered participating with fellow members at the National level? You can choose to run for an elected office for the National Board of Directors or Commission on Candidacy. Serving at the national level is a great way to meet some wonderful, dedicated people in the profession.

You may find criteria for Board or Commission on Candidacy positions by visiting our National Elections website.  You may also be interested in knowing that some elected positions involve less of a time commitment than other positions.

You may request a candidate application and must complete the application process by August 1.  The process includes completing three online courses: About Non-Profit Associations, Responsibilities and Communications throughout AMTA and Risk Management for Association.

Once the courses are completed, you will have access to the online application packet. After the Commission on Candidacy has reviewed the application and determined that you meet the requirements of the position you are seeking, your candidate’s profile will be posted live on AMTA’s official election website and your choice of using social media as a candidate can begin.

If you are interested in serving, please contact the Commission on Candidacy via email hidden; JavaScript is requiredAMTA staff liaison to the Commission on Candidacy.

The Commission on Candidacy and Commissioner of Elections welcomes your questions, comments, and ideas.

 

Chris Rider, Commissioner of Elections

Barb Lis, Commission on Candidacy Chair

2011 Commissioners: Michael Blackmore, Christopher Deery, Jennifer C. Irving, Lucia A. Kaestner, and Shari Mirgon