Position Statements, developed through the AMTA’s Assembly of Delegates, are the cornerstone professional beliefs of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) as decided by the membership population of over 100,000 professional massage therapists.
Each year the members are encouraged to formally propose Position Statement Ideas and Discussion Topics for the Assembly of Delegates to discuss and on which to possibly take action during their Annual Meeting. Position Statements that complete the approval process may say something about Massage Therapy: how it can/may assist in healthcare-positive results with special populations or medical conditions – all claims are thoroughly-researched and -studied, created by members with the most-current, scientific data.
See all the currently Approved Position Statements.
Annually, since 2006, Member-approved – through the Assembly of Delegates – Position Statements become the beliefs of the leading, non-profit professional association in the United States. This year’s Discussion Topics and Position Statement Proposal will be released to the membership – through the AoDAC and Chapter Delegates – approximately, in late-June.
The function of the Delegate is to represent the member consensus on the National floor of the Assembly of Delegates (AoD) each year. Delegates poll the members, discuss the Discussion Topics and Position Statement Proposals with the members and take a Chapter consensus to the AoD.
When in the AoD Business Meeting at the National Convention, Delegates from all 51 Chapters have an opportunity to represent the support or concerns of their Chapter’s members and dialogue works toward a consensus of the state Chapters’ Delegates to vote for or against a Discussion Topic and/or Position Statement Idea.
If needed and based on information discovered at the annual AoD Business Meeting, a Delegate may change his/her Delegate vote to reflect the best interest of the Chapter membership.
Any AMTA member In Good Standing. The duration of a Delegate’s Term is 2 years.
Any AMTA member. Your current Delegate(s), Chapter Board of Directors, or fellow members can help you start and explore the process, edit, proofread, keep communication with the people that need to vet your document, and basically help you follow it all the way through the process. timeline
If you consider the impact that statements a professional association makes on behalf of its tens-of-thousands of members, to include empirical evidence and “by massage therapists, for massage therapists” method of governance, then it is truly a professional representation of who we are and where we stand – what we profess.
The Nevada Chapter Delegates put together what happened at the AoD’s 2023 Business Meeting
If you are interested in becoming a Delegate or just starting a Position Statement of your own: share it with us. Let us help and represent you in your professional Association, on a National stage, and so you can practice what you preach in your own Practice. Contact your Nevada Chapter Board today.
Every year, topics focusing on a wide range of issues affecting and pertaining to the betterment of our profession are submitted for Delegates to discuss and/or vote upon.
If you’re a current AMTA Nevada Chapter Member, you’ll be receiving a short Survey at your AMTA-Member-email-address with an opportunity to answer more-specific Questions and an open-ended “Comment”-area that the Nevada Chapter’s Delegates will receive and consider in their participation in 2024’s Annual Business Meeting of the Assembly of Delegates in Tampa on September 11th.
Assembly of Delegates (AoD) Proposals
Discussion Topic(s): TBD
Position Statement(s): TBD
No Discussion Topics or Position Statement Proposals have been proposed yet for 2024’s Assembly of Delegates Meeting which will be held in Tampa, FL, on September 11, 2024.
Delegates are charged with gathering chapter member feedback and determining a Chapter consensus on the topics and statement based on that feedback.
We want to hear your support, concerns, and thoughts about 2024’s Discussion Topic & Position Statement Proposals: we expect their availability around July 2024.