Mindful Massage for Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Date: Feb 24, 2024 - Feb 25, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.

Michael Alicia, LMT

Lecture / Hands–On
Single Class Tuition: $480    Early Bird Tuition: $395
12 CEs (NCBTMB/NY Certified)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Oncology Massage (or equivalent)

To register, contact: michael@catanyc.com 

Day one of this course is designed to explore the concept of empathy and the role it plays in working with cancer patients. Through lecture, discussion, and example, students will explore the role boundaries play in maintaining a healthy, safe, and compassion-led work environment.

Day two of this course is designed to prepare massage therapists with specialized training with the ability to offer informed and compassionate end-of-life support for clients and their caregivers. Coordination with multiple partners in the care team is emphasized within the development of a care plan. The lecture and discussion will acquaint students with an overview of end-of-life as it is delivered in the United States, including definitions of palliative care, end-of-life, and hospice, the interdisciplinary team approach to care, and stages of dying.

Approaches to hands-on work for clients at end-of-life will be demonstrated, including session intention, session length, modified techniques, and precautions.

At the end of the course, students will be able to discuss and compassionately set healthy boundaries, discuss the understanding of palliative/supportive care, end-of-life and hospice, understand the roles of the interdisciplinary team, and demonstrate skill in developing a treatment plan with consideration of the setting.

Students will learn:

  •  The importance empathy plays in working with cancer clients and the adverse effects when it is not a consideration in the overall cancer journey, including end-of-life
  •  The importance of setting clear boundaries for working with the cancer population
  •  Discuss feelings, values, attitudes and expectations on the topic of cancer, death, and grief within the context of individual, family, cultural, and spiritual beliefs and traditions
  • Verbalize experiences of personal loss, suffering, grief, and bereavement in developing appropriate professional boundaries around own experiences
  • Understand ways to communicate effectively and with sensitivity with clients and families
  • Describe basic principles regarding a multi-dimensional care model including, physical, emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual needs
  • Differentiate between palliative/supportive care, end-of-life, and hospice
  • Describe the stages of dying using clinical terminology
  • Acknowledge end-of-life signs and symptoms to identify appropriate measures to alleviate suffering
  • Verbalize the usefulness of touch therapies as a palliative/supportive care intervention to the interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate skill in developing a plan for end-of-life touch therapy needs within a variety of settings to participate in the coordination of care
  • Demonstrate skill in developing a plan for end-of-life touch therapy needs within a variety of settings to participate in the coordination of care

Michael Alicia, LMT, has been practicing massage since 1992 and an instructor at the Swedish Institute since 1994. His practice and teaching encompass both Eastern and Western massage techniques including Shiatsu, Thai massage, and Swedish massage in its many applications. Michael worked with Felicia Newsome starting in 2014, to create what is arguably the most comprehensive oncology massage training program in the United States. Many of the graduates of the CATA Oncology Massage Training and Specialty Certificate Program have gone on to work at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Mt. Sinai, and NYU Langone Health Hospitals. Alicia is the Executive Director of CATA and Cornerstone Oncology Massage Foundation, a not-for-profit created to provide funding for oncology massage treatment, training, and research.

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