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The Power of Touch: Ethics, Boundaries, and Compliance for CAM Providers

The CHP Group

Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM (PDT)

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
CHP Provider - Chiropractor
For chiropractors on CHP's provider network
Ended Free $0.00
CHP Provider - Licensed Acupuncturist
For acupuncturists on CHP's provider network
Ended Free $0.00
CHP Provider - Naturopathic Physician
For naturopathic physicians on CHP's provider network
Ended Free $0.00
CHP Provider - Licensed Massage Therapist/Practitioner
For licensed massage therapist/practitioner on CHP's provider network
Ended Free $0.00
CHP Provider - Chiropractic Assistant   more info Ended Free $0.00
Non-CHP Provider - Chiropractor
Use if NOT on CHP's provider network
Ended $49.00 $0.00
Non-CHP Provider - Licensed Acupuncturist   more info Ended $49.00 $0.00
Non-CHP Provider - Naturopathic Physician
Use if NOT on CHP's provider network
Ended $49.00 $0.00
Non-CHP Provider - Licensed Massage Therapist/Practitioner   more info Ended $49.00 $0.00
Non-CHP Provider - Chiropractic Assistant   more info Ended $49.00 $0.00

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Event Details

This seminar is SOLD OUT and we are no longer accepting waitlist entries. We have added a two-hour seminar from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm on the same day. Please go to http://chpboundaryce2012.eventbrite.com/ for more information on our afternoon seminar. Thank you!

Program Overview

This four-hour seminar will investigate the potentially explosive issues of professional boundaries in the physical, psychological, and financial realms of patient-clinician relationships. The panel of experienced presenters will develop themes from the perspectives of the law and professional regulation. They will also discuss explicit strategies to manage professional relationships that will improve patient safety and limit exposure to claims of professional and financial misconduct.

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practice is unique among health professions for the quality of the high-touch relationship that usually develop between the provider and the patient. Many surveys show exceptionally high levels of patient satisfaction with CAM providers: they listen, have empathy, and, almost always, touch their patients and clients. Whether in the context of an examination or with the variety of manual therapies, physical touch is often at the center of a CAM plan of care.

CAM providers also "touch" patients at the points of monetary transactions involving fees, insurance, covered versus non-covered services, and other financial relationships. Just as the power of therapeutic touch can go awry, touch at the point of the business side of care is also a sensitive area that must be managed thoughtfully. Complaints from patients to regulatory boards and malpractice attorneys frequently revolve around money. Managing this aspect of the high-touch relationship with patients is of equal importance to the careful attention to professional boundaries in the treatment room.

The healing potential of an effective therapeutic relationship is increasingly being recognized in health care. Most conventional medical providers can only dream of having the time, inclination, and ability to cultivate the nurturing relationships that are characteristic of CAM providers. With this power for health however, comes also a mighty responsibility to respect the four principles of health care ethics (Beauchamp and Childress): autonomy, beneficence, non-malficence, and justice, as well as to preserve the healing Power of Touch.


  • Moderator: Charles Simpson, DC
  • David Fredrickson, LMT - Chair of the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists
    • Mr. Fredrickson has served on the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists since 2010 and has served as the Chair since January 2012. Mr. Fredrickson trained as a Massage Therapist at East-West College of Massage and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1987. He has maintained a massage therapy practice in Ashland over the past 14 years. David has mentored with osteopathic, medical and chiropractic physicians and has developed an orthopedics-oriented practice focused on chronic musculoskeletal pain performing therapeutic bodywork for health restoration and movement education for self-rehabilitation. He is also a massage therapy educator who founded and taught at Ashland Institute of Massage since 1988.
  • Ann Goldeen, DC - President of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners
    • Dr. Goldeen is a 1980 graduate of University of Western States (WSCC) and has maintained a private practice at the Astoria Chiropractic Clinic since 1981. Dr. Goldeen served on the OBCE Peer Review Committee 2006-2009 and was appointed to the OBCE by Governor Kitzhaber in 2009 and as President since 2011.
  • Frank Moscato, JD
    • Mr. Moscato received his J.D. from the Willamette University College of Law. He also holds a B.S. degree in Sociology from Portland State University. Mr. Moscato is an experienced litigation attorney whose practice emphasizes professional negligence defense, insurance defense, commercial litigation and industrial and employment claims. He has regularly been recognized as an Oregon Super Lawyer and among The Best Lawyers in America® in Professional Malpractice Defense, and was selected as Best Lawyers® Portland, Oregon Lawyer of the Year for 2011 in Professional Malpractice Law. He works closely with malpractice insurer, NCMIC. Since 1994, he has been a member of the U.S. Arbitration and Mediation Panel.
  • Minga Guerrero, DC
    • Dr. Guerrero is a 1984 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College (now University of Western States) and has maintained a private chiropractic practice at Hood View Chiropractic since 1984. Dr. Guerrero serves on the Board of Trustees for University of Western States. She is also a past member and past president of the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners and continues to serve as a consultant to the OBCE as an expert witness and investigator to assist with public complaints.
  • Jaycine Bonnett, CA
    • Ms. Bonnett is the Office Manager and Compliance Officer for North Plains Chiropractic and Rehabilitation. This office is an early-adopter of a comprehensive compliance program that covers all aspects of potential risk to a health care team. Ms. Bonnett has seven years of experience in managing health care practices in the dental and chiropractic fields. She will provide an overview of the office compliance program and how it is used in the practice.


At the completion of this program attendeees will:

  • Have a greater respect for the power and therapeutic value of a healthy patient relationship as well as an appreciation of the potential pitfalls that can occur as a result of misuse of that power
  • Have the tools to recognize the "slippery slope" toward violation of professional boundaries, and
  • Know the strategies and techniques available to avoid allegation of professional, sexual, financial, and ethical misconduct

Continuing Education 

For over 20 years, CHP has worked to bring relevant and useful information to CAM providers. As in the past, this Continuing Education seminar will be FREE to providers on the CHP network - one of the many benefits of partnering with CHP.

Oregon Chiropractors: Certificate of attendance for four (4) hours Continuing Education specifying of Boundaries and Ethics training, as required by the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners for 2012.

Washington Chiropractors, Washington Naturopathic Physicians, and Oregon Licensed Massage Therapists: Certificate of attendance for four (4) hours/units of continuing education.

Washington Licensed Massage Practitioners: Certificate of attendance for four (4) hours of professional ethics continuing education

Licensed Acupuncturists: Certificate of attendance for four (4) Ethics Professional Development Activity points as approved by the NCCAOM.

Oregon Naturopathic Physicians: Certificate of attendance for two (2) hours of Ethics and two (2) hours of General Continuing Education as approved by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine.


  • FREE for CHP providers 
  • Non-CHP providers:
    • Register before September 1 and pay only $39 with the promo code EARLYREG
    • Register after September 1, 2012 and pay $49


Contact Jocelyn Bonebrake at 800-449-9479 or 503-203-8333 x105 or jbonebrake@chpgroup.com. For more information about The CHP Group, please visit our website at www.chpgroup.com.

Have questions about The Power of Touch: Ethics, Boundaries, and Compliance for CAM Providers? Contact The CHP Group

When & Where

OMEF Conference Center
11740 SW 68th Parkway
Portland, OR 97223

Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 1:15 PM (PDT)

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