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2019 AMTA-OR State Convention

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National University of Natural Medicine

049 Southwest Porter Street

Portland, OR 97201

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AMTA Oregon - 2019 Annual Convention

A Holistic Approach to Therapeutic Relationships

Thank you for your interest in joining AMTA-OR for our annual meeting and education convention! We have an amazing lineup of speakers and similar format as last year. We'll keep the whole group together for keynote presentations and discussions in the mornings, then attendees will have a choice of several 4-hour workshops in the afternoons. We'll serve lunch each day, and hold our annual meeting Sunday. All events (except the annual meeting) qualify for CE credits - a total of 13 hours over the weekend.

To attend the full weekend, please register for 1) Both morning presentations ($65), 2) One workshop Saturday ($50), 3) One workshop Sunday ($50). Early bird registration for the full weekend is $165 (before March 17th - after that, prices increase $5 per ticket). You may register for only some portions of the weekend. AMTA members receive a 5% discount by using code MEMBER when selecting your tickets.

Full Schedule of Events


8:00a - Doors Open; Registration, coffee, and continental breakfast
8:45a - Welcome - Mark Retzlaff, AMTA-OR President, Michael Hamm, Moderator
9:00a - Tara McManaway - Understanding Therapeutic Relationships using a BioPsychoSocial (BPS) Framework
9:45a - Fara Tucker - Therapeutic Presence: Why it matters, why it’s hard, and what to do about it
10:30a - Break
10:45a - Cynthia Price - Integrating Mindfulness into a Massage Therapy Practice
11:30a-12:15p - Panel Discussion moderated by Michael Hamm - Challenges and opportunities related to the morning's presentations. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions
12p-1p - Lunch provided by AMTA-OR
1p-5p - Workshops (Choose one of four options)
5:00p-6:30p - Social Hour with drinks and appetizers


8:00a - Doors open; Continental Breakfast and registration
9:00a - Michael Hamm, LMT - An Ecological Approach to Treating Nerves and Fascia
10:00a - Panel Discussion - Next Steps: Bringing Concepts from the Weekend into Practice. Panelists will be Michael Hamm, Tara McManaway, and Tim Irving.
11a - Lunch and AMTA Oregon Annual Meeting - Presentations from chapter volunteers and others
1p-5p - Workshops (Choose one of four options)

Saturday Morning - Therapeutic Relationships

To kick off the conference, we will have a series of three short lecture presentations, followed by a panel discussion. Tara McManaway will discuss the therapeutic relationships using a BioPsychoSocial (BPS) framework. Fara Tucker will talk about therapeutic presence: why it matters, why it’s hard, and what to do about it. And Cynthia Price will talk about integrating mindfulness approaches into a massage therapy practice. We'll follow this up with a panel discussion moderated by Michael Hamm in which morning presenters will answer questions and talk about challenges and opportunities related to the morning's presentations.

Saturday Afternoon - Workshops (Choose one)

Tara McManaway - Therapeutic Communitation: Mental Health First Aid (8 hour course, runs from 1-5p BOTH Saturday and Sunday)

Mental Health First Aid is an education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and gives an overview of appropriate supports. This evidence-based training helps people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy — helping people identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. The 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. This course is perfect for massage therapists who want more confidence in understanding mental health conditions in their clients and how to provide appropriate support.

Cynthia Price and Elizabeth Chaison - Introduction to Interoceptive Awareness for Massage Therapists

Interoceptive Awareness involves the ability to access and bring attention to (i.e. observe, experience, appraise) inner bodily sensations. The purpose of this workshop is to learn strategies to facilitate interoceptive awareness in body therapy practice. Increased self-awareness and attendance to bodily cues to better engage in self-care for physical and emotional well-being. An interactive workshop, the majority of the time will be spent practicing and exploring various ways to access inner body awareness. We will also discuss the application of these techniques with various populations and clinical practices. This workshop is also designed for therapists interested in learning interoceptive awareness tools that can be integrated into massage therapy practice. Please dress comfortably and bring a mat, pillow or blanket to maximize your comfort.

Fara Tucker - The Ethics of Client-Centered Presence

Client-centered presence is an essential component of the therapeutic relationship, an ethical responsibility, and a commitment we make to our clients. However, at times our human bodies and minds can make this challenging to achieve or sustain. In this class, we will discuss what client-centered presence is (and isn’t), what threatens it, and why it matters. We will explore prevention strategies to minimize the likelihood of losing this client-centered presence, and what we can do in the moment when it inevitably happens.

Michael Hamm - A NeuroFascial Approach to the Diaphragm, Breath, and Vocal Column

Manual Therapists who can contact the diaphragm with sensitivity and clear intent have a chance to improve breath restriction, vocalization, spinal posture, and core movement patterns in many clients. But our image of the diaphragm is so anatomized that we often fly blind in the upper abdomen, imagining a disembodied dome, with no pericardium, no liver, no closed cavities, no windpipe above. What would it be like to treat Breath and Voice as both nouns and verbs? To navigate the physical architecture and the implications for a person's sense of self? In this class, you will learn to feel and treat the diaphragm and its organ attachments above and below, the nerves of the vocal column, and the key fasciae that form our innermost core. Video introduction to the course.

Sunday Morning - Integrating Anatomical and PsychoSocial Elements in Massage Therapy

On Sunday morning, all attendees will again be in the main lecture hall for two short sessions. Michael Hamm will present "An Ecological Approach to Treating Nerves and Fascia." This will be followed by a panel discussion with Michael Hamm, Tara McManaway, and Tim Irving, LMT, DC, and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at NUNM. They will summarize key points from the weekend and discuss challenges and next steps related to the conference's main themes - therapeutic relationships and a biopsychosocial approach to massage therapy.

Sunday Afternoon - Workshops (Choose one)

Tara McManaway - Therapeutic Communitation: Mental Health First Aid (8 hour course, continued from Saturday)

Michael Hamm - Touching a Nerve

Manual treatment of nerves is profoundly under-taught in massage and physical therapy schools. Given a compelling body of evidence suggesting that irritated nerves contribute to pain and movement limitation, nerve palpation has become an essential skill for any treatment-oriented bodyworker. In practice, we constantly encounter nerve-related conditions, such as: Neural Tension & Entrapment Chronic Spinal Pain Fibrocontractile Disorders Surgical Adhesions & Hardware Cervicogenic Headache In this class, you will learn to “think like a nerve”, and enliven your existing techniques with a neurofascial paradigm.

Adela Basayne - Business Skills for a Rewarding and Sustainable Massage Career
Career longevity is a problem for many massage therapists. While we often blame short careers on overuse injuries and low wages, a lack of job satisfaction is another key factor. How do we keep our practices fresh and meaningful over the years? How do we create meaningful connections so that both client and therapist are happy and satisfied with the work we do? Attendees of this workshop will utilize an "Appreciative Inquiry" approach to determine the most vital elements of their massage business, and learn skills to foster those elements. This class is tailored for those with five or more years of massage experience.

Beckett Rowan - Diving Deeper: A Critical Look at the Skin and Topical Products for Massage Therapy

This workshop is designed to deepen your understanding of the skin’s structure and function, the ingredients and functions of topical products commonly used in massage, and how these products affect the body. The goal of this class is to empower the therapist to make informed decisions about topical products, understand and explain how ingredients interact with the body, and apply that knowledge to hands on clinical work. Attendees will receive an array of products to explore including lotions, creams, gels, lineaments, and analgesics.

Instructor Biographies

Tara McManaway, M. Div., CAGS, LCPC, LMT, is a Professor in the Health Sciences Division and the Massage Therapy Program Coordinator at the College of Southern Maryland. She has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner with licenses in counseling and supervision (WV, MD) and massage therapy. McManaway and Associates; tmcmanaway@csmd.edu

Cynthia Price, PhD, MA LMT – is a research professor at the University of Washington, and the Director of the nonprofit Center for Mindful Body Awareness. She was in private practice as a LMT for 20 years, focused primarily on helping clients develop body/interoceptive awareness skills, particularly those disconnected from their bodies due to trauma and pain. She developed and studies an approach called Mindful Awareness in Body-oriented Therapy (MABT), designed to teach interoceptive awareness for increased self-care and emotion regulation. She also studies conceptual and scale development related to the study of body/interoceptive awareness, and works in collaboration with other researchers to develop and test interventions that focus on sensory awareness. Cynthia is committed to community research and improving access to integrative care by underserved populations; cynthiap@uw.edu

Elizabeth Chaison, MEd LMT is in private practice in Seattle, WA. She works closely with Cynthia Price as an instructor at the Center for Mindful Body Awareness and as a research interventionist on MABT studies at the University of WA.

Fara Tucker, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in NE Portland. She has a special passion for working with helpers, healers, and people pleasers--supporting them to clarify and communicate their needs and boundaries so they may care for themselves as well as they do others. Fara has been serving the massage therapy community in various capacities since 2010. She worked at East West College for eight years, serving as Dean of Students and as a faculty member teaching Therapeutic Relationships. Currently, she offers monthly continuing education classes for massage therapists in ethics, communication, and boundaries, and provides one on one consultation focused on the wellness of the practitioner and the therapeutic relationship. faratuckerlcsw.com faratuckerlcsw@gmail.com

Michael Hamm, LMT has taught anatomy, research literacy, and technique in Seattle and around the US for the last 12 years. He has served as a committee chair, trustee, and conference presenter with the Massage Therapy Foundation. He serves as clinical director for a busy medical massage clinic, and sometimes publishes articles on massage therapy and fascia research. When not moving in these capacities, he makes music. NeuroFascia (Continuing Education and Research). mike.hamm@gmail.com

Beckett Rowan, LMT is a Licensed Massage Therapist and the owner of Inner Fire Massage. Beckett has a passion for teaching and mentorship, and works at Lane Community College as an instructor and the Student Clinic Coordinator. With clients and students, they strive to provide excellent, evidence-based education in a safe, enjoyable, and empowering environment. Beckett has recently co-founded the Mill Race Massage Collective and Training Center in Springfield.

Adela Basayne, MA, LMT has been a massage therapist 35 years, working in a variety of settings: private practice, hospital, and integrated medical clinic among them. Specialties include trauma, chronic pain, co-therapy for people with mental health diagnoses, and life-stage transitions. A long time educator of massage therapists, she has served as Instructor, Department Chair, Clinic Director, Dean of Students, and Program Director at schools and colleges in New York and Oregon since 1985, as well as offering continuing education nationally. Over the years, Adela has trained in psychotherapy, mediation and organizational development, and has had a consulting practices utilizing those skills. Adela continues to be a student of transformation and sustainable change in individuals, groups and organizations.

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