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Continuing Education Opportunities for Massage and Bodywork Therapists

Continuing Professional Education specializes in maintaining and advancing the careers of massage therapists with classes designed to fulfill state-mandated requirements for continuing education. Conveniently get training to enhance your knowledge and to improve your value.

We are approved by the State of Wisconsin for continuing education training credit hours through the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services and UW-Green Bay, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the Northcentral Association of Colleges and Schools. 

All courses online with two formats available: ONLINE LIVE and ONLINE SELF-PACED.

 

— Online Live, Scheduled  

Set Times for Class, Study & Response
Upon registering, a Zoom link will be shared prior to the training.
 
Intro to Financials for Massage Therapists
May 26 & June 2, 6-8 p.m.
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This course will cover tracking income and expenses for massage therapists and other financial information you may need to provide your tax accountant at year end. The best way to determine what you should charge for different types of appointments – half hour, hour, or 90 minutes for example based on your expenses. We will work with some spreadsheets to set-up a tracking system for financial information. Cost includes instruction, handouts and CEU/CEH certificate. 

Instructor: Katherine Burke
Cost: $99

Continuing Education: 0.4 CEUs/4 CEHs

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Ethics
June 16, 9-11 a.m. or November 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
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Given the widespread amount of trauma and its relevance to bodywork, we become better-informed massage therapists by becoming a trauma-informed one. Massage therapists are often seen to reduce pain and anxiety, so an excessive number of trauma survivors become bodywork clients. Truthfully almost everyone who ends up on your table has likely experienced some trauma. Also, because touch can be foreign, threatening, or triggering of past trauma, massage therapy is more likely to interact with trauma-relevant content than in most other professions. This class will touch base on the importance of understanding a client's trauma as well as understanding your own when working with your client. Cost includes instruction, handouts and CEU/CEH certificate. 

Instructor: Mickaela Summers
Cost: $49

Continuing Education: 0.2 CEUs/2 CEHs

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Learning Outcomes
  • What is trauma?
  • What it means to be trauma-informed.
  • If a client or yourself becomes triggered during a session how to handle it in an ethical manner
  • Reading and listening to the nonverbal cues of the body.
  • The importance of self-care so you can be fully present for your client.
  • Furthering your education and experience to be able to facilitate trauma-informed healing work
  • Knowing when to refer out.
  • How being client centered in trauma informed care can change your career in a positive way!
Intro to Marketing: Overview and Go-to-Market Strategies
May 18, 9-11 a.m.
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This course will cover the importance and basics of branding and messaging to help you stand out from the competition. Plus, components of a marketing plan and go to market strategies to help you retain and attract new customers. Cost includes instruction, handouts and CEU/CEH certificate. 

Instructor: Carol Stratford
Cost: $49

Continuing Education: 0.2 CEUs/2 CEHs

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Improve Your Nutrition to Improve Your Life
May 11, 9-11 a.m. or October 19, 9-11 a.m.

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In this course, participants will gain a general understanding of basic nutrition concepts. They will develop strategies to support the implementation of improved nutrition in their day-to-day life to enhance their overall health and their work as a massage therapist. Participants will not only have a better understanding of how to fuel their bodies but will also be better able to encourage healthy nutrition strategies for their clients. Basic concepts will include: energy needs, macronutrients, micronutrients and the importance of nutrition for mental and physical wellness.

Instructor: Casey Young
Cost: $49

Continuing Education: 0.2 CEUs/2 CEHs

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Mastering Massage: Making Your Sessions Shine
May 22-23, 1-5 p.m. or October 24, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Do you want to take your practice to the next level? Have you ever wondered what separates an average massage from an amazing massage? Learn from a therapist that’s had a full practice for nearly 20 years the tricks of the trade to master your profession. In this course, you will deepen your knowledge, comprehension, and application of different techniques. This will improve your quality of touch, presence, and overall energy you bring to the session. These qualities can allow you to expand your clientele and lengthen your profession. This will be a highly interactive class filled with experiential exercises and self-reflection. Cost includes instruction, handouts and CEU/CEH certificate. 

Instructor: Robin Brauner
Cost: $199
Continuing Education: .8 CEUs/8 CEHs

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— Self-Paced  

Earn Credits on Your Own Time
 
Self Care: How To Fill Up Your Cup
Take Anytime
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Professionals in the helping industries tend to deal with burnout more significantly than other professions. More often than not this can be prevented by practicing self-care. Self-care is not selfish. It is vital to keep your professional pulse moving and healthy! This one hour online self-paced course will give you the appetizer sampling of ways to nourish yourself and find simple and effective ways of being your best so you can offer the best you to your staff, clients, students, mentees and anyone else that depends on your wholeness to help facilitate and guide them in their life experiences. 

Instructor: Mickaela Summers
Cost: $29

Continuing Education: 0.1 CEUs/1 CEHs

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Pelvic Connection to Lower Back Pain
Take Anytime
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An introduction to learn how to assess different pelvic patterns and see their contribution to lower back pain. We will look at the different planes the pelvis can be positioned that can cause sacroiliac pain, iliolumbar pain, and the very common trigger points in the quadratus lumborum. These techniques can be subtle yet profound by helping to calm down overactive or overstretched muscles. Cost includes instruction, handouts and CEU/CEH certificate. 

Instructor: Robin Brauner
Cost: $49

Continuing Education: 0.2 CEUs/2 CEHs

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Contact Us
Contact us with any questions. Group pricing is available for massage therapists coming from one organization. Please email Program Specialist Melissa Betke at betkem@uwgb.edu.
 

Instructors

Image of Robin BraunerRobin Brauner, a Licensed Massage Therapist for nearly 20 years, has a passion for continuing her education, which is evident throughout her entire career. She completed over 75 massage therapy workshops during her career including: Polarity, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Anatomy Trains with Tom Myers, Active Isolated Stretching, Craniosacral Therapy, Positional Release Therapy, and Lomi-Lomi Hawaiian Temple Bodywork. She started out impassioned about Shiatsu, relaxation, and energy work and strove to find ways to balance the subtle aspects within the body. As Robin encountered more clients with chronic pain, she realized the toll this takes on the nervous system, which motivated her to continue her education in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy with Doug Nelson, and also Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques with Erik Dalton. She is now certified in Orthopedic Massage, which she deepened her practice by assisting James Waslaski in teaching. She has found these modalities help uncover some of the root causes of chronic pain and begin to move toward more balance and relief within the physical body. This also motivated Robin to train in meditation and advanced yoga techniques to develop deeper tools for coping with the unpleasant situations in which human beings find themselves and profoundly impact how human beings deal with suffering in all forms.
Robin finds as she continues her own personal journey utilizing all these modalities, the cornerstone to alleviating suffering is to hone our compassion toward ourselves and each other. This is clearly present in Robin’s daily life and work practices and will extend into her classroom mentoring as well.

Image of Katherine BurkeKatie Burke is a Lecturer of Accounting for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay. She earned her MBA and BBA in Accounting from UW-La Crosse. She is a CPA in the state of Wisconsin She also has many years of experience working in public accounting and as a financial accountant in the hospitality and health care industries. Katie teaches Intermediate Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, and Auditing. Her past teaching also includes Principals of Financial Accounting and Principals of Managerial Accounting, Excel, Cost and Corporate Finance. Katie is the Accounting Club (ASA) Supervisor for the Cofrin School of Business. She also serves as treasurer of the United States Log Rolling Foundation. Katie is a small business owner who tracks her finances in Excel and completes her own taxes inclusive of the business annually. Katie has worked with her past massage therapist on her accounting prior to relocating.

Image of Carol StratfordCarol Stratford's dynamic career in strategic marketing has allowed her to develop a widely-recognized expertise in hospitality and wellness. She is a leader in her field, known for analyzing trends and forecasting sales to develop long-term strategies, key objectives and operational execution plans based on business best practices, as well as maximum growth and profitability. Because Carol began in public relations and then moved into marketing, she has a rare ability to understand the perception of a brand in the marketplace, and she has used her unique vision to help develop and deploy innovative marketing plans for some of the most successful brands in the industry.


Image of Mickaela SummersMickaela Summers began her educational journey in 2007 when she was going through a personal transition in her life. Her motto of “You can’t control what happens to you but you can control how you respond to it!” was the seed that would grow in many evolving ways! Her degrees consist of Therapeutic Massage Therapy, Yoga Teacher Certification, Bachelor’s of Social Work with a minor in Psychology and Emergency Medical Technician. These academics as well as a diverse wealth of personal experiences has allowed Mickaela to successfully lead multiple healing retreats in the United States as well as Jamaica. Mickaela’s broad and diverse work experience include banking, retail, manufacturing, legal services, child welfare, probation & parole as well as being a small business owner. An accomplishment she is most proud of is developing a pilot program in trauma informed yoga working with children ages 5-18 who were diagnosed with emotional behavior disorder (EBD). Most recently she has lead and trained multiple massage therapists at a 4-star resort. Mickaela strives to make her classes applicable, and interactive! She believes we are all teachers/gurus and it’s in the sharing of knowledge and experiences that we grow, evolve and develop deeper connections with ourselves and others. 

Image of Casey YoungCasey Young is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer and a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. Casey has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Central Michigan University. Casey is passionate about helping women gain confidence by improving their nutrition and fitness. She is the founder of Inspire Health & Wellness, a virtual nutrition & fitness coaching business. Through her business, she offers virtual nutrition coaching, virtual personal training, customized fitness plans and online fitness classes. 


Continuing Education Requirements
(Biennium March 1, 2021 - February 28, 2023)
  • 24 continuing education credits are mandated. Acceptable continuing education must cover topics within the scope of practice of massage therapy and bodywork therapy or related business practices.

  • Of those 24 credits, 2 credit hours must be in professional ethics and boundaries related to the practice of massage therapy.​

See Wisconsin Statues and Administrative Code for details.

Continuing Education Cancellation Policy:

A full refund minus a $25 processing fee is given when canceling more than 10 days prior to an event. A $25 processing fee will be added when transferring your registration to another training more than 10 days prior to an event. No refund or transfer is issued 10 or fewer days prior to the event. A substitute may attend in your place. In case of low enrollments, we reserve the right to cancel programs and return a full refund.

Online Learning Glossary

Course Management System: A course management system consists of a set of educational and online tools. The educators are able to use these tools in order to create an online course with various types of content, such as videos or audio files. This content can then be posted on the internet without any need to use computer programming languages or HTML.  The UW system uses Canvas as its online course management system. 

Mixed: A mixed class is presented in a combination of online formats, often scheduled and virtual. 


Scheduled: Similar to an in-person class, in a scheduled or synchronous class the instructor will present material on a day by day or weekly basis with set times for study and response.

Self-Paced: The learner has the control of the amount of material and duration they need in order to learn the information properly. It differs from other learning methods because the learner is in control of what they learn and when they learn it.  Self-paced courses don’t follow a set schedule, and there is no real-time interaction. They are all about flexibility. All of the course materials are available as soon as the course starts, and the learner goes through them at their own speed. This online teaching format may also be called asynchronous

Virtual: An online learning environment that is virtual means an instructor will show, explain or test certain skills that can help others to learn. The class takes place in real-time with specified start and end times. The instructor and other students have to use video conferencing software like Zoom, Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, Cloud Meeting, WebEx or other to interact with each other face-to-face in a virtual space. Virtual training is used not only for educational purposes but for commercial as well as industrial training also.