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Ethics in Practice
by Lee Picciuto
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By Lee Picciuto, B.A., LMT, NCTMB
Ethics in Practice
Ethics in Practice
A Handbook for Modern Massage Therapists
Table of Contents

Part 1—The Basics

Chapter 1 - Why We Study Ethics
Chapter 2 - Universal Principles
Chapter 3 - Quality
Chapter 4 - Non-judgment
Chapter 5 - Self-assessment
Chapter 6 - Confidentiality
Chapter 7 - Professionalism
Chapter 8 - Boundaries
Chapter 9 - Do No Harm
Chapter 10 - Analyzing an Ethical Situation


Part 2—Beyond the Textbook

Chapter 11 - Basic Business Issues
  • Promoting a repeat appointment
  • Missed appointments & cancellations
  • Bounced checks
  • Draping procedures

Chapter 12 - Frequently Asked Questions
  • Cost of massage therapy
  • Accepting insurance
  • Frequency of massage
  • Expectations of therapy
  • Misconceptions

Chapter 13 - Special Topics
  • Dual Relationships
  • Respect for Others’ Belief Systems
  • Avoiding Physical and “Energetic” Diagnoses of Clients
  • Maintaining Self-Esteem During Lulls
  • Working in a “Nontraditional” Profession

Ethics in Practice is a thorough examination of the ethical issues facing today’s massage therapists. Written by a massage therapist for massage therapists, this book is sure to be a must-have for anyone aspiring to enter the profession or anyone already practicing.

Equally at home on the professional’s bookshelf or as part of a complete massage therapy curriculum, Ethics in Practice is an invaluable resource for any professionals that perform massage.
Features of Ethics in Practice

Ethics in Practices includes these features:
Ethics in Practices answers a great need in the education of massage therapists. Here, in one concise volume, is a comprehensive treatment of all ethical issues commonly encountered in
massage practices.

Perfect to use as part of existing courses or as a course of its own, Ethics in Practice is a long-awaited asset for all massage practitioners and serves to elevate the massage therapy profession to the higher standards it deserves.
Recent Reviews give "Ethics in Practice" Critical Acclaim

"There can’t be enough written on this vital topic for massage therapists. Lee’s perspective is based on what we really need to hear about---the actual experiences we face.”

Dianne Polseno,
LPN, LMT, Ethics Educator & Columnist

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"Ethics in Practice is an accessible look at a pivotal topic in our profession. Picciuto's text is a collection of thoughtful nuggets built around the framework of a professional code of ethics. She poses useful discussion questions and supplements the text with chunks of real-life wisdom."

Leslie A. Young,
Editor-in-Chief,
Massage & Bodywork Magazine

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"Ethics in Practice is a fresh easy way to understand the principles of ethics. It's also a helpful reference for practicing massage therapists who have questions."

Ramona J. Chance,
RN, LMT, AMTA
Ohio Chapter President

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"The understanding and use of professional ethics is crucial for massage therapists. In Ethics in Practice, Lee Picciuto presents the multi-dimensional topic of ethics in a way so that the most important basics are clear and understood. This is an excellent book for the massage student and the beginner massage therapist. It is also helpful for the experienced therapist as we look for ways to be fully present for our clients. I appreciate the way that Lee gives the therapist options as to how to approach an ethical issue and does not try to force us on how we ‘should’ be a therapist.”

Greg Hurd, LMT and Massage Therapy Instructor, Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
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