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Massage Therapy CEs | Diversity, Ethics, Human Trafficking & HIV Courses

Diversity and Cultural Awareness

Massage Therapy Continuing Education CEs available: 1

Classification of CEs: Diversity and Cultural Training.  At this time, the NCBTMB does not have a "Diversity" category, so they count it as "other".  

Approved by: Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states. Some states limit how many hours can be done online or by home study. Please refer to our State Guidelines section for specific information about your state. Laws can and do change, and your state will hold you responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you.  

Tuition: $12 US

Michigan Massage Therapists - Please noteMichigan Implicit Bias Training Requirement: Effective June 1, 2022, one hour in Implicit Bias Training is required for Michigan renewals as outlined in R 338.7004, Rule 4 (3) (a) (i) which states that courses that include "diversity and inclusion initiatives, and cultural sensitivity" meet this requirement. As such, we believe this course may meet their requirement, but as always, we urge you to confirm that for yourself, as your state board holds you responsible for knowing the rules that apply to you.

Maryland Massage Therapists - Please note: We also offer a Maryland Package that includes this 1 CE course in Diversity and Cultural Awareness, 3 hours of Boundary Setting ethics and 3 hours of Communicable Diseases/HIV for $49, a savings of $22 over the tuition if all three courses are taken individually. You can find it by clicking HERE. This offer is not retroactive. If you enroll in each individual course separately, no discount or refund can be given at a later time.

Testing: You complete your test online, and immediately upon passing, print your own certificate.

Course Description:  This online massage therapy CEU course looks at diversity and cultural awareness in an employment and massage therapist setting. The course covers statistics regarding diversity within the massage industry, definitions of numerous relevant terms, areas of focus for diversity training within an organization, statistics from the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with a detailed look at the six major reason for EEOC complaints, and various cultural attitudes regarding elements of touch, such as common verbal and physical greetings, eye contact, and personal space. After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define relevant terms, including: diversity, culture, race, ethnicity, tolerance, assimilation, stereotype, prejudice, discrimination, racism
  • Explain the purpose of diversity training, and understand the current state of diversity within the massage therapy industry in America
  • List the most common reasons for discrimination lawsuits
  • Explain differences among various cultures related to touch


Will your online courses work on my phone, tablet, or other device? Yes. Since technology continues its rapid pace forward, it is impossible for us to provide a current and complete list of all devices on which our courses will work. We invite you to take our free sample course so that you can personally test if the online content and streaming video work on your device.

Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience? Yes. We provide a study guide with this course that has the test questions and answer choices. You can print it off and work on it as you study. When you are ready to take the test, you will log into the system and supply your answers to the test questions.

What happens if I fail the test? Do I have to pay again? No. If you happen to fail our test, you can continue to retest until you do pass at no additional charge.

Can I review the course materials after I’ve completed the test? Yes. Even after completing the test, you will have the option to access the online course materials, print another CE certificate, or review your test results. We promise this access for at least one year. We have always exceeded that time period, however, technology updates sometimes make older data inaccessible, so we do not promise more than one year. For this reason, we recommend that you save copies of your certificates and any downloadable PDF files that you may wish to access indefinitely. 

Do you report our course completions to the NCBTMB, ABMP, AMTA, or any other agencies? None of these agencies have a method for us to report to them on your behalf. They prefer that you provide the evidence of CEs that their renewal process details.

Do you report our course completions to CE Broker?  Institute of Somatic Therapy will automatically report your hours to CE Broker in applicable states ONLY IF you have provided your license number in your online account with us. You can verify your license information by logging on to our website, and reviewing your account information. If your license is not shown there, please select “edit” to include it.


To contact the Institute of Somatic Therapy about this or any other massage therapy CEU course, please go to the "contact" link above. Thank you.