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

Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention, 2 CEs

Approved by: 

Texas: This course is approved until August 6, 2025, by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in accordance with Texas Occupations Code as of June 8, 2023. You can see that approval on their website here: With this approval, the Course will remain on the Approved Human Trafficking Courses for Health Care Practitioners list. 

Michigan: This course is also valid for Michigan, pursuant to Rule 338.732, and may also be valid in other states.

This version of the course is not valid for Florida massage therapists. You must take the exact version that Florida has approved in order to get Florida credits -  click here to be taken to that course description page. We do NOT report this version of the course to CE Broker for any state. Texas and Florida have very different requirements for their human trafficking courses, and do not accept each others' approved version. 

Although Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch Stapleton) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider, Human Trafficking is not recognized by the NCBTMB as an accepted course topic, so these hours will not count toward your NCBTMB renewal.

Human Trafficking is not recognized by the New York Board of Massage as an accepted course topic, so these hours will not count toward your New York renewal.

Anyone is welcome to take this course, although by doing so, you understand and agree that the CE credits earned may not be valid in all jurisdictions.    

Massage Therapy continuing education CEs available: 2 (Texas professionals from any industry can use this course for their HHSC requirement, but only massage therapists are allowed to use the CEs toward their license renewal. HHSC does not require that their approved human trafficking courses award CEs.)

Course Classification -- Human Trafficking.  This course classification is only accepted in limited jurisdictions at this time. Please refer to your state regulations for laws that apply to you. Please contact us if your state is not listed below, and has begun requiring a course in human trafficking.Tuition: $15 

To enroll: Simply click the green "buy now" button. You will see the course in your shopping cart, with the option to continue shopping (if you want to enroll in more than one course) or checkout. Once you click checkout, it will take you through the process of creating a new account if you do not have one, or logging into an existing account if we find an account already associated with your email address. You do not need to have an existing account before you add a course to your shopping cart. Testing: You complete your test online, and immediately upon passing, print your own certificate. To see how our online courses and testing work, we invite you to take our free sample course.  

Course Materials: Human Trafficking, Awareness and Prevention, by Judith Stapleton. External materials provided courtesy of the Polaris Project, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes 

Course Description: This course covers all forms of human trafficking, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking. It teaches how to identify individuals who may be victims of human trafficking. You will learn how to report cases of human trafficking, and where to find resources available to victims.  

Course Outline:

  • Introduction                                                                                  
  • Definitions                                                                
  • Human Trafficking Statistics                                                
  • Victims: Vulnerable Populations; In Clinical Settings             
  • Who are the Perpetrators?                                        
  • Identification and Assessment                                             
  • Resources and Available Help for Victims                            
  • What can be Done?                                                  
  • References                                                                                  
  • Homework                                                                                   
  • Test Questions/Study Guide


Objectives of this course. After completing this course, you will be able to:

1)    Define relevant terms related to all major forms of human trafficking, including: sex trafficking, labor trafficking, child labor, human smuggling, force, fraud, coercion, and more

2)    Compare and contrast human trafficking from human smuggling, and human trafficking from consensual commercial sex

3)    Cite statistics, and explain challenges to determining accurate statistics: Estimated numbers, demographics of victims, dollar amounts

4)    List signs and identifiers of victims, vulnerabilities associated with becoming a victim

5)    Explain the health impact on victims, including acute and chronic medical conditions, reproductive and sexual health conditions, mental health and quality of life concerns

6)    List general categories of perpetrators and recruitment tactics

7)    Understand concepts relating to appropriate patient care, including identifying victims and the challenges and opportunities present when treating a trafficking victim

8)    Address patient concerns including immediate safety, communication challenges, long-term safety

9)    Properly document patient charts including mandated reporting data

10) Address follow-up concerns of a heath, legal, and organizational nature:

a)     Health care (completing treatment protocols, patient charting documentation, providing health and community support referrals).

b)    Legal: mandatory reporting, involving law enforcement.

c)     Organizational: creating and enacting protocols for your establishment and educating staff on these protocols.

(Course photograph above by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND).    


Are your online courses downloadable to my computer? You must be logged in on our website to view at least some of the course materials. Many of our courses do have downloadable files.  

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.  

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.  

To contact the Institute of Somatic Therapy about this or any other massage therapy CEU course, you can email us through the "contact" link above. Thank you.