Book Review of The Ethics of Touch

Oregon Massage Therapists Association
Touchstone: Journal of the OMTA
September 2003
by Phil Catalfo

As responsible health care practitioners it is important for LMTs to learn more about professional ethics, a topic that may not have been covered adequately in our original training.

The Ethics of Touch is a comprehensive, in-depth exploration of the many aspects of ethics for body work practitioners. The authors bring a wealth of training and experience to this topic. Ben Benjamin, earned a Ph.D. in Education and Sports Medicine and has been in private practice for 40 years. He also chaired the AMTA Council of Schools Professional and Sexual Ethics Task Force. Cherie Sohnen-Moe was a massage practitioner before becoming an author and business educator. She holds a degree in psychology from UCLA. In addition, the book taps the expertise of 15 contributing authors: psychologists, psychiatrists, business consultants, instructors, chiropractors and body workers.

Each chapter includes clear explanations and specific examples, as well as interactive exercises for self exploration and group discussion. Some of the topics covered are Ethical Principles; Boundaries: Effective Communication: Sex, Touch and Intimacy; Business Ethics; Understanding Trauma and Abuse; The Role of Clinical and Peer Supervision. Besides this broad coverage, the appendix contains examples of business forms, as well as Ethics Codes of the major professional bodywork associations.

This book receives high marks for its thorough coverage of ethics, as well as being clear, concise and easy to understand.

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