As massage therapists and bodyworkers, we need to remember that as healthcare professionals we have made a professional commitment to our clients and society to behave ethically. But how can we keep this commitment or promise to society if we are not educated and informed in ethics? This course on ethics education will focus on several key questions that ethics educators need to consider and address. These questions include: what should ethics education really be about? What are some of the basic concepts, distinctions, and principles we need to teach in ethics education? What is the relationship between law and ethics? How can we motivate our students to behave ethically and to make their personal and professional integrity an important part of their ethical development? Finally, what should we be doing in ethics education in the future: what are some of the next steps in terms of ethics education?
Cidalia is the Executive Director of the West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster, British Columbia. Dr. Paiva is also one of North America’s leading experts on ethics and professionalism in massage therapy today. She is the author of four books and over 60 articles and publications in academic and professional trade journals and the owner and president of ethicsinc.ca, a private ethics consulting company.