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BOARD OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS

 

DIVISION 30

ETHICAL STANDARDS

334-030-0001

Preamble and Fundamental Canon

(1) In order to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Oregon and to establish and maintain a high standard of integrity and practice, the following Standards of Professional Conduct must be binding on every person holding a license to practice massage in this state.

(2) The Standards of Professional Conduct as promulgated herein are an exercise of the authority vested in the Board by acts of the legislature.

(3) All persons licensed under ORS 687 are charged with having knowledge of the existence of these Standards of Professional Conduct and must be deemed to be familiar with their provisions and to understand them. Such knowledge must encompass the understanding that the practice of massage is a privilege as opposed to a right.

(4) The Board may establish guidelines for ethical decision-making that are congruent with the standards of professional conduct promulgated by the Board. Such guidelines may be modified or revised at the Board's discretion. The Board must use current standards of practice and codes of ethics in the field of massage and bodywork as well as relevant statutes and regulations in establishing guidelines for ethical decision-making. A copy of any such guidelines or change must be published in the Board's newsletter and relevant professional publications in the field of massage and bodywork.

(5) All LMT’s, in the fulfillment of their professional duties, must comply with the Standards and Objectives of Professional Conduct.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 687.011 & 687.081
Stats. Implemented: ORS 687.011, 687.051, 687.057, 687.061, 687.081, 687.086 & 687.121
Hist.: BMT 2-1998, f. & cert. ef. 7-22-98; BMT 1-2009, f. 2-13-09, cert. ef. 3-1-09; BMT 4-2011, f. 12-1-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

334-030-0005

Standards and Objectives of Professional Conduct

(1) Standard I: Responsibility — the relationship between the LMT and the profession. The LMT must:

(a) Acquire, maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence using scientific, clinical, technical, psychosocial and governmental sources of information;

(b) Act within the context of professional practice standards, codes of ethics, and relevant statutes and regulations;

(c) Consider factors related to safety, effectiveness, and cost in planning and providing care and services;

(d) Represent all aspects of his or her professional capabilities and services honestly and accurately;

(e) Be accountable to his or her profession for establishing the quality and effectiveness of care and services, using their experience, professional education, and available resources;

(f) Establish relationships with other massage, bodywork or healthcare professionals to collaborate with, and to offer or receive consultation in the provision of services; and

(g) Be accountable for his or her actions and commitments and assume personal and professional responsibility to do his or her best.

(2) Standard II: Therapeutic Relationship -- the relationship between the LMT and the client. The LMT must:

(a) Be accountable to his or her clients for the quality and effectiveness of care and services and for creating the basic conditions and boundaries necessary to foster safety and trust in the client-professional relationship;

(b) Plan and provide care and services to the best of his or her abilities, in partnership with the client, based on client needs;

(c) Ensure that their actions with a client are based on understanding and implementing the core values of caring, respect, compassion, appropriate boundaries, and appropriate use of personal power;

(d) Develop alliances with the client, colleagues, other health care providers and the community to provide care and services that are safe, effective and appropriate to the client’s needs;

(e) Develop and incorporate respect for diverse client backgrounds in regard to a client's clinical diagnosis, lifestyle, sexual orientation, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, and socioeconomic background when planning and providing services;

(f) Act as an advocate for client and client’s needs;

(g) Support and respect the client's right and responsibility for self-determination in making health care choices; and

(h) Base decisions and actions on behalf of a client on sound ethical reasoning and current principles of practice.

(3) Standard III: Critical Reflection — the relationship of LMT to self. The LMT must:

(a) Use critical reflection in the assessment of professional and clinical situations for the development and provision of care and services;

(b) Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of his or her professional practice activities;

(c) Modify and adapt professional practice activities, consistent with current professional standards and practices, in response to client needs, advancing knowledge and research, and social expectations; and

(d) Be an autonomous agent in planning and providing care and services to individuals, groups and the community.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 687.081 & 687.121
Stats. Implemented: ORS 687.011, 687.051, 687.057, 687.061, 687.081, 687.086 & 687.121
Hist.: BMT 2-1998, f. & cert. ef. 7-22-98; BMT 1-2009, f. 2-13-09, cert. ef. 3-1-09; BMT 4-2011, f. 12-1-11, cert. ef. 1-1-12

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