FAQ for Ethics CE Courses


Question: Is the Ethics Course acceptable for my LMT License renewal in the State of Oregon?


Answer: Yes, as stated. The Ethics Courses are accepted in every State that has an Ethics CE requirement. For Oregon, you must be present for the Live Webinar (Interactive Distance Learning), and pass all the exams. I have stated this clearly in many places on the site, including in the videos, and at the Course product page, Course page, and on the Lesson 1 page. Here is the reference from the State of Oregon.




334-001-0060 Definitions

(14) “Contact hours” means actual hours in class under the instruction of and in the physical presence of an instructor; or an interactive distance learning course.


334-010-0050 Continuing Education

(1) The intent of Continuing Education is to protect the public by maintaining knowledge and skills of massage and/or bodywork. Each licensee must complete 25 hours of continuing education each renewal period. The continuing education hours must be from the following topics:

(A) Massage and bodywork techniques;

(B) Use of thermal modalities, topical preparations, mechanical assistive; devices/appliances;

(C) Stretching and gymnastics that lengthen and shorten soft tissues;

(D) Posture and movement assessment;

(E) Massage and bodywork business practices;

(F) Anatomy and physiology of the human body;

(G) Kinesiology of the human body;

(H) Pathology of the human body;

(I) Professional Ethics, Boundaries or Communication;

(J) Cultural competency

(K) Body mechanics;

(L) Somatic education; or

(M) CPR/First Aid.


(a) At renewal time, each licensee must sign and submit a Board supplied CE form indicating they have completed 25 hours of continuing education. The Board may require proof of CE hours.

(b) Of the 25 hours, at least 15 must be contact hours of continuing education training or Board approved activities. At least 4 contact hours must be in Professional Ethics, Boundaries and/or Communication. The remaining 10 of 25 hours maybe contact or noncontact hours.

(2) The methods of obtaining continuing education contact hours shall include:

(a) Attendance of courses, seminars, and workshops sponsored, certified by a licensed or accredited massage and bodywork training program;

(b) Attendance of courses or activities for continuing education offered by a provider recognized by a massage and bodywork professional organization;

(c) Attendance of courses provided by an accredited institution of higher education if topics are listed in OAR 334-010-0050(1)(A-M).

(d) Attendance of courses, seminars, and workshops that meets the content requirement of OAR 334-010-0050(1)(A-M).

(e) Individual interactive distance learning study courses with subject matter that is listed in OAR 334-010-0050(1)(E-J).

(f) Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation/first aid if taken in the presence of an instructor;

(g) Providing Board requested peer supervision or Board exam proctoring; One hour of CE contact credit will be given for each meeting/day.

(h) Attendance at an Oregon Board of Massage Therapists board meeting, board committee meeting, board task force or serving on these committees/task forces. One hour of CE contact credit will be given for each meeting.

(3) The methods of obtaining continuing education non-contact hours shall include:


(a) Publishing an article relating to massage and bodywork;

(b) Self-study based on media (i.e. book/video, periodical, web based, DVD);

(c) Courses or lectures on massage and bodywork which a licensee presents. A licensee may receive credit for presenting a course or lecture only one time per renewal period regardless of how many times the licensee presents the course or lecture.

(4) If the Continuing Education subject matter is not listed under OAR 334-010-0050(1) it will not be accepted for continuing education.


Question: What happens in the Live Webinar (Interactive Distance Learning) for the Course?


Answer: We go through all four Lessons for the Course. You are welcome to ask any questions, make comments, talk to the other students and to me. During the video playback when I am presenting my screen, we communicate via chat text, so we do not interrupt the video Lesson.


We are colleagues supporting each other in our field of Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Bodywork.


The exams can be taken after the four Lessons are presented.


Please make sure and complete the exams that day, so that your Certificate of Completion will have the Live Webinar (Interactive Distance Learning) with the correct date of completion. I take attendance records and keep transcripts. You are welcome to your transcript and Certificate of Completion upon completing the Course and at any time, by logging in, and going to the My Courses page. Check Active Courses, or Completed Courses.


Question: I cannot find the login info, schedule for the Live Webinar (Interactive Distance Learning), the Course, the Lesson, the next Lesson, the Quiz, my Results, the password for the video, my Certificate of Completion, etc. When I go to My Courses, it tries to say that I have no Active Courses, and wants me to start another course. Your site does not work correctly. I am sending you private messages, emails, and phone calls because I cannot find this information. Why is it not there, why does it not work?


Answer: Everything is right there at the proper place. Please read what is there before assuming that the site does not work, or that there is any problem at all.


The computer is just following your directions.


On the My Courses page, please click on Active Courses if you have not completed your Course, and on Completed Courses if you want to download your Certificate of Completion, see Your Results (Your Transcript). There is a link for each one of these. Please read what is there before making assumptions that it does not work. I will help you if there is any problem. Thank you.


Note: One student sent me over 20 messages, having problem after problem. In every single case, she did not bother to read what was right in front of her, and she kept sending me messages telling me that it was not working correctly.


In the Live Webinar (Interactive Distance Learning), please log in with only one device on one router, to avoid problems. If your devices conflict with each other, and the sound goes off suddenly during the Live Webinar (Interactive Distance Learning), I have to stop the video and the entire class to help you with a problem with your devices conflicting with each other.


Please think about the other students in the class having their course interrupted. If you are creating numerous problems by not following directions; I may not be able to help you with every single one of them, as it interrupts the entire class.


As I mentioned in Lesson 1, please log in a few minutes early. Check your webcam, microphone, and speakers (sound settings) ahead of time to make sure everything is OK. A smartphone or tablet usually works fine. I recommend a computer (laptop or desktop) with a web cam, microphone, and speakers/headphones. You can check your settings ahead of time with Zoom.


Here are the directions that are given at Lesson 1.


  • You must be present and pass all four of the exams (Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4) for Live Webinar Certificate of Completion credit. The Live Webinar is Interactive Distance Learning. Attendance records will be kept on file.
  • Live Webinar SCHEDULE: All times in Pacific Time. Every Wednesday 8 am to 12 noon, 1 pm to 5 pm. Every Thursday 12 noon to 4 pm. Every Sat. 8 am to 12 noon, 1 pm to 5 pm. Schedule is subject to change. You will be notified on Lesson page of any changes to the schedule.
  • Link for Live Webinar appears here on the day of the Live Webinar: ___Live Webinar (Interactive Distance Learning) Schedule. Ethics for the Professional Massage Therapist and Bodyworker Time and date appear here. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:  URL will appear here __ Check your webcam, microphone, and speakers (sound settings) ahead of time to make sure everything is OK___.
  • Refresh this page. Keep open in separate tab from each Lesson page as you are taking the Course.
  • Instructions on how to join the Live Webinar/Meeting on the Zoom platform. Very easy! https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-
  • If this is your first time using Zoom, then allow extra time before logging in to the Live Webinar/Meeting.
  • Zoom Video instructions on YouTube (53 seconds): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFhAEoCF7jg
  • Instructor Steve J. Davis, RYT, LMT, BCTMB is present in the Live Webinar to answer any questions.


Question: I am angry that I must take the Ethics CE Hours to renew my License. It is your fault, and I am yelling at you in class about it.


Answer: I did not require Ethics as CE hours. The Licensing Board of each State does that. For Board Certification renewal, the NCBTMB requires 3 CE Hours of Ethics. I am a NCBTMB Approved Provider of Continuing Education, teaching the Ethics Course.



Question: You say that Marijuana is a Drug. Marijuana is not a Drug. Marijuana is a Medicine, not a Drug. It is legal to use Marijuana in Oregon, so you cannot call it a Drug.


Answer: The word Drug is defined as Medicine. The two words are synonymous. Another fact is that Drug use by Therapists and Clients is specifically mentioned in the NCBTMB Standards of Practice.


I also discuss the use of Drugs by Clients and Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers in this Course, in my Case Studies with this Course, in my Studio Policy form, and in my Client Intake and Record form. I do not permit anyone to be in my Yoga and Massage Studio if they are impaired under the influence of Drugs.


The use of Drugs is outside the Scope of Practice for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers.


There are many references to the definition and origin of the word Drug. Here is one from Wikipedia.




From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




drug is any substance (other than food that provides nutritional support) that, when inhaledinjectedsmokedconsumedabsorbed via a patch on the skin, or dissolved under the tongue causes a physiological change in the body.[2][3]

In pharmacology, a pharmaceutical drug, also called a medication or medicine, is a chemical substance used to treatcureprevent, or diagnose a disease or to promote well-being.[2] Traditionally drugs were obtained through extraction from medicinal plants, but more recently also by organic synthesis.[4] Pharmaceutical drugs may be used for a limited duration, or on a regular basis for chronic disorders.[5]

Pharmaceutical drugs are often classified into drug classes—groups of related drugs that have similar chemical structures, the same mechanism of action (binding to the same biological target), a related mode of action, and that are used to treat the same disease.[6][verification needed][7] The Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System (ATC), the most widely used drug classification system, assigns drugs a unique ATC code, which is an alphanumeric code that assigns it to specific drug classes within the ATC system. Another major classification system is the Biopharmaceutics Classification System. This classifies drugs according to their solubility and permeability or absorption properties.[8]

Psychoactive drugs are chemical substances that affect the function of the central nervous system, altering perceptionmood or consciousness.[9]They include alcohol, a depressant (and a stimulant in small quantities), and the stimulants nicotine and caffeine. These three are the most widely consumed psychoactive drugs worldwide[10] and are also considered recreational drugs since they are used for pleasure rather than medicinal purposes.[11] Other recreational drugs include hallucinogensopiates and amphetamines and some of these are also used in spiritual or religious settings. Some drugs can cause addiction [12] and all drugs can have side effects.[13] Excessive use of stimulants can promote stimulant psychosis. Many recreational drugs are illicit and international treaties such as the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs exist for the purpose of their prohibition.



In English, the noun “drug” is thought to originate from Old French “drogue”, possibly deriving later into “droge-vate” from Middle Dutch meaning “dry barrels”, referring to medicinal plants preserved in them.[14] The transitive verb “to drug” (meaning intentionally administer a substance to someone, often without their knowledge) arose later and invokes the psychoactive rather than medicinal properties of a substance.[15]



Main articles: Pharmaceutical drug and Drug class

medication or medicine is a drug taken to cure or ameliorate any symptoms of an illness or medical condition. The use may also be as preventive medicine that has future benefits but does not treat any existing or pre-existing diseases or symptoms. Dispensing of medication is often regulated by governments into three categories—over-the-counter medications, which are available in pharmacies and supermarkets without special restrictions; behind-the-counter medicines, which are dispensed by a pharmacist without needing a doctor’s prescription, and prescription only medicines, which must be prescribed by a licensed medical professional, usually a physician.[16]


Steve J. Davis, RYT, LMT, BCTMB
Founder and Owner, Healing Light Yoga and Massage
By Appointment Only. 
Phone (503) 724-2755, Fax (503) 200-1276
Located in the heart of Hollywood, at 4036 NE Sandy Blvd., Suite 204, Portland, OR 97212

  • Creator: Present Moment Program, Assessment of Posture and Musculoskeletal Balance Course, Ethics for the Professional Massage Therapist and Bodyworker.
  • Registered Yoga Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist.
  • Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
  • 40+ years experience.


YA #29243, OBMT #13099, BCTMB #512195-6, NPI #1124359088, NCBTMB Approved Provider #1122.

“Steve Davis is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider and is also sponsored by NCBTMB to teach New York LMTs continuing education that is accepted by the state of New York for license renewal.”

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