Get Your Massage Continuing Education at Irene’s!

Irene’s offers a multitude of continuing education opportunities for Licensed Massage Therapists. We have classes that not only satisfy your hourly requirements but also fulfill the pain management and the ethics stipulations. We even have a class to provide you with the required education on Human Trafficking that is mandated by the Federal Government.    

Irene’s is Nationally Accredited by  

Implicit Bias Training Required

to Renew Massage Licenses!

A regulation was added to the Public Health Code’s General Rules. The rule defines implicit bias as “an attitude or internalized stereotype that affects an individual’s perception, action, or decision making in an unconscious manner and often contributes to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, or other characteristic.”

This training is in addition to continuing education training. Unlike the Human Trafficking training, this is not a “one time” requirement. Implicit Bias training is required every time you renew your license.

Implicit Bias Training is in addition to Continuing Education hours required. Renewing Licenses require one hour of training for every year in the cycle. In other words, a 3-year license needs three hours. However, since the rule is new, those renewing in 2022 only need one hour. Then the 3-year rule will apply beginning in 2023.

Training on Implicit Bias is now required of all professions licensed under the Michigan Public Health Code as a condition for both initial and license renewal.

Implicit Bias Training

Instructor: Paul Mattson, LMT
Prerequisite -Massage School Diploma

Implicit Bias Training for License Renewal

$40 Irene’s Alumni and $60 General Public

Cancellation Policy 

Call the school if you are unable to attend the class. 248-350-1400. A $25 fee is charged for less than five-day notice of cancellation. For less than 24-hour cancellation, the full cost of the class is non-refundable.

Course & Instructor Information

Course Description

After taking this course, you will understand the following concepts of Implicit Bias:

  • What is meant by implicit or unconscious bias
  • How implicit biases are different from explicit (or conscious) biases
  • What an implicit bias may look or feel like when it occurs
  • How implicit biases are formed
  • Why implicit biases matter

This course meets the requirement for Implicit Bias training requirement established by the State of Michigan for professionals licensed under the Public Health Code.

 

Instructor Paul Mattson, LMT

Paul earned his degree at Lake Superior State University and graduated from Irene’s Myomassology Institute. In addition to operating a successful massage therapy clinic, he is also an instructor of Foot Reflexology and Professional Development at Irene’s. He brings nearly 30 years of experience as a Social Worker to his career in the helping and healing professions.

Training in Human Trafficking Required to Renew Massage Licenses!

In addition to continuing education, a State Law requires all individuals licensed under the public health code to complete training on how to identify and report human trafficking.

This is a one-time training requirement, separate from CE. The human trafficking rule will apply to both initial and renewed licenses. As with CE, the State randomly audits for documentation of completing the training.

All licensed massage therapists in Michigan must complete this training.

As of March 2022, training is required for all initial licenses.

Human Trafficking Awareness With Ethics

Instructor: Beth Ashcraft, LMT
Prerequisite -Massage School Diploma

Human Trafficking Awareness–Identifying and Reporting Victims

$40 Irene’s Alumni and $60 General Public

Cancellation Policy 

Call the school if you are unable to attend the class. 248-350-1400. A $25 fee is charged for less than five-day notice of cancellation. For less than 24-hour cancellation, the full cost of the class is non-refundable.

Course & Instructor Information

Course Description

As the massage profession has increasingly become a part of our health care, it is important that massage therapists have an understanding of how to identify and report suspected victims of human trafficking. This course will explore the human trafficking industry and how it operates in the United States.

The class will help you understand different types and venues of human trafficking in the U.S. You will learn how to identify warning signs and victims of human trafficking in health care settings. Most importantly, you will know when and how to report suspected victims of human trafficking.

This human trafficking training will satisfy the Federal Law requiring individuals licensed under the public health code to complete training on how to identify and report human trafficking.

In addition to the Human Trafficking Education requirement massage therapists in Michigan must complete 2 hours of Ethics to renew their massage license. This class will satisfy both requirements.

In regards to Ethics, it is imperative that today’s massage therapists are able to establish and maintain professional relationships with their clients. Acknowledging the importance of therapeutic boundaries while working in a profession of compassion and kindness can be a tricky balance to maintain. Using real life situations, this class will discuss best practices in navigating difficult conversations in your treatment room.

 

Instructor Beth Ashcraft, LMT

Beth is a graduate of Irene’s from 2016. In addition to being Irene’s Student Clinic and Store Manager, she also teaches the Fascia Therapy Elective and Ethics, Communications and Human Trafficking lectures. When she is not working full-time at Irene’s, Beth maintains her own massage practice with a broad range of clients.

Irene’s is excited to welcome Alumni back to campus for Continuing Ed Classes! As you know, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We continually monitor state and local health information to update our pandemic protocols to provide a safe and enjoyable experience at Irene’s. Due to Covid’s unpredictable nature Irene’s procedures are updated to reflect the most current pandemic numbers and safety measures. Masks may or may not be required when you visit the school. We post our current protocols on our website at https://www.irenes.edu/addressing-coronavirus-2/ so please check back prior to visiting campus. 

Exclusive Massage Therapy Continuing Education at Irene’s

Following Irene’s high standards for educational excellence, we provide you with a variety of continuing education classes to choose from. The classes listed here will satisfy the requirements for Michigan massage therapy licensing renewal.

Cancellation Policy For All Continuing Ed & Electives For All Non-current Students

Call the school if you are unable to attend the class. 248-350-1400
 
A $50 fee is charged for less than five-day notice of cancellation. If registration was made using complimentary elective hours, half of the hours used will be lost from the account. 
 

For less than 24-hour cancellation, we will refund 50% of the cost of class. The remaining balance less the $50 fee can be applied to future classes. This amount is nontransferable.  If registration was made using complimentary elective hours, all of the hours used will be lost from the account.

Irene’s Electives Available for Massage Therapy Continuing Education

Hours

20 Hour Classes
16 Hour Classes
8 Hour Classes
4 Hour Classes

Cost

$440
$352
$176
$88

Alumni 20% Off

$352
$281
$140
$70

Elective Classes & Corresponding Hours

Classes in bold will satisfy the State’s pain management requirement. The following Elective Classes qualify for Continuing Education. Not all electives qualify and you cannot count a class that you have already taken. The hours of credit for each class are indicated, which correlate to the cost for the classes above..

20 | Thai-Yurvedic I
16 | Thai-Yurvedic II
16 | Hands on Hands
16 | Massage in Clinical Environments
16 | Lymphatic Drainage
16 | Sports Massage
16 | Intro to CranioSacral Techniques
16 | Fascia Therapy
16 | Side Lying Massage
16 | Trigger Point Therapy

16 | Pregnancy/Labor Massage
16 | Hot Rocks
16 | Orthopedic
 Massage
16 | Spa Treatments
8 | Wrist and Arm Pain
8 | Chair Massage
8 | Kinesiology Taping
8 | Dynamic Stretching
8 | Gluteal and Abdominal Massage
8 | Chest & Shoulder Massage
4 | Low Back Pain Massage
4 | Massage for Headaches
4 | Addressing TMJ Pain
4 | Effective Sciatica Treatment
4 | Avoiding Massage Career Burnout
4 | Infant Massage
4 | Effleurage for Assessment and Connection
4 | Medication and Massage

Michigan Massage License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements

The following information is Irene’s Myomassology Institute’s best understanding of the Michigan Massage Licensing Board’s rules.

  • Irene’s pays for our students’ initial (first one) Michigan Massage Therapy License when they graduate.
  • Continuing Education (CE) is not required for license renewals of less than 3 years.
  • Continuing Education (CE) is required for all 3 year license renewals.
  • The CE requirement is 18 hours over 3 years.
  • The license expiration year and date is printed on licenses.
  • Renewal information is sent is emailed in advance of expiration. Snail mail will only be sent if the therapist specifically requests that in advance.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your contact information with the State current. You must notify the State if you change your email address or move, etc..
  • Of the required 18 CE hours, 2 hours must be in ethics and 1 hour must be in pain management.
  • The 18 hours of CE must be completed during that 3-year renewal cycle. CE cannot be taken prior to renewal. Classes taken before that will not count towards CE.
  • Massage schools/programs approved by the State for entry level education are approved to offer CE classes.
  • CE providers can also be approved by the NCBTMB, FSMTB, or COMTA.
  • CE hours cannot be carried from one renewal period to the next. If you complete extra hours in a 3-year cycle, you still must complete 18 hours for the next renewal.
  • Do not submit CE proof with your license renewal. The State conducts random audits of renewals. Always keep your CE certificates for at least 4 years after renewal.
  • No more than 12 CE hours can be completed in a 24-hour period.
  • You cannot earn CE credit for the same class more than once.
  • CE credit is not granted in any modality exempt from the massage license law. The list of exempt modalities that do not count for CE is: Feldenkras, Trager, Polarity, Asian Bodywork, Reiki, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Structural Integration.

In addition to Continuing Education hours, everyone licensed under the public health code is required to complete Implicit Bias Training. This rule is an effort to diminish discrimination in our society.  Implicit Bias is an attitude or internalized stereotype that affects one’s perception or actions in an unconscious manner. This often contributes to unequal  treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, age, disability, etc.

  • Implicit Bias Training will be necessary every time you renew your license.
  • The new rule only requires one hour of training in 2022.

  • Beginning in 2023, renewal requires one hour of training for every year in a license cycle. A 3-year license requires three hours of training.