Massage therapy interns learn how to bring skilled touch to the bedside in a medical setting. Skilled touch is a technique that provides a light and comforting touch in a highly charged emotional situation, bringing relief to patients, caregivers, and families. Education takes place at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
We teach three domains of focus so that your unique healing abilities are fully embodied in patient care.
- Discipline-Specific Training advances your understanding and proficiency in your specialization while developing a therapeutic presence.
- Professional Development includes the use of the action/reflection model, goal setting and self care practices.
- Collaborative Team Approach is the program's "signature" element, giving you a unique opportunity to work within a team of conventional and integrative medicine providers to create treatment plans.
Applicants must hold a CACMP certification, preferably with a minimum of six months experience as a massage practitioner. Registered nurses or physical therapists will also be considered. The program meets the CE requirements to obtain a CACMT level certification.
The application process includes submitting a written application of the Integrative Medicine Education Program Application [PDF]Opens new window and a personal interview. There is a $65 application fee.
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The program begins in September, and applications are accepted starting in January. The program requires a 500-hour commitment over a one year period for training and clinical practice. Because students often find the program to be rigorous, the application process favors experienced health professionals or those who want to learn in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical placement is dependent on hospital priority, department need and student requests.
The fee for the program is $2,800, payable in advance of the program. There is a non-refundable deposit of $600 due upon acceptance.
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"Going through this program not only changed me as a therapist, it changed, to the core, who I choose to be for the rest of my life. IHH has opened my eyes, slowed me down, and opened my heart to be flawed and embrace the true human experience."
-Massage Therapy Intern
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