Ethical Standards

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Published: 2015

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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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