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Practice Development Program

Introducing the Practice Development Program (PDP)

As a professional regulatory body, CMTBC is tasked not only with setting and enforcing minimum standards of practice to ensure that registrants provide safe, ethical, and effective care, but also with promoting high practice standards among registrants.

CMTBC’s new Practice Development Program (PDP) actively supports registrants to continually improve the quality of care they provide to patients. The PDP reflects a quality improvement approach.

The Career-Span Competencies as the framework for the PDP

In the fall of 2020, CMTBC registrants participated in an online survey to validate the career-span competencies (CSCs) as indicators of professional development for the massage therapy profession. The survey validated the CSCs, meaning that RMTs agreed that the CSCs apply to all aspects of RMT practice, and across the span of every registrant’s career. Registrants rated the CSCs as “very important” in practice.

Read more about the survey.

As newly-qualified RMTs embark on their careers, they generally possess similar sets of knowledge and skills, designed to meet the needs of typical entry-level practice situations. Once in the workforce, clinical experience together with learning from colleagues and continuing education inform and evolve an RMT’s knowledge and abilities.  Over time, some RMTs may begin to identify areas of focus in their practice, or find themselves in non-clinical roles such as teaching or research. Ultimately, every RMT follows their own career trajectory. 

Traditionally, regulators have approached “continuing competence” by setting a standard for professional development that is based on taking continuing education courses. However, regulators are learning that building competence across a career span is about more than simply completing courses.  

The CSCs apply in and to all aspects of practice, and across the span of every registrant’s career. The CSCs are the foundation of the PDP.

Click on the bold text in each accordion box below to read the CSCs.

The 15 CSCs are:

You are honest and trustworthy in all professional dealings, and share information openly (within the bounds of others’ rights to privacy and confidentiality). You respond to situations thoughtfully, and in accordance with ethical principles. You exhibit congruency of intention and action. You maintain appropriate professional boundaries with patients and colleagues. You avoid behaviours which may damage the reputation of profession. You maintain professional deportment consistent with the needs of your workplace.

You provide others with information in a way they can understand, adapting your language and communication approach as appropriate. You communicate clearly and as concisely as possible, and take steps to ensure that you are understood. You listen carefully to what others have to say. You are alert to, and address, non-verbal signals that suggest discomfort, lack of understanding, or unspoken concerns. You identify and take action to resolve conflicts.

You comply in a timely manner with laws, rules, regulations, and other requirements established by those with authority to govern the practice of the profession and the professional workplace. This includes federal, provincial/territorial, municipal, and local governments, regulatory bodies, and professional authorities.

You ensure that patient wellbeing is at the centre of the decisions you make, and are aware of your obligations to safeguard young persons and vulnerable adults. You give each patient your complete attention and allow sufficient time to fully address their needs. You respect patient uniqueness and take into account their views, preferences and concerns. You actively involve patients in decision making, and ensure that they are fully informed about and consent to the services you provide.

You clearly identify the parameters of your work, based upon a realistic understanding of the extent of your knowledge, skills, and experience. You work independently within these parameters, and you address patient needs that exceed your personal limits by referral or collaboration.

You take action to ensure the physical safety of all who enter your work environment. You optimize the physical and emotional safety of patients throughout service provision.

You ensure that complete, accurate, clear, legible, and up-to-date records are kept of all your professional activities, using appropriate terminology. You ensure that records are secure, and maintained for any period of time that may be required by statute. You make complete patient records available to patients themselves, and to others with a legitimate right of access.

You maintain your own health, wellbeing, and personal care such that you are able to provide optimal patient services; this includes maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional health and addressing work-life balance.

You treat your own time and that of your patients as valuable resources that must be effectively managed to optimize service provision. You take steps to utilize the resources of your practice in a manner that best serves the collective needs of all your patients. You recognize, and where appropriate contribute to, the efficient use of public resources in the broader public interest.

You recognize and value the uniqueness of others as individuals. You act with cultural sensitivity. You treat others with respect and fairness, and provide services to patients without discrimination or prejudice.

You take regular, active steps to keep your knowledge and skills up to date; this includes reading professional literature, attending conferences, participating in courses and workshops, and consulting with colleagues.

You make workplace decisions by integrating the best available evidence relating to the situation at hand (including research and credible published information), your own professional knowledge (including that of trusted colleagues), the patient perspective, and the practice context.

You maintain good working relationships with other professionals. You regularly network with colleagues within the profession. When it is in the best interest of your patient, you work with others intra- and inter-professionally.

You regularly take time to consciously think about your practice, and to analyse your decisions and their impact. You obtain feedback from others, and you draw on external information, to continuously improve your professional capacity and performance.

You appropriately use profession-specific knowledge and technical skills, to effectively perform your professional duties and responsibilities. You apply your knowledge and technical skills (procedures, equipment, devices, techniques) to gather information, assess, plan, and/or deliver services. The knowledge and skills you use are relevant to your work context. You continuously refine your knowledge, and technical skills sets, to improve your performance.

CSC approach and PDP introductory videos

Career-Span Competence approach – introductory video

Watch this short video to learn more about how the CSCs provide the foundation for career-long professional development:

CMTBC Practice Development Program (PDP) – introductory video

Watch this short video to learn more about the PDP, which will launch in 2023:

PDP start date

The PDP will come into effect in January 2023 and participation will be mandatory for all registrants.

PDP requirements

The PDP will use the CSC Approach for career-span development, supporting RMTs through the use of assessment tools, the development of goals and activity plans, and tracking of achievements towards those goals.

The PDP will allow each registrant to create a learning plan that supports their individual career trajectory. Registrants will choose their own learning activities and then review the effectiveness of those learning activities relative to their own performance.

Throughout the remainder of 2022, CMTBC will be providing more information to registrants about the requirements of the PDP.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be posted throughout 2022, as CMTBC receives questions from registrants.

Will this replace the requirement to complete CMTBC online courses?

No. A quality improvement approach does not remove the need to ensure that RMTs meet minimum standards of practice and provide safe, ethical, and effective care. Completion of required CMTBC online courses ensures that all registrants remain current with and practice in accordance with the minimum standards contained in CMTBC’s Bylaws, Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

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