RMTs are required to set and maintain appropriate professional boundaries with each patient. A “boundary” separates professional and therapeutic behavior from non-professional and non-therapeutic behavior.
The CMTBC standard of practice on professional boundaries took effect July 1, 2018. This stand-alone standard of practice complements CMTBC’s Code of Ethics. While the Code of Ethics provides a high-level definition of ethical practice, the standard of practice further defines and sets requirements relating to professional boundaries, against which CMTBC, the public and RMTs are able to assess massage therapy practice. The practice standard also provides RMTs with a clear foundation for reflection on practice.
The boundaries standard of practice clearly defines expectations for RMTs in the area of boundaries and includes:
The boundaries standard of practice empowers RMTs to exercise their professional judgement and discretion when faced with difficult or unclear circumstances in practice.