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34 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 7 CLASSROOM TO CLIENT education What's Your Ethics IQ? Part 2 By Anne Williams & Karrie Osborn Ethics is not something meant to be learned once and then relied upon only in the direst of situations. Truth is, as massage therapists and bodyworkers, you face ethical challenges every day in your practice—not letting a late client impact your next appointment, referring out to other health-care providers when a client's needs exceed your capabilities, not letting boundaries get fuzzy. And your ethical "talents" continue to improve with each circumstance. There is always room to grow your ethics knowledge, no matter what stage of your career you are in. Because of the nature of the work you do, it's important to be on a lifelong ethical journey. In this second installment of "What's Your Ethics IQ?," it's time to test your understanding of boundaries and relationships in the treatment room. Take a look at the questions below. Answer what you can, research what you can't. We've given you a head start on a few. Good luck! (For the rest of the answers, visit our digital edition at www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com.) TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE 1. Define the phrase conflict of interest as it relates to a therapeutic relationship. 2. Define the term kickback. 3. List three therapist behaviors that demonstrate a lack of attention to sexual innuendo. Answer: Making complimentary comments about a client's body or accepting client compliments about the face, body, or hair; having nude artwork anywhere in the massage practice; and making sexual jokes or allowing clients to make sexual jokes.

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