AMTA CSMT-Emergency Response Responder Training

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This course will prepare you to serve on an AMTA Community Service Massage Team-Emergency Division during an emergency response. The course covers standards and protocols to help ensure that volunteers are properly and thoroughly trained for critical situations in which safety and ability to coordinate with outside agencies is of utmost importance.

This course covers:
Member eligibility

  • Ethics of massage relating to emergency response
  • Roles and responsibilities of the Chapter and Team Members
  • The call-up process and how this is related to outside emergency response agencies
  • Procedural issues for the massage therapist and team when on an emergency deployment, including but not limited to, the safety, both physical and psychological, of the Team

The course includes information pertinent to interagency interaction and the massage team’s role with other agencies. It includes an in-depth look at client issues relating to working an emergency site including assessment of client status and determination of need for referrals to supporting agencies and personnel.

This 7-hour CE class is designed to cover the material in a thorough, clear and interactive manner by using group exercises, role plays, real life examples and lecture.   Participants should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for an hour lunch break (meal not included).

Registration:    AMTA Members only   $85.00 plus Eventbrite Fees

Tickets available on Eventbrite.    Minimum class registration must be met by Feb 17, 2018 to avoid cancellation of the class.     Please refer to cancellation policy for paid classes on the Chapter’s education page.   Email must be received by at appropriate times. Eventbrite Fees are non-refundable.


About your instructor:  Deby Van Ohlen

Deby has been a member of the AMTA since her graduation from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and her licensure in 1996.  Deby became very involved with the predecessor of CSMT, MERT (Massage Emergency Response Team) during September 2001, deploying to Ground Zero in New York with Connecticut’s newly-formed team. Since then, she has been very active working with other chapter members to develop Connecticut’s CSMT.

Deb worked with Lee Stang to create the training and training manual for Connecticut’s CSMT which was used as the template for the manuals at the national level of the AMTA, now required for all state chapters to deploy to emergencies.

Her experience in teaching massage at CCMT;  her experience in helping organize and provide massage for first responders at NYC during 9/11, the Sandy Hook shooting, the Boston Marathon bombing and other deployments;  and her involvement in establishing the current CSMT manual and training nationally, give substantial depth and breadth to her instruction.  The experience for massage therapists in emergency situations is unique to any other milieu that we work in. For over 15 years, Deb, often with Lee Stang, has combined teaching experience with disaster experience to prepare massage therapists to safely, compassionately, and efficiently work to bring needed stress relief to workers during emergency response.

Deb loves to teach, to have fun, and to share her passion for CSMT with new team member