Wellness Through Natural Health
WHY CHOOSE NHPC MASSAGE THERAPISTS?
HIGH PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
NHPC massage therapists adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and Bylaws.
Our massage therapists are required to engage in ongoing ethics training as part of their continued competency requirements.
The NHPC's unique Practice Management Team advises members on business best practices, dealing with workplace dilemmas or interpersonal conflicts, and any other questions they have on day-to-day practice.
For clinic owners, that means you're free to spend more time managing your business instead of managing your employees.
The NHPC recognizes over 60 holistic health care practices that members can add to their client care toolkit.
This means NHPC members can offer enhanced massage therapy sessions using complementary therapies.
The NHPC views complaints as an opportunity to review and improve upon a member’s practice.
The Complaints Resolution Process includes reflection on the significance of the complaint, peer guidance, and meaningful resolution through a remedial education program.
EDUCATION AND CONTINUED COMPETENCY
Massage therapists joining the NHPC must have graduated from a recognized two-year, 2,200-hour training program.
Members are required to take ongoing training in ethics, CPR, First Aid, and professional development as part of the Continued Competency Program.
NHPC members with 2,200 hours of massage therapy training are recognized by all private insurance providers in unregulated provinces, which makes them eligible for direct billing
ABOUT THE NHPC
For over 30 years, the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) has been a leader in advancing the professional standards of massage therapists.
The NHPC is a national not-for-profit association that represents the interests of massage therapists and other holistic health professionals in Saskatchewan. One of its goals is to increase awareness of complementary and alternative health practices and to expand the application of holistic health practices to the traditional health care industry.
The NHPC holds its members to a high standard of competent, safe, and ethical practice. This includes bylaws, a stringent Code of Ethics, standards of practice for massage therapists, practice management services, and the Continued Competency Program (CCP).
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The NHPC advocates for the benefits of massage therapy to insurance companies and all levels of government. It is also committed to raising public awareness of its many benefits.
The NHPC works directly with educational institutions, the insurance industry, governments, and third-party industries to ensure that members and the benefits of massage and natural health are well known to public policy decision-makers and the general public.
Many NHPC members are eligible providers for insurance companies that offer extended health care benefits to plan members. In addition, some NHPC members are providers for clients who have public injury and disability coverage.
Through rigorous negotiations, meetings, open lines of communication, and mutual respect, the NHPC successfully represents the needs of its members across Canada to the insurance industry. These relationships ensure that any changes to how members are recognized is fair, reasonable, and to the betterment of the holistic health industry.
The NHPC represents the interests of holistic health professional members from every Canadian province and territory when advocating to governments. Most advocacy work begins with provincial governments, since health provision is in their realm of responsibility.
NHPC members drive the agenda and determine NHPC services in each province/territory. Consultation with NHPC members to determine jurisdictional priorities regarding regulation is the first step in advocacy regarding the regulation of holistic health practices.
In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan College of Massage Therapy (SCMT) Working Group has been formed to support the move to regulation. The Working Group plans to create a uniform and fair process for transition to regulation of massage therapy in Saskatchewan.
The NHPC has a strong tradition of high professional standards and is committed to maintaining these standards for massage therapists across Canada.
To ensure public safety, and to determine good character and suitability for membership, applicants must meet certain membership requirements:
NHPC massage therapists must have graduated from an NHPC recognized two-year, 2,200-hour training program, have been a member in good standing with a massage therapy regulatory college, or have completed a massage therapy training program recognized by a regulatory college
Private massage therapy programs must be vocationally licensed, and the curriculum must meet the IJ-Doc competencies
Applicants must provide a recent police information check, complete with a vulnerable sector search
NHPC practitioners must meet English language proficiency requirements
The NHPC supports all legislation and bylaws surrounding massage therapy and holistic health care practices. Members must adhere to license and registration requirements from the Saskatchewan government, and with municipal governments where applicable.
PRACTITIONER INSURANCE COVERAGE
All NHPC practising members carry professional liability insurance. The NHPC offers three types of insurance coverage to practitioners:
Medical Malpractice Insurance (mandatory)
Commercial General Liability (CGL) Insurance (optional add-on)
Contents Insurance (optional add-on)
Provides coverage for claims brought against practitioners for professional negligence.
Professional negligence is the failure to exercise due care, knowledge, and skill when working with your client/patient.
Includes claims in which the client alleges that a treatment has caused them sickness, disease, or bodily injury.
COMMERCIAL GENERAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
Provides coverage for liability claims brought against practitioners for negligence due to the surroundings
Includes, but is not limited to, claims for slips and falls, allergic reactions, and damage caused to premises due to negligence
Covers the replacement cost of physical property and equipment owned by the member from loss.
Covers the loss of income-producing ability when the loss or damage is caused by an insured peril such as fire, water damage, or explosion.
Protection is only provided to a member's contents. Damage to physical buildings is not covered.
PROVIDER STATUS FOR INSURANCE COMPANIES
NHPC members with 2,200 hours of massage therapy training are recognized by all private insurance providers in unregulated provinces, which makes them eligible for direct billing.
The NHPC has negotiated eligibility agreements with several insurance companies and advocates on the behalf of all NHPC-recognized modalities.
advocates for the recognition of holistic health treatments in extended health/wellness plans
promotes practitioner competencies
supports members with eligibility requirements
builds relationships with insurance benefits providers
NHPC massage therapists are skilled, competent, and follow a strict Code of Ethics. The NHPC is committed to strengthening and maintaining professional standards for its practitioners across Canada, and reinforces professional standards by:
evaluating practitioner qualifications to ensure they meet or exceed established competencies for each holistic health practice the Association represents
requiring practitioners to maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills to support continued safe and effective practice, using a robust Continued Competency Program
creating and maintaining accountability through a stringent Code of Ethics and a thorough Complaints Resolution Process
establishing and promoting industry-compliant record keeping best practices for members
Professional standards support public safety by establishing practitioner competence and accountability. By following these standards, NHPC members demonstrate their professionalism as holistic health practitioners.
BYLAWS AND CODE OF ETHICS
All NHPC members are required to abide by the NHPC Bylaws (PDF) and comply with the NHPC’s Code of Ethics (PDF). The Code of Ethics expresses the professional commitment all members must demonstrate while practising.
All practising NHPC members must complete a mandatory ethics review as part of the NHPC’s Continued Competency Program.
CONTINUED COMPETENCY PROGRAM
The NHPC's Vision, Mission, and Values call for professional excellence and accountability from the natural health professionals it represents.
To help support this, the NHPC has a mandatory Continued Competency Program (CCP) for all practising members to ensure they remain safe and skillful.
Members are required to earn 20 CCP credits every two years in the areas of ethics, CPR, First Aid, and professional development activities.
The CCP helps practitioners fulfill their obligations of ethical and responsible client care through their knowledge, ability, skills, judgment, standards of practice, and commitment to lifelong learning.
STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
A profession's Standards of Practice describe the specific competencies that a practitioner must learn to achieve the expected outcomes described within the profession's scope of practice.
The purpose of Standards of Practice is to identify all competencies for safe, competent, and appropriate practice. This ensures that the public will receive the highest degree of professionalism, safety, and best practices when accessing the profession's services.
The NHPC has endorsed and developed the Standards of Practice for Massage Therapy (PDF), taking into consideration current national competencies in massage therapy education identified in the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice (FOMTRAC 2016).
Practice Management is a service that assists and supports members, the industry, and the public with all matters that arise in the daily realities of practice.
The Practice Management Team helps members by discussing business practices, workplace dilemmas, interpersonal conflicts, and everyday practice and ethical inquiries.
This role is important to both NHPC members and the public as it provides a critical and candid look into the realities of being a holistic health practitioner.
COMPLAINT ASSESSMENT AND RESOLUTION
The NHPC views complaints as an opportunity to review and improve upon a member’s practice. The Complaints Resolution Process is designed to assist a member to understand an ethical dilemma or issue so that the problem does not re-occur.
The approach includes reflection on the significance of the complaint, peer guidance, and meaningful resolution through a remedial education program.
Most complaints can be resolved through a remedial education program, which is the first option the NHPC will pursue
Disciplinary measures are only appropriate for serious, repetitive misconduct and for members who cannot be re-mediated
NHPC’s Complaints Resolution Process does not:
award damages or compensation
accept complaints with criminal allegations that should be directed to the police
intervene in civil disputes, including contract disputes
order a member to offer a discount or refund for services rendered
address a member’s conduct outside of professional practice
represent the complainant or offer legal advice