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Covid-19 Advanced Practitioner Training

The COVID-19 pandemic, which is not yet over, has drastically changed our reality. Frontline healthcare workers are currently experiencing extremely high rates of compassion fatigue, demoralization, PTSD, and moral distress. Heart Touch believes that providing care and helping to reduce the effects and magnitude of these issues is essential. Massage is a proven treatment for pain relief, and it is one of the top-rated methods of battling stress. Additionally, massage therapists can be instrumental in helping clients recover from traumatic events, both physical and emotional, and provide support for the patient's overall wellness*

In response to this need, Heart Touch has developed a COVID-19 Advanced Practitioner Training which prepares massage therapists to provide safe and effective touch therapy to frontline caregivers to address compassion fatigue, burnout, PTSD, and the emotional and physical stressors resulting from working in this emergency response environment.

Students will participate in a two-hour online training and a two-hour community clinic where they will practice COVID-19 Advanced Practitioner Techniques at a hands-on clinic with frontline healthcare providers. 

Training Benefits

Massage therapists will learn to provide safe and effective care to frontline healthcare workers and providers working with COVID patients. This training will prepare massage therapists by educating and teaching them the necessary skills to confidently, safely, and mindfully care for providers within the COVID-19 environment. CEUs to be determined for massage therapists.

Training Course Content
  • Personal safety: PPE usage and universal precautions

  • Caregiver Stress and Comorbidities; Beyond Burnout & Compassion Fatigue: Demoralization and emotional impact

  • Setting up physical space to safely and effectively provide massage to frontline caregivers in a hospital, clinic, or other medical setting

  • Self-care and grounding

  • Working with trauma survivors and situations: Reflective listening and concentric circles of grief

  • Hands-on clinic working with frontline healthcare workers

Training Requirements

In order to take this program, you will need to be a certified massage therapist or be in school working towards this certification. 

All participants and volunteers must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.


Training Schedule

The Advanced Practitioner Training will be held multiple times a year based on the schedule below.


Module A: Online Training via Zoom​​

  • Friday, July 15 from 6 pm - 8 pm

Module B: In-Person Practicum

  • Saturday, July 16 from 10am - 12:30pm

In-Person Training Location:

           The Heart Touch Project Training Room

           3400 Airport Avenue, Suite 42

           Santa Monica, CA  90405



  • Students will complete an online exam after the in-person practicum on Saturday

       (must receive a passing score of 70% or higher)



Training Cost

The Heart Touch COVID-19 Advanced Practitioner Training program costs $100 due with an application. 

Early Bird Registration is $80, register before June 24, 2022

*Source: Acupuncture and Massage Therapy Can Boost Mental Health, 2020

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