Integrative Medicine Events & Classes

Massage Ed Program: Massage Therapy for U.S. Veterans: Therapeutic Considerations and Adaptations

The class will prepare massage therapists to offer a safe and adaptive therapeutic massage for those who are actively enlisted or Veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces and have transitioned well back into Civilian life.  This class will also prepare therapists to volunteer at Veteran service and support organizations.    Using an education model supported by extensive clinical experience, research, and consultation from VA staff, the class explores Veteran-specific topics including Warrior Culture, professional practices that support the therapeutic alliance, therapist self care, and more.

Learning Objectives for the Class include:

  • Students will be able to identify Active Duty and Veteran-specific therapeutic concepts and related considerations.
  • Students will be able to list major Veteran-specific psychological and physiological conditions that warrant treatment adaptations.
  • Students will be able to conduct major practice/technique adaptations necessary for the Veteran client in regards to safety & comfort.
  • Students will apply professional practices and standards that are distinctive to the Veteran client.
  • Students will be able to identify methods to integrate learning outcomes to other areas of massage or to other patient populations.

CE's Offered:  16 CE's through NCBTMB

NOTE: The Series Classes option allows students to sign up for the three core classes over the course of one week and offers a discount.  See here for Series Classes dates/options.

Educational Disclosure:  This class is brought to you by Crouse Health and is designed as a typical professional continuing education class.  The content provided is intended to prepare therapists to work with Veteran clients in independent practice, in volunteer settings, or in clinical settings including, but not limited to, the VA health care system.  Although some instruction includes participation of VA guests it is not a VA-sponsored class.   Upon completion of this class, we encourage therapists to pursue a relationship independently with Veteran Service Organizations, volunteer organizations of their local VA.  Participation in this class does not guarantee massage therapists can enroll in the VA Whole Health Program.  To learn more about the VA's Whole Health Program please visit here.   Although some instruction is devoted to topics such as post-traumatic stress and Invisible Service Wounds, this class does not offer treatment methodology for ISW's.   Rather we prepare therapists by providing adaptive methodology.  Treatment methods for ISW's are provided in the related Invisible Service Wounds Massage Therapy CE class.

***For students wanting to complete the entire series to support specialty certification examination qualification, please see for more information about the program and requirements.  Students are welcome to sign up for classes individually or they can sign up here three of the main classes over the course of the week under the Massage for Veteran's series classes. 

Class Notes: When available we include guest speakers such as local VA health care providers or local area Veterans. All students will be provided with a manual/binder for the class.  Your class fee includes the cost of the materials.   Students who have finalized registration & payments are eligible to sign up for electronic access via a Learning Management System after the start of the first day. 

Instructional caution: graphic materials and the inclusion of topics on traumatic life events (TLEs) may be presented in class. Those who have a personal experience with TLE’s, especially related to experience in the U.S. Armed Forces, are welcome to abstain from participating in that presentation of materials while engaging in a substitute learning activity.   Please feel free to contact the instructor prior to the start of class for more information.  Also, this program takes place in a facility that includes Dogs To Vets programming.  Service dogs are present with their Veterans.  If you have questions regarding the presence of dogs in class please contact us.

NOTE: This is an NCBTMB certified massage therapy continuing education course for licensed or certified massage therapists.  Formerly, this course was only available for New York State massage therapists and is now open to massage therapists outside of NYS.  Massage therapists licensed in areas outside of NY can attend the class, observe all instruction and receive massage.  They will receive all credits for the class.  They cannot apply massage techniques which constitutes a small portion of class time.   Allied licensed health professions approved to provide massage therapy as part of their scope of practice can participate in this course and must seek approval independently for continuing education.

Crouse Hospital's Continuing Education Program

Crouse Hospital is an approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider # 65. NCBTMB is a New York State Education Department Approved Provider of Continuing Education. Crouse Hospital is a NYS Deemed Approved Provider for Physical Therapy continuing education

Additionally, this is a NCBTMB Approved Specialty Program, and empowers participants with the opportunity to earn a Specialty Certificate in Military Veteran Massage once the program and corresponding exam are completed

Cancellation/Refunds: Requests for class cancellations and refunds must be submitted in writing, or by email with electronic signature, two weeks prior to the scheduled course start date in order to qualify for a refund. Students who submit the cancellation request within the two week deadline will receive a full refund excluding a non-refundable processing fee of $50.00, the remaining balance will be sent using the name and address information provided.  Students who need to cancel due to a personal emergency (major bodily injury, death of a family member, or similar circumstance), within the two week start date, can inquire about applying class payment to another scheduled session.  Work commitments, client sessions, vacations, or similar commitments are not considered a personal emergency.

Scholarship Program: In support of massage therapists who are Veterans, essentially those who plan on "Serving Their Own" (Char Marx, 2016), we offer one slot per a session of this class free of cost.  If you are interested in learning more please select the Inquiry option located in the registration option below.

Volunteer Discount: For IM practitioners who have volunteered at Crouse Health events, we offer a reduced-price registration. 

Trainer's Information: In 2004, after enjoying a career in Higher Education administration, Nicole Miller, M.S., L.M.T. ventured into the field of integrative health by becoming a massage therapist. From the very beginning Nicole combined massage therapy practice and massage education initiatives including professional education and public awareness.  She has served as a massage therapy educator at Morrisville State College and the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage. She has served as a speaker at AMTA National Convention 2018, AMTA NY State Convention 2018, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses  NY Conferences (AWHONN) in 2007, 2008, and 2018.  Since 2005 Nicole has served Crouse Health as an educator and speaker for the Community Engagement Department’s programs including Spirit of Women, Childbirth Education, Perinatal Support, and the Integrative Medicine Series.  Gratefully, as a practitioner, she has served clients of all ages and backgrounds, and with differing therapeutic needs.  She enjoys helping other massage therapists do the same through the power of education. 

Former First Lieutenant Charlene Marx served formerly as Wellness Program Director at Clear Path for Veterans. Charlene blends her experiences in the military, nursing, and Integrative Medicine fields to serve veterans and service members.   After earning her bachelor’s in science in nursing from D’Youville in 1981 Char served in both active duty and reserve duty in the United States Army. During her years in military service Char earned an Army Service Ribbon and Army Commendation Medal. After being honorably discharged, Char complemented a traditional nursing background with continued training in the field of Integrative Medicine. She gained additional certifications for Lymphatic Drainage, Polarity Therapy, and Yoga. For the past several years Char has used her education, certifications, and military service collectively to provide integrative therapy to military personnel.

In describing her currently commitment, Char reports “In most recent years, I have gravitated to Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder experienced in service members and Veterans. Many of the men/women in this particular population express symptoms that are combat or deployment related including headaches, anxiety, depression, and more.”Currently, as the Wellness Director at Clear Path Char is responsible for designing a diverse program of integrative medicine services, education and outreach for military personnel and their families. She works with area practitioners & instructors to host a variety of programs and services. She is also an active provider, offering Polarity Therapy and Yoga.

Note: This course was designed under th direct supervision of Dr. Scott Treatman, D.O., M.P.H. Dr. Treatman is board certified in family practice and occupational medicine and former Director of occupational and primary care for Crouse Health’s 2400 employees. He is a graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines University, and has a master’s in Health Care Administration from the New School for Social Research and a master’s in Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin Dr. Treatman is also a graduate of the UCLA Medical Acupuncture for Physicians program.

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