The following courses will be offered to LMTs and the general public as online videos and/or webinars, starting in Spring 2021. We are honored to have our courses listed in Massage & Fitness Magazine’s list of Continuing Education courses in North America that that are up-to-date on the latest understanding of pain, movement, and touch based on good science and humanities.

More details to come, along with registration options, in Spring 2021. No classes are scheduled unless specific dates are listed.

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Trauma-informed Bodywork for Manual Therapists and Helping Professionals
Basic Relational Skills
Dr. Mark Olson, LMT
This interactive, professional development lab for manual therapists is designed to provide the practitioner with fundamental relational tools to optimize the therapeutic relationship. More details to come in Spring 2021.  Next course to be offered in April or May of 2021.
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Trauma-informed Relational Skills for Manual Therapists
Dr. Mark Olson, LMT
This professional development class for manual therapists is designed to offer trauma-informed perspectives and tools into one’s practice. Topics include:
  • Neuroscience, Trauma, and Implicit Safety
  • Shock Trauma and Autonomic First Aid Skills
  • Developmental Trauma and Therapeutic Relationship Skills
  • Common Factors in Therapeutic Settings
  • Somatic Psychology and Retraumatization
  • Narcissism in Bodywork
  • Colluding vs. Cheerleading vs. Agency
  • Child Consciousness, Posture, and Bodyreading

This course includes 2 parts:

  1. Trauma Theory for Manual Therapists
  2. Trauma Skills Lab (includes Autonomic First Aid Skills and Trauma Relational Skills)

Individuals seeking our Trauma-informed Relational Skills certification must complete the entire Trauma Skills course as well as the Basic Relational Skills Course.  Next Trauma course offered in April 2021.

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Advanced Trauma-informed Relational Skills for Manual Therapists
Dr. Mark Olson, LMT
This interactive, professional development lab for manual therapists is designed to further one’s relational skills.
More details to come in March 2021.
Prerequisite: Trauma-informed Relational Skills Certification or PCAB graduate (2019 or later)
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Neurocentric Theory for Manual Therapists
Dr. Mark Olson, LMT
This professional development class for manual therapists is designed to provide practitioners with up-to-date neuroscience-based models of pain, posture, and movement and how we influence outcomes via touch and communication.  This will be contrasted with the outdated mechanical ideas on these topics that are still promoted in most schools, clinics, and the culture at large.  Next course to be offered in April or May 2021.
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Neuroscience for LMTs
Dr. Mark Olson, LMT
Neuroscience for LMTsThis professional development class for LMTs provides numerous insights about one’s practice from a neuroscience perspective. This course has two components: a video lecture series followed by a webinar series, each offered separately with the lecture series as a prerequisite for the webinar. Topics include:
  • Neurocentric vs. Myocentric Perspectives
  • Common Factors in Therapeutic Settings
  • Neuroscience of Discriminative and Affective Touch
  • Neuroscience of Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Neuroscience of Explicit and Implicit Memory
  • Neuroscience of Attention and Awareness
  • Neuroscience of Interoception and Affect
  • Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Agency
  • Neuroscience of Trauma and Implicit Safety
  • How Does Bodywork Work?
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Cognitive Bias and Professional Development for LMTs
Dr. Mark Olson, LMT
Cognitive Bias and Professional Development for LMTsThis professional development class for LMTs examines how cognitive biases affect our cognitive decision making processes as well as our political, interpersonal, and therapeutic relationships. Participants will learn to identify various cognitive biases and how to minimize their effects in oneself and others. This course has two components: a video lecture series followed by a webinar series, each offered separately with the lecture series as a prerequisite for the webinar. Some cognitive biases to be explored include:
  • Confirmation Bias
  • Backfire Effect
  • Dunning-Kruger Effect
  • Bias Blind Spot
  • Loss Aversion
  • Mere Exposure Effect
  • Outgroup Homogeneity Bias and Trait Ascription Bias
  • Impact Bias
  • Regression Toward the Mean
  • Just-world Phenomenon
  • Implicit Bias
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Cognitive Fallacies and Professional Development for LMTs
Dr. Mark Olson, LMT
Cognitive Fallacies and Professional Development for LMTsThis professional development class for LMTs examines how cognitive fallacies affect our cognitive decision making processes as well as our political, interpersonal, and therapeutic relationships. Participants will learn to identify various cognitive fallacies and how to minimize their effects in oneself and others. This course has two components: a video lecture series followed by a webinar series, each offered separately with the lecture series as a prerequisite for the webinar. Some cognitive biases to be explored include:
  • Ad hominem
  • Straw Man
  • False Cause
  • Texas Sharpshooter
  • Middle Ground
  • Burden of Proof
  • Appeal to Nature
  • Argument by Gibberish
  • Equivocation
  • Anecdote

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Relational Conflicts and Human Values
Dr Mark Olson, LMT
Relational Conflicts and Human ValuesThis class, which is open to anyone, explores how to navigate interpersonal conflicts. Various communication skills will be outlined and thoroughly practiced with co-participants. In addition, attention will be placed on common human values and how to maintain relationship by maintaining relational focus on these shared values. This course has two components: a video lecture series followed by a webinar series, each offered separately with the lecture series as a prerequisite for the webinar. Topics include:
  • Interpersonal Fundamentals
  • NVC Speaking
  • Storytelling with Oneself
  • NVC Listening
  • Common Values
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Narcissism
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Seeding Doubt
  • Aggression, Denial, Forgiveness, and Subjectivity
  • Impossible Conversations

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Guided Muscle Visualization (Myotreks)
Dr Mark Olson, LMT

musclesThese audio recordings are great for helping to learn muscle attachments and their actions. By taking a fun “Magic School Bus” sort of journey through the body, one learns muscles by utilizing spatial memory, just as one would remember any other place one experienced. This works very well because human memory is much better suited for remembering places and spaces than it is for words and diagrams.Some students in our courses say that they learn muscles better this way than any other way. Topics include:

  • Upper Body
  • Lower Body
  • Shoulder
  • Hip
  • Neck
  • Flexors and Medial Rotators
  • Extensors and Lateral Rotators
  • Whole Body

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Guided Nervous System Visualization (Neurotreks)
Dr Mark Olson, LMT
nervesThese audio recordings are great for helping to learn nerves, their general pathways, and their origin and termination points in the body, spinal cord, and brain. By taking a fun “Magic School Bus” sort of journey through the body, one learns the neural pathways by utilizing spatial memory and color memory, just as one would remember any other place one experienced. This works very well because human memory is much better suited for remembering places and spaces and color than it is for words and diagrams. Topics include:
  • PNS<->CNS: Tactile/Interoceptive/Proprioceptive/Autonomic Afferents to Brain and Efferents to Body
  • PNS Afferents-Trigeminal/Cervical
  • PNS Afferents-Brachial
  • PNS Afferents-Torso (Intercostal and Dorsal Rami)
  • PNS Afferents-Lumbar
  • PNS Afferents-Sacral

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Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Dr Mark Olson, LMT

This course examines the neuroscientific underpinnings for mindfulness, with specific focus on the functions of vision, memory, attention, interoception, emotion, personality, and behavior. Participants will gain a basic understanding of brain organization principles and will be introduced to conceptualizing human functioning from a neuroscientific perspective. Special focus is given to these topics as they integrate with bodywork, trauma, body awareness, meditation, and interpersonal relationships.

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