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"Compassionate Touch® workshops have created a new standard of excellence for bodywork practitioners to be ready to meet the needs of a growing population of people with complex health challenges."

Ruth Werner, President of the Massage Therapy Foundation and author of A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology
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  • Ann Catlin Receives the 2012 One Concept Humanitarian Award

    By: Catlin    |    Friday, April 27, 2012
    Ann Catlin, founder and director of the Center for Compassionate Touch, received the 2012 One Concept Humanitarian Award at the American Massage Conference in San Diego, California, on April 21. This award gives recognition to “individuals and organizations that have made significant, enduring contributions to humanity.” She was presented with a check for

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  • Donna Schiller, Compassionate Touch Instructor, is Presenting at the Association of Professional Chaplains National Conference.

    By: Catlin    |    Friday, February 24, 2012

    Donna, along with a music therapist, social worker and chaplain from Rainbow Hospice in the Chicago area will present a ninety minute workshop entitled Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia. 

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  • Cheryl Victor, Compassionate Touch Instructor featured in Massage Magazine.

    By:    |    Monday, February 20, 2012

    Cheryl Victor was selected as a featured guest in the February 2012 issue of Massage Magazine's Best Practice column which highlights accomplished massage therapists. Congratulation to Cheryl for recognition of her success!

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  • Compassionate Touch Featured in Massage Therapy Journal Winter 2011

    By:    |    Monday, November 21, 2011
    ...Hear AMTA 2011 National Convention speaker Ann Catlin talk more about who will be impacted by Alzheimer's disease as our population continues to age, as well as why educating consumers on the role massage therapy can play is important:

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  • Remembering through her music

    By: Linda Matchan    |    Saturday, October 8, 2011
    From the Bosoton Globe 10/8/2011 Naomi Kliman sat regally at the piano, hands poised. She adjusted her tiny five-foot frame on the piano seat, and with a nod toward her audience members - all five of them - she started to play. Her hands flew across the keys as she cycled through a repertoire of classical pieces, then moved on to ragtime, a waltz, a

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  • Person-Centered Care: Why It Matters

    Person-Centered Care: Why It Matters

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Friday, April 1, 2011
    We are all either an elder (some of us), someone who cares about an elder (most of us), or someone who will be an elder (practically all of us). According to the American Medical Association, in 2011 America's 78 million baby boomers will begin turning 65 at a rate of one every 10 seconds.Of those, about 69 percent will need some form of long-term care.

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  • Understanding Alzheimer's Part 2

    Understanding Alzheimer's Part 2

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Tuesday, March 1, 2011
    Part one of this article dealt with facts about Alzheimer's disease. As an educator, I believe that facts are a good place to start to understand a topic. Facts give us the big picture about the disease, demographics and guidelines. I've been around people with dementia my entire professional career. I've seen how this disease takes the brain a little at a

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  • Understanding Alzheimer's Part 1

    Understanding Alzheimer's Part 1

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Saturday, January 1, 2011
    You don't have to look too far to find a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or someone caring for a family member with this devastating condition. While teaching massage therapists about working with people with Alzheimer's disease, common questions - and misperceptions - emerge. Sound information gives us a foundation from which to act and increases our

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  • Hospice Massage: Ethical Considerations

    Hospice Massage: Ethical Considerations

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Monday, November 1, 2010
    As a massage therapist, like other health care professionals, you are expected to adopt and uphold standards of practice that serve as "guiding principles" in scope of practice, client relationships, clinical decisions, and business practices. If you choose to work in hospice you enter a complex field of service that exposes you to ethical issues and

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  • Take It From Your Peers: You CAN Get Paid to Work in Eldercare and Hospice

    Take It From Your Peers: You CAN Get Paid to Work in Eldercare and Hospice

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Wednesday, September 1, 2010
    My last article focused on keys to opening doors to eldercare and hospice. If you desire to work in these settings, my guess is you have wondered: 1) How do I get my foot in the door? 2) How do I generate a clientele? 3) How can I get paid? All very valid questions! A few months ago, Massage Today conducted a poll asking two questions: "Do you provide

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