Toronto, ON Canada

Toronto, ON Canada

Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification

Toronto, ON Canada   |   September 21 & 22, 2019

Hosted by St. Joseph’s Health Centre

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Registration Opens May 20, 2019

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What is Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification (NTMC)™?

Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification is an exclusively neonatal, one of a kind certification for neonatal healthcare providers! It includes current literature through On-Line and Hands-On training, and is clinically applicable for daily caregiving in the NICU. NTMC has been developed with a threefold purpose:

1. Support NICU Infants:

Neonates often experience an overbalance of medical and procedural touch in the NICU, and have a greater risk of developmental issues. This certification will re-set the scales to balance out this negative touch with intentional, positive, nurturing touch to optimize the long-term development of infants.

Curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

  • Literature on Skin, Touch, and Massage
  • Brain and Sensory Development
  • Theoretical Models of Development
  • Intentional Caregiving
  • The Importance of Sleep for Development
  • Lymphatic System
  • Respiratory System
  • Impact of Stress on Development
  • Myofascial System

NTMC supports infants

2. Support NICU Families:

Families in the NICU ache to touch and hold their son or daughter. This certification will raise NICU caregiver’s awareness and skill to provide families with opportunities to parent their infant through touch and massage in the NICU and beyond.

Curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

  • Family Centered Care Principles
  • Using Green Products in the NICU and Beyond
  • Maternal Administered Infant Massage
  • Swaddled Bathing
  • Skin-to-Skin Holding

NTMC supports NICU families

3. Support NICU Staff:

Neonatal healthcare providers are not always equipped with the knowledge, skill, and practice to implement touch and massage into their daily caregiving activities. This certification will provide the lessons and tools to do just that!

Curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

  • Impact of Massage on Growth and Development
  • Therapeutic Positioning
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) Principals
  • Lymph Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Releases
  • Massage Techniques
  • Anatomy: Muscles, Bones, and Ligaments
  • Handling, Bathing, Procedures, Skin-to-Skin

NTMC supports NICU staff

How is this certification different from other Infant Massage Certifications?
Different Babies.
Different Families.
Different Risks.
Medical status, brain maturation, developmental status, parent stress, no comparisons.
NTMC was designed exclusively by and for neonatal professionals with vastly different goals, approach, practice, and education that infant massage.

What are the benefits of becoming certified in NTMC?
  • Earn credentials for your professional signature! NTMTC for Therapists and NTMNC for Nurses
  • Raise your understanding of the latest research on touch and massage in the neonatal population
  • Have the opportunity to learn from experts throughout the United States and Canada
  • Learn from the experts who are actually completing and publishing research in neonatal care
  • Increase your knowledge of neonatal and infant development
  • Enhance your skill with daily caregiving and handling activities
  • Learn specific touch and massage techniques to maximize sleep, comfort and neurodevelopment
  • Sharpen your observation and assessment skills
  • Obtain an advance practice certification in the highly specialized field of neonatal care
What benefits does NTMC offer for babies and families?

Babies benefit when their NTMC professional improve the baby’s movement, alignment, comfort, level of stress, and sleep through touch, massage, 2 person caregiving, proper handling and positioning,

Families benefit when their baby’s NTMC professional teach them how to provide massage, skin-to-skin holding, swaddled bathing, and positive touch. Learning these caregiver activities improves the parent’s confidence and independence in parenting, improves infant-parent attachment, reduces parenting stress while improving the neurodevelopmental outcomes of the babies.

benefits for babies and families

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Who can become Certified?

Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification is open to neonatal registered nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologists with a minimum of 1000 hours experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Special Care Nursery. The applicant must have a valid license and be in good standing with their licensing body.

 

What credentials would I earn and how long will they last?

Upon completion of Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification, nurses will obtain professional credentials of NTMNC® (Neonatal Touch & Massage Nurse Certified) and therapists will obtain professional credentials of NTMTC® (Neonatal Touch & Massage Therapist Certified).

These professional credentials will last 2 years, and recertification is completed every 2 years online, for a nominal fee and with no travel required.  Recertification is our commitment to you to keep you an expert in this specialized neonatal area.

How do I become Neonatal Touch & Massage Certified?

The process has three phases:

Phase I Application and Registration

  • Complete and submit the application, including a copy of your current license, and the validation form verifying 1000 hours worked in the NICU or SCN.
  • Once accepted, you will register and receive an NTMC login and instructions on how to proceed to Phase II.

Phase II Neonatal On-Line Education

  • Complete all On-Line Educational webinars (at your convenience) provided by experts from the United States and Canada.
  • Complete and pass (>80%) the short test after each webinar.
  • Obtain CEUs for the 15 hours of On-Line Education (OT, PT, RN)

Phase III Hands-On Training

  • Attend one day (Nurses) or two days (Therapists) of Hands -On Training.
  • Complete and pass (>80%) the final exam, which includes video analysis.
  • Obtain CEUs for the one or two days of Hands-On Training (OT, PT, RN)
  • Earn Professional Credentials: NTMNC (Nurses) or NTMTC (Therapists)
What is the NTMC Hands-On Training Agenda?

Phase III Hands-On Training Agenda

DAY ONE (Nurses & Therapists)

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Observation and Assessment of Neurobehavioral and Neuromotor Stress

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Touch, Handling, and Caregiving activities in the NICU; Fostering Optimal Development

10:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM to 12:00 PM
Touch and Massage Facts, Benefits and Literature Review

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM
Lunch

12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Massage Techniques for Infants in the NICU and how to set up a program for success

2:15 PM to 2:30 PM
Break

2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
Touch and Massage related to specific conditions: Prematurity, NAS, CLD, Teen Parents

3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
Facilitating Parent and Infant Relationships through Touch and Massage

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Testing, Review, and Adjourn

DAY TWO (Therapists Only)

8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Neuromotor, Behavioral, and Systems Development in the 1st Year of life

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Implications of NDT Principles: Alignment, Movement, and Tone

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Myofascial System and Myofascial Techniques to optimize neonatal development

10:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM to 11:30 PM
Myofascial System and Myofascial Techniques (Cont.)

11:30 PM to 12:00 PM
Myofascial Trigger Point Releases: Rational, Implications, and Techniques for NICU infants

12:00 PM to 12:45 PM
Lunch

12:45 PM to 2:15 PM
Myofascial Trigger Point Releases Continued

2:15 PM to 2:30 PM
Break

2:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cranial Sacral and Lymphatic System Implications for handling, therapy and overall development

4:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Testing, Review, and Adjourn

What is the fee for the NTMC?

The NTMC fee is: $875 Therapists; $650 Nurses.

A 10% discount is offered if 3 or more candidates from one hospital apply/register and attend Phase III together.

Fee includes On-Line Education, Hands-On Training and course materials.
Therapists must complete the Two Day Certification while Nurses must only complete the One Day Certification.

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How can I host NTMC at my Facility?

It’s simple! Creative Therapy Consultants does most of the work for you.  You only need to have 6 staff from your facility attend (any combination of neonatal RNs, OTs, PTs, SLPs) and provide the room, data projector/screen, along with a light breakfast.  We provide everything else, including marketing, binders with handouts, dolls for lab, instructors, brochures, contact hours, credentials, and certificates!  Click HERE to learn more and download a document or simply send us an email to set up a time do discuss your options further!

Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification Details

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Feel free to contact us at karawaitzman@infantdriven.com or call us toll free at 855-CTC-NTMC (855-282-6862)