Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification

June 3-4, 2017

You must have completed a minimum of 1000 hours of bedside care in the NICU or SCN to apply. Once accepted, go to www.creativetherapyconsultants.com/ntmc to register. Spots are limited so register soon!

This certification is designed by and for neonatal healthcare providers. The purpose of NTMC is to optimize infant development and outcomes, maximize parent comfort and confidence, and further your knowledge and skill in neonatal caregiving and handling.

Phase III Hands-On Training

Nurses will participate in the 1 - Day Hands-On Training on June 3, 2017 and will obtain the credentials NTMNC (Neonatal Touch & Massage Nurse Certification) after passing the final test at the end of the day.

Therapists will participate in the 2 - Day Hands-On Training on June 3 & 4, 2017 and will obtain the credentials TMTC (Neonatal Touch & Massage Therapist Certification) after passing the final test at the end of day one and day two.

15.0 contact hours have been applied for the On-Line Education through the Ohio Occupational TherapyAssociation, and 14.5 contact hours for the Hands-On Training.

  • 18 contact hours for the On-Line Education and 8.4 contact hours for the Hands-On Training have been awarded by the California Board of Registered Nurses, provider number 15417.
  • 15.0 CCUs have been applied for from the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners the On-Line Education and 15.5 CCUs for the Hands-On Training.

Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  

Therapists $875.00/Nurses $650.00

Earned credits -  

15 contact hours or CCU’s through TPTA and TOTA for the Hands-On Training

Instructor 

Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CIMI, NTMTC has been a neonatal therapist for over 28 years and serves as a developmental specialist in a level III NICU. Kara Ann is certified in Neonatal Touch & Massage as well as an Infant Stimulation Instructor and Infant Massage Instructor. She is Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) Trained, is certified in Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP), and has obtained the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Designation through the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). She serves on the NANT Professional Collaborative Board and March of Dimes program Services Committee. Kara Ann is President of Creative Therapy Consultants, Founder of the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification, and Co-Owner of Infant-Driven Feeding, LLC. She has been an internationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant for well over a decade. Kara Ann has published articles on positioning and feeding and written a chapter on Neuromotor Development and Massage. She has also received several professional awards.

Itinerary 

Day One

7:30 AM to 8:00 AM Registration

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

2:30 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

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

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

Hotel 

Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

Nightly rate: $105.00 (price varies based on room availability)

Registration

Contact: Jade LeBeauf
713-577-1230

Contact 

Angela Dumas
832-826-6311
courseregistration@texaschildrens.org