Approved for Continuing Education

Approved by NCBTMB for 2 CEUs for massage therapists.

*Please note: In order to be eligible for CE credit, you must register with your full name (as it appears on your professional license) and your license state and number.

Course Description

Explore the significant differences between pediatric and adult cancer care, the effects of cancer care on childhood development, and explore the pathology of common pediatric cancers.

About the series...

As every parent knows, children are not adults in tiny bodies. Their development, needs, and care are different. This is especially true in medical care. Diseases (like cancer) may have similar names for adults and children, but the presentation, treatment, and prognosis can be very different. In a series of six webinars, Healwell teams up with experts in pediatric care to bring you in depth information on pediatric pathologies. If you want to be part of the team working with children in a clinical setting, this knowledge is essential. If you are curious, but unsure, these webinars will give you an informed introduction.

You can take one, two, or all six online courses.

Note: Completion of all six courses is required for acceptance into our live Pediatric Massage in the Clinical Setting course.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Course Description

    • About the Instructors

    • A brief word . . .

  • 2

    Section One

    • Introduction to Pediatric Cancers Part One

  • 3

    Section Two

    • Introduction to Pediatric Cancers Part Two

  • 4

    Section Three

    • Massage Therapy and Pediatric Cancer - What's Our Role?

  • 5

    Section Four

    • A day in the life of a pediatric hematologist/oncologist

    • A day in the life of a pediatric oncology nurse

    • The Power of Massage in Children with Cancer—How Can We Do Effective Research?

  • 6

    Section Five

    • How does chemotherapy work? - Hyunsoo Joshua No (TED-Ed)

    • How do cancer cells behave differently from healthy ones? - George Zaidan (TED-Ed)

    • How this disease changes the shape of your cells - Amber M. Yates (TED-Ed)

    • Sarah Cove talks about caring for pediatric sickle cell patients

  • 7

    Writing Assignment

    • Pediatric Patients: Verbal and Nonverbal Skills in a Hospital Setting

    • Writing Assignment

  • 8


    • Pediatric Patients: Verbal and Nonverbal Skills in a Hospital Setting

    • Online resources for more information

  • 9

    Final Quiz

    • Final Quiz - Intro to Pediatric Cancers

    • Want to continue the conversation?


Instructor & Operations Director

Kerry Jordan

Kerry is a teacher for Healwell and is an essential part of the curriculum development team. She brings 20 years of experience as an instructor and has an extensive background in teaching pathology and physiology and adapting massage therapy for special populations. Before training as a massage therapist, Kerry owned and operated a successful yoga studio in Boston. She has been teaching yoga since 1999. Kerry effortlessly weaves the principles of yoga and meditation into her teaching and service work with yogis, massage therapists and health care providers.

Instructor & Education Director

Rebecca Sturgeon

In addition to being a valuable member of Healwell’s faculty and curriculum development team, Rebecca is also Healwell’s Education Director. She works tirelessly to organize existing courses and to create new opportunities for Healwell to offer meaningful and robust inter-professional education for massage therapists and other health care providers. Rebecca co-authored "Oncology Massage: An integrative approach to cancer care" (Handspring, 2021.) As a former teacher of writing at the college level, Rebecca is passionate about the written word and about all forms of human communication. In her massage practice, she focuses on integrating therapeutic massage as part of overall health and wellness care. She is also an experienced mentor to new massage therapists, and facilitator of learning groups.

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