Approved for Continuing Education

*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.

Approved by NCBTMB for 2 CEUs for massage therapists.

Course Description

Learn about some of the most common treatments and side effects experienced by hospitalized pediatric patients affected by serious illness.

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 instructor

    • A brief word . . .

  • 2

    Section One

    • Common Treatments Part One - Feeding Options

    • Getting a Nasogastric (NG) tube placed at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

    • Placement of a Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) Feeding Tube

  • 3

    Section Two

    • Common Treatments Part Two - Cardiac Support

    • Video - Berlin Heart Ventricular Assist Device: UCLA

    • Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD) at Seattle Children’s Heart Center

    • Juniper's Special Heart

  • 4

    Section Three

    • Common Treatments Part Three - Dialysis

    • Diary of a Dialysis Kid

  • 5

    Section Four

    • Common Treatments Part Four - Tracheostomy, Ventilators, and Suctioning

    • ENT Doctor Explains Tracheostomy Procedure and Home Care

  • 6

    Section Five

    • Common Treatments Part Five - Pharmaceuticals

    • Interview with Sarah Cove, BSN, RN, CPN

  • 7

    Section Six

    • Common Treatments Part Six - Warm Air Blankets, Splints, SCDs, External Fixators

    • Renae's Story - Life with an External Fixator

  • 8

    Section Seven

    • Common Treatments Part Seven - Vest Therapy

    • Nora's New Chest Therapy Vest - video

    • Hill-Rom | Respiratory Care | The Vest® Airway Clearance System 3D Animation Video

  • 9

    Writing Assignment

    • Writing Assignment

    • Penny's Story

    • Juniper's Story

  • 10


    • Ventilator vs ECMO - Texas Children's Hospital

    • Hill-Rom | Respiratory Care | The Vest® Airway Clearance System 3D Animation Video

    • Racial and Ethnic Differences in Emergency Pain Management in Children

  • 11

    Final Quiz

    • Common Treatments for Serious Pediatric Conditions Final Quiz

    • Want to continue the conversation?


Instructor & Executive Director

Cal Cates

Cal has been teaching and developing curriculum for massage therapy courses focused on hospital-based practice, oncology massage and end of life care since 2007. Their experience in clinical practice in hospitals around the US has informed their teaching style greatly. Cal is clear that massage therapy is healthcare and feels a personal commitment to inviting students to consider themselves as integral to a whole person healing process. Their favorite thing about teaching healthcare providers is the ability to blend nerdiness and authenticity to create opportunities to be more effective, more human and more flexible.

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