Course Description

This is a live, four-day class in Children's National Medical Center. Instructors, Laura Bryant-Earner and Cal Cates will focus on leading students in direct, hands-on patient care with populations throughout the hospital including cardiac ICU, pediatric ICU, hematology/oncology, neurology and heart/kidney units.

Each day will begin and end with time spent exploring ethical issues that are common in and unique to the clinical setting.  We will also discuss patient cases and address questions related to body mechanics, patient communication and work flow.

These four days will be spent developing and honing skills in interprofessional communication, charting in the electronic medical record, and treatment planning.  Students will have homework each night in the form of reading, self-assessment and reflection exercises. Time will also be spent discussing the logistics of creating a hospital-based clinical pediatric massage therapy program.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at all six of the Hospital-Based Pediatric Massage Webinars is required for acceptance into our Pediatric Massage in the Clinical Setting course.

Course Dates

April 26-29, 2022

We will meet each day from 8:30AM-4:30PM at Children's National Hospital Center. 

There will be a one-hour break for lunch each day.


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Pricing options

Cancellation Policy

*Please read carefully.

Included in the course tuition is a non-refundable $50 registration fee.  If you cancel or withdraw from a course 30 days prior to the course start date you will be refunded your full tuition less the $50 registration fee.  If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 30 days (but more than one week) prior to the course start date you will be refunded 50% of your tuition less the $50 registration fee.  If you cancel or withdraw from a course fewer than 7 days prior to the course start date your tuition will be non-refundable.

In the event of proper documentation of medical emergency, death in the immediate family, or weather prohibiting travel your entire tuition (including the registration fee) may be allowed to be rolled over to a workshop at a later date.  This special consideration will be allowed one time only at the discretion of the instructor. 

If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment your tuition (including the registration fee) will be refunded in full.

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.

This course is listed with the FSMTB CE Registry for 28 CEUs for massage therapists.


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.

Instructor & Service Director Laura Bryant-Earner

Laura is Healwell's Service Director and a member of the curriculum development team. Before becoming a licensed massage therapist, Laura taught English in Japan for 19 years. Upon returning to America, she graduated from massage school in the spring of 2018. It was in school that she heard of something called “oncology massage” and felt drawn to it. Passionate about learning, Laura has continued her advanced training in the fields of oncology massage, scar tissue manipulation and manual lymph drainage. She has provided massage in a variety of settings including corporate, private practice and spas. Because of her own massage experiences, Laura appreciates how massage can play a supportive role in health care and the journey that is being human.


Participants will receive an information packet with detailed instructions about travel, lodging, required reading, uniform, vaccinations, etc.

  • Who should apply?

    Applicants must be a practicing massage therapist with liability insurance. Attendance at all six of the Hospital-Based Pediatric Massage Webinars is required for acceptance into our Pediatric Massage in the Clinical Setting course.

  • Are there other requirements that I need to meet?

    Students must comply with Children's National Medical Center’s standard human resources policies and procedures for staff who will come into direct contact with patients regarding: * immunization (Healwell’s program administrators will review the specifics with you as the start date of your cohort approaches) * background check and drug screening (These are required by the hospital. This will cost about $201.75 and is paid directly to the third party screening company. This $201.75 is NOT included in the tuition.) * proof of professional liability/malpractice insurance. Questions about these requirements can be directed to [email protected]. Failure to comply or to provide requested documentation is grounds for terminating admission. PLEASE NOTE: You must have an up-to-date flu shot and a COVID vaccine to participate in this program. There can be no exceptions.

  • What should I wear?

    Participants are required to purchase one set (though we recommend two) of scrubs* (two pants; two tops). The tops must be powder or ceil blue. The pants should be citron/sunflower/sunshine/daisy/lemon yellow. You will also need closed-toe shoes that would resist a puncture from a falling needle and that will be comfortable during hours of standing. Vibram “Five Fingers” and the like are not acceptable. Clogs, hospital Crocs and other options are available for purchase through the websites where you will find your scrubs. If you already own acceptable shoes, there is no need to purchase shoes specifically for the course. *NOTE: It is important that you purchase the correct color scrubs as these colors distinguish us within the hospital from other members of the healthcare team. You will find many brands with a yellow option. You may purchase these, but please no neon. Sunflower, sunlight, daisy, lemon are all acceptable. Again, you will also find a variety of blue options. You may also find it helpful to choose pants and tops that have multiple pockets. Many standard, cheaper scrubs will have only one pocket or even no pockets. You will be glad you spent an extra $5 for options with more pockets. Be sure to check sizing charts as each company has its own style and sizing. You’ll be living in these scrubs for 4 days, so you want them to be comfortable and useful.

  • Are there tests or evaluations?

    Healwell measures participants' assimilation and integration of the experience and material through a variety of avenues. This course is highly interactive. Participants work closely with instructors and have an ongoing opportunity to receive feedback and participate actively in the learning process. This openness and the tools mentioned above allow faculty to provide the appropriate support, resources and mentorship to participants as needed. You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course. There are no written tests.

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