This course is intended for Texas massage therapists and is approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) beginning June 3rd, 2021 through June 3rd, 2023. To verify approval, here is our Texas HHSC approval letter. You can also view a list of all of the currently approved human trafficking courses, click here. Again, this course is intended for massage therapists, but can be taken for non-CE credit by anyone needing to complete a Texas HHS-approved human trafficking course.
Advanced Massage Techniques, Inc is also an approved continuing education provider by the Texas Massage Board (Number CE2104). Texas massage therapists can earn 1 hour of continuing education for license renewal by completing this course. Or this course can be taken in our 12-hour Texas Massage CE package.
Human Trafficking in Texas
Texas ranks second in the United States for human trafficking cases reported. In order to combat this sobering statistic, beginning September 1, 2020, certain licensed Texas health care practitioners must complete an approved human trafficking course in order to renew their license. This includes Texas licensed massage therapists. For a complete list of the professions licensed under the TDLR, click here.
According to the TDLR, 68,345 licensees are required to complete an approved human trafficking prevention training prior to their license renewal. The more professionals that are able to recognize and report human trafficking, the better our chances of disrupting and preventing this crime, as well as helping victims and survivors.
Massage therapists are truly in a unique position to recognize human trafficking. Our profession has often been used as a front by human trafficking criminals and many massage therapists are aware of this crime that has been hiding in plain sight for years.
In this course, you will learn how to recognize signs of human trafficking in legal and illegal massage establishments, your massage clinic, or anywhere out in public and report suspected trafficking to the proper channels/authorities.
Human Trafficking Course FAQ
When does the required continuing education course need to be completed?
Beginning September 1, 2020, an HHSC-approved human trafficking course needs to be completed before renewing your Texas massage license.
Will this course count towards my Texas massage license continuing education renewal?
The HSSC FAQ states a course will count towards your license renewal hours “if the human trafficking prevention training course is approved by HHSC and it qualifies under your profession’s CE requirements.”
The Texas Massage Board does not approve individual continuing education courses, but does approve continuing education providers. Advanced Massage Techniques is an approved provider for the Texas Massage Therapy Board (CE2104).
Will the human trafficking course be a requirement for each renewal cycle?
At this time, it appears a human trafficking course will be required for each license renewal.
I am moving to Texas and applying for a license. Is this course required for applications?
This course is only required for license renewals at this time.
Course Learning Objectives
After this course, participants will be able to do the following:
- Define human trafficking, sex trafficking, and labor trafficking
- Differentiate between human smuggling and human trafficking
- Name four myths and misconceptions about human trafficking
- List five indicators or warning signs to help identify human trafficking
- Name two places to report suspected cases of human trafficking
- List two resources to help human trafficking victims
Additional Information and Resources
To get help or report trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline:
- Call: 888-373-7888
- Send a text message: Text HELP to BEFREE (233733)
- By email: [email protected]
- Chat online: National Human Trafficking Hotline
Texas Cosmetology Continuing Education Course (includes required Human Trafficking component)
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