The Touch Research Institute Workshop is a 2-day intensive training course on conducting touch therapy research. There are no professional requirements for attending this workshop.
The workshop is very much like an apprenticeship with hands-on experience both conducting touch therapies and learning various aspects of research including different forms of data collection such as interviews, questionnaires and behavioral observations, monitoring physiological measures and collecting biochemical samples, including saliva and urine. Basically, the program involves modeling and demonstrations of these various procedures by researchers at the TRI and first hand involvement in the research and therapy activities. Upon completion of the workshop course, the participants will be given a certificate for Florida and National Continuing Education Units (CEUs) (12 units each).
RESEARCH METHODS TRAINING
In addition to the hands-on experience, participants will attend a variety of interactive sessions in which they will learn the basic principles of conducting research. Participants will learn about the process of evaluating and designing touch therapy research. They will learn about the different kinds of measures that assess the effects of massage, the essential components of a good research study and how to get one started.
CURRENT ONGOING RESEARCH STUDIES
· a pregnancy study that is demonstrating how massage therapy reduces depression and stress hormones during pregnancy and, in turn, reduces prematurity and low birthweight
· a study that shows that massage therapy increases weight gain
HOURS: 9am to 3pm
FEE: $500 in US funds, by check or money order, payable to Touch Research Institute (Unfortunately, credit card payments are not accepted.)
Please do not make your travel arrangements until your attendance is confirmed.
SAMPLE WORKSHOP AGENDA
9:00-10:00 Video for preterm massage
10:00-11:00 NICU for preterm infant massage
11:00-12:00 Pregnancy massage
1:00-2:30 NICU for preterm infant massage and data collection.
9:00-10:00 Newborn Assessment
10:00-11:00 NICU for preterm infant massage.
11:00-12:00 Prenatal Clinic/Literature Search
LUNCH with Tiffany
1:00- 2:30 NICU for preterm infant massage and data collection
Attire: Because you will be visiting hospital units (Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit) and clinics with patients and doctors, we ask that you wear office clothing or scrubs and comfortable shoes.
Weather: Miami's weather is pleasant and summer-like most of the year. However, you may wish to bring a light sweater or jacket for indoor air-conditioned areas. If you wish, a small hand umbrella is sometimes handy in case you are caught in a rain shower.
Directions to the Touch Research Institute:
The address is: University of Miami School of Medicine, Located at Mailman Center for Child Development, 1601 NW 12th Ave., 7th Floor, Suite 7037. Phone: 305-243-6781. Fax: 305-243-6488. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Metrorail Directions
- Driving Directions
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The University of Miami's Mailman Center for Child Development and the Debbie Institute are located in connecting buildings at 1601 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136, on the southeast corner of the NW 12th Avenue- 16th Street intersection.
Via I-95 from the North
Exit 1-95 onto SR 836 West. Stay right and take first exit, 14th Street. Continue west straight ahead on 14th Street to 12th Avenue. Turn right onto 12th Avenue. Continue north to 16th Street (2nd traffic light). Turn right onto 16th Street (East). Mailman Center is the first building on your right. Parking is available in the parking garage (2nd building on right) just past the stop sign.
Via I-95 from the South
Exit 1-95 onto SR 836 West. Move over to the right lane and exit onto 12th Avenue. Turn right from exit ramp onto 12th Avenue. Continue north to 16th Street (2nd traffic light). Turn right onto 16th Street (East). Mailman Center is the first building on your right. Parking is available in the parking garage (2nd building on right), just past the stop sign.
From SR 826 (Palmetto Expressway), Airport, and points west
Take SR 836 East. Exit at NW 17th Avenue North (Civic Center/ Hospitals). While on exit ramp, bear left to 17th Avenue. Turn right (north) onto 17th Avenue. Cross bridge and turn right onto NW North River Drive (first traffic light). Make first left at NW 13th Terrace. Turn right onto NW 14th Street and continue to 12th Avenue. Continue north to 16th Street (2nd traffic light). Turn right onto 16th Street (East). Mailman Center is the first building on your right. Parking is available in the parking garage (2nd building on right), just past the stop sign.
The Courtyard Marriott is located at 2649 South Bayshore Drive in the heart of Miami's Coconut Grove; just eight miles Southeast of Miami International Airport and approximately the same distance North to the Touch Research Institute. Ask for "University of Miami Department of Pediatrics" corporate discount rates. For further information, you can contact them at (305) 858-2500. The Coconut grove circulation bus goes to the metrorail which stops immediately in front of the TRI at the Mailman Center.
The Hampton Inn is located on 27th Avenue in Coconut Grove; conveniently next to the Metrorail, but is a long walk to coconut grove center. Call (305) 448-2800 to inquire about their rates and ask for the University of Miami discount rates.
Restaurants for Lunch:
Au Bon Pain: located directly across from the Information Center on the first floor of the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics (UMHC), offers breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week. The cafeteria is closed on weekends.
Pasha's: healthy Mediterranean Cuisine at the University of Miami Wellness Center is conveniently located on NW 14th Street near Jackson Memorial.
Cuban Restaurant: offering great Latin food including breakfast, lunch and dinner located right next to Au Bon Pain.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Miami and your time at the Touch Research Institute