BEN E. BENJAMIN, PH.D.

BEN E. BENJAMIN, PH.D.

Ben Benjamin

175 Richdale Avenue #106 Cambridge, MA 02140

About the Expert

I co-authored The Ethics of Touch, a book on ethics, sexual trauma, and professional boundaries used as a primary text in massage schools. I have been an expert witness on cases involving allegations of sexual abuse by massage therapists since 2004 and have maintained a practice for over 45 years.

Areas of Expertise

  • Massage Therapy Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment / Discrimination
  • Sexual Offenses

Expert's Profile

I conceived of and co-authored The Ethics of Touch, a book on ethics, sexual trauma, and professional boundaries that is used as a primary text in massage and bodywork schools throughout the United States. In previous years, I published a number of articles on sexual abuse in the body work field. For more than 20 years, I have appeared on panels and taught courses on topics of communication, ethics, boundaries, sexuality, and working with abuse survivors. As founder and President of the Muscular Therapy Institute (1974-2005), I made coursework on these topics mandatory for all students. In the early 1990s, as allegations of sexual abuse in the field began to surface, I chaired the first Professional and Sexual Ethics Task Force of American Massage Therapy Associations’ Council of Schools. I currently serve on the Massage Therapy Board of Registration in the state of Massachusetts. I have been an expert witness on cases involving allegations of sexual abuse by massage therapists since 2004 and have maintained a private practice working directly with clients for more than 45 years.

Personal Achievements

Special Training

  • NCBTMB, Approved Provider for Continuing Education (number: 033029-00)
  • System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction (SAVI®), Certified Senior Trainer

Organizations

  • Massachusetts Massage Therapy Board of Registration, Member
  • Massachusetts Podiatry Board of Registration, Member
  • American Massage Therapy Association
  • Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals
  • Massachusetts Coalition for Professional Hands-on Practitioners, Member

Honors

  • Massage Therapy Hall of Fame (inducted at the World Massage Festival)
  • National AMTA President’s Award for service to the profession
  • Massachusetts AMTA Distinguished Service Award
  • ABMP “Eight Who Matter” Award (nominated by readers of Massage & Bodywork magazine)

Publications

  • Conversation Transformation: Recognize and Overcome the Six Most Destructive Communication Patterns (2012), McGraw Hill (First author)
  • The Ethics of Touch: A Hands-on Practitioner’s Guide to Creating a Professional, Safe, and Enduring Practice (2003), Sohnen-Moe Associates (First author)
  • Massage and Bodywork with Survivors of Abuse (1995), monograph
  • Listen to Your Pain: The Active Person’s Guide to Understanding, Identifying, and Treating Pain and Injury (1984), Viking/Penguin
  • Exercise Without Injury (1979), Summit Books
  • Are You Tense? The Benjamin System of Muscular Therapy (1978), Pantheon

Listed in the Following States

BEN E. BENJAMIN, PH.D. is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States, Canada (all Provinces).