Thanks for your interest in joining our association!
There are many reasons to join a therapy specific professional association. Our aim is to encourage as many Bowen therapists, from all the training schools, to join together. We then have a stronger voice when dealing with medical groups, insurance companies and government departments. We can also ensure the public find a therapist in their area, and ensure than Bowen becomes a household name!
Professional Bowen therapists are those who are happy to abide by a professional code of conduct and ethics, assuring the public that they are in a 'safe pair of hands'. Our association provides the public with a way to check the status of a Bowen therapist - are they fully trained? are they insured? do they keep up with their professional development? etc. BTPA is also there for you, the therapist, helping you when first starting out in business, assisting you with networking and training opportunities at our annual professional development day, providing mentors to help with difficult cases, advice to help promote your clinic, and providing professional marketing materials or assistance designing and printing your own.
BTPA keeps its members connected via regular newsletters and a quarterly journal, which we encourage all members to contribute to - you may have previous experience that would help your Bowen peers, or wish to share an interesting case study. We welcome reviews of relevant books, courses and any general comments you wish to make about the Bowen world.
We have collected a range of Testimonials that you can reference - although the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) restricts the use of some testimonials on your personal website, you can use our social media images and reference the BTPA website to show your clients how Bowen has helped others with similar symptoms.
Therapists who live near each other are encouraged to form a 'Regional Interest Group', with help from BTPA, and meet up regularly to share Bowen experiences, treatments, and many tutors will travel to your group to offer a workshop.
There are different categories of membership, and you can be a member of the association from the moment you start training, through to becoming a fully qualified therapist, and remain a member even after you retire (helping newer members through our Mentor scheme). If you have a Bowen qualification but haven't met all the requirements for Full membership, you can join as an Associate member and still receive many of the benefits of membership (see the table below for more details).
Full members of the BTPA can also be fast-tracked when applying for registration with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) - this voluntary regulator was set up by the government and their sole purpose is protection of the public. Doctors have been encouraged to use the CNHC register when referring patients for complementary therapy.
Full members of BTPA are required to attend ongoing Bowen training. After the annual general meeting (in September/October), BTPA holds a professional development day, where a Bowen school/tutor is invited to hold a workshop for our members. If you attend these annual events, you are guaranteed to meet your Bowen CPD requirements, and will save money (as the workshop cost is discounted for BTPA members).
|Quarterly 'In Touch' journal which is published in February, May, August and November which will be mailed to you (or emailed if you live abroad).|
|Email and phone support|
|Access to members’ area on website with advice about building your business, legal advice & downloadable forms|
|Discounts on therapy products, courses, professional services, etc.|
|CPD & Networking events including discounted professional development day workshop (after the AGM)|
|Local Regional Interest Groups with co-ordinator – your details on the members' area of the website under the Networking section.|
|Opportunity to join BTPA committee as a helper|
|Mentor scheme offering help and advice to newly qualified therapists|
|Advice if you receive a complaint (from a client, ASA, etc.)|
|Preferential insurance rates with additional therapies at no extra cost through our block booking scheme with Balens|
|Professionally designed merchandise at discounted prices|
|Your clinics listed in the 'Find a Therapist' public directory|
|FREE WEBPAGE detailing all your therapies, clinic map, plus other information you wish to share with potential clients|
|Free listing for animal Bowen clinics|
|Free listing for children’s clinic and advice about running a clinic|
|MBTPA – you can use the initials MBTPA (Member of Bowen Therapy Professional Association) after your name, whilst a member|
|Use of BTPA Members' quality mark (logo) on your website and marketing materials|
|Opportunity to join BTPA committee as a committee member and contribute to the running of BTPA|
|Children’s Bowen video for use at events|
|50 copyright free images for website/marketing purposes|
|ONLINE CPD LOG - keep track of all your CPD activities|
|CNHC registration 'fast-track' application|
If you are not currently a member of the Bowen Therapy Professional Association and realise the benefits of joining a professional association dedicated to promoting Bowen Therapy and its practitioners, you can read all the relevant information about how to join the BTPA.
After you have joined as a student, associate or full member, you will be able to log in to the members' area and read or download lots of useful information related to your Bowen practice.
BTPA is run by Bowen therapists for Bowen therapists and is independent of any Bowen Therapy training organisation. BTPA requires Full members to adhere to its Ethics and Code of Practise, undertake regular continuing professional development (CPD) and hold a current first aid certificate and insurance. BTPA is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to uphold the Bowen National Occupational Standards (NOS), support its members and promote the profile of Bowen to the public. Whilst most of its members are in the UK it has a growing overseas membership also. A quarterly journal, In Touch, and a host of advice on professional matters is available to members. Enquiries: 07713 552 858, or email email@example.com.