MISP Instructor Courses

MISP CourseCertified Instructor Course

The MISP two-day intensive course is a  complete course with an internationally approved curriculum shared by all MISP Trainers. This includes learning the unique massage routine, child development, scientific knowledge, as well as the basis for bringing the idea of touch and movement for learning into all schools subjects.

With the two-day course every instructor receives a comprehensive manual that becomes a basic tool for the successful implementation of the program, as well as the book Touch in Schools.

Once the course has been completed successfully, the participant is given the MISP Instructor Certificate, allowing the implementation of the MISP program within classrooms in the presence of children, and within communities with children and their parents.

The Massage in Schools Program is an approved provider through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork  (approved provider number 451343-10). If you are a massage therapist, you may qualify for 14 continuing education, Live course credit hours through the NCBTMB with the instructor course.

Mini MISP Practitioners Training
This one day training is an add on to the 2 day instructors training for those who want to expand their certification to working with toddler and preschool children as well as children ages 4 – 12 which is covered in the two day course.  The training is open to those who have completed the two day course and certified infant massage instructors.  The training teaches a mini peer to peer massage with just three to six strokes in a story format.  You will also learn fun games and active learning ideas.  The technique taught in this training are geared to calm and build connections in classrooms and home, strengthen social skills, and family bonds.  Parents report they find that sibling relationship improve and children sleep better.

Touch and Move to Learn
A fun day for parents and educators of hands on activities that make learning enjoyable.  Using active movement and games, you will learn strategies that you can adapt to all school subjects.  All activities are designed to build cooperation, community and respect.  Created for classrooms, youth groups and in the home for children ages 4 – 12 years old.

Parent Workshop – Building Bonds and Resilience through Stories and Nurturing Touch
This workshop is an introduction to the Massage in Schools Program and the benefits if holds for your children, 4 – 12 years old, although easily adaptable for other ages.  Geared towards parents – biological, adoptive, foster-care and guardians of children who have experienced trauma or stress in their lives, the workshop provides you with tools that you can go home and use right away to build bonds and resilience in your children through stories and nurturing touch.  The activities you will learn will help enhance self-regulation skills, strengthen bonds and create memories, develop boundaries and set limits with humor.  The activities are hands on and designed to bring love and laughter into the home while reducing stress and increasing sleep.

2018 Winter and Spring Training Schedule




  • 26th              Redding, CA                                                    Trainer: Melissa Enter
    Parent Workshop – Building Bonds and Resilience 
  • 27th              Redding, CA                                                     Trainer: Melissa Enter
    Touch and Move to Learn
  • 28th              Redding, CA                                                    Trainer: Melissa Enter
    Mini MISP


  • 8th                Portland, OR                                                   Trainer:  Melissa Enter
     Mini MISP
  • 10th &11th   Santa Monica, CA                                            Trainer: Mia Elmsater
     Certified Instructor Training
  • 12th             Santa Monica                                                   Trainer: Mia Elmsater
    Touch and Move to Learn
  •  16th            Chicago, IL                                                       Trainer:  Melissa Enter
    Parent Workshop – Building Bonds and Resilience
  • 17th & 18th  Chicago, IL                                                       Trainer: Melissa Enter
    Certified Instructor Training


  • 2nd  Portland, OR                                                        Facilitator:  Melissa Enter
    Parent Workshop – Building Bonds and Resilience
  • 5th   Seattle, WA                                                           Facilitator:  Melissa Enter
    Parent Workshop – Building Bonds and Resilience
  • 22nd & 23rd  Downey, CA                                           Trainer:  Melissa Enter
    Certified Instructor Training


  • 8th & 9th      Baltimore, MD                                                  Trainer: Melissa Enter
                        Certified Instructor Training
  • 10th             Baltimore, MD                                                  Trainer: Melissa Enter
                       Parent Workshop – Building Bonds and Resilience


  • 2nd & 3rd        Richmond/Saint Petersburg VA                   Trainer:  Mia Elmsater
                           To register contact:  Nicole Briggs-Gary
                                                           Nicolebgwork@gmail.com   804-691-3828
  • 8th & 9th     Oahu HI                                                            Trainer:  Melissa Enter
    Certified Instructor Training
  • 11th             Oahu, HI                                                           Trainer:  Melissa Enter
    Parent Workshop – Building Bonds and Resilience
  • 21 & 22        Nashville, TN                                                   Trainer:  Melissa Enter
    Instructor Training
  • 24th            Nashville, TN                                                     Trainer:  Melissa Enter
    Touch and Move to Learn
  • 25th             Nashville, TN                                                    Trainer:  Melissa Enter
    Parent Workshop – Building Bonds and Resilience

Don’t see a training in your area?  Contact one of the trainers or email
info@misa-usa.com to see about getting one organized.  You may even get yours for free!


Contact your Trainer:

Allison DuttonAlliekate4@hotmail.com           323-854-6726

Melissa Enter: connectedbytouch@gmail.com  507-514-3192

Mia Elmsater:  mia@smaliv.com



When stress piles upon stress without the relief of an equal portion of relaxation, the body begins to shut out all sensory intake and the learning process is completely blocked.”
~Vimala McClure