MISP Instructor Courses


Posted by Connected by Touch with Melissa Enter on Friday, September 8, 2017

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.

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 cost for the two day intensive training is $325.00  This covers a comprehensive manual, that becomes a basic tool for the successful implementation of the program, along with other training materials, a one year membership in MISA-USA and the continuous support of the trainer.

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 $125
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 2 hour 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.


2019  Spring Training Schedule

Looking for a training in your community?  Requests for summer and fall trainings are now being accepted!


    • March 2019 
      • 8 & 9         Woodbury, MN                                                Trainer:  Melissa Enter
        Combined  Certified MISP Instructor Training plus Touch & Move to Learn 
        Lunds and Byerlys Community Room
        7050 Valley Creek Plaza, Woodbury, MN 55125
    •            22 & 23      Redding, CA                                                        Trainer:  Melissa Enter
                 Combined  Certified MISP Instructor Training plus Touch & Move to Learn  
                National University   760 Cypress Avenue, Redding
                Room 208  8:30 am – 4:30 pm  

                             12 & 13         Big Island, HI                                             Trainer:  Melissa Enter                                   
              Combined  Certified MISP Instructor  
              Training plus Touch & Move to Learn
                              Held at an AirBnB in Keelakekua

                            26 & 27        Valley City, ND                                           Trainer:  Melissa Enter
                             Combined  Certified MISP Instructor        Training plus Touch & Move to Learn 

                             Dates TBD     Steamboat Springs, CO*              Trainer:  Allison Dutton 
                               Certified Instructor Training
                                ** Contact trainer  Allison Dutton at  Alliekate4@hotmail.com    323-854-6726 to                                                                register for the Steamboat Springs training**   

                  May 2019

                          17 & 18         West Palm Beach, FL  
                           Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, W. Palm Beach Airport
                           1808 S Australian Avenue, W. Palm Beach
                           Fri, May 17  9 am – 5 pm
                           Sat, May 18  8:30 am – 4:00 pm

                              Trainer:  Melissa Enter
                              Certified MISP Instructor Training 

                  June 2019

                            7 & 8         Anchorage, AK                                                              Trainer:  Melissa Enter
                           Certified MISP Instructor Training 

  •                21 & 22        Portland, ME                                                    Trainer: Melissa Enter
                Certified MISP Instructor Training            29 & 30        San Diego, CA                                                   Trainer:  Melissa Enter
                   Combined Certified MISP Instructor Training
  •          August 2019              
                   1 & 2            San Francisco, CA                                        Trainer:  Melissa Enter
                    Certified MISP Instructor Training 

                October 2019
                        11 & 12            Salt Lake City, UT                                                 Trainer: Melissa Enter
                     Certified MISP Instructor Training 


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.   


Contact your Trainer:

Allison DuttonAlliekate4@hotmail.com           323-854-6726

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

Mia Elms├Ąter:  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