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The Logical Mind, Running Guard Role In Healing

The Logical Mind, Running Guard Role In Healing

In the vast scope of practice in which every manual therapy is lumped under the massage therapy genre, it is interesting to note how the logical mind often times gets in the way of healing. Its prevalent these days to hear the axiom, “Where your mind goes, your body follows.” Or, “so as you think shall it be.” Essentially, the wisdom that has been passed down over the ages, is the importance of the mind and how you focus on its ability to assist in the healing process. If you think when you journey through the door of an “alternative” therapist that “this shit couldn’t possibly be working”, its my belief it probably won’t work at the level needed to expedite the healing process. You have had to have your head stuck in the sand of the 13th century to have not heard of the placebo effect! Who cares how the outcome is reached, all we care about as massage therapists is getting our clients on the road to wellness, which in most instances, is a pain free condition. The mind can be a dangerous thing. When was the last time a student in a massage continuing education class was taught the importance of using words to encourage the healing process and correct a client if their story revolved too much about their condition, as if the condition was an old friend whose companionship gave them a story to share about their journey.

Conditioning plays a huge role in how we view the healing process. I know of a client whose pain originated in the attachment area of the rectus femoris and caused a constantly nagging pain that wasn’t responding to pharmaceuticals or classical physical therapy. Trigger point injections were unsuccessful in dealing with the pain as well. When she finally arrived at the massage therapist’s office who was versed in Rolfing/Structural Integration, she was desperate for relief since the pain was interfering with her sleep. Her husband was a well respected surgeon who asked her after her first visit to the rolfer’s office, if she was cured? And that my friends is God’s honest truth. CURED! So you can see how what we are exposed to, forms our viewpoints concerning the viability or lack of when it comes to different forms of massage therapy techniques.

Have you ever been asked in a massage continuing education class how you approach the client with their expectations? Have you ever set boundaries so that the client is well aware of the reality concerning their challenge? Dr. Rolf left a 10 session series for her practitioners that some idiotically accused her of creating nothing more than a marketing ploy. What fools. Imagine this, if you have been on the planet 30 years (adjust the math accordingly for your age) you have been moving in gravitational forces for 250,000 hours. Needless to say the physical, emotional and environmental vectors that have entered your system over that period of time have probably had an influence on the condition that your clients have presented to you. Its worth taking the time to educate them that what they are presenting didn’t happen over night, even though it may have appeared to “just happened” and it probably ain’t going away in one hour, Hallelujah! The ten session series of Rolfing allowed for 10-15 hours of work to change the structure in gravity and hopefully eliminate the painful condition presented to the therapist, by balancing the structure. Once someone commits to the series of 10 or more sessions their is a realistic understanding of what it will take to accomplish their goals and a willingness to accept that massage technique as one that has validity for them in surmounting their challenge. They have enrolled their minds and focused positively on the potential outcome.. That’s what I call getting out of the way of the logical mind and using the power of clear intention. It works, just ask Mr. Placebo!…

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Deploying Enrolled Agent CPE in the Collection Appeals Process

Deploying Enrolled Agent CPE in the Collection Appeals Process

When a conclusion derived by a taxpayer differs from the IRS position, the collection appeals process is a likely resolution channel. Enrolled agent continuing education provides a thorough understanding of tax subjects needed to assist individual taxpayers.

The collection appeals forum is independent of other IRS departments. It is an informal avenue available to any taxpayer who disagrees with an IRS determination. A taxpayer is permitted to have representation by an enrolled agent. This is especially valuable when presenting an argument about a tax position requires the knowledge obtained from meeting enrolled agent continuing education requirements.

The appeals process is designed to settle tax disputes without having to reply upon the court system. Any taxpayer receiving a notice from the IRS may consult with an enrolled agent to explore the availability of using appeals resolution. In most cases, this option is permitted to recipients of tax notices. The collection appeals process is available to a taxpayer receiving a Notice of Federal Tax Lien, Notice of Levy, Notice of Seizure, or Denial or Termination of Installment Agreement.

An appeals conference is a hearing that requires a taxpayer or enrolled agent representative to present an explanation of the reason for disagreement with the IRS. A taxpayer may take a position that the IRS incorrectly interpreted the law or improperly applied a law due to a misunderstanding of facts. In either event, the details covered in tax CPE are critically important to presenting a supportable appeals position.

A taxpayer choosing the collection appeals process must forgo the option of subsequently seeking relief from the courts. Before matters are eligible for the appeals process, an unresolved tax matter must be discussed first with an IRS collections manager.

Form 9423 is completed for a collection appeals request. This must occur within two days of a conference with a collections manager. By this point, taxpayers have usually deployed the services of a tax professional to offer a solution to the collections manager. Therefore, enrolled agent CPE is utilized to help taxpayers soon after receiving IRS notices and onward through the appeals process.

IRS Circular 230 Disclosure

Pursuant to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service Circular 230, we inform you that, to the extent any advice relating to a Federal tax issue is contained in this communication, including in any attachments, it was not written or intended to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (a) avoiding any tax related penalties that may be imposed on you or any other person under the Internal Revenue Code, or (b) promoting, marketing or recommending to another person any transaction or matter addressed in this communication.…

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Social Work: Continuing Education and Requirements

Social Work: Continuing Education and Requirements

When it comes to social work, continuing education is more than simply a good idea-it is almost always mandatory. Most states insist their social workers keep up with their classroom requirements throughout their career. Those states that do not have such requirements may still have a plethora of employers who do insist on it for their employees. Even if none of the above is true for your situation, improving upon your educational base is never a waste of time. It will help you if you ever want to move forward in your career or get a job in a different environment.

Of course, what social work continuing education you require will depend somewhat on what area of the field you are employed in. A good percentage of professionals are employed in the welfare field, helping individuals navigate what can be a difficult process to get the help they need. These workers, naturally, need to be educated in the system and understand the kinds of things they can offer to these individuals to help them. A lot of this will come from on the job training. Supplemental education, however, can help these professionals understand the situation their clients are in and give them the sensitivity they need to do their jobs well.

In some areas, continuing education in the field of child safety will be needed. This is particularly true if you plan to work for the Department of Children and Families or a similar organization. Professionals in this field will need to be able to identify problems in the home and notify the proper authorities if they see signs of abuse or neglect. They may also need to be well versed in the kinds of counseling these families can benefit from, as well as recognizing and identifying signs of drug abuse that could be adversely affecting the home environment.

In still other cases, social work continuing education can help the professional to learn more about what it takes to work within the school system. Social workers are often employed in the school district to be there for the children, identify the needs of families who are at or below the poverty line, and be there as a link for parents who do not speak English. It is almost always a benefit for a good social worker to speak more than one language, especially in diverse ethnic communities. Classes are often available to such workers at a reduced cost, and tailored to the kinds of needs a professional will face in these situations.…

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Guide to Continuing Education

Guide to Continuing Education

Continuing education is practiced in most countries and areas of study around the world. This will help professionals be updated to new trends and techniques, research and discoveries in our day to day activities. For some people, they decide to have a break in their education. This will take direct them to lose their self confidence and forget about their educational achievements. They will have hard time understanding some of the important facts in the future. For these, they really need to have continuing education to help them have a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. They could also use this in their profession someday.

There are available continuing educations for a variety of disciplines. This may be held in colleges, online or you can have it as both. Studying online is a great opportunity for people who have their strong internet connection inside their house. They could be able to communicate with the members of the faculty and students online. Online education also provides a platform for conducting seminars and conferences for people to interact. You could easily find your course of choice from the university course finder.

You may also have your continuing education from regular college university. Take note that the courses cannot be directly from college or division schools. These are sometimes recognized as university extension or additional schools. There are also community colleges that are design for adults who want to continue their education. Basically, these are just the continuation of what they have learned before. This will not contain introduction to any specific subjects because it is understood that the student has their level of knowledge to learn.

Taking the Princeton review PSAT, this will lead your way to success. This is a standardized test to assess for your level of cognition. You will get stressed when you have completed this test but, as long as you will do great, you will have a fruitful result. You will have the opportunity to work on your goals as you have passed the entire test.

Some schools are also providing GRE exam as a basis for student’s scholarship in college. Just like other exams, you will then be having GRE tutoring. In this way, it will help the student to surpass all the stressful examination. They will be proving lots of techniques and strategies for you to gain high scores. You could no longer experience some difficulties in understanding different terms and solving difficult math problems. GRE tutoring will also enhance the student’s intellectual capacity. This will assist and guide them on how to put those strategies and techniques in place.

Once you have taken all these, doors will be open in pursuing your college degree and right after, you can continue your education for your chosen profession. We must understand and learn the basic aspects of continuing education. From all your hard works and determination, you could easily get what you want. Trials are just part of life, it is on the every individual on how they will adjust and learn from it.…

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EA Continuing Education Overview for 2011 Rules on Gift Tax

EA Continuing Education Overview for 2011 Rules on Gift Tax

Starting in 2011, enrolled agents must be aware of the new gift tax rules – until they are replaced with newer rules, as always seems to happen every few years. The first change is that lifetime gifts of up to $5,000,000 are permitted before the tax is required.

As all enrolled agents know from their EA continuing education, gift tax is always paid by the donors – not the gift recipients. Gift tax returns are often required even when no tax is owed. Keeping the public informed about this is an important social contribution for enrolled agents. It is also an optimal way for an EA tax practitioner to attract clients.

The only way to avoid reporting a gift is when it is less than the annual exclusion. This threshold is indexed to the cost-of-living. However, it remains at $13,000 for 2011 – the same as 2010. This allows anyone to give to another person up to $13,000 during a calendar year without having to count it against the $5,000,000 lifetime exemption.

Study for the enrolled agent examination covers the technique known as gift splitting. This permits a married couple to give a gift of twice the annual exclusion without incurring gift tax. The couple agrees to split the gift when filing their separate gift tax returns.

However, if one person gives more than the annual exclusion, the excess is reported on that individual’s gift tax return. It may be counted against the lifetime exemption of $5,000,000. But another important point covered in enrolled agent CPE is that the gift tax and estate tax are connected. Any part of the lifetime exemption that is used for gifts is no longer available for estate tax exemption.

Unfortunately, the $5,000,000 limit applied to the lifetime exemption is set to expire after 2012. This means that entirely new legislation is expected that will become part of future enrolled agent continuing education.

A summary of the general gift tax situation for 2011 is that annual total gifts to one person of up to $13,000 do not have a tax impact. Any excess requires filing of a gift tax return – although gift splitting and the lifetime exemption may eliminate any tax assessment.

A special rule applies for contributions to a 529 college savings plan. A lump sum gift to the 529 of a future student is non-taxable up to $65,000 when spread over five years. No other gifts to the same recipient may occur over those five years without imposition of gift tax. The $65,000 threshold is also indexed to the cost-of-living.

Other types of gifts that an enrolled agent knows are exempt from tax are gifts to charities or spouses as well as amounts paid for someone’s benefit directly to an educational institution for tuition or to a provider of medical services.

IRS Circular 230 Disclosure

Pursuant to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service Circular 230, we inform you that, to the extent any advice relating to a Federal tax issue is contained in this communication, including in any attachments, it was not written or intended to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (a) avoiding any tax related penalties that may be imposed on you or any other person under the Internal Revenue Code, or (b) promoting, marketing or recommending to another person any transaction or matter addressed in this communication.…

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The IRS Has Issued New Requirements For Professional Tax Return Preparers

The IRS Has Issued New Requirements For Professional Tax Return Preparers

Professional tax return preparers should note the Internal Revenue Service’s issuance of new requirements for registration, continuing education, competency testing, ethics compliance and electronic filing.

Beginning in 2011 anyone preparing tax returns for a fee will be required to register and obtain a preparer tax identification number. Annual registration will be required and there will be a registration fee. Preparers that already have preparer tax identification numbers will be required to register again under the new system. The new online registration process should be available beginning in September 2010.

Beginning sometime near the middle of 2011, tax professionals will be required to pass a competency exam to obtain their preparer tax identification number. Attorneys, Certified Public Accountants and enrolled agents will be exempt from the competency exam requirement.

Return preparers will also be required to complete 15 hours of continuing education. The 15 hours of CPE must include 3 hours of federal tax law updates, 2 hours of ethics and 10 hours of other federal tax law. These requirements take effect in 2011. The continuing education requirement will not apply to attorneys, Certified Public Accountants, enrolled agents, enrolled actuaries or enrolled retirement plan agents because of their existing continuing education requirements.

As of January 1, 2011 all preparers will be subject to the standards of conduct set by Treasury Department Circular 230. In addition, attorneys, Certified Public Accountants and enrolled agents will be authorized to prepare tax returns and represent tax payers before the Internal Revenue Service. Other registered tax return preparers will be authorized to prepare tax returns but their authority to represent tax payers will be limited to returns they have prepared.

Professional tax return preparers will also be subject to new electronic filing requirements. Beginning in 2011, anyone preparing 100 or more individual or trust returns will be required to file them electronically. In 2012, anyone preparing 11 or more individual or trust returns will be required to file electronically.

Contact the Internal Revenue Service or visit for the specific requirements on filing procedures, filing deadlines and fees.…

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The Benefits of Online Professional Development Hours (PDH)

The Benefits of Online Professional Development Hours (PDH)

Most licensed professionals are required to complete continuing education, sometimes referred to as Professional Development Hours, in order to renew their state license. These requirements were put in place to ensure that licensed professionals serving the public are abreast of current regulations, technologies and trends to better safeguard the public welfare.

Before the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web professionals were mostly limited to attending live seminars and workshops to fulfill their state-mandated education requirements. These seminars usually lasted one or more days and were generally held only in large cities on specific and limited dates. The cost to professionals in both time and money were significant.

Today, however, many states allow licensed professionals to attain their education requirements through what is known as distance learning. One of the most popular forms of distance learning is taking online courses, which has several benefits over more traditional seminars and workshops.

The first and most obvious benefit is reduced cost. Most online continuing education providers can offer the same number of Professional Development Hours as a seminar at a fraction of the cost.

The second major benefit is time. Rather than having to adjust one’s schedule to accommodate a seminar held on a specific date and time online courses allow the student to read and study the course material whenever it is most convenient. And rather than having to dress for the public and sit for hours on end in a conference hall online study can be completed in the comfort of one’s own home or office and on one’s own schedule.

A third benefit is that there are no travel costs associated with online courses. Seminars and workshops are generally held only a few times a year and in only a few major cities. Those professionals who live outside of these metropolitan areas must spend even more time and money on travel and lodging in order to attend. Taking online continuing education courses eliminates these expenses and allows the professional to spend their time and money on more important things.

A fourth benefit of using an online provider is that they usually generate and email your Certificate of Completion immediately upon completing a course. Some seminar and workshop providers can take days or weeks to prepare the official documentation your state may require.

Another benefit of using online course providers is that most can track your course history. With a few clicks of the mouse a student can review the courses they have taken, their test grades and even reprint their Certificates of Completion. Being able to see a list of the courses you have taken over the last several years helps when deciding what courses to take next. This can be especially important as most states do not allow credit for courses taken more than once in three years.

Online continuing education course providers can also offer something most seminar and workshop providers cannot: a large variety of courses on many different topics by many different experts.…