We are aware that many of you may be feeling anxious and isolated as the reality of Covid-19 touches all our lives. Many, if not all, have had to make the decision to discontinue face to face therapy sessions in order to protect the safety of your clients, yourselves and the wider community. You may well be at home, self-isolating and keeping the required ‘social distance’.
The use of video and phone sessions for client work has been sanctioned for accredited and pre-accredited members, however text sessions have not.
Some of your clients may have opted for telephone/online sessions. For those of us unfamiliar with online therapy, offering such sessions can be a bit daunting. It is far from ideal, but it may be the only way to offer support to our clients at this time. It will be a learning and an adventure for them and for us, and given our capacity for creativity and adaptation, it need not be too terrifying.
Please see the link below for a 9-hour online introductory training for online therapy which may be helpful in the current situation: https://www.kateanthony.net/shortcoursementalhealth/
We would encourage you all as individuals to reach out to your colleagues in IAHIP to offer and receive support. Make contact by phone, email, WhatsApp etc. so that you don’t feel so isolated, especially if you are ‘home alone’!
We will soon have a members’ forum on the website which will enable people to talk to each other, exchange ideas, share how you are managing and receive support.
However, this is still 6-8 weeks away from being up and running.
In the meantime, we recommend that members utilize the IAHIP Members Network Page on Linkedin where people can communicate with one another and support each other by sharing/getting guidance on work …read more