Whether you are currently in an area where more stringent guidelines have been set by your local government or not, there are real questions coming up for therapists in private practice, such as:
- How to transition to telehealth, and how to find stability as you pivot
- Whether you should continue with telehealth if you work with kids, teens, couples, etc.
- How to transition back to in-office therapy, or whether this is the right choice for you and your clients
- What to do if a client has returned from a high risk area
- What to do if a client comes in sick
- How to handle a client who tells you that they’ve tested positive for COVID-19
- If a client has a family member who has tested positive for COVID 19
- If you or one of your staff or in a high-risk population
- Navigating restrictions or bans from your local government
- Managing if your client or their child is quarantined, and the associated closures for them
While some of you have created plans for snow days, hurricanes, illness, etc. I don’t think I know anyone who had a pandemic plan as part of their business plan. I’ve been providing consultation and coaching for therapists in private practice since 2007.
But, in 2009, when the last pandemic struck, it somehow missed my awareness to be honest and it had never occurred to Kelly or I to include pandemic as a part of a planning protocol. We’ve concentrated on illness, injuries, weather related issues, and other crisis situations.
The good news is this. The plans and processes for pandemics are extensions of weather and illness policies. If you do have those in place, we get to expand those to be more thorough, and if you don’t have weather and illness policies in place, this will help you get those in place for the future.
We are working on bringing together resources as they come out, to stay updated and informed. Post your questions at the link above to get answers, guidance, and additional support.