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 related to being prepared if:
A client has returned from a high risk area
A client comes in sick
If you have a client who tells you that they’ve tested positive for COVID-19
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
- How do you do telehealth, or should you with kids, teens, and couples?
Your local government puts restrictions or bans on leaving the house
If your client, or their child is quarantined.
Local school closures for your clients or your children.
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 on a daily basis in one spot to keep updated. Post your questions there to get answers and additional support and guidance.