Well, this is certainly a stressful and uncertain time for everyone. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’re ten days into our stay at home order. It’s been quite an adjustment to working from home (and having my husband and kids home all the time, too). Like you, we’re trying to stay flexible and healthy and just do the best that we can.
Some of you may have transitioned to working at home or you will be soon. And I know many of you are on the front lines in hospitals and medical facilities, child protective services, and working with our most vulnerable community members. Thank you! How are you doing? Have you made some time to check-in with yourself? I encourage you to take extra good care of yourself. You and your work matter tremendously!
In an effort to be supportive, I’ve collected a few resources that may be helpful if you’re transitioning to practicing via telehealth, coping with anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic (yours and your clients’), and some free online continuing education opportunities.
Articles about Telehealth, Coping with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Anxiety, and More
- The Benefits and Burdens of Doing Teletherapy from Home
- Interventions for Online Therapy with Children and Youth
- Apple Facetime or Facebook Messenger Video and HIPAA Compliance? Yes! (For Now)
- Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency
- Ethical Exceptions for Social Workers in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Physical Distancing
- COVID-19 and Video or Phone Sessions: Will Insurance Cover Them?
- COVID-19: Can you practice teletherapy across state lines?
- FACE COVID: How to Respond Effectively to the Corona Crisis
- Affirmations for Difficult Times
- Tips from a Therapist for Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety
- Marriage During Covid-19: Coping Skills When Both Partners are Out of Work
- Marriage During Covid-19: Here’s Why You’re Snapping at Your Partner
- Preventing Telehealth Burnout During COVID-19 (podcast)
Free Continuing Education Courses Online
- Making Sense of the Pandemic: Psychological Impact on Clients and Communities
- Swiftly Transitioning to Online Therapy, Legally, Ethically, and Efficiently
- Telehealth: Legal and Ethical Issues
- Coping with the Financial Reality of COVID-19 (April 9)
- Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: 2-Day Distance Therapy Training (use code TELEFREE at checkout)
- Telehealth: California Social Work Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Mindfulness, Healing, and Transformation
More Free Professional Resources
- Headspace Plus subscription
- Lots of meditations, soothing sounds, stretches, journaling and more from Calm
- Free membership to the Selling the Couch Directory (connect with other private practitioners for referrals, consultation, supervision, etc)
- Self-Compassion in the Midst of COVID-19 with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer
- EMDR Telehealth Hints
- Embracing Technology online trainings for therapists (April 13-17 with replay through April 30)
Free Feel Good Stuff
- Livefeed of sea otters, sharks, and more at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park
- Virtual tour of the Louvre
- Free online courses from colleges and universities
- Follow Good News and Tanks Good News on Instagram for a quick reminder that there’s good stuff happening in the world
Telehealth and Electronic Health Records
I have always loved the convenience and efficiency of using Simple Practice for my practice management. But now that I’m working from home, I love it even more! I can access all of my client records from my computer or phone, which is so helpful; I didn’t even have a chance to go back to my office to retrieve anything after we got the order to stay home. I also appreciate that I don’t have to worry about securely storing paper files at home. Everything is safe and HIPAA compliant in the cloud!
Now, for the first time, I’m using the integrated telehealth platform that SimplePractice offers and I’m very pleased. The video quality is very good, clients find it easy to use (just click the link that is automatically sent with their appointment reminder), and I’ve already got a credit card on file for clients, so getting paid is easy, too.
So, if you’re looking for an electronic health record system, I definitely suggest checking out SimplePractice. They offer a 30-day free trial (including a trial for the telehealth). If you sign-up through this link and decide to continue with a paid service after the trial, we’ll each get a $50 credit.
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