Hello IE-CAMFT Members,
I have the pleasure of writing the president’s message this month even though I hold the Secretary position on the board due to the fact that unfortunately, our president, Carol Adkisson, is not feeling well enough to complete this task. I know you all join me in wishing her a speedy recovery. I hope you and your family are healthy and well.
Spring is in full swing now, and yet we are living in an odd time. Now it seems that we are all staying in our houses and we are living through our first pandemic. It looks unreal, and when I look outside or go for a walk, everything “looks” the same, but it isn’t. As you know, this change in our living is causing significant stress for us, our families, and our clients. I do want you to know that I see you, I see you taking care of your clients, children, and neighbors. I see you debating on where to hold your therapy sessions, in the office, your home, or even in the closet (where is the privacy?). Then we must teach the clients to use telehealth. I see you worried about your future, your ability to sustain a practice, pay your bills, and take care of all the people in your life. Our world has changed, and we, too, must learn to adapt. We just are uncertain how.
We have become bombarded with ever-changing information, and yet we still go on. We are human healers and relational people and want to help others around us, but we don’t always know how. We must make tough decisions and, at times, with limited information. I have great hope for our community, and I see other good acts being done. We must take notice of those positives as some days that is all we have. However, I am confident that we will weather the storm and come out the other side. Luckily, we have a very timely topic this month, "Grief in the midst of COVID 19: What are we going to do to hold all of it? How are we going to take care of ourselves?"
Part of the changing landscape is what IE-CAMFT is doing. We are now having online seminars instead of in-person ones. We had our first one this past month and another one coming up on the 4th Friday of the month, April 24th. This process is easy, and you can take part from the comfort of your home or office and even in your PJs if you like. Please do sign in early, and you must be present until the end. CEU time requirements are in place. Also, you need to complete the seminar evaluation form in order to get your certificate. The certificates are emailed in batches, so the earlier you complete yours, the sooner you will receive it, as most people submit theirs right after the seminar.
Here are a few suggestions to make your experience optimal. 1. Download and install the Zoom application ahead of time.
2. Log in at least 5-10 minutes early and sign in. That way, you have time if a problem arises.
3. Have only one browser window open during the conference call. We don’t need to see your email, and you will have a better connection.
4. Make sure you are in a quiet place, and if you can’t be, or your dog starts barking of your child starts to cry, please mute yourself. In fact, everyone will be able to hear better if everyone but the presenter mutes themselves.
5. Wear earbuds or headphones as that helps with unwanted feedback and makes everyone’s experience better.
6. If the quality of the video becomes a challenge, you can stop the video and continue with audio-only.
Lastly, if you are a struggling private practice, you may be eligible for a COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN. The CARES Act is the $2 trillion was signed into law to provide immediate relief by those impacted by COVID-19 If you are a group practice this may be especially helpful as this act also creates a $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program where businesses can apply for low-interest loans equivalent to 2.5 months of operating expenses or $10 million, whichever figure is lower. As an added benefit, part or all of these loans would be “forgiven” if an employer maintains the same number of employees for the first eight weeks after the origination of the loan as they did in the year or months before COVID-19. You can also find more information at SBA.gov.
Please take care and be well.