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What a beginning to 2021! 2020 was quite a challenging year for all of us, and 2021 has already brought more unrest. Still, as we gingerly move forward into this new year, we hold hope that social justice issues and pandemic difficulties will begin to improve.
Although we know that COVID-19 has changed the landscape of psychotherapy for some time to come, we also hold hope that our work lives can find some stability this year. At the close of 2020, two vaccines were granted emergency use authorization by the FDA. Vaccinations continue to be administered to front-line health workers and first responders, and at the end of last week, California gave county health departments some leeway to begin administering vaccinations to agency and private practice MFTs who work with high-risk clients. For information about when and how you can receive a vaccine, visit the COVID-19 Vaccines section of CAMFT’s COVID FAQ page.
With the availability of vaccines, a reasonable question arises. When can MFTs resume in-person therapy sessions?
There are several factors to consider when answering this question:
Therefore, the simple answer to the question of resuming in-person therapy sessions is, not quite yet.
For most MFTs, particularly those in private practice settings, it is advisable to continue with remote/telehealth sessions for the time being. This protects both you and your clients during the vaccine rollout.
MFTs are considered essential workers and therefore do have the option to provide in-person sessions. However, with nearly the entire state in the purple tier or higher, and COVID positive test rates increasing substantially, it would be wise to continue to hold off on in-person sessions when possible. Of course, individual clients may have clinical issues that warrant in-person services. Therapists should be mindful and consider how to deliver services in the most appropriate way for each client.
If you work for an organization that is requiring you to see clients in person, you should be advocating with your supervisors/administrators about ensuring safety protocols for both you and your clients. CAMFT will continue to provide updates and resources as we learn more; bookmark our COVID-19 Resources page in your browser and come back to it regularly to check the updates.
Wishing everyone a safe and healthy 2021!
Nabil El-Ghoroury, Ph.D., CAE
email@example.com | Twitter: @drnabil
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Have you ever thought about sharing your knowledge and skill while supplementing your income? Now is the perfect time to become a CAMFT-Approved Continuing Education Provider! APPLY TODAY! If you apply by February 1st – you’ll receive a 15% Discount!
CEPA PROVIDERS CAN GIVE COURSES ONLINE
We would like you to know that any planned face-to-face educational course can be offered online and still be eligible for CEUs (via WebEx, Zoom, GoToMeeting, Skype, etc.). Read more.
The CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program (CSP) goes above and beyond the BBS Requirements for Supervision. The skills needed to be an effective supervisor are different from the skills needed to be an effective clinician. The CAMFT Certified Supervisor Program provides the training you need to be fully prepared to guide clinicians-in-training. As a CAMFT Certified Supervisor, you have the opportunity to be recognized by potential supervisees and employers for your advanced training, and as a CAMFT member, you receive a discount when completing the program! Fill out the ONLINE Application today!
Plan a CAMFT visit with your school or training program! We are expanding our support resources for educators and supervisors who train and guide pre-licensed MFTs. CAMFT's Educational Outreach Liaison, Dr. Christie Kederian, LMFT, is connecting with educators and providing resources and content that you can use in your classroom or training site.
E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a call and learn more about topics for FREE trainings & additional resources CAMFT offers to pre-licensed MFTS.
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