British Columbia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

March 30, 2020

 

Hello friends.

  I wanted to be in contact with you and share a few thoughts with you.   

  Essential Service Providers

   Mental Health Providers have been deemed an essential service by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry.  The full listing can be accessed at on the BC government website under COVID19 Provincial Support.  The expectation is that our services can stay open if we are practising the recommended safety procedures.  In our case this would be adapting our services and workplace to provide therapy via telepsychology. 

  Care of yourself as a therapist.

        As therapists it is up to each of us to maintain our own mental, emotional, psychological and physical health.  There are numerous resources available online for education, professional development, blogs, forums and group chats. The Canadian Association Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT) has established a private members page where MFT’s are discussing concerns and sharing resources. I encourage you to connect with this group.

As another resource, the BC government has created an app called COVID 19 which provides up to date information and resources. You can download it on your phone, tablet or computer by going to your app store.

   Care for your self.

     Some of best advice and conversations that we have with our clients is also the best for each of us in our personal lives.  The first rule that is new for us is keeping a 2 m (6 foot) distance between ourselves and others to maintain safety. There are other important considerations for ourselves as well and these include creating a routine, ensuring that we get adequate nutrition, getting good sleep, participating in a physical activity such as  dancing wildly in your in kitchen while listening  to your favorite music, maintaining contact  with the people you care about by telephone, or online, finding sources of humour, and taking time for yourself. This is an unknown experience in our recent history. I think it is good to recognize that not so long ago prior to the creation of vaccinations, being quarantined or ensuring physical distance from others was a normal and common experience for families and individuals. We are sharing responsibility in our world in keeping ourselves and others safe by maintaining physical distance.

 New Contact Information for BCAMFT

   As you may know 2020 was the beginning of a new executive for BCAMFT. We have established a new mailing address which is:  2211 Suite 288 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 4S2.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns and would like to contact me please use the following email address: info@bcamft.bc.ca

Take good care of you. Please reach out if you would like to chat.  

Kind regards.     

 Deb Deeter, PhD, RMFT, President (BCAMFT).

 

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