Support for Helping Professionals

 

 Spirit and Purpose:

I currently lead several support groups for helping professionals. These are facilitated support groups – open to psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, pastoral care providers, and coaches.

The purpose the group I am currently organizing is mutual psychological and emotional support in the face of the existential and racism-generated anxieties, stressors and losses, bereavements and  traumas evoked by both the pandemic and police violence. The intention of is to help professional carers withstand and self-preserve through this experience so that we can help our clients.

This group will meet on Fridays at 10am Pacific/11am Mountain/12noon Central and 1:00 Eastern, for ten sessions – start date TBS based on interest- specifically for Black therapists, social workers, and counselors, or for members of mental health professions  who are primarily serving members of the Black community  –  for low or no fee.

I am also able to offer two hours a week pro bono for individual support for those who would prefer that.

Group support will be serving helping professionals of diverse professions,  racial, ethnic and gender identities and socioeconomic realities. The expectation is that we come together to try to hold each other’s diverse experiences with mutual respect and appropriate boundaries.  It is important to remember that we will all be arriving with our own raw spots, at different places and phases and with different personal and professional burdens and privileges in terms of processing this unfathomable experience. This is a place to think not only about what you need from other helpers, but what you have to offer them. If someone is sharing content that is overwhelming or threatening triggering for you- you have permission to distance yourself, or listen less closely, or even mute the volume. I will do my best to broker a space that is especially safe at this time for Black  providers.

 

Logistics:

 

Time frame:

Appointment times for individual support are flexible.

If there is interest in a Friday group – we can arrange to meet for one hour –  over 10 weeks.

The group will be capped at 9 participants.

Platform:

Platform for individual app is flexible based on what platform you feel most comfortable and secure using.

For groups: We will meet via Zoom. There are limits to the confidentiality of this platform and you should investigate them before participating. There will be no client’s names or identifying information shared during this group.  Please take a Zoom tutorial in advance of our meeting (https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials)

 

Contact information:

Group members can decide when we meet if they want to establish a directory of participants. I am willing to create an email list for those members who wish to exchange contact information.

 

Fees:

 

Because of the extraordinary economic disruption, traumatic realities, and general uncertainty – I am asking you to merely pay what you can afford, and if that is nothing  – I am happy to provide group or individual services pro bono.

If you prefer to pay a fee, you are welcome to pay whatever you can afford. Some people feel anxious about how to make such decisions, and others feel uncomfortable receiving pro bono support and concerned about preserving the frame and boundaries and entitlements that come with paying some fee.  Here are some thoughts and guidelines.

  • The fee should not injure you or make you anxious financially in this time – you are welcome to participate in the group pro bono.
  • If you are a private practitioner: you might consider some portion, perhaps one quarter – of your average hourly fee per session.
  • If you are an hourly employee perhaps one quarter-hour’s wages per session.
  • This is not a therapy group or a clinical supervision group. It is a facilitated peer support group. Costs will not be covered by your insurer.
  • If your expenses and debts exceed your income, or you do not have income currently and you would still prefer to pay some fee, please make whatever gesture will demonstrate your investment without harming you financially.
  • I have learned that it is unhealthy to disregard my own needs – and so I have thought carefully about my overall income and energies and I feel confident that I can offer one group hour and /or two individual support hours a week through these protests for low or no fee. I am able to do this, in part, because I currently have little to no overhead for my office-free online practice.

If you have questions or would like to register for group or individual support, please respond to the questions below, copy and paste and email to:  whatashrinkthinks@yahoo.com.

 

REGISTRATION:

 

It will be helpful to me to know a little bit about you so I can make sure this group meets your needs. If you could answer the following questions I would be appreciative. (Please take as little or as much space to answer these questions as you are led)

 

I will not share this information with other group members. Please email me your response to me at whatashrinkthinks@yahoo.com.

 

  1. What is your profession and what population do you serve?

 

  1. What do you want to receive from this group?

 

  1. What do you want to give to this group?

 

  1. Do you have friends, family, clients who are in immediate medical jeopardy due to the continuing pandemic or are you yourself at high risk?

 

  1. What communities do you reside and work in?

 

  1. Have you ever had difficulties with voice hearing, suicidality, severe self-injury, addiction or psychiatric hospitalization?  If you have had difficulties or challenges in this area, how long ago? Are they current?  What/who are your current supports (outside this group) that help keep you grounded?  Would you feel comfortable, or do you think it would be prudent to provide me with an emergency contact?

 

  1. Is there anything else that you think would be important for me to know about you, or your identity that would be important for the purposes of this group?