Support for Helping Professionals
Spirit and Purpose of this Group :
I currently lead several support groups for helping professionals. These are facilitated support groups – open to psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, teachers, pastoral care providers, coaches, etc.
The purpose of the group is mutual psychological and emotional support in the face of existential anxieties, stressors and losses, bereavements and traumas evoked by the current compound crises. The intention is to help professional carers withstand and self-preserve through this experience so that we can help our clients.
The 10 week winter session will meet on Mondays at 12:00 noon Pacific, 1 PM Mountain, 2 PM Central, 3 PM Eastern on the following dates: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11 (skipping 1/18 for MLK Day) 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, (skipping 2/15 for Presidents Day) and 2/22.
Group support will serve 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. I will do my best to broker a space that is especially psychologically safe at this time for BIPOC providers and other clinicians/counselors with minoritized identities.
The group will meet for one hour – over 10 weeks.
The group will be capped at 9 participants.
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)
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.
Because of the extraordinary economic disruption, traumatic realities, and general uncertainty – this is a “pay what you can afford” group.
Some people feel uncomfortable determining a healthy fee. Here are some thoughts and guidelines.
- The fee should not injure you or make you anxious financially, it should demonstrate your investment in the process.
- If you are a private practitioner or a salaried employee you might consider some portion of your average hourly fee per session based on your income and expenses.
- This is not a therapy or formal clinical supervision. It is facilitated peer support and professional mentoring. 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 preserve your entitlement without harming you financially. I am able to offer these services pro bono for members who are facing extreme financial hardship.
- 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 am thinking of the weekly group fees as equivalent to a single sliding scaled client.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: any care provider who would like to offer their own pay what you can support group is welcome to cut/paste/edit repurpose any and all information from this page to suit their own purposes and population. I am happy to amplify and disseminate information about other flexible fee support groups if I hear of them at the bottom of this page.
It will be helpful to me to know a little bit about you so I can make sure I can address 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. Please email me your response to me at email@example.com.
- What is your profession and what population do you serve?
- Are you interested in group or individual support?
- What do you want to receive from this group? What do you want to give to this group?
- Do you have friends, family, clients who are in immediate medical jeopardy due to the continuing pandemic or are you yourself at high risk?
- What communities do you reside and work in?
- 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? Do you think it would be prudent to provide me with an emergency contact?
- What is your racial/ethnic identity?
- Is there anything else about you, or your identity that would be important for me to know?
- Portland Professional Counseling and Psychotherapy is offering pay-what-you-can support groups for medical and other helping professionals.
- Seven Corners Psychotherapy Practice in Northern Virginia offers two low-cost groups currently. One low-cost support group for teachers, and another low-cost group supporting protesters. They also offer a pay-what-you-can supervision group for play-therapists.