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Annie works in a large public inpatient psychiatric unit

art psychotherapist

With Covid19 and social distancing, how have you changed how you provide your services to clients in the interim?

I am still going into work, however now am limited to working on one floor. Many groups are now outside when the weather is suitable and if not in open areas. All materials have to be wiped down with disinfectant, general social distancing and hygiene practices are reminded at the start of sessions and of course need to be followed.

Family/ loved ones are now not attending my creative studio due to visitor restrictions and limitations to group numbers. My day to day job role has differed quite a bit as I am picking up other roles that provide group work.

I try to keep the theme connection and safety running through the day, so the day will probably start by checking in with the MDT via video chat online, the handovers are also using Microsoft Teams, then I have a coffee and chat in the morning with individuals, facilitate an art therapy group, check in with people after lunch, facilitate a mindful gentle physical exercise and end the day with a mindful exercise. I am also offering staff weekly ‘creative escapes’ as it is hard to switch of from work as its in work, at home and everywhere.