Updated 26th May 2020
Latest Government Advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
We are confronted with challenges on many levels; to our health, our relationships as well as our way of working. In line with the BPC guidelines, SIP acknowledges that each one of us have to find their own way of working with clients, be it online or over the telephone. No doubt, important insights will be gained in this process and I hope we will be able to create a forum to reflect on these in due course.
We endeavour to keep you informed of any changes in government or BPC guidelines which might affect the way you are working below. Please check it regularly and keep well!
Chair of Membership, Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy
Information and advice from professional bodies:
Useful information from BPC on preparing to resume face-to-face work: https://www.bpc.org.uk/news/covid-19-bpc-update-13-may-2020
- BPC Registrant guidance: https://www.bpc.org.uk/news/covid-19-bpc-update-13-may-2020
- BACP FAQ’s page: https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-us/contact-us/faqs-about-coronavirus/
- BACP guidance for self-employed therapists: https://www.bacp.co.uk/news/news-from-bacp/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-business/
- UKCP Guidance: https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/ukcp-news/midweek-mindset/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/
- International Psychoanalytical Association guidance for practitioners: https://www.ipa.world/IPA/en/News/coronavirus.aspx
BACP’s COVID19 Campaign:
We’ve launched a campaign to maximise the role of counselling and psychotherapy in supporting people through the coronavirus crisis. Counselling has a critical role to play in helping people come to terms with changing work and family circumstances, financial insecurity, isolation, bereavement and uncertainty. We’re also aware therapists and providers have seen funding cuts and sessions drop, reducing their ability to provide much-needed support.
Our campaign, with BPC and UKCP, identifies actions to address the challenges that we’re sharing with UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock MP and equivalent Health and Mental Health Ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We’re asking all counsellors, professional bodies, membership groups and service providers across the counselling sector to support this campaign. Please sign the petition and share across your networks. Our combined voice will help us demonstrate strong support for counselling during this critical time.
Information and guidance on working remotely
- BPC online and telephone sessions: https://www.bpc.org.uk/news/covid-19-update-online-and-telephone-sessions
- BACP guidance on working online: https://www.bacp.co.uk/workingonline
- BACP’s Telephone and e-counselling competences and curricula: https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/competences-and-curricula/telephone-and-e-counselling/
- UKCP remote working guidance: https://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Psychotherapeutic-practice-and-working-in-isolation.pdf
- ACTO (Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Online) Guidance on Security and Privacy for Therapists Providing Online Therapy During the COVID-19 Crisis: https://acto-org.uk/acto-guidance-on-security-and-privacy-for-therapists-providing-online-therapy-during-the-covid-19-crisis/
- International Psychoanalytical Association’s collation of remote-working guidance: https://www.ipa.world/IPA/en/News/corona_remote_sessions.aspx
- A series of interviews with leading psychotherapists and thinkers in CONFER’s ‘Presenting Issues’: https://www.confer.uk.com/presenting.html
Other useful information and material
- Episode 51 of IPA’s Off the Couch: ‘COVID-19 and Treatment: Moments of Existential Maturation with Linda Emanuel’: http://ipaoffthecouch.org/2020/05/10/episode-51-covid-19-and-treatment-moments-of-existential-maturation-with-linda-emmanuel-md/
- Epidose 697 of Shrink Rap Radio: ‘Therapy on The Virtual Couch During The Pandemic with UK Analyst Prof. Brett Kahr’: https://shrinkrapradio.com/697-therapy-on-the-virtual-couch-during-the-pandemic-with-uk-analyst-prof-brett-kahr/
- PCP’s (Partners for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Therapist Hub, including links to virtual support meetings and webinars for therapists, and advice on benefits: https://www.partnersforcounsellingandpsychotherapy.co.uk/the-therapist-hub/
- Orbach, S. (Published in the Guardian 2020) Patterns of pain: what Covid-19 can teach us about how to be human: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/07/patterns-of-pain-covid-19-psychotherapy-susie-orbach-bodies
- Stillpoint Space’s research on Online Counselling https://www.stillpointspaces.com/therapy-online-research/
- Churcher, J. (2015) Privacy, Telecommunications and the Psychoanalytic Setting
- Churcher, J. (2016) ‘Remote analysis’: the elephant outside the room
- Lemma, A. (2018) The Digital Age on the Couch: Psychoanalytic Practice and New Media
- Russell, G. I. (2015) Screen Relations: The Limits of Computer-Mediated Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
- Savege Scharff, J. (2012) Clinical issues in analyses over the telephone and the internet
- Savege Scharff, J. (2013) Psychoanalysis Online: Mental Health, Teletherapy, and Training
- Savege Scharff, J. (2014) Psychoanalysis Online 2: Impact of Technology on Development, Training, and Therapy
- Savege Scharff, J. (2017) Psychoanalysis Online 3: The Teleanalytic Setting