COVID-19 is upon us. We as therapists need to work differently and more creatively, adapting to changing demands and limitations. We have to steady ourselves in ways we have never had to steady ourselves before. It is stretching our practices, our hearts, and our fortitude in ways we could not have anticipated.
We at AEDP Finger Lakes are organizing resources here for us all, so they can be centralized for ease of use, in hopes that they may be helpful in some way.
Please note that this is an evolving website section that will be updated often as we generate and receive more resources and ideas about ways to support ourselves and our clients during this unprecedented time. We welcome any / all ideas and resource offerings from you! If you have something you'd like to share, please submit it at the bottom of this page.
Click here to learn more about ways you can help in Tompkins County, NY.
Finger Lakes Region Resources
FLXcalendar.com has a growing list of live streaming events (concerts, dance parties, interactive activities, etc.) local as well as global.
The Facebook page FLX To Go has useful info about resources (fairly elmira/corning centered, but includes regional stuff as well).
Cornell Health is offering "Meditate in Place" sessions via Zoom. Check their website here for up to date schedule info. They also have a page with some online guided meditations, click here.
The Arts can bring us such solace and relief, by helping us access our core affect, and reminding us again and again how we are all connected. Click on each category below to access that page; you can also navigate there from the drop-menus at the top of the site.
For people living in the state of New York, you can have access to over 300,000 e-library books online from the New York Public Library with their SimplyE app. You can "take out" up to 3 e-books at a time.
Be sure to also check out your local library! For example, Tompkins County Public Library provides online access to e-books and audio books via different apps, as well as magazines, and a language learning app (Mango). Click here for their collection of curated online resources.
Some Ideas for Equity / Accessibility
Here are some ideas we've generated that might help our clients, and ourselves:
* Creating a bank of used devices to loan to clients who might not have access to tech.
* Encouraging clients who lack access to wifi to park outside our offices and tap into our networks for online sessions (We could also wave at one another as we begin and end...) We can also generate a list of local places with free wifi access.
Some Ideas for Reinforcing the Relational Amidst "Distancing"
* Creating a graphicof the invisible threadsthat connect each of us,sending it to clients, and having therapist and client jointly filling it in during sessions, making sure that we are named as one of those in each client's world (idea spurred on by The Invisible String by Patrice Karst).
* Establishing times for silent meditation on Zoom where therapists can sit together, and see and feel our connection with one another to co-regulate and sustain ourselves in community. We could also consider offering something like this for our clients, though anonymously to maintain confidentiality. (We encourage therapists trying this to let us know what's working...!)
The Virtual Therapist's Resource Guide--many thanks to Nathan Rice, LCSW, for putting this together!
From Mrs. Velazquez Art -- loads of links...! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EVMQiHHKugF4RQ071DzimkSKn1AuiBNOJ-i6xs1mBts/preview?fbclid=IwAR3pwPbatIhFjXea6xToJriFzLMrZezN_svcLApkDJWOdfD9_TrUCjSUS0c