Dear MIAPT Members,
I never would have thought that my first letter as President would come in such unique and challenging times. Now more than ever we need to see the value in our work, not just as play therapists, but has mental health clinicians. That being said, I want to take a moment to encourage all of us to reflect on what we as therapists are doing to engage in self-care.
We are taught and attend numerous trainings on taking care of our clients, but very little emphasis is given on our own well-being. Is it because we don’t earn money in self-care? It is a non-billable service? We aren’t violating any explicit ethical violations? And yet by not engaging in self-care, we are indeed putting us in danger of inadvertently costing us money and potential ethics violations by leaving us susceptible to burnout and its many consequences.
That’s why MIAPT is offering a group chat with our members to share ideas not only of telehealth interventions but also as a way of supporting each other during the quarantine and to show us all that we are not alone but in this together. Research has shown that telehealth is effective in mental health treatment and we can extrapolate that to mean that it can help us as a play therapist community to find support and encouragement in these trying times. Look for emails on dates and times when we will have these meetings.
I hope you are finding joy in your daily lives and on behalf of the MIAPT board, if there are other ways that we can be supportive of you let, us know. As always, play on!
Jason Clanton, MA, LLP, Registered Play Therapist™