Structure your first group session with intention
- Orient members to videoconferencing group therapy.
- Share what the patient can expect from this kind of treatment.
- What will happen if they get disconnected—the host will try to help and get them back into the meeting.
- Express the importance of meeting in a private area.
- Be aware of your own space.
- Use of headphones can help eliminate extra noise/interruptions and support privacy.
Recognize the differences between online and in person
- It may help to normalize the process if you share your experience with telework and create a sense of relatability with your patients.
- Goals are still to create cohesion, connection, and sense of belonging.
- Be cognizant to not do all the talking.
- Remember that patients are going to be somewhat in crisis due to COVID-19.
- Be flexible with your expectations for the online session or group to accommodate what patients need during this time.
- You may need to increase your attunement to client response—what are their reactions? What might they not be saying?
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