Art Therapy and Coping with Corona
During the current Covid 19 pandemic, Southside Art Therapy and Counselling will continue to operate face to face for as long as it is safe to do so, according to current government and health information.
This will involve asking all clients to wash their hands prior to their session, and in addition, the surfaces in the room will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between sessions. Art materials will also be cleaned and disinfected between sessions. If you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own art materials from home.
If you or your child is unwell, please do not bring them to their session. I won't charge for cancelled sessions due to illness.
If you would like to, you may request an online or phone session instead of face to face. Medicare will provide rebates for those who are in high risk categories (for example, aged, or immune suppressed), if you already have a Mental Health plan. If you are funded by NDIS, you would need to contact your plan manager for advice on this.
If you come for supervision, please check that your employer is still willing to support an online session - it is likely they will.
Online sessions do mean that you can either email your artwork before the session, or do it at home, as part of the online session, remembering you would need to have some art materials handy.
This is a difficult time for everyone, but if we are sensible and take these precautions, we can help keep everyone safe.
The following handy checklist was written by child psychiatrist Dr Shannon Morton from the Kooky Clinic, Springwood.
How To Talk To Kids About CoVid-19 Check List
o Don’t lie to them!
o Let the child drive the conversation, and answer all their questions honestly, with age appropriate explanations and information, in simple language they can understand.
o Kids have a right to know, and a right not to know, some of the details, depending on their levels of distress and information-seeking. Knowledge is power. Teach your child to access credible news sources with you, and switch off commercial media, if it is too distressing for you, or your child. Ensure you debrief and process any new information with your child, so they can ask questions and have their anxiety be productive and contained.
o Validate their feelings, share that you are worried too, and model using your panic for good purpose.
o Educate them about anxiety, what it feels like in the body, and the importance of the fight/flight/freeze response to keep us safe.
o Enlist them in preparation activities, so they can be active participants in the Pandemic response.
o Teach them what they can do personally to help protect themselves and others from CoVid-19, e.g. Hand-washing, changes to social habits, reporting of any physical symptoms, etc.
o Have them help you with a “Pandemic Action Plan” in the case of needing to be isolated for a period.
o Reassure them that our medical and government services, doctors, and researchers, are all working together to keep us as safe as possible.
o Take every opportunity to point out the “helpers”, when you see them.
o Find out who they will want to stay in contact with, in the event of isolation, and ensure you make this happen by gathering peer contact details in advance (phone, email addresses etc).
o Access free colouring-in CoVid-19 info sheets for kids, downloadable in different languages, here.
Thanks Shannon and take care everyone.