Schools are increasingly becoming crisis centers. We have lost a million citizens to Covid, and rising. Children and adolescents are suffering with a two year loss of social development, those hundreds of daily in-person micro-encounters that define who we are. Pediatric emergency rooms are filling up with suicidal teens. Families are struggling with guilt over grandparents who died alone in a hospital bed. The right to have freedom over our own bodies is under attack. The Florida Board of Health is sending threatening letters to therapists warning them not to treat families with trans kids under 18. Teachers, nurses, and doctors are either leaving their professions, or taking extended leaves of absence. For every newly licensed psychotherapist, we lose three to attrition, burnout, low wages, and vicarious trauma.
This issue provides voice to the professionals, parents, and teachers who are attempting to navigate our communities through these perilous waters.
Voices from the Field
Community Mental Health
One of the gaps in information for therapists, and therapeutic treatment, is that we do not know what other therapists in our own community are doing. NEJRSP is hoping to bridge that gap by giving therapists a vehicle and a voice to talk about what works.
In practical terms, it would be interesting to know:
- How are therapists and their clients in Chelsea and Lawrence are coping during this pandemic?
- How are therapists adapting to Zoom meetings? What are the elements of Zoom that are therapeutic? What are the limitations of Zoom to the therapeutic process and the problems of risk?
- Has anyone found a way forward with overworked parents struggling with their own work while providing education and child care at the same time?
- Has anyone begun to effectively treat the vicarious trauma of our health care workers?
- How are therapists talking about race, identity, and sexuality with their clients now? How are clients talking about race, identity, and sexuality with their therapists?
- How are community mental health therapists, directors, and administrators adapting systemically to the pandemic?
- When police officers attend therapy, do they talk about their perspective on Black Lives Matter? What do they say?
These are local issues, and much more.
Let us publish your ideas about your own day to day work, and the insights you gain from month to month, and year to year.