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Dear BCATA members,
Myself, as well as the board of the BCATA, wanted to reach out to you at this time and extend our concerns for you, your family, and your practice. We hope you are staying healthy during these times. I will be providing an update regarding membership renewals and recommendations for practice.
To support you and your practice at this time, we are doing two actions to help. First, we will be extending our deadline for renewals by an additional two months, and will now run until July. Second, we will waive any late fees for members who are re-registering for the 2020 membership year. It is our hope that these additional measures can provide some ease with the rapid changes with our profession at this time. More information regarding membership renewals will be disseminated in the following days, and questions can be directed to the Membership Chair (email@example.com).
To renew now go the https://bcarttherapy.com/bcata/bcata-members/register/
Recommendations for Practice
The BCATA is also wanting to share our beliefs around how to practice art therapy at this time, as I have had questions from our membership.
First, it is difficult to provide the level of care that we usually would due to the coronavirus, and additional precautions will be needed. This is not an exhaustive list, but includes:
The second thing I wanted to address was telephone or video-based services. This has evolved over the last few weeks as being a way for other therapists to practice, but does have limitations for art therapists. Althoughnot ideal, it certainly is possible to hold a session over video as art could still be created on the client’s end.
We will not be making any endorsements for services to use, but some options are LiveCare or Zoom for Healthcare. We do recommend researching and getting additional training before bring this into your practice.
Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide if seeing clients at this time is feasible and making these changes will be necessary to keep ourself and our clients safe. I recommend following the information from the BCCDC for more guidance – http://covid-19.bccdc.ca
We hope these changes provide some aid during these turbulent times. As art therapists, we are a creative lot, and we openly encourage any suggestions that you are using to meet your clients in a safe manner. You can directly share with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing the best to you and your practice,