Doing remote systemic psychotherapy during a pandemic – learning from a speedy Quality Improvement Project

Helps, Sarah (2020) Doing remote systemic psychotherapy during a pandemic – learning from a speedy Quality Improvement Project. Pandemic as Systemic Flux – The Writing Project . Full text available

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The past 20 years have seen a gradual rise in research about and practice of video- or tele-psychotherapy. With the worldwide lockdown imposed in response to Covid-19, the practice of face-to-face systemic psychotherapy using the approaches, methods and techniques that have been carefully developed over the past five decades has become impossible. With an unbelievable rapidity, new methods of providing therapeutic services have been devised and implemented to ensure service continuity. This practice paper describes what has been learnt in the first stages of a rapid quality improvement project exploring the delivery of remote systemic psychotherapy since the lockdown. Reflections were gathered from early-adopter clinicians, based on 21 remote systemic psychotherapy sessions completed during March and April 2020. These responses suggest that that remote systemic psychotherapy has been acceptable and indeed welcomed by clinicians and families and that robust therapeutic work can be done. Findings indicate that the conversational flow of remote systemic psychotherapy sessions is different to that in face-to-face to face sessions; that it is necessary to do things differently with words and bodies; and that the practice of doing meaningful dialogue when separated by screens requires further exploration.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Systemic Psychotherapy, Remote Psychotherapy, COVID-19
Subjects: Human Psychological Processes > Strange Environment/Situation
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Systemic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Special Units

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