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Recommendations for MRT groups during COVID-19 pandemic
Since this is an extraordinary time and situation, CCI has decided to impart our recommendations to help continuation of services to your clients. If you or your agency makes the decision to cancel in-person groups to help reduce the further outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, CCI has decided to post a few guidelines concerning MRT and MRT-DV groups.
1. If possible, you can facilitate the groups through a telehealth platform. The recommended platform would include video conferencing so that the participant may show the COMPLETED exercises to the facilitator.
2. If telehealth is not an available option, you can schedule conference calls for group members to participate as a group. The client may transmit a photo of their COMPLETED exercise to the facilitator. (No blank exercises may be copied or shared.) If necessary, a verbal description of the completed exercise could be provided by the client to the facilitator, and the actual exercise would be required for presentation to the facilitator once regular group activities resume.
3. If neither telehealth nor a group call is an option, you can allow group members to present to the facilitator individually during a phone call. We know this is not the ideal situation for an MRT and MRT-DV group however we hope it will keep the client engaged in the program during this time and allow them to continue with their progress in the program. If this option is chosen, once groups resume, we suggest that you have each client provide a verbal summary to the group of each Step/Module passed during this time period. If the client can easily verbalize the Step/ Module to the Facilitator and the group, their progress will be honored. If they cannot adequately verbalize the lesson from the Steps/ Modules completed during this time, you will make them repeat the Steps/ Modules to the group.
STEP 6 AND 9 HELPING OTHERS GUIDELINES
With regard to the Helping Others exercises at Steps 6 and 9, a facilitator may waive this requirement at this time if safe and suitable alternatives are not available. You are encouraged to research “virtual volunteerism” to get ideas for the clients to do during these times when clients are unable to interact face to face with others.
We also suggest that you encourage your clients to try to help family, friends and others who may need assistance. Remember the wisest and happiest life is a life of doing right.