- Coronavirus COVID-19 - Guidance for Members
Updated During Current Lockdown Period
Cease face to face practice during the lockdown period, unless you can meet all of the current criteria:
- you have grounds to believe that your client 's mental health will critically suffer and require medical intervention without the uninterrupted continuation of face to face sessions
- you, your client and any individuals who live with either of you are asymptomatic for the coronavirus and have been for 14 days
- your therapy room provides over 2 metres of space between you and your client which can be maintained at all times
- you are able to provide hand sanitizer and handwashing facilities for you and your client
- you are able to disinfect all surfaces relevant to your client's entry to, presence within and exit from the therapy space before and after the session.
If your client session does not meet all of the criteria above, cease face to face practice immediately.
This advice is superceded at all times by Government advice and the law and is subject to change at short notice.
Communicate with all clients and inform them that their sessions could be liable to postponement or disruption on a temporary basis. Where possible, offer to clients the option of continuing sessions by phone or video conferencing (see further details below about online working).
- Inform clients that future sessions after the lockdown will be postponed if they are advised medically to self-isolate, or if they have any symptoms of a cold, cough, respiratory issues or a raised temperature.
- Inform clients that if you are diagnosed with coronavirus the NHS will require that you divulge a list of people you have come in contact with. In such circumstances you will inform the NHS of your contact with your client.
- Make sure you are prepared to communicate with clients in the event that you must self-isolate or fall ill. Rearrange appointments if you have any relevant medical symptoms.
When the lockdown is lifted and face to face treatment can resume:
- When seeing clients face to face, ensure that both you and your client practises appropriate hygiene procedures before and after meeting, including hand sanitization.
- Maintain a good distance of at least one metre from your client.
- Where possible, refrain from shaking hands and ensure you have explained to your client why this protocol is being followed.
- Refrain from other physical contact, for example, hugging a client.
- If possible, where providing tissues do not use one central box of tissues. Pre-divide tissues into portions so that different clients do not touch the same tissue boxes. Alternatively, advise clients to bring their own tissues.
- Remember to clean surfaces: phones, laptops, door handles etc, regularly.
- If necessary, transition on a temporary basis to offering treatment which does not require face to face contact.
- Be prepared in case of evolving Government advice to cancel face to face sessions for a temporary period.
- Be aware of your clients' increased levels of stress and anxiety, and take extra self-care during the current public health crisis. If you feel overwhelmed, seek supervisor and peer support.
Communicate with the Society when you need to and we will try to help as much as we can
During this pandemic Hypnotherapy may be conducted online via technology in which the client’s face is visible, e.g. Zoom or other technologies, subject to the following conditions:
- The hypnotherapist can evidence consent from their supervisor to work in this manner.
- The suitability of the individual client to receive hypnotherapy in this way is assessed by the hypnotherapist, and that any possible contra-indications to offering treatment are fully recognised and understood.
- The suitability of the specific nature of the hypnotherapeutic modality and treatment plan to be used is understood. Hypno-analysis, regression and “inner child work” are not permitted, nor is any treatment plan in which there is a significant possibility of abreaction.
- The client has provided both an emergency contact number and the address from which they are receiving the treatment.
- The hypnotherapist has checked that they are insured to practice in this way.
- Be aware of your clients' increased levels of stress and anxiety, and take extra self-care during the current public health crisis. If you feel overwhelmed, seek supervision and peer support.
- Communicate with the Society when you need to and we will try to help as much as we can.
Your training school will be your primary source of information during the Coronavirus.
Trainers should make individual decisions based upon the way in which they wish to proceed during the current public health crisis. Particular care should be given that guidance given by trainers to students complies with up to date Government health guidelines. Trainers should inform the Society if they wish to modify the way in which they are offering practical training to their students.
Any treatment offered online during training must be limited to straightforward processes such as relaxation work and positive visualisation, where supervision has confirmed that there is no significant risk of abreaction.
In the event that practice hours and case studies are postponed, but other elements of the course are completed, the Society will process incomplete registration applications so that graduates are ready to have their registration activated as soon as they have completed their practical work. This will ensure there are no extra processing delays once practical work is finished.
Remember this will be a temporary issue and that training normality, if disrupted, will resume and there are lots of contingency plans for this.
For further Government advice please click here
For further NHS advice please click here