Many efficient group coaching providers have entered the domain of telehealth. Groupthera has a team of group coaches that help providers do group coaching. Group coaching definitely is preferred even after the pandemic through telehealth as it provides flexibility.
It's important to foster interactive learning experiences to enhance the feel of group therapy. Group therapy is a traditional old practice and people have been using this therapeutic ways to communicate their internal feelings and experiences. With the usher in of Covid-19, coaches/therapists were encouraged to adopt this mode of tele-coaching. Several private practitioners have made their ways in telehealth by transitioning with group coaching as a tool for mental health professionals.
Group therapy has several added benefits which includes social interaction with peers, allowing them to realize they are not alone and they have similar people around to motivate and encourage them to come out from the same life state.
Here are a few ways to make group coaching sessions more productive.
1. Using the right group coaching software
In order to have a group coaching session without any hindrance, you need to make sure the software that you choose should have the right features required for an online group coaching session. The technology should be rigid in order to stream the videos without any lags. When it's done right, group coaching sessions deliver value like an in-person group coaching session creating a great experience for the participant. At Groupthera, we have been thorough to make sure there is no video-lag.
It's important to make sure your clients are at ease when you conduct these online sessions.
2. Keeping privacy intact – HIPAA compliant
It's important to keep privacy of the participants intact and follow the HIPAA privacy. Participants share personal information in group coaching sessions so it is important to keep the confidentiality in these tele-coaching sessions. The confidentiality aspects should be discussed with the participants in the beginning of the session to make sure all members abide by the same in order not to jeopardize anybody's feelings.
Groupthera allows to sign a consent form for the provider to be consistent with the HIPAA compliant laws.
3. Creating the right environment
Conducting a session from home has its limitations. Having a neat and uncluttered background, doors and windows should be closed to maintain privacy. Adequate lights to avoid distraction and good quality audio for people on the other end to resonate well as well. You need to make sure everybody participating in such sessions should have similar kind of environment.
A few other precautions should be taken to avoid distractions are as under:
- Keeping phones on silent mode
- Using headphones to avoid background noise
- Keeping pets away
- Limiting number of participants to the group.
While all these precautions are adhered to, you will surely be able to deliver group coaching sessions with ease and high quality standards.
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