This 1 hour webinar is presented by Michael Remole, MA, LCPC, NCC, NLC-P,EP. Michael is the executive director of Gateway Family Services in Potomac, Illinois where he and his wife, Gabby Remole (also one of our trainers), serve primarily children and families. After sharing with us some of the creative ways his team has quickly transitioned clients from trauma-focused equine assisted psychotherapy to telehealth, we asked Michael if he would be willing to share this helpful information with our students. Michael kindly agreed and this webinar, which occurred on March 27, 2020, became the first in a special series we are hosting to help our community of trauma-focused equine assisted service providers navigate the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Michael shares how he and his team at Gateway Family Services have:
- Transitioned children and families to telehealth
- Incorporated transitional objects to build connection and bring experiential modalities into sessions
- Created a personal space for well-being (bringing the outside in!)
- Created a shared sensory space between client and clinician
- Adjusted the office space to allow for movement and sensory interventions
- Incorporated the horses
- Provided training to staff to help them successfully transition to telehealth
- Incorporated bottom-up regulation into telehealth sessions
- Dealt with the challenges of implementing telehealth in a rural environment with sometimes unreliable internet service
Michael also has provided access to worksheets he has made and resources he shares with his clients. For access to these worksheets, visit our Members Only
Michael asked that we make it clear that he is not a telehealth expert – that he and Gateway Family Services are muddling their way through this with the rest of us.