To open or not: Clinicians face plethora of challenges in wake of pandemic

By Catherine Robertson Souter
September 4th, 2021
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Mark Spellman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in New Fairfield, Connecticut, and treasurer and legislative and executive committees’ member for the Connecticut Psychological Association.

Eighteen months in, the pandemic we once believed would be over in a few weeks or months at the most, continues to impact our daily work and personal lives. And, with the rise of the Delta variant, there is no clear end in sight.

What does this mean for the therapist who would like to return to in-person sessions or for those who have already made the decision to see patients in the office? Is it appropriate to ask about vaccination status? Can a therapist require masks during sessions? Can a therapist refuse to do in-person sessions with someone who is not vaccinated?

Like with everything during the Covid-19 pandemic, there are many unknown, and constantly changing, factors to take into account.

Firstly, to be clear, the CDC does ...

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