Benefits & Limitations: Grief Virtual workshop services are provided by technology including but not limited to video, phone, text, apps, and email. The benefits of meeting virtually allow for continuity of grief support services while in-person group meetings are not recommended. It is important to note that there are limitations that can affect the quality of the workshop session(s). These limitations include but are not limited to: If you choose to refrain from using video, your peers and the group leader cannot see you, your body language, or your non-verbal reactions to what we are discussing. Due to technology limitations, the participants and or facilitators may not hear all of what you are saying and may need to ask you to repeat things. Technology might fail before or during the Virtual Workshop. Although every effort is made to reduce confidentiality breaches, breaches may occur for various reasons.
Getting Set Up/Logistics: Virtual workshop schedule and links will be sent to you via email and/or text to the contact information provided. As a participant, you will want to be in a private location where you can speak openly without being overheard or interrupted by others to protect your own confidentiality. If you choose to be in a place where there are non-group participants or other people who can hear you, TT cannot be responsible for protecting your confidentiality. We encourage you to make every effort to protect your confidentiality. We are requesting that group participants wear a headset to increase confidentiality and to increase the sound quality of your group. Recording of Workshops Not Permitted: Please note that audio and/or video recordings, screenshots, taking pictures, etc., of any participant, and any portion of the group activities during any session, is not permitted and are grounds for termination of your right to participate in TT Grief & Loss Virtual Art Making Workshop. Even with this rule, TT cannot guarantee the privacy or confidentiality of conversations held via phone, as phone conversations can be intercepted either accidentally or intentionally. TT will periodically record sessions and take photos during virtual grief workshops to use for grief program awareness materials, both in print and online, including TT social media platforms. We will make participants aware prior to recording/screenshot in the event that you would like to turn off your audio and/or video at that time.
Connection Loss During Phone and/or Video Sessions: If you lose phone and/or video connection during your workshop session, click the Zoom link again to take you back to your session.
Crisis: If a situation occurs during the TT Virtual Workshop where you are disconnected while talking, and you are in a crisis, you agree to call 911, go to your local emergency room immediately or contact the National Suicide Hotline at 800-784-2433. If concerns about your safety, or the safety of others, are developed by TT staff and/or group facilitators due to your interaction with the same or participation in any TT Virtual Group, such TT staff and/or group facilitators may (or shall, as required by applicable law), notwithstanding any confidentiality obligation, inform law enforcement or other emergency responders (if located in the same county or emergency services in the area you are located at the time of the call) and/or your emergency contact of the facts and circumstances giving rise to such concerns.
Materials Preparation: Virtual art-making workshop does not require you to bring certain materials to participate. However, you are encouraged to collect and bring whatever is available to you to create art that you liked. You have the right to make your own choice in terms of art materials as long as they are safe and not causing any harm to yourself and others around you. You can collect recycled art-creating materials, such as rocks, flowers, leaves from nature, or used containers, cans, boxes, paper bags, envelopes, water bottles. If you do have your most comfortable art-making medium, please feel free to bring paper, color pencils, pens, collage clippings, brushed, paint, etc.
Structure: Each workshop group will have a tailored weekly structure and topics designed for each specific group to best meet participants' needs and facilitate connection and universality. However, TT Virtual Grief & Loss Workshop usually runs for a consecutive 6 weeks without special notice and each workshop runs for about 90 min or so depending on the participants and topic of the day.
Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion: At Togetherness Therapy, we embrace cultural humility and we encourage our practitioners/facilitators to provide mental health services or workshop support to anyone regardless of their cultural background, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, experiences, immigration status, and social-economic status. We also want to invite you to be part of the community that believes anyone deserves the right to have the access to mental health services and community resources. Together, we can be better.
Thank you for trusting us to support you on your grief journey. We look forward to providing grief workshops to you through Togetherness Therapy (TT) Grief & Loss Virtual Art Making Workshop, utilizing Zoom.