Staying in Touch: Using Caring Contacts to Sustain Connections with Your Clients is an online curriculum that describes a low-threshold, Caring Contacts intervention designed to help providers reduce client self-harm, increase feelings of self-efficacy, and fill treatment gaps due to health disparities or other challenges.
A Caring Contact is a personalized written form of practitioner outreach to individual clients that expresses care and concern for their wellbeing. This simple, customizable intervention can be implemented at a distance during times of stress and isolation, making it a particularly useful addition to telehealth practices.
- is self-paced, with expected completion time of less than an hour;
- outlines the scientific support for this approach to reduce client isolation and potential self-harm;
- focuses, in part, on special circumstances and populations that can be hard to engage and retain in care; and
- includes concrete examples of Caring Contacts, as well as modifiable templates that can be downloaded and adapted for any organization’s use.
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