I’m currently in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the conference, “Creativity and Madness” Feb. 16-19. Looking at the intersection between artists and mental health, health practitioners will be presenting on a variety of topics, artists, and perspectives. I’ll be delivering my presentation, “#iCareBecauseYouDo”, but I’ll also be recharging my own batteries, as well as looking at the various aspects of my practice in my commitment to deliver extraordinary care in an ever-complicated world.
One the aspects that must occur is to deliver healthcare when people need it. This is often where government intervention and insurance-driven decision making has not done a good enough job. Private practitioners like myself make decision to abide by the protocols of those third party payers (we have to, if we want to keep our legal contracts with them). At the same time, clients are voting with their feet by refusing to use their health care and paying out of pocket for help that cannot be strictly categorized as psychotherapy, namely coaching and advising.
I’m sure that many of us at the conference will be talking about this, since we see the problems in our current healthcare system. While I might not be lolling about in a spa thinking about these challenges, know that I will be contemplating them in an environment that encourages me to take up the challenge: “Think Different.”