Open Letter from Amy McGrath
To all the members of the OPC community:
In the last number of days, we have all become familiar with terms like ‘social distancing’, self-isolation’ and ‘flattening the curve’ as we work together to meet the challenges and limit the spread of COVID-19.
OPC Program has moved quickly and judiciously to put these terms into practice.
Our goals have been to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our community and the wider population; to ensure that our students can continue in their training as psychotherapists; and to quickly and ethically transition our practicing therapists to online therapy modalities that can continue to serve the mental health needs of our society during this time of crisis.
We have transitioned our teaching and learning to alternative training strategies that involve live online classes that deliver the quality education that OPC strives towards and also maintains our sense of social connection and shared support as we all navigate this challenging time together.
We have also made it possible for all our Faculty and Staff to work remotely.
None of these decisions and changes have been undertaken lightly. The implementation of these changes has required enormous work and research. But our community has risen to these challenges with amazing commitment, resourcefulness, and passion about continuing the vital work of teaching and practicing psychotherapy.
Simply put, at a time when we are being asked to maintain the physical separation between us, the enduring strength and connection of our community is more evident than ever.
Let me close by thanking all the members of the OPC community: students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and alumni for your dedication, flexibility and generosity in assisting OPC to meet the challenges that this crisis presents!
The coming days and weeks will no doubt bring further challenges, calling on all of us to be adaptable, creative and understanding. But I am confident that our OPC community will emerge a stronger, more resilient organization, thanks to all of you.
I wish you all continued strength in your work and studies, and good health to you and your loved ones, as we move forward in confidence together.
We will communicate with you regularly, as developments unfold.
Amy McGrath, RP
Educational Director OPC Program