In today’s staff spotlight we feature Tori Finney, MA, RBT, one of VB’s awesome field staff who shares some thoughts with us about how she’s been experiencing gratefulness and growth during the COVID-19 crisis.
How has the COVID-19 situation impacted you the most?
This has definitely been a time of difficulty and uncertainty. I have been fortunate enough to still be able to work during this time, as I know many people have not, however it has been extremely tough not seeing my family and friends. That has been the most difficult challenge because I just want to be there for them during this time. I unfortunately lost a relative recently, so trying to be there for family through a distance has been tough.
How have these recent changes made you a better clinician?
I’ve had a lot of schedule changes recently. All the changes have definitely taught me to be even more flexible and empathetic towards my clients. The schedule changes and all the other changes going on in the world around us have been crazy, so I know if it’s been difficult on me, then it has definitely been difficult for my clients.
What’s been the most surprising thing you’ve learned over the last few weeks?
I’ve learned that I am definitely an extrovert! I truly thought I would enjoy staying home but having to stay away from people has been so hard. I find myself utilizing Zoom and other video social media platforms more to reach out to friends and family.
What are you doing differently in your day now than before the COVID-19 crisis?
The one thing I am doing now more than ever is washing my hands. I have always been one to wash my hands frequently, I even carry a big bottle of hand sanitizer in my car, but this situation has made me even more mindful of it. I’m also trying to make a point to get outside more when I get home from work to maintain my physical and mental health.
Any tips or advice for other ABA therapists who might be struggling right now?
I know this is a crazy time, but we’re all in this together and we will get through it. Take a step back and try to think about how amazing it is that we can still provide services for those who need it. Think about all the changes our clients are going through right now with daycares being closed and schools transitioning to online learning. Imagine how challenging those changes are for them and how rewarding it is that we can be there to help them and be a constant during this time. When I feel overwhelmed, I think about what a big impact ABA is having on all of our clients. This is a tough time for everyone, so I take comfort in knowing we can still support them.