Deborah B. Vilas, MS, CCLS, LMSW
Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY
When I asked people in the field about what they were seeing in hospitalized children and families the past few days, they first seemed compelled to speak about their own experiences and emotions before being able to move to sharing observations about children on their unit.
1. Guiding questions are supplied. It might take more than one conversation to address them.
2. In face-to-face or virtual conversation, participants respond to the questions, one at a time, making time for each participant. It may be necessary to impose time limits, so that airtime is evenly divided.
3. Participants agree to:
a. Refrain from sharing personal political views.
b. Refrain from commenting on anyone’s share—in other words, no cross talk.
c. Stick to the questions.
d. Use kind and inclusive language that is respectful of all, considering race, gender, sexual
orientation, religion, country of origin, and culture.
e. Observe confidentiality of our patients by not using names or identifying information.
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