You’re a clinician, and you’re spending a lot of time doing things for the community that are helpful.
But you’re also spending a ton of time thinking about how to get the most out of your therapy gifts.
You’ve got a list of potential gifts and you want to make sure you’ve done your homework before you donate.
How can you do that?
It starts with a few simple guidelines for making sure you’re giving your gifts well and getting the most benefit from them.1.
Have a clear idea of what you want your gift to be and how it fits into your practice.
When you’re planning your gifts, don’t assume that your gift will be “good enough” because that’s not always the case.
If you’re going to be working with a patient who has an anxiety disorder, it may be worth it to get a good therapy session to make that connection and show them what you can do to help them manage their anxiety.2.
Consider how you’re donating your gift.
A good therapist can’t just take your money, but they can use your gifts to help make the practice more effective and to get you to feel better.
Donating to a non-profit may help you get a more holistic perspective on the patient’s needs, and the gift can help you be more specific with your gifts.
If your gift is designed to benefit a group, it might make sense to put a section on how you can help that group in your gift or to give out some cash awards.3.
Don’t just be a therapist.
Donors should have a professional training in counseling, or the ability to work on the job.
It’s good to give your gift if you have a good understanding of what the patients needs are and what the treatment options are.4.
Think about how your gift fits into the overall program.
Is your gift focused on the therapy of the client?
Are you giving out money to help the patients make some lifestyle changes?
Don’t be afraid to give away items that you can use for the rest of the practice to make the experience more therapeutic and rewarding.5.
Consider whether your gift has been validated.
The more your gift reflects your work, the better.
You can validate a gift by taking a clinical psychology course, for example, or by going to a therapist’s office and asking them to use the gift in their therapy sessions.
It can be as simple as a note on the box to let them know that you’re using your gift in a therapeutic setting.
The bottom line is that every gift is a gift.
Donate to the right people, and they’ll thank you.
You can find more tips and information about your gift at www.givingwhatitself.com.
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