SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
If you are interested in writing for Therapists for Medical Freedom, we welcome article submissions from psychological therapists and the wider community.
Before you submit your article to us by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org, please read the submission guidelines below:
Articles should be no more than 2,500 words in length, written in a style that’s accessible and non-academic.
The theme should fall within the broad remit of our blog, which is to raise awareness of ethical concerns around the current COVID-19 pandemic response.
As we are a collective of therapists, articles should focus around issues of psychology, therapy and mental health within the current COVID-19 situation.
We are particularly interested in articles which explore:
- The ethics and impact of vaccine mandates and vaccine passports from a therapeutic or mental health perspective.
- The potential impact of vaccine mandates on your clinical practice and livelihood.
- The impact of the pandemic response on your experience of therapy – either as a therapist or client.
- The mental health / psychological impact of lockdown restrictions and social distancing.
- Practical ways to support mental health in the current situation.
- Application of core therapeutic theories – e.g. around trauma, child development, attachment, social connection – to the current pandemic response.
- Analysis of the current global situation through a psychological / therapeutic lens – using both theory and reflection.
- The impact of psychological fear messaging, nudges, and the use of behavioural psychology by the government.
- The implications of surveillance and biosecurity measures for the population’s mental health.
- Reviews of books, resources or events relevant to the topic
Guidelines on Tone and Writing Style
Whilst we have a lot of therapists amongst our readers, the blog is also read by a wide range of health professionals and other concerned citizens.
As such, please write your article in a way that will be accessible to the general reader. Referring to therapeutic theories and concepts in your article is fine, but please don’t use jargon or assume the reader has prior knowledge of what you’re talking about.
You do not need to be a psychological therapist to write for us, we are also welcoming of articles written from other perspectives e.g. those of clients, concerned citizens, or academics with an interest in psychology or mental health – so long as the article is on topic and relevant to our readers, a wide range of voices are welcome.
Please be mindful of our aims and values as an organisation. We will not publish content which could polarise, divide, de-humanise or needlessly frighten people.
We are welcoming of ideas for multimedia submissions from those who don’t like writing – i.e. a short film rather than a written article – please talk to us about this for further details!
Confidentiality and Privacy
If you are a therapist, please do not write about your clients in your article. It’s fine to talk about broad trends you are noticing in the therapy room or wider society, or to share the impact on your own practice as a therapist, but please don’t mention specific examples from your clinical practice to illustrate these, even with your client’s consent.
If you are a client who is wanting to write about your own experiences, this is very welcome – but please don’t mention the name of your therapist, supervisor or anyone else involved in the situation.
Whilst we welcome articles from people who are willing to share their personal experiences of the issues involved, if you are sharing difficult events from your own life, please do think through the potential implications of this information being made public (given that digital footprints are almost impossible to control or delete). If you have concerns about the impact of the article on your job or any other serious privacy concerns, we recommend publishing under a pseudonym, rather than putting yourself at risk.
We are aware that many therapists and supervisors are also clients! We are supportive of therapists who want to reflect on their own experiences in therapy as supervisor, therapist and client, and the complex interplay between the multiple roles that many of us are holding in this situation.
Please use references to back up any important theories, studies and statistics that you mention as part of the article, especially where further reading might be of interest to the reader, or could add credibility to your argument.
However, you don’t need to reference everything as rigorously as you would in an academic piece. In general, no more than 10 references should be included in an average blog post, if it’s more than that, you’ve probably gone too academic in your writing style!
When referencing, please use footnotes. Including hyperlinks rather than an academic referencing system is most useful to an online audience – so linking directly to the study, book or paper you have quoted, along with the page number, rather than using a Harvard reference etc is preferable.
All articles are reviewed by our content team who may well suggest edits or amendments before accepting the work – and we reserve the right not to publish anything which doesn’t align with our remit or values as an organisation- if in doubt, please check!
Please submit your article as a Word document by emailing it to email@example.com.
Please include a short bio and photograph of yourself (or something that represents yourself if you are camera shy!).
If you have an idea for an article, but are unsure if it would be of interest to us, then please do drop us a line. We can discuss it with you further before you begin to write.
Thanks for your support.