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  • Kristin Slye

    I came to this thread looking for a solution and am frustrated to see that this has been an unresolved issue for years. I really need to set up a family as the unit of treatment in Simple Practice to clarify confidentiality boundaries since families differ from individual cases. Work-arounds make for not only sloppy, but unethical/illegal file keeping. :( 

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  • Melody M. Brown

    Thanks for guidance on minors. I have a family where all are adults. Since SP is working building the infrastructure to have couples be one client, will that extend to families as well?

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  • Stephanie Leite

    It would be lovely if we could have families. I often have multiple people that I would like to add. 

     

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  • Lauren Delaparte

    I concur with all of these concerns. What about polyamorous relationships that would like to seek therapy? This is a very outdated setup and I’m disappointed that I have to explain to my clients the clunky workarounds.

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  • Thomas J. Lewis

    I commented on this three years ago. I am a family therapist and I find Simple Practice extremely difficult to use when I am try to manage a family or a household.  Because this practice software is endorsed by AAMFT I am expecting a more marriage and family oriented product.  I am also hoping that a solution to this issue is coming sooner than later.

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  • Thomas J. Lewis

    We can do a variety of things to make "Simple" work to in order to have family sessions.  We really "should" not have to.  For example, I need intake paperwork to include signed informed consent(s). for each session participant.  We are paying too much money to have patchwork ERs.  The Simple Practice staff need to be more mindful of and accommodating for systemic therapists.

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  • Anicia A. Williams

    I keep looking at all of the "new" things SP offers and how useless they are to me! i would much rather be able to schedule a collateral family session than be able to see my client demographics or limit how many clients schedule in a day! this is a MAJOR shortfall - PLEASE DO BETTER simple practice! especially with these rate hikes you just made!

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  • Brooklyn I. Alvarez

    This is still problematic and should be resolved ASAP.

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  • Abby Weintraub

    An SP representative said two years ago, on this thread, that this was actively being worked on. What's going on? This is a huge problem, for all the reasons named above. 

     

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  • Allie Haydon

    I'm glad you asked this question as I am a family therapist and work primarily with teens and young adults who often have family sessions rather than individual sessions. If the person is a minor I make a client portal for the teen and use the parent's e-mail as the client portal access e-mail. All the documents are then signed by the parent/guardian. I recently have a session scheduled with a family and the clients I will be seeing will primarily be siblings so I plan on having all the siblings sign a printed consent form that I will upload and do documentation under each kiddo (I guess, I'm not really sure a better way to do this). I surely wish SP would get on board with LMFT's soon!

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  • Thomas J. Lewis

    Absolutely, it is not only time consuming to change ERs but also disruptive.  I left Simple Practice about 4 years ago around this same concern, I came back when AAMFT became part of the marketing.  Not much has changed to accommodate Systemic Family Therapy needs..  A big disappointment for me, along with not being able to use the same email address (that's an annoying problem).. I am curious to find out if the Simple Practice developer are planning to accommodate Family systems requirements in the software updates, and if not, why not? 

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  • Anicia A. Williams

    I did another family session via Zoom yesterday and continue to be infuriated by this. My old EHR- Theranest, was nowhere near as user friendly as SP, but even they were able to accomodate a family session. 

    Why are we not able to get an answer from SP on this? IS this being worked on? helloooooo?????

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  • Leslie Hansen, LPCC-S

    We need to have this thread tended to and see some progress from SP! Leslie Hansen

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  • Thomas J. Lewis

    A huge problem and so many other changes are being made.  I am thinking their is something intentional, a method to to this madness. I often wonder why AAMFT endorsed this.   Thomas Lewis

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  • Kathleen Boyd

    Sometimes parents are not together and would like to be separately copied. Not sure how to do this. Also looking for the 90846 code, meeting with family without client. Hoping both of these concerns are simple to address. 
    Kathy B

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  • Susan Robens

    I agree!  And...they just raised the rates. However, it would be so very time consuming to change systems. At this point, I am happy that I do not have many families!

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  • Nathan Croy

    This continues to be a major issue! All they have to do is change the "minor" profile to a Family or Group profile. Then, you can designate one person as the minor, if necessary. Honestly though, it's atrocious that this functionality isn't there. 

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  • Thomas J. Lewis

    This is a major problem for me.  Currently I use the person responsible for payment as the primary client on SP,  although another family member  might me the identified client (IP).  There is not a way, that I have discovered, to link household members or session attendees beyond  linking a couple.  I try to reference on the primary client's clinical record's remarks concerning all family members and session attendees. 

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  • Fred Harlan

    If SP isn't working on creating a solution for having sessions with more than two adult clients in a single session, then they need to be. I work in addiction where family sessions with more than two adults is fairly common. I have been managing with my own work around, but it is not ideal. For example, I have new clients who are two adult sisters. I have to set them up as a "couple" when they obviously are not. I hope a solution to this issue comes sooner than later. Thank you.

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  • Shaun Davis

    Has this ever been added to the suggestion board? If not...we definitely need to do that!

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  • Thomas J. Lewis

    I agree.  It is extremely important to be able to schedule the family as the client joining all member, or schedule a household joining, or a group joining all members.  

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  • Fabyonne Williams

    Hello,

    Please forgive me if there is an update, but I don't see it. I'm just wondering if there is now a way to provide telehealth for a family system that includes 3 adults in separate spaces? I know this has been posed before, but I have my fingers crossed that it has been updated since 2019 and I just missed it. 

    Thank you 

    Fabyonne 

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  • Matthew Shima

    We are still needing features for managing family therapy and group therapy.  This is essential to the field of psychotherapy.

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  • Katharine Petzold

    also, can you add two siblings as a "couple" if you are submitting to insurance or giving them a superbill?

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  • Susan Robens

    Katharine,

    I also have a family of adult siblings.  So far, I've created a family intake form with the 'person of contact' as the main contact information, email and payments.  I've listed under the main contact, the other contact(s) information.  This works for me becaue I am not seeing anyone on an individual basis.  My notes are quite long because there are 5 siblings and parents.  This is the only way that I could think about doing this, being that it is a family unit/system.  So far, so good!

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  • Katharine Petzold

    Thank you, Ayelette and Susan!

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  • Susan Robens

    In addition to my 'post' above, the main contact will send the telehealth link to the other family members so they can join in.  It has worked for 5 households at one time.

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  • Thomas J. Lewis

    I agree

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  • Susan Robens

    yes, not easy.  You can create each adult as a contact in the family system and organize what type of access eash has to the portal (apts etc).  I've sent the informed consents etc...to all adult members through the system.  For divorced families, SP told me that each person has their own sign in and can only see what has been shared with them, and not the other members. Also the contacts cannot view the other members message's through the message system so there is privacy between family adult members if needed. (such as in divorce).  sigh. The billing is the problem because I can't find a way to charge different members, i.e. divorced parents of children...many times one pays one week and the other pays the other week.  The invoices automatically are sent to the main contact.  So I've had to edit, change 'responsible party' save, download and upload in the other parents portal then share.  whew.

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  • Michelle Hession

    This is ridiculous that people have been expressing this need for 4 years!!!!

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