Group Appointments make things easier both for clients and staff who need to book multiple related clients into a single appointment. No double-booking or joint profiles required!
Feel free to jump to a specific section below: ⤵️
- What’s the difference between a Class and a Group Appointment?
- Setting up a Group Appointment
- Scheduling a Group Appointment
- Adding Clients
- The Primary Client
- Arriving & Managing Clients
- Invoicing for a Group Appointment
- Charting for a Group Appointment/Session
- Deleting a Class or Group Appointment
What’s the difference between a Class and a Group Appointment?
Who are they for?
- Classes are for multiple unrelated clients, like a yoga or Pilates class.
- Group Appointments are for multiple (often related) clients joining a session together, like a Family Counselling session.
How are they scheduled?
- Class times must be scheduled administratively before clients can book online.
- Group Appointment times, however, can be chosen by clients online, just like 1:1 sessions.
- Classes and Group Appointments can be booked the same way as 1:1 visits. Click anywhere on the schedule and then choose the Class or Group Appointment from the drop-down menu in the appointment panel.
Invoicing and taking payment
- Class participants are invoiced separately and they pay separately.
- Group Appointments have one Primary Client who is invoiced for the session. The invoice includes the names of Secondary Clients who have been arrived.
At this time, there is no option to split the bill between clients who attend a Group Appointment (we’re working on it though — stay tuned 😉).
Setting up a Group Appointment
To set up a Group Appointment, head over to the Settings > Sessions & Classes > New Session area of your account. Heads up that this area is only accessible to staff with certain access levels. From the first drop-down, select Group Booking from the available options.
💡 We also have Online Appointments for Groups! Check out our guide to learn more.
Next, you can select the Capacity of the Group Appointment. This represents the maximum number of clients that can attend the session. For example, in the case of a couples counselling session you would set this value as “2 participants”.
And that is all of the unique fields to the Group Appointment set-up. You will want to proceed in filling out the rest of the preferences as you would a standard treatment. This includes setting up the appointment to be bookable online for your primary clients or not. For an in-depth walkthrough on how to configure the remaining settings, check out our guide on Setting up Your Treatments.
💡 Jane tip: If you have multiple Group Appointments to create that share most of the same settings, you can create the first one and then duplicate it to save some time. From your list of treatments, you can click the Duplicate button next to the original Group Appointment, edit the settings (make sure to remove the words “Copy of” from the name), and then click Save. All done!
Scheduling a Group Appointment
To schedule a Group Appointment, hop over to the main Schedule tab click anywhere in a practitioner’s schedule to start booking.
In the appointment panel to the right, you can choose the Group Appointment from the Select a Treatment drop-down menu:
To add a client to your Group Appointment, click on the session and search the name of the client you’d like to add.
Jane makes it even easier for you to book multiple clients by creating a group. More info on Groups can be found in our guide here.
The Primary Client
The first client booked in will be listed as the Primary. The single invoice will be billed under this person’s billing information for the Group Appointment.
To switch the primary client, click on the drop-down button next to the client’s name and select “Set as Primary Client”.
Arriving & Managing Clients
Click on the drop-down status next to a client’s name to mark their attendance for this session. If you would like to perform additional actions for a particular client (as you would for a regular treatment), click on the *View Details option.
Invoicing for a Group Appointment
💡 Note: It is not required for all of the clients in a Group Appointment to be arrived in order for an invoice to be generated.
An invoice will be generated for the Group Appointment once the Primary Client is marked as arrived. Just like a standard one-on-one session, you will have the option to add adjustments.
Charting for a Group Appointment/Session
If you’re charting from the Day View, you’ll notice the workflow is slightly different than charting for a one-on-one visit. Let’s take a look!
Start by clicking on the Group Appointment that you’re charting for, which will open up the appointment panel on the left. Next, select the client’s name you’d like to chart for:
Once you have finished charting for one of the clients in the Group Appointment, you’ll click Sign and confirm that you want to sign this chart entry.
Next, a pop-up will appear asking if you want to copy this chart to other clients. You have the option of individually selecting clients or using the Select All button for any Arrived and Not Arrived participants. When you’re ready, click Copy Entries.
This creates a copy of the signed entry in the selected participants’ profiles. You can think of this as a photocopy of a paper file, so if the original entry is changed, you will need to re-share this information across related files for a consistent paper trail. You can learn more about the Copy to Client feature here.