25 Jan 2017

Growing and Sustaining a Private Practice: Opportunities Are Where You Find Them and Where You Make Them

There are forces that impinge on the ability to develop a successful independent practice. These include lack of training in the business of practice, cognitive distortions on the part of clinicians regarding how a practice “has to be” and a lack of recognition of possible practice opportunities that utilize the doctoral-level clinician’s entire skill set. This presentation focuses on the process of creativity, and how entrepreneurial thinking can shape a thriving private practice. Numerous examples are presented on how mental health professionals may consider expanding their current practice patterns beyond providing traditional psychotherapy services in their offices.

Learning Objective 1
Discuss three concepts from entrepreneurship that relate to the expansion of a clinical practice.

Learning Objective 2
List three potential practice areas based on data-based research.

Learning Objective 3
Identify one Standard from the APA Ethics Code that relates to the developing new practice areas.

Presenter: Steven Walfish, PhD (deceased)

Dr. Walfish was a private practice psychologist in Atlanta and a partner at The Practice Institute and Clinical Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. He was the editor of Earning a Living Outside of Managed Care: Fifty Ways to Expand Your Practice, co-editor of Translating Psychological Research into Practice, co-author of Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Practical Strategies and Ethical Practice and Billing and Collecting for Your Mental Health Practice: Effective Strategies and Ethical Practice and co-author of The Ethics of Private Practice: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Clinicians. In 2012, he served as President of APA Division 42. In 2016, he was awarded a Presidential Citation for his excellence in synthesizing practice and scholarship in all of his professional endeavors and his dedication mentoring countless others in relation to his forward looking view of what psychology is and psychologists can become. Learn more

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