Private practice

These are materials related to the workshop series that I lead for graduate students on establishing a private practice. Although there aren’t PowerPoint slides from these sessions, there are resources and downloads that I have compiled for students to see during and after these sessions.

1. Download: Topic overview for each workshop session

2. Link: Bureau of Labor Statistics earnings data (2019) average salaries for clinical/counseling/school psychologists and for mental health counselors (but there are also differences in levels of debt)

3. Link: Bureau of Labor Statistics earnings data (2019) — place of employment — for clinical/counseling/school psychologists by job type and for mental health counselors by job type

4. Link: Salary data from the American Psychological Association (2015)

5. Blog link: Solo vs. group practice and related challenges

6. Handout:  Questions to consider when joining a group practice

7. Handout: Sample independent contractor contract for a group practice

8. Article: Building and managing a private practice

9. Handout: Opportunities outside of managed care – 1

10. Handout: Opportunities outside of managed care – 2

11. Blog link: Passive streams of income

12. Link: Will you accept insurance?

13. Link: (see local rates for 90834 and 90837)

14. Link: CAQH and credentialing

15. Link: TherapyAppointment and other mental health software options

16. Link:  American Professional Agency insurance and The Trust malpractice insurance (and a link to more information about types of insurance)

17. Link: Developing a business plan; scroll towards the bottom to download Andrew’s business plan

18. Link: Market saturation statistics and patterns of care seeking

19. Handout: Brochure sample and links for inexpensive business cards or nicer business cards

20. Handout: Introduction letter

21. Link: Psychology Today directory

22. Link: directory

23. Link: GoDaddy domain name purchase

24. Link: TherapySites and Counseling Kit (and a link to more information on websites vs. other forms of web presence)

25. Link: APA Division 42, Psychologists in Independent Practice

26. Link:  Illinois Psychological Association

27. Link: APA, Practice Directorate

28. Link: Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association

29. Link: The Practice Institute (especially TPI blog)

30. Link: Uncommon Practices (especially free resources)

31. Resource book: “Private practice made simple,” by Randy Patterson

32. Resource book: “Financial success in mental health practice,” by Steven Walfish and Jeffrey Barnet

33. Resource book: “Getting better at private practice,” edited by Chris Stout

34. Resource book: “The Paper Office: Forms, guidelines, and resources to make your practice work…,” by Edward Zuckerman and Keely Kolmes

35. Resource book: “Handbook of private practice: Keys to success for mental health practitioners,” edited by Steven Walfish, Jeffrey Barnett, and Jeffrey Zimmerman