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Getting Started in Private Practice: The Complete Guide to Building Your Mental Health Practice

ISBN: 978-0-471-42623-3
352 pages
October 2004
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All the tips and tools you need to build a successful mental health practice from the ground up

Many mental health professionals currently working for group practices, hospitals, and private or government agencies have both the skills and the drive to become solo practitioners. But how and where do you begin?

Getting Started in Private Practice is a reliable reference that offers the comprehensive information and armchair motivation you need to establish and build your own practice from the ground up. User-friendly and full of helpful tips, this handy book provides you with tools and techniques for starting and maintaining a thriving private practice, including information on:
* Discovering your ideal practice
* Creating a business plan
* Financing your start-up
* Setting fees
* Setting up shop and measuring results
* Minimizing risk
* Managing managed care
* Marketing your practice
* Generating referrals
* Utilizing additional print, Web, and organizational resources


From major concerns such as ethics and liability to day-to-day matters like selecting stationery and business cards, Getting Started in Private Practice puts the best solutions at your fingertips. Whether you're a recent graduate or a seasoned pro, this invaluable resource will help you minimize the uncertainty of establishing a solo practice while maximizing the rewards.
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Series Preface.

Introduction.

1. Discover Your Ideal Practice.

2. Finance Your Start-Up Practice.

3. Create a Business Plan.

4. Set Your Fees.

5. Set Up Shop and Measure Results.

6. Minimize Risk.

7. Manage Managed Care.

8. Market Your Practice.

9. Discover and Market Your Niche.

10. Generate Referrals.

11. Attract Media Attention.

12. Advertise Your Practice.

13. Presentations, Speeches, and Workshops.

14. Customer Service Skills for Therapists.

15. Self-Care for Therapists.

Appendix. Sample Forms.

Glossary.

References.

Index.

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Chris E. Stout, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as Illinois’s first Chief of Psychological Services for the Department of Human Services/Office of Mental Health. He has published or presented over 300 papers and twenty-nine books and manuals on various topics in psychology.

Laurie Cope Grand, MS, MFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and author of numerous books on practice management, including The Therapist’s Advertising and Marketing Kit and The Therapist’s Newsletter Kit, both from Wiley.

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