Handbook of Private Practice: Keys to Success for Mental Health Practitioners

ISBN : 9780190272166

Steven Walfish; Jeffrey E. Barnett; Jeffrey Zimmerman
848 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Aug 2017
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Handbook of Private Practice is the premier resource for mental health clinicians, covering all aspects of developing and maintaining a successful private practice. Written for graduate students considering the career path of private practice, professionals wanting to transition into private practice, and current private practitioners who want to improve their practice, this book combines the overarching concepts needed to take a mental health practice (whether solo or in a group) from inception, through its lifespan. From envisioning your practice, to accounting and bookkeeping, hiring staff, managing the practice, and running the business of the practice, a diverse group of expert authors describe the practical considerations and steps to take to enhance your success. Chapters cover marketing, dealing with insurance and managed care, and how to choose your advisors. Ethics and risk management are integrated throughout the text with a special section also devoted to these issues and strategies. The last section features 26 niche practices in which expert practitioners describe their special area of practice and discuss important issues and aspects of their specialty practice. These areas include assessment and evaluation, specialized psychotherapy services, working with unique populations of clients, and more. Whether read cover-to-cover or used as a reference to repeatedly come back to when a question or challenge arises, this book is full of practical guidance directly geared to psychologists, counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists in independent practice.


Section 1 Private Practice Essentials

Beginning in Practice
1 Is Private Practice for You? Key Information and Considerations for Success
Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman
2 Models of Private Practice: Which Practice is Best?
Jeffrey Zimmerman
3 Start-Up Finances
Chris Stout and Grace Wang
4 Insurance Needs of the Private Practitioner
Martin G. Tracy and Jana N. Martin
5 Typical Forms Used in a Private Practice
Don Wiger
6 Record Keeping in Private Practice
Eric Drogin and James Armontrout
7 Measuring Clinical Progress with the OQ-45 in a Private Practice Setting
Michael J. Lambert
8 Entrepreneurship Basics for Practitioners
Laurie K. Baedke
9 Envisioning Your Ideal Practice
Dave Verhaagen
10 Developing a Business Plan
Jesse Fairchild
Managing Your Practice
11 Considerations in Acquiring Office Space
Jeff Zimmerman and Steven Walfish
12 Psychotherapy Office Designs That Support Treatment
Sally Augustin and Agneta Morelli
13 Technology Considerations in Running a Private Practice
Ellen Belluomini
14 Issues in Hiring and Supervising Professional Staff and Support Personnel
Craig Pohlman
15 Basic Bookkeeping and Accounting for the Private Practitioner
Jeffrey Zimmerman and Diane Libby
Practice Management Consultants
16 The Role of a CPA in Planning, Structuring, and Running a Private Practice
Diane Libby
17 The Role of the Attorney in a Private Practice
A. Steven Frankel
18 Financial Planning for the Private Practitioner
Mary Gresham
19 Mentorship in the Life and Work of the Private Practitioner
Brad Johnson
The Business of Practice
20 Fees and Financial Arrangements in Private Practice
Jeffrey E. Barnett
21 Effective Billing and Collecting
Thomas Kozak and Andrea Kozak Miller
22 The Basics of Managed Care and Its Impact on Private Practice
Gordon Herz
23 Challenges and Opportunities of Medicare
Amy Rosett
24 Optimizing Customer Service in Private Practice
Tiffany A. Garner and Jeffrey E. Barnett
Growing a Practice
25 Issues in Developing and Joining a Group Practice
Edward Wise
26 The Basics of Marketing Applied to Private Practice
Pauline Wallin
27 The Use of the Media in Marketing a Private Practice
Nancy A. McGarrah
28 The Use of Social Media in Marketing a Practice
Heather Wittenberg
29 How to Promote Your Practice Through Community Presentations
Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Elaine Ducharme
30 Collaborating with Health Care Professionals
Steven M. Tovian
31 Collaborating with Legal Professionals
Eric Mart
32 Collaborating with the Educational Community
Stephanie Mihalas and Lev Gottlieb
33 Consulting Psychology in the Business World
Shirley A. Maides-Keane and Bernard J. Liebowitz
Ethics and Legal Issues
34 Common Ethical Transgressions by Private Practitioners
Gerry P. Koocher and Rachael L. Suffrin
35 Ethics Issues Regarding Supervision and Consultation in Private Practice
Rodney K. Goodyear, Carol Falender, and Tony Rousmaniere
36 Malpractice Issues for the Private Practitioner
David Shapiro and Jeffrey Younggren
37 HIPAA 101 for the Private Practitioner
Laura Hecker
38 Ethical and Legal Aspects of the Practice of Teletherapy
Sara Smucker Barnwell and Linda F. Campbell
39 Dealing with Third Parties: Legal and Ethical Considerations
Joe Scroppo
40 Managing High-Risk Suicidal Clients in Private Practice
Jeffrey C. Sung and David A. Jobes
41 Issues in Planned and Unplanned Disruptions in Clinical Practice
A. Steven Frankel
42 Considerations in Closing a Private Practice
Janet Thomas and Steve Walfish
Special Issues
43 The Private Practitioner and Family Issues
Lauren Behrman
44 Sustaining Self-Care and Thriving as a Private Practitioner
Patricia A. Rupert and Ellen K. Baker
45 Stalking and Online Harassment of the Private Practitioner
Aaron J. Kivisto and Hannah M. Paul
46 Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Strategies
Jennifer M. Taylor and Greg J. Neimeyer
47 How Social Policy Impacts Private Practice
Catherine Ling, Sarah Huffman, and Patrick DeLeon
Section 2 Niche Chapters
Assessment and Evaluation Services
48 Child Custody Evaluations
Allison B. Hill
49 Personal Injury Evaluations
William E. Foote
50 Presurgical Bariatric Evaluations
Caroljean Bongo
51 Evaluations for Testing Accommodations
Robert L. Mapou
52 Assessment of Egg and Sperm Donors
Adam J. Rodriguez
Psychotherapy Services
53 Counseling Women with Breast Cancer
Sandra Haber
54 Treating Anxiety Disorders
Sally Winston and Steve Shearer
55 Treating Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
Helen G. Jenne
56 Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Hoarding Disorder
Michael A. Tompkins
57 Treating Trauma and Abuse
Elaine Ducharme
58 Intensive Outpatient Treatment for Eating Disorders
Linda Paulk Buchanan
59 Assessment and Treatment of ADD
Daniel Lennen
60 Counseling Asperger's Disorder
Frank Gaskill
61 Counseling Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clients
Barrie Morganstein
62 Counseling Clients with Borderline Personality Disorder
Lauren Moffitt Edwards and Noelle Santorelli
63 Psychotherapy with College Students
Rachel Smook
64 Beyond Lesbian and Gay: A Private Practice for Bisexual, Transgender, and Kinky Clients
Geri D. Weitzman
65 Interracial Couples Therapy
Kyle D. Killian
66 Psychotherapy with Interfaith Couples
Susan S. Needles
Other Services
67 Developing a Sport Psychology Practice
Kate F. Hays
68 Social Skills (Competence) Training for Children and Adolescents
Mary Karapetian Alvord and Lisa H. Berghorst
69 Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Catherine C. Loomis
70 Collaborative Divorce
Lisa Gabardi
71 Co-Parenting
Annette Rotter
72 Treating Chronic Physical Illness
Katherine S. Spencer
73 Dating Skills Coaching and Psychotherapy
Jessica Engle

About the author: 

Steven Walfish, Ph.D., was a licensed psychologist and had been in independent practice in Atlanta since 2002. He was also a Founding Partner of The Practice Institute, LLC. He had been the Editor of the Independent Practitioner and Practice Innovations and served on the Editorial Boards of several journals. He published in the areas of substance abuse, weight loss surgery, and professional training and practice. He was a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine where he supervised postdoctoral fellows.; Jeffrey E. Barnett, Psy.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist as well as a Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean at Loyola University Maryland. For over 30 years he has been actively engaged in contributing to and advancing the mental health professions. As a scholar in ethics, legal, and professional practice issues, he has published ten books and more than 200 articles and chapters and has given over 300 conference presentations and workshops, and he has mentored hundreds of students and junior colleagues in the business of private practice.; Jeffrey Zimmerman, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist (Connecticut and New York) and has been in independent practice for about 35 years. He returned to solo practice in 2007 after serving as founding and managing partner of a group practice for 22 years. Dr. Zimmerman provides training and consultation to mental health practices, is a founding partner of The Practice Institute, LLC, and is editor of Practice Innovations. Since 1988 he has been an Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut, Farmington, CT, and has authored numerous books, chapters, and articles on practice management and niche practices.

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