Independent Practice for the Mental Health Professional: Growing a Private Practice for the 21st Century

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Medical - 141 pages
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Marketing, office planning, networking, managed care, legal liability. These are probably not the words that encouraged your decision to pursue a career in the field of mental health. Unfortunately, before practicing the art of therapy, most mental health professionals must first deal with the business of therapy. Independent Practice for the Mental Health Professional, co-written by a veteran therapist and a therapist just beginning in her practice, offers the information needed to balance the demands of running a business along with being a therapist. Based on Joan Beigel and Ralph Earle's previous work, Successful Private Practice in the 1990s, this book offers specific tools for building a successful private practice for the next century. Independent Practice for the Mental Health Professional provides the reader with the experience and time-tested lessons of one author who has been in practice for three decades. At the same time, the co-author, practicing for less than a year, addresses the thoughts and concerns of those therapists soon to enter, or thinking about entering, private practice. In this book, readers will learn: the pros and cons of going solo or joining a group p
 

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Contents

Portraits of PrivatePractice MentalHealth Professionals
17
3 Its a Matter of Marketing
27
Marketing Plans and Specialties
58
6 Institutional Affiliation
68
Mystery or Mastery
75
PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY
87
Office Planning Policies and Procedures
100
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Earle has been writing technical documentation & marketing materials at IBM for six years.

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