This book is a nuts-and-bolts guide to starting, growing, or improving a psychotherapy practice. Graduate psychology programs offer a wealth of information on honing one's therapeutic skills, but often provide little information on the "how to's" of practice:
>All of these topics are covered in this book.
- creating a successful business plan
- tailoring your practice to suit your needs, talents, and values
marketing your services
- finding an office that works for you and your clients
- developing forms, policies, and procedures
- finding the right attorney and professional liability insurance
- responding to licensing, malpractice, or ethics complaints
- using computers safely, efficiently, and effectively
- taking care of yourself so you can provide the best possible service to your clients
Both psychologists just starting out and seasoned practitioners who want to expand, restructure, or enrich their practices will appreciate the authors' wit and wisdom. In addition to the 15 chapters, the book contains 15 appendices that make key APA professional standards and guidelines and other resources available for consultation in one handy source.
- Identify three ethical issues related to your selection of
office space for your professional practice.
- Describe what a "client will" is, and how it relates to ethical
- Discuss the range of ethical issues surrounding
professional practice in a culturally diverse world.
Table of Contents
- Who Are You and What Is Important to You?
- Income, Expenses, & a Business Plan
- Creating Strategies for Self-Care
- Finding an Office
- Finding An Attorney
- Finding Professional Liability Coverage
- Thinking Through Your Policies & Procedures
- Preparing a Professional Will
- Finding Clients and Referral Sources
- Using Computers and the Internet
- Responding To a Licensing, Malpractice, or Ethics Complaint
- Avoiding Assessment Pitfalls
- Avoiding Common Fallacies in Psychology
- Avoiding Ethical Rationalizations
- Some Final Thoughts
- About the Authors
- Appendices: Contact Information for State & Provincial Psychology Licensing Boards
- APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists & Code of Conduct
- CPA: Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists
- APA Record Keeping Guidelines
- APA Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Divorce Proceedings
- APA Guidelines for Psychological Evaluations in Child Protection Matters
- APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults
- APA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia & Age-Related Cognitive Decline
- APA Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic, and Culturally Diverse Populations
- APA Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists
- APA Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Clients
- APA: Rights & Responsibilities of Test-Takers: Guidelines & Expectations
- APA Statement on Services by Telephone, Teleconferences, & the Internet
- American Board of Forensic Psychology: Specialty Guidelines
- APA Committee on Legal Issues: Strategies for private practitioners coping with subpoenas or compelled testimony for client records
About the Authors
Ken Pope received graduate degrees from Harvard and Yale and is in independent practice as a licensed psychologist. A diplomate in clinical psychology, he has authored or co-authored over 100 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed scientific and professional journals and books. He is a charter fellow of the American Psychological Society (APS) and was elected fellow of American Psychological Association Divisions 1, 2, 12, 29, 35, 41, 42, 44, and 51. Ken has worked at using the tools of scientific psychology to help those in need. He identified underserved and neglected populations; conducted research to better understand their needs; developed empirically grounded interventions to improve their welfare; and advanced their care by sharing research-based clinical guidance in articles, lectures, and books.
Melba Vasquez is a psychologist in full time independent practice in Austin, Texas, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association (2007-2009).She is a Fellow of APA Divisions 1, 17, 35, 42, 45, and 49, and holds the Diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She is a past president of Texas Psychological Association and of APA Divisions 35 (Society of Psychology of Women) and 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology).
This CE course is designated as beginning to advanced.