How to Survive and Thrive as a Therapist: Information, Ideas, and Resources for Psychologists in Practice / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes everything you wanted to know about independent practice in psychology. It contains excellent resources written in plain English. It is concise, but covers a lot of ground.
Purpose: According to the authors, "we wrote this book as a resource for starting, growing, or improving a psychology practice. It's for psychologists (and other mental health professionals) who are just starting out — and may be unsure about what steps to take to open a practice — as well as for those who have been in practice for many years and are looking for ways to expand, strengthen, rethink, redirect, or improve their practice." They continue: "In this book we've tried to draw together information, ideas, and resources from a few basic areas for creating a practice that is right for you and your community. This means in part that the practice is a sound business and a financial success (however you define that term). Equally important, the practice must be consistent with your deepest values and who you are, is part of a meaningful life, and brings you joy (at least some of the time) and fulfillment" The book meets these worthy objectives.
Audience: The target audience is revealed in a box right on the cover that states: "Information, ideas, and resources for psychologists in practice." The authors include other mental health professionals as well in the preface. Graduate students in psychology and/or social work would benefit greatly from this book, especially if they plan to open a private practice. The authors are well respected authorities in psychology.
Features: This book contains the nuts and bolts of independent practice. It talks about the business aspects which are helpful to those just venturing out including having a business plan, finding an office and attorney, creating policies and procedures, and preparing a will. I enjoyed the last two chapters: Avoiding Logical Fallacies in Psychology and Avoiding Ethical Rationalizations. This book is somewhat unique because the appendixes comprise more pages than the chapters. However, the appendixes are very useful because many important APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines are listed there. The limitations of this book are what you would expect: since it is so brief, you have to look elsewhere to follow up on the ideas.
Assessment: This book tells you so much about what you need to think about before you put your feet in the water of independent practice. It's like sitting down with seasoned veterans and having them tell you what you need to know as a rookie. It is a quick read but everything is there to whet your appetite for further investigation, especially into the business side of psychology. This would be a good class in clinical or counseling psychology programs, to help eliminate the naiveté of the young and uninformed.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591472315
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Who are you and what is important to you? 3
Ch. 2 Income, expenses, and a business plan 5
Ch. 3 Creating strategies for self-care 13
Ch. 4 Finding an office 23
Ch. 5 Finding an attorney 33
Ch. 6 Finding professional liability coverage 39
Ch. 7 Thinking through your policies and procedures 47
Ch. 8 Preparing a professional will 57
Ch. 9 Finding clients and referral sources 65
Ch. 10 Using computers and the Internet 77
Ch. 11 Responding to a licensing, malpractice, or ethics complaint 87
Ch. 12 Avoiding pitfalls in psychological assessment 95
Ch. 13 Avoiding logical fallacies in psychology 101
Ch. 14 Avoiding ethical rationalizations 109
App. A Contact information for psychology licensing boards in Canada and the United States 115
App. B APA ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct 123
App. C Canadian code of ethics for psychologists, third edition 151
App. D APA record keeping guidelines 187
App. E APA guidelines for child custody evaluations in divorce proceedings 193
App. F APA guidelines for psychological evaluations in child protection matters 205
App. G APA guidelines for psychological practice with older adults 223
App. H APA guidelines for the evaluation of dementia and age-related cognitive decline 279
App. I APA guidelines for providers of psychological services to ethnic, linguistic, and culturally diverse populations 293
App. J APA guidelines on multicultural education, training, research, practice, and organizational change for psychologists (abridged version) 301
App. K APA guidelines for psychotherapy with lesbian, gay, & bisexual clients 341
App. L APA rights and responsibilities of test takers : guidelines and expectations 369
App. M APA statement on services by telephone, teleconferencing, and Internet 383
App. N Specialty guidelines for forensic psychologists 385
App. O APA strategies for private practitioners coping with subpoenas or compelled testimony for client records or test data 399
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2005

    A 'Must Have' book!

    This is one superb resource on the topic of establishing and maintaining a successful and ethical private practice. With this book, all the information that I've had to spend hours and hours chasing down from various remote sources over my years in practice-- is right at your fingertips. In addition to its obvious practicality, this book includes references to many subtlties inherent in running a practice that most of of never think about until we run into difficulties and then have to learn the hard way. I've been in practice for 18 years and am so grateful to have this resource-- finally. If the authors had written this gem 20 years earlier, launching and maintaining my practice from the get-go would have been so much easier! Clinicians-- grab this book, and consider giving them as gifts to your colleagues as well. They will forever be indebted to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    How did I survive?

    How did I survive 46 years in private practice without this book? It is chock full of essential information and advice that will help me thrive for the next 46 years.--Thomas Greening, Ph.D., ABPP, Independent Practice; editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    World Class!

    This is by far the best book on this topic. Hard to live up to the blurbs, but this book did it and then some! (Most books have 3-5 blurbs on the cover -- this one has over 25 on the cover and inside pages from a number of APA presidents, some of the biggest names in the field, and people who have spent their careers 'in the trenches' and know what it takes to build and grow a therapy practice.) The 15 appendixes with formal guidelines from APA, CPA, etc., alone would be worth the price of this book, but it gives you *practical* guidance on how to do everything from making a business plan, finding an attorney, finding malpractice insurance, finding an office, and finding clients, to self-care, how to respond to formal complaints and law suits, how to use computers and the internet, and how to prepare a professional will. If you're in practice or want to be, this is THE book!

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