The Therapist's Starter Guide: Setting Up and Building Your Practice, Working with Clients, and Managing Professional Growth / Edition 1

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A hands-on and practical guide to professional fulfillment and business success

The first guide to cover all aspects of therapeutic practice, The Therapist's Starter Guide: Setting Up and Building Your Practice, Working with Clients, and Managing Professional Growth provides new practitioners, and those in the first few years of establishing a practice, with the skills needed to succeed, thrive, and grow professionally as well as personally. This vital guide recognizes the practice of psychotherapy as a unique blend of science, art, and business. It equips new mental health professionals with the knowledge they need to transition to their first job out of school or the start of their own therapy practice.

Written by two seasoned mental health professionals with both clinical and managerial experience operating a network of behavioral health providers, this hands-on book is designed for those seeking realistic advice on how to manage a successful career as a therapist—be it working on one's own or as part of a larger organization or practice. Filled with relevant case studies and self-test questions, it presents solid, practical answers to questions including:

  • How should you recognize ethical dilemmas and handle them when they occur?

  • How can you position your practice for success in a very competitive marketplace?

  • How do you recognize when your clients are ready for change?

  • How will you handle working with insurance companies?

  • What issues are important in the beginning and during treatment?

  • How do you end treatment gracefully?

The Therapist's Starter Guide: Setting Up andBuilding Your Practice, Working with Clients, and Managing Professional Growth provides practitioners in counseling, social work, and psychology with the tools they'll need to become outstanding, effective, ethical, and satisfied professionals.

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Editorial Reviews

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" one of the most comprehensive books out there that I’ve seen on this subject. The guide offers a collection of tools and information for those new to private practice issues and is a valuable reference and reminder for veteran practitioners. I find it refreshing for a handbook to exist that combines coverage of professional growth, working with clients, and setting up a private practice in a single volume. All in all, this is a helpful resource for social workers in private practice, as well as educators and students interested in this area." (The New Social Worker, Winter 2009)

"The Therapist’s Starter Guide meets a professional need for the postgraduate student interested in private practice... instructive and informative... pragmatic and filled with welcomed "how tos"... provide(s) an excellent detailed discussion along with helpful exercises" and "emulates the mentoring style often imbedded in productive supervision." (Research on Social Work Practice, September 2009)

"The Therapist's Starter Guide is highly recommended for experienced clinicians who are ready to branch out and diversify their professional efforts. In addition, this book will prove useful to those who are thinking about a career in the helping professions and taking the long view of their own vocational trajectory." (Counseling Today, September 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470228920
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,379,046
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I Setting Up and Building Your Practice

1 Defining Your Purpose

2 Ethical Issues

3 Legal Issues

4 The Importance of Documentation: Using Client Charts to Keep Care Focused

5 Establishing Your Practice

Sect. II Working With Clients

6 The Therapeutic Relationship

7 How Will You Interact With the Client?

8 Understanding the Change Process

9 Beginning Treatment

10 The Middle Phase of Treatment

11 Ending Treatment

12 Working With Common Themes

13 Working With Challenging Cases: Chemical Dependency and Personality Disorders

14 Managing Adverse Events

15 Understanding Medications and the Role of Medical Conditions

Sect. III Managing Professional Growth

16 Professional Growth Through Personal Management


Subject Index

Author Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    outstanding resource for mental health providers

    This book is very complete and easy to read and understand. From the seasoned professional to the beginner therapist, this book is a real treasure and resource. I highly recommend it. Laura Ellis, Ph.D.

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