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Private Practice
with Julie Janks, MSW, LCSW, BCD

Business

Top 10 Best Books for Building Your Practice

I asked members of my Private Practice Toolbox Facebook Group what books have helped them succeed in Private Practice and added them to the list of my favorites. Some of the following are specific to the mental health profession, while others offer insight that applies to the business world in general, but all of them can teach you valuable tips and strategies to use for your practice.

1) "Building Your Ideal Private Practice" by Lynn Grodzki

This groundbreaking book is first on the list for a reason. Dr. Grodzski leads the way in offering time-tested strategies to grow and improve your therapy practice (read here).


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4 Common Business Blunders of Newbie Private Practitioners

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
-Eleanor Roosevelt
When starting out in private practice, there's a lot to know. A lot. The learning curve can be painfully steep, particularly in ways for which we received no official training (finances, hiring practices, etc.). And no matter how knowledgeable or skilled a clinician is, he/she will inevitably take a few wrong steps. And that's okay!

We recently opened up a discussion on our Facebook page to get feedback about common business mistakes that therapists made when they were getting started in private practice. The responses were overwhelming; it seems many of you were eager to reflect on and share lessons that you learned the hard way! Though there were many answers given, a select few kept coming up that are worth addressing. Here are 4 common business mistakes to avoid when starting private practice:


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The Power of Online Presence: Facebook Brings Australian Parenting Expert Elly Taylor International Opportunities


 

Discover how some very successful mental health professionals use blogging, social media, and other technologies as powerful tools for their therapy practices.

Elly Taylor, AARC, is an Australian Relationship Counsellor, Parenthood Researcher and advocate for emotional health. She teaches parents and professionals about the eight stages of early parenthood following pregnancy so families can bed down solid foundations for psychological, emotional and relational growth. You can learn more about Elly’s work at www.ellytaylor.com.


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Tough Love: How to Be Firm About Finances


When you decided to go into the field of professional psychotherapy, it's likely that your reasons had little to do with money. Even as you first started, you probably didn't have dollars on the brain all the time (payments, insurance, fees, collections, etc.). Billing specialists deal with that stuff, not us, right? But those of us in private practice quickly discover how important it is to acknowledge and successfully navigate the financial aspect of our businesses. And resigning from managed care panels and switching to a fee-for-service model means that the responsibility to collect fees relies on the individual therapy practice; now, it's our job.

I certainly understand that it can be awkward. People get weird about money. I used to be uncomfortable asking clients for payment after they'd born their souls to me. But thankfully, there's a way to conquer money anxiety, serve your clients, and still meet the needs of your practice and of yourself. Here are some strategies I've discovered about how to be firm about finances and present your stated fees to clients with confidence:


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Choosing the Right Electronic Health Record (EHR) for Your Private Practice

The key to running any company smoothly is to keep meticulous and clear records, and psychotherapy private practices are no exception. Virtually all businesses today operate with an electronic data-keeping system; paper files don’t cut it anymore. More and more private practitioners are moving toward a paperless practice, which includes a professional Electronic Health Record. And advances in technology have created software programs designed for the unique needs of those in the mental health profession.

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Therapist Roll Call: Join The Private Practice Pinterest List


Do you use Pinterest? I do and I have found some amazing relationship and emotional health resources for my clients and practice building resources. I've also found that it's a great way to direct visitors to my website and learn about my services.

In the past, I've featured a roll call for therapists so we could connect on Twitter and Facebook, and it was very well received. I'd like to continue that tradition so we can get to know each other more on social media.

I recently wrote about how Pinterest can benefit your practice. So let's all add our Pinterest information and see what kinds of things we're pinning on our boards. Connect with me on Pinterest here


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Webinar: How to ‘Break Up’ With Managed Care and Build a Fee-For-Service Practice

New webinar this Wednesday on building a fee-for-service private practice
I've written previously about my decisions to 'break up' with managed care and build a fee-for-service only practice. This topic comes up often in my Private Practice Toolbox Facebook Group. Group members often ask questions like:


Is it really possible for private practitioners to build a cash-pay practice in our current economy?
How do you find clients who are willing to pay your full fee at each session?
How do I overcome the fear of losing all of my clientele if I resign from insurance panels?
How do you address the needs of those in your community who can't afford your services if you don't work with insurance?

If you've ever wondered these questions, you may be interested in my upcoming webinar this Wednesday.

Date: Wed. Oct 10, 2014*

Time: 11:00 a.m. (PT)/Noon (MT)/1:00 p.m. (CT)/2:00 pm (ET)

Length: 90-minutes

*If you can't make the live webinar at that date & time, no problem! You'll receive a link to watch the replay video at your convenience, but you do need to register.

Reserve your seat here