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Are You an Employee or an Independent Contractor?
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
July 2nd, 2014
            In my consulting work at the Practice Institute I review contracts that clinicians are asked to sign when considering joining a group practice. While I am not an attorney (and I do encourage that an attorney review each contract) I do have enough experience in private practice to be able to point out some possible red flags for the clinician to consider in making the decision to s …
Blogging to Build Your Online Presence: Cheap, Easy, Effective, Ethical
Blogging is a great way to build your online presence:
It’s low-cost (or even free)
It’s easy
It’s effective
It’s an ethical marketing strategy that benefits both you and the public.
Blogging Your Way to a Healthy Practice
Author: Charles Sender, LCSW
October 1st, 2014
“But, I do not have enough time in the day to write for and maintain a blog,” Is a common statement heard in response to the suggestion to build a professional internet presence through a professional blog. Yet, blogging can be a fun, ethical, quick and easy way to develop and maintain a healthy and professional internet presence. Posting can and should be quick and short. In the era of internet and quick paced clicks, professional bl …
Consider Alternative Practice Arrangements
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
May 5th, 2014
When thinking about where to begin practicing most mental health professionals think about joining a group of other mental health professionals. That is, they want to be around like-minded people who have similar values and goals. While this strategy may work well for some people, in general I think this is the slow road to having a full and sustained private practice.             Reportedly …
Embezzlement Happens
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
August 6th, 2014
When I was a graduate student one of my colleagues was married to an Ophthalmologist who had his own practice. She asked three of us to schedule an examination and gave each of us cash to pay for the exam. This was a win-win. We got free eye examinations and they were able to “follow the money” in their practices.             This experiment was suggested by their accountant. This …
Growing Your Practice: Office Support for Mental Health Professional
It is 9:00 PM, and Rachel, the local therapist, just finished her final session of the evening. She would love to close up her office, go home, relax and get to bed at a reasonable hour. But she has twelve new voicemails, most probably needing a call back to schedule a session or answer a basic question. Little does she know that one of the messages is cancelling tomorrow’s session and another message is asking for an appointment ASAP.David, a busy psychologist working out of his home office, has not invoiced his clients in over six weeks and cannot remember if he made that last
How We Built Our Dream Practice: Innovative Ideas for Building Yours
March 24th, 2015
Book Recommendation: How We Built Our Dream Practice: Innovative Ideas for Building Yours Written by: Dave Verhaagen, Ph.D. and Frank Gaskill Ph.D. Reviewed by: Chana Kaiman, LCSW Whether you are clinician who is just starting out or a seasoned professional who wants to expand, growing your practice is an ever-present goal that takes more than knowledge and experience. You may be a competent professional with superb clinical skills but who is kno …
I'm In It for the Money
Author: Charles Sender, LCSW
September 23rd, 2014
A common struggle clinicians grapple with is their relationship with money, fees and finances. As helping professionals, we are proud, and should be proud of our dedication to our chosen profession. We chose our profession because we yearn to care for and help others. It is difficult to contemplate that there are other dynamics involved in our relationship with the individuals and people we serve. Yet, to neglect the “what’s in it for …
Joining a Group Practice: Not a Simple Decision
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
March 19th, 2014
            It is amazing to me that most people who join group practices do so with little forethought and little due diligence. This is especially true for early career professionals who are just happy to be “taken in” to a practice so they can fulfill their professional dream of being successful in private practice.           &n …
Keys in Building a Non-Managed Care Practice
Author: Steven Walfish, Ph.D.
June 9th, 2014
  It is likely every private practitioner’s dream to have insurance carriers out of their professional lives. After all who likes filling out claim forms, reviewing EOBs for mistakes, losing money due to contractually agreed upon discounted fees, and occasionally being told that services are not medically necessary and therefore will not be reimbursed.             There are several …