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Becoming Licensed Means That I Am Now Competent

Becoming Licensed Means That I Am Now Competent  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0002
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
2 Becoming Licensed Means That I Am Now Competent The Myth To practice a mental health profession independently, you must be licensed to do so in the state in which you plan to practice. To become licensed, in addition to completing the required application and paying required fees, you must pass your profession’s licensing exam. And, this follows years of hard work in graduate school, both coursework and supervised clinical experiences. Licensure is the culminating event, the final hurdle to clear. Once licensed, you now have your state’s stamp of approval for practicing independently, having demonstrated your competence to
If I “Sell Out” to the Business of Practice, I Give Up My Core Value of Altruism

If I “Sell Out” to the Business of Practice, I Give Up My Core Value of Altruism  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0003
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
3 If I “Sell Out” to the Business of Practice, I Give Up My Core Value of Altruism The Myth The business of practice is all about making money. Those who enter private practice do so because of a primary motivation to make lots of money, rather than a focus on helping those in need. Although private practitioners may provide helpful clinical services, they are “business people.” They focus on treating consumers who can afford to pay their full fee and work to develop practices that can generate the highest possible financial rewards. To remain true to the values
Meet Clara and Troy, Two Adults with ADHD

Meet Clara and Troy, Two Adults with ADHD  

Jan Willer

in Could it be Adult ADHD?: A Clinician's Guide to Recognition, Assessment, and Treatment

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2017
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Mar 2017
eISBN: 
9780190256333
DOI: 
10.1093/med:psych/9780190256319.003.0001
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190256319
Disorder: 
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
1 Meet Clara and Troy, Two Adults with ADHD
In Graduate School, I Learned What I Need to Know About Running a Successful Practice

In Graduate School, I Learned What I Need to Know About Running a Successful Practice  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0001
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
1 In Graduate School, I Learned What I Need to Know About Running a Successful Practice The Myth After completing years of study and hard work in graduate school, you have received your degree. This represents the culmination of numerous classes, reading countless journal articles and other readings, and completing numerous hours of supervised clinical experience. You likely learned from some wonderful professors and clinical supervisors. They have prepared you to be an outstanding clinician. You are well educated, clinically skilled, and credentialed to enter independent practice. The great education and training you have received has taught you all
There Is No Need to Have a Budget or Business Plan

There Is No Need to Have a Budget or Business Plan  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0014
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
14 There Is No Need to Have a Budget or Business Plan The Myth You are a financially prudent and responsible person. You are running a small business. You have income and you have expenses. What has to be paid, has to be paid. The balance is left to you. What’s the big deal? Who needs a complicated budget? Besides, if something unpredictable happens during the year, are you going to avoid taking care of it because you have not budgeted for it? In other words, if your laptop fails in August, are you going to wait until January
There Is No Need to Save for RetirementI Can Sell My Practice When I Am Ready to Retire

There Is No Need to Save for Retirement: I Can Sell My Practice When I Am Ready to Retire  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0020
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
20 There Is No Need to Save for Retirement I Can Sell My Practice When I Am Ready to Retire The Myth You’ve been building your practice for years. You have created something of value. Many professionals likely would rather purchase your well-established and successful practice than attempt to start one from scratch on their own. After all, that might be risky for them and your practice is a proven business that will be of value to anyone who might purchase it. You anticipate that when you retire your practice will be producing quite a bit of income, even
If You Build It, They Will Come

If You Build It, They Will Come  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0007
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
7 If You Build It, They Will Come The Myth When you open a private practice, you are automatically guaranteed a steady flow of clients and a successful private practice. There’s a great need out there and you’ve been trained to meet the need. Just “hang up your shingle” and you’ll be all set. That’s a reasonable expectation. After all, you are a highly competent and skilled clinician. You have many years of academic coursework and many, many hours of supervised clinical experience. Let’s not even mention all the additional work and study to become licensed. After all that,
Insurance Companies Just Care About Profits and I Care About My Patients, So It Is OK to Bend the Rules to Get Paid

Insurance Companies Just Care About Profits and I Care About My Patients, So It Is OK to Bend the Rules to Get Paid  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0006
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
6 Insurance Companies Just Care About Profits and I Care About My Patients, So It Is OK to Bend the Rules to Get Paid The Myth Insurance companies have the best deal in town. They get paid high premiums, they pay extremely reduced rates, and sometimes they don’t even pay at all. They are huge publicly traded companies that are just in it to make a profit. I’m the small businessperson who is trying to do the best I can to provide services and earn a living. If they do whatever they can to not pay, I am certainly
If You Build It, They Will Never Come

If You Build It, They Will Never Come  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0008
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
8 If You Build It, They Will Never Come The Myth Private practice is dead, and it is no longer a viable means of being financially successful as a mental health practitioner. Of course, one can still be a mental health professional; there are lots of salaried positions available at state hospitals, community mental health centers, and other similar settings. But the days of real financial success that used to be possible in private practice have come and gone. If you build a practice, you will sit there working for “peanuts” or not working at all. Understanding This Myth
Managed Care Is Evil and Should Be Avoided Like the Plague; Experienced and Competent Clinicians Don’t Participate in Managed Care

Managed Care Is Evil and Should Be Avoided Like the Plague; Experienced and Competent Clinicians Don’t Participate in Managed Care  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0005
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
5 Managed Care Is Evil and Should Be Avoided Like the Plague; Experienced and Competent Clinicians Don’t Participate in Managed Care The Myth Managed care is evil. All these insurance companies care about is making money. They charge high premiums, restrict consumers’ access to needed services, and then pay small amounts to clinicians, keeping most of the money collected from premiums for their own profits. Managed care companies are intermediaries that serve no real purpose. They increasingly limit the services they cover and lower their reimbursement rates to clinicians, putting up obstacles to restrict access to needed care through
Being Known as a Generalist Will Position My Practice Well in the Community

Being Known as a Generalist Will Position My Practice Well in the Community  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0004
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
4 Being Known as a Generalist Will Position My Practice Well in the Community The Myth The training you have received has prepared you to be in private practice. You have spent years and a small fortune investing in your preparation for a successful career in private practice and learning the essential skills of your profession. You have passed the licensing exam. You have learned about working with adults, children, couples, and families. You have learned about assessing psychiatric disorders, group therapy, and many different approaches to individual psychotherapy. You are well suited to treat most people who will
Educational aspects

Educational aspects  

Keith Hawton

in Sex Therapy: A Practical Guide

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 1985
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Sep 2015
eISBN: 
9780191808005
DOI: 
10.1093/med:psych/9780192614131.003.0010
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Psychosocial Interventions and Psychotherapy
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780192614131
Disorder: 
Sexual Disorders
10 Educational aspects
I’m the Boss. Who Needs Policies and Procedures?

I’m the Boss. Who Needs Policies and Procedures?  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0016
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
16 I’m the Boss. Who Needs Policies and Procedures? The Myth You are now the boss—the owner of the practice. You can do things your way. You even can change your mind and decide certain things as you go. Policies and procedures are just for big corporations, right? As the owner of a solo practice, or even a group practice, you are not really a corporation and don’t need complex policies and procedures. That is for a Human Resources Department. You can address issues as they arise, using your judgment in deciding how to respond. Understanding This Myth Having
If You Build It They Will ComeAnd Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.001.0001
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
book
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
If You Build It They Will Come And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions Section I Preparing for Private Practice Section II Building Your Practice Section III Managing Your Practice Section IV Documentation and Record Keeping Section V Toward Ethical Practice
There Is No Need to Waste My Hard-Earned Money on Consultants, Attorneys, and Certified Public Accountants

There Is No Need to Waste My Hard-Earned Money on Consultants, Attorneys, and Certified Public Accountants  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0012
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
12 There Is No Need to Waste My Hard-Earned Money on Consultants, Attorneys, and Certified Public Accountants The Myth You are smart. You completed graduate school. You can figure things out. With everything being accessible online why would you need to hire consultants? You can always get the business input you need by asking questions of colleagues on a listserv. What kind of consultants would you need anyway? You already have training in how to start and run a practice. You likely have read books on this and have attended workshops. You took an ethics course in graduate school,
Video Conferencing and Tele-Mental Health Technologies Are Easy Ways to Build My Practice

Video Conferencing and Tele-Mental Health Technologies Are Easy Ways to Build My Practice  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0011
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
11 Video Conferencing and Tele-Mental Health Technologies Are Easy Ways to Build My Practice The Myth Tele-mental health is frequently used to offer professional services to clients who are not able to access these needed services in person. If you are providing tele-mental health services to clients in your own state, you do not need to concern yourself with these issues. You are licensed in your state and know your state’s laws and regulations relevant to providing clinical services in general, so there should be nothing else to concern you. If you can effectively provide in-person treatment to clients,
At This Stage of My Career Paying for Supervision or Consultation Is Just Ridiculous

At This Stage of My Career Paying for Supervision or Consultation Is Just Ridiculous  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0013
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
13 At This Stage of My Career Paying for Supervision or Consultation Is Just Ridiculous The Myth Now that you are licensed, you have been credentialed by your state to practice your mental health profession independently. This means that after years of having to report to and follow the direction of your clinical supervisors, you can now practice without the need for ongoing supervision. You now get to make your own treatment decisions. You decide which patients or clients to treat, which assessment tools to use, and what treatment to provide. It is all up to you. Whew! What
It Is Best to Have a Policy About Cancelled and Missed Appointments, and to Enforce It Consistently

It Is Best to Have a Policy About Cancelled and Missed Appointments, and to Enforce It Consistently  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0017
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
17 It Is Best to Have a Policy About Cancelled and Missed Appointments, and to Enforce It Consistently The Myth You provide valuable services. Clients reserve your time. If they cancel without sufficient notice, or if they miss an appointment, you lose the fees you would have earned during the time you reserved for them. If you charge $150/hour, have two such openings per week over 46 work weeks during the course of a year, that comes to $13,800 of lost income. This is not trivial. Having a policy and consistently enforcing it prevents the loss of that income.
Documentation and Record Keeping Are Burdens to Be Completed as Quickly as PossibleThe Less Said, the Better

Documentation and Record Keeping Are Burdens to Be Completed as Quickly as Possible: The Less Said, the Better  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0021
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
21 Documentation and Record Keeping Are Burdens to Be Completed as Quickly as Possible The Less Said, the Better The Myth It is likely that documentation and record keeping are among the least pleasant tasks that you are required to complete as a mental health clinician. You didn’t enter the profession because of an innate desire to complete documentation and record keeping requirements. In fact, these may seem to take time away from the real reason you became a mental health professional; namely, to help clients. It may feel as though getting done with this burden as quickly as
It Is Best to Provide Minimal Information When a Referral Source Requests Information About a Client

It Is Best to Provide Minimal Information When a Referral Source Requests Information About a Client  

Jeffrey E. Barnett and Jeffrey Zimmerman

in If You Build It They Will Come: And Other Myths of Private Practice in the Mental Health Professions

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2019
Series: 
Other
Published Online: 
Jan 2019
eISBN: 
9780190900830
DOI: 
10.1093/med-psych/9780190900762.003.0022
Specialty: 
Clinical Psychology, Clinical Adult Psychology
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780190900762
Disorder: 
Mood Disorders
22 It Is Best to Provide Minimal Information When a Referral Source Requests Information About a Client The Myth Of course you should not release client information to referral sources or to any other individuals without the client’s permission to do so, but even with this permission it is best to share as little information as possible. Your primary obligation is to protect each client’s privacy by carefully safeguarding confidential information. Clients may authorize you to share information with the referral source, but they may not fully understand the implications of doing so or may how their information may

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