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(p. 5) Is Private Practice for You?: Key Information and Considerations for Success 

(p. 5) Is Private Practice for You?: Key Information and Considerations for Success
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(p. 5) Is Private Practice for You?: Key Information and Considerations for Success
Author(s):

Jeffrey E. Barnett

and Jeffrey Zimmerman

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190272166.003.0001
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date: 20 September 2017

This chapter provides useful guidance on the nature and characteristics of private practice in the mental health professions. Unique features of the private practice setting, differences from other practice settings, and the personal characteristics the practitioner needs to be happy and successful in private practice are discussed. Essential features of private practice are explained, the roles a private practitioner will serve in are reviewed, and different practice models and options for the business entrepreneur are described. Pros and cons of private practice are reviewed to assist the reader in making an informed decision about the appropriateness of choosing a career as a private practitioner. Recommendations are provided for what one may do while in graduate school and after graduation to prepare to be a successful private practitioner. Resources and suggested readings are provided to further educate the reader on private practice as a career option.

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