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(p. 105) Envisioning Your Ideal Practice 

(p. 105) Envisioning Your Ideal Practice
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(p. 105) Envisioning Your Ideal Practice
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Dave Verhaagen

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190272166.003.0009
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date: 20 September 2017

Before embarking on the difficult but exciting journey of starting a private practice, it’s wise for mental health practitioners to envision what their ideal practice would look like. The authors use their own experience starting a practice, Southeast Psych, to illustrate this envisioning process. This chapter takes novices through the process of envisioning their practice, beginning with why they are starting a business, then establishing clearly defined values that guide the development of their unique business culture. The chapter addresses issues related to financial and emotional risk taking and the importance of taking “good risks” to establish a successful business, attract and retain clients, and provide excellent customer service. The chapter also addresses how to create a strong strategic plan to help the business flourish and find its niche in the community.

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