Practitioner’s bookshelf - Focus on practice management

This month we feature a collection of references and resources to help you explore how to build, manage, market and diversify your professional activities

by Marketing and Business Development Staff

October 27, 2010 — In this recurring feature, we’ll bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Practice Organization’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. This month, we focus on practice management, with volumes that explore how to build, manage, market and diversify your professional activities; helpful financial and legal resources; and forms you can customize for your practice.

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Practice management resources

Getting Started in Private Practice: The Complete Guide to Building Your Mental Health Practice 
By Chris E. Stout and Laurie C. Grand (2004)
Many mental health professionals currently working for group practices, hospitals, and private or government agencies have both the skills and the drive to become solo practitioners. But how and where do you begin? Getting Started in Private Practice offers the comprehensive information and armchair motivation you need to establish and build your own practice from the ground up. This book provides you with tools and techniques for starting and maintaining a thriving private practice, including information on: discovering your ideal practice; creating a business plan; financing your start-up; setting fees; setting up shop and measuring results; minimizing risk; managing managed care; marketing your practice; generating referrals and utilizing additional print, web, and organizational resources. From major concerns such as ethics and liability to day-to-day matters like selecting stationery and business cards, Getting Started in Private Practice puts solutions at your fingertips.

How to Survive and Thrive as a Therapist: Information, Ideas, and Resources for Psychologists in Practice 
By Kenneth S. Pope and Melba Vasquez (2005)
This book is a nuts-and-bolts guide to starting, growing, or improving a psychotherapy practice. Graduate psychology programs offer a wealth of information on honing one's therapeutic skills, but often provide little information on the "how to's" of practice, such as: creating a successful business plan; tailoring your practice to suit your needs, talents, and values; marketing your services; finding an office that works for you and your clients; developing forms, policies, and procedures; finding the right attorney and professional liability insurance; responding to licensing, malpractice, or ethics complaints; using computers safely, efficiently, and effectively; and taking care of yourself so you can provide the best possible service to your clients. In addition to the 15 chapters, the book contains 15 appendices that make key APA professional standards and guidelines and other resources available in one handy source.

Essentials of Private Practice: Streamlining Costs, Procedures, and Policies for Less Stress
By Holly A. Hunt (2005)
This practical, strategy-filled book provides readers with information on the basics of private practice: how to cut overhead costs; simplify insurance paperwork; manage appointments; handle billing and implement client policies. This book offers practical suggestions for reducing paperwork and stress while increasing profit.

Building Your Ideal Private Practice: A Guide for Therapists and Other Healing Professionals  
By Lynn Grodzki (2000)
A practice-building guide for therapists and healing professionals. Therapist and business coach Lynn Grodzki shows readers how to build an ideal practice — one custom designed to be both highly profitable and personally satisfying. Here readers will find information, coaching, and support to help them make more money in private practice, be more confident as business owners, generate a steady flow of referrals, set good practice policies and stay profitable.

Twelve Months to Your Ideal Private Practice: A Workbook  
By Lynn Grodzki (2003)
For therapists, coaches, and healing professionals who need quick results. This workbook offers a strategic program that will help professionals expand their practice. Based on the author's book, Building Your Ideal Private Practice, the workbook incorporates fresh ideas, new skill sets, favorite exercises and generous advice.

Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Essential Tools and Strategies for Practitioners
By Steven Walfish and Jeffrey E. Barnett (2008)
In this volume, authors Walfish and Barnett provide a comprehensive toolkit for practitioners to develop their business acumen and fully complement their extensive clinical training. Without question, top-notch clinical expertise in addition to sound business practices are the winning combination for long-term success.
Financial Success in Mental Health Practice shows readers how to market their practice, ensure its profitability, provide quality client service delivery, manage office overhead, implement effective accounting practices, handle commercial taxes and business expenses, navigate insurance claims and reimbursements, and plan for retirement. This volume is packed with sample forms, letters, and question lists and also includes fee schedules, key principles of private practice, and interviews with highly successful entrepreneurs and executive managers

Earning a Living Outside of Managed Mental Health Care: 50 Ways to Expand Your Practice 
Edited by Steven Walfish (2010)
While many practitioners would prefer to develop a fee-for-service practice to improve clinical care and income, there is limited available information on how to establish one. This book illustrates 50 strategies for growing a practice that is not managed care or insurance dependent. Contributors describe how they successfully carved out a niche in areas as varied as family and divorce counseling, teaching and supervision, healthcare, product development, and organizational consulting. In each vignette, the author describes his or her practice arrangements, training experiences, primary activities, pros and cons of this career path, effective business approaches, and also recommends professional resources, including books, journals, web sites, and societies.

The Evidence-Based Practice: Methods, Models, and Tools for Mental Health Professionals
Edited by Chris E. Stout and Randy A. Hayes (2004)
Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), a trend started in the medical community, is rapidly becoming of critical importance to the mental health professions as insurance companies begin to offer preferential pay to organizations using it. Featuring contributions from top researchers in the field, this groundbreaking book covers everything from what EBP is and its relevance to behavioral health to specific models for application and implementation, building best practice protocols, and evaluating bottom-line effectiveness in your organization.

Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business  
By Fred S. Steingold (2009)
Small business owners are regularly confronted by a bewildering array of legal questions and problems. Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business clearly explains the practical and legal information you need to: raise start-up money, choose between a sole proprietorship, partnership or LLC, get licenses and permits, buy or sell a business or franchise, negotiate a favorable lease, insure your business, hire independent contractors safely, understand small business tax rules, pick and protect a good name, resolve legal disputes, adopt the best customer policies, enter into strong contracts and cope with financial problems. The 11th edition is revised to provide the latest regulations, tax numbers and business realities in a changing economy. It also provides a start-up checklist, an expanded discussion about choosing a business structure, updates to bankruptcy law — and much more.

Successful Private Practice in Neuropsychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Model (Practical Resources for the Mental Health Professional) 
By Mary Pepping (2003)
A hands-on guide for neuropsychologists who want to explore, establish or expand their private practice. Learn how to: find high quality, low cost office space; utilize effective billing and collection practices; deliver group therapy and community workshops; and use teaching as a marketing tool.

The Paper Office, Fourth Edition: Forms, Guidelines, and Resources to Make Your Practice Work Ethically, Legally, and Profitably    
By Edward L. Zuckerman (2008)
Providing essential recordkeeping and risk-reduction tools that every psychotherapy practice needs, this practical resource is now in a fully updated fourth edition. It is ideal for new practitioners who want to hit the ground running and for seasoned pros who want to streamline their paperwork and clinical efficiency. Presented are methods for assuring informed consent and documenting treatment planning and progress; advice on structuring fees, billing, coping with managed care, and marketing; forms and guidelines to facilitate HIPAA compliance; links to useful websites; and much more. More than 60 reproducible forms and handouts — in a ready-to-use, large-size format — can be copied from the book or customized and printed from the accompanying CD-ROM.

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