Working in private, independent practice is not an easy option when compared to regular paid employment. The challenges and risks are in fact arguably greater, and the skills required to be successful are considerably broader and are not taught as part of one's training. This compact textbook offers the trainee and beginning practitioner all the hands-on advice and support they could wish for in successfully planning, setting up and running their own practice.
Whether setting up your own independent practice, or an experienced practitioner reflecting on what is required to maintain a professional and ethical independent practice, this is the perfect guide to embarking on this extraordinary and rewarding journey. An in-depth and practical guide to working independently, this is an indispensable tool for both counselling and psychotherapy trainees considering their career options post-qualification, and established practitioners looking to refine their practice and revisit their skills in light of changing ambitions and circumstances.
ROBERT BOR is Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Medical Specialities Directorate at the Royal Free Hospital, London, UK. He is a Chartered Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist, as well as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is also a UKCP Registered Family Therapist. ANNE STOKES is Co-Director of Counselling Online Ltd, as well as Course Co-ordinator and Tutor at University of Bristol, UK. She has been an external examiner at Lewes College, University of Reading, Southampton University (New College) and West Kent College. A BACP Accredited Counsellor her clients have included NHS Trust, CAB, Victim Support, Vodafone, Diocesan Training Board and Drugs and Alcohol Rehabilitation Trust.
Introduction.- Advantages and Disadvantages of Independent Practice.- Choosing the Practice Location.- Managing Your Time.- Financial Matters.- Practical Aspects of Client Work.- Engaging with the Process.- Marketing your Independent Practice.- Managing Risk: Day to Day Issues.- Managing Risk: Crunch Factors for Your Business.- Running the Practice and Support Networks.- Reflections on Private Practice.