Psychologists are increasingly dissatisfied with managed care companies. 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.

This book provides plenty of ideas for early career psychologists and graduate students interested in starting a private practice as well as seasoned practitioners who want to develop alternative income sources to minimize dependence on insurance companies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Practice Possibilities Outside of Managed Care
—Steven Walfish

Seven Keys to Developing Your Dream Non-Managed Care Practice
—David Verhaagen

I. Family Psychology

  1. Premarital Counseling
    —Susan Gamble
  2. Teaching Marriage Skills
    —Susan Heitler
  3. Conducting Family Interventions With Substance Abusers
    —Michaele P. Dunlap
  4. Roles for Psychologists in Collaborative Divorce Practice
    —Lauren Behrman
  5. Assessing Those Seeking to Adopt and Working With the Adoption Triad
    —Nancy M. Sidun and Debbie Daniels-Mohring
  6. CBT Stands for Canine Behavior Therapy: Helping Dog Owners Become Better Parents
    —Brad Rosenfield

II. Psychoeducational Psychology

  1. Conducting Academic Readiness Evaluations
    —Myles L. Cooley
  2. Psychoeducational Testing
    —Gary M. Eisenberg
  3. Coaching for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    —Peter C. Thomas
  4. Vocational Counseling
    —Mary Gresham
  5. Improving Interviewing Skills
    —Jeffrey Jones

III. Health Psychology

  1. A Fledgling Private Practice in Reproductive Medicine
    —Lucille Keenan
  2. Smoking Cessation: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies With Hypnosis
    —Marc B. Lipton
  3. Cognitive Therapy Groups for Weight Management
    —Nona L. Patterson
  4. Neurotherapy
    —Kirk D. Little

IV. Business Psychology

  1. Executive Leadership Coaching
    —Nicole A. Lipkin
  2. Responding to Trauma in the Workplace
    —Elizabeth K. Carll
  3. Employee Assistance Programs
    —David R. Starr
  4. Stress Management for Corporations
    —Daniela E. Schreier
  5. Consulting to Family-Owned Businesses
    —Kathleen V. Shea

V. Services to Government

  1. Vocational Rehabilitation Assessments
    —David Lutz
  2. Completing Social Security Disability Assessments
    —Molly C. McKenna
  3. Evaluating Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers: Psychologists and the Federal Aviation Administration
    —Douglas C. Haldeman
  4. Public Safety Services
    —Stephen F. Curran
  5. Psychological Evaluations for State Agencies
    —Marla W. Deibler

VI. Services to Organizations

  1. Working With Developmentally Disabled Adults
    —Frank Froman
  2. Assessment of Men and Women Entering Religious Life
    —Thomas G. Plante
  3. Consulting With Health Care Organizations
    —Edward A. Wise

VII. Finance

  1. Coaching Traders and Investors
    —Steven J. Hendlin
  2. Consulting With Financial Planners
    —Brad Klontz

VIII. Teaching and Supervision

  1. Supervision of Psychotherapy Providers
    —T. J. Price
  2. Integrating University Teaching Into Independent Clinical Practice
    —Valerie L. Shebroe
  3. Teaching Online
    —Mitchell W. Hicks
  4. Conducting Workshops for Teachers and Educators
    —Tish Taylor
  5. Combining Treatment and Professional Training Within a Private Practice Model
    —Mark Gilson

IX. Specialty Groups

  1. Pregnancy Support Groups
    —Gina Hassan
  2. Assertiveness Skills Training Groups
    —Laurie Little
  3. Mind–Body Skills Training Groups
    —David O. Aspenson

X. Forensic Psychology

  1. Serving as a Guardian Ad Litem
    —Steven N. Shapse
  2. High-Conflict Divorce
    —Jeffrey Zimmerman
  3. Assessment of Competency
    —Eric G. Mart
  4. Serving as an Expert Witness
    —Marcia Knight
  5. The Role of the Assessment Psychologist in Immigration Evaluations
    —Ray Kamoo
  6. Evaluations of Professionals and Professional Practice
    —Lisa R. Grossman

XI. Products

  1. Developing Software for Social Service Agencies
    —Genie Skypek
  2. Developing a Brand Around a Theme: One's Own Enchanted Self
    —Barbara Becker Holstein

XII. Positive Psychology

  1. Assessing and Counseling Gifted Children and Adults
    —Stuart Dansinger
  2. Developing a Sport Psychology Practice
    —Mitchell A. Greene
  3. Retreats for Personal Growth
    —Kathy Martone
  4. Tantric Sexuality Education
    —David Yarian



About the Contributors

About the Editor

Editor Bio

Steven Walfish, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in independent practice in Atlanta. He is the associate editor of Independent Practitioner and has served on the editorial boards of several journals.

He has published in the areas of substance abuse, weight loss surgery, and professional training and practice. He is a recipient of the APA Division of Consulting Psychology Award for Outstanding Research in Consulting Psychology, the Walter Barton Award for Outstanding Research in Mental Health Administration from the American College of Mental Health Administration, and the APA Division of Independent Practice Mentoring Award.

His first book (coedited with Allen Hess) was Succeeding in Graduate School: The Career Guide for Psychology Students. His second book (coauthored with Jeffrey Barnett), Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Essential Tools and Strategies for Practitioners, was published by APA in 2008.

Dr. Walfish received his PhD in clinical and community psychology from the University of South Florida and has been a visiting professor at Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University. He is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine.