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As a helping professional, you know that mental health and physical health go hand in hand. But like many of us in this business, you may be so focused on taking care of your family, your clients and patients, that you end up with little energy to take care of yourself.
I remember, several years ago when my kids were small, that my schedule was so full there was no time for exercise. I complained about this to my husband, who said matter-of-factly, “That’s because you don’t make time for it.” He added, “Just open your appointment book and schedule your gym dates as you would anything else.”
Of course! It had never occurred to me to schedule “me” things. Up to that point I relied on left-over time, which never seemed to happen.
So today, in recognition of Mental Health Month, I hope you will also schedule time for yourself – at least one thing that nourishes your body, and one that refreshes your mind. Put them on your calendar.
When you take care of yourself, you will be calmer, better able to focus and be more effective in helping others.
At TPI we have a rich schedule of live events where you can listen and interact with an authors, get clinical consultation from our staff and other TPI members, participate in business development groups, and participate in tele-seminars on topics of interest, all included with your TPI subscription. Click here to see our full program of TPI events.
We also periodically offer (at a reduced fee) full- and multi-day in person seminars as part of The Practice Institute Professionals in Practice College. Click here for more information.
Leaving a Practice to Start a Practice
Thanks for your very good question. The first step is to look at your
agreement with your current practice and check to see if there are any
clauses that discuss your exiting from the practice and possible
restrictions. If there are, you might want to check with an attorney
to see if the clause is indeed backed up by state statute and what
your options are. In general though, patients are free to seek
treatment where they so desire.
Perhaps the easiest way to leave is to give notice to the practice,
discuss a process and understanding with the director and then begin
to inform your patients. A friendly and diplomatic approach can be to
reach an understanding with the director that you will tell patients
that you are leaving and that the patients can continue treatment at
the current practice if they’d like (and if indeed the practice can
provide the service) or they can continue with you if they’d like.
That way it is the patient who is making the decision.
If a patient continues with you and you want to copy their file, be
sure to get a release from the patient authorizing the release from
the current practice to you and then copy the file before you leave.
Also, when you meet with the director be sure to talk about the
financial side of things. For example, get a clear understanding about
what will happen to your accounts receivables that are outstanding. It
is best to also write a letter of resignation and then also a memo
about the termination agreement which documents all the specifics
after the discussion with the director. Certainly, seek legal advice
if any legal questions arise.
As an aside…if you are on any managed care panels do not assume that
your participation as a provider will be transferrable. Each company
may handle it differently.
Good luck with your transition and be sure to check out our practice guide on Leasing Office Space.
From Marketing Tools and Tips
What is marketing?
Marketing is about locating people who are likely to need and want your services, finding out what is important to them, and demonstrating to them that you can be of service.
Marketing focuses on creating and cultivating relationships with your potential clients and referral sources. It requires listening to others and learning what their needs are – all this before giving them details about the services that you provide.
Why? Because for the kind of work you do, people need to feel a connection with you prior to engaging your services.
Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D. “Re-starting a Practice from Scratch” (26min) Click here
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Here is one niche practice to consider. There are many, many more here.
Susan Gamble is a psychologist who practices in Pasadena, California. Many couples are required through their religious organizations to undergo premarital counseling. Others may want to do so just to begin on a positive note to make sure they optimize communication and problem-solving abilities. Dr. Gamble offers a 5-session package and includes a workbook and a free follow-up session following the wedding. This practice area falls outside of the purview of managed care. Her website address is http://www.drsusangamble.com/
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Do you need forms, links for others resources, information about research to help inform your practice? You’ve come to the right place. Click here to sample a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement