How to Survive in Neuropsychological Private Practice. Ernest J. Bordini, Ph.D. February 20, 2004 Presented at U.Florida Dept. of Clinical and Health Psychology. Clinical Psychology Associates of North Central Florida, P.A
Ernest J. Bordini, Ph.D.
February 20, 2004
Presented at U.Florida Dept. of Clinical and Health Psychology
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Don’t be afraid to Dream – or you will not go far.
Creating your own practice or being part of a practice you identify with involves knowing where you want to go.
To enjoy the ride you need great spirit and a sense of adventure
Solo vs. Group
Limited vs. Comprehensive Services
Where will you be if things go wrong?
Owner, Partner, vs. Employee?
Shared Space - Blended Practices
Single vs. Multi-Specialty
Types of Clients/Practice?
City vs. Town
Ability to Work Independently
Organization and Efficiency
Ability to Perform consistently Under Stress
Ability to Market
Are you user friendly?
What hours are you willing to work?
Can you work extra hours when you must?
Ability to Initiate, Sustain, Complete?
Can you collect for your services
Generalist vs. Specialist
How do you fit in with the practice you are joining or the community you are entering?
What unique skills and expertise do you have to offer?
What interests you?
What motivates you?
What won’t you do?
What can’t you do?
What shouldn’t you do?Assessing Your Strengths and WeaknessesWill you at minimum Always being able to maintain an acceptable Standard?
Research the Background and History of your Potential Associates and Business Partners
You will be judged by the company you keep.
The good will your group, referral sources, and associates generate is a critical asset – Guard it!
You are liable for who you refer to.
Are your potential associates team players?
Avoid destructive internal competition
What are the expectations of your group or referral sources? Do they match your goals and values?
Staff Safety – Who is on premise, late appointments, Staff Scheduling.
Building Security – Lighting, Alarms
Training Staff to Deal with Paranoid and Agitated Patients
Dealing with direct and veiled threats from patients:
- Board Complaints
-Fitness for Duty and Disability Evaluations
Patients who Stalk
Computer and Communications Equipment
Test Equipment and Supplies
Office Equipment and Supplies
Education and Training
Cleaning and Repair
Alan Gessner, referring to APA Ethical Standards.