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CE Workshop: Closing a Mental Health Practice: Effective Strategies and Ethical Practice
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This workshop will focus on the following issues: the need for a professional practice will, notifying your group that you are leaving the practice, telling clients that you will no longer be practicing, assuring for continuity of care, informing referral partners, maintenance of records, and positioning yourself to sell your practice. The closing of a practice involves complex interaction of clinical, business and ethics issues and these will be discussed from these vantage points.

10/30/2014
When: 10/30/2014
9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Brandon Hall School
1701 Brandon Hall Dr
Atlanta, Georgia  30350
United States
Presenter: Steven Walfish, PhD
Contact: Amy Dietrich, Director of Continuing Education and Communications
404-634-6272


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Most psychologists spend a great deal of time and energy focusing on opening and growing their independent practice. However, all too often little thought is placed into what happens when it is time to close the practice. Regardless of the reason for leaving a practice, there are ethical and practical issues that must be addressed by private practitioners before they close the doors.

This workshop will focus on the following issues: the need for a professional practice will, notifying your group that you are leaving the practice, telling clients that you will no longer be practicing, assuring for continuity of care, informing referral partners, maintenance of records, and positioning yourself to sell your practice. The closing of a practice involves complex interaction of clinical, business and ethics issues and these will be discussed from these vantage points.


CE Hours: 3 (Ethics)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify important components of an adequate professional will in the case of an abrupt interruption of the ability to practice.
  2. Identify two common ethical issues in deciding how and when to close a practice.
  3. Identify at least one ethical issue to be considered in selling a practice.
  4. Describe the difference between a “systems-based” and a “personality-based” independent practice and the implications for being able to sell each type

About the Presenter:

Steven Walfish, PhD is in private practice in Atlanta, a partner at The Practice Institute, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is the Editor of Earning a Living Outside of Managed Care: Fifty Ways to Expand Your Practice, co-Editor (with Lisa Grossman) of Translating Psychological Research into Practice, co-author (with Jeff Barnett) of Financial Success in Mental Health Practice: Practical Strategies and Ethical Practice and Billing and Collecting for Your Mental Health Practice: Effective Strategies and Ethical Practice and co-author (with Jeff Barnett and Jeff Zimmerman) of The Ethics of Private Practice: A Practical Guide for Mental Health Clinicians. He is Past Editor of APA Division 42’s Bulletin, The Independent Practitioner and is also Past-President of APA Division 42. He is a Fellow of APA (Div 42) and GPA.






Registration Costs

Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 16, 2014 to receive this rate.)
  • $70: GPA Members
  • $20: Student GPA Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
  • $130: Non-members
Registration (After October 16, 2014)
  • $80: GPA Members
  • $30: Student Members (Will not receive a CE certificate)
  • $140: Non-members
Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate. Pre-registration will close at 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 28.

Cancellation Policy:
Registrants must cancel within five (5) business days through Amy Dietrich only via email or phone (contacting other staff members/leadership does not guarantee your cancellation.) Email confirmations will be sent to callers who cancel via the phone. No faxes or mail cancellations will be accepted.
Cancellation Fee: $35

The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.