The Ethics of Private Practice helps mental health professionals understand the essential ethical issues related to the many challenges of being in independent practice. Seasoned clinicians Barnett, Zimmerman, and Walfish offer readers astute insight into building a practice that is designed to minimize unintended ethical violations and reduce associated risks. Each chapter focuses on a major aspect of the business of practice and incorporates relevant standards from the ethics codes of four mental health professions. Topics addressed include planning and successfully managing a practice, documentation and record keeping, dealing with third parties and protecting confidentiality, managing practice finances, staff training and office policies, advertising and marketing a practice, continuing professional development activities, and the closing of a private practice. Full of practical tips that can be readily implemented, this handy guide will be the go-to resource for all mental health clinicians in private practice.
“Every counselor and mental health professional will benefit from this practical resource covering ethical challenges in running a private practice. The astounding amount of helpful advice provided by these highly qualified and experienced authors is not to be found in most other ethics books.”--Patricia Keith-Spiegel, PhD, Voran Honors Distinguished Professor Emerita of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Ball State University, and Author, Red Flags in Psychotherapy
“You will feel grateful to have this book as a resource. Reading the chapters is like having a series of sessions with a wise mentor who is helping you raise and weigh the most important options at hand before making a professional decision. Whether you are starting out, transitioning, or simply wanting to have a deeper awareness of how to minimize risk and uncertainty, this book is surely a major step in aiding you to have a more fulfilling and informed experience as a clinician or consultant. A must-read for professionals in today's changing, challenging, and litigious mental health scene.”--Robert J. Wicks, PsyD, Author, The Resilient Clinician
“I strongly recommend this very clarifying and comprehensive book written by seasoned clinicians, which applies to all aspects of the delivery of mental health treatment. It is thoroughly educational and thought-provoking for all therapists, from novice to experienced, those in private practice or public service sectors, and agency workers to academicians.”--Noreen Keenan, LCSW, PhD, Private Practice, Orlando, FL