Fit to Practice: Starting your own psychology practice in Australia

Fit to Practice: Starting your own psychology practice in Australia
Kaye Frankcom, Bruce Stevens, Philip Watts
Australian Academic Press 2016
ISBN 9781922117779


Australian psychology practice today is a dynamic, well respected and increasingly competitive environment. Many new psychologists graduate with an expectation of setting up their own private practice. But how is that best done? What are the traps to avoid, the questions to ask, the knowledge needed to succeed?

Find out here in this book written by three highly experienced psychologists with more than 75 years of private practice experience between them as well as backgrounds in academic training, dealing with complaints about psychologists, training and supervision of psychologists, and presenting as expert witnesses. They've seen or experienced just about everything that can be thrown at a modern Australia psychology practice and lived to impart their advice.

Written from a no-nonsense approach, with plenty of practical examples and personal reflections from each author scattered throughout, this is a manual designed for those either entering private practice or already practicing who might want to continue their professional development.

Topics covered include:

• setting up in private practice
• Medicare audits
• treatment in a private practice setting
• consultation, supervision, self-care
• ethical dilemmas
• Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT)
• record keeping, case notes, writing reports
• avoiding legal pitfalls
• contingency planning
• closing and selling a practice

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