Designed for today's frontline therapists and mental health care providers, The Clinician's Toolbox brings you easy-to-use books, manuals, and computer programs that offer immediate benefits in your day-to-day work. Ideal for all clinical orientations and practice settings, these hands-on resources can make your work more effective, efficient, and responsive to current real-world demands: managed care, evolving ethical concerns, limited resources, expanding technology, diversity, and more.
Providing therapists practical solutions to managed care's erosion of their freedom to practice, this book presents a working blueprint for a private-pay psychotherapy practice. Dana C. Ackley casts out the distortions that have crept into many clinicians' thinking as a result of reliance on third-party reimbursement. Ackley shows how therapists can better serve clients by developing real alternatives to the pressures and bureaucracy of managed care. Includes practical exercises and checklists, sample marketing materials, and payment plans.
Dana C. Ackley, PhD, is a clinical psychologist in independent practice in Roanoke, Virginia. Unwilling to join managed care panels, he has developed a model for practicing outside third party reimbursement. His approach has been featured in the Family Therapy Networker, the National Psychologist, and Practice Strategies. His workshop has been sponsored by APA's Division 42, the Colorado Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and NCS Assessments, as well as by therapist groups in Maine and Idaho.
I. Looking Beyond Managed Care1. Descent, Recovery, and Our Future2. Restoring Professional Self-Esteem, Rediscovering Our Value3. The Business of Practice4. Conceptual Changes We Must MakeII. How to Build a Private Pay Therapy Practice5. The Fundamental Strategy6. How to Learn from Your Market and Where That May Lead7. Planning the Business of Your Practice8. How to Market Traditional ServicesIII. Diversifying Your Services: Taking Your Skills to the Workplace9. New Applications for Your Skills: People-Consulting in the Workplace10. Learning from Those in the Workplace and Where That Can Lead11. Making a Business Plan for People-Consulting in the Workplace12. Marketing and Selling to BusinessAfterwordAppendix: Resources
"I converted a heavily managed care-dependent practice to one that is 90% managed care-free in one year, using principles from Dr. Ackley's book." --Robin Sesan, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Wilmington, Delaware
"A unique contribution for mental health practitioners inundated by scares of managed care. Dr. Ackley begins with an excellent reminder of why we are in the helping professions and how we have gotten embroiled in the health-care morass. He is careful to not assume his solutions will automatically work for others and provides tools for self-assessment and customizing a plan for any clinician. Finally, in this thoroughly readable and enjoyable work, he provides enough 'nuts and bolts' to actually build a practice." --Richard F. Small, PhD, Director, Spring Psychological Associates; Past President of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association; Author, Maximizing Insurance Reimbursement in your Mental Health Practice
"Finally-- a worthwhile marketing book for psychotherapists! With deep commitment to his calling, Ackley documents the tremendous value of psychotherapy. Then in a very readable and no-nonsense style, he leads psychotherapists step-by-step through the process of liberation from third parties. The therapy marketing information is excellent. The application of mental health expertise to the American workplace is inspiring. Every psychotherapist who is weary of third-party interference should read this very practical book, and every clinical training program should include it in its curriculum." --Janet E. Pipal, PhD, PC
"I especially enjoyed reading Dr. Ackley's book, Building A Managed Care-Free Practice. This is a much needed breath of fresh air to counter the doom and gloom psychotherapists have been feeling. The book is loaded with real life examples showing the need for and benefit of a managed care free practice. Ackley provides numerous charts, exercises, and worksheets to guide the reader through developing such a pract