I attended the summer gathering for the Downtown Clinicians Collective yesterday evening. This group is growing into an increasingly cohesive professional network for professional collaboration. Particularly refreshing to interact with professionals across the spectrum, such as learning specialists and alternative medicine practitioners, which rarely seems to happen in more narrowly defined professional circles.
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As in years past, I presented on April 20, 2012 to the class of predoctoral interns and externs at Pace University’s counseling center on the topic, Getting Started in Private Practice. It was a pleasure to give this talk to a bright, motivated group of students who are in the final stretch of doctoral studies.
While graduate study in psychology may offer excellent clinical training, it does not begin to teach how to start and run a private practice. This year’s talk focused on topics that included niche development, social media, and clinical supervision.
The purpose of the presentation was not only to impart practical know-how, but also to counter the excessively discouraging and cautionary characterization of private practice that unfortunately is often conveyed in graduate programs in psychology.
For more information on practice development, see the consultation page.
My ambition to become a psychologist traces back to my first experience in psychotherapy as an adolescent. The psychologist I saw then not only helped me during a turbulent time in my life, but her example allowed me to imagine that I could develop the capacity to work in the kinds of ways she did, helping me to make connections among my experiences while offering guidance in an empathetic, caring manner.
I gave a talk last week to the pre-doctoral internship class at Pace University’s counseling center on how to get started in private practice. All across the country little groups like this are running the last miles of the marathon that is doctoral training: internship, dissertation, post-doc hours, license exam. For many who aspire to become a psychologist, private practice is the ultimate destination. Yet seldom in doctoral training is anyone taught what to do once they reach that destination.