Summer is quickly approaching!
Many children (and some adults) don't have access to therapy services over the summer and seek out private practitioners to fill the gap.
If you have considered treating your own private clients, summer is a excellent time to get started.
There are several tips and strategies to maximize the chances of your private practice success this summer - and beyond!
Without further ado, here are:
5 Things to Do Right Now If You Want to See Private Therapy Clients This Summer
1. Determine who will you see - and know the rules for seeing them
What is your clinical speciality?
Is there a disorder or treatment approach that you love?
Clients and family members who hire private practitioners are looking for excellent clinicians. Take some some to think about what your areas of clinical speciality are so that you can help clients make the most gains in a (potentially) short amount of time.
Before you start treating clients know that there is some gray area related to treating students from your school district... as well as treating children of friends. School districts often have written rules and policies.
If you're not sure if you're allowed to see clients, ASK. When it comes to treating kids of friends, some clinicians avoid it altogether and some clinicians / families make it a point to separate personal / professional boundaries. It's 100% up to you.
2. Get professional liability insurance
Even if you're just treating a few private clients "on the side," that is considered a private practice.
Private practices are businesses and need certain legalities in order.
At a basic level, professional liability insurance provides coverage in case you accidentally harm a client. It is quick and easy to get, costs about $100-$150 per year and is essential to have before you start treating clients.
I personally use and recommend HPSO but others use and like Marsh; both are good.
Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS, CCC-SLP, is a private-practice consultant who has helped thousands of speech-language pathologists start and grow their own private practices through her company, The Independent Clinician. She has written articles for The ASHA Leader and Presented at ASHA Connect (2017).
You'll find her online in the SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group and in her premium programs, The Start Your Private Practice System and the Grow Your Private Practice Coaching Program.
Jena lives in Boston, MA and is a wife and mama to two young boys.