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. Casbon, MS CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and private practice consultant. She started her own speech therapy private practice in 2006. She is the founder of The Independent Clinician and author of The Guide to Private Patients and The Guide to Creating a Web Presence for Your Private Practice. Since 2008, she has helped thousands of clinicians get the flexibility, income and freedom they desire from starting their own private speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy practices.