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Working successfully in private practice (29 November 2018)

29 November 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Setting up or working in private practice? This workshop covers the challenges and pitfalls of working as an independent practitioner.

Growing numbers of psychologists and therapists work in private practice either as an adjunct to their other clinical jobs or as their primary professional concern.

Working as an independent practitioner is potentially very rewarding professionally and personally, but it is not without its challenges and pitfalls.

Skills for working in private practice are seldom taught on psychology and therapy training courses and therefore qualified practitioners must rely on their own resourcefulness and ingenuity to develop a successful practice.

The focus will be on an exploration of:

  • What is good and bad about private practice - commercial and clinical risks
  • Reputation
  • Styles and models of therapy and the relationship to private practice
  • Branding and marketing
  • Building up a client base
  • Developing a professional network
  • Premises - identity, location, safety
  • Fees, finance and the plain (sometimes boring) facts
  • Partnerships and associateships
  • The client intake and screening process and interview
  • CPD and supervision
  • Dealing with problem situations (e.g. suicidal clients)

Target audience 

This workshop will appeal to those already working in private practice who wish to gain more advanced insights and skills relating to practice, as well as trainees and those who aim to set up in private practice.

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

Learning Outcomes

Understand the place of working independently as a psychologist, whether alongside salaried employment or as a full time alternative, and contractual and legal issues relevant to setting up in independent practice

  • Opportunities for marketing one's practice taking into account one's specific clinical interests and specialisms
  • How to address financial considerations pertaining to independent practice
  • Some important practical matters pertaining to independent practice
  • The importance of maintaining professional registration(s), high standards of effective and ethical practice, supervision, CPD and mentorship in both clinical and practice management issues
  • Which clients or client problems might best be referred on to other services to maintain safe practice.

Facilitator: Professor Rob Bor CPsychol CSci FBPsS

Professor Robert Bor is a Chartered Psychologist as well as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a UKCP Registered Family Therapist, having completed his specialist training at the Tavistock Clinic, London and a clinical member of the Institute of Family Therapy, London. He has more than 20 years experience working in private practice as an adjunct to his NHS job. He is consulting psychologist at the London Clinic and the London Oncology Clinic, both in Harley Street and to several leading schools including St Paul’s School and The Royal Ballet School. He has published more than 150 articles and chapters in peer-review publications as well as 20 books on the psychological impact of illness and serves on the editorial board of numerous international journals.


09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends
Non-Members £293.00 (£244.17 +VAT)
Society Members £183.00 (£162.50 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close on 28 November 2018. Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice (a purchase order is required for invoices) please click here to download the 2018 registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

For further information on booking please contact:

Email: [email protected]
Tel: + 44 (0)1952 214065

BPS Events - Bookings
PO Box 87


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