Working successfully in private practice (BPS Learn)

15 November 202210am - 4pmLondon
  • Careers and employment
From £252
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In person


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:

  1. What is good and bad about private practice - commercial and clinical risks
  2. Reputation
  3. Styles and models of therapy and the relationship to private practice
  4. Branding and marketing
  5. Building up a client base
  6. Developing a professional network
  7. Premises - identity, location, safety
  8. Fees, finance and the plain (sometimes boring) facts
  9. Partnerships and associateships
  10. The client intake and screening process and interview
  11. CPD and supervision
  12. 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.


  1. Places are limited on this workshop, if it is fully booked you will not be able to book a place. Please contact [email protected] to join a waiting list. 
  2. To register for the workshop: Click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop. You need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button.
  3. Please click on the programme tab for information on suggested reading and the workshop timetable.
  4. Special dietary requirements: When you have purchased your workshop place, please go the ‘joining instructions’ where there is a link to a dietary request form. Please submit this form when you register but at the latest by 11:00 on 10 November 2022.  Meat, vegetarian and fish options will be available as standard.
  5. Please also see the ‘pricing’ tab for note on cancellations and bookings deadline.


BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street


Learning Outcomes

  1. 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
  2. Opportunities for marketing one's practice taking into account one's specific clinical interests and specialisms
  3. How to address financial considerations pertaining to independent practice
  4. Some important practical matters pertaining to independent practice.


The presenter suggests the following book would be useful to read prior to the workshop (Purchase is not compulsory):

Bor, and Stokes, A. (2011) Setting up in Independent Practice: A Handbook for Counsellors, Therapists and Psychologists, London, Palgrave MacMillan.

Post workshop materials

Participants will be provided with a copy of the workshop slides.12:30-13:00

Presenter: 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 of 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.


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09:30-10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch (provided)
16:30 Workshop ends
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Price £420.00 (£ 350.00 + VAT)
Society member £252.00 (£210.00  + VAT)
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Please note: Online bookings will close at 10:30 on 5 July 2022.

Cancellations: If you wish to cancel your place, we are unable to issue refunds 14 days or less prior to the workshop date.

If in the unlikely event we have to cancel or postpone an in-person workshop we will issue full refunds for your workshop fees. We do not reimburse travel costs and recommend you seek refunds from your travel provider.