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Virtual Conference: Best Practices in Starting, Developing, and Sustaining a Private Practice

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Session length is 3 hours.

Carly Anderson, PhD, CMPC, Premier Sport Psychology, USA 
Justin Anderson, PsyD, Premier Sport Psychology, USA
Angel Brutus, PsyD, CMPC, Mississippi State University, USA
Kate F. Hays, PhD, CMPC, The Performing Edge, Canada
Traci Statler, PhD, CMPC, California State Fullerton, USA
Shameema Yousuf, CMPC, Empower2Perform, UK

OK, so you’re interested in starting your own private practice. Or, you've got something going but you'd like to see it grow. Building and sustaining a private practice within sport and performance psychology can be a difficult process. Much like launching a business in any field, there are challenges of not knowing where to begin, building a consistent client base, and understanding how to effectively manage and develop a new practice into a successful one. The purpose of the 2019 AASP Virtual Conference (VC) is to bring together a diverse panel of private practitioners who will share their knowledge and experience across the spectrum of practice development. Presentations will cover the “nuts and bolts" of establishing a private practice, including important considerations for international practitioners, as well as parallel knowledge areas for joining or starting a group private practice. Additionally, the VC will explore how to effectively manage the delicate balance of being a full-time academic with a part-time consulting business, and share information on the ways practitioners can diversify income streams within private practice to domains outside of sport performers and beyond individual consulting sessions. Particular attention will be given to the ethical considerations relevant to private practice, specifically as they relate to competency areas and boundary-setting.  

Who should attend the 2019 Virtual Conference? 
Those interested in starting their own private practice, or who are interested in expanding or enhancing their current business, will benefit from the conversation created during the VC. Attendees will leave with concrete strategies to apply to their goals in private practice development.

Building a Private Practice from the Ground Up
Shameema Yousuf, CMPC, Empower2Perform, UK
Sport psychology consulting practitioners in a health field may struggle with the idea that they are operating a business. Hence many of those entering the sport psychology consulting world may ignore the essential elements required to get started in practice. This presentation will consider the basics of how you position yourself as a consultant to earn a living. This will include aspects of business planning, marketing, client build-up, client relationship management, financial/accounting fundamentals, and legal and basic ethical considerations when practicing internationally. In addition to business fundamentals, considerations for partnerships, referral practices and mentoring will be addressed. Attendees wishing to build a practice will leave with insight on how to get started.

Managing a Private Practice with an Ethical Compass
Angel Brutus, PsyD, Mississippi State University, USA
This presentation will discuss ethical ways to promote the field of Sport and Performance Psychology as a master’s-level licensed clinician, explore the benefits of establishing boundaries with organizations-especially when they are the payor of services, and identify and develop strong referral networks to provide comprehensive, ethical services when in private practice.

Balancing your “Real Job” with your “Side Job”
Traci Statler, PhD, CMPC, Cal State Fullerton, USA
Though the number of sport psychology consultants effectively building full-time careers around their work with performers is growing, an additional approach to consulting involves having a full-time job in one area while doing one’s consulting work “on the side.” In applied sport and performance psychology, this has traditionally involved working full time either in an academic setting or in private practice, and then fitting applied consulting work “in the gaps.” This section of the webinar will focus on the realities of having a full-time job (in the presenter’s case, as a full-time faculty member at a US University) and a sport psychology consulting business “on the side”. Included will be discussion around the logistics of growing, sustaining and balancing this work, as well as the pitfalls and obstacles of which one must be proactively aware. Topics such as being mindful in selecting who work with (and who not to), balancing time commitments, getting university support for your consulting work, navigating travel demands, and the ethics of sharing stories from one environment with the other will be included. Approaching this discussion with more than two decades of experience, lessons learned and suggestions for generating successful balance will be provided.

Translating Your Practice to Other Performance Domains
Kate F. Hays, PhD, CMPC, The Performing Edge, Canada
This presentation explores the ways in which those in private practice can “translate” their knowledge of sport psychology to other domains of performance, such as those in the performing arts, work with business executives, and with those in high-risk occupations. Additionally, discussion related to diversifying types of different services that can be used to increase various revenue streams (e.g., consultation groups, publishing books) will also be explored. The necessary elements highlighted will include foundational skills, domain-specific skills, and context-specific skills, all within a framework of ethics and lifelong learning.

Building a Team: Running a Group Private Practice in Sport Psychology
Carly Anderson, PhD, CMPC & Justin Anderson, PsyD, Premier Sport Psychology, USA
This presentation will consider both challenges and opportunities in operating a group private practice business in sport psychology. The presenters will speak on topics related to ideas, growing pains, expansion, innovation, lessons we are learning, and challenges we experience within the profession and within the business world, specifically as they relate to establishing and growing a group private practice in the field of sport psychology. 

Continuing Education Credit
K2: Sport Psychology
3.0 CE Credits


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