The Essential Guide to Group Practice in Mental Health: Clinical, Legal, and Financial Fundamentals (The Clinician's Toolbox) (Hardcover)

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The Essential Guide to Group Practice in Mental Health: Clinical, Legal, and Financial Fundamentals (The Clinician's Toolbox) (Hardcover)


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Whether you are an experienced clinician or a newly graduated professional, today's changing economic environment can make the business of practice seem especially daunting. This indispensable manual is based on a simple idea: In a consolidating health care world, you cannot (and don't have to!) go it alone. Demonstrating that collaboration is the key to successful, quality-oriented private practice, the book provides the concrete information you need to affiliate with a group practice for the first time, expand an existing group practice, or conceive and build a practice venture from the ground up. With a wealth of hands-on exercises and extensive interviews with leaders in the field, Simon Budman and Brett Steenbarger help you take greater control of your career and make crucial decisions for your professional future.
Simon H. Budman, PhD, a leader in the development of new models for behavioral health care, is the president and founder of Innovative Training Systems (ITS) in Newton, Massachusetts. ITS provides training, consulting and new product development services to managed care companies, group practices, hospitals, community mental health centers and HMOs around the country. A faculty member of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Budman is past Director of Mental Health Training and Mental Health Research at the Harvard Community Health Plan. He is coauthor (with Alan S. Gurman) of the widely acclaimed Theory and Practice of Brief Therapy.

Brett N. Steenbarger, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of Student Counseling at the SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He has served as founding member and practice manager of PrimeCare of Central New York, Inc., an 80-member multidisciplinary behavioral health network, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on brief therapy and behavioral health care. He currently edits psycOH!, an online continuing education publication for behavioral health practitioners.
Product Details ISBN: 9781572302549
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Publication Date: August 8th, 1997
Pages: 318
Language: English
Series: The Clinician's Toolbox
"Anticipating the decline of solo practice, behavioral health practitioners have stampeded into group practices, only to find to their dismay that a poorly constructed group practice has little attraction to the purchasers of health care. Budman and Steenbarger have conducted an intensive investigation of flourishing group practices, and have brilliantly dissected the components leading to their success. These elements are presented here in practical, doable steps. Stop--do not join or attempt to form a group practice until you have read this book! It may mean the difference between whether or not you are still in practice five years from now." --Nicholas Cummings, PhD, ScD, President, Foundation for Behavioral Health, Former President, American Psychological Association

"The behavioral health field is rapidly moving toward group practices and integrated delivery systems, making it increasingly difficult for the lone practitioner to survive. Budman and Steenbarger's book offers the practicing professional the knowledge and expertise needed to survive. This guide will serve readers as an invaluable tool and reference as they move into an uncertain future. I highly recommend the book for clinicians in all phases of their practice growth." --Richard S. Edley, PhD, Executive Vice President, Managed Networks of America