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Before You See Your First Client 55 Things Counselors, Therapists and Human Service Workers Need to Know

ISBN-10: 0415950643
ISBN-13: 9780415950640
Edition: 2005
Authors: Howard Rosenthal
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/17/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Before You See Your First Clientbegins where courses, workshops, training seminars, and textbooks leave off, providing a candid behind-the-scenes look at the fields of therapy, counseling and human services. In a reader-friendly and accessible style, Dr. Howard Rosenthal offers his readers useful and practical ideas for the implementation, improvement, and expansion of one's mental health practice. Each of 55 concise chapters provides vital information regarding clinical work and policy issues on topics such as opening a risk-free private practice, maximizing one's salary, resume-building, ethical issues of advertising & marketing, managed care, billing, confidentiality, and malpractice policy rates. Stand-alone chapters allow the reader to easily find a topic of particular interest for a quick overview of the issue, followed by worthwhile tips and advice. Based on the author's own personal experiences, the book is written in an intimate and personal style to which inexperienced and beginningtherapists can easily relate.

Introduction
Join Forces with a Psychiatrist to Open a Risk-Free Private Practice
Don't Become Married to a Single Referral Source
Accept the Fact That Salaries in this Field Are Often Unfair
It Pays to Be Assertive When You're Shopping for Your Salary
Managed Care Panels Often Slam the Door in Your Face
Managed Care Firms Dictate Who, When and How
The Multicultural Diversity Secret: You Can Work with a Wider Range of People than You Think
Never Give Any Client Information without a Signed Release-of-Information Form
You Must Use a DSM or ICD Diagnosis to Secure Third-party Payments
The Insurance Superbill Must Have Your Name as the Provider
Lecturing May Not Flood Your Waiting Room with Clients
Referrals Received Do Not Determine How Many New Clients You Actually See
Managed Care Companies Discriminate against Some Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories
Refer Severely Depressed Clients for a Medical or Psychiatric Evaluation
Find Out if the Psychological and Psycho-Educational Test Reports You Receive Are Individualized
Don't Be Mislead by Clients Who Initially Put You on a Pedestal
Most Professional Certifications Won't Help You Secure Insurance Payments
Don't Use Paradoxical Interventions with Suicidal and Homicidal Clients
Conduct a Suicide Assessment on Each Initial Client
Don't Try to Clone Your Favorite Therapist
When in Doubt, Use a Person-Centered Response
Read Ethical Guidelines Before You Even So Much as Hug a Client
Don't Rush to Therapeutic Judgment Until You Get All the Facts
The Number One Therapeutic Blunder: Confronting Sooner than Later
You Are Not a Failure if You Don't Land Your Dream Job
Your Supervisor's Knowledge and Experience Should Not Be Underestimated
Use Verbiage Your Client Will Understand
Be a Better Helper by Networking with Others in the Field
Grandfathering: The Fast Track for Snaring Licenses and Certifications
Use Free Advertising to Build Your Agency or Practice
Helpers are Mandated Child-Abuse Reporters
Beyond Confidentiality: Professional Counselors and Therapists Have a Duty to Warn
If You Want to Work in a Public School, Contact the Department of Education
Don't Let a Day from Hell in Court Lower Your Professional Self-Esteem
Save Your Course Catalogs to Invest in Your Future
Enhance Sessions by Adjusting Group Treatment Exercises and Using Small Talk
If a Client Was Disappointed with the Previous Helper Find Out Why
Use Caution When Considering the "In" Diagnosis
Don't Go into This Field to Recount Old War Stories about Your Own Recovery
Don't Become Married to a Single System of Psychotherapy
Be Enthusiastic if You Want to Be a Better Workshop Presenter
Don't Try to Clone Your Favorite Mental Health Lecturer
If a Client You Have Been Seeing for an Extended Period of Time Requests Marriage, Family or Couples Therapy, Consider a Referral to Another Therapist
Be Prepared to Change Therapeutic Strategies at a Moment's Notice
Documentation: The Royal Road to Promotion
Avoid Dual Relationships Like the Plague
Insider Tips for a Good Cover Letter and Human Service Resume
If You Are Daydreaming, Your Client Will Perceive You as an Uninterested Helper
Pick a Theory of Intervention and a Job You Believe In
Despite the Pitfalls, Make Friends with the Media to Promote Yourself and Your Agency
Writing a Book or Starting a Project? Ask Your Agency First
Your Employment and Credentials Determine What You Pay for Malpractice Insurance
Private Practice is Not a Panacea for Everything that Ails You
Steer Clear of False Memory Syndrome
Create an Emotional Trophy Closet to Help You Through a Bad Day
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