Thriving in Private Practice and as an Independent Consultant

Authored by: Jon Lasser , Laurie McGarry Klose , Kristyn Corley

Handbook of University and Professional Careers in School Psychology

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367353674
eBook ISBN: 9780429330964
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For school psychologists, starting a private practice presents both new opportunities and challenges. Working outside of the traditional full-time, salaried, school-based service delivery model may offer the chance to grow creatively, increase earning potential, and utilize new skill sets. The school psychologist in private practice manages both the provision of psychological services, and business management tasks, including marking, bookkeeping, and tax preparation (though some will contract with others for assistance with these duties). New ethical dilemmas arise for those who seek clients in a private office or deliver school-based services as a contractor, so the school psychologist in private practice must consider how ethical principles and standards apply to the work of the private practitioner. Given the wide range of new challenges, those seeking to work in private practice are likely to benefit from consultation with more experienced psychologists who have the knowledge and skills to help facilitate success in this setting. School psychologists working in private practice will likely encounter challenges related to competency, scope of practice, and professional limitations. This chapter addresses the most relevant and salient aspects of private practice school psychology in both school and out-of-school settings.

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