Do you dread conversations about money?
I promise, you're not alone.
Money is evocative. It brings up so. many. feelings.
* I use the terms client and patient interchangeably, as I find both terms to have up sides and down sides.
Module 1 Overview
Understanding the three money realms of private practice
An orientation on how to get the most benefit from the course and an overview of the three money realms of private practice.
Module 2 The Personal Realm: Getting Real About Your Money Story
Therapist, know thyself.
You'll get clear about your personal money story and how it influences your decisions in your practice. Discover how your social location, personal psychology, family upbringing and more have influenced your (sometimes contradicting) beliefs about money. Learn the most common ways therapists stop themselves from earning what they want, why this happens, and what to do about it. (Hint..it starts with some massive self-compassion)
Module 3 The Business Realm: Getting Comfortable Being a Business Owner
Fees, policies, and systems, oh my!
Here's where you'll make friends with your numbers. You'll determine the fees you'll need to charge to either just get by, be pretty comfortable, or seriously thrive. Learn about and set up systems to track your numbers like a boss (cause you're the boss!). Determine the practice policies that best suit you personally and financially.
Module 4 The Clinical Realm: Taking it Deeper
Making the most out of money issues
Money is not just a logistical topic to get past on the way to the 'real issues' of therapy. Money is both concrete and symbolic, for you and your clients. This module will help you work with your countertransference so you can more effectively address money issues with your clients. You'll learn how the fee, policies, and other aspects of the clinical frame can be entry points to a deeper understanding of the client's internal world and relationships. You'll gain an understanding of why and how the therapist's bringing their own need (in the form of charging a fee) into the clinical relationship can be both a challenge and an opportunity to deepen the therapy. Learn key theoretical concepts that will anchor your money explorations in the clinical hour.
Are you going to just tell me to increase my fees? What if I take insurance?
I can't tell you what to charge, and can't tell you how your ideal business should look. What I will do is guide you through a process that helps you answer those questions. You'll come away with a plan that doesn't require compromising your well-being (Can you say burnout?). The picture will not look the same for everyone, and that is totally ok.
The Deep Dive is not about learning how to charge as much as you can just for the sake of charging a high fee. It's about having a thorough and nuanced understanding of money in private practice and working from a place of integrity, depth, abundance, and truth.
Will this be live or self-paced?
The topics for the live Q& A calls will follow the order of the modules over a period of weeks, but you can watch the videos and do the worksheets at your own pace. You can go back and re-watch them as often as you'd like. I'll be in the private facebook group regularly to answer questions.
What if I'm not in practice yet?
If you are not practicing independently yet, there will still be loads of useful information in the Deep Dive. You'll be in a much better position for when you do start your own practice and can set up a strong foundation from the get-go.
If you are not interested in working in a private practice setting, or work in an agency where clients do not pay directly for their therapy, the business and clinical modules won't be as relevant. Try a personal finance course instead.
Are there CEUs?
At this time CEUs are not available. I'll be looking into that for future rounds of the course. My first priority is creating something that is going to be the most useful for you in all areas of your practice. Later I'll work on CEUS for the clinical aspects of the course.
What's the cost?
I'm still working out all the details, but the founders cohort will get a significant one-time-only reduced rate for the beta version of the course, plus lifetime access to the course material. If you apply what you learn, you'll earn back what you spend on the course many times over.
What's a beta program?
I've been teaching Money Matters classes and workshops live in Oakland, CA and am now bringing the course online. Because it's the first time in this format, I expect there will be a few kinks to work out. That's where you come in. You get to give real time feedback and influence how the course gets shaped.
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