Working successfully in private practice (15 November 2022)
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Working successfully in private practice (15 November 2022)

This is an in-person workshop. Please ensure you are available attend the date, time and venue below before purchasing your place.
Bookings for this in-person workshop will close at 10:30 on 14 November 2022.

Places are limited on this workshop, if it is fully booked you will not be able to book a place.
Please contact to join a waiting list. 

Date: 15 November 2022


09:30-10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch (provided)
16:30 Workshop ends

Venue: (30 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4UE) 

Catering: Lunch included 

Special dietary requirements: When you have purchased your workshop place, please go the ‘joining instructions’ where there is a link to a dietary request form. Please submit this form when you register but at the latest by 11:00 on 10 November 2022. Meat, vegetarian and fish options will be available as standard

Workshop programme

Growing numbers of psychologists and therapists work in private practice either as an adjunct to their other clinical jobs or as their primary professional concern. Working as an independent practitioner is potentially very rewarding professionally and personally, but it is not without its challenges and pitfalls.

Skills for working in private practice are seldom taught on psychology and therapy training courses and therefore qualified practitioners must rely on their own resourcefulness and ingenuity to develop a successful practice.

The focus will be on an exploration of:

  1. What is good and bad about private practice - commercial and clinical risks
  2. Reputation
  3. Styles and models of therapy and the relationship to private practice
  4. Branding and marketing
  5. Building up a client base
  6. Developing a professional network
  7. Premises - identity, location, safety
  8. Fees, finance and the plain (sometimes boring) facts
  9. Partnerships and associateships
  10. The client intake and screening process and interview
  11. CPD and supervision
  12. Dealing with problem situations (e.g. suicidal clients).

Target audience

This workshop will appeal to those already working in private practice who wish to gain more advanced insights and skills relating to practice, as well as trainees and those who aim to set up in private practice.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand the place of working independently as a psychologist, whether alongside salaried employment or as a full time alternative, and contractual and legal issues relevant to setting up in independent practice
  2. Opportunities for marketing one's practice taking into account one's specific clinical interests and specialisms
  3. How to address financial considerations pertaining to independent practice
  4. Some important practical matters pertaining to independent practice.

Pre-work and post workshop materials


The presenter suggests the following book would be useful to read prior to the workshop (Purchase is not compulsory):Bor, and Stokes, A. (2011) Setting up in Independent Practice: A Handbook for Counsellors, Therapists and Psychologists, London, Palgrave MacMillan.

Post workshop materials

Participants will be provided with slides from the workshop.

Workshop presenter 

Presenter: Professor Rob Bor CPsychol CSci FBPsS 

Professor Robert Bor is a Chartered Psychologist as well as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a UKCP Registered Family Therapist, having completed his specialist training at the Tavistock Clinic, London and a clinical member of the Institute of Family Therapy, London. He has more than 20 years of experience working in private practice as an adjunct to his NHS job. He is consulting psychologist at the London Clinic and the London Oncology Clinic, both in Harley Street and to several leading schools including St Paul’s School and The Royal Ballet School. He has published more than 150 articles and chapters in peer-review publications as well as 20 books on the psychological impact of illness and serves on the editorial board of numerous international journals.


Price: £420.00 (£350.00 + £70.00 VAT)

Member: £252.00 (£210.00 + £42.00 VAT)

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Bookings for this in-person workshop closes at 10:30 on 14 November 2022.

Important: If in the unlikely event we have to cancel or postpone an in-person workshop we will issue full refunds for your workshop fees. We do not reimburse travel costs and recommend you seek refunds from your travel provider. 

Cancellations: If you wish to cancel your place, we are unable to issue refunds 14 days or less prior to the workshop date.

About the organiser

This workshop has been organised by the BPS Professional Development Centre