Starting a Private Practice as a Psychologist

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Presented by Dr. Marie-Christine Nizzi

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You have completed your doctorate, one year of internship, your postdoctoral SPE, and you have finally received your license number from the Board: congratulations! If you are like most new psychologists, chances are that none of your training taught you about small business accounting, legal entities, tax implications, building a clientele, or advertising. You have done the hard work to become a psychologist. In this training, we will cover what you need to know to turn your clinical skills into a profitable, impactful business.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify steps needed to open a practice, based on current level of training (recent graduate, SPE completed, licensed psychologist).
  • Make an informed decision about running a fee for service versus insurance-based practice.
  • Demonstrate an introductory level understanding of basic systems available to run a private practice (basic accounting tools, HER, advertising, etc.).

Presented by Dr. Marie-Christine Nizzi

Dr. Nizzi is a multicultural psychologist in private practice at Precision Psychologie, PLLC and an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She currently serves as President of Harvard Mental Health and founder of the Professional Alliance, a network of culturally competent clinicians providing services to clients all around the world.

An internationally renowned specialist, Dr. Nizzi completed two PhDs: at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France and at Harvard University; as well as the Harvard mini-MBA program. Dr. Nizzi now trains future clinicians at top medical schools such as Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and UCLA.

Dr. Nizzi provides cutting-edge trauma-informed care with a specialty in grief and loss. She is a VA-trained, CPT Certified provider. She was named "2018 Harvard Horizons Scholar" for her work with U.S. Veterans and recipients of face transplants. Her research is regularly featured in the media.

Marie-Christine Nizzi, Research Associate and Lecturer in Cognitive Science
Dartmouth College
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Brain Institute
Chapman University