Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Workshop #W17
CE Offered: BACB
Developing the Private Practice Model.
Friday, May 23, 2008
10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Boulevard A
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Terence G. Blackwell, M.S.
TERENCE G. BLACKWELL (Verbal Behavior Institute), WHITNEY PUBYLSKI (Verbal Behavior Institute)
Description: The Private Practice Model presentation expands on prior year's workshop. Participants will learn to identify markets, establish pricing strategies, review contract strategy, tax considerations, develop a basic operating budget and outline a basic marketing plan. The day is presented in two sections, the first portion of the day addresses obstacles to entering into your own business and overcoming them. The second portion of the presentation is devoted to looking at the specific content areas that all new professionals address (either by planning or through experience) in developing their own practice.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify obstacles to starting a private practice. 2. Create an operating budget for a small private practice. 3. Create contracts for services that reduce risk and increase efficiency in business practices. 4. Review and apply the IRS form SS-8 tax form to small private practice planning. 5. Identify and define a unique marketing position (USP) as a Behavior Analyst in private practice. 6. Define a "niche" market for specific skills and develop a prototype marketing plan. 7. Apply cash flow analysis for use in sub-contracting of services, interactive review of private practice model expanded.
Activities: 1. Review of literature regarding successful entrepreneurial development and application to ABA practitioners. 2. Interactive development of a start up budget including a review of the do's and don'ts of subcontracting. 3. Review of techniques to minimize risk and maximize revenue through review of contracting documents as a private practitioner. 4. Question and Answer forum for analysis of live examples of participant business development.
Audience: Behavior Analysts who are either Board Certified and interested in expanding their work part time as entrepreneurs, or those interested in developing a full time private practice in the next 6-12 months. Participants should have a familiarity with reimbursement rates for Analysts in their geographic area.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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