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Hitting 60

Today marks the 60th published article here at A SMART PRACTICE. When we launched in January of this year, we weren’t exactly sure how everything was going to shake out. Looking back over the past 6 months, and 60 articles, there’s been a lot of great content, resources, and community development here. Our goal here is to […]

Private Practice Resources

When we launched A SMART PRACTICE earlier this year, our goal was simple: To provide engaging content to help practicians build their practices. We are six months in and have published over 50 articles by almost a dozen contributors and engaged our readers with bi-monthly newsletters. This week we launched a new feature of our site: Private […]

Tech Tuesday: Keeping Calendars

Some time ago, I was driving out of my office parking lot getting settled in for my commute home. Just as I was about to turn down the secondary street, I noticed my clients drive by me on their way into my office parking lot. My first thought is unpublishable here, but suffice to say […]

Tech Tuesday: Building Your Website

I have lots of professionals that ask me for recommendations about getting a website setup and running. If you’re not all that familiar with design, web design, or technology, getting this done can be really overwhelming. A website is the main place people will go to learn more about you and your services, which is why it needs […]

Choosing an EMR/EHR Software Program

With the implementation of the Affordability Care Act, also comes the hope that electronic record keeping (electronic medical records – EMR or electronic health records – EHR) might create a system that saves money and provides better client care. The economic savings and ease of these systems are hotly debated and the ease of use […]

Tech Tuesday: Wearable Technology and the Therapist

“How do you like your fitbit?” Every so often I get asked for my opinion on wearing a Fitbit (a device worn on your wrist to track your physical activity and other health related data). I usually respond with the positives and negatives of wearing it, giving a 45 second product review like I’m on a […]

Tech Tuesday: Using a Facebook Page

With over 1.39 Billion active users, the Facebook population (if it were a country) would be the largest country on Earth. It’s astounding how integrated most of us are with Facebook. With that said, I think Facebook is an excellent way to get a starter website up for your practice. You need to have a Facebook […]

Tech Tuesday: How to Type Less!

There are a lot of things that I used to type over and over again. Mainly these were for emails to clients or potential clients. I got tired of typing out directions to my office each time someone asked, and thus I went hunting for something to help. What I found was a confluence of applications […]

Keeping Receipts

I’m probably a bit on the odd side, but I really like numbers. For one, numbers do not lie. There is so much ambiguity in our work as a counselor, coach, or consultant that numbers can be a welcomed relief of solid ground. The unfortunate part of this is most graduate schools don’t really train […]

Tech Tuesday App Review: Evernote

If you’ve read much of what I’ve written here, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of blogging. Moreover, I’m a big fan of writing. I think writing is a lost art, and with that loss we miss out on a ton of therapeutic value in writing. From word processors to the old fashioned pen-and-paper […]

Tech Tuesday: 5 Tips for Using Twitter

You’ve read our point/counterpoint on the reasons of why and why not to use social media, and now you’re ready to start using twitter. Here are 5 tips for using twitter as a private practician. 1. Identify your voice. As counselors we need to consider the ethical issues at hand in how and what we […]

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Tech Tuesday: Technology Limits

This might seem antithetical to the category of “Tech Tuesday,” but I think all good strategies have to include limits for how you’re going to implement them. The same is true for our personal lives as it is for business: Getting sidetracked with technology is an easy trap. We can spend too much time in virtual […]

Tech Tuesday: Writing Your Online Profile

There are a ton of online resources to help market your practice. Besides social sites, there are a lot of directories (like Psychology Today, Good Therapy, and Therapy Tribe). To varying degrees, these sites will ask you to write a profile about yourself. Questions like: “Describe your ideal client,” and “What makes you unique,” are […]

Tech Tuesday: Credit Card Processing & Surcharges

In the past 5-7 years the range of payment options for counselors has had a significant expansion. This is primarily linked to the smartphone and the capabilities it possesses in business functions. If you’re not accepting credit card payments, you might be missing out on potential clients. But, what to do about the fee the […]